Molasses Cake

We read the book Joshua's Song, which is about the Molasses Flood in Boston in 1919.  That prompted them to want to make something out of Molasses.  It didn't disappoint, recipe below. 

Old-Fashioned Gingerbread

Rated as 4.67 out of 5 Stars

Recipe By:Reddi-wip
"Traditional gingerbread cake, dusted with confectioners' sugar and garnished with whipped cream"


  • PAM(R) Baking Spray
  • 2 3/4 cups Ultragrain(R) All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar

  • 2/3 cup Pure Wesson(R) Vegetable Oil
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 1 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • Reddi-wip(R) Original Dairy Whipped Topping


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray 13x9-inch baking dish with baking spray. Combine flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Combine sugar, oil and eggs in large bowl; mix well. Gradually pour molasses into sugar mixture; stir until well blended. Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to sugar mixture; beat well. Spread batter evenly in prepared baking dish.
  3. Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before serving. Cut into 12 pieces. Dust with confectioners' sugar and garnish with Reddi-wip.

Mama Made: Birthday Dress #2

Birthday dress #2.  I love it oodles. But not as much as I love the spunk in this girl.

Mr. Snapper

I went for my morning walk and jumped a mile when I noticed what I thought was a rock was a snapper. I came back and told my kids and asked them if they wanted to walk back to see if he was still there. They of course did.  He hadn't moved in that whole time. That's when I realized he was stuck. We found a stick and I dug out the dirt below/under him until he was unstuck. I am thankful I took a few pics before he scooted away.  Quite the experience! You can be sure we rushed home and got out our nature journal. 


 Above: Brand new casserole container with carrier, vintage paper dolls, nesting cups and flower connected game thingy and a book.  $10.

Below: Some really great books for a dollar or two a piece. Not the thrift store, but the used bookstore didn't disappoint.

Cloth book

Audra made a little cloth book. It has felt pages.  She made it to keep her 'old fashioned broaches' in.  I love this girl. 

Oh my heart...

This week has been challenging and emotional for us.  We definitely didn't need one more stressful thing.  Long and short, we're more upset than she is.  She's happy daddy picked pink like her dress. We're also grieving the loss of summer as we know it for her for the next 3 weeks with no swimming. But, she's going to be just fine. That ocean will still be there in 3 weeks and I think that's the first thing we're going to do once the pesky thing comes off. This little girl is the most patient little girl ever. It's not going to slow her down. We love her so.

Farewell Kammie

It's with a heavy heart we said goodbye to our Kammie. She was 14 1/2 and we've had her since shortly after we married in 2006.  She went everywhere with us, all sorts of adventures. Loyal, gentle, loving. Our kids essentially grew up with her along their side. There is a hole in our hearts. 
Goodness, we were just babies when we got her! 

Our first house

And then Adrian

Then Audra

 Then pregnant with Anna-Kate and Anna-Kate. 


 Couldn't ask for a better dog. She will be missed, yes, but also remembered.


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