Peach Melba Tea Cake

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The combination of peaches and the raspberries is such a classic, and this cake brings them together perfectly. I particularly love how moist the cake is but it still cuts perfectly into slices or squares. This would make an ideal morning or afternoon treat for guests.

Whilst the cake is very simple to make, it does take a little while to cook because of the depth. If you want to save some time then use a bigger, shallower slice pan rather than a square cake pan.

If you don’t have any fresh peaches then you can use slices from a can, but the peach slice texture might break down a bit more.

This cake can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days.

Ingredients – serves 8-10:

  • 250g/9 oz unsalted butter, melted
  • 250g/9 oz white sugar
  • 250g/9 oz self raising flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 peaches, halved, stoned and…

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The Forgotten Seamstress | Patchwork Tea Sandwiches


The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow

 I’m joining The Novel Bakers with

The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow:

 A tale of royal intrigue, forbidden love, and long-held secrets surrounding a beautiful patchwork quilt. . .


A gripping tale spanning three generations, The Forgotten Seamstress by Liz Trenow, unravels the intertwined stories of a modern-day London designer struggling to make ends meet, and a remarkable young seamstress employed by the royal household in the early twentieth century. Their lives are bound by a beautiful and mysterious quilt with secrets stitched into every seam. . .


Decades later, Caroline Meadows discovers a beautiful quilt in her mother’s attic, passed down from her grandmother.

As luck would have it, I have a quilt passed down from my grandmother, whose origins are a little ambiguous, my Grandmother’s Flower Garden Quilt. . .

The quilter’s identity is uncertain but thought to have been my grandmother’s friend and neighbor, painstakingly made with thousands of stitches and mini blooming hexagons . . .

“One of my pieces was the start of a patchwork. I’d only finished a couple of dozen hexagons as yet, but I was pleased with the way it was shaping up. . .”


For a little Novel Baking,

I pieced together some tea sandwiches

at the mention of sandwiches along with the

many references to tea in the book. . .


 Made with a patchwork of cucumber,

thinly sliced radishes, and strawberries,

for Patchwork Tea Sandwiches.


Use a mandoline to make thin slices or strips

from an English or seedless cucumber, radishes

 and strawberries (large strawberries work best).

Patchwork Tea Sandwiches

Drain the slices on paper towels to absorb any excess moisture. I used a vegetable cream cheese spread on Pepperidge Farm Very Thin Bread for the tea sandwiches. 

Place strips/slices on top of cream cheese spread, overlapping slightly and pressing down gently. Trim crusts of bread and slice sandwiches in half.


Garnish with edible flowers (pesticide free) and herbs. I used  violas, flowering thyme, chives, parsley and a couple of sprigs  of lavender that were just starting to bloom.


Patchwork (noun)

a. Work consisting of pieces of cloth of various colors and shapes sewn together.

b. Something composed of miscellaneous or incongruous parts.




“My quilt panel was complete, and I finished a beautiful border of pieced lozenge-shaped hexagons, in silks and satins, that would hold the secret of my love, hidden forever.”



“I stitched my love into this quilt, sewn it neatly, proud and true. Though you have gone, I must live on, and this will hold me close to you.”



Brew yourself a cuppa and find more about

The Forgotten Seamstress along with a free download

for a pattern of Maria’s quilt on Liz Trenow’s website.


 “Liz Trenow sews together the strands of past and present as delicately as the exquisite stitching on the quilt that forms the centerpiece of the story.”

—Lucinda Riley, author of The Orchid House

Visit Jain and Michael Lee

to see what they cooked up

for The Forgotten Seamstress:

 a quiet life

Rattlebridge Farm


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Turn your Peeps into bunny ballerinas

Source: – by Michelle Clausen

An All-Edible Marshmallow Craft

It’s spring so that means marshmallow Peeps are in stores. Use them to make a fun edible ballerina treat as a party favor or topper for your favorite cake or cupcakes.

Ballerina Peeps treats |

If you walk into any retail store this spring, you are bound to see marshmallow Peeps bunnies and chicks in every color of the rainbow. People usually have a specific reaction to Peeps. They either love them or hate them. But these Peeps, dressed up as little ballerinas, are sure to put a smile on even the biggest hater’s face.

 Ballerina Peeps treats

You’ll need some Peeps bunnies and a lot of candies that you may already have around the house.

 Ballerina Peeps treats

Candy corn attached with melted white chocolate or vanilla candy wafers makes the “tutu.” More candy melt, pearl sugar balls, candy coated sunflower seeds and other assorted sprinkles are used for the rest of the detail.

 Ballerina Peeps treats

The ballerina “legs” are more candy corn with candy coated sunflower seeds as the ballerina “feet.”

To let the ballerinas stand, attach them to a square pretzel base with more melted candy. Don’t forget a cute little hair piece and little heart mouth to finish them up.

 Ballerina Peeps treats

Once the melted candy hardens, the ballerinas can stand at attention ready for their next performance. Perfect for a ballerina party or as a cute party favor.

 Ballerina Peeps treats

Ballerina Peeps treats

Serves 8


  • 8 Peeps bunnies
  • 1 cup melted white chocolate or vanilla candy wafers
  • 8 square pretzels
  • Candy corn
  • Multicolor candy coated sunflower seeds
  • Pearl sugar ball sprinkles
  • Assorted color ball sprinkles
  • Heart-shaped sprinkles


  1. Cut each candy corn into halves.
  2. Melt white chocolate/candy wafers in a zip-closed bag. Snip an end of bag and “pipe” the top of a ballerina tutu onto each Peeps bunny.
  3. On the bottom of the tutu, attach 6-7 candy corn halves with melted candy for the “tutu.”
  4. Add pearl sugar ball sprinkles as part of the tutu skirt (you can really use your imagination and use what ever sprinkle decorations you prefer).
  5. Cut off part of the bottom of a Peeps bunny and attach 1 full candy corn with melted candy as the “legs” and let harden.
  6. Attach the ballerina to the square pretzel with more melted candy (you may need to hold until candy hardens or lean it against something until set).
  7. Add 2 candy coated sunflower seeds as the ballerina “feet.”
  8. Add a small heart sprinkle as the mouth.
  9. Add a hair decoration (more melted candy with small colorful sprinkles and pearl sugar balls).




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How-To: Custom Valentine’s Day Tea Bags

Photo: How-To: Custom Valentine’s Day Tea Bags #craft #DIYHere is a last minute Valentine gift that will impress your tea drinkers a “Custom Valentine’s Day Tea Bags”.  Alex of “North Story” is a coffee girl through and through. She drinks tea when she is sick or maybe we all know Green tea is one of those things that we know is good for us so Alex will drink it but she is still dreaming of a vanilla latte the whole time.  She has many friends that drink tea like her daughter’s teacher and her husband’s Grandmother; so we get this lovely project because of them.  She has an amazing tutorial, supply list and pictures enjoy! I love it Alex and I too am a coffee drinker.  Thanks for the great idea.

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Town Of Gilbert: Father-Daughter Dance

Source: Town of Gilbert Recreation

Father Daughter dance

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Acorn Necklaces


Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

Craft - acron necklace

This photo originally appeared in FamilyFun Magazine

This nature-meets-fashion craft is a great activity for fall camping or hiking.

by Nicole Blum

What you’ll need
Capped acorns
Tacky glue
Fuzzy yarn and wool
Permanent marker

How to make it
1 Gather capped acorns and carefully remove the caps.

2 To make hair, put one large drop of tacky glue on the top of each acorn and press wisps of fuzzy yarn and wool roving into it. After applying a second drop onto the wisps, put the caps back on and hold them on for one minute.

3 Use a permanent marker to draw faces. Trim the hair, then make “chains” by tying string around the cap stem and securing it with a drop of glue.
Courtesy of FamilyFun Magazine

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Getting Ready for Afternoon Teas

Belle Grove Plantation Bed and Breakfast


In the month of September we have booked several afternoon teas at the plantation. As we start preparing for them, one of the items I need is some really great petite pastries. Now I could make these, but being an Innkeeper of a large mansion doesn’t always work with baking. So I have been on the lookout for just the right person to take my place.

Yesterday we had a visit with Mimi’s Sugar and Spicy. Mimi’s family is from England, so you know we were going to get some authentic English pastries. And she didn’t disappoint us!

Take a look at just a few of the ones we will be serving with our Afternoon Tea!


What Afternoon Tea would be complete without some English Tea Cakes?

These yummy bits are Shortbread with Pecan tops.


I am a sucker for Almonds so these Almond Mandolins were right up my alley!


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