Strawberries, but no cream, plus lemon meringue and petit fours!

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Having failed to reach North Yorkshire as planned on Monday I did manage to make my important engagement that day which was to attend youngest Beez’ college celebration event to mark the end of his course. He could only take one of us and apparently Mr Beez and myself have been under scrutiny to see who would make the cut! Clearly, I have been quite well behaved as it was me that got to go. As usual, I got less than half the information about the evening and what was sold to me as an informal (“no need to dress up Mum”) sausages on sticks occasion turned out to be a candlelit three course formal dinner plus champagne reception. And yes, lots of glamorous dressing up!

The food was prepared by the second year students and we were waited on by the same. Sheffield College has an outstanding reputation as a training ground for chefs and Michelin starred chefs envy their equipment and facilities. Here’s a sneaky peak of dessert – a cheffy take on Lemon Meringue Pie.

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See the meringue on the inside? Those cubes are meringue too! And these are the petits fours. Guess who nabbed the macaroons?!

photoAll the chefs, my son included, were presented with their certificates and then, highlight of the night a chosen few received a special award from the Master Chefs of Great Britain. How proud was I when first up was my son. Tissues were most definitely required!

On today’s post and a card I shall be sharing over at Papercraft Star who have this photo’ for inspiration:


Doesn’t it look delicious and perfect for a summer’s day. I decided that, as it is the first week of Wimbledon, to go with the strawberries and use these as the theme for my card:


I stamped the strawberries and then coloured them in with Promarkers before cutting them out and adding a few white highlights.


The flourishes were cut using a Spellbinders die and the flowers were punched using my Martha Stewart blossom punch. I have a surfeit of yellow gems so added these to the centre of the flowers to pick up on the yellow tones in the photo’.


I ran a strip of coordinating paper across the bottom of the card and then topped it with a piece of lace. The sentiment was the finishing touch. I resisted the urge to add a couple of little bees as nobody really wants to have their summer fruit spoiled by buzzing!



I was once lucky enough to get tickets for the centre court at Wimbledon, back when John McEnroe (I was a fan) and Bjorn Borg bossed the courts, and had the most amazing day. I was fortunate enough to go on a blazing hot summer’s day so play continued right on into the evening and yes, of course I took out a small loan and had strawberries and cream .You have to, right?


Strawberries, but no cream, plus lemon meringue and petit fours! — 7 Comments

  1. My mouth has not stopped watering since I started reading this blog. The Lemon Meringue Pie and the petits fours look fabulous and how proud you must be of your son.

    Your card is equally scrumptious, your strawberries just perfect for a strawberry Pimms, and I love that lace, it is so pretty.

    Dionne xx

  2. OMG fancy him not telling you that it was a formal affair … I feel for you! But what a terrific achievement too!!! Those desserts look absolutely wonderful as does your card!! I could almost eat those strawberries!! Fabulous work … Thanks so berry much for playing at Papercraft Star!!

  3. Lisette, OMGoodness, so much wonderfulness in your post! First HUGE congrats on your son! How PROUD you must be! Second – center court at Wimbledon with Borg and McEnroe! You Lucky girl! And last but certainly not least your strawberries on your card are just divine! LOVE how you colored them with the highlights included! Your card is just YUMMY! THX for playing with us at Papercraft Star!

  4. What a wonderful card! Love all the strawberries and how you’ve colored them perfectly. Sounds like you had a lovely time at the chef’s ceremony. Thank you for sharing this with us over at the Papercraft Star.


    • Oooh – thank you for your kind comment and for letting me know, I hadn’t realised as I’ve been away. 🙂

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