Homemade Gingerbread

We simply can’t wait for the Christmas season in our home. As soon as we say goodbye to November, we like to whip up a batch of this wonderful gingerbread. I first found a version of this recipe online and I made some changes for our family’s taste preferences. We love to bake this for friends on cold days. This bread fills the house with the most wonderful smell! It definitely gets us in the mood for Christmas.

Homemade Gingerbread

Ingredients:

  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ cup margarine, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup dark molasses
  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup hot water

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 and lightly spray a 9 x 13 inch baking pan with cooking spray.

In a large bowl, cream together sugar and margarine until fluffy. Beat in one egg and mix in the molasses. Set aside.

In another large bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and mix well. Stir into the creamed margarine, sugar, egg and molasses until well mixed. Next, slowly stir in the hot water. Blend until well mixed.

Pour into prepared pan and bake for one hour. To check, insert a knife into the center – it should come out clean.

UPDATE:

When we started this blog in 2010, we had three children.

Since that time we have had THREE MORE CHILDREN. We would love for you to visit us at www.coersfamily.com to see how we’ve grown.

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Score yourself a FREE turkey!

Christy Jordan has got the holiday spirit! She is giving away a delicious turkey on her website: Southernplate.com

All you have to do is go to the site, read her wonderful post about how to take meaningful holiday pictures of your family and post your own special Thanksgiving memory in the comment section.

Since we’re in the sharing mood – I have to tell my own:

This probably doesn’t sound that special – but, I was always in charge of the cheeseball. When the women were planning the Thanksgiving meal and everyone was getting assigned their dishes, I was given cheeseball duty. Because it’s the easiest dish to make. And back in the day I was not the world’s greatest cook. Far from it! So, every Thanksgiving during my late teens and early 20’s I whipped up our family cheeseball.

My Nanny (grandmother) always highly praised my oh-so-delicious cheeseball. Bless her!

Now that I’ve FINALLY progressed beyond the cheeseball stage, I was very proud last year to bestow the honor upon my youngest daughter, Vivian. At age eight she was already at the cheeseball stage, far advanced over her mother. My oldest daughter was already moved to meringue duty.

Seeing the cheeseball every Thanksgiving reminds me of times spent sitting at the kitchen table, mixing the soft cheeses and watching the pros take care of the rest. And now, when I am working as the pro, I smile when I see my youngest daughter working the cheeseball duty.

The recipe is so simple, please feel free to mix up a cheeseball for your family this holiday season!

The Whiteley Family Cheeseball

Ingredients:

1 pkg cream cheese, softened

1 jar Old English Cheese

Worchestershire Sauce

Garlic Salt

Chopped Pecans

Parsley Flakes

Mix the Old English and cream cheese together with a few dashes of Worchestershire sauce and garlic salt in a large mixing bowl. I find this is most easily done with clean hands. Just get in there and mix those cheeses. After mixing completely, set the bowl in the fridge to cool and allow the cheeses to firm. After at least an hour, spread parsley flakes and chopped pecans onto a large plate.  Take out your bowl of cheeses. Wash your hands again. Reach in there and grab that mess of mixed up cheese and get it all in your hands. Ball it  all up and smooth the outside. Roll your gigantic ball of tasty goodness around on the plate, coating it with parsley and pecans.

Set the cheeseball onto a pretty plate and put it back into the fridge for at least another hour to firm.

Best served with Ritz crackers.

Vivian cheeseball

Vivian’s first Cheeseball!

UPDATE:

When we started this blog in 2010, we had three children.

Since that time we have had THREE MORE CHILDREN. We would love for you to visit us at www.coersfamily.com to see how we’ve grown.

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