Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Art on the West Coast

One of my Best, Jenna puchased two Maggie Mayd Portraits for her Brother and Sister-in-Law. They traveled all the way to San Franciso!
Here is Paisley:

Here is Lilly:

Also, you can now buy Maggie Mayd Luggage Tags at Perpendicular in the Southern Market in Knoxville, TN.



There is no easy way to define such a season, thus the reason for my three sub devisions of Autumn. Such a season must be further examined and these three sub categories will better provoke the experience.
Pre Fall-
Smell: burnt grass, back to school clothes
Sound: ESPN Football pump up music and lawn mowers
Weather: constant dusk and a lazy burning sun that has made the grass crispy and burnt
The last cookout- knowing it is the last cookout you toast the buns and use the fancy condiments
Mood: Fresh starts, and promise, pool splashes and an oven breeze
Smell: Dying foilage and leather
Weather: The cutest outfits that are warm, but you don't need a jacket
Halloween Candy-the originals like snickers and Reese's cups. As well as anything associated with pumpkin flavoring*
Mood: Like a Saturday morning and you just fell in love
Post Fall-
Smell: fireplaces, chimney smoke in the breeze
Cold enough for corduroy and a pink nose tip
Chili and Pumpkin Pie
Mood: Warm, cozy, knowing the holidays are next. You stomach is stretched from pumpkin Flavor addiction*

*Falling victim to Pumpkin Flavor Addiction- How can one not over indulge when coffee shops offer a Pumpkin Latte, a Pumpkin muffin, or a Pumpkin Pie Chai twist gingerbread mocha! Every ice cream shop is debuting pumpkin pie milkshakes, every eatery has a pumpkin-esque option like pumpkin and butternut squash ravioli or Pumpkin and Chocolate cheesecake. And the pumpkins in the candycorn autumn mix are the best!

FALL FOOTBALL! This past weekend we went to the UT/UF game. An Amazing Power T cake by Ellen and and edible Gator blood red velvet Cupcake Cake.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Let them eat Gluten-free and Dairy-less Cake!

My good friends Lauren and Brian celebrated their wedding last week at The Inn at Little Washington. They are now currently touring Paris in bliss, but they could be touring the alleys in Detroit in bliss, if you ever met these two romantics with magnetic passion for one another. They truly do share a star-crossed, head over heels love. I was thrilled to be given an important task for their day. That is creating gluten-free, dairy-less wedding cupcakes. A lemon cupcake with almond icing with coconut and lemon zest! They loved them, well I love THEM! It is a pleasure to be in their company in person and pictures. xo

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Laborious Days?

Bowling, Running, and Dolphin Watching

My brother's roommate Merek is a physics whiz and a brilliant gamer (Puerto Rico per esame) but his talent as a Potter is un-parallel! Look at the pieces he gave me Pro Bono. My cereal will never taste the same. Happy Belated Birthday to him and his awesome Birthday Suit!

On Sunday I ran the Rock'n'Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon with Michelle and Chelsea, and than "ran" into Colleen who just newly arrived from Seattle home to the East Coast. What a race, perfect post summer/pre fall weather, a nice flat course with the last mile on the board walk. And a Half Marathon PR and a lesson on hashing to boot!

Chelsea and I stayed with our follow Clemson Tiger, Leigh. Leigh and I played Field Hockey together at Clemson, if you can even say we played. Lets just say we rocked out the plaid skirts and mouth guards! Leigh lives right on the beautiful beach where we met some friendly porpoises and learned to play horseshoes.

A Cupcake for every city!

Cities Cupcake Boutique: Knoxville, TN

Big News for Maggie Mayd fans in Knoxville. Maggie Mayd is the featured artist of September. Maggie Mayd Bake Sale ornaments and luggage tags are also for sale!

Cities Cupcake located off of Kingston Pike, is the most ingenious cupcake shop yet! They have cupcakes that represent cities, national and international. They are auditioning for Cupcake Wars on the Food Network, Check out there audition video here!

My current location cupcake-
Washington, D.C. : Are you the conservative type? Amazed by the complexity of vanilla? The DC Cupcake is a vanilla cake topped with sweet buttercream vanilla frosting--topped off with patriotic red, white and blue stars. You'll always be politically correct with this one.

My personal favorite cupcake-
Orlando : For adults of all ages we bake the fanciful Orlando Cupcake. Think about the dizzying array of rides that'll make your head and your PB & J spin. This vanilla cake is frosted with vanilla buttercream and spirals of peanut butter and jelly.

The most unique city flavor cupcake-
Santa Fe : For customers who have a "savory tooth" instead of a sweet tooth, we offer our groundbreaking, taste-bud awakening Salty Cupcake Line--starting with the jalapeno cornbread, ranch-spiced, cream cheese frosted Santa Fe Cupcake!!!

The best flavor for the fall season cupcake-
Half Moon Bay : Autumn brings crunchy leaves, crisp air, fuzzy sweaters and our Half Moon Bay Cupcake. The tiny town of Half Moon Bay, CA has been hosting an annual pumpkin festival for decades. Our warm pumpkin spice cake is covered in rich cream cheese frosting and a dollop of orange marmalade!


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