Friday, December 19, 2008

The Shoppe - Denver, Colorado

I like cupcakes - ok, I LOVE cupcakes! When I travel, I make sure I go to at least two cupcake bakeries as part of my itinerary. I do internet searches to see what bakeries I want to visit. So far I have had cupcakes from Magnolia, ButterCup, Kumquat, Happy Cakes, Sprinkles, Crumbs, Lovely Confections, Yum Yum's and The Shoppe...and I know I am missing a few in there. I am not a food critic - I just know what I like in a cupcake. My expectations are simple...the cupcake must be moist and the frosting not too sticky sweet. Presentation of the cupcake is also important. And, of course, I can't help comparing them to what I bake at home (which get rave reviews from their consumers!). So...I have to rate The Shoppe in Denver as the BEST cupcake I have eaten outside of my own home. Emma's cupcakes are moist and her peanut butter frosting is to die for...Denverites, if you haven't visited The Shoppe - you must put it on your agenda. It is fun and funky as their menu consists of cereal (yes, cereal) served in big bowls. You can mix and match your cereal flavors, and they have toppings you can order for your cereal. They have a good coffee/expresso bar so you can get your coffee fix. The Shoppe also has a Design Goods Area that features books, jewelry, novelties, etc. And then there are the cupcakes...yummmmm -the cupcakes!!! You can check them out at They are located on Colfax and St. will not be disappointed! The ones pictured are eggnog, banana split, peppermint, pumpkin and cranberry. My daughter, Kristin (have I raised her right, or what?), brought these home for me after I had to fast for 48 whole's amazing how you feel starved when you are told you CAN'T eat - whereas, if I chose to not eat for 48 hours - I probably would be fine! Thank you, Kristin, for enabling your mother's cupcake addiction!

Sunday, December 14, 2008


Once again, too cute to not post. I bought this snowman suit for Kailyn when she was born last year. She never had an opportunity to really wear it and now she is actually too big for it. She was a good sport and let me take pictures of her in it - she was a little upset that she couldn't move in it...but she did a good imitation of melting!

Reindeer, Moose or Mice???

Kristin & I were up until the wee hours of the morning making lollicakes for her office...we made Rudolph - but I am not sure if Rudolph is a reindeer, a moose or a mouse - oh well, he still is cute! The pretzels give the lollicakes that salty/sweet taste that I believe we women often crave... I love dark chocolate covered potato chips...and french fries dipped in a Wendy's frosty - you can't go wrong!!! We also made snowballs and Christmas trees to go with Rudolph...he and his friends had fun all night playing and shouting out with glee...yipee!