So this is my 100th post! and what better way to celebrate then with a round up of all my fantastic cupcake and otherwise related presents that I got for my birthday last week!
As you all know, my birthday was celebrated by having this dessert bar, going on a trip to a new cupcakery, and opening all these amazing presents:
You can imagine my excitement as I arrived at my parents house to find this table filled with cupcake and polka dot wrapped prezzies - my two great loves! I opened a sneaky one on friday eve...and got this absolutely amazing book from my sister Mara, it's called The United Cakes of America and it features a cake that relates to every state in America! The recipes all look delish and I can't wait to get trying some, and to top it all off some American themed shoes....America is my other big love!
On Saturday I unwrapped all my other prezzies and here is a little taste or all the cupcake goodies I got!
This amazing cupcake headband! and I also got some lil cupcake earrings too.
A worktop saver (featuring polka dots AND cupcakes...how awesome can you get) from my friends and these cute patterened doilies from my sister, along with these awesome ice cream bowls with dangling cupcakes and all!
This lovely cupcake stand from my mom, along with the cute heart shaped bowls. The polka dot and cupcake mugs were from my friend Caz and the apron was from Jo, Amy and Nats along with worktop saver you saw in the pic above and a notebook.
This cupcake cushion and the cupcake paper chains were from my boss, and the cupcake cake stand from my sister Mel. I now have a total of 11 different cake stands! (You should have seen Byron's face when I opened up the 3 I got this time round...he doesn't understand why you need more than one!)
I told my sister Mel I wanted bowls for Ice cream Sundae's since a new tradition in our house is 'Sundae-Sunday' where every Sunday we make Ice cream Sundae's! I wanted some bowls so we had all the proper gear! Mel bought me two of these lovely cupcake bowls which will do the job nicely! I also mentioned it to a couple of my friends but asked for Sundae glasses so they could also be used for making milkshakes...another fave thing of mine! and my friends Jade and Laur gave me these amazing glasses which I am in love with and to top it all off this super cute Sundae's book! So here we are using the new glasses last Sundae-Sunday! We made some malteser, oreo and choc fudge sauce Sundae's...they were delish! and having the snazzy glasses and long spoons just made it so much more fun! (next time I'll remember to take the tags off the bottom of the glasses before I photograph our creations!)
and here's a little display of my cards...featuring, you guessed it, more cupcakes!
We have another nightly tradition in our household...Mexican Monday! I love Mexican food and so naturally it was my meal of choice for my birthday night out which just happened to fall on a Monday...how's that for timing! So we went to Chiquito's...a fave Mexican place of mine and well worth the trip since there aren't any Mexican restaurants near us which is a shame! Here are a few pics:
I had Chimichangas, and By had sizzling hot fajita's!
We also enjoyed some non alcoholic pina's and the puddings were amazing! I had fruit enchiladas with mango and strawberry wrapped in a cinammon tortilla accompanied by ice cream and fudge sauce! and By had this giant chocolate chip waffle with ice cream and sauce!
As you can see I was well and truly spoilt on my birthday and it was a big event! I made rocky road cupcakes to take into work.
They were my fave brownie cupcakes with chocolate frosting adorned with white and milk maltesers, chocolate buttons and micro mini marshmallows!
I then topped them with a drizzle of white chocolate
and they were ready to be devoured!
Now let's get down to the GIVEAWAY!
I can't believe this is my 100th post! Exciting stuff! Thanks to all who follow my blog...new and old...I appreciate all the blog love you give me so I want one of you to be the owner of this yummy looking cupcake book which isn't even out yet!
It comes out on Thursday and is by Jennie Milsom. The slogan is 'Hundreds of divine recipes to take you to baking paradise' - well who wouldn't want to go there! So even if you own every cupcake book out there...who not add this to your collection or even better if it's your first cupcake book you will own enter now for the chance to win! The best part is this is open to ALL my blog readers...why miss out just cause you live in America or Australia or wherever! I hate it when I find amazing giveaways but can't enter cause I'm in the U.K so it's open to all! There's just two things you have to do to be in with a chance of winning:
1. Show me you're a reader. Look at the top right hand side of my blog and if you aren't a follower already then click follow to join along!
2. Leave me a comment to be in with a chance of winning
I'll pick the winner using a random number generator and announce it next week on the 6th July. Spread the word, and good luck!