Pillsbury Fall/Mix it Up Giveaway

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In regards to my previous post, Pillsbury is going to be giving away a Celebration Starter Kit to one lucky reader! You’ll get assorted “Mix it up” products, plus a $100 Visa gift card!

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The estimated value of the prize package is $110.

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IMG_2295All you have to do is leave a comment letting me know your favorite fall activity! Is it pumpkin picking? Decorating caramel apples? Bobbing for apples? Pumpkin carving?

As for me, it’s giving out candy to all the trick-or-treaters! The costumes get more and more creative every year. I especially love seeing all the baby costumes because it’s about as cute as it gets.

 

Our Wedding Day

We just got our wedding pictures back this week and I’m so excited to share some them with you! Our wedding vibe was easy going, stress-free, and whatever goes, goes. Our number one concern for the wedding was that everyone have a good time. From the feedback we received at the end, it seems like we accomplished our goal!

Details for everything is at the bottom of the post.

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I also wanted to share our wedding invitations, which I forgot to bring for the photographer to take pictures of. UFF! Note to future brides: Bring your invitations to the wedding so you can have a picture of them to treasure forever! Apologies for the quality of the next few photos. They’re nothing like Joanne’s pictures since it’s just me taking them. :)

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These invitations were made by PaperSnaps and I honestly don’t have enough good things to say about them. They went above and beyond in customer service and satisfaction. I must have done at least ten drafts of the invitations before I was satisfied. Still, they were so patient with me (sorry!). The invitations arrived in perfect shape, the paper that they use is of high quality, the colors were vibrant, and the assembly was a piece of cake. I wasn’t stressed one bit when it came to invitations because PaperSnaps put me at such ease. Plus, their pricing was very affordable compared to others! I received so many compliments on them after they were sent out.

photography: joanne leung photography
venue: wedgewood banquet center at sterling hills golf course
cake: sweet art bake shop with a homemade cake topper
bouquet & florals: floral designs by roni
invitations: papersnaps
bride’s outfit: dress by mori lee, belt by the wedding one, and shoes by valentino
groom’s outfit: tux by  j. crew, pocket square by 1901, and shoes by cole haan
engagement ring: coast diamond at robbins brothers
wedding bands: kay jewelers
hair: jena wright at p!ay hair lounge
makeup: jaimee roark at oasis salon
candy buffet: kim luong (family friend)
DJ: Seth Breton from You Should Be Dancing

Pillsbury Caramel Apple Bars

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I’m pretty sure that every baker adores the holiday season. Why? Well, brands start introducing new flavors and products to bake with! I, for one, can’t resist going through the baking aisle every time I go grocery shopping just to make sure that I didn’t miss any of the new items that came out.

Pillsbury has plenty of fall inspired box mixes and frosting for me to play with. For these caramel apple bars, I used the Caramel Apple Premium Cake Mix and Caramel Apple frosting. I also took the sprinkles from the orange Funfetti frosting to make it a little more festive.

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I can’t get enough of those little star sprinkles. Aren’t they darling? The colors would be great for a boy’s baby shower! Everyone that I know is having a girl at the moment, so I’ll have to keep that in mind for the next time someone announces they’re having a boy.

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With Pillsbury’s products, it’s extremely easy to mix and match. I could have used their cream cheese frosting instead of their caramel apple frosting to tame down the sweet flavor. Actually, I think that flavor would have been better than caramel apple on caramel apple. I’d use the caramel apple frosting on Funfetti cake and call it a day. Oh, the possibilities!

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This is a very low maintenance recipe. There’s no piping or extra tools needed. You can mix everything in one bowl. Bars are much easier than cupcakes, but they still look just as pretty.

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I was surprised by how fast these baked. I baked mine for 17 minutes, but that was already too much. I’d check them at 12 minutes the next time I make it.

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You can find other great ideas from Pillsbury on their Facebook and Pinterest pages. On their Facebook page, you can even participate in their “We Bake It, You Name It” program!

Pillsbury Caramel Apple Bars

Ingredients

  • 1 box Pillsbury Caramel Apple Cake Mix minus 1 cup of cake mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1 box Pillsbury Caramel Apple Frosting
  • sprinkles

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a 9x13 pan and set aside.
  2. Mix together the cake mix, eggs, and oil until just combined. Evenly spread the batter in the prepared pan. It will be very thin!
  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean (I did 17 and that was too much).
  4. Remove and let it completely cool before spreading the frosting on top. Decorate with sprinkles.
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This is a sponsored post, but the opinions expressed are my own.