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Saturday, 22 December 2012

Christmas Home Baking Ideas in Nairobi

For the holiday festivities, after a hearty Christmas meal, dessert is definitely a must. That's where we come in ^_^! We are here to help out with your home-baking for Christmas this season. If you're not sure what to bake this Christmas, check out some of our previous recipe posts that will be good ideas for a delicious and easily prepared cakes and cookies to bake for your family. 


* 7 Easy Steps to Fluffy Orange-flavored Pancakes

 This is a great recipe for breakfast with the family. You can always change the recipe and make additions like raisins or sultanas in the batter to make it very festive ^_^. You can also skip the orange juice and put Vanilla essence instead for a different flavors. Chocolate chips are also a fun addition to make it truly delicious with vanilla. Try it out this Christmas.

delish pancakes



* Oatmeal Cookies

This is a nice option for both kids and adults. It's delicious and healthy.

* Sugar Cookies

This is a favorite for the kids and you can always make different shapes and colors for the glaze to make it more festive and fun. They are also very sweet and delicious.
Sugar Cookies

* Lemon Drizzle

This is also another kids favorite. You can make it a large sheet size or in a large rectangle or square pan and cut into small bite-sized squares. We haven't yet met a child that doesn't like them ^_^!
Lemon Drizzle Cake


* Pound Cake with Frosting

This is a crowd favorite. Just bake it in any large size you would prefer, then frost and decorate it to your heart's delight.  Everyone will love it ^_^! Simple and hustle - free baking.
Pink Pound Cake

* Apple Cake

This is a very great option for those family members who do not like frosting on their cake. It is a delicious cake but if  you would also like to add frosting, you can. Everyone will enjoy this special treat for Christmas.
Apple Mini-Cake

* Red Velvet Cake

This is an all-time favorite and I think it's great for Christmas especially. We don't currently have a Red Velvet Cake recipe right now (we will definitely have one for next year ^_^) We however want to share from a blog we truly love and would like you to love since we all share a passion in baking. Try this recipe of hers. The blog is Sweetapolita. She's a lovely blogger based in Canada and she inspires us with all her baking projects. This is a great Christmas recipe if you can manage it. Enjoy ^_^
Red Velvet by Sweetapolita.com
We hope these recipes will be of help to you. Good luck with the Christmas festivity planning and Happy Baking ^_^!!
Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Our 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of the Year - 2012

As we wind down this fruitful year, we've been taking a look at our blog posts to see which ones you like so that we're able to keep bringing you more information on baking that you're more interested in. So as we prepare for next year, we want to recap the list of our most popular blog posts of 2012. If you haven't seen them all, make sure to do. We also love getting feedback so post a comment for us for any suggestions for future topics or just any additional information you may like. Thank you for your continued support ^_^!

1. Home-Baking in Kenya

This is our most popular post, it has had over 1,200 views to date. We're glad that people in Kenya are very interested in baking at home. We understand the passion and if you already do bake at home; keep it up! We will continue to provide you with baking tips, tricks and recipes as well.

2. 10 Baking Terminologies Explained

This post explained some terms that may not be familiar to new home-bakers, but are often found in recipes. This post has had over 320 views to date. We're glad we can be of help in decoding bakery language. ^_^

3. 5 Things you must know about Baking

This is another post that explains some tips that will definitely come in handy while preparing for your baking at home. It has had over 150 views to date.

4. Baking Equipment in Kenya Explained - Baking pans

This post breaks down the different kinds of baking pans used. For those people who don't really know what the different types of pans you may see in Kitchen-ware or Bakeware shops. All those questions are answered in this post. This post has had over 140 views to date. We're glad to be helping out with your baking hobbies, as well as making it easier for you  ^_^

5. Best Oatmeal Cookies in Kenya

This post is a recipe for one of our top favorite cookies of all time - Oatmeal Cookies! This delicious treats are crunchy, sweet & even a bit healthy due to the Oatmeal in them. They are also very easy to make. If you haven't tried it, check it out and make some cookies for Christmas! This post has had over 125 views to date. 

6. 7 Easy Steps to Fluffy Orange-Flavored Pancakes

This is also a favorite recipe, mostly because you don't need an actual oven to make this beauties. You just need to make this cakes on a pan ^_^. We've just made the pancake recipe a bit more interesting by adding some Orange juice for a great flavor. Try them out today - very easy. This post has had over 105 views to date.

7. 10 Benefits of our three favorite fruits

This post highlights the advantages of our favorite fruits - we say favorite because we use those fruits: Bananas, Oranges and Lemons to make our fruit breads. Banana bread, Lemon bread and Orange bread. We make awesome fresh bread for you that is value added with great fruits - isn't that great? ^_^ Check out more reasons to order our breads from us. This post has had over 100 views to date.

 8. 5 Unexpected Ways to Rock @ Baking

This post give you some tips on helping you prepare and organize yourself for your home-baking projects. It also helps your baked products be more personal, presentable, easier and fun. If you bake at home, check out these tips our and try them if you don't already - very helpful. This post has have over 95 views to date.

9. 15 Valentine's Day Gift Ideas for your loved ones

We love to help out in any way during special occasions and holidays. This post was to help anyone out with their gift buying for their loved ones during Valentine's Day. It is also helpful this season as well ^_^! Glad we could be of service to you in any way. This post has had over 90 views to date.

10. Fruit Bread in Nairobi - Dried Fruits benefits

Our 10th most popular post to date is this one that highlights our launch of the Fruit bread and the benefits of dried fruits that we use in it. Most people may not know that dried fruits have benefits and of course; we're always glad to give you information on the ingredients we use in our products. You can always buy some dried fruits to snack on at home or in your office any time ^_^.

We're so happy that we're gathering more followers for our blog and we're glad that we're able to provide information on baking and recipes for you to try at home. Stay tuned for more of the same this coming year and make sure you enjoy this holiday season ^_^!


Monday, 17 December 2012

5 Gift Ideas for Christmas in Nairobi

Most people by now have probably done their Christmas gift shopping. However if you're doing last minute gift shopping like some of us do, here are some ideas that may help you out ^_^.

1. Amari Christmas Offers

We have Christmas offers on our Cupcakes and cakes as well as our Fruit breads. You can order any of our Christmas packages and have it delivered by Christmas Eve to your loved one or that special friend. We are offering delivery for all our products this Christmas up to Christmas Eve for the utmost convenience and because we want you to eat Christmas dessert when it's as fresh as possible. Check out our offers and don't forget we also deliver anywhere in Nairobi, so check out our areas and rates.
Amari Red Velvet Christmas Cake

2. Christmas Gift Baskets and Hampers 

Christmas gift basket and gift hampers are very common in supermarkets and stores in Nairobi this season. If you enter most major supermarket chains such as Nakumatt, Tuskys, Naivas or Ukwala; you will find Christmas gift baskets that are already arranged and ready for purchase. This can come in handy for a quick Christmas gift buy. You can also check your local or specialty stores for their current Christmas gift offers and baskets. Stores such as jewelery shops, clothing shops, salons, spas and restaurants also offer holiday dining specials. Visit the stores physically or their websites to know before-hand what they have on offer.
Another idea is to check out malls which have holiday specials, such as; Sarit Centre, Westgate Shopping Mall or The Junction. An example is The Junction Mall which has a website you can visit to see if they have any offers.

Gift  Basket (Photo courtesy of olx.com)

3. Christmas Holiday Vacation Packages for Tours and Safaris

Another idea is if you want to give a gift in which the person can travel or go on vacation. This is good for family members because you can enjoy the gift with them ^_^. You can choose one of the many travel destinations in Kenya to go to. Whether it is in the Coast in Mombasa, touring in the Mara or a vacation in a lodge in Nakuru. There are many Tours and Safaris packages available this season. Check with your local travel agency or visit this website for ideas on bookings:
- www.gokenyasafari.com

4. Online Deals and Discount offers this Christmas

A currently popular trend in Kenya that is a good gift idea are online deals and offers. There are different online marketing companies that offer online deals and discounts for products or services at a 50% discount of the original price. You can look at different current deals that are running and choose one that would suit the person you would like to purchase the deal for as a gift. We ran such a discount with Rupu a few weeks ago ^_^. They are a fun way for customers to try out new products and services from a vendor at a high discount. Try out some of these websites to check out their current deals; Rupu, Mocality, Zetu and Eatout (They connect you will restaurants and even offer delivery to you)

5. Personal Gifts.

If you would like specialized personal gifts for your loved ones or for that special someone; you can just check out our previous post on ideas for gifts for him or her here.

We hope this is helpful for your Christmas Shopping this season. Good luck and Happy Holidays ^_^!