Sweetmelange & Forty Toes Photography GIVEAWAY!!!!

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Sweetmelange and Forty Toes Photography GIVEAWAY is LIVE!!!!
We have teamed up to support other amazing small businesses with a HUGE GIVEAWAY!
There will be 20 GIVEAWAYS and 20 WINNERS!! Links to enter in first comment!
Enter HERE http://www.fortytoesphotography.com/2013/10/forty-toes-photography-giveaway.html or
Mobile HERE http://bit.ly/11Nnh8p
 
Like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/sweetmelange22
Follow us on Instagram @sweetmelange
Shop at http://www.sweetmelange.com
ENJOY!

GIVEAWAY TODDLER’S DRESS

Happy Wednesday!!

It’s giveaway time. In order to enter in this giveaway you must follow me on instagram @shopsmboutique. The rules are on there and you must follow all the steps. As soon as I reach my goal we will give 1 lucky winner our Le Blue Tulle Floral Dress (as shown below). Check it out if you want to win this beautiful dress for your litter girl/neice/god-daughter/sister/friend/etc! 🙂 Good luck.

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CHECK OUT MY BOUTIQUE

Hello all,

I am back again. I have been occupied with my boutique that I actually have not have time to post. Well, I figured that I would post today and what’s a better post then to let you guys know what I have been doing. I have been putting out my heart and time for this children boutique that I created. It is called: smboutique | a chic children’s boutique. Here is a little info about us:

Smboutique offers high fashion and unique products for your little ones which reflects the latest trend in pop culture. We provide high fashion products that will not be found at any retail stores. Every item is chosen carefully to offer high quality and style to compliment your child. Our mission is to provide everyone with the most rewarding online shipping experience ever. Whether it is a place to find the perfect gift or even something special for your little ones. Smboutique will always provide you with the most up to date products and best possible service.

For all the mothers out there, check it out! We do have a promotion going on right now, which includes a 20% off entire purchase until June 21, 2013. You can also add me on instagram: shopsmboutique or facebook.com/sweetmelange22 – we will be doing a giveaway on one of our item when we reach 1,000 likes on FB. Stay tuned. I promise I will post more DIYs and recipes soon. Please bare with me. 🙂

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CINNAMON SWIRL PROTEIN BREAD

Since we are on a healthy binge… How about a sweet and healthy recipe? I will be showing you how to make this scrumptious cinnamon swirl protein bread. The smell of freshly baked cinnamon bread with a morning black coffee will help start the day. For the indulgence of sweetness that is overflowing with protein. And the best part about it, is that it has fewer calories than your average cupcake. What a win, win situation!

cinnamon swirl protein bread

Ingredients:

1/3 cup Truvia

2 tsp. cinnamon

1 1/2 cups oat flour

2 scoops vanilla whey protein

1 tbsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

1/2 cup Truvia

2 egg whites

1 cup unsweetened almond milk (Almond Breeze)

1 4 oz. jar of baby food applesauce

1/4 cup low sugar vanilla yogurt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8×8 dish with non-stick spray. In a small bowl combine 1/3 cup Truvia and 2 tsp. cinnamon. Then in a large bowl combine 1 1/2 cups oat flour, 2 scoops vanilla whey protein, 1 tbsp. baking powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/2 cup Truvia. Whisk all the ingredients and set aside. Now in a medium bowl combine 2 egg whites, 1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1 4oz. jar of baby food applesauce, and 1/4 cup low sugar vanilla yogurt. Whisk these ingredients together and add it to the large bowl. Pour it in the baking dish and sprinkle with half of the cinnamon/sugar mixture. Draw a knife through the batter to marble. Pour the rest of the cinnamon/sugar mixture on top. Bake for 24-28 min. Let cool completely and cut in squares to serve.

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Again, congratulations to Arlene for winning the one month giveaway! I hope you like it. Note to everyone: please do not feel discourage if you did not win the first time. I will be doing more giveaways in the future..

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GIVEAWAY WINNER ANNOUNCED!

The winner of the one month giveaway is…..

plan212@gmail.com

Congrats to plan212!!! Please email me your mailing address at sweetmelange@live.com to collect your prize. If I do not get a response from the winner within the next couple of days, I will try again for another winner. However, thanks to EVERYONE who entered! Please don’t feel discouraged if your name was not selected. I will have more giveaways in the future.

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ONE MONTH – GIVEAWAY!!!!!! (CLOSED)

Thank you so much for reading and following my blog. You guys are the best!! Today marks one month since I blogged and I thought this is a great time to do a giveaway for everyone that have been so supportive and keeping up with my nonsense. Please read to enter the giveaway, which is ONLY open to the US! I will do more giveaways soon, so stick around for the next one. Please share with all your family & friends and get them to enter in as well!

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***GIVEAWAY RULES***
Step 1: MUST Like me on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/sweetmelange22
Step 2: MUST Follow me on my website –  http://www.sweetmelange.com
Step 3: MUST be 18 years or older or have parents permission if under the age of 18
Step 4: Leave a comment on my Facebook page telling me what you would like for me to blog about. (You may comment as many times as you’d like as long as you do not repeat the same comment to prevent spam. The more you comment, the more likely you’ll win.)
Step 4: Giveaway starts today, March 11, 2013 till March 25, 2013 at 9PM CST.
Step 5: USA ONLY!!! (I will do an International contest in the future)

        – I will announce the winner on my Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/sweetmelange22. The winner will be chosen randomly.
       – NOT SPONSORED. I bought all the items with my own money.
       – The winner will receive a Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette, Forever21 Flower Studded Earrings, Forever21 Floral Print Makeup Bag, Maybelline Baby Lips Moisturizing Lip Balm Cherry Me & my DIY Tinted Lip Balm.

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GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!
xoxo,
sweetmelange

FRENCH TOAST BACON CUPCAKES WITH MAPLE BUTTERCREAM FROSTING

Hello everyone! Sorry I have been behind schedule the last several days. I am in the process of renovating my daughter’s room. I will definitely post pictures up once it is fully completed. Here is a sneak peak of the process:

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However, for today’s post lets talk about a mixture of sweet and savory. I do not know about you guys but I love bacon! Now have you ever tried a bacon cupcake? It is like eating a french toast and a bacon all in one and can be eaten at any time of the day. I believe I saw a similar recipe to this from the Food Network. The sweet and salty flavors all complements itself.

bacon cupcakes

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted then cooled
2 eggs, room temperature
1 tsp maple extract
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
10-12 slices bacon

Directions:
Cook bacon in a fry pan until fully cooked and crispy. Turn the strips out onto paper towels when done and set aside to cool.  Cut a couple of strips of bacon into 1 inch pieces on a diagonal, to be used as garnish.  Finely chop the remaining bacon. Then, preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Sift flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt into a small bowl. In a large bowl beat together butter, sugar and eggs on medium-high speed until light and fluffy.  Feel free to sub bacon fat for a small portion of the butter.  Add the maple and vanilla extracts.  With the mixer running at medium speed, alternately add in flour mixture (3 additions) and milk (2 additions), starting with the flour mixture; beat until smooth.  Fold in chopped bacon until evenly distributed.
Scoop batter into muffin tin lined with paper cupcake liners. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until passing the toothpick test.  Place on a rack to cool.

Maple Buttercream Frosting:
2 cups confectioner’s sugar
2 sticks butter
4 oz. cream cheese
2 tbsp pure maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 t maple extract
pinch salt

In a bowl with an electric mixer or stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat butter and cream cheese until light and fluffy.  Add maple syrup, vanilla, maple extract, and salt, and beat until fully incorporated.  Add confectioner’s sugar, one half cup at a time until reaching desired consistency.  Beat until smooth and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Frost or pipe onto cooled cupcakes.  Garnish with inch-long bacon pieces.

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I hope you all enjoy this recipe. I know it might sound kind of odd to add bacon to a dessert, but you will be surprise how delightful it is. If you make these let me know how they turn out and take some photos to share with everyone.
Last thing I would like to mention, I have a surprise for all my followers! YAY!!! I will give you guys more details tomorrow. Please stay tune.