I’m back after a little Internet break, and we have a super fun birthday themed cake and backdrop to celebrate! It was my best friend’s birthday a couple weeks ago and as you all know, I love birthdays and try to go all out for the celebration. My BFF has a major sweet tooth, so what better way to celebrate her, than an adorable, elaborate cake! Every good cake needs an inspiration, and I based mine off Hallmark’s birthday cake card. We started by using the geometric triangles of the card as the inspiration for the backdrop. Using bright, vibrant paper, we were able to mimic the design of the cake onto the wall. Next, with the help of my friends at Yield Bakehouse, we created a two tiered cake with colorful layers, so that when she cut into it, there would be a fun surprise! Then we used different shades of fondant to replicate the geometric shapes from the card onto the cake. Finishing it off with some fun paper flowers as the topper, and this birthday cake was ready for a party! My best friend could not have been happier or more surprised when she saw the cake, it made my heart so happy! Check out how we created the display in the video below, and steps after the break!
Last weekend, my family and I had an end-of-the-summer BBQ and my little sister whipped up her go-to dish, veggie pasta salad. It was a hit, and she was telling me that it was simple enough for even for me to make. So when Barilla® reached out and asked me to make a pasta dish to promote their 11th annual Go Orange to End Hunger™ campaign, I had my recipe ready! One in five New Yorkers is food insecure. That’s why Barilla is joining Food Bank For New York City to rally New Yorkers to join in volunteering, donating and advocating for neighbors in need.
For my pasta recipe, I switched things up a little, putting in my personal favorite veggies, and opting for the gluten-free pasta, which tasted exacting like regular pasta (and cost the same!) which is a huge win for people like me who are trying gluten free, but still need their pasta. I was so happy with how simple this was to make and how delicious it tasted, even my sister said she was impressed!
Check out the recipe after the break. And get involved with Go Orange to End Hunger™ by volunteering at the Food Band for New York City this week, donating (more information on how here) and/or advocating with #GoOrangeWithBarilla on social media. In addition to the 500,000 pasta meals that Barilla will be donating in support of Go Orange, the company will donate an ADDITIONAL pasta serving for each person who donates, advocates or signs up to volunteer, up to one ton!(more…)
Although my sister and I thought we were synchronized swimming stars when we were younger, sadly we never made it to the Olympic Gamess. So instead, we get to enjoy the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, snacking on homemade sweet potato fries and sipping ice-cold Coca-Colas…sounds like a #ThatGold moment to me! Coca-Cola has been a worldwide sponsor of the Olympic Movement for more than 80 years and this year, they are shining a light on the very things the Olympic Games inspire by celebrating the happy and humorous moments that go beyond the podium.
If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that cooking with my sister is my #ThatsGold moment. And if you have been following for awhile, you know that DIY in the kitchen is a bit out of my wheelhouse! With that, my sister went simple and taught me how to make Sweet Potato Fries with a couple accompanying dips. Honestly, I am all about the small achievements in life, because I have successfully made these quite a few times now. That sound like reason enough to celebrate for me! So today is your lucky day, because if you want to enjoy your snack in the most decadent way possible, we are giving away one #ThatsGold Coca-Cola bottle. It’s beautiful, one-of-a-kind and completely covered in gold crystals. To enter, share your #ThatsGold moment with me and @CocaCola on social media with the tag #ThatsGold and #ispydiy. We will DM the winner at the end of the week, and hope to keep inspiring everyday moments turned gold!
Sweet Potato Fries + Chipotle mayo & Spicy Siracha Ketchup recipe after the break! (more…)