Gingerbread Cookies Recipe – Today was a wet, rainy day in good old Arlington, VA. We got together with Nick’s family to belatedly celebrate his birthday at Haandi, one of my favorite Indian Restaurants. After that, we came home and I did a little more Christmas decorating while Nick watched the Redskins game. When I got tired of watching the game, I headed into the kitchen to make gingerbread cookies and peanut butter rice krispy treats. They were both really good!
After dinner, we sat down to watch the Simpsons, and, of course, commercials came on. All of a sudden, I heard a familiar jingle and looked up to see JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE shlepping for Cash Point, a Pay Day/Title Loan business. A few thoughts (1) how bad has Justin Timberlake’s career gotten? He needs to schill for a pay day loan company? and (2) more importantly, I hate pay day loan companies!
I get irate every time I see their commercials. Since I work for a Legal Services Corporation, a non-profit organization that helps people with low income, we work with a lot of people who are victims of predatory lending, I see the after effects of these places all the time. People who get a $2k loan and end up losing their car, or get a pay check advance and end up owning 20 times the original loan. If you’re not familiar with practices of pay day and car title loan places, you should read a little about them. They’re ruined a lot of people’s lives. Needless to say, Justin Timberlake and I are no longer friends.
Not cool, JT. Just not cool. I have plenty of clients that barely speak English, let alone understand all of the intricacies of these loans. They see sports players and famous musicians and actors, and assume that these loans are legit. A year later, their life is ruined. Anyway, sorry to be on my soap box. I have a lot of colleagues working hard to get regulation into these industries, and it infuriates me to see a commercial with some flashy actor, catchy jingle and stacks of cash, without any information about the dangers of these loans – or even their terms!
Anyway, this grumbling clearly has nothing to do with Gingerbread Cookies, but nonetheless, that’s what you get to read today. Before I sat down and got all worked up, I was making gingerbread cookies, as well as peanut butter rice krispy treats to submit to Nick (not my husband) over at Peanut Butter Boy. November is apparently Peanut Butter Appreciation Month, so Nick is collecting recipes that highlight the key to his secret culinary super powers – peanut butter. Rice Krispies are insanely easy, but, Nick (my husband) still loves them, so that’s what I made. So here are the two recipes:
makes 6 dozen cookies (I freeze 1/2 the dough to make & take on Christmas day)