First of all, Starbucks gingerbread latte mix. My friend Mindy brought this over. She found the recipe on Pinterest and decided to try it out. (I love when my friends try out recipes and then bring me the results. I didn't even WORK for this!)
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground ginger
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon
(This is what we're trying to recreate. Can you smell it??)
So, you mix it all together in a large container. Large because it will start to rise a la those old volcano science fair projects!
You can keep it on the counter, or in the fridge. It will separate, but just stir it back together. Add to a latte to make your very own home made Starbucks gingerbread latte! This weekend I was battle the WORLD'S WORST HEAD COLD. So, I was trying to stay hydrated, sipping hot drinks to soothe my throat and doing my best not to hack on anybody. I even tried a spoonful of this in steamed milk. Ohhhhhh, yummy.
Passing along this sort of recipe gets you nice Christmas presents. Just sayin', my friends!
Now, usually I'm Sally Hawkins playing Anne Elliott in Persuasion (2007) but for the past month I've been working on a young adult project/ course with Franny Billingsley. I've had to put away my regency things and...
pretend I was high on a mountain top in Japan, surrounded by macaques. (That's me on the left. Looking tired.) You can watch these funny guys on a live web cam here. Seriously, click the link. It's a hoot. When I'm up late writing, I like to click on the live cam an watch the macaques hang out in their natural hot tub. (Who says writers are boring, eh??)
The Kuromon Gate of Mt. Atago, where my story is set.
Anyway, that deadline was Monday and I felt the need to celebrate everything (I hope) I've learned. Things like a believable plot, characters with hidden agendas (even from themselves) and world-building beyond a few houses or naming a state.this tutorial in ourbestbites but didn't have an condensed milk or plain gelatin.
So, I decided to make something more like this.
You can even turn them sideways and pretend it's for Bastille Day!
No? Oh, okay...
I hope you find something to give your day a little bit of fun this week and let me know if you've found a great, fool-proof recipe lately!