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6 Ways to Simplify Your Thanksgiving Feast

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Photo Credit: Ruocaled (Creative Commons)The countdown begins. Are you ready for Turkey Day?

Chances are, if you’re looking for ways to simplify a Thanksgiving meal by now, you’re a little behind on preparation.

No worries! Thanksgiving is supposed to be fun, right? We’ve got a few ideas for making the big feast a bit more manageable this year:

  1. Make a menu and check your list twice! One of the biggest time sucks of preparing a Thanksgiving meal is making multiple trips to the grocery store. Take a little extra time to put a menu together and a grocery list that has everything you need on it. If you have time, give yourself a couple days to make the list. You’ll probably think of more to add.
  2. Prepare side dishes the night before. If there’s anything you can make or assemble for the oven ahead of time, do it. You’ll have plenty to keep you busy on Thanksgiving Day. Do a search for “make ahead Thanksgiving recipes.” You’ll find a lot of great ideas.
  3. Skip the dessert (preparation). We’re not suggesting you skip the sweets all together, just the making-it part. You can get a gourmet cake delivered right to your doorstep with a few clicks of your mouse. Check out these Thanksgiving favorites for ideas.
  4. Cut your dirty dishes in half. Not literally! For a big meal like Thanksgiving, using disposal cooking pans, plates, cups, and silverware can save you a ton of time. If you’re worried about being wasteful, just buy aluminum cooking pans. The rest can usually be stuffed into the dishwasher.
  5. Bigger is not always better. A huge turkey takes a long time to cook. If you’re entertaining a small group, look for a smaller turkey or even a turkey breast. The butcher at the grocery store should be able to recommend the right-sized turkey for your gathering.
  6. Buy an oven ready turkey. All you have to do is remove the frozen turkey from the freezer and pop it in the oven. No defrosting or prep required. These can be a lifesaver if you’re terrified of cooking a turkey “from scratch.” Bonus!!! Many oven ready turkeys come with pre-made gravy.

Take a breath — you’ve got this. Preparing a Thanksgiving meal is only as hard as you want it to be. A simple meal can be just as scrumptious as an elaborate one.

Good luck with your kitchen adventures and have a Happy Thanksgiving from Bake Me a Wish!

Hope for Drake’s Coffee Cake

Wednesday, January 30th, 2013

While most of you probably don’t know Drake’s Cakes, those of us who live in the Northeast find it hard to go to the grocery shelves and not see this classic American brand on the shelves. Drake’s was owned by Hostess, who, as you probably know, filed for Bankruptcy last November. No doubt that while those popular brands are currently on ice, they will be defrosted and served by other companies, eager to fill in the snack cake gap.

Over on MSN, there’s an article about Little Debbie, owned by McKee Foods, to pick up the classic East Coast brand, Drake’s Cakes. That’s good news for all the Ring Ding lovers out there – not to mention their popular coffee cake, that an entire episode of Seinfeld revolves around.

We’ll keep you posted on these developments – read the full article at the link below:

Little Debbie Maker Wants Drakes Cakes

For a good laugh – check out this classic Seinfeld episode where Newman will do anything for a Drake’s Coffee Cake:

Newman vs. Seinfeld – Drake’s Coffee Cake

Gourmet Brownie Gift Guide and Giveaway

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Our friends over at Outnumbered 3 to 1 did a great little write up for their Holiday Gift Guide on delicious gourmet brownie deliveries -just in time for Thanksgiving!  They also gave us props on our Operation: Birthday Cake Program and Freedom Cake.  As always, we’re proud to be featured on product review blogs and give away our tasty treats!  A hearty thank you to all the ladies over on this wonderful blog.

Go on over, check out the post and your chance to win a FREE Gourmet Brownie Gift!   Which is your favorite?  CAKE or BROWNIES!?

Birthday Cake Delivery for Military Personnel

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Birthday Cake Delivery for Military Personnel

There was a geat article about our Operation Birthday Cake program we didn’t want you to miss – as you know, we send birthday cakes by mail to soliders overseas – over on Las Vegas Today!   Check it out:

http://www.todayinlv.com/2012/09/bake-me-a-wish/

Bake Me A Wish

Submitted by  on September 13, 2012

SOLDIERS RECEIVE SWEET SURPRISE

“Yesterday I received one of your Birthday cakes and WOW, talk about unexpected! I had no idea this was coming. My experience with cakes ranges from grocery store sheet cakes to Betty Crocker so this was an amazing treat. I shared it with everyone in my battalion and we all agreed it arrived moist and looking great. We’ve all received a few packages over here in Iraq but never one that survived the trip except for this one – it was in great shape! On a serious note, it takes a special person and a special company to send cakes around the world to complete strangers like me. It really touched my heart knowing people I don’t even know donated to and made this especially for me to celebrate my Birthday as a way of saying thank you. These are things I’ll always remember, thank you, thank you so much. A special thanks to Josh Kaye, President at Bake Me a Wish, for helping my Birthday turn out pretty terrific (we don’t have Birthday cakes over here), but I got one! You should have seen the looks on everyone’s faces!” – Mike Carbone USAF

I want to express my sincere gratitude to everyone for my husband’s birthday cake. He is stationed in Iraq and has missed being with us for his birthday for the past 2 years. When he received his cake, he was so surprised. He said that it meant the world to him that as far away as he is, we would make sure that he had a birthday cake! He was truly touched (and my husband isn’t a mushy guy). Again, THANK YOU, forgiving us a way to show our loved ones that no matter how far away from us they are, we love them and always keep them close to our hearts. Peggy Cruz and Family Sierra Vista, AZ Letters like these and photo’s of soldiers who have received one of BakeMeAWish. com’s cakes are more than touching – they’re heartfelt and real. The men and women who receive “a little taste of home” are our families and they’re all around the world, protecting us. Founded in 2004, BakeMeAWish. com is a premiere online retailer of gourmet cake delivery, based on award-winning family recipes and perfected by a master pastry chef, using the freshest and most decadent ingredients available. BakeMeAWish. com has been shipping gourmet birthday cakes to soldiers overseas since 2007. They mix the finest gourmet recipes with a tried and true delivery system to ensure cakes stay fresh when shipping around the world!

“We’ve got the packaging down to a science,” the president of Bake Me A Wish, Josh Kaye, says with a smile. “Your cake delivery arrives fresh, safe and secure with a greeting card, in an elegant gift box – it’s a delicious cake and an amazing experience.”

Operation : Birthday Cake is a goodwill program created by BakeMeAWish.com and administered by Soldiers’ Angels, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The mission of the program is to see that each deployed soldier receives a birthday cake on his or her birthday, no matter where they are stationed. The program instills morale in our troops and ensures that they know they are in the hearts and minds of Americans back home.

BakeMeAWish.com donates 5% of its online revenue to support Operation: Birthday Cake and has given soldiers reason to celebrate important occasions in their lives in Iraq, Afghanistan, Korea and other countries. Donations are available to the American public through their Freedom Cake products, which sends a cake to a loved one in the states and a matching cake donated to a soldier serving overseas in the recipient’s name.

As Josh says, “Soldiers spend many birthdays and holidays away from their loved ones – we are so thankful we can bring them a little slice of home.”

BakeMeAWish.com is glad to announce that a special 10% discounted offer is available for readers of Today in Las Vegas. Use Promo Code HT10 when ordering and you will automatically receive discount.

 

Winners of the Give Thanks Giveaway!

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Congratulations to blog readers and facebook fans Jeannine M, Janice, Kari, Maggie & Tina – you’ve won a Caramel Apple Crumb for your Thanksgiving dinner!

If you missed out on entering this giveaway, no worries, there were be plenty more before the holidays are out! Stay tuned to our blog and facebook page for your chance to win!

Call to Action: Day Of the Deployed

Wednesday, August 10th, 2011

As you know, Bake Me A Wish!, in coordination with its non-profit partner, Soldiers Angels, recognizes our deployed soldiers by sending gourmet birthday cakes to those serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere through our Operation Birthday Cake Program.  We use a portion of our online sales to help support this program, as well as offering the Freedom Cakes, which allows our fellow citizens to directly donate  to service personnel in the name of their recipient.

Over the past few years, Soldiers Angels has worked with politicians to create the “Day of the Deployed” in over 40 states to recognize our military men, women and their families on October 26th of each year.  Now, we are working to make that a nationally recognized day to further their support.   This effort, senate resolution 253, is spearheaded by Senator Hoven from North Dakota.  Please take a moment to read the following release and send your support of this resolution to your Senator so that we can enforce our good will, prayers and thoughts for the men and women who fight for our freedom everyday.

 

HOEVEN CALLS FOR NATIONAL ‘DAY OF THE DEPLOYED’ TO RECOGNIZE SOLDIERS’ SACRIFICES

http://www.hoeven.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/news-releases?ContentRecord_id=4cdd94b8-ee82-4508-8557-8add90ffdfc9

AUGUST 2, 2011 WASHINGTON – Building on his resolution as North Dakota’s governor, Senator John Hoeven introduced S. Res. 253, a resolution in the U.S. Senate to designate Oct. 26, 2011, as “Day of the Deployed” in recognition of the sacrifices of U.S. servicemen and women currently deployed around the world.

“Our men and women in uniform work tirelessly to serve our country and protect our freedoms, and we cannot do enough to thank them and their families for the sacrifices they willingly make. A national ‘Day of the Deployed’ would be a meaningful recognition of our soldiers’ dedication and the American people’s appreciation,” Hoeven said.

In North Dakota, Hoeven launched Oct. 26 as “Day of the Deployed” in 2006, in support of Soldiers’ Angels, a nonprofit organization that aids deployed American military personnel and their families. In 2010, 40 states had joined the effort, proclaiming a “Day of the Deployed.”

Hoeven is engaging other senators to support the resolution so it can pass the Senate.

Americans are encouraged to reaffirm their patriotism and allegiance to our flag and country, and to honor our brave men and women in uniform who are selflessly putting their lives on the line to protect and preserve our way of life.

Soldiers’ Angels is asking your support of S. Res. 253 by communicating the importance of this national day of honor to your state senators by simply sending them a letter, email or phone call requesting they co-sponsor S. Res. 253 with Senator John Hoeven.

Locate your state leadership: http://www.senate.gov/general/contact_information/senators_cfm.cfm

October 26 is a day of honor recognizing our deployed service members and their families, originated by Soldiers’ Angels a volunteer-led 501(c)(3) nonprofit with hundreds of thousands of volunteers providing aid and comfort to the men and women of the United States Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard, veterans and their families. Questions regarding Day of the Deployed will be answered at the following email address: DayoftheDeployed (at) SoldiersAngels.org

 

 

 

Lazy Cake (Larry) Follow Up!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

We talked about it here a few months ago – Lazy Cakes (see the Wide (Weird) World of Cakes post!) This manufacturer, in the vain of providing an adult oriented, relaxation snack, included Melatonin in their cakes (Melatonin is directly related to your sleep cycle). That’s all well and good, but it seems the FDA take issue with that, claiming that Melatonin is “not approved for use in food”. PROBLEM!

Wouldn’t you want to figure that part out BEFORE you go into production!?

Check out the full article in the Herald News here.

And That Spells Mom – Giveaway!

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

Rightfully so, Mom’s everywhere deserve a break – a day to themselves. Thankfully, that day is this Sunday… we all hope that you honor your mother and father every chance you get, but Mother’s Day is the best time to do that extra something special for the woman who raised us.

We want to help! We’re going to give away 3 cakes this Thursday, each with a Mother’s Day occasion and ship them either to our winning readers to bring to their mom, or directly to their Moms wherever they may be in the continental US. AND – we’ll include a poem in the greeting card – the POEM YOU WRITE!! Here’s how to enter:

a) Write a quick little poem about your Mother – you must use the letters M – O – M to start each line. I’ll give you an example below. It can be funny, endearing – whatever you prefer. Post your mini-poem here in our comment section

b) Make sure you’re following us on Facebook, so you don’t miss the winning announcement!

c) We’ll post a follow up here as well on Thursday AM.

d) Please be available Thursday during the day to provide shipping information via email

e) Deadline to enter is Wednesday evening, 5/4/11 by 11:59pm

f) We’ll pick 3 winners from all of the entries using a random number generator. the more poems you write, the more you’re entered! Your comment numbers are your entry numbers for the raffle.

g) Winners will be allowed to choose their cake flavor!

Here’s a little poem I wrote about my wonderful ( and very Italian) mother:

M is for the many times she’s had to dry my tears
O is for the other times she’s hugged away my fears
Mom, I’ll always love you, throughout the many years

HAVE FUN WRITING!!