I have often wondered when did we go crazy for cupcakes? Personally I have been enjoying cupcakes since my Mom packed that adorable Hostess chocolate cupcake with the signature white squiggle in my lunch box. But cupcakes are far from being a new treat…Cupcakes have been around since 1796.
Cupcakes became popular in the early 2000’s after Magnolia Bakery in New York was featured in “Sex and the City.” Thanks to Carrie and Miranda we have been swept up in a cupcake whirlwind for over a decade…Cupcake are everywhere…their are cupcake shoppes, cupcake trucks, cupcake wars, and cupcake wedding cakes .
I love the entire cupcake experience…from walking into the bakery, standing in front of the display case, imagining each flavor combination, visually devouring each cupcake, thinking of each of my guests and what they might enjoy and of course choosing a couple extras so that there will be leftovers.
Here are a couple of my choices from my last visit to our local cupcake shop…Rise! Wicked Spice Cupcakes, cinnamon and spice cake brushed with butter, dipped in cinnamon sugar topped with cinnamon buttercream….They were the perfect compliment to our weekly gathering of friends.
This post is almost exclusively from the 2011 inspirational wall calendar hanging in my office. I always choose my yearly wall calendar based on the pictures. In years past I have I had calendars that featured adorable puppies, beautiful landscapes and this past year I ordered a custom calendar filled with pictures from one of our favorite family vacations. This year’s calendar features comfort food…desserts…and as a bonus they have included a few of the recipes. The creators of the calendar have wrapped it all up with a pretty bow by reflecting on life as a sweet journey.
my friends are like an assorted box of cupcakes
…be generous with love and friendship, for the return will make life all the sweeter.
With every friend comes a different kind of friendship. Some are characterized by the laughter that always seems to bubble to the surface no matter what you’re doing. The silly memories that emerge are priceless. Some friendships feel like comfort food, infused with the kind of warmth you can’t put into words but are keenly aware that your soul needs. Then there are the friendships that take root on many levels, through common interests, a kindred spirit, a similar sense of humor, and a trust born instantly by the reflection of yourself you see in the other.
No matter how many friendships our hearts hold, God has created us with the capacity to receive more. Some we’re given to enjoy for a season, some for years, and some for a lifetime-but each one becomes a part of our unfolding story. And God knows what is just right for us. The friends we need at the moment we need them…the wisdom, strength and joy we have to offer…the times when we have little more to give than a smile and a hug. Each and every kindness, whether given or received, is a fragment of His beautiful purpose.
Friendship is like the perfect confection from God- sweet and satisfying with a wonderful way of making us feel special every day. It truly is a cupcake for the soul…so whenever one is presented to you, let your heart reply with an enthusiastic, Yes, please!”