Don’t miss Cupcake Wars tonight at 9 on the Food Network. I presume since this is a “food channel” there won’t be art cupcakes that look like this one-
Listening to All things Considered on NPR a couple of months ago, I heard a story entitled, “Move over Cupcake: Make room for the Macaroon”. The article referenced a food blogger who said the macaroon is in a trend war to become the new cupcake. The implication being cupcakes were the trendy dessert of choice for the sophisticated set throughout the previous decade. The macaroon is now positioning itself to become the cupcake’s replacement. Be Brave, lose the Beige says, “oh, contraire!” The cupcake is timeless not trendy.
Marcel Proust, the French Shakespeare, wrote about biting into a Madeleine cookie from which an involuntary memory occurred, a remembrance of things past. Cupcakes are America’s version of the Madeleine cookie. Biting into one of those dollops of deliciousness, with their fluffy folds of frosting, transports us to a more frivolous time in our lives, a more playful time, maybe even our childhood when we weren’t focused on responsibilities, obligations, and our incessant to-do lists. Can the macaroon ever make this claim? I think not!
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I contributed several colorful clay purse cupcakes to the “Power of the Purse” silent auction sponsored by the Center for Women’s Philanthropy. This is the third year I’ve participated in this event. I love the title and it makes me think the “power of the purse” is a concept girls and women should consider exploring in their lives, relationships, and marriages. Throughout history, fathers and husbands have held the purse strings. Daughters and wives often resorted to manipulation as a way of accumulating resources of their own. Financial resources dictate our ability to make choices…to make decisions about our own lives and even our bodies. Financial empowerment impacts the way we view ourselves and even how others view us. This is not just an issue about working women versus non-working women. There are many income producing women who have little control over their pocketbooks; there are women not in the employment sector who exercise considerable control over family resources. What about you? Do you feel you have power over your purse?
Modern society is weight obsessed. The business of losing weight in the United States has “ballooned” into a 30 billion dollar a year industry according to MSN Money. The cost of losing 30 pounds ranges anywhere from $300 to $5,000 depending upon the diet plan. What is your view of your body? Do you agonize over your weight? How can we resolve to be accepting of our body image on one hand and making good choices about our health on the other hand?