Friday, December 2, 2016

cake and tea

I have a birthday coming up, and Tracy, my pen pal, sent me a card with a sweet calendar inside, and a tea bag. Australian Afternoon tea.


I'm sorry, Tracy - I had it in the morning. It was good! I couldn't wait.


Today at work, Katie called me over to see something. It was on my desk. A winter cake!


She had signed up for my birthday. The tree is made from fresh rosemary; the "ornaments" are sugared cranberries. There are cranberries all around, too. The instructions can be found here.
A chocolate cake, vanilla buttercream. We even ate some of the cranberries! Okay, but raw cranberries are nothing to rave about, although I'm sure they were good for us.

Lovely, lovely surprises.


17 comments:

  1. Wonderful! Many happy returns, Lisa - have a special day.

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  2. how nice! I hope you have a wonderful birthday!!! :))))

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  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Cute mug and cake! Hope you have a special day.:-)

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    1. Thanks, Anne! Yes, I like that mug, too.

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  4. Such lovely gifts! Have a very happy birthday Lisa xx

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  5. I should know about your birthday, Lisa! Taking one of my rare occasions to visit your blog, and I find I should be wishing you a Happy Birthday!! What a lovely cake! I wouldn't have been able to wait for the tea, either.:-)

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    1. Thank you, Nellie! I miss you. xo

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  6. Happy Birthday, Lisa. The mug is cute and the cake looks delicious! ;)

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    1. Thank you, Carmen! Yes, the cake was good, and we also had black raspberry gelato with it. (I just had some more) :)

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  7. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! That cake is wonderful to look at - I will try to remember the idea of a rosemary tree with sugared cranberries :-)

    Are you in the same time zone as your pen pal?

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    1. Heck, no! I'm in New England; she's in New South Wales. It's a sixteen hour difference. Oh - are you figuring that maybe it was afternoon in Australia when I drank the tea? Maybe it was! :D

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    2. Yes, that's what I was wondering.... or in any case, that if you had drunk it in *your* afternoon, it might not have matched. :-) It's always afternoon somewhere!

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  8. Birthday Blessings to you Lisa!! xx

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