Wallflower Weekly Finds, 199

Last weekend, my family and I went to Candytopia, another pop up museum in the city. If you’ve been to the Museum of Ice Cream or the Color Factory, this is pretty similar.

Candytopia | Cooking with a Wallflower

I loved that there were so many different artwork and sculptures made of candy. There are placards next to the art piece telling you what candies were used, how many, how much time it took to make, and how much sugar is in each piece of art.

This dragon was amazing and of course, made of candy. Everything can be touched and/or interactive, which makes it even better.

Candytopia | Cooking with a Wallflower

Candytopia | Cooking with a Wallflower

Candytopia | Cooking with a Wallflower

Candytopia | Cooking with a Wallflower

There are treasure chests filled with candy in every single room. This particular one was filled to the top with Pixy Stix, which I haven’t had in sooo long. Seriously terrible for you. But I couldn’t resist!

Candytopia | Cooking with a Wallflower

A marshmallow pit for you to swim in. The marshmallows aren’t real. But it’s still fun playing in it. Soo difficult to walk in! We might have had a marshmallow fight.

Candytopia | Cooking with a Wallflower

Candytopia | Cooking with a Wallflower

If you get the chance, and if you can find tickets, definitely go to Candytopia.


In the mean time, I seriously thought I was getting better from my cold. But all of a sudden, two days ago, I relapsed. And my cough is back in full force. Maybe even worse than before *sigh* Which means another weekend of hanging out in bed.

This week, I’m focused on warm and comforting recipes because I seriously need that in my life right now. My entire family actually. My mom’s cough was bad enough that we had to take her to the ER in the middle of the night…

If you have warm and comforting recipes that you love, share them with me in the comments below. I feel like that’s all I want in the days to come.


This fire roasted minestrone soup with kale pesto sounds sooo good.

I think I can eat this better for you instant pot chicken and spinach ramen for days. Because you know me and ramen. Or any kind of noodles.

This spicy lentil soup looks soo good.

This detox lentil soup is loaded with veggies. Yes! My kind of soup.

This whole 30 friendly paleo creamy kale soup looks soo cozy.

This chicken noodle soup because you can’t go wrong with a classic.

This gluten free creamy chicken vegetable soup sounds soo comforting.

This instant pot pho has my name all over it. Plus, it’s chicken which means I can eat it since I don’t eat beef.



Share your warm and comforting soups and dishes with me! Pretty please!



  1. Brad Nixon says:

    What a blast! Thanks. Who would NOT like treasure chests full of candy, even to look at if one had an iron discipline and didn’t eat it.

    Hope you’re recovered in the days since you posted this. A big comfort food fave here is risotto, although I don’t have a written recipe, since we follow The Counselor’s Italian grandmother’s recipe she learned as a girl. 1 cup Arborio rice, 2 cups vegetable stock, one cup water, half an onion. Saute the onion, add the rice, put in a splash of wine and then add the liquid in stages as the rice absorbs it. Keep stirring, 20 minutes or so. We put a few strands of saffron in the liquid (the inexpensive version, NOT the price-of-platinum real deal, which would be nice to have some time, but insanely expensive). Grate Parmesan or Romano or Asiago on it. Buon appetito.

    Or chili! Always a comfort food option. Here’s one we did recently: https://wp.me/pH6ZJ-da8.

    Frankly, I think sending a recipe to Cooking with a Wallflower is the definition of carrying coals to Newcastle.

    Be well, and thanks, as always, for visiting Under Western Skies.

  2. Cameron Farmer says:

    I wish I had a picture but I love making turkey chili during the winter when I have Thanksgiving leftovers. But the beans are usually blackeyed peas and I place a little stuffing in the mix. It’s not too thick or too thin – it’s in between. And It’s always tasty.

  3. John says:

    I hope you feel better soon Andrea. I’ve had a nasty head cold which is almost gone. I used four 1000mg vitamin C a day and a tab that dissolves in a glass of water that’s called Airborne. Worked great. Try it. 😎❤️ Fun photos at the candy store!

  4. After The Party says:

    A.) Candytopia sounds amazing! B.) So do those soups…hope you feel better soon! it must be a certain kind of cold, because I feel fine, but my cough is just lingering forever. I’m so over it.

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