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FLOODED BASEMENT THANKFUL

 

 

Recently, while experiencing a warm, cozy moment in bed with my morning coffee and journal, I had some uplifting thoughts about the approaching Thanksgiving season and the spirit of thankfulness. I quickly, with a strong sense of purpose, wrote the thoughts down in preparation for this month’s blog.  To inspire and motive us all…

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So today is the day! I’ve set aside an hour to write the blog (I hope!) before I have to head out.  As I am walking downstairs, I hear my phone buzzing.  Oh!  It’s my sweet husband.  He just left for the office and he is probably alerting me about a traffic jam to avoid.   How considerate.  Always thinking of my safety (he sees so much in the emergency room).  He really doesn’t need to hover so.  But, instead, he says, “The basement is flooded in that spot that happens with a heavy rain.  I threw down some towels, but it needs more.  OK?  Thanks.  Bye.”

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There goes my time allotted to write the blog….As I threw down what seemed like a hundred more towels and wondered how in the world I was going to  wring them out and wash them…..Oh well, I’ll worry about that tomorrow (come on now, we are in the South and we do remember something of Scarlett O’Hara for goodness sake!)  But I digress,  I wondered about my warm fuzzy thoughts of thankfulness and realized, that REALLY, I needed to reboot.

Thankfulness over the beautiful fall leaves, fuzzy new puppies and Aunt Julia’s chocolate pie  has its place.

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But how about being thankful for the huge blessings of ….I have a house to mop up!  I have a husband who has a job.  I have food in the pantry upstairs.  A lot of people don’t. A tornado didn’t knock down my house last night.  Nobody is in my yard threatening to cut my kids heads off with a machete.  My kindergarten teacher daughter did NOT have someone storm into her sweet little classroom with a gun.  Whoa!  I know these seem dark and overly dramatic, but some people ARE dealing with this stuff.  And thankfully, I’m not. I wish nobody was.

In short, I think of the happy lady who faithfully serves everyone their food at the local bistro, with a hug and a huge smile, who replies when you ask how she is, “JUST GREAT! I WOKE UP THIS MORNING!”

So ok, I will share my other, warm, fuzzy, Hallmark thankful thoughts too (but maybe in another blog), but every now and then a wet basement and a little time slopping around in yuk is not a bad thing. It makes you think.

MOLASSES COOKIES  

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 1 cup sugar 1 cup brown sugar ½ cup butter 1 cup Crisco ½ cup molasses 2 eggs 3 teaspoons baking soda 4 cups flour 1 teaspoon cloves 1 teaspoon ginger 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoon salt

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Cream together on medium speed sugars, molasses, and eggs.

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Sift together flour and remaining dry ingredients.

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Oops, the picture should be of baking SODA, not baking powder. BTW, I have discovered this pumpkin pie spices mixture that I use and like instead of measuring out the cloves and cinnamon.  I used a couple of teaspoons of it in this recipe as well as 1 tsp. of ginger.

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After sifting flour with dry ingredients, add by the cupful to mixed ingredients. It can be messy, so be careful to go slow!  I pulse my mixer on and off until the flour starts to disappear into the batter. Refrigerate the dough overnight, if possible. I refrigerated mine for about 6 hours at least.

 

Roll into balls….1” or so. Place balls on greased baking sheet and bake at 325 for 10 minutes. ENJOY!