Decorative Cupcakes of Washington

It’s been a while since my last post. A few weeks ago my Mother-In-Law had a heart attack. She pulled through physically despite being 88, but it did kind of bring together a lot of family members that we don’t often see. Linda and I went down to Virginia for several days to be with her mother in the hospital. I have never been more impressed with a hospital than I was with Mary Washington Hospital. When we pulled up they had free valet parking. When we went inside the security staff were friendly and helpful in pointing us where we needed to go. And the nurses! The nurses that cared for Doris were incredible and caring. Many of them had also dealt with dementia patients before – a condition that is still making the situation more difficult to deal with than it otherwise would be. I don’t envy them, but it takes a special kind of person to do that work.

Anyway, among the many family members we saw at the hospital was my niece Danielle. Linda told me about her cupcake business and I’ve seen some of the pictures she’s posted on Facebook, but I hadn’t really seen or tasted her work. I guess I never really thought of cupcakes as much more than mom made growing up. Well, cupcakes have come a long way since then.

Cupcake with Fairy Wings

She didn’t bring anything fancy like the fairy wings with her, but she brought several flavors including chocolate, vanilla, and red velvet. I had a pretty good sampling of them and they were delicious.

Apparently cupcakes are becoming a big thing these days. I shouldn’t be surprised by that considering my wife and I watch “2 Broke Girls” which is about a couple of girls starting a cupcake business. Not only are cupcakes getting more creative, they are also starting to take the place of the more traditional sheet cake. Our niece Danielle makes these pull-apart cakes as well. Some look like sheet cakes and some are much more interesting. The puppy below is one of my favorites.

Pool CakeFootball Field CupcakePuppy CupcakeSponge Bob Cupcake

If you are in her area and are looking for something delicious and creative for your next party or event, check out Decorative Cupcakes of Washington.


Almond Milk

One of my daughter’s went thru a vegan phase a few years back. During that time, she kept trying to get my wife and I to try soy milk or almond milk to no avail. The last I heard, she was back on meat, but still trying to eat healthy.

I’m not really much of a milk drinker. In fact, I pretty much only have milk in my cereal or possibly in a glass of chocolate milk. I’m very particular about milk. I won’t use milk that is within a few days of expiration. I also won’t touch it after it has been in the fridge for a week regardless of the expiration date.

Almond Milk - Nutrition

Anyway, my wife recently (well, maybe a month or so ago – this post is a bit late) picked up some almond milk for us to try. I was in for several surprises. First, it doesn’t come in smaller sizes. I was hoping it would come in the little pint or quart sizes. It only seems to come in half gallon boxes. I had been under the impression that almond or soy milk had a much longer shelf life than dairy milk. As you can see in the label above, it only keeps a week in the fridge. It also has a much higher fat content than I expected – although it isn’t saturated fat. The last thing that surprised me was the taste.

Almond Milk in my Cheerios

I was fully prepared for almond milk to taste a little like almonds – which I don’t like. To my surprise, it tasted nothing like nuts at all. It didn’t exactly taste like dairy milk either though. However, for cereal, it was definitely quite reasonable. I actually had it with my breakfast before work for an entire week.

I must admit that when the week was up, we didn’t get any more. I use so little in my cereal that it seemed wasteful to pick up a half gallon when I barely use a quart in one week. If I could find pints or quarts, I’d probably get it again though. Any ideas where I might find smaller cartons or jugs like that?


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