Monday, July 19, 2010

Molasses Cookies Anyone?

Mitchell wasn't sure he wanted to go to the Cottage with his Mom, sisters, and aunt and cousins. That's just too many girls, doing too much girl stuff. So he stayed home with his dad, and he will visit with his grandmothers during the day. Today Mitchell visits with me, and guess what we did. "Mostly Girl Stuff".
Our day started out by laying out a 4-patch "I spy" quilt. After that, Mitchell sewed 10 of the 20 4-patches needed for this little boy's quilt. We're using flannel squares I got recently in a charm swap. I'm so pleased that he got that much done.

He's a good sewer and is learning how to chain piece. He's good at sewing the quarter inch too.
Then mid-morning, we made cookies. He had molasses cookies at his other grandmothers house yesterday and decided those would be the kind he/we would make. As we were making them, he kept smelling the batter as the combination of butter, sugar and molasses kept getting better and better. Then we added some ginger. He loved that smell even better. He did taste test the batter and gave it his thumbs up. I scooped balls of batter on the cookie sheet and his job was to sprinkle sugar on the top. The recipe didn't call for that, but he thought it would be a nice touch. I know some will ask, so here is the recipe we used. It is out of an older church cookbook.

Soft Molasses Cookies

4 cups flour
1/2 cup soft butter
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup white sugar
1 egg
1/2 cup milk
1 cup molasses
2 tsp baking soda
4 tsp ginger

Cream shortening, butter, sugar and molasses. Then add egg and milk. Add dry ingredients. If the dough is very soft, refridgerate the dough for half an hour. Drop on greased (or silpat) baking sheet with a small ice cream scoop. Bake for 10 minutes in a 375 degree oven. Makes approx. 75 two inch cookies.
After we had a fabulous lunch that included molasses cookies, the three of us (including grampie) headed off to the golf course.
The golf pro gave him a lesson. He loved Mitchell's beat up clubs. They were small and in terrible shape. But the pro said, he loves to see that because he knows the kid is out beating the ball around. We laughed.

After the lesson we proceeded to hole number one and played 9 holes. We had a lot of fun. Mitchell out drove me on many holes, but my score was lower than his by 6 strokes. I can tell it won't be long before that gap narrows and he'll be beating his grammie at golf.


cpm said...

FUN! FUN! My kids love golfing too! Michael is only five and out-drives me sometimes too! Slightly embarrassing when on the first tee! ha!ha!

Karen said...

Mitchell is a man of many talents. Way to go, Mitchell!!