Thursday, August 27, 2015

Join Me For Houston's Taste of the Nation!

No child should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. But it doesn't have to be that way. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger in this nation by making sure all kids get the healthy food they need, every day. And you can help, all while enjoying some of the best food and drink in Texas at Houston’s Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry!

Every year, the country’s best chefs, sommeliers and mixologists join together with one goal in mind: end childhood hunger in America by supporting Taste of the Nation® for No Kid Hungry presented by Citi® and Sysco®. In more than 30 cities across the nation – including Houston – guests of Taste of the Nation can sip and sample gourmet creations from each city’s premier culinary talent and participate in unique food, travel and lifestyle auctions – all while raising funds for No Kid Hungry. Houston’s Taste of the Nation is coming up on September 29. Some of the best culinary talent in the state – including Chef Chris Shepherd, Chef Randy Evans, BBQ Master Ronnie Killen, and Beverage Chair Alba Huerta – will be serving bite-sized versions their signature fare, as well as amazing wines and craft cocktails. All event proceeds support No Kid Hungry; just $1 can help feed a child in need 10 healthy meals, so your participation can have a huge impact. Last year Houston’s Taste of the Nation raised enough to connect kids to 1.4 million healthy meals!

Join me at Houston’s Taste of the Nation this year and help make No Kid Hungry a reality for more kids in Texas and across the country. As a bonus for The Nifty Cupcake readers (because you're awesome) through September 25th you can use my exclusive discount code NIFTYCUPCAKEHTX for 10% off the ticket price. For tickets and more information, visit I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Waco Road Trip: Magnolia Market

So lately I have been OBSESSED with the show Fixer Upper - you might recognize the HGTV show featuring the ever so talented Joanna Gaines who is the master of rustic-chic. It might come as a surprise to some viewers that her store, Magnolia Market is located in the small town of Waco, TX. Waco is pretty much smack dab in the middle of Austin and Dallas and from the looks of it, isn't home to anything of particular interest but when I found out that we were gonna be in that area I HAD to make a pit stop.

I am not ashamed to admit I was having a bit of a fan girl moment and was reallllly hoping to catch a peak of the Gaines - unfortunately I wasn't so lucky in that regard but it was still pretty cool to see all the items that had been used in the show and were available to purchase. Although the majority of the items were way beyond my price range, I ended up scoring some much needed items. The store is small but offers up a variety of goodies - everything from furniture to kitchen items and decor all with that rustic flair that looks like you spent hours scouring antique markets.

I ended up getting a wreath to fill the basket on our dining room table and a cute little cupcake stand! Tune in tomorrow to check out another hidden gem in Waco (ps it includes the best falafel I have EVER had).
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