Cupcakes taste better in NYC!

These little cupcakes went all over New York with me and my sisters.  I carried them in my purse, in a souvenir bag, asked my sister to hold and even dropped some a few times, all for the sake of an iconic photo op.

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PUMPKIN with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
The Food Hall in The Plaza

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COCONUT and VANILLA CUPCAKE
from Citarella Gourmet Market in West Village
(fire escape at 39 Christopher St)
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HAZELNUT with VANILLA BUTTERCREAM
from One-Girl Cookie Bakery
(DUMBO-love the Manhattan Bridge)
if you look close you can see Empire State Building in between

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PURE VANILLA CUPCAKE
from Sweet Revenge in West Village
(one of my faves…and I dropped it right before I took this pic)
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LEMON CUPCAKE with LEMON ICING
Citarella Gourmet Market in West Village
(Washington Square Park)
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PISTACHIO CUPCAKE
Sweet Revenge in West Village
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These are just a few of my favorite cupcakes and bakeries!

When in New York, give one a try.

Just a walk in the park…

 

 I could spend every day in this wonderful place called Central Park.  img_62981

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If I can ever get up the courage, I would like to spend one or two days alone in New York.  I would love to go the park each day and read, eat a cupcake, sit and listen to that young girl playing her cello or the old man playing his guitar to “Imagine” and just enjoy my surroundings.

This year I had to wait for my sisters for a few hours, so I did at least get to walk around, img_61611find a great bench and read for a little while alone.  Not to adventurous, but one step at a time!  Not a bad view at all! img_61581

I did find a few cupcakes along the way each day.  I love trying new bakeries as well as returning to my tried and true favorites!

APPLE SPICE CUPCAKE
from The Food Hall in the Plaza

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A look back at October

I love the fall.  It is a time for baking, sweaters, fires and cooler weather.  Even though I don’t get to experience  the cooler weather here in Texas, I still put on a big comfy sweater as soon as October arrives.

October, 2016

img_54031I love these molasses cookies. The perfect hint of spices that remind me of fall. Click here for recipe for Molasses Cookies.   It would not be Fall without a pumpkin muffin!  These are my favorite!  Click here for recipe for pumpkin muffins.

I love when my sister brings me special Halloween treats she knows I will love.  How cute are these cupcake toppers?

….My friend also brought over Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter!  I feel loved!

Lemon Loaf

What do you do when a sweet friend, who happens to be expecting a baby in August, asks for something made with lemons?  You find a lemon loaf recipe of course! I love this sweet treat and I think you will also!  Give it a try.  You can find recipe here.

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This was delicious!

I’m proud to be an American

We love baking sweets on all occasions and love celebrating our freedom! 

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Sprinkles shortbread cookies...yummy!  Find recipe here.
Chocolate covered Pretzelsalways a winner!  Find recipe here.
Red, White and Blue Chocolate covered peanutsperfect combo!  Find recipe here.
Rice Krispie Treats…these are so cute!  Find recipe here.

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My daughter found this recipe and thought it was so cute, so she made these as well.

Rice Krispie Treats!

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Take me out to the Ball Game

Travel adventures so far are still in Texas, but at least we get to catch a game!

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I grew up in Arlington…and on baseball.  We do try to catch a game each year as a family and maybe squeeze in a couple more throughout the season with friends.

Family….

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Food….

 

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We hope someday to catch a Range game at Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago…maybe next year! At least our travels will extend beyond the great state of Texas!!

God Bless the USA

I was a little late on July 4th posting…but better late than never, right?

My daughter, Claire, keeps finding recipes she wants to try.  That seems to keeps us busy at the store and in the kitchen. While she has changed her mind from wanting to be a chef (at 11 years old) to now wanting to be an event planner…I love seeing her love for food and baking continue! Conversations, laughter and memories are made in the kitchen.

OLD GLORY PIE. Find recipe here.  I changed the recipe a bit and used fresh cherries, strawberries and blueberries.  YUM!

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