December 4, 2008

Santa's Holiday Challenge - My first event!

Dear friends,

The holiday season is upon us as we are getting ready to celebrate Christmas and the New Year!! I have always wanted to host an event on my blog and this holiday, I've decided to fulfill my dream by spreading some sweetness amongst all of us. Like I promised last week, here's something special that I have been putting together with the help of my dear friend Bhags of Crazy Curry. Hope you all are eager to know more about the event.

Oh! Wait.... Do you hear the bells....?

Here comes Santa…………….

Calvin: Well. I've decided I do believe in Santa Claus, no matter how preposterous he sounds.
Hobbes: What convinced you?
Calvin: A simple risk analysis. I want presents. Lots of presents. Why risk not getting them over a matter of belief? Heck, I'll believe anything they want.
Hobbes: How cynically enterprising of you.
Calvin: It's the spirit of Christmas.

There are three stages in the life of a person, one when he or she believes in Santa Claus, another when he or she doesn't believe in Santa Claus and the last when he or she plays Santa Claus. If Calvin's risk analysis is to be believed then I think it is in our favor to believe in Santa Claus, what say you!?

Well, there is one more reason for you to believe in the spirit of Santa, as I have decided to play one this year. But this Santa is too fond of sweets. As a self-proclaimed dessert enthusiast, you all need to impress this Santa by making the best dessert you can!



These are some of the things you can follow ensure a chance to win Santa's special Holiday giveaway :

Make any or many desserts like Cakes, Cookies, Chocolates, Pastries, Bars, Custards, Candies, Dessert tarts, Pies, Puddings and Icecreams while sharing your favorite Holiday memories, if you wish to. Send a picture of your masterpiece to jz.tastytreats@gmail.com on or by 31 Dec 2008, so that the spread is ready for Santa to snack on, after his Christmas work-out! I would really appreciate it if you could make Santa feel special by creating a new/separate post for this little celebration!

Lets all pass on the holiday spirit by selecting three lucky winners of the challenge, so please be ready to vote in January. Santa is delivering a $20 gift card for the first place winner and $10 gift card for the second place winner. The third place winner will get a special mention on this Santa's home - Tasty treats!

I hope I'll get to see many sweets coming my way, but I'm guessing I wont be dieting anytime soon!! ;-)

Here are the event points again:



  1. Please make one or more desserts which come under the categories given above.
  2. Make a post of your creation on your blog with a link back to this event announcement. Please feel free to include the event banner or logo in your post.
  3. Send a mail to jz.tastytreats@gmail.com with "Santa's Holiday Challenge" as the subject on or by Dec 31, 2008.
  4. Dont forget to attach a picture of your creation and mention your name, blog name and url, entry name and entry url.
  5. Non-blogging and talented Santa's little helpers can also send in their creations. Please include your name, entry name and a picture of your creation!
  6. Please do check back in January for the round-up and to vote for your favorite.

If you have any more questions, feel free to shoot an email to jz.tastytreats@gmail.com. I will try to resolve your question as soon as possible.

I would like to thank my dear friend, Bhags of Crazy Curry, for helping me with this wonderful event write-up and for giving me valuable inputs and ideas for the event. I hope I would get your whole-hearted support in making this event a great success!

Cheers!! - JZ

20 comments:

ranji said...

awesome JZ...very exciting event indeed..let me see what i can cook up for the event :)..all the best hosting ur 1st event...good one!!

Happy cook said...

Oh i just posted something today i will send that to you.

bhags said...

good one JZ...........but i dont know if i can come up with anything close to send here.....

Sangeeth said...

yey! would luv to participate...good luck with the event JZ

Shubha said...

Hey JZ.... amazing event.... I am in...:D Long time.. have to ransack ur blog now....and see wt all i have missed all these months.......:P Also have to see ur blog for some amazing cake recipe...:) I wanna try baking for my anniversary this monday...:D any suggestion for this first time baker? Por in please...:D

Vandana Rajesh said...

Hi Jz Congrats on ur first event...gr8 idea...count me in. Looking forward to the wonderful round up , sure its going to be a real treat for Santa and for all of us too.

Cham said...

Congrats on ur first event, let me see what could Santa will like!

Sunshinemom said...

I will have my little elves put on their mitts too:). Great idea! I am looking forward to the goodies in the round up:)

romaspace said...

hey! So nice to see you hosting an event. Great theme here!

Srivalli said...

Very interesting JZ..will surely try to send something...not really on sweets now..and you are a pro at baking...how can I match that!..:))

Soma said...

I have mailed u my entry...
nice event.

Madhuram said...

JZ I didn't see the event announcement here earlier. How can I not send something for your event? Will surely make the Santa very happy!

Roopa said...

Already sent my entry :) You informed me about the event at the right time I made this cake:)

AnuSriram said...

Just now mailed you my entry! Santa will be happy now...

Mahimaa's kitchen said...

can i send savory cookies? pls reply either in mail or in my blog.

Navita said...

Hey I am sending three entries to the event which are desserts.

After all the sweets..I guess a savoury dish is called for--so my Daal Makhaani.:)

Total 4...I am new here(on blogosphere)...I think I can relate to the newness that u may be feeling..while hosting ur first event.

Have emailed u dear.

Navita said...

JZ It isn't really tough..infact its quite quick..just the soaking of the lentils o/night needs to be done. Thats it. It takes 10 mins at most (excluding the pressure cooking of the lentils).Hope u make it someday.

Vandana Rajesh said...

Hi Jz have send in my entry for ur event.

Preety said...

just sent you my entry plz chk dear

Roopa said...

Wish you and your family a Happy New Year JZ !