the cupcake challenge: come and play!

The back story: Diana of One Crafty Fox, in a glittering streak of inspiration, decided to host a Cupcake Challenge. And now the cupcake, endearingly known as Cuppie, is traveling the world for one year, moving from blogger to blogger and eventually finding her way back home to Eastern Canada with loads of stories to tell. 

{cuppie in all her glory}
Inspired Design's Debbie first won the challenge, sending Cuppie to Massachusetts. Then Carrie from This Free Bird showed Cuppie a gay ol' time in SoCal. Then I won the challenge and Cuppie flew all the way to the southern tip of South America at the end of the world, where I've spent the past week warming her up to a Patagonian winter. 

I thought it might take Cuppie a while to acclimatize, but lo and behold she befriended a condor couple on the way down, and was able to hitch a ride.

 {good thing they cuppie's not made out of meat!}

{she carried her tiny condor souvenir everywhere}

Cuppie don't mess around, flying in the open air, we knew she was instantly acclimatized. So we snuck her across the border to Argentina to do a little skiing. She got a kick out of the fact that Argentina still claims the Malvinas, er, Falkland Islands. That night her spunky pinkness started researching other land disputes nearby and found that both Chile and Argentina claim the same sizable slice of Antarctica's pie.

{¡viva argentina!}
{after surfing with carrie in california, cuppie took to the slopes, pro-style}
Cuppie was quite the misfit! While she was growing her ski legs, she decided to jump the border back into Chile, just to test fate. Then she started moving the wooden post that marks the border to gain Argentina a little more ground. Guess she was still a little hung up on the Malvinas. (Jeez, Cuppie, thanks a lot.)
{can you spot the little misfit hiding in the brush?}
On the way down the slope, Cuppie got sidetracked by some bright yellow pan de indio, also known as Darwin's fungus. She started chowing down... 

{oh cuppie, what ever will we do with you?}
Cuppie, though sweet enough, sure indulges a sweet tooth. She suggested we bake a cheesecake one night. Little did she know it requires much patience. I had her chanting no lo voy a comer for hours. Yet every time I turned my back, there she was, back slobbering on the cooling cake. 

 {When it came time to dig in, she ended up eating nearly half of my slice!}

We decided Cuppie needed a little exercise, so we took her to see Torres del Paine National Park. The reason why this place is so hoppin' during the summer months of December-February. Cuppie scored in the weather department, but was a hard sell for actually hiking. She preferred to float around like a princess on a makeshift bark raft instead. 

{princess cuppie basking in laguna azul with a sweet view of the towers}
Eventually we bribed her with our camera, so she could take some touristic photos, you know, to write home with. Here are a few of her favorite shots. 

 {cuppie, the lamb whisperer: she chatted with these cuties for ages!}

 {and the guanaco whisperer: how many cupcakes can say they've ridden a "patagonian camel"?} 

 {no bark rafts to float around on here, but she still enjoyed the view of los cuernos}

On the way back into town, Cuppie really decided to pick it up a notch. Suddenly she busted out in a full-on sprint to hop the fence into live minefields! (Yes, exploding mines are still here from when Chile and Argentina nearly went to war in 1978. Luckily Papa John Paul II talked them out of it. Locals tell tales of cows blowing up every once in a while, but that's about the extent of it. Um, OK.)

{peligrosa chic}
Luckily, we stopped her in time. Whew. Apparently she just wanted her photo taken next to the Minas sign. I don't know where she learns this stuff. Here, minas, aside from meaning mines, means something akin to "bombshell" in English, as in: Check out that sexy bombshell. 

Yes, Cuppie, eres una tremenda mina. 

Now it's your turn to show Cuppie a good time!
Here's how the challenge works...

Leave a comment regarding the
photo below. Cuppie has proven to be quite the diva... 
What do you think she said to the girl in the photo below 
to result in that look on her face? 
The most creative comment wins! 
Cuppie will be mailed to your home 
with directions and you will be 
the next to host The Cupcake Challenge
on your blog!

Now, let the comments roll! I can't wait to hear your ideas! The Winner will be announced on Wednesday, August 18, 2010.  Be sure to leave your email address or blog URL in the comment, so I can contact you.  

Have fun!


Sam Harvey said...

very clever and crafty writing! i love cuppie. she is so tiny and she thinks so big! wonderful writing! i like the bright yellow fungus!

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

Oh H- I love this post- I have been following cuppie and even left a comment about what the woman said in the original post about her- I didn't win so I can't imagine it would be any more clever now- Anyway Cuppie should probably see different parts of the world and not come back to the west coast of the USA- I hope you get some good comments from Europe or Asia next!

Looks like you showed cuppie a great time-

Paislea Elyse said...

hahh. this is cute! very unique!

i hope you're having a lovely monday!

Indie.Tea said...

I haven't heard of the challenge...but it sounds fun! And the cuppie is darling.

Abby said...

This is so fun to see! She sure has travelled far. I wish i could host her, but unfortunately I don't have a car and I wouldn't be going anywhere interesting.

DolceDreams said...

Wow, what an adventure and what an idea! Somehow I think cuppie's stay with you may be the most memorable :)....stunning scenery you have there!

kelli g. { bug miscellany } said...

hahhaha! this is fantastic!! i've not heard of it before, but it looks like Cuppie had quite the whirlwind adventure with you. :D

hmmm, well maybe my eyesight is poor, or my monitor's not that great, but i think that poor lady has a bit of a stunned look on her face, so i imagine Cuppie leaning close and whispering into her ear...

"yep, i licked that cookie."

ps - this really only makes sense if that lady is indeed eating a delish cookie. like i said, beuno. so please to excuse my complete ramblings if this makes no sense whatsover.

end scene.


this free bird said...


This is so amazing and fantastic. I hope you locked up the liquor while she visited b/c cuppie knows how to knock one back with the cheesecake...uh-oh.

All of the pictures are sooooo amazing Heather! You guys showed her such a great time she might never leave!! That one on the ski *gasp* - and stuck in the fungus? floating on the raft? bombshell?

I have to go call the Chef. Diana's going to pee her pants. I wish I could enter again!!


OneCraftyFox said...

This is amazing!! Thank you so much for joining in the fun, it looks as though Cuppie had quite the adventure. You're right up there with Carrie, I'm so glad you were selected for the next round of the challenge :)


OneCraftyFox said...

I just updated my blog to reflect Cuppies incredible journey. My readers can link to yours to read the adventure in full.


Thanks again for participating. Oh, and since Cuppie is eating dessert, does that make her a cannibal? lol! Man, this girl is livin' on the edge!!

Marcie said...

How fun! And I love the animal posts. You live in a beautiful area. Great blog.

xo M

bananas. said...

aw fudge i dunno...i mean it's a faux cupcake for goodness sake! haha.

guess i'll be the poor sport and not play along. call me bitter whatever. i'm just jealous that cuppie's been to more places than i have. lol.

shari @ little blue deer said...

Oh, Cuppie, I hope that fungus wasn't *magic* mushrooms! That might have explained some of your outlandish behavior! Loved this so much, you guys are awesome! XX!

Stacey said...

I'm just learning about Cuppie's adventure and Cuppie is quite the traveler too! Love the pictures too!

Julie (brown eyed belle) said...

Oh, Heather!!! You showed her such a good time! Love these photos!!

Anonymous said...

Forget Cuppie~ I want to come visit you~ it looks gorgeous there! I can tell you showed her a good time!! xo

Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

This is SO fun. Um and can I visit you some day? You live amongst the most majestic landscapes!

The women is saying "I love you cuppie, but you have a cold heart and your freshly baked cousin was there for my sugar fix. You deserve to be with another blogger...but I'll always have our memories."
How cheesy am I?

Jen said...

Every thought I had went out of my head when I saw those little lambs! Ahhh, they are ADORABLE!

Kerry said...

"Please don't eat me. If you spare me I can fulfil my dream of being in the pages of a glossy Australian magazine or at least in their office space" (if this blogger's daughter comes to the party that is...Im sure she will!)
What a fabulous challenge. My daughter works for a magazine and I think I can bribe her to get cuppie a glimpse into the inner workings at the very least. Haven't told said daughter yet, but if she wants to stay in the will. Failing that...the nation's capital??

Poppies and Sunshine said...

I loved reading your adventures with cuppie! It was so entertaining :)

julia louise said...

HA HA! That's cute :D

Škorčica said...

I think she said:

"Well, lady, you just think and think and think what you're going to do with me, meanwhile I'm having the time of my life traveling and partying around the world! Kam grem naprej?"

O, I had no idea Cuppie learned to speak Slovenian! :)

Bibliophile By the Sea said...

Your blog is beautiful. Thanks for stopping by to visit mine. I appreciate it.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

WOW! WHat an adventure!!!!There is always something fun happening here in Blogland!!! Thank you so much for coming by my blog again, I really appreciate it! And take another Creamsicle for the road, and for Cuppy as well!!!


love jenny xoxo said...

omg those lambs babies are so cute!! Good work with Cuppie!!


Diana Mieczan said...

hahaha...that is soooo cute:) I love that:)


Chelsea Talks Smack said...

omg, this is great- and ALSO, I want an alpaca.

MarchMusings said...

Cuppie to the girl: A moment on your lips,a lifetime on your hips. Don't eat me; send me to New Zealand instead!

Gracie said...

This is the cutest post. The Cuppie seemed to have had a wonderful time indeed. I think you were so creative with the photos.


Jen said...

Awesome photos, as usual! Fun stuff!!

My take on what Cuppie said (in all her diva glory):

"Oh honey, please! Chocolate all over your face? NOT a good look!"

: ) xoxo

rachel! said...

aww, this is adorable! i loved your photos.

i bet cuppie told her that she already has a boyfriend and that she's not interested in dating anyone else. <3 i mean, she's so cute, anyone would be disappointed like that.

Josie said...

This is SO fun! Cuppie is certainly getting around!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and for your sweet comment! Yours is fab; I can't wait for more.
xo Josie

:: Lavender's Green :: said...

Wow, what amazing photos! You live in an incredible corner of the world!

Thanks for visiting my blog :) I want to learn to cook with Lavender too. I'm getting married in January and my new last name will be Lavender which started my love for the flower :)

x Jasmine

Krystal said...

I think she's saying, "there there girl, don't worry, those eyelashes will come off!"

Nicole said...

I LOVE all your photos with cuppie. It definitely brought a smile to my face early in the morning. :] Also, those lambs are adorable!!!


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