20 Uses For Baking Soda

Did y’all know that Baking Soda can be used for so many more things than just keeping your refrigerator smelling nice and baking with? Ok, well honestly I did know but I had no idea there were so MANY different … Continue reading

$30 A Year Laundry Soap

Would you like to only spend $30.00 per year for your laundry detergent? Yep, I thought so! As you know I finally took the plunge last year and made my own liquid laundry soap. It was fantastic!! Of course because … Continue reading

Can’t Eat Just One Gingersnaps

Can’t Eat Just One Gingersnaps

These Gingersnaps are absolutely AWESOME!!!

You can’t eat just one, honestly, you can’t!!

We even call them “Crack Cookies” LOL.

The other day El Conquistador (also known as my husband, Craig LOL) said that there were some cookies that his Mom would make when he was younger that he absolutely loved. I asked him what they were and of course, he had no idea LOL. His description went something like this …”small little cookies with sugar”.
Well of course I needed to know what they were so he called his Mom to ask. She knew exactly what he was talking about………Gingersnaps!!!

She sent me the recipe and the next day I decided I would whip up a batch since El Conquistador had been working so hard on projects around the house.

Aileen came over and sat at the kitchen table working on her laptop while I started mixing these little jewels up. The dough smells heavenly, just like Christmas to me.

I rolled the little balls of dough into the size of marbles and then rolled them around in the sugar and plopped them onto the cookie sheet.

Now, my family and friends always tell me what a fantastic cook I am but I have to admit something to y’all….

Anytime I try a new recipe I am nervous!!!

So I crossed my fingers and shoved the cookie sheet into the oven, set the timer and tried to forget about them for the next ten minutes. When I opened the oven I was overjoyed…..they at least looked edible LOL. I set them on the top of the stove to cool and set before taking them off of the cookie sheet and returned to rolling little marbles of dough for the next batch. When I turned back I was truly giddy, those little cookie rounds had flattened out and cracked on the top……….just like the gingersnaps that you get in the bag from the store.

I did it!!!!!!!!

I shoved one into Aileen’s mouth and you should have seen the look on her face LOL it was priceless!!! Then we shoved one in my daughter Brianna’s mouth. Then, we all just started popping these little goodies into our mouths!!! We couldn’t get enough of them!!!

Well this recipe makes 100 or so cookies. After a few minutes I looked down and decided I had better make another batch of dough or my poor husband wasn’t going to get any of his favorite cookies LOL. I whipped up another batch and doubled it. I will tell you that all 300 cookies that were made that day were gone in a matter of 2 days between Aileen’s family and my family.

I had planned to freeze some of these but, well…………… best laid plans and all that LOL

Well here is the recipe for “Can’t Eat Just One Gingersnaps”

We hope you and your family will enjoy them as much as we did!!

Make it a great day, you deserve it!

Tracey and Aileen

PS please give us some feedback after making these and let us know what you think!

3/4 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1 beaten egg
2 cups sifted flour
2 tsp soda
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cloves

additional sugar in small bowl

Cream shortening and sugar.

Add molasses & egg, beat well.

Add sifted dry ingredients.

Mix well.

Roll into small balls a little larger then a marble, then roll in additional sugar.

Place about 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet.

Bake at 350 for 10 minutes

Makes about 100 cookies depending on size.

Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Moms

I Finally Gave In To Homemade Laundry Soap and Am SO Glad I Did!

The other day, I ran out of laundry soap and just didn’t feel like driving into town to go to the store

Now I had told Aileen about homemade laundry soap a while back. She actually made it and had been using it for some time. I just always had an excuse as to why I hadn’t tried it..still had store bought soap left…not enough time to make it…blah blah blah.

Well, let me tell you I will NEVER have another excuse again!!!

I am sure Aileen will post the recipe that she uses for her detergent as she loves it, but I wanted to share with you the one I used.

I found this recipe through One Good Thing by Jillee who found this recipe through Why Not Sew .

I have altered this a bit because I found it too think when only making 2 gallons so I followed what Jillee did and made it into 3 – Gallon containers.

I love this recipe because you can use any kind of bar soap you happen to have around the house. I just happened to have a bar of Irish Spring.

1 bar of soap (any kind you want)
1 cup of Borax
1 cup of washing soda
a big pot ( that holds more than 2 gallons I use my canning pot)
a grater
a funnel
a long spoon
3 empty gallon jugs/containers

Grate your bar of soap into your pot.

Fill one gallon jug and pour water into pot with grated soap. Cook until the grated soap dissolves. You may have a couple of little pieces that don’t completely desolve and that’s ok.

Add the Borax and washing soda.  Bring to a boil. It will coagulate. (ok mine didn’t exactly coagulate but still turned out just fine in the end)

Turn off the heat. Add 1 gallon of cold water. Stir well.

This is where I use the funnel and separate it between the 3 – 1 gallon jugs or if you are going to follow the original recipe then just fill 2 jugs but I still feel that is too thick.

Fill the remainder of the 3 jugs with water and shake well. (omit this step if only making 2 gallons)

Mine was very liquidy when I poured it into the jugs but thickened as it cooled.

Now you have 3 gallons of homemade laundry detergent.

I use 1/2 cup per load.

This won’t make many, if any, suds. Suds don’t equal clean!

I have to tell you that I absolutely love this Laundry Soap!! It works great, even in cold water.

Now if you figure out the cost of all of these items it is far less than an average bottle of Laundry Soap and is all natural for the most part depending on what bar soap you are using.

Give this a try and let us know what you think!

Make it a great day, you deserve it!!

Tracey