Archive for January, 2008

You have Mail!

The cupcakes arrived at their destinations!! Both packages arrived yesterday as expected and the cupcakes were intact!

The box was $5 and the overnight shipping through Canada Post was $10.  The box was the perfect size, I wanted room to put packing material around all sides including the top and bottom of the box.  I used flyers from our recycling bin as well as a few pieces of styrofoam to keep them safe.

This experiment was a success! Later this week the2scoops will be blogging about the cupcakes he received.  For now here are some pictures the2scoops took of the packaging (thanks for the pics!):

Packaged Cupcakes

Cupcakes exposed

Cupcakes by Snail Mail???

I have officially packed my Pina Colada cupcakes for shipping!

I obtained some cupcake containers from the bakery section of my local grocery store. I am sending 6 cupcakes to one friend and half a dozen to the other. Once the cupcakes were in their individual holes I wrapped the containers in 2 layers of plastic wrap and one layer of tinfoil to protect them against drying out. Then I popped them into the freezer. I’m hoping the frozen cupcakes will hold their shape best during shipping.

cupcake containers

The post office had some standard shipping boxes that were the right size. I used some newspaper and and other random bits of packing material and tried to protect the now frozen treats from the battering they were likely to receive while being handled, tossed, sorted, shipped, and delivered to my friends in Toronto.

The boxes are in the freezer and will be sent out tomorrow by overnight delivery. If all goes well my lucky friends will have cupcakes at their doors by Wednesday afternoon! I have been promised photos of the cupcakes upon arrival so that I can see how well they survived their journey. I’ll post a follow up for those who are interested and you can also find out how my experiment went by checking in with the2scoops since he is one of the lucky recipients! Wish these little cupcakes luck!

Blog for Choice – Canadian Edition

20 years ago, on January 28th, 1988, the Canadian Supreme Court declared it unconstitutional to force a woman to carry a fetus to term.

This decision gave woman control over their own bodies and control over their own lives.  It allows women choices, choices about their own reproductive lives without fear of legal consequences.  This is an immeasurably important choice and we must be on guard to ensure it does not get taken away from us.

Blog for Choice

Pina Colada Cupcakes… a taste of summer!

I have a bit of a cupcake obsession. It’s a love/hate relationship really. I love cupcakes, the taste, the smell, the over-the-top cuteness… but they are SOOOOOOO bad for me. I’ve solved this problem by bringing all baked goods to my friends or coworkers. That way we all get fat together.

This week I decided to try something new. I had a very ripe pineapple in the kitchen and the smell made me think of fresh pina coladas in the summer time. That is how the Pina Colada Cupcake arrived in this world!

To start I made a basic vanilla cupcake and filled each one with a thick and gooey pineapple filling made from the previously mentioned pineapple. I topped them off with coconut buttercream frosting and of course you can’t have a tropical cocktail without adding a decorative umbrella!

Pina Colada Cupcakes

Oh… and apparently I’m more allergic to coconut than I previously thought. Go figure.

Creativity in Life

Have you ever had a sentence jump off the page and smack you across the head??

I experienced that tonight when I encountered a quotation from George Bernard Shaw.  I have probably heard or read this quote before but today it struck me.  Hard.  With a brick.

“Life isn’t about finding yourself.  It is about creating yourself.”

This resonates with me right now.  I’m on the “Journey” and I have no idea where I’m going.  I think for the past little while I’ve been coasting through life in a haze and I had gotten a little lost.  It is time to start getting more creative with my life.

Open Road

Cupcakes and Google

I had cupcakes on the brain yesterday… and today…. well, most days honestly.  You can’t help but smile when you see a yummy looking cupcake!

I was pondering the possibilities of shipping cupcakes.  I have a few long distance friends that could use some yumminess in their lives!  So I decided to head to Google to see what I could find.  I typed in shipping and cupcakes and was excited about my results!

In the giant blogosphere I found this great blog called Cakespy.  They have recently been having similar thoughts about cupcakes traveling through the mail and decided to take action!  A Cupcake Experiment was begun!

You really should check out the links to the cupcake experiment and to the experimental findings!  The evidence is surprising, entertaining and even educational!

Cupcake in Envelope

Cupcake Carnage

Etsy… a crafter’s paradise.

Have you heard of Etsy?? Okay… so I’m probably a little late to the game since there are so freaking many people on that site already but I didn’t know about it until this past fall. Since I didn’t know about it I thought I’d share it with all of my lovely and wonderful visitors (ahem… that would be you).

Etsy is a fabulous spot to buy/sell craft items. It is a giant craft show for geeks!! Instead of stalls in some large auditorium or a store with crappy parking you can sit in the comfort of your own home and browse the thousands (and even tens of thousands?) of crafty items!

The interface is well organized and creative which means that it is fun to browse the individual shops. You can look for specific items; things like handbags, or jewelry. You can even browse recently listed items in a floating-rotating-photo list in their time machine!

I will be adding my own shop on Etsy eventually. I have crafted items ready to sell and a lot more in my brain screaming to be created. As soon as I get my act together I will harass you with photos of my crafts and links to my Etsy location.