Showing posts with label giveaway. Show all posts
Showing posts with label giveaway. Show all posts

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Pumpkin Popcorn Box Party and A Giveaway! / Popcornboxparty2016

Welcome to the 2016 Pumpkin Popcorn Box Party and Giveaway! Today I am joining many creative bloggers to participate in this Halloween party fun thrown by Laura Kelly Designs! This is my second time joining in the crazy creativity and it has been a blast! The popcorn boxes are decorated for the holiday in any way you see fit, which means that they can be scary or sweet, plain or elaborate, functional or decorative, any way you want to design them. 
 I wanted to use my popcorn box for it's purpose, and make it look like Halloween. I love the adorable papers and trims that were so sweetly given to us by the sponsors, so I used them to decorate my box to be cutesy and not scary, but still Halloweenish!

Pumpkin Popcorn Box
1 bag microwave Popcorn
1/4 cup Orange Royal Icing
small orange Pumpkin Sprinkles
orange, yellow and black Sprinkles

Place the popcorn on a baking sheet.
Drizzle with royal icing. 
Sprinkle with pumpkin sprinkles, and orange, yellow, and green sprinkles.
Let dry for several hours or overnight.
Fill boxes with popcorn!

Don't forget about the giveaway! Scroll down to see the creativity from the other participating bloggers, and enter the giveaway!
Good Luck!

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Thanks for stopping by today!  

Monday, October 10, 2016

Choctober and a giveaway!

Choctoberfest-2015-1 Today is one of my favorite days of the year... because it is the first day of #Choctoberfest 2016! #Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you’ll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. What’s not to love? Thank you to the sponsors who make #Choctoberfest possible!
 This year, Imperial Sugar is back as our Gold Sponsor. They have been a trusted name in kitchens since 1843, and their website is home to thousands of sweet recipes tested in the Imperial Sugar Kitchen. You can find Imperial Sugar on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Youtube, or join their Sweet Community so you can share your own recipes, save recipes to a virtual inbox, print Imperial Sugar coupons, and connect with other sugar lovers.
 Imperial Sugar and our silver sponsors have banded together to offer a huge #Choctoberfest prize pack, which you can enter to win below! One lucky winner will be chosen at random to receive the following:
  • From our Gold Sponsor Imperial Sugar: 1 case of granulated sugar (40 pounds), 1 case of brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of dark brown sugar (24 pounds), 1 case of powdered sugar (24 pounds bags), and an Imperial Sugar red ruffle apron
  • From our Silver Sponsor Nature Nate's: 32 oz. Raw & Unfiltered Honey bottle, Honey Syrup, Honey Packets, a Nature Nate’s T-shirt, various kitchen supplies, and $50 Amazon gift card
  • From our Silver Sponsor Barlean's:16 oz Barlean’s Butter-Flavored Coconut Oil, 9.52 oz canister of Chocolate Silk Greens, and 8oz bottle of Essential Women Omega-Swirl Chocolate Mint

  •  From our Silver Sponsor Caveman Coffee: 1 Bag of Coffee (you choice of blacklisted or sabertooth), 1 coconut MCT oil, and 1 Cacao Butter
  • From #Choctoberfest blog hosts The PinterTest Kitchen: 1 specialty chocolate gift pack (your choice of dark or milk chocolate), 1 tin (14 ounces) drinking chocolate, and Divine's Fair Trade Gift Set

  • Enter now to win our #Choctoberfest 2016 prize pack! We'll be picking a winner at random winner on Saturday, Oct. 22, so enter by next Friday to make sure your name is in the drawing: a Rafflecopter giveaway

     Here's a list of all of the bloggers participating in #Choctoberfest 2016. Visit any of their blogs to get delicious chocolate recipes throughout the week:
    The PinterTest Kitchen

    2 Cookin’ Mamas

    A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures

    addicted 2 recipes

    Amy’s Cooking Adventures

    An Affair From The Heart

    Balancing Motherhood

    Body Rebooted

    Bottom Left of the Mitten

    By the Pounds

    Canning and Cooking at Home

    Coconut & Lime

    Cook with 5 Kids

    Cook's Hideout

    Cookaholic Wife

    Cooking with Carlee

    CopyKat Recipes

    Cricket's Confections

    Crumbs in my Mustachio

    Elisabeth Jean


    Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice

    Family Around the Table

    Fantastical Sharing of Recipes

    Feed Your Soul Too

    Feeding Big

    Frankly Entertaining

    Full Belly Sisters

    Get the Good Stuff

    Grumpy’s Honeybunch

    Hezzi-D's Books and Cooks

    Hostess At Heart

    Ink and Sugar

    Jane’s Adventures in Dinner

    Join Us, Pull Up a Chair

    Karen's Kitchen Adventures

    Kate's Recipe Box

    Kudos Kitchen by Renee

    Kylee Cooks

    Letz Eat

    Life Currents

    Life on Food

    Making Miracles

    Monica's Table

    Moore or Less Cooking Food Blog

    My Catholic Kitchen

    My Gluten Free Miami

    Our Good Life

    Palatable Pastime

    Restless Chipotle

    Seduction in The Kitchen

    Sew You Think You Can Cook

    Simple Food 365

    Southern With A Twist

    Sumptuous Spoonfuls

    Take Two Tapas

    Tampa Cake Girl

    Teaspoon of Goodness

    That Recipe

    The Crumby Cupcake
    The Flavourista
    The Food Hunter's Guide To Cuisine

    The Freshman Cook

    The Pajama Chef

    The Redhead Baker

    The Spiffy Cookie


    Wildflour's Cottage Kitchen

    Zesty South Indian Kitchen

     I'm looking forward to seeing all of the yummy recipes posted on these blogs. Check them out throughout the week and don't forget to follow our sponsors and bloggers using the Rafflecopter giveaway widget above for your chance to win our sweet prize pack. Are you a fellow food blogger who wants to get involved with events like #Choctoberfest? Sign up here to get notifications when they happen from The PinterTest Kitchen.

    Sunday, October 9, 2016

    A Giveaway You Won't Want to Miss!

     I am joining a group of fellow bloggers in promoting this beautiful e-book by blogger Evelyne Nemcsok. Just the cover alone shows you how gorgeous her creations are! I am loving the multi colored hat, and the white infinity scarf, and the pom pom on the red cap, and well, I guess I can't pick just one favorite! But you don't have to!

    Enter the giveaway below to win  a copy of Evelyne's new e-book! Just follow the directions on the rafflecopter below.

    All these designs are original, and a great place to start if you are new to knitting, and what a nice gift to give to someone you know is interested in learning to knit!! Combine the book with some yarn and needles for a fun gift idea! Enter below!                                      
     If you can't wait to see if you won, buy it here right now!

    Good Luck! 

    Saturday, May 17, 2014

    Memorial Day Whoopie Pies/#KickOffToSummerWeek2014/#Gift Card Giveaway

    These Memorial Day Whoopie Pies are just plain fun! They are red velvet on one side, blue velvet on the other side, and creamy, sweet goodness in the middle! Fun, fun, fun!

    Patriotic Cookies

    Friday, May 16, 2014

    Popcorn Giveaway!

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    for Father's Day!
     I am excited to be able to bring you this fun giveaway today!
     Enter to win 3 bags of your favorite popcorn flavors from Tastebuds' gourmet popcorn in honor of Father's Day! You get to choose from over 200 different fun poppin' flavors like Cafe Mocha, Key Lime Pie, or maybe you might like Loaded Baked Potato! Check out Tastebuds for all the flavors!

    Friday, February 21, 2014

    Canon Rebel or IPad Mini Giveaway!!!!

    Join me, and some blogger friends, as we say "Happy, Happy Birthday" to Aubrey from Real Housemoms! Not only is Aubrey celebrating her birthday, but she is also celebrating reaching 200,000 facebook followers! Isn't that incredible! It is definitely something to "rah, rah, rah" about!!! So a mega celebration deserves a mega giveaway! Enter today and you could win one of the two fabulous prizes listed above. Good Luck!!

    Thursday, December 19, 2013

    Cardamom Orange Sugar Cookies, a Cookie Swap Party and a $50 Target Giveaway!

     Today I have the pleasure of joining in a Cookie Swap Party! Being a devout cookie lover, I decided to try something a little different this time, and I made a Cardamom-Orange Sugar Cookie.  The flavor of cardamom is one of my favorites (although I seldom use it), and when I saw this recipe from Dede Wilson of, I had to try it. I hope you enjoy it too!
     Cardamom Orange Sugar Cookies
    2 1/2 cups Flour
    1 1/4 teaspoons Ground Cardamom
    1/2 teaspoon Salt
    1 1/2 cups Butter, room temperature
    1 cup + 2 tablespoons Sugar
    1 1/2  teaspoons finely grated Orange Peel
    1/2 teaspoon Vanilla
    1 large Egg
    1/2 cup Milk Chocolate Chips, melted
    holiday sprinkles
     Whisk your flour, cardamom, and salt together in a bowl. Set aside.
    In a mixing bowl, beat your butter and sugar until light and creamy. 
    Beat in finely grated orange peel and vanilla.
    Add your egg and beat to blend.
    Add your flour to the wet ingredients in 3 increments.
    Beat on low after each addition, just until blended.
    Divide your dough in half. 
    Wrap each half in parchment or plastic wrap.
    Chill about 45 minutes. Dough can be chilled for
    up to 24 hours if you want to make ahead.
    Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
    Use a cookie scoop, or you can form with your hands,
    and place dough on the baking sheet.
    Bake for 8-10 minutes.
    Let cool.
    Swirl your melted chocolate on top of your cooled cookies.
    Sprinkle with holiday colors!

    A note about Cardamom~It is an expensive spice. It can be used
    in lots of different recipes, not just sweets. It has a unique flavor,
    which I love, and I am sure you will too.

    Let's meet the hostesses of this fun link party:
    Ang from Juggling Act Mama is bringing Toffee Chocolate Chip Cookies
    Teri from The Freshman Cook is bringing Cardamom Orange Sugar Cookies
    Jamie from Love Bakes Good Cakes is bringing Italian Anise Cookies
    Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama is bringing Biscoff Snickerdoodles
    Paula from Call me PMc is bringing White Chocolate Chip Cherry Oatmeal Cookies
    Stacey from Glued to my Crafts is bringing Almond Chocolate Cranberry Cookies
    Deb from Cooking on the Front Burner is bringing Cranberry Orange Slice Cookies
    Jaime from Mom's Test Kitchen is bringing Holiday Vanilla Pudding Cake Cookies
    Marilyn from 4 You With Love is bringing Chocolate Peppermint Rice Crispy Treats
    Please be sure to hop around and visit all the ladies and check out their tasty cookies! Join the Holiday Cookie Link Party!

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    Friday, November 29, 2013

    Make your Black Friday Green with this Giveaway!!

    42 blogs are bringing you an amazing giveaway to get your holiday season underway! We're hoping to make the holiday season easier for one of our lucky readers, $500.00 worth of easier that is! 

    The winner will be able to choose from an XBOX 360 Kinect Nike+ Bundle, a Kindle Fire HD 8.9", or a KitchenAid 5 Quart Stand Mixer in the color of your choice! Oh and to top it all off, we're going to give you the difference in an Amazon gift card to make your grand prize total $500.00

    For example, if you choose the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" as your prize, it's $229.00. 
    $500.00-$229.00=$271 Amazon gift card. 
    Amounts based on price at time of shipment.

    Sounds like something you'd like to win, right? Well, without further rambling, on to the giveaway! Good luck!

    Tuesday, October 15, 2013

    Cash Giveaway!

    If you have never had the pleasure of reading the blog, SayNotSweetAnne, you must get over there now!  The blog is authored by Kayla, who is a graphic designer, and her blog is overflowing with fun, creative things like costumes, recipes (love the graveyard cupcakes!), things to make for your home, and a gorgeous blog planner, just to name a few! Kayla's blog is turning 2, so today she has a special post on her blog today from her friend, Ashley, that you have to see, it's so cute! Plus she is sponsoring a giveaway!!! You can win a $300 gift card. Perfect timing with the holidays quickly approaching!! So enter below to win, and drop by SayNotSweetAnne to see one really creative paper craft!!

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    Wednesday, September 4, 2013

    It's Holly's Birthday, But The Gifts Are For You!

    Help us celebrate with Holly from Happy Food Healthy Life. 
    Happy 30th!
     Well, here we are. The big Three-Oh! Have I been dreading it? I go back and forth between not caring and kicking-and-screaming. My twenties have been full of so many awesome experiences. To name just a few:

    * the birth of my son
    * finding and honoring my true self
    * meeting the love of my life
    * recoverying from a long battle of disordered eating
    * marrying Tiffani
    * travelling to my favorite city (Seattle) and deciding to one day move there
    * finding my passion in blogging, baking, and helping others
    * making the decision to expand our family with another little one (a journey that will continue into my thirties)

    Happy Food Healthy Life's 30th Birthday Giveaway! Your chance to win a KitchenAid Stand Mixer and Target cash as well!

    There have been so many memories in my twenties, and I am sad to say goodbye to this decade, but I look forward to what is to come in the next ten years. And I'm excited to celebrate this big day with YOU!! This little corner of the internet wouldn't be here without YOU all, and because of that, I'm going to celebrate by giving one lucky reader a 5-Quart Kitchenaid and a $100 Target gift card.

    Honestly, I couldn't live without my 5-quart KitchenAid Mixer, and I know many of my friends who feel the same way. Whether it's to whip up a batch of cookies, knead my favorite pizza dough, or ensure that my arm doesn't fall off when whipping egg whites for what seems like a billion minutes. My KitchenAid makes everything easier! I'm so thrilled to be giving one of you a KitchenAid of your own. And you get to pick the color (of the colors shown above). I got the red mixer after I got married, but which I had one of every color to suit my mood! And the Target gift card... I don't think any explanation is necessary here. Everyone loves Target and ends up wishing they had more Target-bucks to spend when they just went in for laundry detergent and came out with a cart full of $1 items, cute shoes, and holiday decor. Let me help you out with that!

    Actually, I've got a few friends that are going to help you out! I have some awesomely supportive blogging friends who wanted to join in the fun and help me celebrate my big thirtieth. About 30 of us are getting together to bring you these awesome prizes for my birthday. I'm all about letting you win on my birthday.... seriously, let's take the focus and attention off of me and divert it to you as a potential new KitchenAid owner!

    Pretty please go visit all of my friends pages and show them the support they deserve! Heck, they are as big of a part of this giveaway as I am! I couldn't have done any of this without them. Many of them have gotten me through this last week, as rough as it's been, and literally made this giveaway possible. Without many wonderful blogging friends, I may just be slumped in a big pile of sadness on my 30th birthday. So thank you. To my blogging friends. To you all. Thanks for making my birthday possible.

    Thank you for celebrating Thirty with me!

    Sunday, September 1, 2013

    It's a Big Giveaway! Help Us Celebrate!!

    Wow! One year since my first blog post went live! 

    The first paragraph of my first post, K-Cup Drawer Organization, still says it all;"Dave and I often hear.... "How did you do that?", "I want the recipe!", "I would love to see your pictures"..... so we decided to make a place to share. Welcome to A Peek Into My Paradise. A place for Dave and I to share some of our ideas, Pinterest success and flops, pictures and the various passions in life.

    I remember thinking, "I wonder if anyone will even read what I share"- 365 days later, A Peek Into My Paradise has over 109,000 page views! I look back to that very first post to now and can see the growth of my posts and photos. Thank you for sticking with me on this wonderful adventure the past year! I have a binder filled with future posts ideas and can't wait to share them with you! I hope you will stick with me for another year and beyond! Authoring A Peek Into My Paradise as enriched my life in so many ways; and one of those is a huge circle of blogging buddies!

    To celebrate my ONE YEAR BLOGIVERSARY, 
    27 of my blogging buddies and I are having a 
    PAR-T-Y and  ONE WINNER gets $500!*


    Please give a warm welcome to my 15 co-hosts! 
    Lynn  Turnips2Tangerines    <3   Josi  That Suburban Momma  
    Megan C'mon Get Crafty    <3  Jeanie Create and Babble
    Amy Love, Amy Becca     <3   Melissa Home On Deranged
    Marissa Life is Fantasmic   <3   Cat & Katrina Thinking Outside The Sandbox: Family
    Kelly Hoppy Bottoms   <3   Sofia Something on Everything
    Kristin Dizzy Busy and Hungry   <3   Teri The Freshman Cook   <3   Sunnefa Coder Mommy

    And thank you to my spectacular sponsors!

    Elizabeth Food Ramblings

    Elena Cropped Stories
    Stephanie The Tip Toe Fairy



    Britney Mommy On Demand

    The lucky winner will choose to receive the 
    $500 JACKPOT 
    payable in $50 increments in
    *Paypal Cash, 
    Target Gift Card 
    and/or Amazon Gift Card
    1, 2 or all 3 of them
    to the TOTAL of $500! 
    *If winner chooses Paypal, the winner must have a Paypal account.

    So, after your complete the rafflecopter, 
    before you hop off to visit with my 
    fabulous sponsors, tell us.. 
    "What would you buy with $500?"

    Giveaway is worldwide. 
    Void where prohibited by law.

    The giveaway will close 
    Monday September 30th at 11:59pm.

    Enter to win by liking us through the Rafflecopter below!
    You can also enter by sharing this post on Pinterest, Twitter or Facebook! It's that easy! Good luck!

    • Open Worldwide except where prohibited by law. 
    • No purchase necessary. To enter, participants must use the Rafflecopter tool, have a Facebook and Pinterest account to have entries in those social media.
    • Winner Must have a Paypal account if Paypal Cash is chosen.
    • Winner will be selected by and be notified by email. Winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Please note that A Peek Into My Paradise is responsible for the sending the prize "money".
    • I do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. This giveaway is not affiliated or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest.
    • Must be 18 or older to enter this Giveaway.

    Sunday, August 4, 2013

    10,000 Pinterest Followers Cash Giveaway!

    My friend, Carrie from Frugal Foodie Mama is having a great giveaway! The prize is cash!! What could be better than that? Don't hesitate. Enter today. This giveaway ends next Sunday!!
    Good Luck!

    Sooooo... last week some of you all may have noticed my little announcement on Facebook that I finally reached a blogging milestone that had been eluding me for a little while now... 
    I reached over 10,000 Pinterest followers!!  I finally hit 5 figures! ;)

    I knew a milestone like this was cause for a HUGE celebration on the blog.  And when I say celebration, you all really know that I mean GIVEAWAY!

    I asked just *a few* of my favorite bloggy friends to join the party and help me in celebrating.  How are we celebrating?  By helping one of you make your Pinterest dreams a reality with a $400 Paypal Cash Giveaway- the biggest giveaway ever hosted on Frugal Foodie Mama!

    How many of you all have Pinterest projects and ideas that you have had pinned for months, longing to do them, but maybe the price tag is holding you back?  
    *Raising hand here*
    Would $400 to spend any way and anywhere you would like help out just a little with that?
    Yeah.... I thought so. ;)

    Of course if you win, you can spend the Paypal cash any way that you would like.  But how fun would it be to finally splurge on a little something you have had pinned away on one of your Pinterest boards??

    If you do not have a Paypal account presently, you WILL have to set up one if you win.  I will only be able to transfer the funds via Paypal.  Paypal is great because it is accepted with most online shops and you can transfer funds to your checking account once you have connected the two. :)  Pretty cool, right?

    Please read through ALL the giveaway terms and conditions below.  I am a stickler for them.  No joke, folks.

    *This giveaway is open internationally.  All entries for the winner will be checked and verified, so please make sure you are doing what you are claiming in the Rafflecopter or all your entries will be voided.  No funny business, folks. ;)By entering you give the right to use your name and likeness. Number of entries received determines the odds of winning. One winner will be selected. The winner will be notified via the email they provide, and will have 48 hours to reply to the email.  If the winner does not reply back within the 48 hours, they forfeit the prize and a new winner will be chosen via Rafflecopter.  This is a giveaway sponsored as a group buy, which means the bloggers pooled their money together to purchase this product for you.  Paypal is not a sponsor of this giveaway.  The cash prize will be sent via Paypal directly from Carrie of Frugal Foodie Mama.  You must have an active Paypal account to receive the cash prize!  Entries must come from your MAIN social media accounts, not accounts that have been set up separately just for entering giveaways.  Entries from these types of accounts will be disqualified.  Protected tweets do not count as an entry method for tweeting. Tweets must come from a public account. Bloggers in this group giveaway and their immediate family members in their household cannot enter or win the giveaway. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law.
    Please see the Rafflecopter widget below for additional Terms & Conditions.  Good luck, all! 

    Thursday, August 1, 2013

    Serenity You Cash Giveaway!

    I am happy to announce the Twitter Cash Giveaway!
    Natasha over at  Serenity You is celebrating a 2000 Twitter followers milestone,
    and she is celebrating with a cash giveaway.  


    To celebrate reaching over 2000 twitter followers Serenity You is having a cash giveaway!!

    One lucky person will win $60!

    This giveaway is brought to you by :

    Natasha from Serenity You
    Tianna from A Little Bit Me
    Kim from {Enjoy the View}
    Teri from The Freshman Cook

    and Sponsored by :

    Atop Serenity Hill

    To be in with a chance of winning just enter the rafflecopter below.
    The giveaway ends on 22nd August

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    If you would like to be the first to here about other Blogger Opportunity's from Serenity You - Sign up Here

    Thursday, July 25, 2013

    Super Birthday Giveaway!

    Today is the start of the biggest and best multi blogger giveaway I have ever been involved in!
    My fellow blogger, Ashton, from Something Swanky is celebrating her birthday,
    and in a big way! Ashton, with some help from her friends, is giving away the birthday presents 
    she would like to receive!
    What are they?

    A Red 5 qt. Kitchen Aid mixer,
     a $300 gift card from Target, 
    10 different cookbooks written by bloggers!!

    ARE U READY ??!!
    Follow the rafflecopter below!

    Want to win some of my favorite things?! Here's what's up for grabs:
    How can you enter to win all of these goodies (an $800 value!)? Simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below by signing in with your Facebook or E-mail account (you're required to use one of those so we can contact you if you win!):

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    Tuesday, May 21, 2013

    Father's Day Man Cave Giveaway!!!

    I am excited to be joining bloggers and authors Lexie Lane and Becky McNeer, along with a lot of your favorite bloggers in an exciting and fun Father's Day Giveaway! We are giving away cash prizes and 3 people have a chance to win!! So make all the entries to have the best chance! Each entry you make gives you another chance to win!
    Have you ever wondered if there is a better way to blog? How to do it? How to do it effectively? Should you do it, or not? Well, a lot of your answers can be found in the new book, "The Blogger's Survival Guide".  This book is not just for new bloggers. Written by Lexie Lane and Becky McNeer, this book will simplify your blogging life! Check out this great book!

    Enter below for your chance to win! 
    The more entries you make, the more chances you may be a winner!
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    Sunday, February 17, 2013

    Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway!

    This is the 2nd year that The Freshman Cook is participating in The Random Acts of Kindness Giveaway! This is a blog hop giveaway and this year there are over 145 participants! So much fun!! The giveaway starts today and ends on January 24th at midnight. That gives you 8 whole days to enter for a chance to win! Here is what we are giving away:
    A cookbook written by the owner of Magnolia Bakery, Allysa Torey.
    The book is titled, At Home with Magnolia, and it is bursting at the seams
    with not only sweet bakery recipes, but also appetizers, lunches, dinners,
    and even party foods! It is an incredible book.
    To go along with the book, and to help you in making the yummy
    Orange Vanilla Cupcakes on page 116, the giveaway also includes a
    package of 48 Cupcake Cases, a bottle of blue Pearl Nonpareils,
    spring colors of Confetti Sprinkles, and some neon pink decorating Sugar.
    All you need to make delicious and beautiful cupcakes!
    (I will be glad to taste test for you!)

    How do you enter the giveaway?

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    Friday, December 14, 2012

    Holly and Eggnog Tart and a Fun, Fun Giveaway!

     Today, I wanted to make a dessert that would utilize my contributions to the 2012 Deck The Halls Giveaway, and give you a great recipe that would be perfect for Christmas dinner.  Every Christmas I make a special dessert for our special meal. Usually it is a decadent cheesecake topped with chocolate ganache and cherries. This year I wanted to change it up a bit, so I will be making this decadent Holly and Eggnog Tart. Do you notice a theme here? But, no worries! Because it is a special occasion dessert, I don't think there are calories! ;)  My contributions to this fun giveaway include a Wilton Tart Pan, a Wilton Pastry Mat, and some Wilton Mini Cookie Cutters. Here's my recipe, and then the giveaway!!!!!

    Holly and Eggnog Tart

     2 cups Flour
    2/3 cup Shortening
    2 teaspoon Sugar
    2-4 tablespoons Water
    1 egg
    Red  and Green Food Color

     (adapted from Pillsbury)
     1 envelope Unflavored Gelatin
    1 1/2 cups Eggnog
    1 cup Confectioners Sugar
    1/4 cup Butter, softened
    2 8oz. Cream Cheese, softened
    1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
    1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

    Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
    Mix all your crust ingredients except for the water.
    I mixed with a food processor, but a fork will work also.
    Add the water a tablespoon at a time, and mix well in between.
    I ended up using 4 tablespoons. Roll the dough out to the
    size of your tart pan.
    Pick up the dough and place it into your pan. Press 
    the dough close to the sides all around.
    Take your rolling pin and roll over the top of the tart pan.
    This will release all the dough around the top.
    If some of your sides seem thick with dough, 
    push the dough into the sides again, and then roll the rolling pin
    over the top to remove any excess.
    With your extra dough, cut out 12 holly leaves and 
    make 12 small round balls of dough~3 for each 
    cluster of holly leaves.
    Make some egg wash by adding a little water
    to a beaten egg. Brush the edge of your crust with the egg wash.
    Then brush the bottoms of the leaves and the balls with the egg wash.
    and arrange them on the crust.
    Now split the egg wash between two small bowls.
    Use food color to make one bowl red and one bowl green.
    With a small brush, paint the leaves green and the balls 
    red. for the berries.
    Place parchment paper or foil crumbled up
     under the center leaf to hold it up until
    it is done baking.
    If you don't use the paper or foil, the leaves will be droopy.
    Bake for 9-11 minutes. Cool completely.
    Once the crust is cooled remove the paper. There will
    be marks in the crust where the paper was, but don't
    worry because you will be covering it up.
    As your crust cooks and then cools, start on your filling.
    Pour 1/2 cup of eggnog into a small sauce pan, 
    and sprinkle the unflavored gelatin over it.
    Let it stand for 1 minute to soften the gelatin.
    After the minute, cook the eggnog on medium until the 
    gelatin is dissolved. Remove from heat and set aside.
    In a mixing bowl, combine the confectioners sugar, 
    cream cheese, and butter. Beat until light and fluffy.
    Gradually add the nutmeg, vanilla, gelatin mix, and the rest 
    of the eggnog. 
    Beat on high until smooth. 
    Refrigerate for 15 minutes.
    You want the filling to to feel thick when you stir it.
     Fill your cooled crust with the filling.
    Refrigerate for 4 hours before serving.
    Cut and enjoy!

    and now......
    2012 Deck the Blogs Giveaway!!

    Welcome to the 2012 Deck the Blogs Giveaway hosted by Dreaming All Day with co-hosts Pint Sized Baker, The Freshman Cook and This Gal Cooks. We have also teamed up with Pick Your Plum to make this giveaway even more awesome with a $75 box worth of PYP goodies!! Needless to say, we are all super excited to offer all of these amazing prizes to 5 lucky winners, and want to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas/Holiday season from our families to yours and more importantly, we sincerely want to thank you for taking the time to visit our blogs, and read/view our social media posts over the past year!!

    5 lucky winners will be randomly selected by Rafflecopter to win the following prizes!!

      1. $75 Pick Your Plum Box 2. $25 Williams-Sonoma eGiftcard 3. 1 Dozen Cake Pops made by Pint Sized Baker herself! 4. (1) Wilton Pastry Mat, (1) Wilton Tart Pan, (1) Mini Holiday Cookie Cutter Set 5. (2) Jars of Jam from Stonewall Kitchen

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