April 15, 2012

My Friend, the Kitschy Girl

One of my neighbor friends is Nicki, AKA The Kitschy Girl. I've gotta tell ya, she's like a local celebrity 'round these parts. Nicki is known, among other things, for her Ah-Mazing (yes, spelled just like that) cupcakes. She brings them to all our neighborhood gatherings, and we're all always clamoring to see what flavors she brings next! Sometimes, when we're extra lucky, she stands outside with her most recent batch and lets us take samples. Yesterday's deliciousness was a chocolate cupcake with vanilla bean frosting and a single raspberry.... yum! I'm already counting down the days until Cinco de Mayo when I get to taste her horchata cupcakes... OMG! 

Anyone who knows me knows how much I simply adore cupcakes. But the truth is that I'm also pretty picky about them. I've been to many bakeries that just don't do them justice, even some of the more popular places in the area. But, I tell you, Nicki has it mastered! And since she only uses fresh, natural ingredients, you don't even have to feel guilty about eating them!

As you can see in the video below, Nicki was also recently interviewed by Cafe Mom. We, in the neighborhood, hope this gets the ball rolling for her to get her own cooking show where she can share her delicious recipes with those who aren't fortunate to be her frequent taste-testers! :)


Make sure you check out her blog, Kitschy Girl's Guide, and enter her cookbook giveaway. And if you're local, you should definitely hit her up for a batch of cupcakes for your next event... or even just to eat because they're that good. I can say, with confidence, that you will not be disappointed!

April 14, 2012

Community

Back in January, my neighbor, Valerie, decided to throw together a meet and greet for all the ladies in our subdivision. She started our community Facebook page, which has been instrumental in connecting neighbors, but it wasn't until this event that most of us got to know each other. It's amazing what the persuasion of a little wine can do!

To be honest, I had seen the invite but had no intention of going. I had only ever talked to two neighbors since moving in, and I was okay with that. I guess the last year's events (remember when the neighbors called the cops on us and the game night gone wrong?) left me a little less than enthusiastic about reaching out to anyone.

On the night of the event, my only neighbor friend, Kristin, basically dragged me along for what turned out to be an awesome night. I think there were 15 women and 18 bottles of wine... how can that go wrong?!

Since that night, I've been hanging out with my neighbors constantly. Pretty much all the girls are my exact age, so we have a lot in common, despite the fact that I'm definitely one of the only single, childless ladies. But... that's okay. It's nice to have so many girls right here in my community. I love that we have impromptu wine nights, hang out at the park together while the kids play, and turn to each other when we're in need (whether it be for a cup of sugar or emotional support and laughter).

It's not that I don't have other friends... I do. But many of them are far away or super busy with their own lives, making it hard to get together on a regular basis. It's a lot more convenient for everyone when we just have to walk across the street (literally). I happen to live right in the middle of several of my closest neighbor friends, and I LOVE it!

I haven't experienced a sense of community like this since college, and I think it's pretty awesome. I feel very fortunate to have clicked with these girls and to become fast friends with so many of them. They have been instrumental in my decision to stay in my current home rather than looking for a new place to live.