Happy Monday! What a fun week we just had and things are about to get crazy this coming week.
Michigan was freezing cold and all of my 49 miles of running were done on the treadmill. When the thermometer plays tricks by saying it is a frigid 29 degrees out but actually feels like 9, there is no chance that I want to head outside. Thank goodness for our treadmill. It was nice and toasty in our basement!
I got into the gym to train clients a few times this past week. And on Thursday we went on a family adventure to Traverse City. My mom took us to Moomers, a local dairy, that is nationally known for their delicious ice cream. Before they close for the season, they host gingerbread making for children (or adults). For $30 you get a large pre-made gingerbread house, a muffin tin full of various candies, and plenty of messy frosting. You can also make a sleigh or a gingerbread boy/girl for $15.
Mary and her cousin had a blast making houses. This basically entailed us trying to hurry and get the candy on the house before the kids ate all of it. Moomers does offer you extra candy if you need some. Needless to say, we required seconds of a few things.
The adventure wrapped up with pictures with their projects, which were later made into ornaments to take home. Moomers also had boxes to carry the masterpieces home in. It was really an awesome time and very well thought out.
We then went downtown T.C. to try out a new to us venue. The State Street Market Place opened in the last little while and houses several restaurants, a coffee bar, brewery, and a few shops. Everything is open with communal tables to gather at. We tried some delicious Lebanese food at Ziatun. I am a sucker for beef Shwarma and spices.
Our weekend was filled with gymnastic classes, and a nice long run for me, followed by our first Christmas party of the year. It was great to get together with family and enjoy delicious food and drinks. There has been an influx of babies on my dad’s side of the family over the last year and it was a blast to see the cousins meeting each other for the first time.
We wrapped up Sunday with lots of baking, cooking, church and some great family time. To start of the week I want to share some of the delicious recipes we have tried and loved this week.
These chewy white chocolate dipped ginger cookies are fantastic. We are adding this to our cookie baking rotation. I didn’t take a picture because mine look nothing like these beauties! If you like a great ginger cookie, this one is chewy and the addition of white chocolate is perfect.
I found this recipe for shortbread while flipping through Better Homes and Gardens yesterday. I tore out the recipe and immediately made these. They are so easy and taste amazing!
Recipe: Simply combine 1 1/4 cups flour, 1/2 cup powdered sugar, and 2/3 butter. Use a pastry blender to combine. Knead into a ball and then roll out on a floured surface. Slice as you wish and place on an ungreased baking sheet. Sprinkle generously and then bake at 325ºF for 15-18 minutes until edges are golden. Cool for a few minutes and transfer to a rack.
I am also a huge fan of Six Sister’s Stuff. I made this delicious and super easy fudge. I prefer make it without the marshmallows and nuts. This comes together in minutes with just a few ingredients.
Rock finished off Sunday evening in grand style. He made these Six Sixter’s Stuff Fall Off The Bone Ribs in the slow cooker and then finished them off in the broiler. They might have been the best ribs we have ever had! I have yet to have a recipe go wrong from this website. It is my favorite.
Do you have a favorite holiday recipe you care to share? I’m baking all week because we have 3 holiday parties next weekend and are hosting two of them!