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Foggy Winter Morning

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One winter morning when the temperature was warmer than usual, we awoke to a magical foggy world. By the time we thought to take some photos of our misty surroundings, most of the fog had cleared, but there was enough to soften everything in the distance.

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Calvin was enjoying the beautiful morning, too!

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Lots of snowmobile trails out there now. : )

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A couple days later we enjoyed this gorgeous sunset. Just look at those cotton candy pink clouds!!

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~ Kerstin

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Snow!

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Yesterday it snowed, just a soft, lazy snow. Perfect for Christmas Day! IMG_1285

It was enough snow to fill in our snowmobile tracks. So now we can make new ones!IMG_1212

Some pictures of General from earlier this week.IMG_1202

Yikes! He looks vicious. Actually, he was about to yawn!IMG_1198

This picture (and the two below) are from Monday, before we got more snow.IMG_1197

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I love the different shades of blue in this picture!

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~ Elisabeth

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Day Ten: Edinburgh Gingerbread

This is Day Ten in a 10 day series featuring homemade gifts. Click here to start reading at the beginning of the series.

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Since this is our final post in our series, we are going to go out with a bang!

We are going to share with you our family’s favorite and only gingerbread recipe. Our grandmother found the recipe at a library in Cleveland, Ohio, and she shared it with our mother, who is now passing it down to us. Our grandpa loves this rich, nut and fruit-filled loaf; he would probably eat it constantly, except that he only gets it when Mom bakes it for him!

Below are some step-by-step instructions and the recipe.

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Sift the flour, soda, and spices into a large bowl.

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Add raisins, dates and  walnuts.

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In a large pan, combine butter, sugar and molasses. Bring to a boil.

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Beat eggs…

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and pour the boiling molasses mixture over them.

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Pour into the dry ingredients.

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And then divide evenly into three large greased loaf pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for one hour or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. (If you are giving gingerbread as a gift, you can put the batter into seven small loaf pans. They look so cute!)

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For your enjoyment, here is the recipe:

Edinburgh Gingerbread

6 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1  1/8 cups granulated sugar
4 tsp. baking soda
2 cups light molasses
4 tsp. cinnamon
8 eggs
4 tsp. cloves 
1  3/4 cups raisins
4 heaped tsp. ginger 
1  3/4 cups dates
2 cups butter 
2 cups walnuts

Sift the flour, soda, and spices into a large bowl. Add raisins, dates, and nuts to the flour mixture. Put the butter, sugar and molasses into a medium saucepan and bring to boil. Beat eggs and pour the boiling molasses mixture over them, stirring vigorously. Pour this mixture into the dry ingredients and beat thoroughly. Put into three large greased loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees for about 1 hour.

 

We’ve really enjoyed writing this ten-day series of home-made gifts! We hope to be posting a couple times each week from now until our next series begin. We’ll let you know when that will be.

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

Merry Christmas!

~ Kerstin, Elisabeth, and Gabrielle

Check out Day Ten in a 10 Day series by one of our blogging friends Skirt Fixation.

 

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Day Nine: “Hand-made” Music

This is Day Nine in a 10 day series featuring homemade gifts. Click here to start reading at the beginning of the series.

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Today’s post is about a gift that truly is handmade, but in a different way than most of the “homemade gifts” posts we’ve done.

Yesterday morning we girls went to an assisted living home not far from where we live and played Christmas music on their piano. Our piano teacher has been encouraging us to do this for the past few years, but we hadn’t until yesterday. The people at the assisted living really enjoyed it, and we hope to do it again.

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So, if you have a musical talent, whether it is singing or playing an instrument, we encourage you to set up an appointment at an assisted living or nursing home in your area and play/sing for the elderly.  It doesn’t have to be for the holidays; they will enjoy it if you  play any songs that you know!

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~ Kerstin, Elisabeth, and Gabrielle

Check out Day Nine in a 10 Day series by one of our blogging friends Skirt Fixation.

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Day Eight: Christmas Cookies

This is Day Eight in a 10 day series featuring homemade gifts. Click here to start reading at the beginning of the series.

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One of our favorite things to give to friends and neighbors at this time of year are Christmas cookies! Mom makes the dough, and we girls do the baking and decorating. We like to put an assortment on a wintery paper plate, cover it with gallon-size food storage bag. Everyone likes to receive homemade Christmas cookies during the holidays, especially when they taste as good as these ones, which are made from our go-to Christmas cut-out recipe.

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I love that blue swirled one. 🙂

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What a lovely assortment of cookies!

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I can’t tell you enough yummy things about these cookies, so you are going to have to try them. As they say, the proof is in the pudding…er…cookies.

Here’s our recipe for Light Ginger Cookies. I think Mom originally got the recipe from Betty Crocker’s Cookie Book.

Light Ginger Cookies

1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup butter, softened
1 Tablespoon vinegar
2 ¼ cups flour
1 ½ – 2 teaspoons ginger
¾ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt

Mix sugar, butter and vinegar. Stir in remaining ingredients. (If dough is too dry, work in milk or cream, one teaspoon at a time.) Roll ⅛ inch thick on lightly floured surface and cut into shapes. Bake at 400º for 6-8 minutes, until light brown. Cool slightly; remove from cookie sheet.

Makes about 4 dozen.

Cut-Out Cookie Icing

2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
2 to 3 Tablespoons milk (until perfect consistency)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

Mix all ingredients. Enough for lots of cookies. Leftovers taste yummy on graham crackers.

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A parade of Christmas cookies!

Thank you for visiting A Homespun Country Life!

~ Kerstin

Check out Day Eight in a 10 Day series by one of our blogging friends Skirt Fixation.