best chewy ginger cookies

So for a month that is usually pretty long and boring, November literally just flew by. It was a crazy busy month and it doesn’t seems like December will be any different. At least it will be a joyful month, as the house is fully decorated, I’ve received our Holiday cards, Christmas music is playing non-stop on our record player, and the smell of the freshly cut tree makes me really happy every time I come in. There’s still a lot to be done before the 25th, including all my Christmas shopping, which is definitely my least (yeah right!) favorite December activity. One of my new favorite activity: sitting in front of our Christmas tree with a homemade Hazelnut latte and a delicious homemade cookie. I don’t know if you drink latte, but as for the cookies, I’ve got you covered!

Last year, a mom from my school brought some homemade cookies to the admin staff… I initially didn’t have any but when my co-worker told me how delicious they were, I took one. Literally, this was a life changing event as I had just discovered my new favorite cookie! They were simply the most delicious ginger molasses cookies ever, and even tasted like Christmas. I hadn’t finished my cookie that I was already emailing the mom to thank her… while also asking for the recipe, of course! I was so happy when she agreed to send it to me. Well, even if SHE made the best cookies, I clearly didn’t. I tried the recipe 4 times with no success! I spoke to her, checked the recipe… nothing was working, and just could figure out why I couldn’t get this recipe to work. 

So fast forward to 2 weeks ago, I was craving for that said cookie and decided to go on the hunt for an another recipe, one that I could make. And I found it!!! 20 minutes later, I had baked the perfect Chewy Ginger Cookies. They are really easy to make, and guess what, I’d say they’re kind of as good as the one I tasted last year! So I really want to spread the cookie love and share this recipe with all of you. Fast and easy enough to bake after diner or early Saturday morning to enjoy all weekend long. This recipe will give you about 16 large cookies or 22 small ones (just make sure you bake them a little less).

You guys have to try these this December or for Christmas. I’m already on batch number 6, as we just can’t seem to get enough. These stay fresh for a week in an air-tight container. But I don’t think they will last that long! You’ll just have to whip up another batch. Pretty sure these would be awesome as ice cream sandwiches as well… mmm, yep, will definitely try it this weekend! Let me know what you think. Enjoy!

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kiss me i’m irish… and a beer stew

Although I had been looking forward to a week off with the boys for March break for quite some time now, this week has been nothing like what I had planned. Well, actually, I had nothing planned, and that is why I ended up being kind of miserable all week long! Zero motivation to do anything, the three of us wanting to stay in our pj’s all day, to watch movies, take naps and play board games. It was fun for a few days, but now that the week is almost over, I’m pretty bummed that we didn’t planned a getaway with the boys (like literally everyone else on my Instagram and Facebook did).

The daylight saving time putted me in a bad mood right off the bat on Sunday when I lost a precious hour of weekend nap time in the afternoon (can’t believe I am actually complaining about the daylight saving time now, but it was that kind of week!). I know there are some global benefits to it, but for me, it kind of ruined my week! I also know there are much bigger issues in the world, like Stormy Daniels ex boy-toy, but when all of our society’s serious problems will be taken care of, can we look at the daylight saving time thing again? Please!!!

There’s actually one good thing this week, and it’s the fact that we love to celebrate St-Patty’s Day at our house. So far this week we’ve made a few crafts, drank green milk and decorated the house. I also want to bring the boys to a St-Patty’s Day parade this weekend, as I’m pretty sure they would love it! So with all the snow and all my crappy moods, I decided that we were in need of some comfort food. And what’s more comfy than an Irish stew this time of year? It was sooo good that I have to respond to that last question that nothing is (more comfy!). It even putted me in a good mood for a minute or two; while putting my husband in not such a great mood during that same minute or two, as he realized that I had poured almost all of his last Beau’s Strong Patrick beer in my stew. Oh well, I wanted to make a delicious stew, and I knew this beer was one for it just by its awesome sticker and name! We all loved it, and I’m so glad I had some leftovers to freeze for the next snow storm! So here’s an awesome recipe just in time for March 17th.

 

You should all make this comfort stew as it will make you forget about your daylight saving blues! Cheers everyone, have fun this weekend. After all, we’re all Irish on St-Patty’s Day, right? Sláinte!

 

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that kind of week, plus a tomato soup

I won’t lie to you, this week was a mess. Sick, tired, in pain, all that while planning a birthday party and having to go back to school. But, still trying to stay positive and pushing through the week, anxiously waiting for a bit of rest and for Liam’s 7th birthday this Saturday.

On January 2nd, right after all the Christmas and NYE festivities were over, with one week off work (and school) to go, I woke up with a sharp pain in my lower back… So, no snowshoeing or playing outside in the snow with the boys during the last few days of our holidays, mainly just trying to limit my movements while on pain killers. Then, strep throat kicked in by Friday night, killing all of our weekend plans. I’ve had two bouts of strep throat in October and thought it was enough for the year, but no, I had to go through hell one more time, only to end my vacation sick in bed, basically sleeping and aching for 48 hours straight. Then it was Brian’s turn to go through it. And he got it pretty bad… Now he knows exactly what I been through in October and a few days ago! But still, I do not wish this to anyone, trust me. 

Let’s just say it’s not the smooth back to school I was hoping for! Both of us sick, taking turns heating the magic bag, taking naps, while mainly living on a soup diet. Mmm, soup! So now that I’m feeling better, I’d like to share the Creamy Tomato Soup recipe that got me through this awful week; just in case you’re feeling blue like I did or just because once in a while everyone need a great homemade tomato soup! 

What you need:

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 cup dice onions

1 glove garlic, minced

2 tablespoon tomato paste

1 can crushed tomato

3 cups chicken stock

1/2 cup heavy cream

salt and pepper

How to:

In a large saucepan, heat on medium heat the olive oil. Add the onions and cook for 5 minutes, then add the garlic, salt and pepper and cook for another minute. Add the tomato paste, chicken stock and the crushed tomato can. Cook on low for 30 minutes, stirring once in a while. Remove from heat and using an immersion blender, or a regular one, blend the soup. Add the cream and mix well. Serve immediately with homemade baguette croutons or a grilled cheese. 

It was my first time making this recipe and it beats any canned tomato soup for sure. So comforting and delicious and creamy. Great on any winter day, but simply the best when you’re sick and your throat hurts like hell, believe me!

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homemade pop-tarts

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I just love to make theses!  Easy, delicious and fresh!

I’ve been making theses for a while now and they never get old!  My favorite; chocolate raspberries!

I used my Mimi’s pie crust recipe but you can also use store bought.

How to:

Cut 4×6 rectangles, place them on a parchment paper on a cookie sheet

Add you filling of choice (I used fresh raspberries)

Add about a teaspoon of sugar and flower on top of the berries

Put the other rectangle on top and squeeze the side shut, then press on the sides with a fork

Cut little holes and add a bit of sugar on top

Bake in a 350 oven for about 45 minutes or until the top is brown

Cool down and choose you toppings

Sit down, take a cute picture of your homemade pop-tarts and post it on Instagram #mylemondroplife and ENJOY!

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