I’ve had quite a few people ask me how the blog’s going lately, which I’m taking as a not-so-subtle hint that I’ve been neglecting it. I can’t do that to my readers, can I?
If I’m going to be totally honest yet without revealing too much personal information, we had some bad news in our family recently and I just haven’t had the energy or time to blog while dealing with our loss. But the best way to try to get back to normal is to try to act like normal, or “fake it ’til I make it.”
Apparently stuffing my face is my way of getting back to normal.
Which is kind of how we ended up at Atlanta Cupcake Factory on Saturday. Mr. Spice is the other reason.
Now, keep in mind that Atlanta Cupcake Factory is nowhere near where we live. So it’s a testament to their cupcakes that we drove all the way out there.
Last time we were there, we went close to closing time and were lucky that they hadn’t sold out. This time, we were there in the afternoon and therefore had to agonize over the selection awaiting us. I mean, with flavors like sugar cookie with dreamsicle frosting, sugar cookie with salted caramel frosting, lemon, chocolate with PB frosting, and even chocolate with chocolate, BACON, and PB frosting, how does one choose? There’s no way I would try the last, but I’m just pointing out how varied the offerings are.
In the end, and against our better judgment, we decided to order 2 each.
My first one was the “El Diablo,” which is a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting, but with a kick — a bit of cinnamon and chili pepper! I liked this a lot (surprise, surprise). I’m usually not a fan of mounds of frosting because it’s usually too sweet or rich for me, but the frosting had just the right amount of chocolate and the heat added a new dimension. There I go trying to sound all fancy and analytical.
My second one was a lemon cupcake with lemon frosting. I REALLY liked this one, even more than the chocolate one. Shock! This coming from a chocolate lover! I really liked how refreshing this tasted — the citrus flavor made the cream cheese frosting not taste as heavy. I almost wished I had started and finished with this.
Mr. Spice chose a strawberry with strawberry frosting and a chocolate with chocolate peanut butter frosting. He gave both 2 thumbs up, but thought the frosting on the chocolate pb one was a bit too rich for him. Wuss.
So clearly the lesson learned is that 2 cupcakes is too much and that we need to go more frequently so we don’t feel the need to try a billion flavors at once!
Our 4th of July plans were pretty laid back. We went to visit some friends of Mr. Spice who just had a baby girl a few weeks ago. I got my baby fix and we got to visit — it had been 6 months since we’d seen them! And we all live in Atlanta! It’s crazy how busy everybody gets, plus we all live in different areas so that makes it harder to get together.
After that, Mr. Spice and I headed over to Buckhead for the fireworks at Lenox mall. It gets very crowded, so we planned ahead. We went early, parked at Phipps Plaza across the street and saw a movie so that we could get a good parking spot before they started charging. We ended up watching Toy Story 3 — so cute! Afterwards, we headed across the street to Buffalo Wild Wings for some dinner, then walked back to our car and got our foldy chairs and found a spot in the Phipps Plaza parking lot where we could see the fireworks minus the crazy crowd.
I took a few pics at the beginning, but since I don’t have a fancy pants camera, the timing was a bit off so I stopped after a while and just enjoyed!
Hope everyone had a great 4th of July weekend!