A week in review (aka: Cupcakes in review)

While the focal point of the past 7-10 days has been Ironman Rhode Island 70.3, it’s actually been rather busy otherwise as the Girl and I spent time with my family and relatives in both Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Here’s the photographic summary:

We left last Thursday and took the very short 45 minute flight on Southwest Airlines up to Providence.  For shorter flights to races you can’t bean Southwest’s bike policy of only $50 – far less than most of the majors at $150-200 each way!

IMGP4872 IMGP4878 IMGP4885From there we arrived at my Aunt Jayne’s house for the afternoon – this is where we stayed last year (check out that food!) and for the Boston Marathon.  This time though we were there to drop off cupcakes before heading over to my cousin Joe and his fiancé Emily’s house (sporting an incredible garden).  Here’s her garden:

IMGP4908And the below – ALL BLUEBERRY BUSHES!  Everything as far as you can see is blueberry bushes.  Amazing!  She writes about her gardening and first year beekeeping (I read one of the books lying around their place, pretty interesting stuff), check her out and say hi!  And of course – thanks Em and Joe for having us!


Speaking of gardens… After reading a post last week from my Aunt about how her two cute little kids…


(here’s Julia greeting me after departing her food consumption activities midstream)

…decided to remove the carrots from their garden (which made my uncle less than happy – btw, that story is worth the read).  So the Girl came up with a funny idea for cupcakes to bring up:

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The Girl used Starburst candy for all the little veggies, and used M&M’s for the pods inside the peas.  The base is made from crushed Oreos. The sunflowers were made from Oreo’s with the center being the made portion and the top being the outside cookie.  Oh, and here’s the kicker – we actually took these on the airplane up there via a cupcake carrier.  They ran into a tiny little heat issue along the way, but she was able to fix them all up.


Here’s my Aunt’s pictures and comments as well.

On Friday and Saturday we got in some workouts at the nearby beach.  There’s good reason for Rhode Island’s name as the Ocean State.  It’s everywhere!

(Quick Side Note #1: As I’m writing this the girl is making some new cupcakes behind me in the kitchen…she’s bringing over various samples as she experiments with three different techniques…I have a rough life).

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We did a brick workout from the car, worked rather well!

IMGP4927My Mom also joined in our little brick workout as well:


But(t), Friday at the Maker Household brought one important meaty item.  A BBQ.  An all day BBQ.  Of Pork Ass.  Pulled Pork Time!  And Ribs!  My dad and uncle followed my recipe and did a 12-hour pork butt.  Of course, this resulted in all sorts of dialogue all day long…

“What do you think looks better, the ass or rack?”

“Taste this ass, it’s soooo juicy”

“Is my ass bigger than my rack?”

(Side Note #2: There was just a bunch of ‘Oopsies’ behind me in the kitchen in cupcake land with some random unrecognizable sounds…I’m not sure what it was, but as long as the cupcake experimental samples keep on coming…it’s all good.)

“Your ass smells incredible” (from the meat dialogue, not the cupcake dialog)

No, it never got old (at least for us guys).


Meanwhile my Aunt was inside cooking all sorts of other goodness:

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My Aunt Jayne documented the heck out of it in tons of photographic splendor.  So if you’re a meat lover, you should check out all her pics.  The only minor bummer was that being so close to the race, the Girl and I only ate a tiny bit of the pork, and instead concentrated on a more carb-focused diet (with some lean meat as well).

…moving along…

Sunday there was that little matter of the race.

…we survived, so onwards we go…

After the race we drove down to my Mom’s side of the family in Connecticut, and hung out there through Wednesday.  We stayed with my Papa – who’s 92 years old.  Though somehow I don’t have a pic with him on my CF/SD cards, must my on my Mom’s camera.  This visit essentially involved a lot more eating.


The girl and I on Monday night went out for a short 35 minute recovery ride (recovery from the race, not the eating).  We hit an all time speed record on our mountain cruiser bikes that we found in my relatives garage:

image Woot!  6MPH!


IMGP5002 IMGP5006And on Tuesday we (including my Mom) went for a little swim in an outdoor pool, quite nice!

IMGP5011 So with that, I think we’re all caught up.  I had a short little run yesterday (Thursday), and I in general survived.  Actually went a bit faster than I expected.  And today I had two swims (technique session and regular session), somehow totaling about 5,000 yards.  Tomorrow I’m back up at Skyline for a 70-miler.  Should be fairly easy though and semi-relaxing.

(Side Note #3: I just had a full completed experimental cupcake…mmmmmmmmmmmmmmm).

Have a good weekend!


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  1. Sounds like a great trip. I love Colorado, but I do miss the water and greenery back east every now and then.

  2. Dude… You’re killing me. Here I am, lying in bed, unable to sleep because I am so unbelievably hungry because i had a small, early dinner. So I open up Google Reader on my iPhone to distract myself from my hunger, and I find this incredible post from you about all kinds of delicious food from your weekend… Thanks a ton…

    By the way, what was in that big dish on the left burner of your Aunt Jayne’s stove. I couldn’t figure it out and it looked really good!

  3. I can see where you get your culinary prowess from…but have you met you creative match!


  4. I have three words for you:
    Please Adopt Me.

  5. No, don’t listen to Maria. What you really want to do is adopt me. Don’t make me beg.

    Girl has some MAD cupcake skillz.

  6. My mouth started instantly watering after seeing the ribs! WOW!

    Glad to see you are upright, well, doing better!

  7. Kudos to The Girl for using Starburst candies like marzipan for the little veggies on the cupcakes. I just finished making some chocolate cupcakes with vanilla buttercream frosting myself this evening. The men in the house were grumbling about wanting a treat. Nothing like homemade cupcakes and real buttercream frosting that is so light it is like whipped cream!

  8. All that stuff looks good enough to eat!

  9. Looks like you had a great trip! Those cupcakes (and the pork, but more the cupcakes) look amazing! It’s a great idea and one I shall have to pass onto my partner, the queen of the kitchen!