Sunday, 8 July 2012

Reasons To Be Cheerful

It's Sunday again, so you know what that means! 

We had a lovely afternoon today with family!  It's my sister's birthday tomorrow so we headed to the pub for a few drinks to celebrate!
I've been busy this week making and sorting out special gifts

The first was this BeAuTiFuL book - Tea with Bea (my sister's name is Rebecca and my children call her Auntie Bee, so when I saw this book I thought it was perfect!) Then using a recipe from the book I made up a little baking mix for the Ultimate Afternoon Scone.

My sister is a HuGe Jane Austen lover and whilst trawling the gorgeous Etsy I came across some heart pictures using pages from famous novels and thought I could do it myself, so I gave it a whirl and here it is.......................

Using pages from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice!

The gifts went down very well.

I also whipped up a cake! (any excuse!)

Using sweet strawberries,

and mini meringues, and a bit of pink edible sparkle!

Eton Mess Cake! Looking scrummy on a vintage square cakestand!
Recipe can be found here

Make a wish........................

Here is the birthday girl ( I hope she doesn't mind me posting her picture) with her blooming baby bump, enjoying her tea with bea book!

Happy Birthday Sis! Love you Lots!



  1. Love your heart pic hun. I`ve seen these on Etsy and people are charging quite a bit. I have these on my list of Christmas things to make, I`m going doing butterflies and hearts. Also going to make one for best friends wedding.
    Your cake looks scrummy.

  2. Lovely gifts,that cake looks to die for! The diets gone out the window,again :( Will be looking up that recipie,lol,xxx

    1. This recipe is well worth making Julie! Sorry to hear about the diet, I'm yet to start mine! Naughty naughty! But cake is just tooooooooo good! :) xxx

  3. Eton Mess is one of my favourite puddings, so made into a cake sounds fab! Love your heart pic,what a lovely original present ... Have a lovely week xxx

  4. Looks like your sister had a lovely Birthday and gorgeous gifts as well :o) I`m in love with your cute heart pic, Victoria! And this book is gorgeous too...and the cake...mmmmmmm. Looks soooo yummy :o)
    Kisses to you, your sweetpeas and your sister too :o)

  5. What a lovely idea for your sister's birthday gift,she must have been thrilled! The cake looks A-mazing,I will have to make that as a treat to myself when I'm down to my target weight.
    Have a very happy week. :0)

  6. What a lovely post :) Beautiful presents and the cake looks amazing. xx

  7. Hey! Hope you are well!

    I lurve the heart papers! Very lovely!

    I haven't had time for the R2BC .... will do double next week! xxxxxxx

  8. Such a lovely post!!! I am going to make your recipe..sounds amazing!!! I love all the joys I find here today. xoxo

  9. Dear Victoria,

    Thank you for your taking part in my giveaway and putting a link on your blog!

    Congratulations on your sisters birthday. She looks lovely on the photograph. You made some beautiful and delicious things for her. She must have loved them very much!

    I will check out the Eton mess cake recipe. The cake looks really good!!!

    Happy new week,

    Madelief x

  10. happy birthday to your sister. & a new baby on the way whoop whoop :) lovely cake too

  11. Your blog is lovely!
    Thanks for visiting mine and becoming a follower.
    See you around through future posts!

  12. A Happy Birthday to your Sister. What thoughtful pressies, such a lovely idea with the framed paper Jane austen hearts.

    Yummy, Yummy, that Eton Mess cake looks simply delicious..I sure could go for a slice (or two) of that cake :)

    Magie x

  13. Lovely Heart picture - clever you!
    Im sure your sister was thrilled, and the cakes look amazing! Thanks for sharing the link to the recipe!
    Gill xx

  14. What lovely thoughtful presents. M x

  15. OOOH Tanged Web
    your sister is so lucky to have you!
    Great presents and a beautiful cake
    what more could a girl want!

    Love your blog.
    Your squares for the cushion are wonderful.
    I have no artistic genes so couldn't even imagine doing something like that but I do admire people who can (and am slightly jealous of their creativity too!!!)

    Your weekend sounds lovely.

    Wishing you a great week.

    Thanks for stopping by Raindrops and Daisies, I really appreciate your visit.

    I am following you now!

    Take care and I will be back to visit very soon!

  16. I love your book page project! So clever. The treats look great, too!