A Novel Baker’s Birthday!


Join us for a Celebration and a virtual

Birthday Party for Michael Lee West~

Southern Author, Baker, Gardener, Yorkie Enthusiast!

MLW Bday

The Novel Bakers are celebrating her milestone birthday

and literary works today with a little food and fun~

We’re happy to have you join us!


We gathered old and new friends to join

in the fun and celebration,

Teeny is here. . .


We share her love of peaches, copper pots

and Red Velvet Cake!


 I had two copies of She Flew the Coop~

 Olive Nepper granted me permission to tear out pages

of my second copy and run them through

the printer for a book page birthday banner!


And also use pages for a little

napkin embellishment~



Punched with a

Martha Stewart Birthday punch from Michaels,

also available here.


Help yourself to some salt water taffy~

Renata DeChavannes’

candy of choice for bingeing,

while we wait for the other guests to arrive.



Our cast iron skillet is seasoned and ready. . .

Cooking Lessons, Consuming Passionspage 122.


Caro Clifford and company are here to celebrate

with Piper Maitland aka Michael Lee West~

providing a little vampire lore,

timely with Halloween around the corner!



Along with a few Mad Girls in Love,

joining the celebration~


And some Crazy Ladies

are joining us~


We’re enjoying a Southern Fried Celebration

in honor of Michael Lee’s birthday!


On the Menu:

Sweet Tea, Southern Fried Chicken, Fried Okra, Skillet Cornbread and Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs~

Collard Greens, Fried Green Tomatoes, Macaroni & Cheese and Lima Beans send their regrets and could not attend :)


We married Deviled Eggs with Pimento Cheese,

the Pâté of the South~

along with a little bacon for

Pimento Cheese-Deviled Eggs. . .



And the beverage of choice,

Sweet Tea, a Southern staple~


How to make Perfect Iced Tea,

page 158, Consuming Passions.


Or enjoy Peach Tea Punch, tea that

 a girl from a Peach Farm would love. . .


Or celebrate with a cocktail~

 help yourself to a Peach Martini . . .


We’re serving mini skillets

of corn bread~

No Southern recipe required, one 8.5 ounce box of Jiffy corn muffin mix makes four 4 inch skillets of cornbread~ add cheese, jalapenos, bacon, and/or sour cream if you like.







Teeny’s perfect Red Velvet Cake recipe

can be found on page 318 in

She Flew the Coop. . .


Help yourself to a

Red Velvet Cupcake!




Have your Cake and Drink it Too. . .


in a

Red Velvet Cake Martini. . .


Teeny Red Velvet1

Or try an original Teeny-concoction:

If-I-Can’t-Have-True-Love, I’ll-Buy-A-Bigger-Dress-Size’ 


Maybe a serving of

 Bonaventure Georgia Peach Trifle~

Choose your dessert(s) of choice,

and add a sparkler and light. . .



And wish Michael Lee West

a Happy Birthday!


Other friends are celebrating

Michael Lee’s birthday today,

stop by for more

Happy Birthday Wishes and Cake!

Jain~ a quiet life

Kitty~ Kitty’s Kozy Kitchen

Sarah~ Hyacinths for the Soul

Sam~ My Carolina Kitchen

Rett~ The Gazebo House 

Jenna~ The Painted Apron

Lynn~ Happier Than A Pig In Mud

Linda~ More Fun Less Laundry

Debbie~ Mountain Breaths

Jacqueline~ Purple Chocolat Home 

Pattie~ Olla-Podrida

Pam~ Sidewalk Shoes

Susan~ Between Naps on the Porch

Birthday Book Page Banner

 Happy Birthday

Michael Lee!

Happy Birthday Michael Lee!

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  37 comments for “A Novel Baker’s Birthday!

  1. October 15, 2013 at 1:21 am

    Bravo! This is a fabulous tribute to Michael Lee and all her delightful characters. You’ve certainly been busy in the kitchen. Puts my cotton candy cake to shame. You can guess how it took me to put my “cake” together. ‘-)
    Such a fun party, I don’t want to leave!
    Happy, Happy Birthday, Michael Lee. We adore you! ~ Sarah

  2. October 15, 2013 at 2:02 am

    An amazing and unique celebration, as I knew it would be. Bravo!

  3. October 15, 2013 at 3:52 am

    What a great party!!! Why is it I am always hungry when I leave your blog? :) Awesome treats you have here!! Love the sparkler!! xo Jeanne and the girlz

  4. Jeanne Lowery
    October 15, 2013 at 5:30 am

    Beautiful post….so very creative!!! I really enjoy your blog.

  5. October 15, 2013 at 6:03 am

    How fun Mary! Lovin’ the birthday stamp! Wish I was there for dinner, fried okra and pimento deviled eggs, this Yankee would gobble them up:@)

  6. October 15, 2013 at 6:16 am

    Fabulous celebration and great party you’ve put on. I too wish I was there for those southern pimento cheese deviled eggs. Yum.

    Happy birthday Michael Lee,

  7. October 15, 2013 at 7:02 am

    Oh Mary, what a fabulous celebration you’ve prepared for our favorite author, Michael Lee West! I’d love to be there to celebrate and sample each of your wonderful creations. What a wonderful display of food in accordance to books. Happy Birthday, Michael Lee! xo

  8. October 15, 2013 at 7:12 am

    Fantastic party for ML, incorporating all of her special dishes!
    “Pimento Cheese, the Pâté of the South” LOL
    I love your little cast iron skillets!
    You did an incredible job, Mary….too bad we can’t all get together for a REAL birthday bash.

    Thanks for all the work you & Jain put into making this virtual party a HUGE success.
    p.s. ♥♥♥ the quilt, too!

  9. Cheryl
    October 15, 2013 at 7:20 am

    Oh what fun and a grand celebration of Michael Lee West. Loved all your paper crafts and how creative to use pages from the book. Wonderful job!

  10. October 15, 2013 at 7:40 am

    Wow what a fabulous celebration for Michael! Happy Birthday punched pages!! Pimento cheese stuffed deviled eggs with bacon! Red Velvet cake martini! I might never leave! You have thought of everything and more Mary, and even though I know how much work and effort you put into all of this, I can see you smiling through your photos~the book vignettes are each and all clever and creative, the food and all the details are delightful! Thanks so much for inviting me to join the fun. Happy Birthday Michael!

  11. October 15, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Happy Birthday, Michael Lee! What fabulous tributes to a talented and beautiful lady.

    Mary, you outdid yourself again. There seems to be no end to your creativity. It flows so freely and we all benefit.

  12. October 15, 2013 at 8:40 am

    I am pretty talented but I don’t believe I could match yours. A beautiful tribute to Michael. She couldn’t have a more creative friend. Happy Birthday, Micheal🎂

  13. Kathi
    October 15, 2013 at 8:49 am

    You have me drooling!!!

  14. October 15, 2013 at 8:51 am

    What an amazing post, Mary!

    Happy Birthday, Michael Lee!

  15. October 15, 2013 at 8:53 am

    Mary, What a wonderful celebration you have prepared for Michael Lee!! Can you imagine all those women and vampires at the same table??? Oh dear! Well, you and Michael Lee may just be the hostesses who could handle it. I love love love the use of the extra book pages to add to the decor. I thought of serving sweet tea, too, (I know it uses lots of Sugar) but I went with something stronger instead. All that food sounds scrumptious. I would eat every single thing, although I must say I’m not sorry that the lima beans were otherwise engaged. I love deviled eggs and pimento cream cheese, and cornbread too! It must be extra delicious served in individual skillets. I must admit, you southern girls do have a special touch! I love your party. Happy birthday Michael Lee! She has inspired us and she didn’t even know about it!! Linda

  16. October 15, 2013 at 8:59 am

    What a southern spread! You always have such wonderful tables and fabulous food to go along with them. I just couldn’t resist a collection of the little skillets at Costco a few weeks ago – not that I need another thing to stuff into my house! Everything on your table is such perfection, as always! Happy Birthday Michael Lee!

  17. October 15, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Mary, it was you who introduced me to Michael Lee West’s fun and campy books…and I have now read them all (except for the vampire series under the name of Piper Maitland) and loved them all.
    Happy, Happy Birthday, Michael Lee!

  18. paula
    October 15, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Wonderful party planner you are !! You always find the best things, the Happy Birthday punch is so neat, and where do you find little mini cast iron skillets, my gosh those are a keeper!
    Have a fun day !
    p.s I have never had pimento cheese, is it good?!

  19. October 15, 2013 at 9:51 am

    Now THAT’S a birthday party worthy of the big day!!!
    Love, Mona

  20. October 15, 2013 at 10:47 am

    omg, the first pic with the banner is killing me after my wee one! and the silverware pocketbook, omg you had so much fun, i am just paralyzed at the thought of cutting up books, but girl it kinda looks worth the FUN!!!

    i am loving the bday cut outs, egads you are so out of my boundary limits!!!

    and i am not real partial to blood at the table either!

    oh your southern girls sure know how to throw a party! i am wild over it all, your southern comfort is spilled all over the pages… i am so thrilled to see this all, mlw must be a puddle on the floor drooling over all her pages come to life with your vivid paintbrush of talent… it as truly exhilarating to me, i can’t wait for her to join in her party!

    thank you so much for such a wonderful idea to celebrate her bday!

  21. Susan
    October 15, 2013 at 11:54 am

    Happy Birthday, Michael Lee!!! Mary, I LOVE it!!! Everything is fabulous and girl, you know how to throw a party!!! I love the banner and food description pages…what type and font did you use, they’re great!!?
    This is such a wonderful birthday celebration and your imagination never ceases to amaze me!!!

    • October 15, 2013 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks so much Susan :) The font is Algerian.

  22. October 15, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    How much fun, Mary! :D Happy Birthday, ML!!!
    I want to visit some of the other parties, too (maybe over the weekend when I have more time)….


  23. October 15, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    This is extraordinary! A fun & interesting table, and the food looks absolutely delicious. You’ve shown us some wonderful ideas. Thank you :)

  24. October 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Mary, this is such a wonderful table and birthday celebration for an amazing friend! I love that picture with the sparkler, so cool seeing the sparks a-flying! :) I could just dive into all that scrumptious food! So wish we could all come together to celebrate in person for Michael’s birthday! Beautiful post and loved all the gorgeous pictures!

  25. October 15, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    Oh Happy Birthday to Michael the very talented blogger and author and chef extraordinaire…your pics of the table and all that lusciousness is outstanding….you make things incredibly fun and beautiful….you are magical!

  26. October 15, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Oh you did such a wonderful job!!! Everything is absolutely fantastic!

  27. October 15, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Mary, you have put together a very special celebration for our birthday Queen Michael Lee West! The only thing better would be to celebrate at Rattlebridge Farm in person. Happy Birthday, Michael Lee!

  28. October 16, 2013 at 9:03 am

    What an adorable idea to have a virtual birthday party♥ You all are doing a marvelous job…she is very lucky to have all of you.

  29. Rattlebridge Farm
    October 16, 2013 at 12:03 pm

    I came back for second helpings of those divine deviled eggs and couldn’t find the comment I left yesterday. Either Internet Explorer burped or I am having a Senior moment. :-) But a well fed Senior. Look at this menu: “Sweet Tea, Southern Fried Chicken, Fried Okra, Skillet Cornbread and Pimento Cheese Deviled Eggs.” And then you made me laugh out loud: “Collard Greens, Fried Green Tomatoes, Macaroni & Cheese and Lima Beans send their regrets and could not attend :)” Quintessentially Southern in cuisine, comedy, and manners. Your PCDEggs are going to be a New Classic at our house as they combine all the things I love about Southern food–into a finger food! Easily transportable, too. Then, my senses are tickled by corn bread (my grandmother taught me to use Jiffy), the browned tops peeking out of cast iron skillets. I love the way you took the extra book and made a festive banner, and the cut-outs are brilliant. As I predicted yesterday, Teeny drank the peachtinis . What a little hog! lol This splendid bounty is arranged on the most gorgeous patchwork quilt–and as a bonus, I get to enjoy background views of the lake. This party will stay with me all year as I savor your words and photos. I emailed you yesterday to say that your book and teapot arrived safely. I have already been taking playful photos of the book–what an inspiration. Thank you so much! I will treasure both gifts. I am grateful for your friendship–my cup runneth over. xx00

  30. Pam
    October 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Wonderful celebration of Michael’s birthday! The great birthday banner sets the theme. Your red and white accents are the perfect way to share this occasion! I love the cut out of the. Happy Birthday from the book pages the best but the red velvet cupcake in the skillet is fabulous, too. Have a great week!


  31. Bev
    October 18, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Love this idea! Great table…

  32. October 18, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    What a celebration! You went all out! It all looks so festive. I didn’t hear about the party. Too bad. I am sur ML loved your post! I did too!

  33. October 18, 2013 at 9:22 pm

    What a beautiful, beautiful post and tribute. The table looks so pretty. Blessings, Catherine xo

  34. RS
    December 30, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    Just finished reading “Gone with a Handsomer Man” over the Christmas holidays. Loved getting to know Teeny and hope to read some more of Michael Lee West’s books. They are a delight.

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