Everyone who knows me knows that I LOVE cupcakes. I have spent countless hours in the kitchen trying out different cupcake recipes and countless times I've been disappointed by the results... until I got this book. I realize this book is not new- I got it the minute it came out, just never had a chance to share my love for it until now! Every single Martha recipe I've tried comes out perfect, every single time. Martha gets two thumbs up from this cupcake lover! Even though I know both of these books have been out for quite a while, now that I've had such sweet success with Martha's cupcake book I think I NEED this one now too!
For the past year or so my life has been a whirlwind... a fun whirlwind, but a whirlwind nonetheless. I'm so grateful to have some time to breathe, catch up on things I've had to put on the back burner, and spend more time with my boys. Way back in March I hosted a French Bistro themed Bunco night for our Bunco group. It was a really fun night... and I'm finally getting a chance to post a few pictures!
4th of July is my favorite holiday... the patriotic colors, the warm summer weather, the way it's soooo easy to incorporate fun for the kids into the celebration. I love everything about it, even when it's celebrated 4 days late due to a sick little boy. So we celebrated a Happy 4th on the 8th! My two little cuties in their 4th of July shirts (from Crazy 8... love that place!) I LOVED these free printables from lilboandco White chocolate covered Oreos... yum! Hostess with the Mostess printables are always fabulous! Alison's brownie pops were a hit! Horray for a healthy boy!! And of course, we ate our corn on the cob in style thanks to Heidi!! Happy 4th of July (on the 8th)!! We loved celebrating with our good friends.
Sometimes it's hard being the one who plans all the parties because when it's time for my own birthday, who does the planning? Normally we do something nice as a family and I love it, but I don't always spend time with friends or get a break. This year I got everything I wished for... time with good friends, time alone (with a good book and a pedicure to keep me company) AND special time with my family! The tricky part for me was planning something for myself with friends without making it about ME, ME, ME... I didn't need gifts, just time to relax and hang out with some of my favorite girlfriends. I had seen a "Favorite Things" party on a blog forever ago (sorry, don't remember where!) and loved the idea of getting to share some of our favorite things with each other. Throw in a few of my favorite appetizers, favorite drinks and desserts, and of course favorite friends (with my favorite show, The Bachelorette, on) and it was a fabulous night!! I was so relaxed that I forgot to get a group picture and I had also wanted to get a picture of all of our "favorite things" that we swapped. It was such a fun assortment of things, from mascara to crock pot and vegetable steamer bags and everything in between!