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Easy Baking Recipes For The Whole Family

It’s the last week of ‘Bake For Family Month’ and we hope you’ve been following our series on why baking is SUCH a fabulous activity for the entire fam and ways you can get your whole family to bake together. Bake For Family Month celebrates baking as a family and while the event officially runs every year in the month of February, we at Con Affetto like to rock the baking scene all year round! Coz when you’re looking for fun, creative ways to bond with your peeps, there are few things that can beat baking on the fab-o-meter; AND you get to dig into some delish treats at the end of it!

Check out Con Affetto's favourite easy baking recipes for the whole family to bake together this Bake For Family Month

Family baking fun is what ‘Bake For Family Month’ celebrates!

Here are a few of our favourite go-to super easy baking recipes, that the whole family will have a blast putting together. Check ’em out!

Con Affetto Faves: Easy Baking Recipes For The Whole Family

1. One of our go-to easy baking recipes for when teatime comes round! Banana Oatmeal Walnut Bread

Check out Con Affetto's favourite easy baking recipes for the whole family to bake together this Bake For Family Month

Banana Oatmeal Walnut Bread: the perfect tea time treat! (Image Courtesy: www.archanaskitchen.com)

It’s that time of the day again, when a spot of tea is just what you need to get through the rest of the evening. And a snacky bite to go with it! Something light and scrummy, wholesome and maybe…healthy. Does that sound like too tall an order? Not if we’re talking about this absolutely delish Banana Oatmeal Walnut Bread recipe from Archana’s Kitchen, that combines the goodness of walnuts and oats and turns it into an absolutely divine tea time snack. What’s more, if you have a few of those overripe bananas hanging around your kitchen, you can bung ’em in as well!

We recommend: Serve up some thick slices of this melt-in-your- mouth treat drizzled over with maple syprup and a cup of apple spice tea. You won’t want chai time to end!

2. Putting together a family meal will be a snap with this easy baking recipe…and the whole family can help!

Check out Con Affetto's favourite easy baking recipes for the whole family to bake together this Bake For Family Month

An easy pasta bake; perfect for busy weeknights

An easy peasy recipe with the goodness of veggies and cheese. Now your kids can have their zucchini and eat it too with this fabulous Baked Penne with Roasted Vegetables recipe from the Food Network! It’s such a snap to make, the whole family will have a blast prepping for this one. Most of the hard work (read cooking) is done by the oven anyway; one of the joys of baking up a family meal ๐Ÿ˜‰ This one is perfect for weeknights when you’re short on time and too tired to whip up an elaborate meal, but still want to put something together with and for the whole family.

We recommend: Pair this one-dish-meal with a buttery Chardonnay for the perfect accompaniment. Er, before you sue us, OJ for the kids!

3. Chocolate. Cookies. A recipe match made in heaven!

Check out Con Affetto's favourite easy baking recipes for the whole family to bake together this Bake For Family Month

A recipe the kids will love helping you with! Batter licking included ;)

Want to get your kids addicted to baking? You can’t go too wrong with cookies and chocolate. And you’re teaching the young uns a skill that will last them a lifetime! This easy baking recipe of Extra Deluxe Chocolate Chip Cookies was created by mums who love other mums, and their kids. And um, choc chip cookies ๐Ÿ˜‰

We recommend: Bake up an extra large batch of this one, these babies are known to disappear real quick! Goes well with a tall glass of chilled milk.

4. One of our easy baking recipes that’ll have breakfast sorted…

Check out Con Affetto's favourite easy baking recipes for the whole family to bake together this Bake For Family Month

For that zippy, power packed brekker…

The goodness of carrots for breakfast. And its NOT gajar halwa (too much prep for us early morning woozies!). Stumped? We’re talking about Carrot Bran Breakfast Muffins from Food Dee Dum. A healthy, wholesome, nutritious breakfast and it’s a complete meal at that…way too much goodness power packed into one recipe! What a super way to start the day!

We recommend: Some muesli with milk will pair up real nice with this power packed brekker.

5. Our list of easy baking recipes would be incomplete without this one…

Check out Con Affetto's favourite easy baking recipes for the whole family to bake together this Bake For Family Month

A must-bake delectable classic!

A must try baking recipe for beginners and probably something all home bakers attempt in their early days. A simple, delectable basic sponge cake recipe from Tarla Dalal. Master this one and you and your fam have conquered the first step towards crafting dessert awesomeness!

We recommend: Cut up that sponge cake into fingers, let soak in some chocolate sauce, drizzle over with nuts and….bliss out!

So get those baking hats and mitts on, get your folks into the kitchen and get baking! Pick one of our faves or bring in your own recipe. Do YOU have any easy baking recipes your whole family enjoys baking together? Share it with us and we may just feature it- and YOU- on the blog!

Style It With Upasana! An ALL NEW Blog Series On How To Look Good In The Kitchen!

We’re back this week with an ALL NEW series that is guaranteed to knock your socks off! Almost literally ๐Ÿ˜‰ and replace them with sexy stilettos or stylish suede loafers. If you’ve been following this space (like you really should be!) you’ve already read our ‘Alpana Loves’ post where we introduced you to Alpana, co-founder and creative mastermind behind Con Affetto. Well today is the BIG day where we introduce you to our other Bakerista Sister and Con Affetto co-founder! Say hello to entrepreneurial whiz and the strategic and operational powerhouse that drives Con Affetto dreams to fruition: Upasana Mansinghka!

Everything you need to know about how to look good in the kitchen while whipping up some gourmet bakes

Style it with UPASANA!

The first thing that strikes one about Upasana is her effortless style, whether it’s in the Con Affetto workshop overseeing some serious crafting and baking; or at an intense boardroom meeting. This girl can rock the look, in just about any situation. So, if YOU’ve ever found yourself wondering how to look good in the kitchen, while also effortlessly whipping up gourmet bakes, this is for you! In this blog series, Upasana brings to all you wonderful home bakers, fashion and styling tips that will make sure you rock the look…while you cook!

Everything you need to know about how to look good in the kitchen while whipping up some gourmet bakes

Rock that look…while you cook!

Over to UPASANA!

Everything you need to know about how to look good in the kitchen while whipping up some gourmet bakes

Kitchen Fashion here we come!

Hiya there people! I’m thrilled to be here hanging out with y’all and sharing what promises to be the start of an exciting new series! We meet so many home bakers and passionate home based cooks in our line of work, and when you get talking, one of the things I often get asked is how can one work in a hot and sweaty kitchen all day (those good looking edible bouquets are a LOT of hard work! :) ) and still not look like something the cat dragged in after a hot, sweaty day at the beach! Well, just like those gorgeous cake pop bouquets we love crafting at Con Affetto, how to look good in the kitchen, while you work is also a bit of an art! Here are five basic styling tips on how to look good in the kitchen, while also whipping up those lip smacking cake pops or cookies:

1. To make up or not to make up?

Everything you need to know about how to look good in the kitchen while whipping up some gourmet bakes

Bling it up with some tinted sunscreen for a minimalist yet stylish look! (Image Courtesy: www.coolasuncare.com)

Okay, this is one question I get ALL the time! Can one really work in a piping hot kitchen with loads of make up on? My simple answer is, yes, if you believe in quality over quantity! The trick is to not go OTT with a heavily caked up look (leave that for the cakes in the oven ๐Ÿ˜‰ ), but invest in a few sensible, high quality products that will not melt all over your face in the heat. First things first, ensure your face is cleansed and use a toner if required. If you have dirt and grime clogging up your pores, you’re asking for breakouts! Then, invest in a good quality sunscreen with an SPF of 30 at least- very important when you’re gonna be doing some heavy duty cooking in a high heat kitchen. I like to go a little bling-y sometimes with a tinted sunscreen. Finish up with a long lasting, sweat proof eyeliner, loads of glossy lip balm (gotta keep those lips moisturized too!) and you’re good to bake!

2. The clothes maketh the cook…or the baker!

Everything you need to know about how to look good in the kitchen while whipping up some gourmet bakes

Keep it relaxed and chic with this mid length, cotton day dress (Image Courtesy: www.koovs.com)

So what are you gonna wear in the kitchen? The one rule of thumb I always follow is to keep things simple and relaxed. You want to be focusing on the dish you’re baking and not fussing around with fiddly bits of clothing, so pick an outfit that spells style and comfort; and one that you are at ease in. My personal favourites include graphic tees over solid denims, comfortable chinos with a fitted top or a knee length shift dress that lets me move around quickly. Watch out for things like long fussy sleeves, bottoms that don’t fit well and tops that require too much adjusting- not happening if you want to rock that kitchen fashion scene!

3. What goes on your feet…come around at the end of a long day!

Everything you need to know about how to look good in the kitchen while whipping up some gourmet bakes

I like to keep my tootsies comfy in these Dunbar loafers! (Image Courtesy: www.amazon.in)

And nobody wants tired, sore feet at the end of a long hard day, or especially when you’ve been in the kitchen slaving over a hot oven! The barefoot look doesn’t work for everyone and socks, um, get sweaty and smelly (ugh!) so what really works is investing in a pair of comfortable yet supportive shoes that’ll keep those toosies happy ๐Ÿ˜‰ Think a pair of comfortable open back clogs or cushioned loafers with rubber soles that’ll help you deal with that kitchen floor…all day long!

4. That oven smells divine…but do you??

Everything you need to know about how to look good in the kitchen while whipping up some gourmet bakes

My Davidoff Cool Water Natural Spray ensures I smell as good as my cake pop bouquets ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Image Courtesy: flickr.com)

Ever been in a situation where you have wonderful culinary aromas wafting all around…but the only thing that smells awful…is you! Well trust me, you don’t ever want to be there! Working in a kitchen is hot, sweaty stuff, but don’t let that translate into smelly stuff (um, YOU!) by investing in a good quality, long lasting deo or body spray. Here’s my personal favourite that ensures I smell just as good as this gorgeous cupcake bouquet we’ve been crafting today in the Con Affetto kitchen :)

5. No list on how to look good in the kitchen can be complete without some hairy tales!

Everything you need to know about how to look good in the kitchen while whipping up some gourmet bakes

I like to keep things fuss free with my hair; but who says you can’t get funky with braids & ponytails?

And last but not the least, the hair. Wear it up or down, leave it loose or pull it back? Well, how you wear your hair is a personal choice but one thing’s for sure. You CANNOT compromise on safety and hygiene, so keep that in mind when you’re picking out a style. Managing an elaborate hairdo or flyaway hair is so NOT happening when you plan on doing some serious cooking. My personal preference is to tie it back neatly and keep it away from my face, but I keep things fun by playing around with a variety of braids and ponytails! Watch this space for more fun hair styling tips as our kitchen fashion series progresses!

Want to look good in the kitchen? Pick up our Ready Reckoner: Quick Tips To Rock That Look While You Cook!

Everything you need to know about how to look good in the kitchen while whipping up some gourmet bakes

Easy Nutella Brownies: Con Affetto’s Dessert of the Month!

Imagine a sea of decadent chocolate. Creamy. Sinful. Not overpoweringly sweet or chocolate-y, just right. With the perfect crunch of hazelnut. Now blend it all together into one divine combination, pop some into a jar and you have an instant happy making combination that people all over the world swear by (and even obsess over!). Yeah, we’re talking about everybody’s favourite chocolate hazelnut spread: Nutella!

Hey, did you know that February 5th is celebrated world over as World Nutella Day? Yup, there really is a World Nutella Day and it’s official!

ย Easy Nutella brownies recipe to celebrate World Nutella Day on February 5th. Con Affetto's Dessert of The Month, easy Nutella brownies, three ingredients ONLY!Italy celebrates a Nutella Fest! We approve!

Easy Nutella brownies recipe to celebrate World Nutella Day on February 5th. Con Affetto's Dessert of The Month, easy Nutella brownies, three ingredients ONLY!We’d like one of those too, please ๐Ÿ˜‰

We think February is the purr-fect month for celebrating all things Nutella anyway, what with it being the season of love and Bake for Family Month. SO, for our Dessert of The Month series this month we are bringing to you an absolutely brill, must have, must know, must try, you’ll go crazy when you eat this dessert: easy Nutella brownies!

Presenting Con Affetto’s Easy Nutella Brownies Recipe!

It’s so surprisingly easy peasy it’s almost unbelievable! Here goes:

What you’ll need:

Easy Nutella brownies recipe to celebrate World Nutella Day on February 5th. Con Affetto's Dessert of The Month, easy Nutella brownies, three ingredients ONLY!

1 1/4 cup of our star ingredient: Nutella!

Easy Nutella brownies recipe to celebrate World Nutella Day on February 5th. Con Affetto's Dessert of The Month, easy Nutella brownies, three ingredients ONLY!

TWO eggs!

Easy Nutella brownies recipe to celebrate World Nutella Day on February 5th. Con Affetto's Dessert of The Month, easy Nutella brownies, three ingredients ONLY!

Half a cup of all purpose flour

AND

That’s it! Yup. THREE. INGREDIENTS. And you’re sorted! See what we mean by easy Nutella brownies recipe? With the operating word(s) being easy peasy ๐Ÿ˜‰

Get Baking!

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Prep an 8X8 inch baking dish.

2. In a large bowl, bung in all the ingredients and combine until smooth. Smooth the top with a spatula.

3. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Be careful not to over bake! We want those brownies soft and chewy, not dry and crusty.

Easy Nutella brownies recipe to celebrate World Nutella Day on February 5th. Con Affetto's Dessert of The Month, easy Nutella brownies, three ingredients ONLY!

Cool, cut, serve and YENJOY!

We’ve been baking up a batch in the Con Affetto kitchen as we were typing out this post (super multi tasking, no? ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) and we’ve just heard our oven timer PING…so…. :) Later, peeps! Um, in case you’re still around reading that is. We’re pretty sure we lost you’ll at โ€œbake for 25-30 minutes…โ€ and you’re probably thinking about baking your very own easy Nutella brownies already!

Easy Nutella brownies recipe to celebrate World Nutella Day on February 5th. Con Affetto's Dessert of The Month, easy Nutella brownies, three ingredients ONLY!

Can perfection get any better? Yessir! Drizzle some melted Nutella over Nutella brownies and you do just that ๐Ÿ˜‰

Got a crazy chocolate craving RIGHT NOW? How about digging into one of our ‘Sinful Love’- vanilla butter sugar cookies dipped in chocolate (swoon!) bouquets? Call us!

BONUS!!! Easy Nutella Brownies: Con Affetto’s Tippy Tips!

Easy Nutella brownies recipe to celebrate World Nutella Day on February 5th. Con Affetto's Dessert of The Month, easy Nutella brownies, three ingredients ONLY!

OR you could even sprinkle over some frosting sugar!

Easy Nutella Brownies Tip #1:

These babies are kinda fudgy, just the way we like ’em. If you want yours more cake-y, bung in 1/2 a teaspoon of baking soda to the ingredients.

Easy Nutella Brownies Tip #2:

For a healthier version you can replace the all purpose flour with almond flour.

Easy Nutella Brownies Tip #3:

Okay, this more like a SUPER bonus and less like a tip. You can even make these babies with TWO ingredients. Yup, you heard that right. TWO. Just swap two eggs with four eggs (make sure you whisk them super, like super, nice) and use 11/4 cup of Nutella. You’re welcome. You can go die of happiness now ๐Ÿ˜‰

Get Your Whole Family In The Kitchen And Baking This ‘Bake For Family’ Month!

Hey there guys! We’ve been kinda busy chez Con Affetto what with Valentineโ€™s Day (Did YOU take part in our fab V Day contest? No? Worry not, watch this space for more fun contests coming your way soon!) and ‘Bake For Family’ Month’– which is currently on in full swing. Speaking of ‘Bake For Family’ month, we had the Con Affetto bake off recently at our office and it was not only the most awesome work event imaginable, it was also a trip down nostalgia lane. Everyone at work shared stories of how they had first gotten started with baking and it took us right back to a sleepy little small town in Rajasthan where two little girls had BIG gourmet dreams! Yeah, true story!

Get your whole family in the kitchen and baking this Bake For Family Month. And take a trip down nostalgia lane with us at Con Affetto!

Two little girls with big gourmet dreams :) Take a trip down nostalgia lane with us!

Growing up in Bhilwara in Rajasthan, we only ever had stodgy, old fashioned cakes covered with mounds of buttery cream from the only bakery in town.

Get your whole family in the kitchen and baking this Bake For Family Month. And take a trip down nostalgia lane with us at Con Affetto!

Blast from the past! Remember these cream cakes from our childhood days?

Baking at home was not that common and the only delicious, gourmet cakes we tasted were few and far between. We had one such encounter with a divine tasting cake at a friend’s birthday party and were stunned to hear that her mum had baked it! We promptly trooped back home and began badgering our own mum to bake exactly the same version of deliciousness we’d had at our friendโ€™s. Mum rose (literally!) to the occasion and learned how to bake the cake we craved for from our friend’s mum- and that was our first foray into the many delights of baking. Spurred on by our craving for all things cake-y, Mum began what would be a long standing tryst with baking.ย Recipes were procured from around the world, sometimes painstakingly noted down over the telephone; ingredients were sourced from willing relatives and friends travelling to the nearest big city and baking experiments were made manifold in our tiny home oven. Our baking repertoire slowly began to grow. From being required for special family occasions, the very act of baking itself became the occasion, with the entire family eagerly anticipating the ‘event’. From helping Mum with the prep; to sitting around the oven watching those delicious cupcakes or cookies begin to take form; to helping with the clean up (batter licking experts to the rescue!), baking was a family affair all right! For the two little girls with cupcake-y visions; it was a dream come true!

Get your whole family in the kitchen and baking this Bake For Family Month. And take a trip down nostalgia lane with us at Con Affetto!

And this is what Con Affetto memories are made of :)

Fast forward to many years later. The little girls were all grown up now, and had moved away from home to pursue other goals. Yet the warm memories they’d created around the family oven, stayed in their hearts. It was to these memories that one of the little girls, now grown up, returned, in a bid to recreate the same magical experiences for her own children. Armed with the passion for baking she’d inherited from her mum and driven with her own exceptional talent for crafting, she began creating gourmet bakes for her kids and crafting them into gorgeous edible bouquets. Very soon, not just her kids, but friends, neighbours and relatives were swooning over her drool-worthy creations. And that’s when inspiration struck the two sisters with erstwhile cupcake dreams! What if they could recreate the magic from their childhood and translate it into something for everyone to enjoy? What if their edible bouquets could become something much more- a celebration of baking and crafting, of love?

Get your whole family in the kitchen and baking this Bake For Family Month. And take a trip down nostalgia lane with us at Con Affetto!

Baking…Crafting…Creating magic with gourmet baked products @ConAffetto

The Con Affetto idea had just been born! The coming together of passion, creativity… and a generous sprinkling of magic! Inspired by the beauty of flowers and the delectable temptation of gourmet bakes, it was the birth of edible bouquets chez Con Affeto!

Funky gift ideas for her! Gorgeous edible bouquets from Con Affetto

The Con Affetto Story! A dream come true :)

And it had all begun with a charming little family baking tradition :) Inspired? We hope you are because there is no better time than ‘Bake For Family’ month to start creating some family baking traditions of your own! If YOU want to get your family involved in baking, here are three easy ways to get your whole family in the kitchen and baking!

1. Get them to prep with you!

Get your whole family in the kitchen and baking this Bake For Family Month

Start prepping as a family before B Day ;)

Don’t just assemble all the ingredients you need to start baking a cake and expect the fam to turn up and be all excited. Totally not happening! Build up the excitement and anticipation by getting them involved in choosing a recipe, shopping for ingredients and deciding on a day for your family bake off. That’ll get them all pumped up and looking forward to the day which has the whole family in the kitchen and baking.

2. When you have your whole family in the kitchen and baking, DON’T have unrealistic expectations

Get your whole family in the kitchen and baking this Bake For Family Month

Get your inner Monica to take a chill pill, just this once! (Image Credit: theodysseyonline.com)

On the B Day ;), don’t channel your inner Monica and be all antsy about keeping things clean, organized and expecting perfection. Remember, when your whole family is in the kitchen and baking with you, your aim should be to create memories and experiences that will last a lifetime. Expect a little (or a lot of) mess- especially if there are young kids involved, some goof ups- and a whole lot of fun! You may even have some baking disasters to begin with and that’s all part of the family fun. Keep at it, and not only will you bond with each other, you will create great memories- and eventually some great bakes as well!

3. Set aside a specified day and time

Get your whole family in the kitchen and baking this Bake For Family Month

Get everyone on board; set that date in stone!

If you really want to get your whole family in the kitchen and baking, you’re going to have to plan well in advance. Fix a day when all of you are available and have at least two hours on hand, pencil it into everybody’s calendars and make it clear that this is one family date nobody can miss! Even if you can do it only once in a month or two to begin with, be consistent. Eventually it will be a day everyone looks forward to and wishes would happen more often!

Do you have any family baking stories of your own that you’d like to share? We’d love to hear from you!

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7 Sure Shot Signs That You Are In A Serious Relationship: Find Out This Valentine’s Day!

โ€œIs this love…is this love…is this love, Is this love that I’m feelin’? I wanna know…wanna know…wanna know now! I got to know…got to know…got to know now!โ€


Wondering where your new relationship is headed? Find out this Valentine's Day! Read our fun post on 7 sure shot signs that you are in a serious relationship

So, is this the REAL thing?

We don’t know about Bob Marley and the Wailers, but if those are the lines zipping around your head as Valentine’s Day looms closer, we totally get you! There comes a time in relationships when the butterflies in your tummy, that often accompany a romantic crush, start turning into a serious flutter. But how do you tell whether the person that you’re seeing is more than just a casual date? How can you be sure that your fun dates are turning into something more serious? There are the more obvious signs of a relationship getting serious of course, like meeting the parents and serious ‘relationship conversations’. But if you haven’t quite gotten to that stage yet and still need a ‘sign’ whether this is the real thing, here are 7 sure shot signs that you are in a serious relationship:

Sign #1: There’s less pressure!

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When things are kinda casual, it’s a sign they’re getting serious!

You wake up next to him or her in the morning and lean in for a kiss, without worrying about what your hair looks like! If you’re stressing less about stuff like what you should wear; when he or she last texted you; if you couldn’t care less whether you have make up on or not; or if you feel comfortable to have them around even when you’re feeling really sick…it’s a sign that things aren’t that casual any more. That’s the surprising (and kinda cute!) thing about relationships…the more serious things are getting between you, the more casual your relationship gets!

Sign #2: You’re friends with each other’s friends

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You’re hanging out with each other’s friends!

When you start hanging out with each other’s friends, it’s a sign that not only are you approved and liked by his or her friends, you’re also becoming more involved in each other’s lives. As a bonus, getting to know each other’s friends is a way of really getting to know the person you’re dating even better.

You may also like: 15 Surprising Benefits of Being in a Romantic Relationship!

Sign #3: You love hanging out together, even when you’re doing your own thing

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Those long, comfortable silences? They’re a good thing!

Those long silences that stretch without the least bit of awkwardness? One of the sure shot signs that you are in a serious relationship! When both of you feel relaxed and happy in each other’s company, even when you aren’t doing stuff together or even necessarily talking for that matter, you know you have a good thing going.

Sign #4: You’re included in each other’s plans…without really thinking about it!

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You include each other in plans on auto pilot

You know exactly what he or she did last week; when they have the next work trip and are jointly cussing that pesky office dinner over the weekend which won’t let the two of you hang out together. You include each other when you make plans, almost subconsciously. Even your friends expect the two of you to show up to events or places together. If you were nodding as you read all of the above, this one’s for the road! Yup, just one more of those signs that you are in a SERIOUS relationship.

Sign #5: You have a bunch of your stuff at each other’s places

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His stuff is in your space…and it feels right!

You don’t really have to pack a bag any more when you plan to stay the night because you know that the stuff you need will already be at their place. Toothbrush? Spare clothes? Sorted. Deo? You can share theirs! What’s more, you’re both comfortable with each other’s stuff being around (you even like it!) and don’t get bugged or think it’s messing with your space.

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Sign #6: You discuss the future together

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You know its serious when you’re looking at the road ahead, together

When you’re dating someone casually, you’re almost obsessive about not discussing the future together because that’s exactly how you want things to remain- casual. It’s totally the other way round when you’re getting serious- you start discussing the future more, maybe even make plans together, because you know the other person is going to be around, not just for a month or two, but for a long, long time to come.

Sign #7: You know things about each other that very few people do

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You’ve let each other into your private worlds

Irrational fears. Secret phobias. The one thing that really cheeses him or her off. Most embarrassing moment ever. If you know things most casual friends don’t, not only does it show the two of are connected at a deeper, more intimate level, it also means you’re letting each other into your most private worlds, one of the most knowing signs that you are in a serious relationship.

If most or all of the signs above struck a chord, you can be sure you’re in it for the long haul! Did you get any signs when you were dating your significant other that were a dead giveaway that things were getting serious? Tell us!

Related: Funky Gift Ideas For HER, This Valentine’s Day

Bake For Family Month is upon us!

Can you guess why February is our favourite month of the year? Hint: it has nothing to do with Valentineโ€™s Day, though we are suckers for romance ๐Ÿ˜‰ Give up? It’s because February is ‘Bake For Family Month’! And we’re celebrating ALL of this month by having the Con Affetto Bake Off Party, where each member of our team gets a traditional family bake to work, for everyone to tuck into!

We're celebrating Bake For Family Month, an annual celebration created by the Home Baking Association all of February at Con Affetto

EVERYONE in the Con Affetto team is going to be baking up a storm this Bake For Family Month!

So it’s but natural that we’re FULL ON excited about Bake For Family Month, an annual celebration created by the Home Baking Association, to encourage families to spend time together baking- and having a blast while they’re at it! Baking can be incredibly uplifting and relaxing when done in your alone time, but when done in a group it can take you to a whole different zone. And when it’s done with close family and friends, it can be almost therapeutic! Here’s a look at why baking with family should be on your must-do list this baking season:

B for….Bonding!

We're celebrating Bake For Family Month, an annual celebration created by the Home Baking Association all of February at Con Affetto

Bake up some great family bonding moments together too :)

All that jazz about quality time with your loved ones? If that’s what you’re looking for, it doesn’t get better than baking together! Baking requires time and patience. It’s but natural that if you’re doing it with someone, you’re investing time and effort into creating something together. In the process you nurture and strengthen your bonds with each other, in the most delicious way imaginable :)

There’s something in it for everyone!

We're celebrating Bake For Family Month, an annual celebration created by the Home Baking Association all of February at Con Affetto

Even the family dog can play a part ;)

From toddlers to grandparents, everyone can help out in baking a scrummylicious cake; or a fun and funky pizza! From measuring ingredients (grandpa, with his penchant for being precise); to mixing the cake batter (the kids get to play a role here!) baking is an all inclusive affair. Even the family dog can play a part- licking the batter off the kitchen floor! ๐Ÿ˜‰

You get to learn a lifelong skill…

We're celebrating Bake For Family Month, an annual celebration created by the Home Baking Association all of February at Con Affetto

Learning a life long skill that may even become a lifetime’s passion!

Yup, baking ain’t just fun and games! As anyone who is clueless about cooking; we’re talking about being unable to even boil an egg- there really are peeps like that out there!- will tell you, learning how to bake is an invaluable skill. And it’s a skill that will last you a lifetime.ย  If acquired well, it can bring you great joy (not to mention delicious bakes!). And hey, if you get really good at it, you may even make it a lifelong passion!

Baking is SUPER for kids!

We're celebrating Bake For Family Month, an annual celebration created by the Home Baking Association all of February at Con Affetto

Can you think of a more fabulous- or delicious!- way to spend an afternoon with the young ‘uns?

Okay, there are reams and reams of research out there which prove beyond doubt that baking is a fabulous activity for families with kids to indulge in as often as possible. Not only does it get kids interested in trying healthy foods (carrot cake, anyone?), it gets children involved in the process of meal planning and learning about healthy ingredients, makes them feel included and accomplished by contributing something to the family meal and teaches several basic math and scientific principles. So get your kids around that oven already!

You’re creating more than just baked goodies…

We're celebrating Bake For Family Month, an annual celebration created by the Home Baking Association all of February at Con Affetto

You’re creating memories that will last a lifetime!

You’re creating beautiful memories that will not just last you for a lifetime; they will be even handed down for generations after! Think about it; are there any family recipes which have come to you from your great-great-grandmother’s time and are guarded like precious family heirlooms? Well, not only do you relive and recreate those memories from your grand mum’s kitchen every time you and your kids get together to bake, now you’re getting to create recipes and memories of your own. Which may someday be relished and loved by your great grandkids!

Baking together gets those creative juices flowing…

We're celebrating Bake For Family Month, an annual celebration created by the Home Baking Association all of February at Con Affetto

Get, set…bake! Baking unleashes creativity…did you know that cake pops were the result of a creative burst of inspiration?

Baking has been likened to a work of art and a good baker is akin to an artist. So it goes without saying that when you and your family get involved in baking you bring your individual personalities and talents to the entire process and feed off each others creativity. You can take that basic cake recipe and add your own creative flair to it. Who says you have to be a text book baker? In the process, you not only unleash your imagination, you amp up the entire creative process! Many epic desserts- think cake pops, or macarons!- have been created by imaginative and innovative bakers thinking outta the (cake) box!

Bake for family month will foster some awesome teamwork!

We're celebrating Bake For Family Month, an annual celebration created by the Home Baking Association all of February at Con Affetto

The home team in action!

Remember that old saying about how too many bakers can ruin the cake? Just as with any other group or community project, baking requires great teamwork and organization. In any team there are people with different skill levels and competencies; some need support and guidance, some get an opportunity to develop their leadership skills. And when you’re playing for the greatest team of all-the home team- it’s a learning ground like no other, and fun too!

We hope we’ve got you all revved up about spending time with the fam around that oven, baking up loads of happiness! Don’t forget to watch this space for more fun bake for family month activities– we have LOADS of awesome stuff we plan to serve up to you this month- fresh and hot from the oven, Con Affetto style ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Con Affetto’s Valentine’s Day Contest!

All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt. Charles M. Schulz.


Valentine's Day contest at Con Affetto, enter to win a Con Affetto bouquet worth Rs 1,550!

Celebrating the season of loooove!

And what if you could have both? It’s one of our favourite times of the year again and we’re celebrating with a funky Valentine’s Day Contest here at Con Affetto! Coz what better way to celebrate the season of love than by spreading a whole lot of love (and chocolate!) around, right?!

Valentine's Day contest at Con Affetto, enter to win a Con Affetto bouquet worth Rs 1,550!

Get closer to your Valentine with our fab contest!

So gear up and get set for the dreamiest Valentine’s Day ever, coz we are SO going to make all your Valentine dreams come true this year!

Everyone has that image of the perfect Valentine’s Day with the love of their lives. It could be a picnic under the stars or breakfast in bed; lounging around in pajamas all day and ODing on Netflix….or an all out, extravagant gift that screams ROMANCE!

Valentine's Day contest at Con Affetto, enter to win a Con Affetto bouquet worth Rs 1,550!

Is a dreamy day at the beach your idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day?

Well, whatever it is that makes YOUR heart go boom boom boom!, all you need to do this Valentine’s Day is tell us and we’re gonna make it happen! Yes, it really is that simple. Hooked, booked and ready to rock this V Day boat? Read on for our easy as pie contest rules below:

CONTEST! CONTEST! CONTEST! Con Affetto’s Valentine’s Day Contest! Be there or be square ๐Ÿ˜‰

Step One:

Simble! ‘Like’ us on Facebook! Here we are!

Step Two:ย 

Check out our Valentine’s Day Contest on Facebook here and tell us YOUR idea of a perfect Valentine’s Day.

Step Three:ย 

Simbler! We will pick the top TWO most fun, funky, quirky replies and announce them on our Facebook page on 10th February (mark that date!)

Step Four:

Nowย  for the fun part! For the two winners, we will convey YOUR idea of the perfect Valentine’s Day to your Valentine, so that he or she can go all out to turn that dreamy Valentine Day into reality come February 14! What’s more you and your Valentine get one complimentary bouquet of Valentine’s Special, our exclusive new cake pop bouquet worth Rs 1,550!

Funky gift ideas for her! Gorgeous edible bouquets from Con Affetto

Make it a swoon worthy Valentine with our exclusive new cake pop bouquet!

Step Five:

Bonus! Those lucky peeps will be featured on our blogย as the Con Affetto Cutest Couple!

That’s it! And the contest starts….hey, wait! It’s happening already! So head over to the Con Affetto page on Facebook RIGHT NOW and join the party! It’s going to be a Valentine’s Day like no other with Con Affetto :)

*Contest is on in Delhi, Gurgaon, Noida only *Contest will be on till February 10, 2016 *Winners will be chosen at the sole discretion of Con Affetto *The contest is not associated with Facebook in any way

Funky Gift Ideas For Her, This Valentine’s Day

Tick tock…tick tock… Gentlemen, we hope you have your eyes on the clock! It’s 2nd February and that day is looming on the horizon…You know which day we mean, right? The day when the love of your life would like to feel a little extra special, a little more pampered than usual and would like to be reminded of how she really IS the only one for you. You guessed right…Valentine’s Day is fast approaching and we hope you’ve got your game plan ready, guys!

Check out our funky gift ideas for the special girl in your life

The season of LOVE is back :)

And because we know just how important (and how challenging!) it is to make every Valentine’s Day memorable & meaningful for the love of your life, this Valentine’s Day we have a special V Day launch just for all you awesome guys. Yes, you heard that right! Presenting an exclusive new Con Affetto launch….wait for it….*DRUM ROLL*…

The Valentine’s Special Cake Pop Bouquet: An Exclusive, All New Con Affetto Launch!

Funky gift ideas for her! Gorgeous edible bouquets from Con Affetto

Make it a swoon worthy Valentine with our exclusive new cake pop bouquet!

Remember, you heard it here first! Valentine’s Special: a gorgeous and absolutely swoon worthy arrangement of crimson red and sunshine-y yellow flowers playing peek-a-boo with the most scrumptious cake pops your taste buds would have the good fortune of letting melt all over ’em…sigh! So quit Googling the best online flower and cake delivery options in your city this Valentine’s Day and gift your gal this delightful little taste of spring encased in cake pop velvet, instead. And then sit back and watch all those regular, boring flower bouquets wilt in comparison (and envy ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Bonus: You get to share some of these droolsome treats with your girl, while the other guys, erm, get to watch their flowers wilt *evil laughter*

Our fabulous new Valentine’s Special bouquet will feature on our website real soon; in the meantime feel free to drool all over our other scrummylicious bouquets ๐Ÿ˜‰

Check out our funky gift ideas for the special girl in your life. Edible bouquets are a great gifting option for Valentines Day!

Your special someone will be spoilt for choice with our gorgeous edible bouquets!

And while we’re talking ways to make this Valentine’s Day a memorable and meaningful day for your girl, here are some of our specially curated, funky gift ideas for her, that will make her fall in love with you- all over again! Whether your girl is the mushy sort or the ‘I care two hoots about Valentine’s Day’ cynic, our funky gift ideas for her, oozing with romance, will be sure to blow her away this V-Day. After all no girl is immune to true blue romance, especially when it’s straight from the heart and comes with a quirky twist! Read on:

1. A ‘Book of Love’….written by YOU!

Funky gift ideas for her! A personalized book of love

Write your way into her heart this Valentine’s Day… (Image Courtesy: Uncommon Goods, link below)

Want her to know how your love for her will go on for eternity? Capture those emotions in words that will last forever, by penning a book for her! Before you break out in a sweat, check out this sweet little book from Uncommon Goods that takes all your deepest sentiments and cutesy moments and translates them into words for your love…in the most effortless, fun way possible! Yup you’re on your way to best-selling author land all right and you sure will write your way into the heart of your very special reader!

2. A funky gift for her to prove your love can be priceless…

Funky gift ideas for her! A personalized wallet insert

Your love is…priceless! (Image Courtesy: www.etsy.com)

Money can’t buy love right? Yeah, but it sure can act as a reminder of your love…right in your lady love’s wallet! This quirky yet ultra romantic metal wallet insert- with your personalized image and message- will remind her of how priceless your love truly is, each time she whips out her wallet. Yup, there are some things that money can’t buy, and this gift will work as a constant reminder of that :)

3. Tareekh pe tareekh!

Funky gift ideas for her! A personalized wall calendar

All those dates…easy as pie ๐Ÿ˜‰ (Image Courtesy: Vistaprint, link below)

Does your girl often crib about how you never remember the day you first met, or when you first kissed, or when you proposed to her, or when she first told you what you mean to her, or when…gaaah! Is your head spinning already? We don’t blame you… remembering all those dates can be CRAZY, but that’s exactly what some girls expect you to do! Now, don’t just remember all those dates, set them down in stone (um, print) with these fantabulous personalized calendars from Vistaprint. You don’t just get to customize every month of the year with cutesy pics of the two of you, you can put every goddamn date in there- from your first gift to her to the first kiss and make up after the first fight ๐Ÿ˜‰ Now all you have to do is get all the info on all those dates from your girl (yup, girls remember everything) without her guessing why!

4. Put a ring on it…

Funky gift ideas for her! A personalized initial ring in sterling silver, rose filled gold or gold

Put a ring on it! (Image Courtesy: www.etsy.com)

The two of you together, forever? Sealed with a kiss, and engraved in gold? Put a ring on it, guys! This bee-yoo-tiful two initial ring in sterling silver or gold, will do just that. You can put in your girl’s birthstone and a special message from you to go with it as well. Trust us, this is one ring she won’t want to take off anytime soon!

We hope our funky gift ideas for her have you feeling inspired, gentlemen! Your love may be timeless but time, tide and..er, Valentine’s Day wait for none…the countdown to V-Day has begun so take your pick and get going already!

For more inspiration check our some of our other super cool and oh so romantic ideas here!