After asking one of my childhood friends to be a bridesmaid in my wedding, the first thing I told her about the nuptial celebration was this:
<insert embarrassingly high-pitched tone>
We're having cupcakes!
That's right — not the details of my French silk gown or the historic house where we would wed. I started with dessert.
Cupcakes became, for me, the symbolic spirit of my entire wedding celebration. It would be unconventional (who's ever eaten a piece of wedding cake they really truly loved?). It would be elegantly casual (an outdoor luncheon on a late August afternoon). It would be colorful (lemon yellow summer dresses for the bridesmaids) and whimsical (parasols for all the female guests). And above all, memorable.
Let me tell you: those cupcakes were memorable.
My dear friends and mother-daughter team Joey Coburn and Gloria Ingegno of Cornerstone Baked Goods in Virginia whipped up a spread of the most delicious cupcakes my guests had ever tasted. Seriously. One male guest (a successful London entrepreneur no less) marched up to me, pointed to the coconut-flecked cupcake on his plate and said, "This is the future."
So, ladies and gents, let me tell you what the future tastes like: It begins with a moist coconut cupcake that melts against your tongue, and a coconut cream cheese frosting that clings to your lips. But the future is not so predictable as we all well know. Just as you bite into its fluffy cake, your tongue finds an unexpected surprise: it pierces a cool, gooey middle. Immediately the tang of fresh lime curd sings against the sweetness of coconut.
Lime-in-the-coconut, my friends, is the name of the future.
My dear readers,
The sweet beginning of a new chapter in my personal life, along with new projects in my professional life, has inspired me to return to my sorely neglected blog and take stock of it. I plan to make some changes here so that I can keep up with it in a way that better fits my crazy life (and doesn't leave you hanging for six months at a time).
So stay tuned, and please pardon the dust while we shake things up around here. As always, thank you so very much for sharing your time with me.