Sunday, November 29, 2015

Gingerbread Cookie Recipe

This recipe is a sure way to bring the flavors and aromas of the holiday season into your home. With delicious ingredients like butter, eggs, flour and molasses, a medley of spices gets combined to make a dough which captures the spirit of Christmas or whatever holiday you celebrate.   I created some simple cookies this morning for a very special client of mine, which is why I wanted to reintroduce you to the recipe.  You're going to want to try it in the coming weeks! 

Gingerbread Boy

The cookie dough is typical gingerbread dough, which is to say that it is a bit difficult to handle if you let it come to room temperature while working with it.  I like to roll and cut out my cookie shapes while the dough is still cold from the refrigerator;  you will see that it is still malleable regardless of having been chilled.

Gingerbread Christmas Tree

Once baked and cooled, the cookies will hold their shapes, the tops will dome slightly, but their texture will have you and the kids reaching for more.  Iced with a good royal icing (enter it on my search box), the cookies can get decorated according to your tastes.  
Gingerbread Men
These gingerbread men are simple, yet utterly delicious.  With a simple white outline, each cookie gets a set of eyes, a smile, some buttons down the middle, a bit of coloring along the legs and a dapper pin of holly leaves (these are candies attached with royal icing). 

Gingerbread Christmas Trees
The gingerbread Christmas trees have swoops of icing to suggest snow laden boughs.  A sprinkling of snowflake candies attached with royal icing, along with some dots for ornaments, complete the look.  Easy! 

Sometimes, the simplest of cookies are the best tasting.

Happy Baking!

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Small Business Saturday

I highly encourage all of you to shop locally at a small business today and help support your fellow friends and neighbors.  Some of the things that I love doing on this particular day is to visit some antique shops and pick up anything that catches my eye, stop at a local cafĂ© to sip a latte for energy, and then grab something to nibble on from the farmers market.  You should also consider the many individuals that have online shops through Etsy, their own websites and through word of mouth.  Don't forget those caterers who are at the ready to help you entertain in the coming weeks.  Shopping small and shopping locally is a very wise thing to do throughout the year, but it's especially prudent to do so during the holiday season. 


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving

This is the time to gather around the dinner table with friends and family so that we can be reminded of all the good things in our lives.  Let's be thankful and grateful for what we do have.  May you have a warm place to enjoy a good dinner with friends and family no matter where you happen to be. 

Happy Thanksgiving!



Sunday, November 22, 2015

Thank You for Five Amazing Years!

As the blog marks its fifth anniversary, I want to take a moment to thank every single reader, well-wisher, supporter and friend, who has taken the time to read a post or two over the past five years.  Back in 2010 when I was encouraged to start a blog by several friends, I really didn't know what I was going to be writing about, where this blog would lead me or what doors it would help open up for me.  What I can say with a certainty is that these five years have led me to some wonderful experiences.

Over the course of these five amazing years, I have made many friends and acquaintances, and it is because of your kind words and encouragement that I have managed to create content which I hope is informative.  I can't tell you how fulfilling and rewarding it is to me to hear from someone who has had success with a recipe that I've grown fond of, or to hear that I've helped solve a collector's mystery for an individual.  When a dear reader writes telling me that I've assisted in making their lives a little better and a bit nicer, or that I've inspired them to try something new, it makes everything that I create and write about all that much more worthwhile.

A reader of the blog recently sent me a kind note that summed up what I hope and wish Good Things by David means to some of you.

Hello David!

I used your sugar cookie recipe for the millionth time to make cookies for a mommy and me get together.  

Little Sammy from the bee-themed first birthday party is a big boy now with a baby sister.  Time has gone by so quickly.  Thank you for all of your inspiration and great recipes.  Though I've never met you, it is so nice to have you and your recipes as a part of our family traditions.

Much love to you and yours,

From the bottom of my heart, thank you Jessica, and thank you readers for five amazing years!  I wouldn't be here creating and sharing content if it weren't for your support.