The Cute Little Cupcake Shop in Strongsville, OH

The Cute Little Cupcake Shop

The Cute Little Cupcake Shop

You all know how much I enjoy a good, tasty, cute cupcake.  :)  Seriously may be one of my weaknesses…next to coffee of course!  :)  A few months ago mom and I made it a girls’ day and headed up north to the Strongsville area.  I wanted a good treat…and totally love to try out new restaurants, bakeries, etc., so I did a search for cupcakes in the area and found The Cute Little Cupcake Shop.  :)

The Cute Little Cupcake Shop

The place is exactly as the name sounds…it’s cute, little, and boy do they have cupcakes!  :)  Their store was decorated so adorably cute!  Everything was pink and just CUTE!  If you have a little girl, this would be the perfect place to take her!  :)

As you can see, their cooler was stocked with a ton of yummies!  Here are the flavors that we tried:

  • Pinata Candy Surprise
  • Snickerdoodle
  • Carmel Apple
  • Chocolate Raspberry
  • Carrot Cake
  • Chocolate Dipped Chocolate
  • Peanut Butter Cup
  • Chocolate Covered Pretzel

Their cupcakes were COMPLETELY amazing.  Not too sweet, moist, and packed with awesome flavors.  The sizes were perfect: not too big and not too small.  And seriously, ever since this visit, these cupcakes are all I’ve dreamed about!  :)

The Cute Little Cupcake Shop

I’ve had some bad cupcakes in my day, however this adorable business is not one of those types of establishment!  :)

We also tried some cake balls…and oddly enough, they were my first cake balls…ever.  :)  Yep, that’s right.  I’ve always had this fear that cake balls were this soggy, mushy mess; however these were anything BUT that.  :)  I tried a Chocolate…something ball and then a Key Lime ball…YUM!  :)

If you’re ever in the are, please check out this awesome place!  I’ll definitely be going back!

Craftsy

Contributor: Trine – White Sauce Pizza with Chicken

White Sauce Pizza with Chicken

White Sauce Pizza with Chicken

Hi! I am super excited to be able to guest post It seams like many families have a Friday-night tradition of pizzanight! I know my family has had for years and yea, not every Friday, but most. To be honest I find it boring. I tend to try to find ways to change our “regular” pizza schedule. Today I wanted to share with you a very simple pizza with white sauce.

Ingredients:

  • 1 pizza dough, we usually have a “fresh” store bought variety.
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 8 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup half and half
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 chicken – we used roasted chicken from the store and rinse it ourselves
  • pizza toppings of own choice: fresh pineapple and tomato, mushroom, squash, tomato and bell pepper, cheese crust with mushroom and squash
  • 1 cup pizza cheese
  • dried oregano
  • herbs – fresh thyme and fresh parsley

White Sauce Pizza with Chicken

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 230 C (450 F)
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan
  • Sauté the garlic for about 1 min
  • Add flour, mix – cook for 1 min
  • Slowly mix in milk and half and half – make sure to take your time so the milk will heat up after each time
  • Add pepper
  • Let it cook until in starts to thicken – add more flour if necessary
  • Remove from heat
  • Add parmesan cheese, stir until everything is melted
  • Spread half of the white sauce on the pizza dough
  • Add the chicken to the other half – spread n dough
  • Add the rest of the pizza topping, cheese and oregano
  • Bake for about 15 minutes and serve
  • After taking a bite remember to add the fresh herbs

White Sauce Pizza with Chicken

Craftsy

Anatomy of a Wine Glass: A Beginner’s Guide

Anatomy of a Wine Glass: A Beginner’s Guide

Anatomy of a Wine Glass: A Beginner’s Guide

To the uninitiated wine drinker, the world of glassware can seem extremely intimidating. Wine glasses come in a wide array of shapes, sizes and profiles, and each design type has specific properties intended to enhance the characteristics of a wine.

Different types of wine require the proper glassware to deliver the best experience to the discerning drinker, and understanding the purpose of the various parts of a wine glass can make the difference much easier to appreciate.

Foot and Stem

A wine glass typically starts with a stabilizing base known as a foot, which lets the glass stand upright. The foot is attached to the stem, which allows the drinker to hold the wine without the heat from their body bringing a chilled wine to too high a temperature, which can dramatically impact the flavor. Some wine glasses may even have flat bottoms, lacking stems and feet entirely to take advantage of this effect for wines that are best served at a warmer temperature.

Bowl

The bowl of a glass is the actual vessel that holds the wine, and they are typically tapered toward the top to help funnel the aroma of the wine toward the mouth and nose of the drinker. Wine glass bowls are sized to expose an appropriate amount of surface area for the wine type; red wine glasses have larger and shallower bowls to open the flavors of the wine while more delicate white wines will have smaller surface areas to conserve the character of the wine.

Rim

The rim of a wine glass is a surprisingly important aspect of its design. The glass of the rim impacts the moment of contact between the wine and the palate, and so good wine glasses have cut rims that are smooth to the touch and allow unimpeded flow of wine with minimal glass interference. Less expensive wine glasses have rolled or bumpy rims that place more glass in the path of every sip, limiting the full experience of sampling a wine.

Color

The clearer a wine glass is, the more it contributes to the visual experience by allowing the true appearance of the wine to show through. The best wine glasses are unadorned and crystal clear, allowing the wine itself to serve as embellishment.

Colored and ornate wine glasses offer variety, but the beauty in a glass of wine is in its color and character, and a clear wine glass is a blank canvas that puts the true artistry of a fine wine on full display.

There are many factors that determine the ideal glass for a wine, and understanding the construction of a wine glass is a helpful tool in finding the perfect glass to accompany your choice of wine. While food pairings and personal preference are equally important to the experience of a fine wine, the proper glassware can ensure it puts its best sip forward.

Craftsy

My flatmate Danny, the dehumidifier

My flatmate Danny, the dehumidifier

My flatmate Danny, the dehumidifier

Okay, I know any estate agent worth their salt will always bend your ear about location, location, location. Well, it’s a mantra not lost on me.

I’m a Northern bloke, born and bred in industrial South Yorkshire, just about as far from the sea as it’s possible to get. So what do I always do whenever I get the chance? You’ve guessed it – I head for the coast. Any coast (to be honest) as long as I can see the sea, I’m happy. It doesn’t matter whether it’s the far-flung beaches of Indonesia or Thailand, or a bit closer to home, like Whitby or Scarborough on the English east coast.

That’s me, and the sea – we were meant for each other. That’s why after fleeing the parental coop I headed for the sea. I had a brief flirtation with Cornwall for a few months before making my home for the last few years in Brighton and Hove.

In the years my girlfriend and I have been here, we have always lived within walking distance of the sea. But on our budget that’s not easy. We’ve lived in succession of rented flats; some good, some not so good, some damp, some not so damp, but always a bit damp.

While I love the water, I have no desire to watch it running down the walls in some of the apartments we have inhabited. So when I first moaned about the damp to my parents, they volunteered to shell out for a desiccant dehumidifier (our precious funds were for partying and nights out).

We named our new arrival ‘Danny the Dehumidifier’. For some reason, it had to be a masculine name not feminine, and in our several moves since Danny arrived, he has been ever present in our household.

So much so, that I am now a dehumidifier disciple. I never miss the chance to wax lyrical about the benefits to be gained from that modest little machine sucking moisture from the air. I’ve even been known to surround the unsuspecting Danny with damp clothing, just to watch him work, and I just love to empty his tank when he’s done his stuff.

Craftsy

New Year’s resolution – quitting smoking

New Year's resolution - quitting smoking

New Year’s resolution – quitting smoking

So the holidays are over; you’re a few pounds greater in the stomach and few pounds shorter in the pocket, the parties and the merriment are over and it’s time to go back to work. You’ve waved goodbye to last year and now you look forward to the next 12 months. It’s time for a New Years resolution, and this time it will stick.

Every single year thousands of smokers quit cigarettes for their resolution and this year is no different, except that in recent years a revolution has occurred in the methodology of quitting. Now we have numerous gadgets tailored to suit the needs of the ex-smoker.

One example is the Filtrim. The idea is that this device perforates the cigarette paper itself, causing the smoker to get less draw from each puff and to reduce the amount of chemicals inhaled. You increase the number of holes as you progress towards stopping entirely.

Another intriguing item on the market is called the QuitKey. It’s designed for people who like to have the decision to smoke taken off their hands and have it passed onto a machine that designates when it is time to smoke and when it isn’t.

The NicoStopper is a computerised cigarette packet that works a lot like the QuitKey except that rather than a plain text screen this has an animated character that barks helpful comments at you. This one is very expensive, so it’s only for the hardcore quitter and not for someone looking to save money in the short run.

Finally we have the tried and tested leader of the pack, the e-cig, otherwise known as a vaporiser. An inexpensive and fully customisable alternative to smoking cigarettes, these are considered to be the most effective method of quitting cigarettes.

Whatever you choose, you’re making a great decision to move away from traditional cigarettes. Aside from the obvious health benefits you get from quitting smoking or by using an electronic cigarette, you also save money, and get an improved sense of taste and smell.

Whatever you choose to do this New Year, good luck and have a great year.

Craftsy