Ginger nuts and loaded week

I baked the ginger nuts today after eaten a really simple dinner. I’m glad I downsized the recipe to half of what the originally was, or else I would still be in the kitchen rolling out the nuts. It took quite a while, but it was fun :)

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In between the baking and watching the oven, I finished the label that are going on the jar. I used some ‘glue-paper’ to attatch it to the jar. The label says ‘homemade ginger nuts’. This is how it came out:

021208-3a1Here is the recipe:

250 gram butter
250 gram sugar
2 dl full cream
1.5 tea spoon ginger
1 tea spoon cinnamon
1 tea spoon pepper
0.5 tea spoon cardamom
0.5 tea spoon baking powder
1 tea spoon baking soda
500 gram flour

Stirr the butter and sugar until it’s ‘white’. Add the full cream, spices and flower mixed with the baking soda. Mix it well together.

Put the dough in the frigde over the night. Roll the dough into finger-thick lenghts. Cut in small pieces and make the ball-shaped. Bake them in the ove at 190° in 12-15 minutes.

After I finished work at 16.00 I went downtown. I had to go to the post-office to send the slutbook to Chantie. It’s now on its way to her. I hope she’ll get it soon. At the post-office I also sent some office-mail, bought some stamps and envolopes for my christmas cards. I have to finish those soon. Not sure when I got time for that though…

Tomorrow I have to make Gro’s birthday card. I guess I’ll be stuck with that for a while. I really have to do some cleaning too, because I get a friend over on saturday. My apartment looks like a mess. Sigh. On thursday, me and my colleague G*Star, we’re going on a christmas party arranged by the company that collects the money from people who won’t pay their bills. (Don’t kow the name for such companies…) It will last all evening.

On friday it’s Gro’s birthday dinner. The girls are meeting at Santinos downtown for dinner. Will be fun. Now if I only could find out what to wear….

And on saturday Bjørg is coming. We’re going shopping. First at IKEA and then maybe a big mall in Sandvika, right outside Oslo. She’ll stay until sunday :) 

So maybe sometime on sunday I can finish the cards. I thought about asking Ellen over for dinner, but I’m not sure yet. She’ll be away for most of the weekend I think and I’m not sure when she’ll be back on sunday. Maybe I also would like the sunday to just relax all by myself too. Hmm. I would have to think about it. No need to settle any plans right now.

I went nuts for nothing…

I jumped to conclutions a bit early today. I still can’t make the ginger nuts for Gro. But I’ve decided to make them for someone else. As a matter of fact, two of my other friends I give a little something for christmas. I already have bought one of them, Bjørg, two small gifts. But I can juggle around a bit with the gifts. No problemo.

So today I was downtown buying a big jar with  lid on where I will store the ginger nuts. My plan is, and I figured this out while working today, to put on a sticker on one side where it says homemade ginger nuts. And on the other side of the jar, I’m gonna place the recipie for the ginger nuts. Cool, ay? i’ll post a picture when everything is done.

On my way home from work I went to the grocerystore and bougth the ingredients for the nuts. After I’d eaten dinner and reasting a bit on the couch, I started making the dough.

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After it was done, I placed it in the fridge. It need to be somewhere cool over the night. And while making some more gift tags and watching tv at the same time, I realised I’d forgot to put pepper in the dough. Doh! It suddenly hit me. So I had to fix that ;)

I was worried this morning about my christmas gift to Gro. For no reason, I know now. Because the ginger nuts wouldn’t happen, my mind was empty. I couldn’t think of anything to give her. Can I blame on the fact that it was monday morning and I was tired? After work I went to Gina Tricot and right inside the store I find a cool cardigan. A perfect gift. I bought it right away! So now her gift is done. 

I stress a bit over the christmas gifts, which i shouldn’t. I should enjoy it. But when things doesn’t go my way, it’s not easy to relax. Like last week when I bougth mum a present and was very happy that her was done, because she’s extremely difficult when it comes to gifts. On saturday my dad tells me she already have what i’ve bought. Sigh. Now I have to return it and it annoys me.

I have to try to not let it get to me. There is far worse things happening in this world. Gift shopping should be fun. i shouldn’t turn it into a nightmare! So my attitude stops here. From now on, positive thoughts. And if something doesn’t go my way, find a new way! My grandfather always used to say: ‘there will always be another train’ meaning there is still hope, if you miss one train, wait for the next one and hop on!

Bad ideas late at night :(

I shouldn’t be coming up with (great) ideas late at night. Because they’re not always that great. I’ve must’ve been real tired last night when I thougt about those cookies as Gro’s christmas gift. I found out they’re called ginger nuts btw.

Anyway, this morning a thought popped up in my mind. Gro is allergic to pepper. How could I forget that? And in the ginger nuts, one ingredient is actually pepper. Hmf! I know she used to eat ginger nuts before, but that was maybe befoer she became allergic or knew she was allergic… I dunno. To be absolutely sure, I sms’ed her husband this morning to get his view on it. He said it would be ok to eat ginger nuts if there wasn’t any actual pepper in it.

So… we can say bye bye to this cool idea. Blargh!!

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