Saturday, February 21, 2015

 photo 0171709d93e0ee34f61d6fc2231ac94d7a1a705b4c.jpg

 photo 01100805664688a93416a56e6b40bab0931b89049f.jpg

 photo 01a6ef4c28da4c82bd47aede7daa69167c7ec4ba78.jpg

 photo blurr.jpg

 photo 013b71e12ed396675e9246fde8cb8afc7ac5b2eb65.jpg

 photo 011e12a3625ca1be724bec0f1128b5cddbc9b41be0.jpg

 photo 01ef80839485a48b8d8a822f43f1ed24f4fe18f27d.jpg

 photo 019b6b767fe46989c10793c94f8d73d8e3cced560b.jpg

 photo 019afc6518cce17d96acc454d0dbb6cfb874a2b287.jpg

 photo 018854732477bd4eef4422993e2df4d09aabc7d6eb.jpg

 photo 01f58f0b9825a008ac383008e41160b0629d74020e.jpg

 photo 0125fc62f30a4fe4d00868509f96430ccb75982759.jpg

 photo 014e7495a061db18eb339efdc9adb197761d6b902c.jpg

 photo 019e706d185b380229fe0f36c2e4ed102f7bc4afb1.jpg

 photo 01ec12d2bdf48132794f5e1efa7b82b203e0ed79bf.jpg

 photo 01f0a24860ac92e246b8d6cf534b93f857c8f468b5.jpg

 photo 01adae5432162b37feb1de69762d246b7212452b66.jpg

I turned 25 this month!

And like all mature 25 year olds, I sent out invitations to my birthday party.

Which was an afternoon tea.

Last year (if you recall) was my very first afternoon tea ever with my new (and now best) London pals, and even though I'm back in Canada I couldn't resist having another here.

Now, my dining room is no Bea's of Bloomsbury, but I have to admit I think I did a pretty decent job whipping up some treats and sandwiches for me and my friends. I say whipping up as if it took minutes when really it took perhaps a week and couldn't have been done without my sous-chef, AKA my mom. Thanks mom!

So everyone came over and we ate all the treats (tea sandwiches and macarons and fawn shortbreads and eclairs and scones and cake, of course) and drank all the teas. And all the prosecco, if I'm being perfectly honest. What's a birthday without a little bubbly?

The cake I baked was from this lovely book that I got for Christmas and it was deeeeelicious. Seriously delicious. My mom and I made the homemade jam and paired with the sponge layers and the cream in the center.. cake heaven.

So that was my birthday! And now I'm 25.

A few side notes:

1) Let's pretend the 12 Days of Baking Mega Fail at Christmas never happened, okay?
2) I should probably have some wise list of things I've learned in my quarter-century on earth but I don't and I'm sure if I did someone else has probably already also learned them and blogged them in a much more eloquent post than I could possibly ever write.
3) I move back to England in two months!
4) I have given up social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for Lent. I don't usually give anything up but one of my friends was doing it and social media has kind of taken over my life so, if you're wondering why I haven't tweeted about my breakfast or instagrammed a sunset in a while, that's why.
5) I wish I had that cake again right now