Snarkology Halloween Hop

Snarkology Halloween Blog Hop 2015

Welcome to my blog and welcome to the Snarkology Halloween Hop!

I’m having a hard time accepting that it’s already the end of October and the wicked holiday season is nearly upon us. That scares me more than any ghost or goblin or scary campfire story ever could!

But, October is also one of the months I look forward to most. Not for Halloween. But because it’s right in the middle of Fall and college football is just getting good! Most teams have worked out the majority of their kinks and it’s time to start playing for something more than shaking the rust off.

I spend my Saturdays watching football. I check in on scores and watch some NFL on Sundays, but for the most part, I’m a Saturday’s football kind of gal.

Some of my favorite food is Fall food, too…

Sausage and cheese balls around Thanksgiving.

Boiled peanuts.

The entire table of Thanksgiving foods!

Caramel apples. Candy apples.

Warm cider. Hot chocolate.

Molasses cookies.

And Gingerbread lattes right AFTER Thanksgiving! (come to mama!)

I love warm foods. Soups and stews and those are consistently on the menu in my house.

Sports connect our family, but no sports like football connect us. We gather on Saturdays to eat and yell at the television, cheer and groan about good plays and c’mon man and you had one job plays. We get up for Gameday and talk over breakfast and anticipate the day’s match-ups. Football season is full of texts from out of town family asking did you see that play, can you believe that call…

I was raised in the South where college football is a religion all on it’s own and marrying into the wrong team family, can bring years of division and strife… But only on Saturdays.

What brings your family together? What do you connect over? Leave a comment and I’ll choose one winner to receive a $20 Giftcard to the etailer of your choice.

You’re also encouraged to enter the Hop-wide giveaway! Follow the hop from blog to blog, find new to you authors, catch up with some favorites, too!

Cam’s Molasses Cookies

Ingredients:

1-1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
1/2 cup molasses
4-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup coarse decorating sugar

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°.

In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and molasses.

Combine the flour, ginger, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt; gradually add to creamed mixture and mix well. Shape into 2-inch balls (ice cream/cookie scoops work well here) and roll in coarse sugar. Place 2-1/2-inches apart on ungreased baking sheets (I usually use parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil). Bake 13-15 minutes or until tops are cracked. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Yield: 2 dozen.

Have fun on the hop, y’all! And don’t forget to enter!

~lissa

Happy Thanksgiving!

inthekitchen320If you are in the United States, I hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with family and friend. If you’re not in the US, I hope you’re having a wonderful Thursday!

I have spent a lot of time in the kitchen the last couple days and it doesn’t look to be ending until sometime tomorrow after I get done baking some cookies. I am in the mood for some giant molasses cookies. Or maybe some sugar cookies. Chocolate chip? See, I haven’t decided yet. And yes, even though I have 3 different pies in the house right now, I have a hankering to bake cookies. It’s kind of a transition between Thanksgiving and Christmas for me, I guess.

On the topic of Thanksgiving…

There are only 4 of us in the house so a whole turkey didn’t make sense in a lot of ways. For a few years now, I’ve done turkey breasts. Once, I roasted it in the oven, but last year and this year I cooked it overnight in the slow cooker. Oh. My. Goodness. Yum city! There are a variety of websites and blogs that have slow cooker turkey breast recipes, but the one I used this year is from Six Sisters Stuff(more…)