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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Free Birthday "Sweet Treats"

I had a wonderful weekend celebrating my birthday with family and friends.  Who knew that there were so many perks to having a birthday! I have come across a number of "free sweet treats" that you too, can get on your birthday.  All of these freebies will definitely apply to Torontonians (and most Canadians) and I hope that a few will also apply to those of you in the United States and in other countries.

Baskin Robbins - Join the Birthday Club to get a FREE 2.5 oz. scoop or 3oz. soft serve cone. An e-mail will be sent to your account a few days before your birthday to be printed and can be used until the date of expiry on the coupon.

Dairy Queen - Join the Blizzard Fan Club and an e-mail will be sent to your account on the morning of your birthday with a printable coupon for a FREE New Mini, Small or Medium Blizzard Treat when you buy a medium Blizzard Treat.
Lollicakes - This is by far my favourite cupcake shop in Toronto! Join the Birthday Club on their website to get a free cupcake on your birthday. Lollicakes products are not only delicious, but they are nut free, (perfect for me) dairy free, and kosher. This cupcake shop is located at Mount Pleasant and Eglinton.

Orange Julius - Join the Quench Club and an e-mail will be sent to your account on the morning of your birthday with a printable coupon for a FREE Julius Fruit Drink or Premium Fruit Smoothie when you buy one 20 oz. Julius Fruit Drink or Premium Fruit Smoothie.

Second Cup - I was walking home from the gym the other day and noticed a sign on the door of The Second Cup on Eglinton near Dunfield Avenue that said, "Come visit us on your birthday and receive 1 small FREE birthday beverage!" No sign up required. I would imagine that ID would need to be presented. ***Since this is a franchise, this may not apply at other locations.***

Starbucks-Buy and/or register a Starbucks gift card to get a free drink on your birthday.  A post card will be sent to you in the mail during the month of your birthday.  Present the post card at any Starbucks location and redeem it for any sized beverage.

I hope that you will take advantage of some of these fun perks on your special day.  I certainly enjoyed a cold Frappuccino from Starbucks on Saturday!

Happy Birthday those of you who celebrate a summer birthday!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Cake Pops for the End of the School Year

I'm a little late at posting these cake pops. I made these for a friend's daughter to bring to school as an end of the year treat.  Lucky classmates she has!

This one's for you Amanda.

Sorry I have been M.I.A. over the past few weeks. I am in the process of moving and didn't realize how busy I would be!

For a cake pop tutorial, click here.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Doctor Bag Cookies

I made these cookies for a recent graduate.  Can you tell that he is now a doctor?! I tried to make different looking doctor cookies than these cookies.

I searched online for different images of doctor bags.  This is the one that my design was based on.

To make these cookies, I used my favourite sugar cookie recipe and a square cookie cutter. Before baking, I added a lollipop stick to each cookie to make each one into a cookie pop. To make the doctor bag on top of the royal icing, I used an edible pen to draw the image onto the cookie like I did here. Then, I traced over it with black royal icing.  

Finally, I used an edible ink pen to write Dr. Daniel Abramowitz below each doctor bag.

Each cookie was individually wrapped.

Congrats Dr. Abramowitz!