Thursday, October 5, 2017

A Delicious Mango Smoothie and A Giveaway

One of the most delicious and refreshing smoothies of all time, in my opinion, is the Mango Lassi.  A rich yogurt-based drink that has been enjoyed in India for hundreds of years. 

This magical Mango smoothie contains yogurt, cream, ice, honey and cardamon spice.  Blend it all together in a powerful blender and you will have yourself a smooth, silky concoction that could be accurately described as one of the most lush drinks ever invented.  No kidding!

Now that I have you craving a Mango Lassi smoothie.  Here's the recipe.  Hope you enjoy!

Oh, and if your in need of a powerful blender to make that Mango Lassi smoothie, head on over to Blender Babes and enter to win a Vitamix A2300 Ascent Blender!  

The giveaway is open Worldwide and ends on or around October 20th, 2017. 

Enter here and Good Luck!

Disclaimer: This blog post was written as a means to gain extra entries in the Vitamix Blender contest hosted by Blender Babes.  I am not affiliated with Blender Babes or Vitamix, and I am in no way liable for the contest or prizes mentioned.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

My First 'My Little Pony' Birthday Cake!

My granddaughter Natalee turned six years old on January 16th and requested a 'My Little Pony' birthday party and cake. So of course, I volunteered to make her one. Silly me! I'm not a professional cake decorator or baker so I had no idea what I was in for workwise!  

Now not knowing where to begin, I started searching for My Little Pony cake designs on the internet. While searching around I found the most adorable 'My Little Pony' themed cake and a wonderful tutorial on how to make it!  Cute little decorations and all!  The blog where I found my inspiration for this cake is called Make It & Love It and you can find her wonderful cake tutorial here

I loved everything about her cake but for the Gum Paste Rainbow, I wanted a somewhat different design.  So I decided to search YouTube for ideas. I also needed to find out how to make Gum Paste since store-bought is so darn expensive!  After a bit of searching,  I found the design I wanted to use along with a tutorial on how to make the Rainbow topper, Gum Paste, and Balloon Toppers!  

The YouTuber I discovered is a professional Sugar Artist and Cake Decorator named Laura E. Varela-Wong.  She and her husband Arnie run a cake business called Krazy Kool Cakes & Designs. You can check out some of her amazing Krazy Kool sugar and cake artwork here!

Laura from Krazy Kool Cakes also features great and informative tutorials on how to make the best Buttercream and get the perfect icing consistencies. She makes the cutest darn cake decorations too! I love how she takes you through each of her videos step-by-step!  So helpful!  She will even show you how to Dam and build your cake masterpiece.. Thanks Laura!

The Rainbow Topper shown above took me about 3 hours to make. It is tedious work but very rewarding when you see the end result. The Rainbow colored cakes I made a week ahead of time. Each cake was individually wrapped tightly in plastic wrap twice over and then popped into the freezer. Freezing the cakes turned out to be a major time saver! The morning before my granddaughter's party I let the cakes thaw on the counter for about an hour.  Then I leveled each cake before adding the Raspberry and Lemon Curd filling.  Next I crumb-coated the cake then popped it in the fridge for about an hour.  I then added a plastic dowel in the middle to hold the cake in place and to keep it from tilting.  Afterwards I iced the cake then popped it back into the fridge while I rolled out the lavender fondant.

For the Fondant, I decided to go with homemade Marshmallow instead of store bought Fondant.  The reason being it's cheaper to make and it taste soooo much better than the kind you buy.  You can also make this Fondant weeks ahead of time too!  Another major time saver!!  If your interested in making this homemade Fondant, you can find many recipes and tutorials online or you can just watch the same tutorial that I did on YouTube here.  A big thanks to Elise from My Cupcake Addiction for a wonderful and easy to follow tutorial!

Here's an up close pic with the cute little Fondant decorations added.  To make the cake decorations, I purchased and inexpensive but VERY handy Gum Paste/Fondant decorating kit here.  I also purchased silver sugar pearls and placed one pearl in the center of each flower.

Here is a pic of the cake all put together at my granddaughter's birthday party!  I wanted to add little rolled up Fondant balls in Rainbow colors at the base of the cake to hide the area where I cut away the Fondant but I wasn't able too.  Somehow during the process of building and icing the cake, I managed to push the cake over to one side of the turntable and I was left with little to no space to do so.  I tried to move the cake using a cake lifter but gave up quickly.  The cake was too heavy to lift and place on a cake board without causing damage or worse,  I decided to leave well enough alone.  Oh well, no little cute and colorful Fondant balls.  Maybe next time :)

The cutting of the cake!  I just love the look on my granddaughter's face when she see's the Rainbow cake layers for the first time. Nobody but my daughter-in-law and I knew about the Rainbow surprise inside the cake. We kept it a secret because we both wanted to see her reaction.  Neither one of us were disappointed :).

Here is a pic of the Rainbow cake layers.  Everyone at the birthday party loved the colorful cake layers, especially my granddaughter!  The smile on her face made the time, money, and effort I put into the cake well worth it and I also discovered that I really enjoying baking and decorating cakes.  I think I might just have a new and delicious hobby to pursue :)

Monday, August 31, 2015

Enter the $50 Your Way September Giveaway!

Peanut Butter and Whine is hosting a fun giveaway for the month of September. One lucky person can win either $50 in cash via PayPal or their choice of a $50 Amazon, Walmart, Target, or Starbucks gift card! Awesome right? :D

To enter, just use the easy peasy Giveaway Tools form below.

Please note: You must have a PayPal account to claim the cash prize if you win (PayPal option open Worldwide). To view the entire giveaway post and contest rules, visit this link.

Good Luck All!

Disclaimer: For The Love Of Natalee is not affiliated with or associated with and is not liable for this contest. I will receive extra entries into the contest for posting this giveaway.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Celebrate the New Year with a Hayneedle Giveaway

Happy New Year!

Hayneedle is ringing in 2015 with a fabulous giveaway! That means four lucky people will each win 3 great prizes from the four categories listed in the contest.  Some of the prize packs include a Ninja Professional-Style Blender with Single Serve and a Classic Playtime Hopscotch Storage Bench in Espresso!

Want to a chance to win? 

Just visit Hayneedle and enter using the easy to fill out Rafflecopter form here

Good Luck!

I am receiving extra entries into this giveaway for writing this blog post. For The Love Of Natalee is not in any way affiliated with Hayneedle or this contest.

Friday, December 19, 2014

A Few Fun Giveaways Just For You!

Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb movie is now playing in theaters around the US today! To celebrate, Mom's Balancing Act is giving away a prize pack to celebrate. One winner will receive a $25 Visa Gift Card and a variety of other goodies.

Ends 12/30 ~  US
Enter here.

While your there, enter to win your choice of umbrella from Kidorable!

Ends 12/21 ~ US
 Enter here.

The Paddington movie will be in theaters January 16th. Enter to win a Chuck E. Cheese prize pack valued at $35

Ends 12/30 ~ US
Enter here.

Good Luck!

I am receiving extra entries into these giveaways for this blog post. For The Love Of Natalee is not in any way affiliated with the sponsors or host of these giveaways.