Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fairy Gingerbread; It's Gingerbread Day!

There seems to be a bit of confusion as to when National Gingerbread Day is; today, June 5th or the day after Thanksgiving. I've chosen today to celebrate because I've been just "dying" to share Tummy Tingles:) with you.

Authored by Josephine Brandenburg Beardsley and the folks at The Wheat Institute in 1937, Tummy Tingles is charmingly illustrated by Majorie Peters. But wait, it gets better. On each of its 12 pages there are tangy rhymes about wheat bread, biscuits, rolls, muffins, gingerbread and pancakes. There's also a poem called the Cookie Tree. It is such a delightful children's book, I thought I would share a glimpse of its contents today on National Gingerbread Day! How about some Fairy Gingerbread?

I typed it out just in case clicking the image doesn't help. (it should though:) I've also included the recipe below.

The fairies made some gingerbread
Of sugar, flour, and spice.
"They said, "We'll give some to our queen,
It looks so very nice!"

So they put some on a napkin,
Laid on a pretty plate,
And took it to the rose bower
Where she was sleeping late.

When the little queen awakened,
It lay before her eyes
And then she cried with great delight,
"Oh what a big surprise!"

"For gingerbread so nice and brown,
So yummy and so airy
My royal thanks and compliments
to every cooking fairy!"

I was hiding by the rose bower
And was quiet as could be
When she asked the happy fairies
For their secret recipe.

I had a little notebook there
And wrote down what they said,
So that is how I learned to make
This Fairy Gingerbread!
Fairy Gingerbread
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup molasses
2-1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. soda (baking)
1 tbs. ginger
Cream sugar and buter in bowl. Beat eggs. Add eggs, milk, and molasses to butter and sugar mixture. Sift flour, soda, and ginger into mixture and beat well. Bake in shallow greased pan in moderate oven (350 degrees) for 45 minutes.

I'm excited to "report," a modernized version of Fairy Gingerbread, from the folks @ Cook's Illustrated, can be found at a new blog I just discovered called Pie-O-My.

June 5th

On June 5th 1883, William Horlick of Rancine, Wisconsin was granted the first patent for Malted Milk. Horlick's was first used for babies and invalids. You can read about Wisconsin's Malted Milk Story and see the patent here.

Bananas were first introduced in the US on June 5th. It says so right here:)

Rudolph Gustav Hass was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on June 5, 1892. Does any part of that name look familiar? It didn't to me at first. But then, I realized Haas rang a bell. Why of course, amateur horticulturist Rudolph Hass was the developer of the Hass avocado naming it after himself.

In the late 1920s, Mr. Rudolph Hass, a postman, purchased the seedling tree from Rideout, and planted it in his new orchard. He planned to graft another variety on it, but when repeated grafts didn't take he planned to cut the tree down. Fortunately for avocado lovers everywhere, Hass's children talked him out of it. They preferred the taste of the tree's fruit to that of the Fuerte, the predominant variety and industry standard in those days.

Since the quality was high and the tree gave a good yield, Hass named the variety after himself and took out a patent in 1935. That same year, he signed an agreement with Harold Brokaw, a Whittier nurseryman, to grow and promote the Hass Avocados. They would split the gross income: 25 percent for Hass and 75 percent for Brokaw. (California Avocado Commission

June 6th

National Applesauce Cake Day. Speaking of apples, did everyone see the Applegate Farms Coupon Giveaway hosted by Inger @ the Art of Natural Living? (another new blog I recently discovered:)

The first drive-in movie theater opened in Camden, New Jersey, on June 6, 1933. (Oh what fond memories I have of movie night at the Drive-In when I was just a wee tot:)

I'm going to leave you with those tasty days for now. Many of you have already seen the weekly celebrations I listed last June. If you crave a refresher or haven't seen it yet, here's the link.

Peonies After the Rain

1. How to Celebrate National Gingerbread Day
2. Plum Gingerbread Sponge Pudding


  1. Interesting post - I learn so much here!
    I love the peonies.

  2. I will try this ginger bread It will be great pack snack for my daughter who is now grade 1 =)

  3. The poem as well as your blog are delightful. Thanks so much to the link to my blog!

  4. Love the peonies! Yes, the Gingerbread dilemma. I posted about National Gingerbread Day today with a Chocolate Gingerbread Recipe, but I posted Gingerbread Chocolate Cookies last November 21 on National Gingerbread Day. And, to top all that off, December 12 is Gingerbread House Day! How confusing! Have a good one!

  5. It has been a good year for peonies! I love gingerbread, so I don't mind at all if you celebrate it twice a year.

  6. Oh Applesauce cake day ... When I first read about Applesauce I was quite surprised that it should be German - so why I don't know it? But then I realized that it is the same thing we call "Apfelmus" or "Apfelbrei" and that is very familiar to me. But we don't bake cakes of it, as far as I know.

  7. Hi Louise! Your Fairy Gingerbread has added a whimsical touch to a working Sunday. Thanks so much!

  8. I'm going to have to do more research beforehand because I keep missing "days"! I just caught up with ice cream! =D Great post!

  9. Those old pages with the verse and recipe are just precious. It does seem like an odd month for gingerbread though. When it's in the 90's I avoid turning on the oven at all costs!

  10. I LOVE tummy tingles, what a great expression, and I am so happy its gingerbread day - I love ginger in all its forms.

    Horlicks had me curious - should have thought that was the name of the person who made it. And how crazy they came from Racine. Very interesting - I always learn so much coming here.

  11. Thanks for the link, Louise! Your peonies are beautiful! And what good inspiration to hunt up my grandmother's old gingerbread recipe!

  12. Beautiful peonies. I wonder if the deer would eat them??

    When I think of gingerbread, I think of Colonial Williamsburg, still warm from the oven. That's where I fell in love with a chewy, big gingerbread cookie!

  13. This was so intersiting; I used to often make applesauce cake when my kids were growing up. Thank you for reminding me.

  14. Louise one of my favorites is gingerbread I dont know why, maybe because I love ginger (I use a lot) adn love this recipe.
    And I love peonies are amazing, lov ethe pictures! gloria

  15. Louise, so cute the poem for the recipe...and the picture of the peonies are gorgeous.
    Have a wonderful week ahead :-)

  16. oooh what a fun day to celebrate!

  17. Gingerbread cookies are wonderfully spicy! A speciality my grandmother used to make (gingerbread men)... Applesauce cake is lovely too. So smooth.

    Pretty peonies!



  18. We make gingerbread houses every year on Christmas Eve. I really like it, although I'm not sure I need something else to do on Christmas Eve!

  19. Ha! I got confused there for a minute. :) I love peonies!

  20. i was absolutely obsessed with fairies for a long while when i was younger, and i still think they're sweet. hooray for gingerbread, although the november date does seem more appropriate as its day of celebration. :)

  21. That book is adorable!!
    And peonies are divine. Love them pouring out of a glass bowl.

  22. This is looking absolutely delightful. Loved the new combo of ingredients and the recipe is so nicely made and presented. Saving this recipe of urs and wud love to give ur version a try on the coming weekend. Alays look forward to your exciting new recipes. Have a great day….Sonia !!!

  23. Me too, Jan.If only they would just last a bit longer.

    Perfect snack for a first grader. Thanks for popping in...

    Thank you Simple Simon You have a mighty tasty blog yourself. The link fit perfectly. Drop by anytime:)

    I pretty much did the same, Janet. Who makes up these days anyway, lol...

    I was delighted with these, Foodycat. I was afraid they wouldn't bloom this year. A good year indeed!!!

    I only have a few German cookbooks, Petra and I don't recall ever seeing an Applesauce Cake in any of them. I wonder why?

    I'm so glad it brightened your day, T.W. Work on Sunday??? That's a no no...

    I'm so sorry yummy. I'm trying to figure out a better way...Perhaps wordpress?

    I agree, Pattie. It is rather odd to be celebrating Gingerbread Day in June.

    It's one of my favorite books for kids, Oyster. It's brimming with delights.

    Hope you find it Inger.

    I'm not sure, Channon, bit I don't think deer eat Peonies.

    Me to Pam. I've always wanted to make a gingerbread house. Maybe this year:)

    You are welcome, Rita.

    I to enjoy gingerbread, Gloria. so glad you enjoyed this post:)

    Thanks Juliana. Enjoy your weekend too!!!

    Thanks SimpleLife.

    Thank you so much Rosa.

    I'm hoping to bake up a gingerbread house some day too, Marjie. Now I know where to go for tips and tricks!

    Glad you found your way, Veron.

    I just knew there had to be someone out there in fairyland, Grace:) I agree, we'll celebrate in June and bake in November!!!

    The are pretty aren't they Barbara.

    Oh I do hope you give it a try Sonia. Please share a nibble, lol...

  24. That children's book sounds so charming. I love looking at vintage books. Lots of great interesting facts! And gorgeous photos of peonies. They're such a classic old-fashion flower. Romantic even. I moved mine last year and they didn't bloom this year. I really miss them. I hope to check out Tis June later, but gotta go for now!

  25. Thanks for popping in Lin Ann. I'm sorry to hear about your peonies. I'm sure they will be back next year bigger and better!!!


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