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baking - it’s better with butter
                                                                                                                                                       n Fresh Flowers n Silk Flowers n Plants
                                                                                                                                                               n Balloons n Baskets
                                                                                                                                                                        We’re here to serve you.
                                                                                                                                                                         Cookie, Becky, Carol
When it comes to whipping up holiday treats,      Here is a perfect recipe featuring traditional
butter is definitely better. You’re gearing up     flavors that everyone is sure to love.

                                                                                                                     Savvy shopping tips for a
for the season and will be spending lots of
quality time with the herd. Spend time with       Gingerbread Cupcakes
your own family in the kitchen this holiday       Yield: 12 cupcakes
season and bake up special memories.
                                                                                                                    stress-free holiday season
Found in almost every pantry, butter’s            For cupcakes:
                                                                                                                                                             ‘Tis the season to be shopping. And, as holiday
unique flavor, melting and cooking proper-         1/2 cup molasses
                                                                                                                                                             shopping lists continue to grow with family,
ties make it a great ingredient for cake and      3/4 cup very hot water                                                                                     friends, co-workers and even teachers to buy gifts
cookie recipes, frostings, candies and more.      1/2 teaspoon baking soda                                                                                   for, it’s important to be a smart shopper and not
                                                  4 tablespoons unsalted California butter,                                                                  only stretch your dollars but also find quality gifts
Butter has been used for cooking for centu-       softened                                                                                                   for everyone on your list.
ries - according to legend, it originated when    1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
a traveler somewhere transported a contain-       1 large egg                                                                                                Mom expert Stacy DeBroff of
er of fresh milk and unwittingly churned the      1/4 teaspoon salt                                                                                          has mastered how to shop for the holidays stress-
cream to butter with each step. As you begin      1 teaspoon ground ginger                                                                                   free while still managing to get thoughtful gifts ev-
to break out the baking sheets and cookie         1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon                                                                               eryone will appreciate. “This holiday season, you
cutters for the holiday season, here are some     1 1/3 cups all purpose flour                                                                                have to get creative when it comes to shopping for
                                                                                                                                                             many people on a limited budget,” says Debroff.
tips to ensure your goodies look and taste        1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
                                                                                                                                                             “Even if you have just $5 or $10 dollars to spend
fabulous straight from the oven:
                                                                                                                                                             on a person, there are great options out there; you
                                                  For frosting:                                                                                              just have to be wise about your purchasing deci-
Baking with butter tips from California hap-      8 ounces cream cheese, room temperature                                                                    sions.”
py cows Janice and Diane:                         2 tablespoons unsalted California butter,
                                                  room temperature                                                                                   DeBroff’s No.1 holiday shopping strategy is to be
* Most baking recipes call for unsalted but-      2 cups powdered sugar, sifted                            prepared and get organized for the hustle and bustle the season brings. She also suggests:
ter (also referred to as sweet butter). How-      1 teaspoon vanilla extract
ever, salted and unsalted butter can be sub-      12 small gingerbread-man cookies                         * Start early and stock up. Nothing’s worse than rushing into the mall, fighting traffic and
stituted for each other if necessary.                                                                      crowds for last-minute gifts. When you find a gift you really like, consider giving that same
                                                  Directions:                                              gift to more than one person. Buy several, wrap them right away, and store them until the
* It’s best to use unsalted butter when bak-      Cupcakes:                                                time of gift giving comes around.
ing - you will have more control over the fla-     Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour in-
                                                                                                           * Call ahead. If there’s a particular hot gift you’re looking to buy, like the latest kids’ toys,
vor since the amount of salt in salted butter     sides of 12 muffin cups or insert paper lin-
                                                                                                           call the store first and make sure it’s in stock. Also, call ahead to verify store shopping hours.
varies among brands.                              ers. Mix molasses, hot water and baking                  Often during the holidays retailers will extend their store hours to accommodate shopper’s
                                                  soda together in a large bowl. Cool to room              busy schedules.
* Many recipes call for a greased pan. Rub-       temperature. With an electric mixer, cream
bing a stick of butter along the sides and bot-   butter and brown sugar until fluffy. Beat in              * Chip in together for big ticket items. Group gifting has become one of the latest shopping
tom of your baking dish or baking sheet will      egg. In a large bowl, sift together salt, ginger,        trends. In fact, 83 percent of women and 75 percent of men say they’ve participated in group
ensure nothing sticks during removal.             cinnamon, flour and baking powder. In three               gifting and plan to do so again this holiday season. Sears offers Givetogether a great online
                                                  additions, alternately add dry ingredients               tool so you can gather together with friends and family to share in the cost of a great gift.
* Read recipes carefully to know what tem-        and molasses mixture to butter mixture. Mix              From home electronics and appliances to jewelry, housewares and apparel, you will find the
perature the butter should be for baking.         thoroughly after each addition to make sure              best selection and gift options for everyone on your list.
Some recipes call for softened butter or          there are no lumps.
                                                                                                           “For me, Givetogether is a better way to shop and makes it easier for families and friends to
melted butter, while recipes for dough usu-       Evenly divide batter between cupcake molds.
                                                                                                           pool their money together to give a great gift with lots of thought behind it,” says DeBroff.
ally call for cold or hard butter for a flakier    Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle
                                                                                                           “This online shopping tool really taps the social power of the Internet to allow a group to give
texture.                                          comes out clean, about 20 minutes. Cool for              a more significant gift than they could manage individually.”
                                                  15 minutes. Remove the cupcakes from the
* Use only sticks of butter when baking to        pans. Cool completely before frosting                    Lastly, remember to spread the holiday cheer with acts of kindness as you shop. After all, that
ensure even measurements. Measuring is                                                                     could be the greatest gift you give this season.
easy using the printed measurement on the         Frosting:
wrapper:                                          With an electric mixer, beat cream cheese
                                                  until smooth. Add butter, sugar and vanilla                         Tips to manage credit card debt
1/4 pound = 1 stick = 1/2 cup                     extract. Beat until smooth. If cream cheese
                                                                                                             Loan consolidation has its ups and downs, but,         front of you will help you to determine the best
1 pound = 4 sticks = 2 cups                       is very soft, refrigerate for 30 minutes. With
                                                                                                            if handled properly, it can help a family afford to     steps for bringing your debts under control.
                                                  a piping bag, swirl cream cheese frosting on              get out from under debt.                                                 * Do the math
* Some butter packaging is stamped with           top of each cupcake. (You can also frost them
a “best used by” date, intended to tell how       with a table knife or small spatula.) Place a             The average American household had $8,329 in            Calculate the interest rates for all the debts
long the product will be at top eating quality.   gingerbread-man cookie on top of frosting or              credit card debt in 2008, according to the Nil-         you’re paying now, and then calculate what
It can be kept at room temperature for short      wedge the cookie into each cupcake.                       son Report in April. And that didn’t depend on          your new interest payments will be for all the
                                                                                                            if the household currently had an active credit         different consolidation options. The concern is
periods of time, but should be refrigerated to                                                              card open.                                              that the new single interest rate through your
maintain peak flavor.                                                                                                                                                credit card or bad credit loans will probably be
                                                                                                            “Debt control and management is a possibility           a higher amount, so you need to make sure your
Did you know that California produces more                                                                  for everyone,” says Daniel Wesley at Credit-            overall payments are fewer than what you’re
butter than any other state in the U.S. and                                                        “And there are many resources avail-          currently paying on multiple debts.
                                                                                                            able - ranging from credit consolidation compa-
exported 555 million pounds in 2008? Look
                                                                                                            nies to credit counselors - that can help people                      * Determine the risk
for the Real California Milk seal on pack-                                                                  bring their debt to a manageable level.”
ages of butter, which certifies it’s made ex-                                                                                                                        You can consolidate all your debt to one credit
clusively with milk produced on California                                                                  Some tips to help evaluate if debt consolidation        card that has a lower interest rate now, but there
dairy farms.                                                                                                is an option for you are:                               is the risk that those rates will increase in a year.
                                                                                                                                                                    And if you don’t have your debt paid down that
                                                                                                                             * Get organized                        quickly, this type of consolidation probably
Cupcakes are one of our favorite treats, and                                                                                                                        won’t make the best sense. Another type of con-
a popular baking trend that has inspired                                                                    List all the debts you have, all the interest rates     solidation is taking out a home equity loan, but
both pastry chefs and home bakers alike.                                                                    you’re paying and all the annual income your            with this, you have the risk of your home being
                                                                                                            family brings in. Having all this information in        taken away if you default on the payments.