Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Cupcake Craze (Part 1)

My family and I have a big cupcake obsession.  This summer we decided as we were out on our day trips that we would make it a point to visit a local cupcake shop.  I can't say that they were too upset about making this pit stop.

Cake in a Box-15 Broad St, Bridgewater, MA 02324
Stumbled upon this place as we were driving through Bridgewater center.  Very small, you might miss it if you don't look carefully.  It's located next door to D'Angelos.  They have a large selection of "jumbo" gourmet cupcakes baked daily and available anytime in store.  The cupcakes are indeed larger than we are accustomed to.  The store has a very unique spin to it and the cupcakes certainly follow in their uniqueness. 

top row: Candy Shop and Peanut Butter Cup (see pics below)
bottom row: Chocolate cupcake with vanilla frosting, Vanilla cupcake with strawberry filling and whipped frosting (see pic below)

Sadie Mae's Cupcake Cafe 288 Main Street, Hingham, MA   781-740-1876

Very quaint shop with friendly staff.  Always make us feel welcome each time we pop in.  My favorite cupcake here is the Chocolate Sundae.  It is moist and chocolatey.  The chocolate ganache is the perfect touch.  My husband enjoys the seasonal Chocolatey Chip Cookie.  This one has chocolate chip cookie dough baked on the bottom of a chocolate cupcake finished with vanilla buttercream and a cookie wedge.  What makes this place different from the many we have visited is their "minis".  These are literally mini cupcakes perfectly made for the hands of my girls.  Just enough cupcake to satisfy and no waste! They finish 2 each without a problem.

Piece of Cake 34 Alden Street, Plymouth, MA
We found this gem right up the road from Nelson Park.  The place is known for it's cakes, cookies and cupcakes.  As we first walked in, we thought it was just for cakes because the counter didn't have a whole lot to choose from.  After further investigation we saw that they were indeed open to the public.  They were very busy preparing their weekend orders, but a sweet young lady quickly tended to us and we left with 3 yummy treats.

Top row: vanilla cupcake with vanilla frosting, sprinkles and an edible butterfly...the ladies split this
Top row: vanilla cupcake with strawberry filling and strawberry frosting...AMAZING
Bottom row: vanilla cupcake, lemon filling and vanilla frosting dipped in coconut... heavy, very filling, but oh so good

Cupcake Town 219 N Main St, Mansfield MA
We visit this shop quite often as it has become a family favorite.  I have tried just about every cupcake in the place and can't say I have a favorite.  They are all that good!   I just never seem to take pictures so here is one from our very first visit last year.  We have also tried their cakes, also very good and the cake decorators are fantastic. Any cupcake they make can be made into a cake, and vice versa.

We wouldn't call this last place local, but it's worth sharing.  On our weekend up to Story Land we stopped at the famous White Mountain Cupcakery.   Located in the Mount Washington Valley at 2757 White Mountain Hwy, Conway, NH.  The White Mountain Cupcakery was featured on Cupcake Wars. 

Tell us about a local cupcake shop near you.  
We'd love to pay them a visit and feature them in upcoming reviews!

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Mother's Day Fun 2015

With Mother's Day just around the corner, we have a round up of family fun events happening around you.  Mother's Day is Sunday, May 10th


Six Flags New England- Route 159, 1623 Main St,, Agawam, MA
Six Flags New England Season Pass Holders, bring a friend FREE Mother's Day weekend May 8, 9, 10

Franklin Park Zoo  1 Franklin Park Road, Boston, MA

Help us celebrate your mom (and all of ours!) this Mother’s Day with FREE ADMISSION for all mothers throughout the day. Bring Mom along with the entire family for a memorable day s pent discovering the incredible animals at the Zoo! And be sure to look for the animal Moms at the Zoo, too! 

Stone Zoo- 149 Pond Street, Stoneham, MA
Help us celebrate your mom (and all of ours!) this Mother’s Day with FREE ADMISSION for all mothers throughout the day. Bring Mom along with the entire family for a memorable day spent discovering the incredible animals at the Zoo! And be sure to look for the animal Moms at the Zoo, too!
Help us celebrate your mom (and all of ours!) this Mother’s Day with FREE ADMISSION for all mothers throughout the day. Bring Mom along with the entire family for a memorable day spent discovering the incredible animals at the Zoo! And be sure to look for the animal Moms at the Zoo, too! - See more at: http://www.zoonewengland.org/engage/celebrate-mothers-day-at-stone-zoo#sthash.vcrJ4M0w.dpuf

Southwicks Zoo 2 Southwick St, Mendon, Massachusetts
Saturday and Sunday May 9 & 10- Mother’s Day Weekend
We are showing our appreciation by offering moms 1/2 priced general admission this weekend.

Heritage Museums & Gardens (Sandwich)
This Mother’s Day, celebrate mom with a visit to Heritage, a stroll through the gardens, and a bite to eat at the Magnolia CafĂ©. To show our love and appreciation for moms, all moms receive free admission to Heritage on Mother’s Day, May 10.  Stop by and check out the museum’s brand new Adventure Park (opening date May 9th).

TowerHill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive in Boylston, Ma
All moms are welcome to enjoy free admission at Tower Hill Botanic Garden on May 9 and 10 for two days of flowers, programs, and the celebration of spring’s return. 

Sturbridge Village (Sturbridge) Free admission and a special gift just for moms (while supplies last) on Mother’s Day at Old Sturbridge Village and enter a giveaway to win a Village-made tea set.  Family events are planned throughout the day, including a “Moms vs. Kids” tug-o-war, hands-on crafts, and performances.

Mother's Day Breakfast and Nature Walk
Mass Audubon's Moose Hill Wildlife Sanctuary, 293 Moose Hill Street, Sharon
8:00 am - 11:00 am COST: Members: Adult $9.00, Child $9.00 Nonmembers: Adult $12.00, Child $12.00
Celebrate Mother's Day at Moose Hill. Begin with an hour-long guided walk searching for signs of spring: singing birds, peeping frogs, buzzing birds, popping buds, and more. Return for a hearty pancake breakfast including juice, fruit, and a variety of hot beverages. Each family will receive a children's take-home craft bag to complete at home. Be sure to register early, as space is limited.

CALL: 781-784-5691

Kids' Price Saturdays
Rhode Island

Roger Williams Park Zoo-1000 Elmwood Avenue, Providence, RI 02907
Mom's Day Weekend (May 09 - May 10)
Show mom a wild time at the Zoo this Mother's Day! Moms will enjoy free admission when attending with a paying child.


New Hampshire

Canobie Lake Park- 85 N Policy St, Salem, New Hampshire
Moms FREE and FREE Lunch!with paid child admission
Moms will receive FREE admission and FREE Lunch when accompanied by a paid child's ticket purchased at Canobie Lake Park on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10, 2015.

Note: Paying child ticket must be purchased at the Park on Sunday, May 10th. This special is not valid with pre-paid tickets. "Child Admission" may be either our under 48" ticket or our over 48" ticket. May not be combined with any other special, discount or promotion.


Lake Compounce- 186 Enterprise Dr, Bristol, Connecticut
On Mother’s Day, moms get in free with our buy one ticket,get one free promotion, available online only. Moms will get a chance to relax in our “relaxation zone” while the kids partake in an arts and crafts to make a special gift for mom. 

Please share any events in your area.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

King Richard's Faire Review

King Richard's Faire 2014
As is our yearly tradition, I took the family to visit King Richard's Faire in Carver, MAIt is New England's largest and longest- running Renaissance Festival.  As we walked through the gate, that familiar feeling of being transported into the enchantment of this 80 acre site was immediately upon us. 

 Guests are invited to watch the King's daring joust on horseback, listen to talented musicians, and enjoy a full day of live, interactive entertainment for all ages.  There are eight stages filled with song and dance, stunts and storytelling, minstrels, acrobats, jugglers, stilt walkers, giant life-size puppets, wenches, and new liger cubs. 

 The Faire offers a wide selection of food to tantalize your taste buds.  Delicious spit-roasted turkey legs, buttery ears of spit-roasted corn, boules filled with clam chowder and stew, ringlets of fries, champagne, wine and brew to keep you full all day!
Stroll through  the 16th century village filled with handmade wares from more than a hundred unique and talented artisans, including many local New England artists. Be amazed with sword making, glass blowing and portrait painting.  Revel in scented oils, perfumes and psychic readings as you make memories to last a lifetime!

King Richard's Faire 2014 season runs through October 19th on Saturdays and Sundays as well as Columbus Day from 10:30am-6pm. 
FREE Parking
  • Adult tickets:  $29.00
  • Children’s tickets (4-11 years of age):  $16.00
  • Children 3 years of age and younger are FREE
If purchased at the gate, CASH ONLY.  ATMs are available.  
Tickets may be purchased in advance here$2.00 Service Fee per ticket for online orders.
235 Main Street
Carver, MA
I received 5 adult tickets in exchange for this review.  
No other compensation was received and as always all opinions are my own.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Little Visit to Mansfield, MA

Now that Summer is in full swing.  We have been taking advantage of the great weather (not too hot and humid)!  This year's bucket list consists of once a week day trips to a city/town that we have never visited. 

One of our recent stops was to the town of Mansfield, MA. Home of the Xfinity Center (a concert venue).  It is a quaint town rich in history. The village center area has many local businesses to visit.

We had a quick lunch at Fresh Catch, 30 Chauncey Street.  We started with the clam chowder, not the best I've had but still good.  The girls each had a fish and chip meal but one could have easily been shared. Their fried seafood platter is delicious, huge and perfect for sharing!

Be sure to swing into the Old Country Store & Emporium, it is a real "treat for the senses." Located at 26 Otis St. it is welcoming and offers a sense of nostalgia.  Our girls loved browsing the antique candy counter and seeing all the homemade creamy fudge.  There is also an old time provisions section featuring common crackers, a variety of cheese spreads, maple products, preserves, jellies and fresh ground coffees. They have some beautiful clocks and curios for sale.  Not to miss in the Emporium are the Attic, the Barn and the Stove Room.

Before heading home we stopped at Cupcake Town, 219 North Main St for some dessert to go.  Adorable little shop offering cupcakes, pastries, cookies, fresh ground coffee and Espresso.  They also make custom cakes.  We selected an assortment of half dozen cupcakes. Pictured below are Oreo, Smores, chocolate with patriotic frosting, chocolate chip, pink lemonade and peanut butter cup.

 I'm sure there is much more to see and we will need to go back.  If you are a resident or have visited, what are your suggestions for Mansfield family friendly hot spots?!

I was not ask to write nor was I compensated for this review.  All pictures and opinions are my own. Check them out for yourself.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Frates Drive-In Restaurant Review

I took the family to Frates Drive-In Restaurant for the first time.  I had driven by so many times but just never stopped in.  Now that things are slowing down and the nights have gotten longer, we decided to pop in for a visit.

The place was hopping when we arrived.  I thought the wait was going to be long, but the staff did a great job of getting the orders in and out.  The girls kept busy with all the fun stuff there is to see while you are there.  They sang with Elvis and chatted with a few cows. Dennis and his staff were so friendly and welcoming.

So let's get to the food. I ordered the clam roll, hubby got a plain steak and the girls...well ice cream of course, lol. The food was delicious! Not cheap but also not overly priced.  There's so much to choose from we just have to go back.  I hear the lobster roll and fish and chips are to die for!

Support a local business 
located at 1423 Somerset Ave, Taunton, MA
Open daily from 11am- 9pm until October 31, 2014

Check them out online
Like them on Facebook  (be sure to check out their menu)

I was not ask to write nor was I compensated for this review.  All pictures and opinions are my own. Check them out for yourself.