Nana Diana Takes A Break

Nana Diana Takes A Break

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Gingerbread Giggles And Recipe

I know Christmas is over
but I do have one more
little thing I want to share
with you because I keep
it up thru January.

We have a little
kitchenette in our lower level.
I have a little tree that I 
set up there that has
miniature kitchen tools
on it...spatulas and
soup ladles and small 
cookie cutters.
But the best thing this
tree holds is memories.
These are from some people
that are near and dear to my
heart....not family...but 
even better in some ways.
Pretty cute, huh?
(or eh? you Canadian gals say)
I love my little tree..
it reminds me that I am
warmly loved.

And warmly loved makes me
think of my Dad.
His all time favorite food was
When he married my Mom he
had been a bachelor for a long time.
He told her that she wouldn't have 
to cook big meals for him because he
was used to fending for himself for meals.
She said later that what he
was that she was going to have
to BAKE every day of life.
And what did she bake?
He liked it plain or with butter
on it. 
We like whipped cream!

One day I baked gingerbread
when SweetCheeks was about three;
she was here and
she looked at the pan and asked...
Where did HIMS go?
She thought the
gingerbread boy had been
baked INSIDE the cake!;>)

The recipe below is almost
identical to my mother's recipe.
(only better!;>)
Let me tell you- this stuff
is good for what ails you.
Prep: 15 min. Bake: 30 min.Yield: 9 Servings


  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup light molasses
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2/3 cup cold water
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Whipped cream


  • Combine egg, sugar, molasses, butter and water; mix well. In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, ginger and salt; add molasses mixture. Beat until well mixed. Pour into a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until cake tests done. Serve warm with whipped cream. Yield: 9 servings.
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  1. Sweet Cheeks' comment cracks me up! I love gingerbread and will have to try this recipe. THX!
    The little tree is cute as can be.

  2. Dear little SweetCheeks, never a boring moment when she's around! I just might try that recipe. Your tree is so cute and I love that little gingerbread man!

  3. Thank you for sharing the recipe. Love the story behind it. Darling tree.

  4. I think it's so totally cool that you have your own ice rink. What a hoot!

    I think your little kitchenette tree is a cute idea, and the story about the gingerbread is even cuter! I love gingerbread, too, and our local market sales the best soft gingerbread man cookies! :D

    Happy New Year!


  5. I think that's so cool that your mom baked herself right into his to speak. I am going to try this recipe. I don't think I have had a good gingerbread cake.
    Love that tree, and you are loved more than you know!
    Have a good day- eating breakfast and going back to bed. Couldn't sleep last night at all!

  6. I do love gingerbread, especially with whipped cream. Thanks for sharing!...

  7. Loved hearing about your Dad. Now you have passed the tradtion down to yet another generation!

  8. just imagine cooking that everyday! Yummo!

  9. I love gingerbread - warm and comforting! I'm pinning your recipe! And how cool that it holds special memories for your family!

  10. you have the best stories in the blogland!! Reading your blog in the morning brings me smiles!!

  11. I laugh everytime I hear something SweetCheeks has said!

    This is a favorite here. The Husband is very fond of gingerbread, but I don't bake it every day.:-)

    Have a good Thursday!

    xo Nellie

  12. What says winter like that shot of gingerbread and the whipped white topping. SOunds so good.

  13. Gingerbread is one of my favorites. I like to read Jan Brett's Gingerbread Baby book to my grandchildren.

  14. Another Sweet Cheeks induced smile! OK, I giggled too!
    I'm with your dad on this one. I could eat gingerbread every day if I didn't have to worry about all the calories. I have a recipe that I use that is very much like this one. Now you've inspired me to go int he kitchen and make it! ;-)

  15. Yum yum! It's been a long time since I've had gingerbread. I'd say it's about time to try your recipe!

  16. Darn, only have dark lasses..
    It sounds great, really.
    And I think I recognise those ornaments as identical to some I have.

  17. It looks so delicious! Btw, your new blog design looks great, pretty pics!

  18. I'm pinning this and going to try it. I've never made it from scratch and it's high time I did! Did your dad really eat gingerbread every day?

  19. ooo, yum....I do love gingerbread, any way it's served.
    That little tree looks so interesting..
    I am trying to find Weathered Hutch address and since my main computer is down, I can't find my Dashboard with blogs I follow...woe is me, I am in despair ...if u see her along the way, would u get the address for me??
    Thank ya mam'am

  20. Aw, what a special memory about your dad. I love gingerbread, too! Hope you had a wonderful holiday season.
    Isn’t That Charming.

  21. Never mind...just found it...:)

  22. I love gingerbread. I bet I could use my all purpose gluten free flour in this. Definitely pinning. :(

  23. What a "sweet" story...haha...that gingerbread looks amazing...thx for sharing the recipe...I'm going to pin it!...Mariaelena

  24. Yum, yum!!

    My mom and dad married each other late in life and my dad taught her how to cook things he liked! He was an awesome BBQ maker. He did what others now call "smoked" without a smoker!

    Dads are awesome and sounds like you had a good one!

  25. Diana, I love this post. Thinking of your father loving his gingerbread cake.Then of course how cute is SC asking about the gingerbread man.:) xoxo,Susie

  26. I love gingerbread. What a wonderful memory of your mom and dad. Sweet Cheeks comment is precious.

  27. Looks wonderful and I can almost smell it cooking from here.

  28. Yummy! Saving this post for later. I am so sweeted out after the holidays right now! Give me a few days... HA!

  29. Wow!! had a fun time last night reading all your posts! Love this blog!! how fun!!! Loved the ice rink post can't wait till feb...going to try your recipe as soon as I loose at least 10 lbs

  30. Mmm Yum..Next time put little chocolate chips in it...

  31. I love gingerbread too. The scent of it baking makes me happy. Nice that it makes you think of your father. With my dad it was fried corn and ripe tomatoes that he loved. Ever heard of fried corn up there in your cold neck of the woods?

  32. I can literally see how delicious this is! I wish I had some right now along with my cup of tea!

  33. I love gingerbread...especially the HIMS kind. ;)
    xo, T.

  34. I love gingerbread so I'm snaggin that recipe pronto-if it turns out I might even share some with you in payment-LOL

  35. Oh you are tempting me....and with whipping cream on it also...sigh.

    Love the idea of the memory tree.


  36. Hi sweetie, Love your tree and all the ornaments-so very precious! I love ginger cookies and have loved finding them gluten free. I will have to see if I can find gluten free gingerbread-you are making me hungry. Thanks for sharing!
    Hugs, Noreen

  37. This looks so yummy! Love the story!

  38. She is so darn cute that one - where did hims go?
    Love your story - too funny - bake every day for the rest of her life!

  39. Diana,
    You know, gingerbread is definately one of my favorites. I bet you think of your dad when you are treating yourself to it. I love your little kitchen Christmas tree. You know what? Jess has the same kind of tree in her kitchen too, only hers is much smaller, and it shows miniature kitchen utensils. It's nice that you keep yours up til the new year. I'll have some of that gingerbread now. :~)
    ~Sheri at Red Rose Alley

  40. What a sweet story, and I so love anything gingerbread, makes me want some right now! Good all year if you ask me! :)

  41. Just wanted to come by and say I love you.


  42. love the story! And I love Gingerbread too! Thanks for sharing the recipe can't wait to try it.


  43. Sweet Cheeks is a lucky little girl to have you in her life :)

    Such a wonderful story about Gingerbread and your little tree. I've been baking Gingerbread cookies with my kids since they were babies. They are the big ones .. and the kids always gobbed the frosting on!

    Great memories! Now my daughter does the baking. The smell of Gingerbread baking is the BEST!


  44. Oh, I love the story about your dad's love for gingerbread! I can see why you want to keep that tree and the decorations up!

    Thanks for letting me know you've been reading about others having problems. Hopefully they'll get the glitch worked out soon!!!


  45. I wanted to thank you so much for your wonderful words and advice. You are a breath of fresh air!

  46. Wow, this sounds good. Bob told me yesterday that he wanted me to bake something. This is IT tomorrow. I will let you know how I do. I will follow carefully.
    I am pinning so I can find it again.
    Love to you, Ginger

  47. Yum! My mom used to bake gingerbread and, this is going to sound so weird, but while I was reading your post, I swear I could smell it! I haven't had gingerbread in such a long time! I think I'll use your recipe and make some! Hugs, Leena

  48. Hi Diana! I love gingerbread too. My old neighbor sent us a platter one Christmas but her lemon sauce was divine! It was warm and I could have had that alone all to myself! Thanks for sharing sweet memories with us today. Hugs Anne

  49. It's been a long, long while since I've made gingerbread; think I'll make your recipe this weekend. Thanks! May your troubles be few and your blessings be many.

  50. This recipe sounds divine and I bet it smells good too! Thanks for sharing the "how-to"s and the cute stories about your parents and SweetCheeks.

  51. Our dinner is almost ready and I'm thinking this would be delish for dessert!


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