RECIPE: NANA’S GINGER MOLASSES COOKIES

Lightly spiced and lightly sweet, these soft ginger molasses cookies are the BEST. They’re super pretty and stack well, so they would be nice holiday gifts for neighbors or teachers! I make these every December just like my nana and mom did. Enjoy!

 

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup granulated sugar (plus more for topping)

3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp

1 egg, room temp and beaten

1/4 cup molasses

3 cups flour (I always use bread flour, but use what you have)

3 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp cloves

1 tsp ginger

1 tsp cinnamon

 

  1. preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. cream butter and sugar until smooth, about 5 min.
  3. mix in egg and molasses
  4. add dry ingredients gradually until just combined
  5. scoop dough with a cookie scoop or tablespoon, roll into a ball in your hands first, then roll in granulated sugar (I put the sugar in a shallow bowl so it doesn’t get messy)
  6. bake on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet for 8-10 minutes until cracked and golden.
  7. let cool for a few minutes on the tray… then eat warm!

DIY HALLOWEEN COSTUME – BABY HOPPER, STRANGER THINGS

You already know my love for Hopper… and his shirt. If the MUG wasn’t enough, I just HAD to get Joshie a toddler version of the shirt. The problem? No one makes them! What, are we living in the Upside Down? I got Jeffrey the grownup version HERE, but had to paint a shirt for Joshie. It was easier than I thought, and only took maybe 2 hours and that was to let the paint dry.

 

To be honest, Joshie is more of a Dustin (DUSTIN DIY HERE with my middle one Max!) but this had to be done. If you’re more of an Elle, you can make ELEVEN’S EGGO WAFFLE PURSE DIY HERE.

 

 

WHAT YOU NEED:

Fabric paint: pink, green, white (see below for color suggestions)

* Paint brushes – 1 thick for the bigger areas of dark pink and green, 1 thin for the accents in light pink and light green

Black fabric marker or Sharpie

Mustache or face paint

White toddler button down shirt (or would be soooo cute as a collared onesie!)

* Jeans

* Brown belt

 

MIX YOUR PAINT:

START PAINTING:

At first you can unbutton the shirt and lay it flat, but eventually you’ll want to put it on a hanger while it dries. You can add detail on it that way if you’re impatient like I am!

It’s not a perfect match, but it doesn’t need to be. The less precise you are, the better it looks in my opinion. Just be confident in what you’re doing, and it’ll magically just work out. Or at least that’s what works in my brain!

I tried to stick on the hairy mustache, but Joshie was NOT having it. I had to draw it on with face paint instead.

Toddler Hopper to the rescue! Happy Halloween!

xo

-L

HOW TO THROW A GAME OF THRONES PARTY IN ONE DAY + FREE PRINTABLES

The easiest, laziest, and CUTEST Game of Thrones finale party ever! You can throw this together in an afternoon and still impress your guests.

Scroll down for free printables of all of the food signs pictured!

Set up a candy and snack bar with these clever treats! Add these tootsie roll eggs for DRAGON EGGS! Soooomeone in my family ate them all before I had a chance to take a photo.

For the main dishes, make some LITTLE CHICKEN FINGERS (chicken fingers and vegetarian chikn’ fingers), THEON’S FAVORITE TOY (hot dogs or pigs in a blanket and veggie dogs), and HIGHGARDEN SALAD (just a salad with chopped veggies).

For dessert, you’ll have the candy bar and you could also make SANSAA’S FAVORITE LEMON CAKES (a box mix of lemon bars).

Finally, add some DORNISH WINE (any kind of wine)! Maybe even some spiked limeade with a little green food coloring for WILDFIRE.

No detail is left out here. Tie this VALYRIAN STEEL tag on a mason jar full of utensils.

Download FREE PRINTABLES here: 1 | 2 | 3

If you have time, this is our favorite CARD STOCK to print on and the best PAPER CUTTER.

You can stick the food tags on place card holders or simply place by the food. THESE are cool for every day use but also Game of Thrones appropriate. $10 for 20 and Amazon prime!

 

If you want to see my Game of Thrones party in action, check out the GOT story highlight on our instagram account!

xo

– L

RECIPE: HAMENTASHEN

 

DELICIOUS, SOFT, SUGAR-COATED HAMENTASHEN

 

Hamentashen are a traditional three-cornered cookie we (Jews) make on Purim! I grew up in St. Louis, MO. There was this great Jewish bakery called Pratzels, and I would look forward to their hamentashen every year. Most other recipes I’ve tried are crunchy, crumbly, dry, or tasteless. But this bakery K I L L E D it. They were soft, filled with a delicious pie filling situation, and covered in sugar. Sadly it closed, and I’ve been trying to re-create the recipe ever since. UPDATE: our amazing instagram family found it HERE! Still try mine too… they are seriously amazing if I do say so myself!

 

Today I had a lightbulb moment! My favorite sugar cookie recipe is soft and delicious.. what if I used that for the dough? All the recipes online are really really different. Is this weird? Well I just went for it. I thought, if this doesn’t work out with the first tray, I’ll just make sugar cookies for the boys and enjoy the raw dough because OHMYGOSH it is absolutely delicious! Spoiler alert…. this dough makes incredible hamentashen and has the soft consistency like Pratzels! Mazel tov, me!

 

IMPORTATANT NOTES:

  1. You really really need to chill the dough. Try and make the dough the night before or at least chill for a couple hours. Divide the dough in quarters and wrap each in saran wrap. No need to make them into disks. The dough is super soft but keeps it’s shape.
  2. Keep the dough chilled for the whole process. So that means roll the dough out and cut the circles. Chill in the freezer. Add the filling and shape. Put the tray back in the freezer. THEN you can bake. They will keep their shape so much better.
  3. Don’t overfill the cookies or have the topping be runny. I used about 7 chocolate chips / 3 cherries from the pie filling WITHOUT the juice. Actually this picture above was before I blotted the filling a little with a napkin.

 

RECIPE:

1 c. margarine (I know, right? Just trust me), room temp

1 c. granulated sugar

1 egg, room temp

2 tbsp whole milk, room temp

2 tsp real vanilla extract

3 c. flour (I always bake with bread flour)

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

1 tsp. salt

Optional: handful of sprinkles if using

Filling: I used bittersweet chocolate chips and THIS filling- so good!

A little extra granulated sugar for the outside of the fruit ones

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

Sift all dry ingredients and set aside.

Mix butter and sugar til fluffy 2-3 min.

Add egg and mix well.

Add vanilla.

Slowly mix in dry ingredients alternating with milk.

Mix until just combined.

If you’re adding sprinkles to the dough, mix it in at this time. I took half of the dough out and kept it plain, then added the sprinkles to the second batch.

Divide dough into quarters, wrap tightly in saran wrap, and chill overnight or at least for a couple hours.

Take one ball out of the fridge and roll out on a lightly floured board, 1/4″ thick.

Cut 3″ circles and place on a parchment paper-lined tray.

Chill in the freezer while you work on the next tray.

Once chilled, fill each circle with a SMALL amount of filling. I used about 7 chocolate chips OR 3-4 cherries (try to keep the runny parts to a minimum).

Form triangles and pinch the corners together slightly to make sure they don’t fall apart and spill all the filling!

If you’re making fruit ones, I like to gently dip the triangles in granulated sugar.

Chill again in the freezer again for 20 minutes or so. The longer they’re chilled, the more they will keep their shape. If you’re making way in advance, just keep covered in the fridge.

Bake at 350 degrees for 12 minutes or until very very very slightly golden. The whole point is to keep these SOFT so please don’t over-bake them. Cool on the tray for a couple minutes only, then slip the cookies still on the parchment paper off the tray to cool completely.

 

Mazel tov, you’ve made delicious hamentashen!!

 

xo

Leah

MELTS VALENTINE

Melts are basically toddler crack. They’re just dehydrated yogurt and fruit, but for some reason, all of our kids go crazy for them… even our big kids! This year, Joshie AKA Lil Intern is giving these Melts packs to his friends. We’ve linked all the materials you’ll need below. You could easily staple the tag to the Melts bag that they come in, but this is just one step cuter!

1. Purchase:

BAGS (unless stapling directly on the Melts bag they come in)

 PINK MELTS

and recommended but not necessary…

CARD STOCK

PAPER CUTTER

 

2. Download your cards HERE

 

3. Print on white card stock. THIS is our favorite ever!! Super bright white and prints vibrant colors. It really makes a difference, especially with this printable since there’s so much color.

 

4. Cut right on the lines using a paper cutter. THIS one is the only kind we’ve found for seeing right where you’re cutting.

 

5. Fold the card in half, add melts in the clear bag, fold the top of the bag a little, and staple the card on top. Or staple the card to the top of the melts bag that they come in.

 

For ALL of our previous Valentines Day Printables, click HERE!

xo

Leah & Jenni