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Baby Jesus Can’t Eat Fruitcake.

I hate it when the “Today Show” anchors interview each other about their own pet projects. It’s seven minutes of “you’re awesome”; “NO! You’re awesome!!” I am surprised they don’t look like Bella after her honeymoon with Edward with all the back-patting that’s going on. I would love it if some crabby old man would come on to interview them. Someone call Andy Rooney…wait.

Now they have a guy on making fruitcake. I don’t care where you’re from, no one eats that crap. If the 3 Wise Men had brought baby Jesus a fruit cake, first-they’d be none too wise–raisins are a choking hazard, second, Baby Jesus would re-gift it.

My goal is for everyone to EAT and ENJOY what I make. That being said, people are generally hot or cold about gingerbread cookies. I like them, but the captain does NOT. I HOPE you like them, if not, I’ve made 17 other cookies, try one of those.

Batch 18. Gingerbread Buttons adapted from this recipe.

Gingerbread Buttons

Gingerbread Buttons

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy
  3. add in egg yolk and molasses and whip until light
  4. sift in dry ingredients and mix until well blended
  5. cover and chill for 45mins to an hour
  6. on a floured surface with a floured rolling pin, roll out the dough until you reach 1/4 inch thickness
  7. using opposite sides of a small cup, cut out a circle and place onto a parchment lined sheet.
  8. using the bottom of the same cup, press into the center of the cookie to build the edge ridges of the button.
  9. Using a LARGE straw, (like that for a venti drink or large drink at Starbucks or Dunkin) punch out the eyes of the button, if the straw gets gummed up, snip it off with a pair of scissors.
  10. Bake for 8-10 minutes
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Tonight is BodyPump and Spin. (I am still not allowed to run-fooey.) I am really looking forward to the pump, but I miss getting my run on. I am finding other forms of cardio get really boring to me. Not being able to run is bringing out my crazy in a bad, bad way. Perhaps if I had some fluffy slippers with slick bottoms, I could floor skate in my house. I liked that a lot as a kid. Maybe I’ll go old school, or maybe I’ll just stock up on magazines and hit the damn elliptical.

What is your workout today?

Ever been out of commission for any extended period of time?

6 comments on “Baby Jesus Can’t Eat Fruitcake.

  1. Those cookies are sooooo cute! Not to mention, theylook scrumdidilyumcious! Mmmm!

    I have been out of commission, when I was pregnant with Ana. Partial placenta previa later in pregnancy caused me not to be allowed todo much of anything or lift anything, including my own spoon…(that may be a slight exaggeration). Also, after my emergency gallbladder surgery (sounds weird, I know…but they said I was going into liver failure because of it), I was supposed to take a week off from everything…but I had an event to finish planning at work and had to be there for it. Pain or not, the show must go on. So after a day of rest, I was back to cracking the whip. Needless to say, my coworkers were none to thrilled with this, expecially those who had taken a week to two weeks after their gallbladder surgeries and the lady who had hers done a month later and took a week and a half off. She got razzed pretty bad…”Tracy came back…and so should you.” LOL! But, maybe I wasn’t the smart one. Should have taken that week off…darn it!

    I hope you are up and running (no pun intended) soon. It sucks being unable to do regular activities. Hope you have a fun and beautiful holiday season. :)

  2. I’m not a big fan of gingerbread, but those cookies look pretty darn adorable.

    Probably the times that stick out most in my mind for being laid up is when I’ve had surgery (had my tonsils out at the age of 24 – not fun!). I’ve discovered that I’m no good at having surgery and am a big baby about it…always takes me longer to recover than what the doctor predicts.

  3. I love gingerbread, but the architect does not. More for me! Ha!

    I had foot surgery last October; my pre-surgery training was pretty crappy (since 10K was my max w/o pain), and then I had to take time off after (obviously; the boot + crutches /=/ running).

    I’m also finding running to be next to impossible now. Which pisses me off. Did you run through your pregnancies? Why isn’t this working for me? (last question directed at the universe, not at you.)

    Also, I have a confession – I love homemade fruitcake. I KNOW! So weird. I never make it, because everyone is super prejudiced against it, but I ate it growing up, and it can be so moist! And flavorful!

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