Baking and packing…

Baking and packing…

Tomorrow I will be up at the crack of dawn and on my way South with my daughter and her family.  Today, I have a “million” things to do.  I must finish baking the goodies that I am taking for Thanksgiving…in addition to running a few errands and packing.  I baked one and a half dozen banana bread muffins that probably won’t make it to Memphis…with seven of us in a van for eleven hours!  I baked three dozen of my son-in-law’s favorite peppermint cookies.  He’s driving most of the way so I’m sure he will enjoy snacking on a few of those on the way to Memphis!

Peppermint Cookies

I also baked a double batch of my favorite molasses cookies!  Those I will have boxed up for the trip and for the Thanksgiving reunion.  I made a large batch of trail mix (m & m’s, peanuts and raisins) and divided them into little “snack bags” for the trip.  Easy to reach for that way.  If they make it to Memphis, they will stay in the van since Penny’s grandchildren are allergic to nuts.

As I finish this post, there is another favorite in the oven:  Cream Cheese Pound Cake.  I love the smell of almond and vanilla filling the apartment right now!

Wishing each of you safe travels and a joyful Thanksgiving with your families and friends…

Trail Mix Baggies

Molasses Cookies

Cookie Recipes…

Dianne’s Favorite Molasses Cookies

2 & 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

2 level teaspoons baking soda (don’t heap these)

2 tablespoons hot water

1/2 cup Crisco soft shortening (make sure it’s fresh!)

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup molasses (I use Grandma’s Molasses – unsulphured)

1 egg

6 tablespoons cold water

1/2 cup seedless raisins (or more if you’re a raisin lover)

Start heating oven to 400 degrees. Follow directions closely for the best cookie! SIFT together the flour, ginger, cinnamon and salt. Dissolve soda in hot water. Mix the Crisco shortening, sugar, molasses and egg until creamy. Mix in flour mixture alternately with the cold water; then mix in the dissolved soda and all but a few raisins. Drop by rounded tablespoons – 2? apart – onto greased cookie sheet. Sprinkle with remaining raisins. Bake 12 minutes or until done. Makes about 2 dozen.


Favorite Peppermint Cookies

2/3 cup Butter flavored Crisco

1/4 cup granulated sugar

1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar

1 egg

1 & 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup crushed peppermint candy canes

Cream Crisco and sugars in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed.  Beat in egg.  Combine flour, baking powder and salt.  Blend well into creamed mixture and stir in crushed peppermint.  Shape into small balls.  Bake at 350 degrees for about 11 – 12 minutes on ungreased cookie sheets.  Makes about 36 cookies, so I usually double it…they’re so good.  Don’t wait too long to get the cookies off the pan or they will harden and it won’t be easy!

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About Dianne

Although I am a true Southern Heart (I was born in Mississippi and grew up in Tennessee), I also love the Prairie, and that is where I am now.

I am a mother of three grown children - two wonderful sons and an amazing, beautiful daughter. I am a grandmother of nine - two grandsons and seven granddaughters. If you were to ask my grandchildren: they would tell you that "being a grandmother is what I do and that nothing in this world could keep me from it".


  1. Linda Albea Pludra :

    Have a great Thanksgiving!!!! Thud sounds like so much fun for all of you to be together!!! How efficient and wonderful you are….all your baking goodies sound delicious, I know everyone will enjoy them!!!!!!

  2. Dianne,
    Do you have a recipe you are willing to share for the molasses cookies? Yours look just like my moms but she would never give me her recipe and now she is gone. They look really good! And not thin like I see in stores sometimes.


  3. Safe travels to you Dianne and hope you return home with wonderful rich new memories…
    Happy Day of Giving Thanks…

  4. Dianne, hope you are enjoying a wonderful visit with your family!!! I can see that there is lots of good food to enjoy! blessings ~ tanna

  5. the goodies are what make a road trip bearable, and you’ve knocked out quite a few delicious treats! hope your thanksgiving was wonderful. 🙂

  6. Happy belated Thanksgiving, Dianne! I hope your trip was fun and that you come home fat and happy! Just looking at your goodies makes me hungry! xx

  7. Hope you are having a great time or had depending on how long you are here. Weather has been great. I even saw tomatoes on a vine yesterday but we have had a frost so that might have taken them. If you want to pet a horse, stop off in Eads. Happy Thanksgiving.

  8. Thank you, everyone, for your wonderful comments! I so enjoy them! I hope each and every one of you had a blessed and happy Thanksgiving.

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