My daughter is home for the summer from College..WHOOP! As we are trying to eat better and cook at home, we have discovered many recipes from other bloggers, TV personalities and our own recipes here at home.
We found this delightful recipe and it looked like the perfect summer dish. Here is the recipe…give it a try and let me know what you think! Cilantro Lime Avocado Chicken
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!
When in New York, give one a try.
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
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.
I 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!
3-Day Quote Challenge
I was recently challenged by Simply Homemade by Paula to the 3-Day Quote Challenge. Thank you Paula! I love her blog! Go check it out.
My first “quote” is actually a verse found in Psalm 34:8. I have used this verse many times when taking baked treats to someone special. I also use this as a creative way to share a verse from the Bible to someone who may need to be encouraged that day. I hope it encourages you.
I even had this verse painted on a wall in my kitchen to remind me of God’s goodness in my life. I think it is a great verse as well as a challenge. A challenge to give God a try and see that He is good!
If you accept this 3-day challenge, post 1-3 quotes for 3 consecutive days, nominating 3 fellow bloggers to do the same.
I am nominating the following bloggers today to this challenge.
Never A Dull Bling
Mommy Lane Adventures
One Cupcake can say a lot of things:
I am thinking of you
You are sweet
We are friends
You are worth it
I care about you
and last but not least…Happy Birthday!
One of my most precious friends has a birthday in April. She is so kind and always willing to taste my sweet creations and give me her honest opinion…too dense, too sweet, not sweet enough, etc. I love her feedback and trust her palate!! I asked her what type of cupcake she would like for her special day and she requested Lemon Blueberry Cupcakes.
I had made these previously and really liked them, so I was happy when she chose this flavor cupcake. My husband was too!
This little cupcake says so much more than Happy Birthday. It says “you are special” and “I am glad we are friends”.
One last thing…does anyone else out there have a kitchen that looks like this while you are baking or is it just me???