Monday, December 23, 2013

Not a Creature was Stirring, Not a Ghost or a Mouse



by Kath Rutledge of the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries
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'Twas the night before Christmas,

And all through the house,

Not a creature was stirring,

Not a ghost or a mouse.   




(That isn’t exactly true. The Weaver’s Cat, 
my fiber and fabric shop was packed with 
last minute customers.)


 
The stockings were all knit,

We’d been working full tilt,

And Argyle, the shop cat,

Was asleep on his quilt.

 
(He’s a cutie, isn’t he?)




When up in the attic,

There arose such a moaning,

I dashed up the stairs

And I couldn’t help groaning . . .




(. . . and this is why it isn’t exactly true that not a creature was stirring. Mice weren’t the problem; it was Geneva. She was moping and moaning, and it took a while to find out what was bothering her.)





“It’s very sad,” said the ghost.

“I’ve been looking forward to this night,

But it just isn’t Christmas,

Because something’s not right.”




“The lights are aglow,

And I hear the church bells,

But it isn’t the same,

Without the right smells.”





“We have oranges and hot cocoa,” I said.

And the fresh cut fir we’ve brought inside.

What smells are missing?”

“Warm gingerbread,” she sighed.



Gingerbread – what a simple and perfect request! How can I deny her? But I’m not much of a baker, and I’d rather not experiment on something so important to Geneva, so I’ll have to search through Granny’s recipes for one that looks both good and foolproof.



Do you have a favorite gingerbread recipe? Or a favorite Christmastime smell that triggers cozy memories?


Season's Readings!



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Kath Rutledge and Geneva appeared most recently in DYEING WISHES, the second book in the Haunted Yarn Shop Mysteries. The series is available in mass market, e-book, and audio wherever books are sold. Kath and Geneva will return in SPINNING IN HER GRAVE in March 2014 (now available for pre-order.)

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48 comments:

  1. My Christmas time smell that triggers cozy memories is cinnamon. Often times, when I was growing up, we would have cinnamon rolls for breakfast on Christmas morning. Now, we've made it a tradition in our house to do the same. Though, I don't make them myself. We get them at Cinnabon and heat them up and they make the house smell delicious. Merry Christmas!

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    1. Cinnamon is wonderful and cozy, Linda! And you're smart to go for the Cinnabon rolls - a little less time in the kitchen, and more time to enjoy the day with your family. Merry Christmas!

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  2. http://www.recipelion.com/Cookies/Chewy-Chocolate-Gingerbread-Cookies has a wonderful chocolate gingerbread cookie!
    Lynn/MI

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    1. These Chewy Chocolate Gingerbread Cookies look fantastic! I love the addition of the grated fresh ginger. But, "Anonymous"? Really? Mrs. Claus, is this you? I can just picture you baking these and slipping a tin of them into the sleigh as a treat for that epic ride. Thank you for the recipe! Merry Christmas!

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  3. I love the smell of cinnamon during the Christmas season...........

    Merry Christmas & Happy 2014!!!

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  4. kim j
    I love the smell of apple cinnamon spice
    kjohnson952@yahoo.com

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  5. Anise cookies - they remind me of Christmas and my grandmother, because she used to make these for us every year. Thanks and Merry Christmas! kuzlin(at)aol(dot)com

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  6. Very Cute Blog post today!! gingerbread is one of my favorite scents of the year!! shelleyreadsandreviews40(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Geneva will be glad to hear that you like gingerbread, too, Shelley!

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  7. Cookies baking in the oven. I'll be baking a lot today! lkleback@hotmail.com

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  8. I would have to say cookies baking.
    nlb1050@yahoo.com

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    1. Cookies! Ikleback and Nancy, good choices. I can almost smell them now!

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  9. For me it is always the smell of a fresh cut Christmas tree -
    Jlong AT parker DOT com

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    1. There's nothing quite like a fresh pine tree smell, is there? Merry Christmas!

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  10. Gingerbread reminds me of how we cooked it when camping--a layer of applesauce in the bottom of a Dutch over, then the gingerbread mixture. When done you have warm gingerbread with warm applesauce! Delicious.

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    1. Definitely trying that method, Libby! The applesauce - yum!

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  11. I want the cold back - This 60 and rainy is not putting me in a very Christmasy mood!

    susierobertsmom at hotmail dot com

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    1. You're right, Susie. Warm rain at Christmas just doesn't cut it.

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  12. Making cut out sugar cookies. I hate sugar cookies, I don't eat them but baking them is a family tradition. I don't know how many years it's been but many. I am not THAT old, lol. sweetcandi32010@yahoo.com

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    1. That's great that you make them even if you don't eat them, Candace. What a loving thing to do!

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  13. When I lived in Austin, Texas I would often drive down to San Antonio. A favorite stop there was the Guenther House and Pioneer Flour Mill. They have a fantastic restaurant and a wonderful gift shop where you can buy baking mixes, among other things. I bought their gingerbread mix and it was amazing. I don't know much about gingerbread-but this was amazing-cakelike and scrumptious. And since it was a mix, simple. I just checked and you can order online...I think I'll be ordering some Gingerbread mix!

    cozyupwithkathy @ gmail dot com

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  14. gingerbread is soothing, special and a big favorite in our family. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

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  15. Cinnamon and apples are my most wonderful memories from way back. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  16. Love christmas baking celsaieh88@gmail.com

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  17. I have only made gingerbread once,that was for a pioneer day activity my daughter had. However,I do made gingersnap cookies. I underbake them as we like them softer than if we baked them the full time.

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  18. I associate almond flavor with Christmas cookies. My recipe is a package of Sugar Cookie mix with a little Almond Extract....

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  19. I love the smell of just about anything baking.

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  20. I've never made gingerbread. I like the smell of cookies baking.

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  21. No, my sister does not like gingerbread so I have never tried to make it. Let us know if you find that recipe!

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  22. I haven't made ginger cookies for a long time and I'm not sure gingerbread ever because my mom and I don't like it (though my dad does) so I'm afraid I can't be much help on the recipe side of things. Caramel for caramel corn and peanut brittle (or just the caramel by itself) is my favourite Christmas smell.

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  23. The smell of pies baking at Grandma's house say Christmas to me.
    dotkel50 at comcast dot net

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  24. This is wonderful thank you.

    We don't bake gingerbread, but I do love to eat it.

    The smell of the pine tree brings back all sorts of great memories.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  25. We never made gingerbread much so that doesn't bring back memories. But the fresh cut Christmas trees remind me of many Christmases sitting and looking at the pretty tree and dreaming about the possibilities.

    ElaineE246 at msn dot com

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  26. I love the smell of shortbread baking.

    littleone AT shaw DOT ca

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    1. Yes! Shortbread is wonderful. And it can be so simply made. Merry Christmas!

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  27. I love the smell of a real pine tree in the house at Christmas.
    suefarrell.farrell@gmail.com

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  28. No favorite recipe, but I do love gingerbread in all its forms. And the smell of a real Christmas tree in the house is a lovely one. rencw@verizon.net

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  29. I liked the pictures and I love cats. I have the first book in the series. My mother has a box of gingerbread to make. I love pumpkin pie.

    catbooks72(at)gmail(dot)com

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  30. Cinnamon, gingerbread or chocolate are all wonderful aromas with which to fill a home. Bobbipad@gmail.com

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  31. My mom's fruitcake baking is my favorite holiday smell.
    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  32. The smell of the special Christmas Cake cooking.

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  33. Honestly--favorite smell is the Christmas tree--and whatever is cooking in the kitchen for the day!!---Ronna Lord

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