Friday, January 12, 2018


I know Christmas is over

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
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-2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • (1 tsp is pretty bland-adjust to taste)
  • 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

I hope you all have a wonderful warm


We are at ZERO DEGREES F today.

My Hero is always cold since

losing a lot of weight to cancer.

This should warm him up!

January Jones!!!


I guess it worked!

Look what happened to 


he was holding!

I hope you have a 

wonderful WARM weekend!

Keep smiling-

Spring is coming soon

unless you live in Wisconsin

your photo name


Sylvia said...

Christmas may be over but my sister leaves her tree and decorations up inside until the end of January!
I love gingerbread and I think I may copy your recipe and make it.

Estelle's said...

My husband loves gingerbread Diana....Loved this post today...we are freezing down here in Texas!

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Yummy! I love gingerbread!

Sally said...

Thank you for the recipe, Diana. I love gingerbread but have never made it myself!

Have a great, and yes warm weekend. :)


Pamela M. Steiner said...

I absolutely LOVE gingerbread with whipped cream! My mother used to bake this a lot...and another treat called "Cottage Pudding", with a nutmeg sauce. I haven't had those in years, but now you have me wanting I just may have to make some...better do it today, because Monday I am having a colonscopy and I can't eat anything yummy starting tomorrow! LOL. This was fun. Love sweet cheeks and her comment!! So cute!!!

Unknown said...

Love your gingerbread cake-now I can make some of my own-YUMMY

Theresa said...

OH how I love gingerbread AND the smell of it cooking! I can close my eyes and almost smell it:) CUTE tree!
Enjoy your day dear friend, HUGS!

Anonymous said...

oh that sounds like a great idea to bake yum!

Chatty Crone said...

I am going to copy your recipe. I love gingerbread and butter! You have such a funny sense of humor girl. Stay warm. Sandie♥

Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love my little kitchen tree also but I don't make gingerbread but I should. This recipe looks so good. Hugs!

Preppy Empty Nester said...

Boy, could I ever use a piece of that delicious gingerbread with my coffee this morning. I always appreciate a darling Sweetcheeks story! Have a great weekend, Diana, and stay warm.

Sandi said...

From your ornament: Dear God, we saw the star! :) love that.

Also...totally love her name, January!

Mac n' Janet said...

We've been warm, but they're threatening us with nights of freezing weather again. Love your little tree and that cookie is adorable. Always enjoy some gingerbread, but I'm a lazy soul and make it from a box.

Penny @ Penny's Vintage Home said...

I have been fighting a cold for weeks.....I'm going to make me some ginger bread and maybe I'll feel better!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Yeah, that gingerbread cake looks good, eh?

Susie said...

Diana, I love that your Hero finally got warmed up. LOL Hey, I am like S.C. make my gingerbread into a man shape , so I can snap his parts off. LOL I loved what she said about the bread. :):) Sweet little tree, I like the sign . Blessings to all up there, stay warm my friend, xoxo, love, Susie

Pamela M. Steiner said...

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Adam said...

I really do like gingerbread too

Pamela said...

Another quick test...I changed my comment name.

LV said...

The simplest of things, you turn into something interesting. Nothing better than a warm piece of gingerbread with butter. I would enjoy yours as I do not cook much just me.

Kim said...

I could use a smile today Diana and this did the trick. I can always count on you! Stay warm. It's been so cold here, zero and below, but today it's almost 60...wacky.

Lisa said...

I have never been a fan of Gingerbread but I love the way it smells. I have only tried the cookies. I bet the breads are better. I could eat it with lots of whip cream I suppose.
Its been in the teens all week but I woke up to 62 degrees this morning. I wanted to run outside barefooted.

Karen said...

It's actually 50 degrees here today - downright heatwave. All the snow is melting and we're getting rain for the next two days.

I LOVE gingerbread, with a dollop of fresh made whipped cream.

Ricki Treleaven said...

That Sweet Cheeks! I love stories about her! ;P

Thanks for posting the recipe. I do love gingerbread. I'll try it next week!

Lori said...

I was just dreaming about gingerbread cake yesterday, with a squirt of whipped cream on top!

Red Rose Alley said...

GINGERBREAD! Oh, I love Gingerbread at this time of year, even after Christmas. It's kind of like a winter dessert also. I've never had the cake with whipped cream, only frosting. I can just see SweetCheeks helping you out baking the gingerbread. I like your little tree. Jess has one just like it with miniature kitchen tools that she puts out every year in the kitchen.

Have yourself a pleasant weekend, Diana.

love, ~Sheri

Debby said...

Gingerbread and a cup of tea sounds wonderful.

bill burke said...

Gingerbread and coffee sounds great for January's crappy weather.

Shari Burke said...
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Shari Burke said...

That looks so yummy! I have a fond gingerbread memory from my birthday a few years ago, when we lived in Maine. On my birthday, our friend/neighbour knocked on the door and gave me a pizza and some gingerbread she'd made and a bowl of whipped cream. It was extra delicious because it was such a thoughtful thing for her to do. Enjoy your weekend!

Kim said...

I don't know if I've ever had gingerbread in that form. I only know it as houses and cookies! But that cake looks scrumptious!

Junkchiccottage said...

This looks soooooooo good. Can you drive me down a piece or two!!! Yum I bet when you bake it the whole house smells fabulous too. Happy Friday. Have a super duper weekend.
Love ya,

BeachGypsy said...

Well that sure looks good! I havent' had gingerbread in many many decades! I do remember putting whipped cream on it!

Kay G. said...

What a cute cookie! Your Sweet Cheeks and her remarks, I know you have a lot stored up to tell us about! (What does she think of you telling us her stories on your blog? She is getting older now!)
That gingerbread looks good by the way!

Cecilia said...

Oh Diana, this is such a sweet post with all its very precious memories. I love gingerbread too. I like that your recipe is for an 8" pan and not a 9x13 pan. Just the right amount! I am going to have to make some.
We were at 70 degrees yesterday then here came an arctic blast around 3:00. BRRRR, back into our wintery weather of 40's and 50's during the day. (Nope, I don't envy you. If 40 degrees makes me cold, 0 would do me under). Have a great weekend!

This N That said...

Adorable tree. Cute picture of sweet cheeks! I have not had gingerbread cake for many, many years. We used to happen a lot when I was growing up. Looks yummy. Maybe I will have to make some soon. Of course it won't be from scratch! 65 here today. -0 wind chill's coming over the weekend. It's nuts. Have a good weekend whatever it May bring.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

You funny girl! Thanks for making me smile...I needed that since I'm battling another cold/virus. The recipe sounds yummy and I would love it if I could eat sweets! :) Have a great weekend!

krishna said...

My son gingerbread cookies.. but last year didn't make them..

Cristina Garay said...

Oh Diana, all those precious memories! I gotta tell my daughter to prepare your gingerbread recipe, you might know I don't enjoy cooking, and baking is my worst. I'm so glad my daughter enjoys it!
We had a mini-Spring day today, but tomorrow the temps are dropping again. Not looking forward to it. :/
Enjoy your weekend!

Lorrie said...

Sweet Cheeks was (and is) so cute! Gingerbread is the perfect thing for January, so warming. I like to serve it with a lemon sauce. And whipped cream. Gotta have that cream!
Happy weekend.

Rose L said...

I just love the melted snowman cookie!

Kathy said...

My grandmother used to make this same gingerbread recipe. Growing up I never knew about gingerbread cookies. The cake was the only gingerbread I knew. I had lost the recipe so I am thrilled to have it again. Thanks for posting it. Now to go get some molasses.

Leena Milligan Lanteigne said...

Lol! That cookie is hysterical! I love gingerbread, real gingerbread like your recipe, not from a box (altho I have made that before). My mom used to make it from scratch and it was such a treat! It smelled so good while baking! We'd hang out in anticipation of it coming out of the oven and cooled just enough to prevent that big blob of whipped cream from melting and us from scorching our insides! Another great memory! Love your little tree too! Hugs!

Tete said...

Love that tree...and John isn't strong enough for all that...LOL. We are so cold here, too, but the sun is shining. I can turn on the little heater and put on my flip flops and pretend that snow out there is sand!

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

You are so funny! Okay - it's freezing here too and I only had to work a few hours yesterday and since it was too cold to go out, I baked an almond cake. Then this morning, I baked chocolate chip cookies. Now, I want to make gingerbread! Thanks for the recipe - hope you and your hero are keeping warm and he's feeling well.

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

You are hilarious :)

Pam said...

YOu are so funny. I have NEVER made Gingerbread anything. Sounds wonderful though.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Thanks for this great recipe and I am sure its really good.

I am ashamed to say that the temp today was 85 degrees and everyone was in their shorts, tank tops and flip flops. But I am cold when it's 65 degrees, go figure.

That sure is a cute picture of SC - she sure is a special child.

Lots o hugs and I hope your feeling better, I sure am.


bj said...

Gingerbread is right up there in #3 or 4 place of FOODS I LOVE....and the list is looong.

Karen said...

I really love gingerbread! When i have tried to make cookies they always crumble, but I have success with the gingerbread. I like it with butter, too! Your tree is wonderful.

Holly @ Down to Earth Style said... are entertaining! Love the hot chick at the end and the poor melted snowman cookie.

Stacey said...

I just might make the gingerbread today. My husband loves it and it's not something I do usually.

Donna said...

The gingerbread looks scrumptious! This will have to go on the baking list for the week. Uh oh, your Hero had a meltdown...ha! I can understand why Sweet Cheeks wondered where the Gingerbread Man went. Perfectly logical! I'm off to take hot oatmeal out to the chickies. Stay warm... xoxo

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Gingerbread is lovely. Gotta love your great sense of humor. you make everyone smile. Memories are treasures. It is 60 here today. Happy Sunday sweet friend. xo

Carla from The River said...

HA, unless you live in Wisconsin!! TRUE!!!

I enjoyed your story and thank you for the recipe.
Love, Carla

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I love gingerbread and I am now craving it because I didn't make my gingerbread boys and girls this year. I think I have to try this gingerbread. Good thing it is in a small pan since I will be the only one eating it!


What a great story about your parents and the baking and of course the great Gingerbread you shared the recipe with us. I will make it and tell you about it.
Hope you had a great holiday and may your new year be a healthy and great onefor you hubby and your beautiful family.
I baked gingerbread kids for the girls, they always expect them.
Big hugs,

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

You're too funny girl! Glad your sweetheart got warmed up. I rarely make gingerbread, but it is pretty tasty. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

Pom Pom said...

Yum! Your gingerbread looks delicious! It's cold here, too. Brrrrrrr. Have a great week, Diana!

Jill said...

Love the tree.... memories are the best :-) This looks like a delicious recipe! And I totally laughed out loud at your post and your husband getting warmed Always a joy to visit your blog Dianna, you bring joy to the world and that is a very good thing! :-) Have a wonderful day!


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Candy S said...

Thank you Diana, You always know what will make me smile. I do hope to visit more often now. I think fresh baked gingerbread would be wonderful. I have never had it with whipped cream, I believe it is about time that I try it that way, Hugs, Candy

living from glory to glory said...

Well, I also love Ginger Bread, I copied this and will use it soon! I put up a little tree and decorated it with snowflaked as I needed the little bit of cheer! Yes it has been frigid cold for all of you back there. Have a great day friend!

Sally said...

Sweet Cheeks is adorable! I meant to say that earlier (the other day) and just saw that I didn't. :)

Hope you're staying warm, it's even cold here in Florida.


God's Grace Overflows said...

Your tree is so adorable! And yes memories is all one needs!
Gingerbread is so yummy! I've got your recipe copied and I will be making this soon!

Zero is cold!! We were at -2 this morning! Brr!!!!

Stay warm and toasty...

Hugs, Amy

Karen @ Beatrice Euphemie said...

Love your little tree, Diana. Sweet Cheeks is so precious, too. I love gingerbread - thanks for the recipe, and that snowman cookie is too cute! Hope it warms up for you soon. Hugs xo Karen

Laura Lane said...

Oh how funny! Alas, I've only lost around 20 lbs to cancer. I wouldn't have minded losing a bit more. I know it's not for weight loss, but I could certainly stand to lose some more. I do however find myself cold a lot. It's probably due to losing my hair more than anything.
Be blessed,
Laura of Harvest Lane Cottage

SImple and Serene Living said...

Love that sweet tree and the gingerbread sounds yummy. Unfortunately I ate a bit too much over the holidays, LOL

Suzanne said...

You are so funny. I love your witty posts, and that gingerbread looks heavenly. Bet it smells heavenly, too!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

You must've been reading my mind because I was thinking about Gingerbread and Applesauce you have a good recipe for the latter too?

Linda said...

Your gingerbread is in the oven. We love gingerbread❣️Will let you know what we think of your recipe. Thanks, Diana, for your kind comments on my Wetcreek Blog. ❤️Linda@Wetcreek Blog