Gingerbread Date Muffins

Another post!  What!

Now that I’m finally getting back into the swing of things, I’m remembering how fast 2+ months are going to fly by, and then I’ll be completely and utterly OUT of the swing of things again.  Please forgive me in advance.  Maybe I’ll find juggling 3 kids and a newborn super easy?  (I can dream, eh?)  I’m pretty sure I’ll be pretty swamped in the first few… six… months or so.  

All you moms out there – I’m so excited to get my body back to normal!  I don’t mind feeling pregnant, but I’m glad it isn’t forever.  Come back to me regular clothes.  Pants with buttons and zippers.  Shirts that my belly stick out of now.  

This belly.  It’s going to burst.  It’s pretty amazing what our bodies are capable of.  Talk about stretchy skin!  Well, I don’t think mine has a whole lot of stretch left, but I’m glad it was stretchy at some point. 

Anyhow, enough baby talk.  We need food.  I’m so happy food is a necessity to living.  Yay, food!  

Coffee is too, right?  

We’ve somehow made it to yet another weekend.  What could be better than that?  Except maybe, if someone made these muffins for you, fresh for brunch one of those mornings?

I have had these as a brain-child for some time, but (as I’ve said before) I had lost my mojo for awhile there.  They finally came to fruition!  And I loved them.  So did the kids.  Think classic gingerbread giving birth to muffin babies with sweet dates studded throughout.  I love gingerbread.  Basically, anything spiced, especially when there’s molasses involved.  Think Molasses Cookies.  And dates!  Wow.  They are nature’s candy.  So, so good.  I have to hide the [huge] bag that I get at Costco from myself (<–out of sight, out of mind), because I eat them like candy.  And yes, they’re fruit, but that sugar content is a bit high, I believe.  If you ever are in need of a great date recipe, make these Oatmeal Date Cookies.  They be so amazingly amazing.  

So!  To the muffins.  Make them for breakfast.  Eat them warm out of the oven.  If there are some leftover for day 2, pop them in the microwave to make those dates oh-so-mushy before you slather them with butter.  Believe me, I did it, and it’s highly recommendable.  

Gingerbread Date Mufffins
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Gingerbread muffins - molasses, spices, along with lots of chewy, sweet dates. A great breakfast or snack choice!
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter, softened
  2. 1/2 cup white sugar
  3. 1/3 cup molasses
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/2 cup sour cream
  6. 1/2 cup milk
  7. 1 tsp ground ginger
  8. 2 tsp cinnamon
  9. pinch cloves
  10. 2 1/2 cups flour
  11. 1/2 cup oatmeal
  12. 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  13. 1/2 tsp salt
  14. 1 cup dates, chopped (optional)
  15. sugar for topping
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F. Prepare muffin tins (grease, or use muffin cups).
  2. Cream together butter and sugar. Add molasses and egg. Beat well.
  3. Mix in sour cream, and milk.
  4. Add dry ingredients. Mix well. Stir in the dates if you're using (I'd highly recommend!).
  5. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 17-20 minutes, or until the middles are set.
  6. Enjoy warm, slathered with butter!
Notes
  1. They will keep fresh in an airtight container for 3-4 days. You can also pop them in the freezer to save for later days (like when you might be having a baby and will want a yummy, quick breakfast).
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For the Love of Lists – Week 20

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I know, I know.  It’s been more than 20 weeks.  But this is the 20th list, anyhow. 

Last week we were basically storm-stayed all week, plus a bout of the stomach flu through 4/5 of us.  It was a crazy week.  All I wanted was comfort food (MAC AND CHEESE), and warm sweaters.  This week, we’re up in the double-digit temperatures and I’m thinking spring thoughts.  Weather.  Funny how it directs your thoughts, eh?  

This list is going to contain a little of both seasons.  Spring really is coming, maybe sometime soon, maybe not, depending on where you live/what direction the weather decides to take.

  1. Comfort food!  Meatballs.  This recipe is a freezer recipe – great for taking to new moms, or for yourself on a busy weeknight!
  2. Goulash.  I think this should be every kids most favourite food.  It was (and still is) one of mine.  So good.  So easy.  Definitely kid-friendly.
  3. Brown Butter Sugar Cookies.  Because: yum.
  4. I love a long sleeved dress.  Throw on a pair of cute tights or leggings and you are comfy and warm, and look dressed up!  I really kind of like the open-shoulder fad going on right now.  
  5. On the other hand, I also really love a great flowy tank with a sweet print for the feel of spring. 
  6. If anyone is in search of a great pair of winter/rain boots (two-in-one!), you need a pair of Bogs.  The Classic High Insulated boots are amazing.  I’ve had mine for a few years, and they are still in great shape, and keep my feet warm (winter) and dry (winter/spring).  They also have great neutral colours, or amazing patterned boots – depending on your preference.
  7. Any other moms out there have some hard days/weeks every once in awhile?  Give this a read.  Great encouragement.  
  8. Warm Molasses Milk.  Intriguing.  I need to get my hands on some blackstrap molasses so I can try this out.  If you don’t like molasses, try this Hot Sweet Milk.

**Throwback to my sweet little baby girl (who is growing up oh-so fast!)

Dad’s Molasses Cookies

My dad eats almost anything.  Actually, he WILL eat anything.  But there are a few things he doesn’t like.  One of those things is celery – weird eh?  But there are many things that he does like.  And one of those things is Molasses Cookies.  When I was little, he was a stay-at-home dad for a few years.  And this was one of his specialties.  Surprised?  My dad can cook, AND bake.  He’s really good at it, actually.  Anyways, he used to make these for me all the time.  He even wrote by the recipe, “Kayleigh likes these”, to help him remember which recipe it was he used.  Now, he runs his own business, and doesn’t have near as much time on his hands to bake.  So, I make them.  For him.  I love baking when people love to eat my food.  🙂

Anyhow.  These cookies are the perfect cookie.  They are nice and moist and chewy, and stay that way for about a week (not that they last that long normally…).  I used to hate to make these (when I was 12 or so), because they are rolled cookies, and I though they took too long.  But now, I really don’t mind making them.  They are so good, and really don’t take that long [at all].  We found the recipe in an old hospital cookbook, but we made some changes to it (and they’re wayyy better now).

Dad’s Molasses Cookies

3/4 cup shortening

1 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup molasses

2 1/4 cup flour

2 tsp baking soda

2 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp ginger

1 tsp cloves

Pinch salt

So – First, preheat oven to 350 F.  Then mix together the shortening, molasses, and brown sugar.

And now, add that egg and beat it in.  Then, add your flour, baking soda, and spices.  Mix well.

Then comes the rolling part that I used to hate so bad (but really, truly thoroughly enjoy now).  Roll into 1 1/2 inch balls (or smaller if you like smaller cookies).  After you roll them into balls, roll them into white sugar so that they’re evenly coated.

So yummy.

Next, press with a fork, and throw into the oven for about 10 minutes (truthfully, I put mine in for 11, and they are perfect, but it depends on the oven).

You will know they are done when they look dry.  Not dry but not wet… get what I mean?  This is about what they look like:

Yummy.

Cael can pull himself up to standing now – all by himself.  I turned around the other day, and he was using the laundry basket as a stabilizer, just standing there.  He scared me half to death.  I can’t believe he’s doing that already.  He just started crawling this past week!  Ohmydear.  How fast they do grow… !  I really have to keep a close eye on him now.

Keep checking, because soon I’ll be posting a red velvet adventure, and some peanut butter love too.  🙂  Oh!  And linzer cookies too!  My mother-in-law bought me some heart cutters to make some (as I’ve never tried), and I really want to try them out!

Oh.  And I have joined Facebook too.  Check me out at www.facebook.com/foreverfaithandfood/  !! www.facebook.com/whisksandwoodenspoons.

(Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.  They just looked SO good.  And it was.)

Are there any foods that always remind you of your childhood?  Fond memories?