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Spicy Gingerbread Men


1/2 cup margarine 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup molasses (microwaved honey with a bit of brown sugar) 1 egg yolk 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 teaspoon ground cloves 1 teaspoon ginger 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg



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Holiday Stocking Update

We all know that when it comes to stockings Hubs has his opinions. Before I went to visit tailor Zeng, I asked Hubs to approve the stocking template. Of course, it was too small so he made the necessary modifications.

Why make a template? You try explaining – in Chinese – that you need

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Chocolate Covered Pretzels


chocolate: white, milk or dark. All yummy. pretzels


Melt chocolate in the microwave. Check often. Chocolate can burn and white chocolate can curdle. Dip pretzels in melted chocolate. Place on wax paper to dry. Eat. Repeat steps 1-3.

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Christmas Parties 101

Since baking is so mysterious to our friends, I allow them to have the pleasure of learning how to make their own Christmas cookies. Here, guests make spicy gingerbread men.

And sugar cookies too!

Another easy project, is to allow guest to dip their own white and dark chocolate pretzels. They love the

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Christmas Eggs


DIRECTIONS : Place greased metal cookie cutter in hot pan. Carefully pour the egg into the cookie cutter. After a minute pour a half cup of water in the hot pan and place the lid on to steam the egg. Carefully use a tong to lift the egg out of the pan

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Christmas Cards 2007

“Mommy, what’s this red stuff?”

The hand stamping didn’t go as planned, but our little guy had fun.

The feet were more easily controlled.

“Mommy, look at the tree!!!”

“Oh. Hi Mommy.”

“But the tree!!!”

“Hi Mommy.”

This became the front.

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