Holiday Entertaining with KitchenAid, Pottery Barn, Hip Hostess GIVEAWAY!

My family knows the holidays are here when I pull out my KitchenAid stand mixer and start baking.

One of the easiest dessert recipes for entertaining, which I think is festive for any holiday, is to make an angel food cake roll.

The possibilities of what you can roll up inside that angel-goodness are endless! And, you can get about 16 servings per roll! (See recipe ideas at the bottom of this post.)


Because we believe in HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING, one of my first-ever blogging friends and I are teaming up together for a FABULOUS giveaway.

Do you know Melissa from The Inspired Room? :)

One winner will WIN all of these items. It’s true! Just like Christmas! (Oh, it is almost Christmas) :)

Melissa and I strongly value hospitality, so we want to help and encourage others to OPEN THEIR HOMES for the holidays–to share their homes and lives with others by putting the lies of perfectionism and our silly excuses and our unfinished homes aside–to OPEN OUR LIVES TO LOVE AND FRIENDSHIP.

Most of us know that entertaining is all about the people. And good food (and appliances) always help!

My Angel Food Cake Roll is really easy, and a favorite holiday dessert. It’s perfect for Thanksgiving (you can see I used pumpkin ice cream), but it’s also easy and festive for Christmas. How about chocolate chip mint ice cream or peppermint? You could even layer some rich melted chocolate inside – and then FREEZE!

My sister was over (I love baking and cooking with my sisters), so she helped me roll it up. We let it cool, then filled the inside and FROZE. Part of the excitement of holiday entertaining is having family over …

Remove from the freezer and SERVE. Endless recipe ideas (see below links). ENJOY!

Melissa and I have awesome prizes from Kitchen Aid and The Hip Hostess and a $100 Pottery Barn gift card (from us!) to give one lucky winner a fun pre-holiday shopping spree so you’ll feel prepared for entertaining.

Aren’t you excited? I am!


How do you enter?

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on each of our Holiday Entertaining posts, Reluctant Entertainer and The Inspired Room. And once you’ve done that, you just confirm your entry is recorded by answering the question in our handy dandy Rafflecopter gizmo, below, or on Melissa’s blog, acknowledging that you answered the question on both blogs! That’s it!

If you want extra chances of winning (you do, right?), you can FOLLOW the Pinterest board Melissa and I set up for Holiday Entertaining and Recipes! We’ll both be adding fun things to the board to inspire you for holiday entertaining, so if you are on Pinterest, you can see all our pins by following the board! You can also LIKE our pages on FB and Tweet about the giveaway. You will find all those options in Rafflecopter and you’ll automatically be credited the additional entries!

So, go ahead and leave a comment here and then head over to Melissa’s and leave one there as well!

Do you worry about what to cook for holiday entertaining?
What’s your GO-TO holiday EASY dessert to you like to make for company?

You only need to confirm your entry info in Rafflecopter one time on either blog (not on both blogs.). All entries are collected in Rafflecopter no matter which site you enter on — the only real requirement is that you have left a comment on both blogs! This giveaway is open to citizens with a U.S. address.

Good luck! The giveaway ends this Sunday at 12:01AM and the winner will be announced on both blogs by Tuesday.

Big thanks to KitchenAid and The Hip Hostess for providing prizes for this giveaway!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Check out these awesome Cake Roll Recipes!

Strawberries and Cream Angel Food Cake Roll from Brown Eyed Baker

Rainbow Sherbet Roll from Betty Crocker

Pumpkin Orange Cake Roll from Good Eats Blog

Angel Food Pumpkin Swirl from Nut in a Nutshell

Caramel Banana Cake Roll from Lady Behind the Curtain

Chocolate Rolled Angel Cake (photo above!) on my blog, HERE.


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578 Responses to “Holiday Entertaining with KitchenAid, Pottery Barn, Hip Hostess GIVEAWAY!”

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    Meredith S — November 17, 2012 @ 2:59 pm

    The roll cake is beautiful. We have been thinking about upgrading to a nice mixer. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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    Danielle Austin — November 17, 2012 @ 3:02 pm

    thank you for the giveaway!! such a lovely gesture!! Holiday entertaining is a delight.

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    Mardi — November 17, 2012 @ 3:29 pm

    What a lovely site! Angel Food for holiday eating seems quite appropriate!! Bless you both for offering the giveaway!! I’lll be back!!

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    Hilary — November 17, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    That roll cake looks divine. I don’t have a go-to holiday dessert…my mom takes care of that. Also, great giveaway! xoxo

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    Emily R. — November 17, 2012 @ 4:41 pm

    I am reading your book, and thought I would stop over at your blog! Great blog and what an amazing book! Just what I was looking for!

    The Angelfood roll looks delicious and so easy!

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    Jill B. — November 17, 2012 @ 4:44 pm

    Pumpkin Dump Cake never fails to please! Simple and luscious whether served warm or cold, it embodies all the holiday flavors for my family and friends…

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    Lisa N — November 17, 2012 @ 5:26 pm

    I don’t have to worry too much about cooking at holidays. My mother and mother-in-law do most of the cooking. I do enjoy making breads and cookies for the holidays, though!

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    Beth Stagdon — November 17, 2012 @ 5:30 pm

    I too am a first time visitor and enjoyed strolling through your site. BUT got really excited when I went to the new Holiday Entertaining site. I saw the pine tree sitting on the plate and I now have my Christmas dinner theme. I have a lot of the little trees and I am going to decorate them especially for my dinner guests who have hobbies that will make it a joyful task. Thanks for this site.

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    robin woods — November 17, 2012 @ 6:21 pm

    I started keeping a notebook years ago with the tried and true holiday recipes that were especially popular with friends and family. We serve a lot of appetizers at our parties. I always try and get a good mix of hot and cold appetizers, and veggies and sweets. My go to holiday dessert? An Apple Crunch recipe I found about 20 years ago. I have guarded that recipe like it’s gold forever!

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    Lauren — November 17, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

    Trying to resist the urge to have the house “perfect” before planning to entertain. The company is always the best part…

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    Carmen — November 17, 2012 @ 7:57 pm

    Yummy recipe – I love the idea of chocolate angel food and peppermint ice cream. I’ll have to try that one! A lot of time my go-to desserts are bars or brownies since most of the time we don’t want a big heavy dessert after eating too much at dinner.

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    Becky M — November 17, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

    Thanks for the great giveaway. This would help with the baking.

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    Natalie J Vandenberghe — November 17, 2012 @ 8:46 pm

    I’m actually pretty uncomfortable hosting, although I do just fine if folks just drop-in (no time for anxiety, I guess). Making desserts doesn’t cause me any problem, tho. I have a couple tried and true recipes: Pumpkin Crunch and Cranberry Cream Cheese bars are fail-proof! Thanks for the giveaway!

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    LeAnn Peterson — November 17, 2012 @ 9:17 pm

    That looks amazing.! I’m making it for a potluck with my best girlfriends next week!

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    Sandy A — November 17, 2012 @ 9:22 pm

    This year–since we have moved to a new state–we will only be havingn our youngest daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren for the Holidays. It will be the first time in our new to us home, and we are looking forward to decorating and entertaining our family. Thank you for this lovely give away…

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    marcia — November 17, 2012 @ 9:34 pm

    great blog, would love to win!

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    Denise Barrington — November 17, 2012 @ 10:01 pm

    I love entertaining… I love having friend over for a meal or just desert and coffee. This holiday season is my favorite time to hang out and share all that has happen in our lives during the year, good or bad… I always wanted a Kitchen aid Mixer, but can’t afford one. Thank you for the opportunity

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    Kelly @The Painter Chicks — November 18, 2012 @ 12:59 pm

    What an awesome and exciting giveaway!! I am also going to try your dessert. It looks yummy.

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    Michelle — November 18, 2012 @ 1:23 pm

    I would love this! I need a new mixer!

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    Jennifer Kooshian — November 18, 2012 @ 7:27 pm

    What a great giveaway! And the pumpkin roll looks amazing :)

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    Gina Marie — November 18, 2012 @ 7:31 pm

    This sorta reminds me of a bouche noel… but jelly rolls/pumpkin rolls are just as good.
    Whenever I make anything like this at school, I take it to work to donate it as the dessert to the familes that our restaurant feeds in need :D

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    Nan Wright — November 18, 2012 @ 7:34 pm

    Oh my goodness… I haven’t had a stand mixer for so long. This would be incredible!

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    Marge B — November 18, 2012 @ 7:46 pm

    My favorite easy dessert is a cherry cheesecake from my grandma’s recipes. I love KitchenAid too.

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    Cindy M — November 18, 2012 @ 7:59 pm

    What a fabulous giveaway! This would make my Christmas gathering so much better!

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    Tif — November 18, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    Feeling especially festive today, as I finished my holiday shopping for my boys AND finalized my Thanksgiving recipes! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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    Debbie — November 19, 2012 @ 6:09 am

    I used to love entertaining but it’s become a bit more challenging since moving to a very small condo. However, I don’t want that to hold me back. During the holidays, I love to take out and bake many of my Norwegian recipes. I always make Yulekake and Norwegian waffles. These waffles are not breakfast food but dessert; yummy.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Blessings and love,

  27. #
    traci — April 15, 2014 @ 1:20 pm

    are you going to do this give away in 2014 too?!

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