Tag: cupcakes

Shop Small Day 198: Two Girls and a Cupcake

After a long day of hiking, you’ll definitely work up an appetite. And, you’ve burned plenty of calories climbing countless stairs so there’s no reason not to indulge in a sweet treat. Obviously someone was thinking when they decided to open Two Girls and a Cupcake less than a mile from Starved Rock State Park.... Read more »

Shop Small Day 190: From Scratch Marketplace

Starting your own bakery, or any food company, can be overwhelming. Many start out as home-based businesses, until they outgrow their home kitchen.  The next step, though, renting a commercial kitchen can be expensive.   Unless, you join From Scratch Marketplace This licensed commercial kitchen provides the opportunity for local gourmet shops to create, sell,... Read more »

Shop Small Day 160: Baked By Melissa

Last October I took my kids to NYC for our uncle’s memorial.  It was obviously an emotional trip, but also an amazing family trip packed with memories (plus one emergency root canal). I even took my daughter to her first Broadway musical. But, if you ask her about the trip, there was one event that... Read more »

Day 109: Sweet Mandy B's

Since we’re finally getting a break in the weather, take a drive to the city for one of my favorite bakeries. Several readers have recommended it as one of their favorites too. So, if you haven’t been there, it’s time to try Sweet Mandy B’s!   Probably best known for their cupcakes, I can also... Read more »

Day 87: Cupcakes 2 Remember

I’m writing this in a bit of sugar coma. Just returned from celebrating my grandma’s 93rd birthday (along with my brother-in-law’s, my husband’s, and my birthday too!), and if you’ve ever met my family you know that there is always plenty of food…specifically dessert. Instead of everyone having their own, though, it’s usually a community... Read more »