Plum Tea Cakes

by Kiran on October 18, 2013 · 95 comments

in Baking, Desserts, Muffins

Breaking news update. Live, from my living room to yours —

We have NOT replace the broken TV for more than 2 months now. I feel a sense of accomplishment here.

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The Husband has been bugging me to replace the broken TV but with all the recent and future travel plans, a new TV purchase can’t be justified. Also, it makes great sense to wait until the holiday season sale begins, right?

And surprisingly, we are doing great without a TV.

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The house is much quieter. We get so much more stuff done on our to-do list, every day. I’m getting around-the-world news on the Internet anyways, so why do we need a TV?

In my opinion, all we need is a hot pot of freshly steeped tea with a few of this plum cakes. Sublime.

The TV can wait.

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Makes 12 tea cakes

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1/2 tsp orange zest
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2 plums, peeled and sliced
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 plum, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp whole wheat purpose flour


  1. Preheat oven to 325F. Grease mini-bundt pan with some non-stick cooking spray. Keep aside.
  2. In a huge bowl, sift all dry ingredients.
  3. Puree 2 sliced plums with orange juice. Add this into a bowl with orange zest, light brown sugar and vanilla extract. Stir to combine.
  4. In a small bowl, gently coat chopped plum with flour. Keep aside.
  5. Combine wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Stir just until combined. Do not over-mix.
  6. Gently fold in chopped plum.
  7. Evenly distribute batter into prepared mini bundt pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Allow tea cakes to cool in pan for 20 minutes before inverting onto a cooling rack.
  8. Devour with a cuppa tea or coffee!


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The only thing I’m enjoying is my viewfinder through the camera — there’s so many possibilities.

Are you a TV junkie? Do you think we are missing out?


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1 Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ October 18, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Great news, my dear! 80% of the time spent watching TV is wasted time – I believe. I don’t think that by browsing the internet we don’t waste our time too however, we have much more control on what we want and don’t want to see/watch. It’s been 4 years without TV and it’s all good!
Beautiful mini cakes, pinning and repinning them :)
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2 Kiran October 23, 2013 at 10:49 PM

Daniela — thanks for much, my friend :)

wow! 4 years without TV is a great accomplishment!


3 Nusrat Azim October 18, 2013 at 11:10 AM

It’s been seven months since we haven’t watched TV and gone to the movies.It was a mutual decision. Life is now peaceful and as happy it gets :) “How many lives have been wasted sitting in front of the glowing box. How many have lived vicariously through fictional characters. How many have become fabricating mockingbird parroting back the behavior of Biyonce, kim Kardeshian, Brad pit…How many souls have been lost to the incessant propaganda of war, violence, death, epathy.”

-Anyways, cakes, props, styling everything is perfect here. I always insanely adore that rustic, rural, ancient vibe coming from your food photos. Keep it up. Please don’t change your signature style.
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4 Kiran October 23, 2013 at 10:53 PM

Nusrat — wow, you really took the TV break so seriously 😀


5 Honey What's Cooking October 18, 2013 at 12:09 PM

You know, the more I blog and browse the web, I’m finding the TV is not really needed. The only thing I really watch is food network and friends, and then of course Betrayal and Mistresses, but the latter 2 can be watched online. It’s a nice to have, but not required in this day and age.
I’m about to bake myself.. banana bread.
I’ve never ever thought of making Plum Tea Cakes.. aren’t you a whiz?
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6 Kiran October 23, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Nisha — not a whiz, just had too many plums in the fridge 😉


7 Rosa October 18, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Lovely cakes! I am a sucker for anything that contains plums. Gorgeous shots, once again.




8 Kari@Loaves n Dishes October 18, 2013 at 12:59 PM

I don’t know that I’m a junkie, other then I love The Voice; everything else I can do with or with out.
These tea cakes I cannot do with out! Love the almond flour, and sweet plums are just yummy!
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9 Ash-foodfashionparty October 18, 2013 at 1:17 PM

Kudos for not getting a TV. Hubby here believes that it is a complete waste of time. Glad the boys don’t miss TV too, we don’t have any cable, I believe there’s so much more to enjoy in life. You are such an artist with your camera, that seems good enough. Loving the shots and these tea cakes look lovely.


10 Kiran October 23, 2013 at 11:15 PM

Ash — you are an artist too! loving your styling so much :)


11 Coffee and Crumpets October 18, 2013 at 1:59 PM

My husband is a tv addict and we could never live without one. I’d be ok probably. I usually only watch TV when I’m eating lunch or a snack, I do have my shows that I watch. Right now, it’s all about football, and we probably watch the most tv on Sundays these days, or whenever The Broncos are playing.
I wouldn’t mind a few of these tea cakes with my cuppa while I’m watching my shows :) That’s when I enjoy my afternoon tea, and watch a bit of telly before starting dinner. These would go down a treat.

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12 Kiran October 23, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Nazneen — haha! we would definitely need a TV when World Cup is on 😉


13 Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 18, 2013 at 4:51 PM

I love plums, what darling little cakes!
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14 Ashley October 18, 2013 at 4:58 PM

We got rid of cable when we moved (we just have Netflix and Amazon now). It’s been the best decision – I waste so much less time mindlessly watching TV. Not to mention much cheaper!

These cakes are gorgeous! Happy Friday!
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15 Consuelo @ Honey & Figs October 18, 2013 at 5:49 PM

I don’t like how watching tv takes a lot of my time either! I ahven’t watched a programme for years. Actually, I do prefer baking and having tea with cakes which look as beautiful as these. Gorgeous pics, by the way ;D
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16 Kiran October 23, 2013 at 11:49 PM

Consuelo — huge props for not watching a single programme. amazing willpower :)


17 Kelly October 18, 2013 at 11:26 PM

We haven’t hooked up cable since we moved to our new place either and although it was hard at first, I love that we are more motivated to get things done and get to spend more quality time together.
I love plums and these tea cakes sound magnificent. Would love a few of these with a nice hot cup of tea. Gorgeous pictures as always too! Pinning! Hope you have a wonderful weekend Kiran:)


18 Kiran October 23, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Kelly — thanks dear and hope you are feeling better :)


19 Karen (Back Road Journal) October 19, 2013 at 4:25 AM

Your plum cakes look beautiful. Plums are one of my favorite fruits. I just had a slice of breakfast cake with plums this morning. When I get home, I can’t wait to try your recipe.
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20 Kiran October 24, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Karen — yay! thanks so much and hope you get to try this recipe soon. let me know how it tastes :)


21 rika October 19, 2013 at 7:54 AM

Sorry to hear about the broken TV, how about a macbook or an Ipad with Netflix or downloading shows? Wow Kiran, these tea cakes look amazing…love a bit of citrus & plums in these little cute cakes!

I’m a TV junkie all the way! I watch 1-2 shows a day, sometimes once a day. The current TV shows I’m watching are Scandal, Elementary, Wrong Mans, London Irish, Back in the Game, The Walking Dead, Agents of SHIELD, Supernatural, and the list goes on. There are loads of TV shows during the fall season!


22 Kiran October 24, 2013 at 12:07 AM

Rika — tv shows during fall is definitely very tempting 😉


23 Ina gawne October 19, 2013 at 8:55 AM

Kiran – such lovely plum tea cakes! I love that you also used almond flour in the mix – a great combination!
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24 Louisa [Living Lou] October 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM

These are great looking cakes! I have to say that I think a lot of people are moving away from TVs right now. With being able to watch everything on the internet, there isn’t really a need unless you are a sports junkey. I personally love to watch Netflix (but watch it on my TV through Apple TV or the computer, I like the big screen.)
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25 Kiran October 24, 2013 at 12:27 AM

Louisa — i like the big screen too 😉


26 daintymeetsMe October 19, 2013 at 12:14 PM

wow, i didn’t know that plum can be a cake.
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27 Kiran October 25, 2013 at 2:43 AM

Dainty — ah, the possibilities 😉


28 Sissi October 19, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Extraordinary photographs! I like the evening, darker light. It looks so elegant and mysterious at the same time.
The plum cakes look fantastic!
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29 Kiran October 25, 2013 at 6:30 PM

Sissi — and I loved reading your description :)


30 gayathri October 19, 2013 at 12:59 PM

great breaking news…love those cute little cakes…lovely clicks
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31 Kiran October 26, 2013 at 1:45 AM

Gayathri — lol, thanks!


32 Swathi October 19, 2013 at 3:54 PM

Delicious tea cakes, yes it is an accomplishment without living TV.Yes you are not going to miss them until you have cable. We switched off the cable for long time. TV is only for news. But kids love to watch cartoon though in one channel .
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33 Kiran October 26, 2013 at 1:48 AM

Swathi — no cable has definitely been a blessing. for how long, i’m unsure but we are enjoying being “free” :)


34 simi October 19, 2013 at 4:52 PM

I really am not much of a tele watcher, neither is anyone at home. Am not sure if we can do away with it, we love to watch some good music videos over the weekend or movies… helps me to unwind!

I just love your mini cakes, they look so cute! I would love to have the tea cakes with coffee. :))
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35 simi October 19, 2013 at 4:53 PM

helps me unwind, sorry for the typo
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36 Kiran October 26, 2013 at 1:54 AM

Simi — thank you! i’m unsure how long we would be without TV either. not too long i guess 😀


37 Medha October 19, 2013 at 8:28 PM

Gorgeous photography, they look super delicious!I can’t agree with you more, life is bliss sometime, without technology and we can listen our inner voice more:)


38 karen October 19, 2013 at 9:05 PM

I got rid of my TV in 1998 and have never regretted it!


39 Kiran October 26, 2013 at 1:57 AM

Karen — you are an inspiration!! :)


40 Nami | Just One Cookbook October 19, 2013 at 9:29 PM

Ahahahahaha! Your husband is very nice. My husband will not listen to me even I request to wait. He has sports to watch and will not miss it… :/ So enjoy quiet time!!! Love these plum tea cakes. SO pretty!
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41 Kiran October 26, 2013 at 2:01 AM

Nami — Lol, i don’t know how long he’ll keep his patience 😀


42 cquek October 20, 2013 at 1:44 AM

Wow, this recipe looks amazing


43 ATasteOfMadness October 20, 2013 at 2:12 AM

I totally think it makes more sense to wait until the holiday sales. I barely watch TV, so I don’t think you’re missing out :)
But my goodness, this looks SO good! I think I’m missing out on these tasty things, yum!
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44 Kiran October 26, 2013 at 2:05 AM

Cathleen — we are still holding out! for how long, let’s just keep our fingers crossed 😀


45 Tandy | Lavender and Lime October 20, 2013 at 3:32 AM

I’m a TV junkie! I watch too many cooking reality shows to go without one!
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46 Angie@Angie's Recipes October 20, 2013 at 6:23 AM

Those mini plum bundt cakes are so adorable, Kiran.
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47 sippitysup October 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

We’ve decided to give up cable which is essentially the same as giving up TV (until they come up with a plan where you only pay for the shows you watch). Like you I’m surprised by how much I don’t miss it! GREG
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48 Barbara | Creative Culinary October 20, 2013 at 1:44 PM

Wow and gorgeous and I want some!

Regarding TV? I would miss it. I seldom watch during regular TV hours but put everything on TV. Everything being what I can get from a regular old fashioned TV antennae. Yep! But still, when I can’t sleep at night I’m glad to have Martha and Julia from PBS to visit with and the occasional lucky moment when an episode of Blue Bloods comes through without constant digital interruptions from a poor signal!

I’m not getting Comcast when I move either…I’m doing fine without and just think of all the money I’m saving for food props! :)
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49 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Barb — admittedly, I do miss some of my fav shows but glad that i can somehow catch up on it over the Net!

love how you’ve thought for food props 😉


50 john@kitchenriffs October 20, 2013 at 2:06 PM

We could totally do without TV. We mainly use it to watch movies, and then maybe once a week.Although I do watch football at this time of the year. 😉 Anyway, great tea cakes! Look great, and I’ll bet they taste even better. Thanks for this.
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51 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

John — I bet we couldn’t do without it when FIFA arrives. It’s what we both love watching, on a big screen 😀


52 Shobelyn October 20, 2013 at 6:32 PM

That is so amazing that your family is functioning without tv. As for myself, I can go without watching tv. But it is my husband who need to watch sports that need it and my children too to make them play their games during the weekend. I’d rather read than watch tv. Your family must have grown closer because of it. I think your deserve a Hurray !!!!


53 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 11:26 AM

Shobelyn — haha, thanks! but I don’t know how long we’ll keep this up 😉


54 Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl October 20, 2013 at 6:52 PM

Great to hear! We have a TV but we don’t have cable so unless something is being streamed to it, it doesn’t get watched much. When we had cable many many years ago so many hours were spent wasted, but not anymore.

These cakes look beautiful and delicious!
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55 Janine October 20, 2013 at 9:30 PM

I personally don’t watch tv, so I don’t think you’re missing out on much! Love the pretty little tea cakes though! Plums from USA are permeating our supermarkets so I’m definitely putting this into my to-make list for this week!
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56 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM

Janine — yay! let me know how it tastes :)


57 Sihi October 20, 2013 at 11:36 PM

Kiran, These tea cakes look so awesome ( and cute)! I like the inclusion of the almond flour…its making me want to try this entirely with almond flour for the GF version.

On the TV – not a junkie…find more calm without it :)



58 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Sihi — thanks! if you do try baking it into GF, let me know how it went :)


59 foodwanderings October 21, 2013 at 12:43 AM

ahahah Kiran what a brilliant way to open the post. Completely made me chuckle, indeed, I must admit quietly lol. Shhh J is sleeping. What lovely plum tea cakes, I wish I has some, now!
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60 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Shulie — lol!!


61 Raymund October 21, 2013 at 2:14 AM

Thats nice, I dont use TV that much either
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62 Helene D'Souza October 21, 2013 at 10:26 AM

I wish I could get my husband to not watch too much TV, it’s such a waste of time… but then I do like to watch my big bang theory serial. =D
I like that you added almond flour in your little plum tea cakes, they look majestic with the goldish topping.
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63 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Helene — truth to be told, I do miss the big bang series 😉


64 Meghan October 21, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Agreed, all we really need is cake! These little plum tea cakes are gorgeous!
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65 Daniela October 21, 2013 at 4:26 PM

I felt a new kind of freedom when our TV broke down.
Unfortunately it didn’t last long , because our kids were protesting, so we bou ght a new one.
These little cakes look so cute and only looking at the ingredients list makes my mouth water!
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66 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 12:18 PM

Daniela — i bet the protest would soon work here too. from the husband 😉


67 Asmita October 21, 2013 at 4:51 PM

Hi Kiran,
Our tv just gave way and we had to replace it especially since its the football season. I hardly watch television. The only television I see is Ina Garten’s cook shows. So obsessed with her.
These cakes look so delicious!
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68 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Hi Asmita — i bet we’ll have to replace it before FIFA, or perhaps sooner 😉


69 Amy @ Elephant Eats October 21, 2013 at 5:26 PM

These photos are gorgeous! And the cakes sound so delicious. I love the name “tea cake” :)


70 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 12:23 PM

Amy — thank you 😀


71 Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking October 21, 2013 at 5:34 PM

What a delicious little treat! These cakes look so irresistible, Kiran. Wonderful flavor, too!
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72 Lisa H. October 21, 2013 at 8:07 PM

With cooking, housework photographing and blogging, left me little time to be a couch potato:D
All in all, I spent less than 2 hours of tv daily… to catch up with world news and to wind down but most of the time, tv will be watching me ;P (me dozing off and snoring in the tv room…hehehe)
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73 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Lisa — lol!


74 Viviane Bauquet Farre - Food and Style October 21, 2013 at 8:14 PM

Lovely little cakes, Kiran. Who needs a TV? Just keep on baking!
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75 Monet October 21, 2013 at 11:09 PM

Who needs TV when you have plum cakes like these? We don’t have a TV, and although there are occasions where we miss it, by and large it’s so good for our mental health! Thank you for sharing! These look just lovely, my friend!
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76 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 12:35 PM

Monet — who needs TV with Lucy around? I wont 😀


77 Culinary Flavors October 22, 2013 at 2:49 AM

I don’t think my husband would go along with this Kiran haha! He needs a TV around that works! Your tea looks absolutely healing and comforting!
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78 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 1:02 PM

Katerina — lol!


79 Lail | With A Spin October 22, 2013 at 9:00 AM

I don’t think you’re missing out, Kiran. Well, that’s coming from someone who hasn’t watched TV at all for 4 months. On the other hand, these lovely plum cakes, I’m surely missing out. Gorgeous shots, once again.
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80 Madhur Sharma October 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM

I am Looking for people with innovative recipes to participate on a cookery show on Sony channel. If you are interested kindly get in touch with me at the above mentioned email address. Much appreciated.
Thanks :)


81 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 1:12 PM

Thanks, but could email with more details?


82 Shibi Thomas @FlavzCorner October 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM

Absolutely true, TV takes a good chunk of time. Good job on speding time wisely without the TV. The plum tea cake looks irresistible. Loved the first shot!!!
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83 Anne ~ Uni Homemaker October 23, 2013 at 3:19 AM

I have to admit, I am a TV junky. True, we can watch TV nowadays on our computer but I just love being able to sit on the couch with a blanket and veg out with some snacks or junk food, depending on my mood. For me, sitting in front of my computer feels more like work. But sitting in front of my TV is more relaxing! All the shows are premiering and I can’t imaging myself without a TV –ack! :) Your plum tea cakes look amazing. I can snack a few of these in front of my TV! 😉


84 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 1:14 PM

Anne — and you’ve easily tempt me towards getting a TV!!! 😀


85 Shumaila The Novice Housewife October 23, 2013 at 11:05 PM

There have been days when the Tv in our house has not been switched on. Of course the story is entirely different end September when all the fall premieres begin. And when you have these cakes to eat, its better to enjoy them sitting outside sipping on tea!


86 Mallika October 24, 2013 at 3:22 AM

I love the fact this recipe has no eggs! Fabulous clicks as usual. Bookmarked!
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87 cquek October 24, 2013 at 6:03 AM

This is simply beautiful and delicious


88 Charul @ Tadka Masala October 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Dude, I have not read past the first two lines. I am in no ways letting this post anywhere near the fiance. 😀
How could you?? I mean, seriously how.. you live without a TV!!
Okay, that probably came out rude but its TV! 😛
But then, I guess you are right. I would also get at least 50% more work done without a TV.
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89 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 1:26 PM

Charul — haha! i don’t know how long we’ll keep this up though 😉


90 sowmya October 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM

Plum tea cakes sounds scrumptious :) I love tea cakes…
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91 Mr. & Mrs. P October 25, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Beautiful cakes!!! The holidays are pretty much the best time of the year to buy electronics.. Keep your eyes open, because we have gotten really good deals right before black friday.
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92 Kiran October 27, 2013 at 1:27 PM

Christy — yes!!!


93 Jasmine | The Gluten Free Scallywag October 31, 2013 at 12:48 AM

I could live without a TV, half of it’s rubbish anyways, but I do love movie night. That, I don’t think I could part with. These little cakes, however, well I don’t think any of us can live without them!
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94 Kiran October 31, 2013 at 2:43 AM

Jasmine — i don’t think we’ll be able to part for too long 😉


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