I just had to try a slice of pumpkin cake with my tea!. Nancy, who served me, was the proud baker of the very cake I chose! She explained, "That is The Old Witch And The Polka-Dot Ribbon Cake".
"Say what? What is that?", I asked, and she told me it was a recipe found in the back of a children's storybook.
" Wow! It's delicious, now tell me about this book", I said, and the next day she brought her signed copy and showed me the marvelous drawings. Nancy met the authors, went to many booksignings, has a treasured collection of their out-of-print books, and loves to read them to her third grade pupils, especially this title.
This one written in 1970 by Wende and illustrated by Harry,
and is one of 21 children's books written by the Devlins.
The authors were husband and wife, Harry and Wende Devlin, from North Jersey. What impressed Nancy was the artwork in these out-of-print children's storybooks. There were lots of houses, and their own seven children beautifully portrayed in these delightful stories, published by Parents Magazine Press. He was an award-winning cartoonist, architectural artist, and talented illustrator. and she a portrait artist. They combined their talents in 1963 to write the Old Witch series. You must visit their website to see more of their extensive work! www.harryandwendedevlin.com
Now I know from personal experience as a mural-painter working with my partner that it's not always easy to create art together, when you have different styles! I am very intrigued by this amazingly talented couple! Parents of seven children!!!
Later a customer claimed that she makes the best cake ever, a Paula Deen recipe, called , Gooey Cake". There's a double-chocolate version and a pumpkin one. Recipes are on her website, www.pauladeen.com, and www.foodnetwork.com.
|Paula Deen's Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake, from www.pauladeen.com|
But it seems that June's cake is the Vineland Women's Club"s all-time-most-requested-everyone's-favorite, the Italian Love Cake! Layers of chocolate cake, mousse, and Mascarpone, I think.
|June's Italian Love Cake|
I told her she should serve it to some rich, handsome, eligible bachelors. See if it works!
|June was dressed-up for a Women's Suffragette's Parade in Woodbury, N.J.|
June once tasted this cake at the club years ago. She just loved it , but when she later asked about it, no one remembered it or who made it. Then one day she saw an article in the Atlantic City Press about an out-of-business Egg Harbor Township restaurant who's specialty was this mysterious cake! There was the recipe! She was so excited! Now she often bakes this cake, as her own signature dessert.!
|My booth had lots of tea things, teacarts, linens, dishes, glassware, and other vintage treasures!|
|Joan's forget-me-nots teacup, made in England|
|Adderly teacup and saucer|
|My pretty hankies|
|Vintage Bakelite Radio|
|Cute little Chintzware Sugar and Creamer|
|Milkglass Hobnail Sugar and Creamer|
I didn't make much money this weekend but I certainly enjoyed being with my friends and sharing tea, stimulating conversation, and eating cake!
Happiness is not something you get, but something you do. ---Marceline Cox
While there's tea there's hope. ---Sir Arthur Pinero
"It's always teatime..." the Mad Hatter in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
|image from www.magicmooonlightfreeimages.blogspot.com|
I am so thankful for all I have, and for my blogging friends.
I wish you a truly wonderful time of sharing Thanksgiving with your loved ones!