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.
Truck loads of pumpkins have arrived at the farmers market…and so has Fall if only in the spirit of the season. Hopefully the cooler temperatures will follow…
How cute are these little guys…Pumpkin Snowmen Welcome You to our Home this Christmas!!!
Back in early October I ventured into Houston to the open air produce market to purchase my heirloom pumpkins as well as my seemingly ordinary pumpkins. I really love mixing the different types and shapes of pumpkins to create an interesting look for Fall. They really welcome the season the changing season without having to go all out. However, I like the pumpkins so much I always have a difficult time disposing of them when its time to put the Christmas decorations up. This year I stumbled on a crafty blogger who had a stellar idea on extending the life of her pumpkins.
Coco Chanel once stated that “Imitation is the highest form of flattery” so I hope Stephanie over at Under the Table and Dreaming will be flattered should she happen to see that I borrowed her wonderful idea.
Christmas Entry...Repurposed Pumpkins
This weeks WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge is Fall…
The first signs that Fall has arrived in Southeast Texas are not the cooler temperatures or the leaves falling from the trees. Our first sign that Fall has arrived are the enormous bins of pumpkins that appear overnight at the local grocer or produce stand.
Muskee de Provence
These particular pumpkins are referred to as Cinderella Pumpkins. They come in a variety of colors; the orange and green shown here, light blue and green as well as striped. Pumpkins with this shape are also known as heirloom pumpkins and are wonderful addition to a fall harvest display(shameless foreshadowing).
“I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion” Henry David Thoreau
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