Thursday, March 24, 2011

Cupcakes in the Northwest!

First of all, my apologies once again for another long absence.  Mark and I were out of town for a week for Spring Break with the band he plays in at school, and just returned on Sunday.  We spent the week in the Northwest, in Washington state, a place I have always wanted to visit.

Despite typical Pacific Northwestern rainy weather, we were still able to take in some of the beauty and see the sights in both Bellingham and Seattle.

Love all those trees!!

The band members are dear friends and were kind enough to indulge me on a few cupcake outings.  This shop in Bellingham looked really cute but unfortunately was closed the day we stopped by.  

 So our first official stop was Katie's Cupcakes in Fairhaven, a cute historic section of Bellingham.  My sister-in-law, a fellow foodie, gave me the heads-up and let me know that this bakery was in town!

The shop was bright and airy, with lots of white and big windows to let natural light in.

Katie's Cupcakes are simple in decoration, and they offer about 6 flavours each day

I loved that they offered 'mini' cupcakes, for just $1.50 each.  I decided to go for a mini Banana Carmel cupcake

About to partake in some banana goodness...

Yum!  The Banana Carmel was delish, and just the right size for an afternoon snack.  This was the first banana flavoured cupcake I have had that didn't just taste like a banana muffin with frosting on top.  Well done Katie!

Our friend Micah also purchased a cupcake, which I forgot to take a photo of, but it was - get this - a DONUT cupcake!  Genius!  Cinnamony sugary goodness :)

Both Fairhaven and Katie's Cupcakes are super cute and a fun stop if you are ever in the beautiful Bellingham area!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Crazy for Crumbs!

Things have been very busy around here the past few weeks with family visiting from home.  We love hosting our loved ones, and Crumbs has become a must-visit spot for everyone who comes to stay in So Cal.

I promise to get back to my cupcake reviews soon, but for now, here are some photos from the past several weeks!

First, a visit to Crumbs in Glendale with friends from bible study.  I just love sharing my cupcake joy with good friends!

The girls trying to make their decisions

Time to enjoy!

My choice - one of my Crumbs favourites, the  Raspberry Swirl.  Love their coffee too!

The end of February brought my brother Jordan and his fiancee Sarah.  Though our day at the Americana was cold and rainy, the cupcakes were worth the trip.

All of our selections!

Jord had the Peanut Butter Cup (he was pretty intense about it!)

Mark had the Twinkie

Sarah had the Almond Joy

And I had a new one for me, the Elvis, which is definitely going to be added to my regular rotation.  Peanut butter and vanilla.  Mmmm.

A few days after Sarah and Jordan left, my Uncle Darryl and cousin Halle arrived!  Halle is quite the baker herself, and has even dabbled in cake decorating a bit, so she was anxious to get to Crumbs.

Both Uncle D and Halle opted for the Cosmopolitan, which you may recall as the #1 cupcake of the SoCal Cupcake Tour!

A wise choice if I do say so myself.

Here's Halle with the Cosmos.

And sampling...

She loves it!

Let me just say that though these visits are so wonderful, they have not been good for my waistline.  I think I may need to stay away from cupcake temptation for a few weeks to avoid gaining any more than I already have.

Yeah, right.  

Who am I kidding?!