It's party time today in the cafe.
Because Tina Radcliffe and I are Carol Award finalists!
Hmm... What a coincidence that they both have "Doctor" in the title.
And both stories take place in Colorado.
I would also like to mention that the lovely Tina is also a finalist for ACFW's Mentor of the Year.
How about a round of applause.
I'll to have to let Tina chime in with her story, but when I got the call about being a finalist--then had to keep my mouth shut for several agonizing days--I decided I needed a celebration.
Just me, myself and the treat of my choosing.
So what did I choose?
Why a cupcake, you might ask.
Well, first of all, cakes and celebrations go hand in hand. Then there's the fact that it classifies as a soft food.
But I mostly chose a cupcake because the heroine in my WIP is having a Cupcake Mania event at her restaurant. All that thinking about cupcakes had me craving one.
So I visited a cupcake bar just down the road from me. Yes, I said that right. A cupcake BAR.
You pick your cupcake, then your frosting and they prepare it right in front of you.
When I went in, I was craving my favorite--white cake with buttercream frosting. But the strawberry cake looked so good and when they said it was made with fresh strawberries, I couldn't resist.
As many of you know, Jan and I have been following the Trim Healthy Mama eating plan and have cut sugar out of our diets. However, that doesn't mean we can't let ourselves have fun every once in a while.
So, I parked myself at one of cupcake bar tables, feeling only the slightest bit guilty for allowing myself such a treat. I carefully peeled away the paper. Then, using my fork, I snagged a bite of both icing and cake.
Mm--Wait a minute.
This doesn't taste like it's supposed to.
After going so long without sugar, my cupcake didn't taste the same. It was WAY too sweet.
Especially the frosting. And I LOVE buttercream frosting!
The cupcake alone, however, was very yummy. Definitely made with fresh strawberries.
In the end, though, I ate less than half of my $3 cupcake. Still, it was a valuable lesson.
As a sugar addict, I never imagined that I could cut sugar from my diet. And let me tell you, it wasn't easy. The first week and half were pure torture. But I did it.
And now I'm a Carol Award finalist?
No doubt about it. With God, ANYTHING is possible. :-D