"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands........" 1 Thessalonians 4:11

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The smell of cinnamon and cloves drifted through the house

as an applesauce cake baked for about an hour in the oven today. I lingered in the open doorway as the aroma, drifted by me and out onto the porch, making me smile................ and for an moment.........remember. 
There is just something about an old fashioned applesauce cake baking and filling the home with these favorite aromas, that brings back a flood of memories ..........for me. Scent has always played an important role in my "memory bank". Does it do the same for you?  I can smell the heady fragrance of a cabbage rose and fondly remember certain people who raised them.  

The baking smell of applesauce cake, always makes me think of a well worked and gathered in  kitchen, stocked full of vintage figurines and canisters full of flour and sugar.

with canning jars and other glassware on the surrounding shelves. Upon entering this space, one could smell the spices of the baking that had previously taken place that day.
 I remember a tiny and gentle elderly lady, guiding my brother and I back to such a spot and having us sit down at her table...........where a small flower patterned dish was handed to each of us, with a slice of this wonderful cake sitting on it. It was still warm.............and so delicious.
The years have passed and I have made many of these cakes. It is one of my favorites...........
a comfort food of sorts.
How about you? What scent do you remember and smile upon?
What is your favorite smell from the kitchen? I would love to hear!


19 comments:

April Mechelle said...

You brought back memories for me. Smells are my memory trigger. I smell Avon Vita Moist lotion.I think of my grandmother. If they quite making it I will be very upset. I just know put some on..
Aramis men cologne, I think of my dad.. And you are going to think this is funny.. If I smell boat motor ( gas & oil Misture) I think of summertime with my other grandparents on the lake in their boat!!! I can smell that applesauce cake all the way here to Bama !!! lol Enjoy!

grammy said...

Baking bread...awwwww
I can almost smell it.
yes smells take me back to another place and time.
I am the proud owner of my Grandmother's dish cabinet ...we have not refinished it. When I open it...I still smell grandma's house (o:

Gingerbreadshouse7 said...

That bread looks delicious, I can taste it with a glass of nice cold milk :o)

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Hi Kathleen,

My father's mother always baked coffee cakes and then would put them in the freezer..whenever I would visit she would pull out a cake and warm me a slice.

She protected this recipe..no one had it...she lived to be just short of 100 years old...and now I have that recipe.

So I would say that a favorite aroma of mine would be to smell this coffee cake baking...it's really nice.

Pink Sparkles for your week!
Stephanie Suzanne ♥

Queen of Dreamsz said...

Oh, I forgot to say that so far I've not had the trouble with the posting windows not popping...

Daisy said...

That looks delicious, Kathleen! I think one of my favorite kitchen smells is that of fresh baked bread. I hope you are having a good week. :)

Debbie said...

That is one of my favorite cakes, and it hasn't occured to me to make one till I saw yours! My mouth is watering! Yes, certain smells evoke certain emotions and memories. Since they usually are food related, it is usually pleasant! :D

The Woodbury's said...

What a beautiful post! I am most certainly going to hunt down my applesauce cake recipe and do a little baking myself!

Sue said...

When I hear of applesauce cake I am reminded of my grandmothers kitchen and the Walton series, Olivia's applesauce cake which I watch often. My favorite scents in the kitchen vary from smelling cinnamon and cloves to onions frying in a pan.. ~smile!
I always enjoy visiting with you, there is such a warm feeling here.
Hugs,
Sue

lil red hen said...

I would have to say one of my memory triggering smells would have to be sorghum molasses. My daddy and uncle made sorghum in the fall each year and what a delightful treat to be able to eat some right out of the cooking pan or on a hot biscuit for breakfast. A smell from the kitchen that's not too pleasant is that of cooking broccoli or greens; however, forgetting the smell, the greens are wonderful.

Kerri said...

My mom never cooked really, but one thing she could make rather well is spaghetti, so that is very homey for me. But in my own house ginger bread and pot roast are my favorite house keeping smells.

Love your rooster, by the way! :)

Paula said...

Hello, Kathleen- your applesauce cake sure looks good.
I know what you mean about certain smells... I never smell cornbread baking that I don't think of my Grandmother- that's what her house smelled like!
And the smell of grease or wood shavings remind me of my Daddy's shop...

nance marie said...

that looks pretty tasty.
i'll be right over.

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Count me in with all the others, Kathleen, in saying that applesauce cake would be great with a glass of cold milk. I enjoy baking fresh cakes especially bannana bread. Also the cooking smells of onions, bacon and eggs in the mornings.

LindaSueBuhl said...

my mom and I made the BEST applesauce cakes - hers were better than what I do now because she canned her own cinnamon spiced applesauce from New Mexico Hondo Valley apples. My favorite smells from the kitchen - coffee, chili cooking (we ARE Texans after all!) and plenty of fresh fruit in a big bowl on the counter. Smells really do evoke more intense memories don't they?

Terry and Linda said...

I love the smell of apples and vanilla! Yummm

Linda
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Brenda Kay Ledford said...

Oh, Kathleen, I'm so grateful you had a wonderful rain. It's great your chickens are laying a lot of eggs. I like chickens. I would love to have a slice of your applesauce cake. I can almost taste it. Yes, smells do bring back memories of the good old days of Mama and Grandma cooking in the kitchen. Have a wonderful week.

Jane Smith said...

Makes me think of Grandma.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Fragrance evokes memory for me too! My maternal grandmother's Emeraude by Coty, my paternal grandmother's Estee Lauder, a lamb roast in the oven for Easter, the Thanksgiving turkey! Of course, I could go on and on, but I do believe in the power of aromatherapy, and Iam definitely NOT New Age in my ideas! I love the scent of apples, peaches, berries and melons, Avon Soft Pink Bubble Bath, Fifth Avenue perfume and I love the fresh scent of Ivory soap--I also love Dove soap and lots of other soaps!
Stick Horse Cowgirl V