Saturday, December 21, 2013

Gingerbread Men Sandwiches with Frozen Orange Custard

Wishing everyone wonderfully, peaceful holidays! I had no intention of being absent from my blog in the month of December, but my mom took a tumble and thankfully did not have any broken bones. She is in rehab and getting stronger, and will be spending Christmas with our entire family and then going back to rehab for more PT and OT. Her best friend also fell the same week that mom did, and broke her hip. They are both at the same rehab center and keeping each other company.


 I love this time of the year, and at some point, I will make a few of these gingerbread men sandwiches. What a refreshing treat it will be, even if it is in January. The original recipe calls for homemade frozen orange custard, but I'm going to buy the ice cream and add some orange zest to it.

What caught my eye was the recipe for the ginger bread. 

 HARD GINGER BREAD (from The Presidential Cookbook, 1896) “Stir to a cream one cupful of butter and a half a cupful of brown sugar; add to this two cupfuls of cooking molasses, a cupful of sweet milk, a tablespoonful of ginger, a teaspoonful of ground cinnamon; beat all thoroughly together. Beat into this two cups of sifted flour, then a teaspoonful of soda, dissolved in a spoonful of water, and last, two more cupfuls of sifted flour.” Roll to a thickness of 1/4” on a lightly floured surface. Bake at 350 for 8-12 minutes.


Right before Thanksgiving, I made a whimsical mesh wreath for the side door of our house so our sweet next door neighbor Isabelle could enjoy it. 


I didn't get around to making any, but these cupcake liner trees via Tater Tots and Jello are too cute.



Mom enjoyed her 77th birthday celebration in November. The table was set with her Pfaltzgraff  Tea Rose dishes and my wooden chargers. We used my grandmother's old quilt as the tablecloth. I'm looking forward to visiting blogs once mom is settled.



Thanks for stopping by!
xo
Debbie

21 comments:

  1. beautiful, table, love the cup cake holder trees, your wreath is so pretty,

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  2. So glad your mom is on the mend..and what are the odds of her friend being with her..
    We are under a storm watch here..your whimsical wreath would have a ball here:-)
    So cute..Happy Holidays..

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  3. It's so with wonderful that your mom will be able to join you all for Christmas. Best wishes for a speedy recovery to her and her friend. How nice that they have each other for company. The gingerbread sandwiches will be a yummy treat in January. I love your wreath, Debbie! My daughter made me a similar one and I'm going to send you a picture. I know Isabelle enjoys the view from her window. Merry Christmas blessings to you, my friend! xo

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    1. Thank you Kitty! Isabelle does enjoy the view from her window and tells me so ;o) It's the little things!

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  4. OMGoodness, that wreath is too adorable! Happy Christmas, Sweetie!!!

    At least your mom has a friend with her so that maybe they an encourage one another!

    xo,
    RJ

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    1. Thank you Ricki Jill! When I visited your blog, I fell in love with your new chickadee placemats ;o)

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  5. Sorry to hear about your mom Debbie, but glad that she's doing better! I wish you all a very Merry Christmas:@)

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  6. Debbie, glad to hear that your mom is doing better; and that she is able to be with her friend, even under the circumstances. Wishing you and your family a Very Merry Christmas!

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  7. Sorry to hear about your mom. I am glad she will be with you for Christmas. I feel bad for her friend as well, but the timing worked out for them. Merry Christmas to you and your family. xo

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  8. So sorry to hear of your mother's fall, thankfully no broken bones...glad she will be able to enjoy Christmas dinner with her family.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours, Debbie!






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  9. Hi Debbie, I'm also sad to hear about your mother, but glad that she is doing better. Your wreath is so pretty . . . here's wishing you a wonderful Christmas.
    Your blogging sister, Connie :)

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  10. If there is a silver lining it's that your mother has a friend in rehab.

    I live gingerbread so your adorable sandwiches are very appealing to me,

    Merry Christmas to you, Joe and your boys, Debbie!

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    1. I agree Susan. Mom and her friend Pat have been eating their meals together in rehab, and enjoy each others company very much.

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  11. Merry Christmas Debbie. The table is beautiful and I am sure your Mom loved the special occasion. The gingerbread men are adorable....Love the idea of sandwiches. xo

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  12. Adorable gingerbread men sandwiches :) Love the Beekman book and love gingerbread!

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