Birthday and a Giveaway!
10th of July/last Sunday was my birthday and I really had a fun-filled weekend!! V really made it special! I would also like to thank my beloved friends and family for their wonderful wishes all day/weekend along. It really means a lot.
So what’s up with this “Birthday Giveaway”? I know it was my birthday, so I am supposed to receive birthday gifts..ryt? But I thought why not giveaway something special on my birthday to my lovely readers? That will make my birthday even more special! So here I am with my very first giveaway on ZaikaZabardast. But before I start on the giveaway, let me take you through my birthday celebration!
Since my birthday was on a weekend, the celebration started on Friday evening only. We went to play Laser chase game for the first time and oh boy, that was FUN 🙂 An hour full of running around, hiding, targeting your enemy and kill them (only for 3 secs though) …On other side I was happy because it was an awesome workout :). After coming back from Laser Chase game, we watched a movie “Jumper”..which had a different concept but it was okay. One time watch. But it was a great start to my Birthday Weekend 🙂
For my birthday brunch, I sooo wanted to go to The Wild Cow vegetarian restaurant. But V had different secret plans for me. So he took me to the restaurant on Saturday itself (Birthday benefits…lolz). I just love this restaurant. The atmosphere, people, and most importantly their food is just awesome. And it’s all VEGAN. We ordered a house special and a home style special followed by lavender n coconut cupcakes. The food was fabulous and satisfying. But we did not really enjoyed the cupcakes..they were too sweet for us. But overall it was amazing. It was worth to drive 30 minutes to the restaurant.
So after the Brunch when we came back home and V was all set to bake a cake for me! He does not like to spend soo much time in kitchen since he is super busy with his research all the time. But on the special occasions he puts on his Head chef cap 🙂 and I love that :). He was so excited that he wanted to bake a big 12″ cake. And I was like why do we need a BIG cake for only two of us?? But I was not aware of the fact that he had invited few of our good friends for my mid-night birthday celebration. 🙂
So I handed over my recipe card to him and he started the procedure. Although I was not allowed to enter the kitchen, I was not able to resist my curiosity with what he comes up with and of course I wanted to capture the moments. 🙂 It was reallly special to me since he is the only one who has baked a cake almost on every birthday (4 out of 6 times since 2005). My mom is not in to the baking but she will make alll the other delicacies I like let’s say fruit salad, special dinner, lunch etc… Oh I missed it 😦 But back home they made all these delicacies to celebrate my birthday! And we celebrated it here 🙂
So back to the “Baking session” , V baked a beautiful chocolate cake in no time 🙂 ! Impressive that was. Not only that, he also wanted to decorate the cake! Both of us are not a big fan of Butter cream icing…it’s just not for us. But we love the traditional heavy cream icing, Ganache icing etc…So he decided to make a white chocolate Ganache icing. It does not end here; he also wanted to make a beautiful chocolate heart out of liquid chocolate. So he really did all the hard work….melting the chocolate, piping it and designing it on the parchment paper. Plus he wanted to make a border of cherries to give it even more elegant look!! Totally appreciate the hard work. I am proud of him 🙂 Do I need to say how the cake was??? It was the most beautiful and delicious cake I have ever had! Muahhh Hubby 🙂
So around 12 on Saturday night few of our good friends came home to surprise me and the party began!
On Sunday, we went out for lunch with friends at Bombay bistro which is the best Indian restaurant in Nashville/Franklin. Had great time with friends while having lunch and shopping..of course I have to go to the mall on my birthday!! Haha it’s not like that, but the mall was just few minutes away!
After fun-filled afternoon, we came home and took rest for a while and then we decided to go for a movie “Transformers”. Every time when we go to this theatre which has this restaurant close by, we HAVE to eat there (More birthday benefits) 🙂 So we went to Noodles and company for dinner and then for a movie. I absolutely loved my whole birthday weekend. Can’t ask for any more 🙂
SO now you know why that one hour of workout at Laser chase was so important to me…hahah 😀
I think it was enough of my birthday celebration, now let’s talk about a real deal!! “Birthday Giveaway”! Again I am suppose to receive gifts on my birthday but to make it very special I thought to share something with you guys!
So I have decided to bake some delicious flavored cookies for you guys and You can have it if you win this giveaway. I will ship it to whoever wins the giveaway (Sorry it is open for USA residents only!).
Actually I am planning to giveaway 2 full boxes of freshly baked cookies right from my kitchen to your doorstep (Of course USPS,UPS will deliver it). It has Lavender-lemon cookies, Chocolate chunk hazelnut cookies and Mango saffron pistachios shortbread cookies!! Take a look at what you can win!!
I am sure you will not like to miss a chance to win this!! Right?? So here’s what you need to do to be the FIRST two winners of my VERY FIRST giveaway on ZaikaZabardast!
- “Like” ZaikaZabardast on Facebook. Leave a comment letting me know you “like” ZaikaZabardat.
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Just make sure to comment every time as a separate entry!!
This giveaway will run from 7/14/11 to 7/17/11 your 11:59 pm. And winners will be announced on 7/18/11.The giveaway is officially closed.
- This giveaway is open for USA residents only. Sorry folks from outside the USA 🙂 You can still enter a comment!
- I will use the Random number generator software program to choose 2 winners on 7/18/11.
- Winners will be notified via email. Please make sure when you leave a comment, you leave a valid email address so I can contact you if you are the winner. (Do not worry, your email address won’t be published on my post, it is just for me and it will be confidential) !
- Two winners will receive one box full of freshly baked cookies. It will be shipped to your address.
Once again happy birthday 🙂 I love it when birthday falls on weekend or just before .. it’s like celebrating all the three days 🙂 Looking at V baking that cake reminded me of my birthday .. Arvind baked cake for the first time (it’s in my post) and it was soo cute to watch his concentration. So glad you had fun and i hope you have many many many more such amazing moments in life.
Thank u very much Kankana! It was really amazing to see the effort vikas made for the cake 🙂 Loved it! Good times 🙂 Also do not forget to enter the giveaway 🙂
Happy Birthday Grishma once again and this is awesome post :))
Happy Birthday Grishma once again…awesome post, looks like u had a blast on ur b’day. Liked u on FB and also Subscribed for an email too!!
Thank u Madhavi and Congratulations!
Did everything – liked on FB (long long ago), subscribed, AND now following you on twitter AND re-tweeted your giveaway! I HAVE to deserve some cookies! Right? right? 🙂
Yay! let’s wait till Monday to find out! Thank u Poojitha 🙂
finally entering into the contest too…not far behind, am I?? 🙂 Great concept, Grishma. Looks like you had a fabulous Bday with your close friends and V, what more can you ask for! 🙂 Cheers!
Yup Sunitz..I really had great time. And no you are not late at all to enter the giveaway:)
I wish I can learn cakes and cookies. Daughter already says I cook like a lady. I enjoy your recipes.
Thank you Shankar ji 🙂
Belated Happy Birthday!
You sure seems to have gud time …belated wishes to you…..tht cake looks awesome
Thank you very much Priti 🙂
Happy Birthday! I signed up for your emails and liked your Facebook page. Love your blog!
Thank you Betty! I hope you will enjoy the blog and recipes 🙂
…I also followed you on Twitter.
dude…i liked zaikaz AND already subscribed to your newsletter! now, do i get the chance to win the yummy cookies???
OOPS!! Better luck next time Kamya, next time ask Sidhdharth to enter as well and take a benefit of double entry 🙂
hey Grishma,,,, i have done all the steps… too much work for a postdoc lol
btw Vikas is looking all pro in the pics!!! so I am going to wait for a shipment from Nashville 🙂
Better luck next time, I will make sure next time it is easy for you Postdocs 🙂
I will enter the contest as well. Lets see if I can win something as well.
You were actually one of the winners, but I decided to give it away to someone else 🙂 I am here for you na, will make it wever and whatever you want me to 🙂
Waiting for monday 😉
All done!!! Now for some yummy cookies…
Congratulations Alisha! You will get your cookies soon 🙂
Good job with the blog Grishma!
Finished with the tasks for getting some cookies…
Now do we bend backwards and touch our ears? 😛
haha No Ravi, you do not need to touch your ears to win the cookies. I will just give it to you aise hi 🙂 Good luck for next time 🙂
Everything done Chef. Your facebook page and your blog rock. Best wishes to you dear.
Thank u for your wishes Sri 🙂
Done subscribing to e-mail. Made some inji pulli pickle. It is hot.
Belated wishes young lady!! Hope to win your delicious cookies, I’m greedy for them!! Did everything as described, now waiting for Lady Luck to shine on me!!! What a lovely post you wrote, was very fun reading it. Awesome Pictures! You both look so cute and it’s really cool to see a man work in the kitchen!!! Best Wishes to both of you! 😉
Thank u very much dear! It was really fun seeing Vikas making a cake for me 🙂 He does it almost on every birthday of mine. Love it 🙂
All done.. Now tell me when I can come and pickup my cookies 😀
Liked the FB page (even before i could read bout the rules).. Subscribed to the blog (even before contest started).. I know being out here in India, I do not qualify for the contest 😦 but do think about the coupons options so that it can be redeemed later 😉
aaahhh u do know a lot about me, don’t u??? I wish I could ship it to India, it gets reallly expensive plus takes too much time to reach there 🙂 But if you come to Nashville, I will make it special for you 🙂