Cake Boss Baking Event & Giveway Preview!

Disclosure: I have partnered with Cake Boss Baking for this post. All opinions, however, are my own.

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We’re big fans of baking and cooking shows on television and I think it’s what inspires my kids, in part, to get into the kitchen. My daughter especially loves to bake so today I’m excited to tell you about a special event with that you can be a part of this week to learn all about fun, holiday baking, too!

Buddy Valastro, The Cake Boss and star of TLC’s hit TV series by the same name, and his talented 11-year old daughter, Sofia, and Carlo’s Bakery lead decorator, Gabrielle Parisi will be hosting a live, interactive demonstration on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 from 8-9 PM EST all about holiday baking!

Fans who tune in will be able to interact with Buddy and his team in real time with questions and comments posted online via a live chat feed. You can watch the demonstration on the Cake Boss Baking Website or on the Cake Boss Baking Facebook page.

Buddy, Sofia and Gabrielle will demonstrate tips and tricks for upcoming fall holidays, including Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. They’ll be sharing easy to intermediate level cake decorating ideas, which will include working with fondant and icing, and creating mini-size, individualized holiday treats and more.

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They will be highlighting products from his new holiday baking line including the new Cake Boss Ghost Cakelette Pan, specially designed to bake six ghostly-shaped mini cakes. Excited to get started yourself? You can purchase your very own Ghost Cakelette Pan exclusively at Kohl’s and take advantage of their 30 percent savings promotion on this specialty baking pan, and the full line of Cake Boss products on in October.

Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday baking demonstrations will feature the new Cake Boss 4-Cup/2-Tier Round Cakelette Pan, which makes four elegantly shaped mini cakes effortlessly, and can be purchased at, and the new Cake Boss Cast Iron Cake Decorating Turntable. One of Buddy’s must-have cake decorating tools, the sturdy base in bright enamel red cast iron is topped with a sleek aluminum plate that rotates smoothly and is easy to clean.



Everyone who RSVPs to the event by CLICKING HERE will be automatically entered to win the new Cake Boss Airbrush Kit, valued at $120.00. Other pre-broadcast Facebook Page promotions include chances to win the new Cake Boss Ghost and Cake Boss 4-Cup/2-Tier Round Cakelette Pans featured in the live broadcast.

BUT, be on the lookout for a post from me in the next week or so where I’ll be doing a full product review of my own and also hosting a GIVEAWAY for the Cake Boss 4-Cup/2-Tier Round Cakelette Pan and a Cake Boss Cast Iron Cake Decorating Turntable to one lucky winner!

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Healthy Halloween Recipe Roundup

You know I’ve told you before that Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. And I’m going to tell you all that we do go trick-or-treating and my kids do get candy. I know there are lots of philosophies and thoughts on that but over the years, we’ve decided to go with the traditional trick-or-treating and then talk to the kids about how candy can be something we enjoy but in moderation. We set limits and half the fun for the kids is trading candy when the evening is winding down.

That said, I know there will probably be lots of Halloween parties to plan and attend so why not think about making Halloween a little healthier when it comes to snacks and treats to enjoy at parties and throughout the season? Today, I’ve gathered 25 recipes to share with you in this Healthy Halloween Recipe Roundup. There are several festive looking treats that you can feel better about when you prepare them for your family and friends. I hope you enjoy them!

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Orange Peach Halloween Smoothie ~ Meal Planning Magic
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies  ~ Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Jack ‘O Lantern Stuffed Bell Peppers ~ It’s Yummi
Superfood Spice Autumn Truffles ~ An Edible Mosaic
{grain-free} Dark Chocolate + Sea Salt Pumpkin Cookies ~ With Food and Love
Dried Apricot Jack ‘o Lanterns ~ Cook The Story
Pumpkin Pretzel Halloween Brownies ~ Amy’s Healthy Baking
Mummy Granola Bars ~ Dinners Dishes and Desserts
Chocolate Chip Protein Pumpkin Pancakes ~ Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Jack-O-Lantern Orange Fruit Cups ~ Simpleethrifty
Healthy Candy Apple Bites ~ An Edible Mosaic
Pumpkin Pie Rice Krispies with French Toast Glaze ~ The Housewife In Training Files
Flourless Monster Cookie Dough Dip ~ Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Sun Butter and Apple Jack-O-Lanterns ~ Fork and Beans
Apple Monster Mouths ~ Simpleethrifty
Apricot Jack o Lanterns ~ Cook The Story
Dark Chocolate, Orange  and Pistachio Greek Yogurt Cups ~ Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Pumpkin Spice Paleo Coffee Creamer ~ Confessions of an Overworked Mom
Carrot Rice Ball Jack O’ Lantern Bites ~ Apron Strings Blog
Apple Cider Donut Holes ~ Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Citrus Candy Corn Bundt Cake ~ Amy’s Healthy Baking
Roasted Butternut Squash {Spiderweb} Soup ~ Corner Kitchen Blog
Dark Chocolate-Covered Pretzel Screams ~ Fork and Beans
Jack O Lantern Shepherd’s Pie Stuffed Peppers ~ Cupcakes and Kale Chips
Witch Finger Pretzels ~ Simply Sated

Do you have any favorite Healthy Halloween Recipes?

Orange Peach Halloween Smoothie

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Weekly Menu Plan [10/06/14]

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Easy Homemade Tomato Basil Parmesan Soup


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