Monday, March 23, 2015

Rych Fam: Cupcakes & Milkshakes

Despite having my doubts about whether or not Spring would show it's sunshiney face when this month started, it's been pretty wonderful overall. And awfully sweet, too.

On the 12th, I attended the WNY Cupcake Challenge (an event put on by our most popular radio station) with my mom and BFF. Bakeries from all around Western New York set up tables vendor-style, and attendees got to sample a cupcake from each one before voting on categories like best overall, best looking, and most creative.

All of my favorite bakeries were there - Muscoreil's, Dessert Deli, Ohlson's...and one I've heard a lot about and have wanted to try - Firefly. Plus 12 more I didn't know existed! I was really excited to....well, ya know, eat cupcakes...but also discover these awesome local places and see what they're all about.

The three of us staked out a table and, okay, kind of aggressively went about collecting our cupcakes. The competition for a spot in line was pretty fierce - the place was packed! When we had all 17 samples, we sat down to take some pictures and get down to some serious judging - we came to play! How pretty is this little cupcake party??

My favorite taste-wise was the Peanut Butter & Jelly cupcake from Sassi Cakes (it was seriously accurate, and the peanut butter was to die for!), but there was also an incredible tiramisu frosting, and a crazy delish dark chocolate cake in the crowd, too.

My winners for the other categories:

The White Wedding cupcake from Ohlson's won my vote for best looking - photos did not do it justice. It's very simple, but the shades of white were gorgeous in person, and the edible glitter on it - I was craft nerding all over the place about it. So, there's a tip - if you ever need my vote for something, pour glitter on it. My most creative winner was Doughnuts & Coffee from Muscoreil's. It was basically a tiny doughnut - both in recipe and design - and the middle was filled with coffee cream. It reminded me of their chocolate-chocolate chip mouse filling we had in our wedding cake (that's probably my favorite cake component on this entire planet) with coffee added to it. So, uh, it was insanity. But it was also ridiculously adorable, so bonus points.

There was definitely a bit of sugar overload going on, so I basically just took a bite of each one and packed the rest up to bring home to the kids. My aspiring foodie kid was very appreciative of being able to do his own taste test.

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Just a handful of days later, St. Patrick's Day was here! You guys know by now that I relish any chance to celebrate and carry on traditions, and for March 17th that means corned beef & cabbage for dinner followed by homemade Shamrock Shakes. Matt was out of town visiting his sister this year, so I invited some of my family over (my mom & sisters) to share our dinner with.

The highlight for the kids is obviously the shakes! These are super simple to make - if you haven't tried it, just throw some french vanilla ice cream, milk, peppermint extract (a little goes a long way!), and some green food coloring into a blender and whirl it all together until you like it. We top ours with whipped cream and green sprinkles for added fun!

But for me? The highlight of the day was the kiddos. We did a lot of playing and laughing, and it was so great to see all of the cousins together. My sister just moved home from Syracuse, and I'm so excited for the kids to spend more time together!

Here are some photos of our St. Patrick's Day cuties:

The baby is my nephew, Cole. His big sister didn't make any photos - she was a moving target ;)

Well, it's been an indulgent month so far, and I'm so happy we have so much to look forward to this spring! I hope you all enjoyed your St. Patrick's Day, however you celebrate it!

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