Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Iron Cupcake Challenge for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation


 The first ever Iron Cupcake Challenge Moorestown will be held this Friday evening at the Green Apple Bistro on Main Street. I am so excited to bring this fun event to our little town and am thrilled that we are doing a charity auction in conjunction with the cupcake throwdown! All proceeds from the auction will benefit ALEX'S LEMONADE STAND FOUNDATION, which aids pediatric cancer patients and their families. It is amazing how the town has rallied together to help me with this wonderful and fun event. Area businesses have donated gift certificates, cooking products, books, and many other great finds!! Philadelphia Sports Teams such as the Philadelphia Flyers Hockey organization, the Philadelphia 76'ers Basketball group and the Philadelphia Phillies (2008 World Series Champs) are all lending a hand for this worthy cause! We will even have a visit from the famous green furry PHILLIE PHANATIC!! I am so thrilled. The sports team have generously donated autographed sports gear such as Hockey pucks, sticks, posters, and the like with star players signatures like Simone Gagne and Claude Giroux! Alex's Lemonade Stand representatives will be on hand to help the youngsters of town hold their very own lemonade stand so they too can be involved in the fundraising effort! I have volunteers such as dee-jays, sound techs (provided microphone), news media coverage, and so much more! The judging panel includes our town Mayor Dan Roccato, local ABC News6 Anchorman Rick Williams, former Philadelphia Hockey player and Ambassador to the Flyers Organization,Bob-the Hound-Kelly and official Moorestown Judicial Courts, Honorable Judge Lois Downey! What a panel of stars and what a star studded event! I feel so blessed to live in such a wonderful town and to be able to put together this charity benefit for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation! Without all the help of some wonderful people, this event would've only been about the cupcakes, but it is really about so much more--cupcakes and charity--perfect together!!!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Japanese Tea Gardens and Cupcakes


Recently I visited the beautiful Bay Area and had a chance to go to the lovely Golden Gate Park. I visited the Japanese Tea Gardens with my daughter and she picked up a lovely Japanese umbrella. The colors were muted pinks and greens with simple inky drawings of birds and flowers. The umbrella is beautiful and the gardens are stunning. I made some cupcakes recently that depict my visit there. The bright hues in that garden were eye popping. That was the idea of the frosting on these cupcakes, bright, beautiful, eye-catching and cheery. PS-If you look close enough, you may see my daughter's adorable Japanese umbrella in the background. She lent it to me for the picture but I had to promise to give her a cupcake, lol! Good compromise, I'd say she made out pretty good on the deal though!

If you ever have the chance to visit the gardens, it's a must. I can't promise that you'll get cupcakes on your visit, but just think, you'll have plenty of gorgeous, bright and cheery "real"flowers and horticulture to look at! You'll be so busy exploring the foliage, you'll forget all about the cupcakes! :)