Barefoot & Bluejean Night

In case you don’t know what a wonderfully perfect summer evening consists off, here’s my list…

1. good food. This should go without saying, but hey, some people are weird and this wouldn’t be on their list. Need a tip or two for accomplishing good food? Look for my Gingerbread Softies* recipe (I got this recipe from at the bottom of this blog.

2. good weather. Not that this is controlled by man or anything, but it is a help when creating that perfect summer evening.

3. good friends. You know, the kind you can have lighthearted and/or serious conversation with, all while playing cards. That kind of “good friends.” I have friends like this and I’m grateful.

1+2+3 = perfect summer evening.

* Gingerbread Softies
These cookies flatten and crack as they cool. The secret in keeping them soft is to remove them from the oven as soon as they are set but before they start to brown.

2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1/2 cup molasses
4 cups flour
4 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
l/2 tsp. salt

Cream together the sugar and shortening. Add eggs and beat until thick. Add the molasses and stir until combined.
Sift together the flour, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt. Add to creamed mixture and stir just until blended. If the dough is very soft (hot day? warm kitchen?), wrap it in plastic wrap and chill in the freezer for 30 minutes.Shape into 1” balls and roll in sugar. Place on greased cookie sheets. Bake at 350º for 7 – 10 minutes or just until set but before they start to brown.

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