Emma Lea’s Family Cookbook

Emma Lea's Family Cookbook

Emma Lea's Family Cookbook

A collection of 100 recipes from the Picture Books,  the Magic Teapot Stories and the Virtual Tea Party Newsletter. The recipes are foods most children enjoy, generally include simple but fresh ingredients and are designed for a child and an adult to share the preparation.

Soft Cover – 8 1/2″ x 11″

By Babette Donaldson

Cover Illustration by Jerianne Van Dijk

ISBN: 978-0-9792612-4-4

Price: $16.95

Table of Contents

Recipes to bring your family back together in the kitchen.


Making Tea With Children
Cambric Tea & Cambric Spiced Tea
Iced Tea & Simple Syrup
Jelly Jar Tea
Hot Orange Spice Tea
Hibiscus Lemonade
Fresh Garden Mint Tea
Hot Cranberry Tea
Hot Honey, Lemon & Ginger Tea
Red Velvet Cream Tea
Homemade Chai
Tea Nog
Tea Wassail
Apple Pie Tea
Cranberry Hibiscus Tea
Grammie’s Southern Style Sweet Tea
Make It My Way Tea Party


Oat Tea Raisin Cookies & Raisin Glaze
Matcha Mint Cookies
Green Tea Leaf Cookies
Biscott-Tea Cookies
Rooibos Tea Cookies
Laura’s Prize Winning Walnut Bowls
Mending Hearts Cookie Game
Queen of Hearts Tarts
Gingerbread People
Gluten Free Cookie Bars
Almost Too Much Ginger Cookies

Fruit Specialties

Orange Cups
Strawberry Flowers
Apple Flowers
Flower Fruit Salad with Crystalized Violets
Berry Bread Salad
Tea-Poached Pears
Baked Apples
Party Pineapple Boats
Bananna Boat
Baked Bananna Boat

Sandwich Fillings

Snowflake Cinnamon Toast
Open-Faced Strawberry Sandwiches
Triple Butter Sandwiches
Funny Face-Wiches
Nutty-Fruity Spread
Carrot-Nut Spread
Apple Chicken Salad
Triple Butter Sandwiches
Turkey In The Straw
Ham & Cheese Stuffed-wiches


Tunnels of Love
Apple Pie Roll-Ups
Ricotta & lemon/chocolate
Egg Custard Cups
Vegetable cheese Roll-ups

Quick Breads

Aunt Meg’s Chunky Apple Scones
Blueberry-Cranberry Scones
Mandarin Orange Scones
Corny Bread Muffins
Applesauce Muffins
Lemon Angel Bread
Fairy Flower Bread
Pumpkin Bread
Vegetable Sandwich Bread
Birdseed Bread

Cheese Crusts
Homemade Cracker Recipe  (see potato soup)

Yeast Breads

Hot Cross Buns
Cranberry-Walnut Yeast Scones
Cinnamon Spiral Bread

Cakes & Pies

Little Jack Horner’s Pie
Blackbird Pie
Fresh Berry Pie
Kathy’s Blueberry Breakfast Cake
Upside-Down Gingerbread Pear Cake
Jeff’s Intense Lemon Birthday Cake


Plain Pudding
Traditional Trifle
Berry Trifle Cups
Lemon Pudding
Matcha Mint Mousse
Baked Spiced Custard
Old Fashioned Hasty Pudding
Figgy Pudding With Custard Sauce

Scone Toppings & Special Sauces

Homemade Whipped Cream
Lemon Curd
Lemon Sauce
Mock Devonshire Cream
Fresh Blueberry Sauce
Chocolate Cocoa Sauce
Butterscotch Sauce


Here’s-Looking-At-You Soup
Stone Soup
Make It My Way Soup
Won Ton Soup
Oats, Peas, Beans & Barley Soup

Main Courses

Simple Simon Pie
Mashed Potato Pie
Corny Bread Pie
Sara’s Strata
Stack ’em Ups
Vegetable Cheese Pie

  • The Emma Lea Books

Book Reviews

This is a very special book about family traditions, bonding and growing up. The story of Emma Lea is delightful. If you like Fancy Nancy, you will love Emma Lea. ~ ~ ~ Jill Vanderwood
I read Emma Lea's Tea Party and was immediately moved to send it to my niece Emma. She is 4 years old. She absolutely loves the book and thinks it is about her. Such a beautiful tale with illustrations to match. A little girl can weave fantasies about this book. I can hardly wait until the next Emma Lea book! ~ ~ ~ Penny Hastings
I really enjoyed this book with my little girl because I felt it introduced children to "helping out" and lets them know just because we have to do chores and make preparations, even for tea parties, that it doesn't mean we can't have fun while doing so and the biggest lesson to be learned from Emma Lea's Tea With Daddy is that spending time together is the most important gift of all!
This book takes a look at tranquility, purity, harmony, and respect taught through the experiences of the Chanoyu tea ceremony. I know that this book will be infused into the study my students do of the Japanese culture. Once again the author and illustrator together have created a beautiful keepsake book for children. ~ ~ ~ J. Gilmour
This story brings to life family traditions and the value of giving 'real' and meaningful gifts from the heart. It also shows the importance of family in creating great moments in a child's life. I read this to my 5 year old niece, and both she and her mother were captivated by the story. ~ ~ ~ Carol Scuderi
Oh, I do love these books. They are perfect for an afternoon read with a cuddly grandchild. Lots of information and the art work is enchanting. ~ ~ ~ Judy Wright
This is a wonderful story of a little girl's dream with the magic lamp. To my delight, it combines fantasy with family values and reality. My granddaughter loves it. ~ ~ ~ Marianne Kummell
Babette Donaldson tells this story with a beauty and sparseness that mimics the rituals of the ceremony and Jerianne Van Dijk illustrates the scenes with an impressionistic style, drawing the reader into the folds of Emma Lea's kimono and into the tea house with purity, tranquility, and harmony. ~ ~ ~ Ginger Manley
Both the watercolors and the well thought out story are beautifully done. I liked the fact that Emma Lea's best friend is a boy. I appreciated that logical explanations were given to the little girl for the wishes being "granted" and how she realizes the teapot not actually being "magic" didn't make it any less "special". ~ ~ ~ K. Lio

Author, Babette Donaldson

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