Martha Mondays – Molasses Ginger Cookies

Its a while since we did cookies on Martha Mondays and I was pleased to do an autumny project.  These cookies remind me of cosy nights in and I am all for that!  The pick this week was by Lyndsey who amazes me with her three blogs, of which Tiny Skillet is one of my favourite blogs to visit. 


These cookies were easy to make and I confess that after a day in the kitchen baking I didn’t bother chilling the mixture twice, but instead chilled it after I had made it and then just baked them. 

My verdict, they are certainly peppery and gingery.  Mum thinks that they are a bit too sweet but I disagree.  I liked them and I am sure work colleagues will like them too in the morning.  Thanks for a great pick Lyndsey.

Autumn Decoration for the Fireplace

Blogs are so inspiring to me.  I have been finding lots of inspiration lately from Edie at Love In Grace and the Nester’s website and of course, at Eddie Ross

For the first time I thought that it would be a nice to change to mix things up a bit in the living room and to decorate the fireplace and bookcase for autumn.  Unlike last year we have not planted gourds but did plant pumpkins which are too early to pick yet.  Mum and I worked together on this project and spent about £10 on three gourds, some dried flowers and some other fresh flowers.  Using gold, brown and green we found items from around the house and changed some photos in frames to reflect the season change. 

Everything laid out first – I never usually lay things out, but it helped greatly to be able to change my mind and then see everything out.  We decided not to use the candlesticks.


Berries and seed pots were bought from the supermarket.  The hydrangeas and red leaves came from the garden.


On the bookcase the copper pot will be filled with gourds in a few weeks for Halloween.  The brown medicine bottles are from a collection that my dad had in the shed. 


And here is the fireplace (hideous fire I know!) but the fireplace looks really good.  The candles came from Ireland and have been moved down from the study, the houses used to sit near the back door. 


We are really pleased with the subtle changes.  Along with the fireplace, blankets have been placed on the sofas and I am embracing autumn more and more!


Blogs I Love – Andrew Ritchie’s Martha Moments

Andrew Ritchie’s blog Martha Moments was the first blog that I ever looked at. A couple of years ago I Googled ‘Martha’ and found Andrew’s account of attending a Good Things event where he critiqued the day including what they had done that day, Martha’s presence at the event and the food that had been served. I loved it.

As I continued my search on the blog I found such detailed information on Martha it was as though Andrew had sat on Martha’s shoulder for many years. How he manages to find such wonderful information and know so many facts is beyond me. Subject matters include all of Martha’s houses, the magazines, Good Things and details on the business.

The joy of the blog, which I read before I even check out Martha’s blog is that it is real. In the past Andrew has commented on things that he feels could be modified, and changed for the better. His annual review of Living is superb and I can’t wait until the end of December to see what he thought about the 2009 magazines.

If you are after information on Martha and what is coming up, Andrew’s blog is the likely place to find that information. Andrew has twice helped me with information on Martha and he has always been very gracious about my rambling emails.

I truly love Martha Moments and can’t wait to have my own Martha Moment so that I can tell Andrew all about it.

If you haven’t stopped by at Martha Moments, I urge you to. Andrew keeps a wonderful blog and I love him dearly for keeping me updated on all that is going on in Martha’s world.