Posts Tagged ‘cupcakes’


Look what just came out in April — What’s New, Cupcake?: Ingeniously Simple Designs for Every Occasion by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson (Houghton Mifflin, 2010)!

This eagerly awaited sequel to the NY Times bestseller, Hello, Cupcake! (Houghton Mifflin, 2008), features a fresh batch of whimsical, wildly imaginative designs that will surprise and delight cupcake aficionados young and old. Like the first book, all the recipes in What’s New Cupcake? can be created with grocery store candies and snacks and just a few essential tools. Since the emphasis is on decorating rather than spending time making from-scratch batters or icings, the authors recommend using doctored up cake mixes and canned frosting.


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So, after spending the last several weeks visiting quite a few bakeries, I thought maybe Len and I should take a little break to keep from turning into walking cupcakes.

But alas, this was not to be. Right after dinner last Wednesday, Len turned to me in the middle of AC360 and said, "What, no cupcakes?"

Like he hadn’t had one in months and months. Poor thing looked pale, drawn, so pitiful. Indeed, he seemed to be withering away right before my very eyes. I recognized the signs immediately. Cupcake withdrawal.


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"Knife, fork, spoon.

Rock, paper, scissors.

Lights, camera, action.

Everywhere you look, things come in threes. It’s the Rule of Three."

And I love love love the three Reel sisters: Alex (13), Stevie (11), and Joey (9).

As a rule, I read anything and everything by Megan McDonald. As a longtime Judy Moody and Stink fan, I was pleased as punch when I came across The Sisters Club: Rule of Three (Candlewick, 2009). 

♥ Megan McDonald + cupcakes = recipe for perfection. ♥

In this second title of the wildly popular series, Alex and Stevie fiercely compete against each other for the lead in the school musical, "Once Upon a Mattress." Trying out is a big step for middle sister Stevie, a peace-loving, behind-the-scenes type who’s always let Alex (Actor-with-a-Capital-A Drama Queen) bask in the spotlight. But singing is Stevie’s thing, so why shouldn’t she, just this once, take her turn at center stage?


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