The fire crackles and pops before you. Spicy fragrant cedar boughs hang from your mantle and a white pine trimmed with popcorn and cranberries bedecks your front room. A steaming mug of homemade apple cider and a plate of fresh baked cookies sit beside you. Your best friends settle in for a moment of chatting, a rare moment to savor good company.
That’s where we invite you this week…
To a place of sweet fellowship, sharing not just the recipes of a traditional cookie exchange, but also the corners of our hearts where we hold cherished scriptures.
Our hope through this blog hop is to join with you in starting the holiday season off in gentle, truth-filled simplicity, and perhaps even inspiring a new tradition in your home.
The Way It Works: Readers who “hop” from blog to blog this week will have five printed recipes and scriptures by the end of the week. The scriptures can be crafted into the beginning of a scripture garland– a place to gather verses close to the hearts of those you love. They can also be used as ornaments or gift tags.
Read on for more information, and be sure to check the list of all five stops at the bottom of this post!
I’m sharing a new Christmas favorite recipe. I have a thing for browsing through old recipe books. My mother gave me my great-great-grandmother’s cookbook this summer and I’ve poured over it. The descriptions, the little stars by recipes she must have tried or especially loved help connect me to a woman I’ve never met, but whom helped shape the woman I am through the generations of my family. This recipe uses simple ingredients, one most every farm and homestead had on hand, especially molasses as sugar wasn’t as easily afforded or found. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Ginger Creams with Maple Icing
1/3 cup softened butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup water
2 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ginger
3/4 teaspoon nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup confectioners sugar (don’t have any, make your own)
1 Tablespoon maple syrup
1 Tablespoon hot water
Mix butter, sugar, egg, molasses and water together in a large bowl. Stir dry ingredients together in a medium bowl and combine with wet ingredients. It will feel like a wet dough. Chill dough for at least 15 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Drop by teaspoonfuls on a light greased cookie sheet. Bake 8 minutes or until hardly no imprint remains when lightly touched. While slightly warm frost with maple flavored icing.
To make icing blend maple syrup and hot water together. Add sugar and stir. If it’s too thick, add more hot water. Too thin, add more sugar. Spread on cookies with a spatula or drizzle. Makes approximately 4 dozen.
Printable version of recipe and scripture garlands.
On the hunt for more yummy cookies? Check out 16 Christmas Cookie Recipes with 13 Gluten Free Options!
If you’ve been following the blog hop this week, you know we’re each sharing a scripture that’s dear to our heart. You can cut out the strip and create a paper chain/garland with them, or cut out the wreaths that bear the scriptures, to use as ornaments, gift tags, or to adorn pine garlands, etc. The hope is to create a simple but meaningful reminder of the life that this season celebrates, and the Life Eternal that we share, as a result.
There is no better gift than that of peace and joy through the love of Jesus. No matter what circumstance I’m faced with, I have the hope of His grace, strength, and mercy. And it’s free to all who will call upon His name.
My verse is:
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13
These wreaths, filled with God’s truth, will be doubling as gift tags on presents under our tree this year. I pray they will bless the recipient as much as they do my own heart, as I spend time in scripture while preparing homemade gifts to gift my loved ones.
At the end of the week, each of the five of us will pick one of the scriptures from our comments, and put them together on one last printable for you in the days that follow. When all is said and done, you’ll have 10 scriptures total to begin your scripture garland, and we’ll provide you with a blank template as well, should you wish to carry on the tradition and include more friends-and-family-favorite scriptures in your garland.
Check back here next week for information on where to find those last printables!
The Mountain Hearth Christmas Line-up:
Monday 11/4: Laura Frantz~ http://LauraFrantz.net/journal/
Tuesday 11/5: Joanne Bischof ~ http://www.joannebischof.com/
Wednesday 11/6: Melissa K. Norris ~ http://melissaknorris.com/
Thursday 11/7: Amanda Dykes ~ http://amandadykes.com/hearth/
Friday 11/8: Lauraine Snelling ~ http://amandadykes.com/lauraine/
As part of the fun, I’m giving away FOR FREE my new book, Pioneering Today-A Homemade Christmas (With over 36 recipes, homemade gift ideas and decor, you’ll experience a simple Christmas with the joy the season was intended)
What is your favorite Bible verse? Do you have a traditional recipe you make every holiday? How did your cookie recipes find their way into your kitchen?
Melissa K. Norris inspires people's faith and pioneer roots with her books, podcast, and blog. Melissa lives with her husband and two children in their own little house in the big woods in the foothills of the North Cascade Mountains. When she's not wrangling chickens and cattle, you can find her stuffing Mason jars with homegrown food and playing with flour and sugar in the kitchen.