I loved birthdays, wait let me correct that, I loved going to Monginis and ordering my birthday cake. I would love to look at the various designs and decide which one I liked best.
I always wondered how did they make that?
Then one day I walked into Michaels, and I was fascinated and could not get enough. I loved the pictures and my mind latched on to the cake pictures!
Every time after that, for nearly 5 years, I walked into Michaels, I would look at the cake decorating kits and think, " I must make this cake with that decoration". I talked to Ashwini (Indulge Ashcorner) and she helped me save a lot! She taught me how to use coupons and warned me 'not to step into Michaels or any other craft store, without a coupon' and oh boy! did that help or what!! I used the 40% or 50% Off coupons to buy my kits and material.
I waited long enough to take the course and finally things fell into place and I got the course done and here is the final effort !
I made these flowers last week, for my final class and I was happy that I managed to complete the course. This week I will use the decoration for a birthday cake for a special friend. I do hope she likes it!
Now around the time Ash told me of using coupons for my cake decorating hobby, I also started noticing that there were many deals around me, just that I had never taken any interest in those or just never understood how to use any (duh! I know). Needless to say, I am learning and benefiting. I am specially interested in coupons for kitchen supplies. I often dream of having a rack full of props for my blog. Stacks of beautiful plates, rows of bowls of different shapes and sizes, fabric, spoons.. Ah!
Do you also feel that way? Do you look at a picture of say an appetizer or a dessert or anything and feel, " Wow! I must make that" ? What inspires you?
This brings me to an announcement I want to make!!
When I had a look at Cup oNation I realized that the coupon fever has started spreading in India too! And why not, everybody likes nice things or eating out and getting say, 20% their check and ordering books online and getting free shipping for example!
Huge discounts on so many things books, eating out, kitchen and home supplies, fashion..And what's more, they are sponsoring a small contest and giveaway!
I was happy that I now had a small way of giving thanks to all my fellow bloggers, who have supported and encouraged me all these years!
Two lucky winners ( one from the USA and the other from India) will receive a Gift Card ( Amazon andFlipkart ) each worth $15 and INR 700. ( open for bloggers from the USA and India only)
What do you have to do?
From now until Feb. 14th., post a recipe on your blog, the theme is 'I Must Make That'. Take inspiration from cook books, food pictures, fellow bloggers, magazines, TV shows, you get the point.Think of something that made you want to replicate a recipe in your kitchen.
Mention this giveaway on your blog, share the website Cuponation and connect the post to this announcement and email me your entry at pallavykulkarni[at]yahoo[dot]com on or before Feb. 14, 2013.
Mention your location - US or India so that you are entered for the corresponding drawing.
To increase your chances in the random drawing, do the following and leave a comment once you did so.
Like the CupoNation facebook page or follow them on G+
Like A Cook @ Heart on facebook
If you have already liked me on facebook, following on twitter or subscribed to RSS feed, just leave a comment letting me know and you are entered in the giveaway automatically!
I will do the round up in the week following 2/14/2013 and announce the winners.
Good Luck and Thank you, in advance to all dear readers for your love and support! I am looking forward to your fantastic entries!