Monthly Archives: October 2017
October is National Cookie Month. It’s a bit early for my baking – I usually go on a bit of a cookie baking binge around the holidays, mostly commonly baking Russian teacakes, snickerdoodles, chocolate crinkles, peanut butter cookies, and molasses spice cookies. The recipe for the latter is from my former sister-in-law, Betsy.
Aunt Betsy’s Molasses Spice Cookies
- 3/4 cup shortening
- 1/4 cup molasses
- 1 cup sugar + 1/4 cup sugar, divided
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- Combine shortening, molasses, sugar and egg in a large bowl and use a mixer to mix well.
- In a separate bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Combine with the shortening mixture and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
- Measure by spoonfuls and roll dough into balls then roll in sugar. Bake on ungreased cookie sheets at 350 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes (cookies will look undercooked).
October 4th is Ten-Four Day, a day to celebrate the specialized language of the CB radio. As someone old enough to remember seeing Smokey and the Bandit in the theater, this CB lingo tutorial is lots of fun:
The specialized language of the road used by CB enthusiasts made me think a bit about the specialized language of yoga, Sanskrit. While I don’t use it a lot in my classes, I am learning more about it as part of my 300-hour yoga teacher training. Watch for more thoughts on that to come, but in the meantime you can check out a couple of interesting articles about the use of Sanskrit here and here.
October 3 is Keb’ Mo’s birthday, so here’s a little ditty he wrote about his feelings about the Iraq war. I think it’s a fitting song to revisit in light of recent violence in the world. It’s great to meditate, pray, or send out positive energy as you choose, but we can’t let that be all we do. We have to stand firm against hate and darkness.