Cold n Sweet

December 10, 2010

‘Twas a delightful day being tourists!

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Matt and I surprised ourselves and ended up going for a four miler after breakfast. I have to say, our Charlottesville mountain run the day before was colder! I was sweaty on the inside of my fleece when we finished today.

After quick showers, we departed for our day of tourism.

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We did lots of walking and some window shopping

Santa please bring me this Crate + Barrel bowl that is the PERFECT portion size for oats!

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By 12:45 we were quite cold and ready to light up our insides with a warm lunch! [I had 3 apricots after my run to tide me over]

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We decided on Sonsie, a favorite of many that we had never tried

Nothin’ like a warm bowl of hot water to get the meal started!

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I ordered the Mesclun salad with a fried goat cheese ball. How sweet is this presentation! The olive oil on it was also so flavorful and quite good.

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The main event (and the dish that got us in the door) was this Curried Butternut Soup complete with Cashews, Coconut, Banana and Yogurt.

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Oh. My. Gosh.

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Best soup of my life?!

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Matt ordered the Cuban Sandwich, which came with plantain chips – it was a banana themed meal!

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Loved how Matt’s plate was dusted with cocoa powder! It really enhanced the flavor of both his chips and sandwich so much! Even being unsweetened.

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I wish we had also gotten the Pumpkin Pizza with Walnuts and Sage – maybe next time!?

After lunch MATT got a craving for cupcakes (we’d passed a shop during our morning walk).

Hilarious story: When my mom and Larbs first visited Boston they passed Johnny Cupcakes about 3 times and kept saying they were going to get cupcakes for dessert. Finally they did and you can imagine their faces when they walked into find a T-shirt shop!! Don’t be fooled!

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But a few blocks down is Sweet!

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Ohhhh boy!

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I love this shop more than any other because they do shots of frosting for people JUST LIKE ME! I am normal!! 

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But the one that caught my eye the most was the Butterscotch…

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Not two minutes into our debate of what to get I hear the more-and-more familiar “Are you Kath?” Turns out Caroline, who works at Sweet, is a KERF reader!!!! I love it when that happens!!! Friends in sweet places ; )

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We packed up some cakes to bring home to Larbs (who is as much of a cake + frosting fanatic as my mom and I are).

Next up was some shopping – I found a few sweaters and a pair of jeggings (upon Larbs’s recommendation) at American Eagle. I don’t think I’ve set foot in there in 10 years! But they fit quite well.

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It got colder and drearier as the day progressed

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Matt and I both wore our tennis shoes out since we knew we’d be doing tons of walking but they are not nearly as warm as my Ugg boots!

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Upon returning home to Larbs’s apartment, we met her and surprised her with the ‘cakes

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Matt cut them up 4 ways and we each had a taste for an afternoon snack. Deeeeelicios!! My favorite was the cappuccino shot – it was cream cheese icing with a touch of coffee that almost tasted like peanut butter!

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We are headed out for more adventures!

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1 Heather (Heather's Dish) December 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm

those cupcakes are calling my name…right after that salad with the fried ball of goat cheese!

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2 Meg December 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm

Aww what a sweet reader :D You’re just running into all kinds of friends!!

That soup makes me wanna drool all over my laptop…and I may have just done that.

STAY WARM :D

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3 Michele @ Healthy Cultivations December 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm

The light in the restaurant did amazing wonders for your photographs today!!! Looks like a wonderful time.

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4 Christin@purplebirdblog December 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm

What a lovely lunch! I bet the banana really complimented that soup in a fantastic way!!

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5 lindsay December 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm

UM – frosting shot!??! I want one!! I usually take half the cake off the bottom of a cupcake. More bite-sized and a better frosting ratio!

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6 victoria December 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm

omg…i thought i was the only who did that! lol

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7 Shannon December 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm

Shots of frosting? Who needs alcohol?

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8 Holly @ couchpotatoathlete December 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm

The whole Johnny Cupcakes thing — something I would totally have done. Except it would have been more embarrassing — I would have brought guests there saying “I hear they have great cupcakes, blah blah blah”. Uh oh :)

I would rather have a frosting-free cupcake — just give me the cake!

And banana themed meals are the best – yesterday I had a banana cashew eggroll that was outof this world good!!!

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9 Rachael December 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Wow everything looks so delicious! I am a cupcake fiend, haha.
That soup looks too perfect to be real!

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10 Jess December 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm

Hah! I totally used to live on that last street pictured. Great neighborhood : )

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11 Gabriella @ Embracement December 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm

Used to live around the corner!

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12 kelly December 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm

I love American Eagle! My go to store… especially since they have pants for short people! :)

Too funny about Johnny Cupcakes!

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13 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm

First: The food looks amazing! :)
Second: I love your coat! Super cute!
Third: Are those Asics 2150 running shoes? If so, I have the same exact pair in the same color! :)

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14 Lauren at KeepItSweet December 10, 2010 at 5:01 pm

OMG I had the same reaction to Johnny Cupcakes when we were in Boston a few months ago!

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15 barefootgirl December 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm

haha Johnny Cupcakes!! MY hubby & I were on Newbury the day they opened… There was an enormous line.. we were thinking about how awesome the cupcakes must be…. It wasn’t until we got home that we realized it was a t-shirt shop!

That soup looks divine!!

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16 Mom December 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm

And they weren’t even great looking t-shirts.

I an hardly look at your cupcakes though. YUM!!

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17 Allie (Live Laugh Eat) December 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm

I love your hair do!!

I saw that bowl at Crate and Barrel outlet the other day. Let me know if Santa doesn’t deliver :)

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18 Heather December 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm

frosting shots?! what a GENIUS idea? I would be all over that!! yum!!!

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19 Lee December 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm

I bought jeggings (perhaps the same ones) and a pair of jeans from American Eagle like 2 weeks ago and they fit so well. I felt too old to go into the store, so took a gamble and ordered them online.

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20 Autumn Tao December 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Your hair looks “wicked” pretty at that length. :)

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21 Stacy @ Every Little Thing December 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm

I can’t believe you’re getting recognized! That’s so awesome. And I love AE actually. I think they are the one store that keeps up with styles but is still appropriate for “older” people lol. Happy cupcake-ing!

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22 erica December 10, 2010 at 5:35 pm

omg, those cupcakes look like pure heaven.
i have AE jeggings too!—love them!

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23 Kaci December 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm

I love your hair!!!!

I can’t believe it’s been that long since you went into AE. I like to go there but can’t afford much because it’s so expensive.

That soup sounds AMAZING! Banana is my absolute favorite fruit hands down.

Those cupcakes sound and look devine. I hope you enjoy the rest of your adventures!

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24 Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun December 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm

I want to find a gourmet cupcake place so badly. They always look so good.

Sounds like a fabulous day!

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25 Gabriella @ Embracement December 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm

Isn’t Sonsie awesome?! I think I’ve gone there for most events in my life (before we found another family fav – Toro in the south end). I’m loving looking at your pictures and recognizing where you are

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26 Amanda December 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm

mmm cupcakes! I am more of a frosting girl too but I especially love when the frosting isn’t overly sweet or stiff. Fluffy buttercream please!

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27 Camille December 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm

Frosting shots are the best! I had an amazing one right outside of Boston in Cambridge (aka, where Harvard is). So good!

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28 Mary @ Bites and Bliss December 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm

lmho frosting shots! That’s so cool. I’m not a huge fan of the frosting..but that’s still really cool :P

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29 Allie (Nutty FlexitALLIEan) December 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm

this post makes my mouth water. Banana themed meal? Cupcakes? Sign me up!

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30 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) December 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm

Banana’s in soup? An interesting combination I never would have put together. Sounds very good, though!

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31 laine @ beets, butter and mountaintops December 10, 2010 at 5:59 pm

You didn’t get a Johnny Cupcakes shirt? I love those!

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32 Mom December 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Nope. We felt too tricked. We were crestfallen. Being new to the city, we didn’t know where any of the real cupcake shops were.

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33 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) December 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Oh, I am so glad you had a great day! The cupcakes look soooo good! Butterscotch is a winner in my book for sure!

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34 Allie December 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm

Thats crazy that t shirt shop has cupcake in its name, I bet people walk in there all the time :p. Frosting shots sound really good right now :)

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35 grocery goddess jen December 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm

I could use one of those right about now.

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36 Hannah December 10, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Oh my heavens! I adore New York and have been there three times (not bad for someone who lives 30hr flight away) but have never had a New York cupcake. Shame on me!

Frosting shot… oh my…

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37 Kim December 10, 2010 at 6:22 pm

YUM! That soup looked soooo good! Think i may need to make a curry pumpkin soup in the near future…. mmmm!!
Your hair looks so pretty like that!! :) Have a lovely rest of your trip!!

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38 Britney December 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm

One of my coworkers frequently eats frosting out of the container – and she loves the frosting shots at Sweet. I still need to check it out. :)

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39 Joy December 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I must say you have the most beautiful blog readers! Whenever you go somewhere and snap a shot of someone you meet who is a KERF reader, they are gorgeous! Those cupcakes look wonderful and good on you for doing a 4-miler and then walking around all day; you are so inspiring!

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40 Katie December 10, 2010 at 6:45 pm

Love this post!

Such a funny story about the cupcake place, what a cute tshirt shop that looks like! I see hello kitty and I love her! So glad there is an actual cupcake place right near it, and how cool to be recognized! U are famous girl : )

Enjoy your night and cupcakes!

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41 Alicia December 10, 2010 at 6:51 pm

All of the food looks amazing… but the cupcakes especially!

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42 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 10, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Fried goat cheese?! HELL YES. I’ve heard of frosting shots, but have never seen them anywhere! Don’t get me wrong, I do love cake, but I could (and do) eat frosting plain as often as I can :)

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43 Dee December 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm

Ooh, those cupcakes look so good!

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44 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 10, 2010 at 7:06 pm

Shots of icing? I’ve never heard of a shop doing that before, but that’s genius! :D

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45 Jess (A Fete for Food) December 10, 2010 at 7:08 pm

I have a set of those bowls and they ARE perfect for oatmeal! Enjoy Boston.

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46 amy December 10, 2010 at 7:09 pm

love that there’s banana in that soup! That sounds so good! and plantains are amazing!it looks like you guys hit up some delicious places there

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47 Olena December 10, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Sweet cupcakes are _insanely_ good. I recently visited Boston and was blown away. Oh yeah, and I made the same mistake re: Johnny Cupcakes :)

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48 Simply Life December 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Oh we had one meal at Sonsie and I loooved it – great choice!

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49 Foodie (Fab and Delicious Food) December 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm

Love your hair! It looks so pretty!

Mmmm, those cupcakes look divine! So cool that a blog reader recognized you!

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50 Kelli - marathonmamma.com December 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Frosting shots?????? OMG. best.idea.ever.

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51 Taysa December 10, 2010 at 7:26 pm

I was just at Sweet a little over a week ago. I actually thought about going into Johnny’s cupcakes too, but when I saw the “No Fat, Sugar, or Carbs!” sign I figured they wouldn’t be any good — ha!

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52 Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey December 10, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I am a frosting fiend, and that place looks like heaven to me!!!

Also, I have that exact bowl from Crate & Barrel! I rec’d it as a b’day gift last month. I live for purple. :)

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53 faith @ gracefulfitness December 10, 2010 at 8:15 pm

You and your hair look very pretty :).

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54 Annie December 10, 2010 at 8:17 pm

I’m a California reader, but my mom and I did the EXACT same thing at the Boston Johnnie Cupcakes! So funny!

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55 Mom December 10, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Annie,

Fun! Well not fun we both had cupcake letdowns, but fun we did the same thing at the same place!

Barbara

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56 Tiffany @ Conor & Bella December 10, 2010 at 8:20 pm

I really want to find a cupcake shop or bakery that sells frosting shots! I love frosting!!

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57 dana @ my little celebration December 10, 2010 at 8:21 pm

I was wondering what that side cup was filled with….thought it was froyo for a second. Looks so good! I rarely go into cupcake shops because I have no self control, but that one looks too good to pass up!

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58 Danielle December 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Last time I was in Boston my friend brought me to the Crema Cafe in Harvard Square ( http://cremacambridge.com/food/ ) SO GOOD, I got the Sweet Potato Sandwich. If you get a chance I definitely recommend it!

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59 stacey-healthylife December 10, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Everything just looks so tasty.

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60 Erin (Travel Eat Repeat) December 10, 2010 at 8:43 pm

What a fun, delicious day. There are so many great cupcake shops here in DC and everyone has a favorite. :)

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61 Elizabeth December 10, 2010 at 9:09 pm

Since I’m a quilter, I LOVE the picture of the window full of sewing machines! Where was that?

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62 Carrie @ TV and Dinners December 10, 2010 at 9:32 pm

My mom gave me a set of four of those bowls in different colors for Christmas last year. Best. Present. Ever. :)

Your lunch looks amazing. Yum.

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63 Lauren December 10, 2010 at 9:35 pm

Yum! Frosting shots sound fun…I am a frosting fanatic too.

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64 lynn (The Actors Diet) December 10, 2010 at 9:36 pm

i’ve never done a frosting shot – i want one!!!

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65 Shannon (A Better Me) December 10, 2010 at 9:58 pm

Great pictures! That soup does look awesome (so do those cupcakes) :D

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66 Cara Craves... December 10, 2010 at 10:15 pm

Cuban sandwich…Soooo good!

I have never heard of a frosting shot before. What a fun idea!

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67 Maryea @ Happy Healthy Mama December 10, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Wow–that soup looks AMAZING. Seriously amazing. I want some.

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68 Hannah December 10, 2010 at 10:59 pm

That sounds like such a great morning Kath :)

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69 Kiran December 10, 2010 at 11:29 pm

What a fancy and delicious lunch! And those cupcakes looks scrumptious! Gimme some :)

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70 Alaina December 10, 2010 at 11:46 pm

I looooove Sonsie!! They have this butternut squash pizza thats amazing. And their chocolate bread pudding. Looks like you had a great lunch!

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71 Char December 11, 2010 at 12:06 am

Wow people recognize you everywhere, you are so famous :D and those are some delicious little devils :D

xoxo

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72 Lindsay December 11, 2010 at 9:02 am

Ohh we just booked our wedding and that is how the salad will be presented… with the cucumber around it, but ours will have prosciutto and melon on the side. I don’t know why I just got excited to see it on your blog like that.

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73 Amber K December 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm

While I love frosting my favorite part has always been the cake. I still need lots of frosting…I just also need lots of cake! lol

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74 Kelli December 11, 2010 at 1:09 pm

mmm cupcakes. The cupcake place I go to in Santa Rosa, Sift, does frosting shots for $1. I’ve never had one but I always think it would be delicious. haha. Your hair does look awesome! It looks so healthy.

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75 Michelle December 11, 2010 at 1:20 pm

We are tennis shoe twins! :)

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76 Monique December 11, 2010 at 4:51 pm

We totally did the same thing yesterday! Sweets cupcakes are SOOOO good!

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77 Keri December 12, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Shot of frosting!?!?! Amazing!!

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78 Alyssa December 12, 2010 at 3:31 pm

Any chance you will try to recreate that soup? It sounds amazing! So does the frosting shot – my hubby and always split the cake and frosting and then I take his frosting and he eats my cake!

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79 natalie (the sweets life) December 13, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Barefoot Contessa’s book “Back to Basics” has a really similar bnut squash soup recipe (or I’m guessing it’s similar bc they suggested topping with dried bananas, coconut, and cashews). I made it and we all loved it (http://www.thesweetslife.com/2010/01/curried-butternut-squash-soup.html ignore the terrible pictures!).

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80 Kath December 13, 2010 at 7:51 pm

Oh wow – I bet that’s it!!! I’m definitely saving the recipe :)

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81 SOUL + FOOD December 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm

…so I’m still trying to process shots of frosting…what more does one need out of life?

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82 Ffion December 16, 2010 at 7:15 pm

Wow that lunch looked amazing. And then followed by cupcakes? Now THAT is a good food day!

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