Home sweet home

I came home last night to these things...

...a very happy family (lots of hugs, kisses, and lovingly-colored pictures)
...a clean living room (cleaned by Ella in anticipation of my arrival)
...a new kitchen faucet (put in by Mark while I was away)
...my cozy bed, upon which my husband sleeps beside me (and boy did I miss him! :))
...two emails and a phone call from Michelle (so that's a relief that she still wants to be my friend even after spending 3 days with me! *grin*)

Today we're taking it easy. No school. On the agenda:

snuggles (done, but many more to come)
stories (done, but more to come!)
clean kitchen (done)
make menu plan
make grocery list
pay bills (done)
kids' chores (they've had a few days off, I see...) (done)

And for you, my friends, a recipe:

*Soft Molasses Cookies*
2 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup molasses
1 egg
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400. Grease cookie sheets.
With mixer at medium speed, beat all ingredients until well mixed. Make dough into balls and roll in a bit of sugar.
Place onto cookie sheets and pat down a bit. Bake for 7-8 minutes. Take out when still soft. Do not overbake.


  1. Glad you had such a nice time!!

    We are SO making these this week!!

  2. Welcome home, Stacy. I didn't come clean your living room, but I am glad you're back and got to milk the cow.

  3. Welcome home, girlfriend. So glad it was a great time and a great homecoming.

  4. Oh how sweet! I can't believe your friend arranged for you to milk a cow. What a wonderful friend she must be. I HOPE you got pictures!!
    I can tell your sweet family was very happy to see you - such a nice homecoming. Keep enjoying those snuggles ... and mmmmm ... thanks for the recipe!

  5. Hi Stacy :) It's lovely to have you back! Thanks for this yummy recipe. I will tuck it away in my "fall celebrations" file. Your comments at TS & UOH are such a blessing. Love, Q

  6. Glad you had a great time and a great home coming!

    Just yesterday as I was cruising the grocery aisle, I thought to myself " I really am craving a homemade "soft" molasses cookie but have never made them. So when I arrived here I was pleasantly surprised to find my dilemma solved. I'll let you know how they taste :o)YUMMO!

  7. OK, Stacy, I'm finally leaving a comment after coming to your site faithfully for a while now... :) This recipe sounds like one I like to make with Joshua. He LOVES to roll the dough into the sugar -gives them a "sugar bath" :) It's really yummy and super easy and fun to do with the kiddos! I'm so jealous of your Fall experience there; it's just not the same here in AZ - but - it is starting to cool down a bit... I don't think it hit 100 today! :) Anyway, thanks for posting this recipe. I'm excited to make these this week and hopefully it will put me more in a "Fall mood" in spirit, if not in actual experience (unfortunately, the cactus don't turn lovely shades of red, orange, or yellow, but I think it would be wonderful if they did!!!) Hugs to everyone - Love you, Camee

  8. Glad your back on the right side of the country!

  9. Thank you for all your 'welcome home' comments!You ladies are all so sweet. :)

    You will love this recipe. I promise. They are soft and chewy and delicious! And EASY!

    Yes, I have pictures of me and the cow. I'll post soon.

    Hi friend!!! Thank you for leaving a comment :) How fun to hear from you. ~smile~
    My children love the rolling-in-sugar part, too. (Most especially because then they get to lick their fingers afterwards!)
    Blessings to you and those dear boys. Hugs to all!

  10. Oh yum! Thanks for sharing...so glad you had a great time away...I was praying!

    so glad you were blessed!

    mama to 6
    one homemade and 5 adopted

  11. ooh! I made these cookies last night and they were so good. Thanks for the recipe.



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