I spent a chunk of last week in Galveston, everyone's favorite Texas island, researching a Christmas shopping article.
My family will laugh at the 'shopping' part since I'm the least shopperly of three sisters. So I was happy to find unique and fun gifts to feature; "unique and fun" being words I've never used in conjunction with shopping.
Chef Mary Bass, teaching me how to pipe icing at The Kitchen Chick in Galveston.
Just a short walk from my hotel in the historic Strand district was The Kitchen Chick, a boutique cooking store, where I joined a wine-fueled cooking class in making cupcakes.
Outside of the fact that everything tastes better after a couple of glasses of wine, the cupcakes were delicious and we took home recipes to go with our memories.
The spicy gingerbread cupcakes with cream cheese frosting might even make me break our rule of no-sweets-in-the-house.
In case you'd like to try them yourself, here's the recipe: Martha Stewart's Gingerbread Cupcakes. Use your favorite cream cheese frosting recipe, remembering to have the ingredients at room temperature and whip until light and fluffy.
Then "Take Whisks in Life" (a motto I adopted from The Kitchen Chick) and plan your own unique and fun trip to Galveston.
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