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Do ‘life-style’ changes include ginger cookies?

Wow! It’s already the second month of 2012. How did that happen?

So how are all of your New Year’s Resolutions going? I can tell you that all of mine lasted 6 whole days.

Anyway, hubby Bill says they are not resolutions, they are lifestyle changes.

Ok. So all of my lifestyle changes lasted 6 whole days.

Here is what I am blaming the 6-day life-style change ending on. (I have to blame it on something and so far I haven’t thought of a way to blame Bill).

On the seventh day, we had dinner at my parent’s house and Bill and I brought salad. Bill is the salad maker for my entire family, his salads are awesome.

So Bill brought salad and I brought Bill. We were sticking to the life-style change thing. The salad was even in a festive bowl, it was the prettiest salad you’ve ever seen.

However, in walks Debra Jackson with pink iced Valentine cookies with red sugar sprinkles on them. In the shape of a heart!

I nearly started crying right there. Cookies are my biggest sweet weakness, I think because they are easy to grab and run away with.

If that wasn’t enough, in walks Denise Miller Starnes with some delicious homemade ginger cookies. Knowing Denise, I am pretty sure she purposely held them right under my nose as she walked by with them. That’s my story anyway.

On top of that, the cookies had an interesting story behind them. The recipe came from Mrs. Louis Gest.

Mr. and Mrs. Louis Gest owned the Miller- Starnes Chevrolet- Buick dealership before Ernie Miller (Denise’s Dad) bought it.

Mrs. Gest is Dr. John Mike Weed’s grandmother, she was Aline Weed’s mom.

Mrs. Gest used to take goodies to Denise’s Dad, Mr. Miller, at Christmas time and these cookies were Denise’s favorites.

Well with all of that rich history behind the cookies, how could I resist? It would have been extremely rude.

Here is the recipe. Make them and you’ll see exactly what I mean!

Mrs. Gest’s Ginger Cookies
3 /4 Cup shortening
2 Cups sifted flour
1 Cup sugar
1 /2 tsp. cloves
1 /4 Cup Grandmas molasses
1 /2 tsp. ginger
1 egg
1 /2 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. soda
1 /2 tsp. salt

In large saucepan, melt shortening over low heat. Remove & let cool. Add sugar, molasses and egg; beat well.

Sift together dry ingredients and add to first mixture. Mix well and chill thoroughly (at least 2 hrs.).

Form in 1 inch balls, roll in sugar. Place on greased cookie sheets 2 inches apart. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Makes 4-5 dozen.


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