Cupcakes, Taco Trucks & A Sneak Peek…

Happy Birthday to the most wonderful man I know. You are everything I could have ever wanted and more πŸ™‚

Unfortunately, he didn’t get his birthday wish. My present to him Ella is still hanging out in my belly. But we did have a wonderful weekend. Friday night had dinner with his family at Tango on The Main Line. It was the never ending dinner. We were there for almost 3 hours!!! I did not have my camera for foodie photos this weekend since schlepping it around can be a pain (when I already have enough extra weight to carry as it is.) My favorite part was the dessert. Michael and I split 2 of them πŸ˜‰ Saturday night we just went over to Morton’s and sat in the bar area and had salads and split a shrimp cocktail. Light dinner, good company πŸ™‚

Today I wanted to take him to a well known deli downtown (since he LOVES good Jewish deli’s and never goes to them), but there was a supposed Regatta (according to his sister) and it would have probably taken 2 hours to get there (usually a 20 minute ride). If I ended up going into labor thatΒ  would have been a bad situation. Better to stay close to home at this point. So, we went over to Whole Foods and ate up on the rooftop where this now is:

again, didn’t bring my cam...they got this up on the rooftop now — their new taco truck!


Michael got chicken tacos and I had vegan tacos with veggies, jalapenos (to induce labor?), jicama and guacamole. Next time we go I will bring the SLR. This summer we can bring Ella up there, grab some tacos, relax and Michael can have a beer if he likes. It’s a nice atmosphere.

Later I made him some AMAZING cupcakes! Thank you, Chantal for emailing me aΒ  recipe from this book (which has been on my Amazon wishlist for over 6 months):

They were for the Golden Vanilla Cupcakes. The only thing I did different…which made them even MORE amazing, was instead of adding the extra vanilla or almond extract (in addition to the 2 teaspoons) was I scraped a half of a vanilla bean and added it to the batter:

^can you see the vanilla beans in there…AMAZING!

and nothing “weird” that he would not eat was involved. He saw all of the ingredients.

I made my Fluffy “Cream Cheese” Icing instead of the butter cream that they recommended:

Cream Cheese Icing

  • 1 (8 ounce) Β Cream Cheese
  • 6 Tablespoons Β Butter
  • 1 3/4 Cups Confectioners Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla Extract

Soften Butter and Cream Cheese and Mix with an electric or stand mixer until smooth. Add Vanilla and mix until combined. Slowly add sugar from a sifter as you mix. To make them pretty get the Wilton Pastry bag and tips to swirl them on! Store icing in refrigerated when not in use. Make sure cupcakes are completely cool when applying.

I contaminated the vegan cupcakes with my non vegan version of the icing as per his request. He was at the market with me and saw me grab the tofuetti and made me grab a regular organic cream cheese. I was going to do half and half, but really didn’t feel like doing the extra work. There’s a 9 month pregnant excuse for that πŸ˜‰

Michael decided he did not want me to cook him a lasagna. He actually forgot that we discussed me making that for him. Which I kind of secretly was happy about because who needs all that cheese? That’s how he would have wanted me to make them…lots of ricotta, mozzarella and Parmesan. There’s no getting one by him with cashew ricotta either…he wants to see me put it in, from the container. Besides, I promised I would make everything for him how HE wanted it for his birthday. His mom was barbequing and she said she would have some things for me so we went over there for dinner and I brought some cupcakes πŸ™‚ She always has an amazing spread so I wasn’t complaining!

I have a little surprise sneak peek for you guys tonight too! I have been going back and forth as to whether I wanted to do maternity photos or not. I wanted to do them over 6 weeks ago when I was feeling better about my body (rapid weight gain in the 3rd trimester, lost more muscle tone everywhere and a bunch of other fun symptoms to make me feel bleh). That and day to day not knowing if she is going to come or not. It makes it hard to plan appointments, or RSVP to events for that matter.

I originally asked my old neighbor, Ashley who did these ADORABLE pictures of Munchkin if she would do them, but we couldn’t really get it together. Once I reached 35 weeks, I said forget it. Then, my mom was practically begging me to do them and told me I would regret it if I didn’t. She said the same thing when I wanted to quit ballet when I was 12 after dancing for since I was 3–and I do regret it. So I decided to listen to her. My moms good friend, Angie (who I have known since birth) is a photographer and artist had asked me a few times to come to her studio to take them. The last timeΒ  she asked was at my shower, and at that point I did not think I was into doing it. I decided last week that I wanted to take them regardless of how I have been feeling about my body lately.

It sound silly, but doing this (aside from trying to keep up with my workouts) kind of livened me up and made me feel a little better at 37Β  1/2 half weeks pregnant:

My good friend & client, Lisa owns Heaven & Earth Salon and they recently got airbrush tanning. I was SO excited when they did! I have already beenΒ  back twice. I am hoping to have a fresh spray tan when I go into labor πŸ˜‰ Nothing like a fresh glow to pick up a 9 month pregnant girl. Say what you want…I can exercise, eat clean all week, but this Italian girl does not do well with pasty. I know SO many people that pull that fair skinned look off beautifully, and wish I could be one of them. I just feel I look healthier with a glow. I am not being vain, it makes me feel good, I am just honest.


If you live in the area I highly recommend trying it here. The best spray tan I have ever had πŸ™‚

So, needless to say, since I had a fresh glow and a few good days without too much fatigue and pain, I asked is Angie was available Saturday afternoon to fit in a shoot and she was able to squeeze me in πŸ™‚

Here’s a sneak peek…I am extremely happy with how they turned out, Angie did an AMAZING job, she’s very talented!!! I’ll reveal the rest in my next post (courtesy of Angela DiSanto Photography):

Have a Wonderful Night!

How was your weekend???

Do you have Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World? What’s your fav recipe? I am going to order it for sure πŸ™‚

Any other vegan baking book recommendations, that have healthier low sugar recipes? (For post-baby when I give up/greatly reduce the sugar).

Talk to yah later!


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  • Reply Nicole@makinggoodchoices

    Aw Laury! You are so gorgeous! I can’t wait to see the rest!

    Happy Birthday to your hubby!

    April 10, 2011 at 7:56 pm
  • Reply Holly @ The Runny Egg

    Laury what a beautiful photo! I’d be the same way — wait to have the photos and then go back and forth. I’m sure you’ll love to be able to look back on them one day!

    The cupcakes look great! Happy Birthday Michael!

    April 10, 2011 at 8:10 pm
    • Reply laury

      yes, glad I did them πŸ™‚

      April 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Kat

    Yoiu look so so amazing!! What a special moment to have forever in a photo πŸ™‚

    April 10, 2011 at 8:11 pm
    • Reply laury

      thanks..yes, so glad I did them

      April 10, 2011 at 9:15 pm
  • Reply Charlie

    These cupcakes look so good! I’m sure adding vanilla bean took them to the next level! Need that book ;).

    Your picture is BEAUTIFUL! Can’t wait to see the rest!

    April 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm
    • Reply laury

      thanks…yes the cupcakes are dangerous!

      April 10, 2011 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Lisa

    The cupcakes look amazing!

    And the preg pic is just beautiful. I think you’ll be so happy you did it!

    April 10, 2011 at 8:22 pm
    • Reply laury

      they are so yummy! and thanks!

      April 10, 2011 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Mary @ Bites and Bliss

    Awwe maternity photos!! They’re always so gorgeous! No doubt yours came out absolutely incredible.

    And your Michael’s birthday is today? My Michael’s birthday is today, too!! πŸ˜€

    April 10, 2011 at 8:44 pm
    • Reply laury

      that’s so cool! happy b-day to your Michael πŸ™‚

      April 10, 2011 at 9:16 pm
  • Reply Kristina @ Life as Kristina

    That pic is GORGEOUS!
    I love that cupcake book-that’s the one my fav cupcake bakery uses-so jealous….I want one now!

    April 10, 2011 at 8:46 pm
    • Reply laury

      Thanks!!! I know, Ella needs to get a move on πŸ˜‰

      April 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Ally (oatsandspice)

    Wow what a beautiful picture! I’m sure you will forever be grateful that you decided to go through with it πŸ™‚

    When is your baby girl due? I bet you are super excited πŸ™‚

    April 10, 2011 at 8:56 pm
    • Reply laury

      thank you. I am due on the 27th!

      April 10, 2011 at 9:17 pm
  • Reply Lori

    beautiful photo…the cupcakes look delicious!!

    April 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm
  • Reply Jess@atasteofconfidence

    Beautiful pciture!

    April 10, 2011 at 9:26 pm
  • Reply thehealthyapron

    sounds like a wonderful bday! You did a great job! Those cupcakes look AWESOME! I have a craving now…thanks! hah

    I didn’t know any spray tans were like that! I will have to see if I can find any places that offer those non-toxic sprays! I want to get one before I go to hawaii!

    Beautiful pic! Can’t wait to see more!

    April 10, 2011 at 9:28 pm
  • Reply Tiffany @ Simply Shaka

    You little tease! I can’t wait to see more pics! On another note, I guess I can’t call a mom to be a tease huh?? πŸ™‚

    We have a lack of food trucks in Charlotte, it’s quite sad. I was actually reading an article about how they are trying to push them out of town with their ridiculous zoning laws and there is a petition going around since many think they are discriminating against Hispanic food trucks.

    April 10, 2011 at 10:06 pm
    • Reply laury

      haha, yea well this food truck is on the roof of Whole Foods. That’s weird how they are getting rid of them where you live though!

      April 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Julie (A Case of the Runs)

    I think you will NOT regret taking those photos at all!

    April 10, 2011 at 10:34 pm
  • Reply Shanna

    You look beautiful and radiant lovely mamma!

    April 10, 2011 at 10:48 pm
  • Reply Chantal

    Yay! Glad the cupcakes turned out πŸ™‚

    And that photo is really gorgeous! I’m sure the rest are just as beautiful! I’m glad your mom made you go for it, I can think of so many times I wished I had captured big moments in my life that I didn’t feel up to taking and that I so regret now (and I’m guessing those are nothing compare to pregnancy!)

    April 10, 2011 at 11:06 pm
  • Reply Katie

    That photo….oh my god, there are no words for how great you look. Seriously just glowing!!

    April 10, 2011 at 11:59 pm
    • Reply laury

      thank you πŸ™‚

      April 11, 2011 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply Sophia @ Raven Waves

    Aw, Laury! You look so beautiful in that picture! Happy birthday to your man! The cupcakes look so yummy! πŸ™‚

    April 11, 2011 at 8:02 am
  • Reply francesca @ oral hcg

    Omigosh! pregnancy suits you. πŸ™‚ You are very beautiful in that photo. πŸ˜€ And vegan cupcakes? Hmmmm, no one will ever go wrong with that! πŸ˜€ Love it!

    April 11, 2011 at 11:01 am
  • Reply Lisa @ Healthy Diaries

    My weekend was great! We had amazing weather here in Chicago.

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture and I’m so glad you ended up taking them. i CANNOT wait to see the rest!

    April 11, 2011 at 11:03 am
  • Reply La.

    You are so pretty! Just a reminder: you will feel worse about your body right after you have the baby. I was SO SHOCKED in the hospital when I STILL looked a good 6 months pregnant. It’s just so crazy that it takes so long for your body to bounce back. I’m so excited for this time! And Q is the exact opposite of your man! If he sees me put in REAL sour cream he won’t eat it. At all. He REFUSES, he wants to see the container! haha

    April 11, 2011 at 11:17 am
    • Reply laury

      You are SO lucky!!!! I wish Michael was against dairy. He’s a lover of all things cheese though

      April 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Alisa Fleming

    Laury, I simply love the sequence of pictures in this post! (Yes, of course I read it too – happy birthday to your hubby!!). I must learn how to frost like that, those cupcakes look amazing .. and your picture, wow!

    April 11, 2011 at 11:30 am
    • Reply laury

      It’s so easy! Just get a pastry bag and some tops!! Thanks for the compliment πŸ™‚

      April 11, 2011 at 12:03 pm
  • Reply Caree @ Fit-Mama

    you look AMAAZING!!! and nothing wrong with wanting a little color!! I sure like to have a little glow! But I have never tried airbrush tanning before. I am afraid I will come out orange.

    April 11, 2011 at 11:48 am
    • Reply laury

      Thanks!! It’s not like it used to be for the spray tan. I haven’t seen anyone turn orange lately..everyones different though!

      April 11, 2011 at 12:07 pm
  • Reply Maternity Photo Shoot

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  • Reply Melissa

    that is one awesome taco truck!
    Those cupcakes look amazing!! Mmm! What a great birthday!!
    That maternity picture of you is stunning!! Can’t wait to see more:)

    April 11, 2011 at 4:14 pm
  • Reply Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner

    YAY for Cupcakes! πŸ˜€

    April 11, 2011 at 8:22 pm
  • Reply Pure2raw Twins

    YUM Cupcakes haha that is a great cupcake book one of my first ones! great ideas and cupcakes are just so much fun!

    April 11, 2011 at 10:40 pm
  • Reply Morgan

    how much do you LOVE those cupcakes?!! I make the Golden vanilla cupcakes all the time from that book for special occasions and they are soooooooo good! My husband is so used to vegan baking now that he actually prefers the texture of a good vegan cupcake over one that isnt. See, Micheall can have his cupcake and no cholesterol. Whoot whoot.
    I am so with you on the spray tan thing. I do live in the California sun and beacy loveliness, butt I gotta keep it skin cancer free and a nice glow at all times or I totally lose my umph and swagger. I feel like a frump and I am about as pasty as it gets if I do not nurture my “healthy glow” with some self tanning. haha. It boosts my self esteem BIG TIME to have a little tan. I agree, some are so beautiful with their fair skin porcelain beauty, but with me, it just looks like I may possibly be ill or sick. LOL I would so go to your friend if I was closer1 looks awesome!
    sending more “go into labor” vibes. Hey, if Michael needs some *not appropriate for the blog comments* tips on helping you out in the inducing labor department., my husband is the expert. He can tell him whats up. HAHAHAHA kidding. LOVES YA!

    April 12, 2011 at 2:00 pm
    • Reply laury

      They are AMAZINGGG!!!! I want it to be another special occasion so I can make them again!

      Yes, so glad I am not the only one that will admit I feel MUCH better with a spray tan πŸ˜‰

      Ohh…and inducing labor with Michael’s help…I think I already catch your drift there girlie, haha πŸ˜‰

      April 12, 2011 at 3:04 pm
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