Lilly’s Red Velvet Flag Cupcakes

Flag Cupcakes

Lilly is twelve, and quite frankly the most fabulous baker I’ve ever seen.

As any other pre teen would do, she surfs her iphone for cupcake apps, chooses a fun new design theme based on her mood, and pulls me out the door, to the jeep, for a grocery run.

Today’s mood took her to red, white, blue and July 4th fun.

She made her list, checked it twice, and went aisle to aisle filling her basket with farm fresh eggs, berries, Twizzlers pull apart licorice, and more.

Bake any red velvet cupcake recipe you love (or any flavor that’s a family favorite), ice with white cream cheese (or buttercream) icing.

Stripe fresh blueberries up the left side in a few rows, and pull apart licorice, cutting into shorter sections, and stripe across, to resemble the flag.

With scissors cut the ends of the licorice to fit the cupcake.

Lilly pulled open the cabinets on Nantucket, filled up grandma’s Blue Willow platters with flag cakes, and delivered them to neighbors immediately, cupcakes still warm, icing oozing down the sides perfectly. Well, as soon as she finished standing still for this photo, which as you can imagine, has a soundtrack you don’t need to hear, like “Mom, seriously, I need to deliver these now, please stop taking pictures. Mom, you already took like six pictures, please STOP. I have to go now.”

Happiest of July Fourths to you and yours!

Happy Mother’s Day


Happiest Mother’s Day to you, from my family, to yours.


Every woman I know is a mother.

Mothering, caring, loving, in so many different ways, to oh so many.

To that end, cheers to the men, the uncles, the fathers, the grandfathers, who also mother right along with us.

I was born a mother.

When I was young I was first a sister, then babysitter, cousin, auntie, devoted friend.

But I always and forever dreamed, and yearned to be a mother.


Which makes celebrating family and friends today all the more beautiful.

I am exploding with gratitude.


Whomever you mother, however you spend your day, may it be filled with love and laughter.

And so much happily ever after.

Cheers to mothers, around the world, caring and tending every minute of every day.

photos: Bethany Fritz, Maypole Studios, Paris 2013

DIY Cinco de Mayo, Fox Good Day Chicago, May 5, 9:45a

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Cinco de Mayo is all about fun, festive food and drink…and Fox Good Day Chicago, tomorrow at 9:45a!

Ole - we have so many delicious AND healthy recipes for your fabulous holiday.

We’ll start out with setting a colorful, bold serape, lantern and floral table…

Next, Margaritas – but with a twist…

And of course our fave veggie, gluten free taco bar…

Plus savory small bites from the infamous Pearl Tavern: gazpacho sips, guacamole mini martinis, and Waffle Chicago’s spring must have the “woughnut”!

Start your week off with us – Happy Cinco de Mayo!

Monday at 9:45a, Fox Good Day Chicago

And don’t forget our free download printables for Cinco celebrations:

Photography: Ashley dePencier Photography

Happy Earth Day

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Hope you had a wonderful day, celebrating mother earth.

Happy earth day.

So very grateful for today, sunshine, and spring at last in Chicago.

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