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.
PUMPKIN with CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
The Food Hall in The Plaza
COCONUT and VANILLA CUPCAKE
from Citarella Gourmet Market in West Village
(fire escape at 39 Christopher St)
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
PURE VANILLA CUPCAKE
from Sweet Revenge in West Village
(one of my faves…and I dropped it right before I took this pic)
LEMON CUPCAKE with LEMON ICING
Citarella Gourmet Market in West Village
(Washington Square Park)
Sweet Revenge in West Village
(lovely open window view)
These are just a few of my favorite cupcakes and bakeries!
I could spend every day in this wonderful place called Central Park.
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, find 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!
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
My travel adventures so far this year have been limited to the great state of Texas. Not that I am complaining, it is a great state! It’s just I prefer to see myself traveling through Italy or jetting off to New York to catch a show!
Maybe that will be my life one day, but for now I am sharing with you my Texas travels to the beaches of Port Aransas, BBQ, and some history along the way.
The route from Austin to Port Aransas is filled with history. Every time we go to the beach we say we are going to stop and read the landmarks and visit the Spanish Missions that are still standing from the fight for Texas Independence. But we are always in a hurry and say “next time.” This year, we decided to stop since it was just me and my husband and we were not vetoed by any children!
First stop was the famous Smitty’s BBQ…delicious! We needed some energy for the road trip! Food before history.
This is the site of the surrender of the Texas troops to Santa Anna in 1836.
The site of the Spanish mission (Presidio La Bahia) with some of the original rock still standing from 1771. In many places, any structure that is 250 years old is considered “new”…but in Texas it is considered “ancient!”
A little food, a little history and now the beach. What a great way to relax…enjoying the lovely weather, breakfast outside and this view. God is good!
We love our bluebonnets in Texas! They line the highways. People line the highways to stop and take a family photo. In fact, if you are from Texas, you have a family photo in the middle of bluebonnets. It’s just what we do.
My girls are grown, but we still stop and look at the bluebonnets when we are traveling. This year, I took a picture of my daughter, holding one of my pretzels, in the middle of this field of blue. I thought it was the right thing to do! I’m not sure that she felt this way, but she was a good sport.
I could not resist this photo with the Texas and Aggie flag waiving in the background! This was one of my Easter pretzels..I wish I had made a bluebonnet pretzel for the photo…maybe next year!