Cupcakes, Chili and Sanchez

6 Dec

Happy Monday (oxy moron if I’ve ever heard one). This is going to be a little weekend recap of a post. I feel like I was on the go all weekend and really didn’t get a chance to relax. I complain about that but I kinda like it that way because then I can relax on the week nights and don’t have to worry about getting anything done. Hope everyone had a great weekend and is staying warm! It’s supposed to be 17 tomorrow night and I am stoked. I am one of the weird ones who digs the cold weather since I can keep layering clothes on until I can’t put down my arms and have an excuse to hunker down on the couch. Before I forget— thanks for everyone for commenting on Lincoln’s post on Saturday. He had a super fabulous birthday and appreciates all the warm wishes!

I had a Groupon for The Blushing Bakeshop that I’ve been waiting to use. They are located on the side of town and never really make my way down there however when I took Lincoln to get groomed on Saturday, I thought, why not and stop by. I’ve read reviews about them on Yelp, both good and bad and wanted to chime in. And let’s be honest, I just wanted some  cupcakes. There I said it. 

They have little cutesie names for them which I found endearing but at the same time confusing. I like my cupcake names to be straight up: Carrot Cake, Red Velvet Cake, etc. Who knew that Dan meant Boston Crème? I know I didn’t. I got 4 (of course can’t remember the technical names) but they included: birthday cupcake, carrot cake, apple cake and boston crème.

 I tried the carrot cake one which was delectable and everything I hoped it would be along with the birthday one. Their buttercream frosting was out of this world and almost as big as the actual cupcake. I will be going back there for the frosting alone.

Their cupcakes were a bit pricey (I believe $2.75 a pop) but think this would be a special treat kind of place. The size of them reminded me of Georgetown Cupcake  , which is a top-notch cupcake place. I had to place the remaining two in the freezer before I demolished them but my tummy was definitely happy after trying The Blushing Bakeshop!

 Right before I picked up Lincoln, I passed by Lorenzo’s Pizzeria— Another spot I’ve been itching to go to. Any time I think of Lorenzo’s, my mind automatically flashes back to the Van Buren Boys episode on Seinfeld (one of my fave episodes!) Lorenzo’s is also on the other side of town and I knew I wouldn’t be in that area again for awhile. I’ve heard this place is out of this world and has authentic NY Pizza so I stopped in to see what it’s all about. Mind you I’m going to NY this wknd so I won’t need to wait long to have some NY style [pizza (since I didn’t get some this summer) but any excuse for pizza right? I got a slice of their pepperoni to enjoy later but I saw they offered slices of Sicilian pizza which made my heart jump. I never see any places with single slices of Sicilian pizza so this is a good thing this place is 25 mins from where I currently live because that would just be dangerous.

The pizza was terrific just as I expected. I don’t know if it was the cupcakes, the pizza or all the excitement of Lincoln’s birthday but soon after I was in a mini coma and I couldn’t stay awake for the WVU-Rutgers game. Big boooooo to that. It was WVU’s last regular scheduled game of the year and I tried desperately to stay awake but kept falling back into sleep.  But then a few hours later I awoke to the smell of chili. I was competing in a chili cookoff on Sunday and made me chili in the crock ahead of time on Saturday. It was just about finished cooking and I enjoyed a bowl topped with shredded cheese and sour cream.

 I try to go all out when I make my chili and don’t have a set recipe but this time, I just didn’t put any heart into it. I have just been exhausted this past week with doing stuff around the house and trying to get everything done before I leave next weekend, I didn’t plan out what I would put into it and just used the stuff I already had–Morningstar Veggie Crumbles, kidney beans, onions, jalapenos, Tabasco sauce, cumin, chili powder, garlic and black pepper. Next time I want to add more beans like cannellini or black beans instead of the standard kidney beans. I made it extra spicy this time around by adding slices of jalapenos and more Tabasco sauce than normal and you know what? I won 4th place at the chili cookoff  went to on Sunday! Yeah, 4th is nice and everything but  I am making a vow right now that next year I will place higher.

 Getting pinned with my 4th place chili  boutonniere.

Why do I look like a coffee toting mannequin?

There was a pup that’s smaller than Lincoln! Percy was absolutely adorable.


 Sunday night  I went over to my friend’s place so Lincoln and I could get our Christmas pictures taken. We had a mini photo shoot and decided on three pictures for our Christmas cards. Lincoln was loving his Santa Paws shirt and even wore it to bed! It’s so sad though because when I bought the shirt it looked small for him but it ended up being too big. Poor little petite doggie. Here’s a few good photos we had.

 Every year I order them on and they are ready the next day and can pick up there instead of having to worry about shipping +delivery. If you go to and enter in the code CREATIVE you can get $10 off any $20 photo gift order through December 11! I picked them up tonight and am super excited—you gotta love a place that can make holiday cards in less than 24 hours!

I know many people out there are talking about the big Jets-Patriots game tonight. I love me some football but really don’t care about either team so when people have asked me who I want to win my response has been “Well, I am going with who I think the hotter quarterback is”


 Verdict? Sanchez all the way baby.

 Go Jets.

PS–Win some VS snazzy PINK gear at Fashion Meets Food!


20 Responses to “Cupcakes, Chili and Sanchez”

  1. ashleigh December 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm #

    Ahh this post is just full of delicious food! Those cupcake? Wow! I have never had a cupcake from a cupcake shop before!

    Congrats on getting 4th place! That’s a fun idea for a get together.

    Super cute Christmas outfits for your card! Maybe I’ll do that next year? I mean I am the craziest cat lady ever so why not?!

    I am a New Englander and don’t care about the game. at all. I just feel bad for the people there, it’s gotta be FREEZING!

    • simplyshaka December 6, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

      I’m watching the game and everyone looks like they are borderline freezing…..brrrrr! I went over to my friends and she took our picture and then I took some with her and her cat so I say do it. If you’re going to be crazy, go allllll out!

  2. dianacheung December 6, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    hell yeah sanchez!!! although Glenn is almost albino I usually like my men all ethnic!! OMGGGG i forgot how good sicilian pizza is!! And you are out of control with Linc this weekend…hahahaha. And wtf is with the weird cupcake names…ben and jerry’s names are ORIGINAL cause the flavors are…if the cupcakes are REGULAR red velvet then call it RV! jeeezzzz….now send me some.

    • simplyshaka December 6, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

      Seriouly, all the names are people which left me with a bad feeling in my tummy. Isn’t that borderline cannabalism?? Ethnic men are hawt 😉

  3. Shanna, like Banana December 6, 2010 at 8:40 pm #

    Your eats looked amazing! I would have devoured the birthday cupcake — a simple white cake can blow my mind =)

    • simplyshaka December 6, 2010 at 9:07 pm #

      Haha, it may have been gone in 3 bites….but I’m not confirming that 🙂

  4. Katie H. December 6, 2010 at 9:29 pm #

    I think I’m a Jets fan now. Oh those abs. Thanks for that 😀 I love Linc’s shirt! You guys are too cute. Also- I want to have one of those cupcakes! They look sooo good!

  5. erica @ fashionmeetsfood December 6, 2010 at 9:48 pm #

    Those cupcakes look absolutely amazing as does that chili…yum!!! Fourth is pretty fabulous congrats!


  6. Amy @ Second City Randomness December 6, 2010 at 10:21 pm #

    Sanchez hands down. Yeah…

    • simplyshaka December 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm #

      Too bad he couldn’t pull it together. I kept thinking he was throwing to an imaginary friend of his.

  7. christina December 6, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    congrats on getting 4th place!! i want some chili!! those cupcakes are nice and fat, like i like em!

    • simplyshaka December 7, 2010 at 10:27 pm #

      Hehe, you said nice and fat hahahahah

  8. Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) December 6, 2010 at 11:24 pm #

    Everything is this post looks delicious. Congrats on placing 4th in the cook-off!

    I want buttercream frosting soooo bad now.

  9. genesis December 7, 2010 at 6:25 am #

    sanchez for sure!

    um id be confused too if my cupcake was named dan…

    congrats on the 4th place 🙂 youll get em next year. oh and im pretty sure i walked around town this weekend looking like a coffee toting mannequin.

  10. eatspinlive December 7, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    Congrats on 4th place girl! Those cupcakes look so delicious 🙂 And those dogs are so cute!!

  11. Monique December 7, 2010 at 11:02 am #

    You look so adorable all bundled up and stuff. Congrats on winning 4th place! you are a bad ass girl! go on with your bad self!

    The cupcakes look great… i have to say there is something kinda awesome about the buttercream just by the looks of it. it looks light and creamy! They def know what they are doing. I am not one to go apeshit over frosting…. but there is a first time for everything.

  12. 40daykedge December 7, 2010 at 12:50 pm #

    You just reminded me that I need to make chili tomorrow night! Doh! I am 100% for team Sanchez, but a Bears fan all the way. If it’s a not a Bears game, may the hottest QB win. 🙂

    • simplyshaka December 7, 2010 at 10:25 pm #

      I can’t wait to whip up another batch, it’s such a good cold weather meal. And I am Bears all the way (I long for the day thst I casually run into Brian Urlacher) but until then it’s and if its not the Bears-hottest QB all the way!

  13. Monique December 7, 2010 at 1:33 pm #

    Um YES I’ve had a crush on Mark Sanchez ever since the Jets’ version of Hard Knocks on HBO was on this summer ❤

    And check out Lincoln haha Woody would never let me put a sweater on him 😦 Total bummer.


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