Christmas Gifts

Last year my good friend and neighbor, Barbie Galofaro, knowing how much I love antique glass, purchased a beautiful old cake plate complete with a lemon bundt cake for my Christmas present and I love it!


So this year I determined I would repeat her gift to all my friends. I purchased the different sized bundt cake pans and set out to visit the local antique shops. What fun! Digging through antique glass–what could be better? For days. Until I had purchased and decided who would receive which piece.

DSCF7774Now those of you who know me, know baking isn’t my most stellar accomplishment. My daughter referred to most of my cakes as volcano cakes…they always erupted upon upon being turned out of their pan onto the platter.

But I searched for recipes, purchased the ingredients, and began the baking process a week ago–in stages.





Don’t know when I’ve ever had more fun! Sugar ants moved into my kitchen, enjoying the crumbs of my success and my house smells delicious. Today I have only two baking projects left…Aunt’s Christmas cookies for the Galofaro family and peppermint meringue kisses for another dear friend.






Once the delicious cakes…brown sugar cake with a caramel rum sauce, or lemon cake with a confectionery sugar glaze, or a rum cake with a rum glaze are devoured the cake or cupcake container is left to become a family treasure.


And I love to share recipes! Wish I could also share the added pounds I’m enjoying from sampling. Praying a Merry Christmas for all of you and a joy filled New Year!

About dianegates

DiAne is an artist, writer, photographer, and GriefShare facilitator who also leads an adult edit group for North Texas Christian Writers, LifeSavers is for adults who are serious about their writing skills. DiAne's YA novel "Roped" released by Prism Book Group was named a YA finalist for the Grace Awards, and was named #5 in The Top Ten Christian Reads for Teens and Tweens 2016. Her sequel to ROPED...TWISTED was released July 14, 2017 Both are available on Be sure to check DiAne's blog, "Moving the Ancient Boundaries" at
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s