Quilts & Cookies in the Garden: Join Laura Nownes and Diana McClun for a Quilts!Quilts!!Quilts!!! Book Signing!

Lately, with my husband’s recent retirement, we have spent quite a bit of our time traveling. Sometimes he accompanies me on business trips, while other jaunts are just for fun.

gingersnaps

On our recent trip to Portland, OR, while other tourists spent time waiting in long lines for the world-famous VooDoo Doughnuts (also posted by Jennifer here) or Portland’s popular farm-to-cone handmade ice cream shop, Salt and Straw, I found my self happily browsing the aisles at Penzeys Spices located in downtown Portland. Knowing I had lots of holiday baking in my future, I filled my small shopping basket with all of my favorite spices:  two types of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, etc. Notice I purchased them in zip lock bags. They were less expensive plus I can now put them in my own decorative containers!

Garlic for baking you ask? Actually, the clerk popped this one into my bag as a thank you gift. Scary when you spend enough to get a freebie.

Garlic for baking you ask? Actually, the clerk popped this one into my bag as a thank you gift.
Scary when you spend enough to get a freebie.

I mention this today as I am spending time in my kitchen baking batches and batches of  my two favorite cookies (sugar and gingersnaps) for the BIG event on Sunday – an exhibit of all the quilts in our very latest edition of Quilts! Quilts!! Quilts!!! Yeah! Since I have no idea how many guests will be joining us, I plan to bake until the ingredients run out. It is a good thing that cookies freeze well.

While making the dough for the gingersnaps, I couldn’t resist (please don’t tell!) taking a small taste. Wow, I had no idea what a difference good-quality spices could add to the flavor. If you like ginger as much as I do, here’s the recipe for these delicious treats, compliments of my friend Sherry.

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GINGERSNAPS

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened * 1/2 cup sugar * 1/2 cup brown sugar * 1/3 cup dark molasses * 1 egg * 2 cups flour * 2-1/2 tsp. ginger * 1/2 tsp. cinnamon * 1/4 tsp. allspice * 1 tsp. baking soda * 3/4 tsp salt

Cream butter and sugars. Add molasses and mix. Add egg and mix thoroughly. Add dry ingredients and mix. Chill for 1 hour. Form into small balls and then roll in sugar. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 mins.

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Here’s a copy of the invitation to our party. There will be lots of quilts, music, flowers, refreshments, and of course, cookies! Please come help us celebrate if you are in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Until next time, happy sewing everyone.

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7 Responses to Quilts & Cookies in the Garden: Join Laura Nownes and Diana McClun for a Quilts!Quilts!!Quilts!!! Book Signing!

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  2. Ronnie Rephan says:

    Laura,
    I keep forgetting to tell you I will be unable to come and celebrate your fabulous book launch. I will be returning to the Bay Area with my group right as you are ending. I am so excited for you, though. You are such a wonderful teacher and the By Area is a richer place for having you here. Save a copy for me and I hope to get it signed by the author–oh yeah, that’s you!
    Fondly,
    Ronnie

  3. elaine says:

    Thank you for sharing your recipe…Love ginger cookies. And thank you for all the years you, Diana, your books and classes have encouraged us to be the best we can be. Your continued classes and updated “clinics” provided in your books are treasures. Quilts! Quilts! Quilts!: Thank You! Thank You! Thank You!

  4. Ellen Mykkanen says:

    I wish I could come up and celebrate with you, but alas I’ve moved to So Cal and am too far away now. Congratulations and it is fun to keep following you and your work!

  5. Cheryl Simpson says:

    Laura,
    Congrats on the new book. I wish you all the best. Can’t wait to pick up a copy for myself. Take care and know that many of us gave touched by your excellent teaching.

    • Laura Nownes says:

      Hi Cheryl,
      So nice to hear from you this morning. I will think of you this weekend at Alden Lane. I remember the time we spent together there many years ago. Hoping all is well with you and your family.

      • Cheryl Simpson says:

        Laura,
        All is well with us and I too have great memories of the day we spent at Alden Lane. It is so good to be in touch with you again and I wish you continued success. Take care.
        Cheryl

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