I feel like every time the holidays come around our weekends quickly fill up with excitement. This weekend is our annual cookie baking weekend. My mom, aunts, cousins, and I all get together and bake lots of cookies. I mean LOTS, and all kinds. My contribution is my grandmother’s crescent cookies and toffee. Along with that we have sugar cookies, peanut butter cookies cups, lace cookies, chocolate chips, snikerdoodle, and usually a couple of new recipes. This year I am excited to try…

Spicy Ginger Molasses Cookies from Milk & Honey
about 2.5 dozen

INGREDIENTS
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup Crisco (vegetable shortening)
1/4 cup molasses
1 egg
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

DIRECTIONS
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Mix sugar, shortening, molasses, and egg together until well combined. Dump in dry ingredients, stirring dry ingredients together lightly. Mix together until dough is combined.
3. Roll dough into walnut-sized balls, then generously coat each ball with sugar.
Place balls on a baking sheet and bake for 9 to 11 minutes, allowing to bake for about a minute after cookies begin to crack.
Remove cookies from baking sheet and allow to cool.

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My mother has worked at the Sawdust Festival for many years now and when I was looking for a ring for Matt she talked to one of the artists at the festival about creating a ring designed by us. We had talked about what we wanted together and this past weekend we met with the artist and it was a truly amazing experience. The artist is the sweetest most intuitive woman. Not to mention extremely talented. She created my mothers 25 anniversary ring which is one of the most beautiful pieces i have even seen. We spent about an hour talking with Catherine, getting to know her and talking about our relationship, the wedding, and the ring. I encourage you to check her work out {here}. I cannot wait to see what she puts together. As an added bonus to all of this, I take great pride in knowing that we are supporting one of your hometown artists.

How fun are these! A fun way to pump up any table setting!
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Have a great weekend!
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