▷ THE CHATEAU DIARIES 124: Toads and Champagne!

It was Selmar’s Birthday at Lalande! And because no-one here had the secret to his mother’s perfect apple cake, he asked her for the recipe and made it himself – watch and the secret to appley yumminess will be revealed! Mummy had yet more mower woes, but there’s GREAT NEWS on the garden front, which called for lots of preparations in the walled potager, much to the disgust of our resident toad!

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  1. Sally

    Happy Birthday to Selmar! I enjoy all the videos, this one was very fun with garden preparations, a frog and a birthday with apple cake. Best wishes to all of you charming people…from Ohio, USA

  2. Bren in Coastal Georgia USA

    “Happy Birthday Selmar” !!! We send Special Birthday Greetings to such a sweet, kind, talented gentleman. We sang you the HaPpY BiRThdAy song right along with everyone to you. Thank you for letting us join in celebrating on this your special day, Selmar. Wishing you much love, happiness and success in the new year to come. Your cake came out perfectly. If your Mom would care to leave her Apple Cake Recipe, please do post it, as I would dearly love to make it here for our family. Best Wishes to Stephanie, Isabelle, Nic, Antoine, Marie, Jerry, and Percy a wonderful Spring season, from Bren and family in the Golden Isles of Georgia, USA

  3. josiedne10

    Happy Birthday to Selmar , that will be a birthday that you shall never forget as it will be in your life’s bank of memories to be enjoyed in the years to come, well done for choosing to go to Lalande x Josie

  4. Sevahn Merian

    Happy Birthday to Selmar. He sure is a jolly good fellow! Talented and hard-working. Best wishes for a long and healthy and very happy life.

  5. Darcella Leeder

    I’d love to know more about Selmar! He is so talented in the workshop and I love seeing how he makes things lovely again!

  6. Mary P. Gallagher

    YES. YES. YES! To posting the Recipe! I lived in the Netherlands for a period of time and fell in LOVE with their Apple Cake. PLEASE Post Selma’s Mom’s recipe because I’ve tried several recipes and they never tasted the same as what I had in Holland. Thanks.
    Gelukkige Verjaardag Selma. You are such a talented “Jack of All Trades” and you so humbly bestow those gifts and talents on Stephanie and LaLande. God Bless you and Keep Dancing!

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