While in Wickenburg we had rain. In the southeast corner of Arizona they had snow. I saw photos on Facebook and it appeared our area might have gotten 2-3 inches of the white stuff while we were in Wickenburg. That storm happened earlier this week and the snow continues to stick around on the Dragoons and the Chiracahua Mountains as we enter another week.
Emmi and I are branching out, walking more each day–she keeps up–until she finds something good and smelly then I have to remind her we are on a walk, not a smelling expedition!
It’s always good to visit friends and see new country but it’s also great to be home. All three of us were so glad to be home. We stopped in Marana at the Costco and picked up a few groceries. It is a relief to be paying below $3/gallon for gas–finally!
The Cowboy finished a stained glass piece and we both love it–first one he has done in about 40 years.
He is all ready sketching for his next project. He also decided to start a job that needs finishing–our baseboards are the same tile that is on the floors and we had grouted across the tops of some of the baseboard tile but not all. He plans on just doing a little at a time as it’s a on your hands and knees kind of job and his helper is no help at all with this knee.
I’ve been baking again–these are the best gingersnap cookies–
Gingersnaps (Taste of Home) named Cookie Jar Gingersnaps on Taste of Home
Makes 3 dozen
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
- 1 large egg, room temperature
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1-1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- Preheat oven to 350°. Cream shortening and 1 cup sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and molasses. In another bowl, combine next five ingredients; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well.
- Shape level tablespoonfuls of dough into balls. Dip one side into remaining sugar; place 2 in. apart, sugary side up, on greased baking sheets. Bake until lightly browned and crinkly, 12-15 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.
We had a welcome home present waiting on the porch–my sweet sister Ann sent me flowers and they are beautiful!!
Saturday afternoon I enjoyed a bit of “culture”–a harp concert at our local library. The soloist even invited the audience to play the various harps–and I did. Not exactly “play” but it’s quite easy to learn to play the opening cords for the Christmas carol Joy To The World on a harp.
Our weather has not been Arizona warm–45 degrees in the daytime, dipping into the 20’s at night. But I remind myself it is winter and at least we won’t be experiencing these predicted Montana temperatures for the coming week!!!–
Busy week coming up–doctor appointment, two physical therapy appointments and best of all–someone is coming to clean my house and wash my windows!!! Life is good!!