Gingerbread boys

½ cup butter
¾ cup brown sugar
1 egg
1 cup molasses yellow dock syrup
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon chilli powder
Cream butter and sugar, then add egg and molasses. Sift in dry ingredients, mix.  Turn out on a surface and knead in enough flour to make smooth dough.  Roll flat and cut into shapes.  Bake 350 for 15 minutes. 

John's Old Fashioned Shortbreads

John has kindly shared his old fashioned shortbread recipe!!

John's Old Fashioned Shortbreads
1 1/2 cups icing sugar
1 3/4 cups soft butter
Mix these together well in a mixer but not too high speed, or you will incorporate too much air into the mix, just med. speed.

2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2/3 cup cornstarch
Mix these dry ingredients together very well before adding to the butter/sugar mix.

Mix everything together at low speed untill it is all incorporated. (Mixture will be crumbly like biscuit dough).

The next part is a bit messy, I use disposable latex gloves.

Portion out maybe 1/4 of the dough onto parchment paper and squeeze the dough into a log, shaping with a knife and the parchment, or you may scoop out the dough like cookies if preferred. Once shaped, this dough may be frozen for later use, or used immediately.

Place the cookies (sliced with a knife or scooped) onto a parchment lined tray.
Bake 325 degrees for about 15 min.
When the edges are slightly brown, remove from oven and cool.

Val's 2 cents:
For a real twist, add a light sprinkling of lavendar buds and a bit  of lemon peel!


NSAGC Convention 2012 Registration

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Paul Despres <>
Date: Thu, Dec 15, 2011
Subject: NSAGC Convention 2012 registration form is now online

Hello all, could you pass/forward on the following info to your District Clubs please.

The NSAGC Convention 2012 Registration form is now online at the NSAGC Website and will hopefully be in the next NSAGC Newsletter as well. It is important to note that the Old Orchard Inn will only hold 60 rooms for us until the 8th of May 2012, so people wanting to stay at those facilities should book before that date.

As an aside, we will endeavour to get a small bus for the Vineyard tours, but we have nothing firm yet. Seeing that all tour location are within a 5 to 10 minute drive from the Old Orchard Inn,  we will at least have maps for everyone.

For those looking to send photos for the Photo Contest, have them sent to the following address (see "Contests/Photo Contests" tab on website for rules):

Paul Despres
2150 Harmony Road
Nicholsville, NS
B0P 1C0

Paul Despres
NSAGC Webguy
NSAGC Convention Registration Chair
NSAGC Photo Contest Chair (temporary)
Nicholsville, Nova Scotia

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Wed. Dec. 14th Holiday Potluck Social

Our annual holiday potluck social is just around the corner - Wed. Dec. 14th at 7pm!!

Our social organizer, Joan Jandron, has arranged everything except the food! She has asked us to give her an idea of what each of us is planning to bring... sandwiches, finger foods or sweets. You can reach her via email at or by phone at (902)443-7304.

We are looking forward to having a chance to celebrate the holiday season together!
We will once again be collecting for the local food bank at each meeting, so please bring along a food item for the donation box - every bit helps!

Discover Your Roots!!

Hi everyone!

Wendy and Valerie had a great time talking about the benefits of just a few of the roots you'll find in your garden this time of year (plus a few side notes!! :)

They have shared their presentation with the Garden Club and it is now posted in the sidebar.   Feel free to forward any questions for them via the Email Us button!

Wendy has promised to share her gingerbread cookie recipe too!  We'll post it here soon!

Thank you to everyone who came out in the rain to show their support this week. We look forward to seeing everyone at the December 14th Garden Club Social!