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Cupcake Collective – Boise

Saturday my friend Lindzee and I participated in Boise’s first annual Cupcake Collective held at the Linen Building. Larger cities around the world are already doing them and let me tell you…fun fun fun. There are 3 categories you can enter, youth, taste and visual. Pretty self explanatory. After a few test rounds, one involving bacon, Lindzee settled on a Strawberry Lemonade Cupcake for the taste category. she paid to enter the visual category as well but later decided not to play there and was kind of accosted by the cupcake crew. She had a lemon cupcake filled with a tart lemon curd and fresh strawberry cream cheese icing with a fresh strawberry wedge and candied lemon. I know. You are salivating too right? It was SO good! I am a huge fan of sour stuff so this was honestly to die for!
Hello my fine friend.

My taste one was a Red Velvet cupcake and with cream cheese icing, compliments of The Repressed Pastry Chef. It is my favorite cupcake to make. As my husband and a few coworkers pointed out…you can tell you ate them later, ah hem. With one oz of red food coloring per dozen, it’s no mystery why. I sprinkled them with pearl nonpareils. I didn’t place but at least I got revenge on those who ate them and didn’t vote about 7-10 hours later. Haha. I am kidding. Or am I?

For the visual category I entered an Idaho Baked Potato and a Shot of Espresso cupcake. For the baked potato I made chocolate cupcakes and baked them in the cups but on a baking sheet so that they would lose their precise shape and be more “potato’ish.” I dusted the tops with coco powder, wrapped them in foil and placed them in a potato dish. The potatoes were garnished with a fondant butter pad, buttercream icing and fondant chives. Mmmm. This puppy placed second after some gypsy cupcakes. I still scored $50 clams and a package of caupcake mix. Pretty sweet.

For the Shot of Espresso cupcake I used mini cups and placed a sticker on it that I designed. The cake was an espresso spiked chocolate topped with espresso ganache, espresso buttercream and a french vanilla coffee bean on top.

We had a blast concepting ideas, failing miserably (that would be me) and eating. I think we will probably both be doing it again next year. Everyone else stayed and brought extras to restock their displays. We brought 12 of each kind and bounced. Oops. With over 700 people cruising through that day and 100 entries I think we learned a lesson.

See coverage here:
Idaho Statesman


The Last Call – end of an era. For now anyway.

7 and a half years, 3.75 albums, 1,098 arguments and countless bottles of whiskey later, Nick’s band, Smooth Old-Fashioned High, has called it quits. For various reasons they have decided to take a break. They call it breaking up but I call it a break because I hope that they will realize they are lame idiots and get back together after a very brief hiatus. Mark my words…it WILL happen. It has to. They promised me a Barenaked Ladies cover song in exchange for their album artwork. Album artwork: 2. Barenaked Ladies song: 0. Pay up boys.

We got to the Bouquet at 7:30 to reserve a table for our friends. 2.5 hours later…musical bliss. It was so fun! There were over 400 people there and everyone was boogy-oogy-oggying down. I saw 2 man boobs through the on-stage fog and I would have gladly passed on that. I think that the band was hoping for the female variety but you take what you can get.

They played a rockin encore and I know that it could have gone well into the night but booooo to laws, it didn’t. After a traditional round of whiskey shots for the band we headed home to bed at 2:45. Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz sniff sniff zzzzzzz. So sad. So tired. It isn’t real. Say it ain’t so. Here are some blurry pics from the night. I brought the tripod but didn’t want to fight the crowd for a spot to set it up. That and I am lazy.

Nasty Nick McDowell

The encore huddle.

Eric Ingersol on bass.
Evan Reed
Pat and Eric.

Russ Lodge on drums.

The crowd.


From sand to shelf

About a year and a half ago Nick and I stayed at this same house with some friends. For a wedding present they got us a glass blowing session here where we blew our own glass float. It was honestly one of the neater things we have ever done. I was so stoked that I came back to Boise and looked into registering for some classes at a studio downtown. 3 minutes after my research commenced, it ended never to be looked upon again. Not cheap. Not happening. Anywho, when we started planning the trip for the rents we knew this was a must-do for their anniversary. They were so excited and surprised. My mom said it was something she has wanted to do since she was a kid.

So you go in there, get your gogs on and meet your glass blowing specialist. Ours was appropriately named Otto. (I am 97% sure that Matt Groening’s stoned bus driver was modeled after him). He was really nice and responded with many “right ons.”

So they picked out their colors, aqua, blue and white and began. They start by picking up some glass on the end of the rod. Then my dad got to add the color by dipping the glass glob onto the color.

After that they take it over to the big stove and heat it up for a bit.

Once heated my dad blew air into it and my mom started swirling the color. She was so nervous. I loved it.

The Peanut Gallery.

Other things happen that I can’t remember and 16 hours later…a glass float! Yippy!