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Chewy Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

Homemade Gingersnap Recipe

The days are getting shorter, the nights are getting colder, and yesterday felt time to start making some of our favorite cold weather treats. Here's my favorite gingersnap recipe.

We like our cookies chewy at our house, and these cookies will give you that great soft mouth feel with a little crunch, plus that little warmth of ginger. I promise you will be addicted.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ginger
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup granulated or sanding sugar
Directions:

Whisk together the dry ingredients (flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, and ginger) and set aside.

Add the butter, brown sugar, molasses, and egg to a separate bowl, and beat with a mixer until smooth.

Add the dry ingredients while mixing on low until fully combined.

Chill the dough for about 20-30 minutes while you preheat the over to 325 degrees.

Form the dough into about 3/4" balls, flatten them slightly in the palm of your hands. Roll them in the granulated sugar and place them on a baking sheet. Leave enough space for them to spread out a bit.

Cook for 8-10 minutes. Makes about 3 dozen cookies.

Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

Gingersnap Cookie Recipe

If you try them, please email me and let me know what you think. :)

Quick and Easy Halloween/Fall Dessert Table with Spiced Cider Recipe

Putting together a dessert table for Halloween doesn't have to be difficult or expensive. I put this modern, adult table together in about an hour using inexpensive decorations, store-bought food, and free Halloween printables from our site. The only thing I made myself was a hot spiced apple cider with nutmeg, star anise, cinnamon, cloves, peppercorns, and an orange (recipe below).

My goal with the table was to bring fall into our home and to have a little celebration. We all had a lot of fun!

Here's how I did the table...

I love modern lines and interesting backdrops, so I make this backdrop by wiring together $2 placemats I found at Ikea, then using Glue Dots to hang it on the wall... simple but definitely impactful.

Next, I put out a lot of pumpkins, squashes, and gourds in different shapes and sizes to give it a real earthy feel, and added just a few of these free Halloween printables designed by Love the Day. Plus, I clipped branched from my bushes and olive tree outside to add some green. I love olive branches. You will be seeing lots of them in future posts, I promise. :)

I bought simple Halloween treats at Trader Joe's: scones, cookies, a spice cake, and jelly candies and displayed them on pretty (but not expensive) plates and jars I have.

I added candles in warm hues to add drama as the sun went down.

But what I really wanted to play with was smell. I wanted my house to instantly smell like fall, which meant apples and cinnamon. I achieved this in two ways. I made homemade spiced apple cider to serve to my guests.

But I also added a Glade Expressions oil diffuser in Fuji Apple Cardamon Spice to keep the smell going throughout the party. It fit in perfectly with the decor and added extra yumminess to the party.

Once the cider was gone, the house still smelled delicious. And that was my plan. :)

HOMEMADE SPICED APPLE CIDER RECIPE

Ingredients:

  • 2 quarts apple cider or apple juice
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 whole nutmeg
  • 6 cloves
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 20 black peppercorns
  • 1 orange

Directions:

Crack the nutmeg and break the cinnamon sticks in half. Add the spices to a saucepan and cook on medium heat for a minute or two, until the smell of the spice starts to develop.

Add the apple juice. Quarter the oranges, squeeze the juice into the pan, and throw the rind in as well. Turn up the heat until the juice starts to simmer, then turn to low and cover for 30 minutes.

Serve hot!  You can add some rum or bourbon for an adult beverage.

For more Halloween inspiration, check out all these amazing Halloween parties on our site!

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DIY TUTORIAL: Easy Framed Pine Cones

My daughter loves pine cones and always collects them, so when I saw this tutorial for a beautiful way to display them in a frame, I had to post about it. The tutorial was created by Linda of Craftaholics Anonymous.

How beautiful would these framed pine cones look as part of your fall or winter decor.

easy-framed-pine-conesCheck out the entire tutorial here!

Thank you, Linda for this easy craft. I might be making one this week with my daughter.

FREE Thanksgiving Party Printables from Cupcake Express

Here's our first collection of free Thanksgiving printables designed by Ashley from Cupcake Express. I'm calling this collection our "turkey" collection and I'm sure you can see why. What I love about it is that it's both traditional and modern.

This collection includes: an invitation, party circles, cupcake wrappers, food labels, favor tags, drink flags, and a Happy Thanksgiving sign.

DOWNLOAD THE HIGH RESOLUTION FILES FOR PRINTING

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Here's a sample of some of the printables up close...free-thanksgiving--printable-cupcake-toppers

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free-thanksgiving-invitation-printable

free-thanksgiving-food-labels-printable

thanksgiving-Thank-you-TagThank you, Ashley for designing this cute and fun collection for us. To learn more about Ashley and see her designs, check her out at Cupcake Express.

DIY TUTORIAL: How to Make a Cozy Fall Yarn Wreath

Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs makes some beautiful crafts. I love this fall wreath she created with chunky yarn, felt, and an old sweater.

How wonderful would this look at your Thanksgiving celebration or even decorating your front door. It's so warm and cozy and the little pinwheel flowers are just too sweet.

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diy-fall-yarn-wreath

diy-fall-yarn-wreath

Check out this simple tutorial to make your own. Thank you, Jo-Anna!

Happy Labor Day!

What a wonderful summer it's been for us here at Catch My Party (although a little cold in Santa Monica).  We hope you've had a great one, too.

We look forward to a festive fall filled with many great parties, new features on the site, and lots of posts highlighting all your creativity.

If you've thrown a  Labor Day party, please add it to the site.  We'd love to show it off!

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