Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Foodbuzz 24x24: Curly Kids Cupcake Party

"You cannot change the world by saving one animal, but for that one animal, you can change the world."

Usually when you come to Lighter and Local, the first thing you see is a tantalizing photo of the latest creation to come out of my kitchen. We'll get to that, I promise. However today, nothing embraces the meaning of what I did this Saturday than the photograph above. Very simple, a little girl, and not a puppy, but a distinguished gentleman pug.

Combining both - kids and pugs is a true honor for me. I volunteer for Curly Tail Pug Rescue, a rescue that spans from New England to New York/New Jersey, helping homeless pugs. It was my work with this truly amazing organization that gave me the inspiration to submit a proposal to Foodbuzz for their October 24x24 event. The theme was kids, food, and charity. The idea is simple. On the same day, in this case, Saturday October 2nd - 24 food bloggers across the country would create an event to celebrate kids and food and shine a spotlight on some special causes. In this case, Foodbuzz teamed up with Frigidaire to benefit "Save the Children", while I focused on Curly Tail's Curly Kids program. The Curly Kids program is comprised of children who set out to help our foster pugs and the organization in general. They help educated other kids about how important it is to help homeless animals. This cupcake party was a chance to thank a very special "Curly Kid", Ellie, and her friends who are always taking part in all her ideas to help our lovable little "curly tails". I'm honored to be part of such an amazing organization who truly is committed to educating the next generation how important rescue truly is. Now, I promised you food, right? 

 It's time for CUPCAKES! Six little girls, five pugs in attendance on a beautiful fall afternoon in New England. The setting is the beautiful home of one our foster moms, who kindly opens her home and family up to take care of our pugs in need until they find their forever homes. 

The idea was to create little cupcakes that looked like our favorite little furry creatures, the pugs. The idea came from a cupcake book called "Hello Cupcake!". The ears are Tootsie Rolls, the tongues are Starburst, the eyes are brown M&M's, while the nose is a chocolate pudding Jelly Belly. Let me tell you - flattening and shaping all the Tootsie Rolls and Starbursts is no easy task, but they make the cupcakes absolutely adorable.

 The menu isn't fancy, these are kids who just want to have fun! I don't skimp on good cupcakes though:

Black Pug Cupcakes, also known as Devil's Food Cupcakes from the fabulous David Liebovitz with 
Chocolate Fudge Frosting from the Joyofbaking.com. 

Fawn Pug Cupcakes, also known as Classic Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting from Gas.tron.o.my; 

and finally in honor our senior pugs:
Snow White Senior Pug Cupcakes, also known as White Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream Frosting from the wonderful Beantown Baker. 

 I armed all my fabulous little guests with their "palettes" of fun.  If you have kids and want to do something similar I highly recommend going this route. Find cheap little plastic paint palettes, and fill each little spot with spinkles, candy, whatever you're decorating your cupcakes with. This way, each little person has their own little space to create their cupcakes and you don't have a ton of reaching across the table for every little decorating ingredient (and raising the chances of stuff spilling all over the place!). Don't forget little bakery boxes as well. The girls loved having professional little boxes to bring their creations home in!

  With pugs are our feet, we all set out to create some beautiful and tasty cupcakes!

In the end, these little girls got oh-so-more creative than I did. Pink puggy hair, blue sparkle eyeballs took over the cupcakes. We got to sit around, decorate and talk about pugs and why we loved them. The general consensus among the girls was, "we just love them!"

Ellie, our most well-known of the Curly Kids of the bunch, has already held lemonade stands to raise money for Curly Tail. She also, along with all the other kids in the program, makes Curly Cards. They're our thank you when someone donates to the rescue or adopts from us. Today, Ellie and her friend Lauren made an awesome pug pillow, and Lauren made an "I love Pugs T-Shirt"!
Seriously, their craft creativity knows no bounds!

When the cupcakes were finished, it was all about some snuggle time with the pugs. The little dogs all waited patiently at our feet as we frosted, and sparkled and sprinkled. Afterwards, there was a whole lot of pets to go around.

The girls learned a whole lot about the process of rescuing animals, and how important it is to support local rescues. That's what this blog is all about - great food, but supporting your community, that includes the furry community as well! They learned a lot, I think I learned more just by spending a few hours with them!

Thank you all!

All the girls, and Curly Co-Found Kristin Balch and Curly Foster Mom (and Ellie's Mom!) Andrea Tobin!

If you would like more information on how to help Curly Tail Pug Rescue in their efforts to give homeless pugs a brand new and happy life - Please go to CurlyTailPugRescue. org

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Mardi Michels said...

What a fabulous idea for a 24x24 :-)

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

This is a great 24x24 post...and it looks like it was a lot of fun!

Maria said...

How cute! I have a little pug myself and she is the love of my life! I love what you do, I hope to be involved too in the near future!

Anonymous said...

OMGOSH......... this is sooooooo adorable!! LOVE IT!!! SOOO creative, fun, and of course, it helps homeless/needy pugs. SOOO COOL!!

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said...

those girls look like they had a wonderful time. Great post.

Anonymous said...

What a great and delicious way to get your kids involved in a charitable cause.

shaz said...

Wonderful post. Great ideas all around, like the tip on using the palette. Love the community spirit here.

Anonymous said...

How awesome was this? And so creative ~ Yeah for the kids and the pugs :)

Unknown said...

What an adorable party!

Tina said...

This is the greatest post ever!

Tina said...

This is the greatest post ever!

Casey Angelova said...

What a great and delicious way to get your kids involved in a charitable cause.

Damaris said...

those girls look like they had a wonderful time. Great post.

Mama Cupcake said...

What an adorable party!