Monday, August 23, 2010

Blue makes me happy

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I made a cake and put it on a plate. A pretty blue glass plate that I ordered the other day. It came in this weekend so I decided it must be put to use right away… or else forever be united with my other cake plates that have yet to see the light of day.

So I made a cake. Several of them. I thought it would be a good time to finally venture into the scary world of cake stacking.

Yikes.

But first… mad respect to all the cake decorators out there. I’ve only made small cakes before. This was a task. And I didn’t even do anything fancy.

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I made this recipe. TWICE.

The first time I baked three 8 inch cakes. And the second time, I baked three 6 inch cakes and 2 five inch cakes. Use two inch high cake pans and spread the batter evenly among the pans when you bake. You’ll have just enough batter for all 8 layers.

I wanted to try the recipe to see if how well it would work for stacking. It’s not very dense, so it wouldn’t be great for carving. But it bakes up nice and even so there is no need to level off the tops. Yay, one less step.

I baked the cakes at night and wrapped in plastic wrap so I could devote the next day to decorating.

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Unwrap a layer and place it on a cardboard cake circle cut to size. Frost the top. Layer on the next one and repeat.

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Then frost the sides. This is the called the crumb coat. You just want a thin layer of frosting. It’s okay if crumbs get in.

I placed the layers on top of the cake pan I baked them in as a stand and to make frosting the sides down to the bottom a little easier.

Once frosted as evenly as possible, you can place the cake in the freezer for a few minutes. The frosting will harden and when you remove the cakes from the freezer, you can use a knife dipped in a little warm water to help smooth out any uneven places.

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Repeat with the 6-inch cakes. Kinda crumby.

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And the 5-inch cakes.

Did I ever tell you that I’m a really, really messy baker? Like real.

When all the cakes are crumb-coated, you can apply a pretty layer of frosting without worrying about tearing the cake or getting cake crumbs on the outside.

Or you can cover them in fondant. Eeek. That’s what I did.

(I used the frosting recipe from this post and doubled it. Triple it if you want to frost it all in buttercream instead of covering in fondant.)

Unfortunately there is no photographic evidence of the covering.

Just imagine I rolled out fondant on a powdered sugar-dusted surface and then carefully placed the fondant over each tier. And then smoothed out the sides.

And imagine that it looked perfect. Because it did not.

Once each tier is covered in fondant you can get ready to stack away.

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To stack the cake, you’ll need wooden dowels or even straws to support each tier, so the cake doesn’t smoosh in on itself.

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Push the dowel in and mark the height of the cake on the dowel. Remove and use it as a guide to cut the other dowels. I used four for the bottom tier and the middle tier. Make sure the dowels are all placed within the diameter of the tier above it. So the dowels won’t show when you stack them all up.

Then just stack the cakes and decorate.

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I cut white fondant hearts to keep a clean, simple look.

Okay, not really. I did it to help hide the slightly uneven surface.

And also because I ran out of time to do anything else.

I think it looks pretty cute. Even if I don’t really know what I’m doing.

What I do know is I need another lesson in covering fondant cakes. And then one in making sugar flowers and of course piping and then carving. And then I’ll need some therapy.

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I like it with a single pink heart, too.

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But what I like most is the cake stand.

That’s why I bought two of them.

One for me and another for one of you.

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Want it?

Enter for a chance to win this happy blue 10-inch glass cake plate.

  • Leave a comment on this post and tell me something that makes you happy.
  • Deadline to enter is Monday, August 23 at 6:00 pm ET. SORRY, TIME’S UP! Winner announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Monday evening on this post.

Good luck!

P.S. Here’s where I bought them.

I’m really glad I choose winners randomly or I’d be in a tough spot. Thanks for sharing all that makes you happy.

Now for the win, it’s comment #3612!

Congrats Angela from Memphis – I’m glad baking makes you happy. Now you have something new to put your treats on.

blue_winner

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Jen said...

baking my children’s birthday cakes.

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Chrissy said...

What makes me happy is when I hear my fiance’s keys in the door just before he walks in from work ;). I LOVE the cake! And the single pink heart too. Great job!

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Katrina said...

Doing anything crafty usually makes me happy, followed by watching Disney movies ;) Love that cake stand!

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Sabrina said...

God has blessed me to see another day, opened my eyes to all the beauty in this world and to enjoy it.

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Ginelle Flores said...

I love the cake, it’s so me…
I always want to add something different, something that pops!
loveee it!
WOW I just read the post #56
Betsy @JavaCupcake said…
Being in the arms of my soldier…. that makes me happy. Oh…. and it’s gonna be VERY SOON when that gets to happen! He’s almost HOME!!!
so cuteeeeee :)

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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jeannie said...

the four essential F’s currently in my life: fiance, family, friends and food!

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Kylie Rogers said...

watching my children grow makes me happy..

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Liz said...

What makes me happy is your blog!!! (I am hoping that sucking up will help me win) Also my family makes me happy. Check out how cute my little monkeys are at http://busylizzybows.blogspot,com

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Christine G. said...

Today making cupcakes with my daughter makes me happy!!!

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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m i c h e l l e said...

Clean sheets and a great book after the kids are asleep :-)

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Nicole said...

Happiness is dessert!

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Cassidy said...

The rain outside makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Tonya Boler said...

One of the things that makes me happy is hearing the laughter of my three daughters (Ages 13, 11, and 6)
Happy Baking :)
Tonya B

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Mayra Reyes said...

It looks beautiful! What makes me happy is the simple things of life that ome overlook… like the way my daughters eyes look when she smiles or how my so always burps after feeding him.

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Marilyn Lefholz said...

The love that flows in our family is what makes me happy :)

August 23, 2010 12:39 AM
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Kelly said...

Being pregnant with my second daughter and the smell of our first after she’s done with bath time. And my husband of course. Thats 3. I think I cheated.

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Shannie B said...

My daughter… she is the reason I smile.

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Pamela Susan said...

What makes me happy? CAKE PLATES! No joke–I absolutely adore them and I so love this blue one–it is cheerful, indeed!

A few other things that make me happy–my daughters’ pictures of fairies and princesses, knitting baby clothes, pedicures with girlfriends, gardening, refurbishing old furniture. The list could go on and on and on… :)

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Beccah said...

Honestly, baking makes me so happy. Eating what I bake makes me even happier. :)

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Jamie said...

My husband makes me happy :) him and images printed on paper towels ;)

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Elisa said...

my fuzzy family – husband, son and 3 dogs, they complete me :-)

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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justJENN said...

My kids make me happy. Oh and mochi. Yep. Those two things.

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Puja said...

It makes me happy to play board games with my sister.

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Robin said...

Butterflies and my boys make me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Michele B said...

Cake makes me HAPPY :),,,and cookies, cupcakes, pie……

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Diana Kay said...

What makes me happy… Is my ability to laugh at anything! Humor gets me through so much in my day to day life… Without that, I would have nothing.

Also, I love trying new things. :) A teired cake is one of those things I’ve not yet been brave enough to try… But I want to, someday!

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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terry said...

Such a cute cake! I have made the cake and cupcakes for my godsons last 2 birthdays,and it makes me want to learn to do more!

And Edy’s ToyStory Lemonade Swirl Ice Cream made me happy! Had it today with cousins! Go try it! it is limited time!

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Christine G. said...

Making cupcakes with my daughter makes me happy

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Rachel said...

Cupcakes and my sweet babies make me COMPLETELY happy!

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Tiara A said...

Baking with my daughters then licking the egg-free bowl while my husband cleans up our mess makes me VERY happy! :)

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Anonymous said...

cupcakes and military life makes me happy

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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andrea murdock said...

I know this sounds so little girl’ish but kittens still make me happy. Even just pictures. Oh and when my craft table is clean. It’s so rare that it brings about pure bliss and joy. That’s why I don’t clean up my craft table often- wouldn’t want to get too used to that great feeling ;)

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Wendy in California said...

My family makes me happy – simple as that!

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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trisha said...

Sharing the pictures on your blog makes my 2 year old and myself very happy! She loves to bake and most importantly decorate! LOVE all of the eye candy you provide. :o)

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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trisha said...

Sharing the pictures on your blog makes my 2 year old and myself very happy! She loves to bake and most importantly decorate! LOVE all of the eye candy you provide. :o)

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Kelly S. said...

Between my daughter, Pioneer Woman and you- I am a very happy person!! Thanks Bakerella!

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Brittany said...

Seeing the reactions from everyone when they taste something I’ve baked. It’s what motivates me to follow my dream of going to culinary school. That is what truly makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Bakingdom said...

I adore that stand! I’m obsessed with cake stands!!

Being a girl make me happy! I love being a girl in all it’s girly-ness!

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Charlotte said...

The Italian Love Cake I made today. It was divine!

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Bonnie Alaniz said...

other than the obvious son and husband stuff…Drinking Cherry Squirt on a hot day, while listening to 80′s country music makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:40 AM
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Aaron said...

My hubby makes me happy!!!

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Brielle Renz said...

my husband, a big cup of coffee, and a delicious pastry make me oh so content!

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Mary G. said...

little baby arms wrapped around my neck.

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Sarah Berkowitz said...

What makes me happy is being with my family and spending time with them :) Also, being with my boyfriend. :D

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Dinh said...

So many things make me happy… family, friends, food… :)

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Itziar said...

My familiy: my husband, mom and sis, but much more my 2 nephews and 5 nieces… I love them! all of them make me happy…

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Hannah said...

seeing my roommates after a loooooong summer of being apart!!

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Sophia said...

what makes me happy is my fiance. There hasn’t been a day since we don’t laugh together…and it makes people around me sick. I’ll take that as a good thing :) -sophi

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Sophia said...

what makes me happy is my fiance. There hasn’t been a day since we don’t laugh together…and it makes people around me sick. I’ll take that as a good thing :) -sophi

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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mary m said...

The single pink heart makes me happy.

And when both kids go to bed with no arguing? Then I’m in heaven!!

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Michele Catlett said...

listening to my 2 year old sing along during our worship practice makes me happy. That and cuddling with my baby :)

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Aleigha said...

That single pink heart makes me pretty happy :) Actually, my recent happiest moment was my 4 year old reading his first book to me :D Pure happiness!

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Erin said...

My cat laying on my tummy purring like crazy makes me happy. he’s so cute. :)

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Jamie said...

My husband and son make me happy. :)

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Leah said...

today I attempted my first cake balls & pops. I made the red velvet cake for the first time too. It made me happy that it turned out yummy!

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Allison said...

Snuggling with my new dog lanie makes me happy

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Sally said...

Watching a great movie with my family makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Darci Wills said...

Being in the kitchen and baking makes me happy….every single time!

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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tharrisgirl said...

My husband returning from combat deployments always makes me happier than anything else.

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Bonnie Lewis said...

Great job! I am dying to make a layered cake and i LOVE cake plates.

Truly, a beautiful cake on a beautiful cake plate makes me happy! :)

August 23, 2010 12:41 AM
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Leslie said...

My teenager going back to school on Wednesday not only makes me happy, it makes me want this cake!
You did a great job and made it look easy…..though we know it was a ton of work. Thanks for sharing.

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Kris said...

Baking with my kids makes me happy. We baked cupcakes today and I let them decorate them all by themselves. (but the funny part is that neither of my kids like to eat cupcakes, they just like to bake them, so getting to eat all of the cupcakes myself makes me happy too)

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Courtney Cottrell said...

caramel popcorn with hidden m&ms while watching a chick flick with my little sister.

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Melissa Lee said...

A long nap makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Juwayriya said...

Being able to take a nap during the day with my 2 baby munchkins and NOT feel guilty about it. :)

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Megan said...

Monsoon season in Arizona makes me happy. What does not, however, is how it’s so hot and humid here right now that it’s difficult to frost things and not have the frosting melt into the cake.

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Trish said...

Eating something delicious makes me happy! I can always find the perfect recipe for that on your website :)

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Rani said...

being with my family makes me happy

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Country Girl in the City said...

My kids make me happy, fresh produce from my garden, sweet peas growing in my back yard, big mugs of steamy hot Chai Tea…..

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Vicky said...

My little grandson who is visting from Denver makes me happy :)

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Megan said...

Going to the Farmer’s Market and finding black krim heirloom tomatoes… my favorite!!!

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Stefanie said...

Mountain Dew :)

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Alexa said...

Belly dancing makes me happy. It’s fun to shimmy!

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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JenG said...

Getting away with my husband for a lazy Sunday afternoon, just the two of us, no time constraints. Perfect!

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Kayla said...

Picking my tomatoes today made me happy…although it was darn near 100 here today!

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Renee said...

baking & sharing it makes me happy, reading my favorite baking blogs, like Bakerella, and of course, my family!

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Reannah said...

I love, love, LOVE the blue!! And what makes me happy?? Knowing, as a single mom, how much God has provided for me and my two kids, and how much joy we find in the simple things and each other! I have everything I need! Except that cake stand. :):)

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Nicole said...

AH!
everything you do is adorable.
i love the cake with one pink heart.
so creative!

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Christy said...

How cuuuute is that cake stand?! Something that makes me happy is the sound of my kidlets playing happily together :)

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Bonnie Lucas said...

Playing with Sunshine (my kitty) makes me so happy.

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Molly said...

my friends and a law school free evening make me happy (it’s even better if there’s wine and chocolate!)

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Marcela said...

Listening to my 4yr old son and husband laugh in the other room. That sound makes me so happy!

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Lilian Oliver said...

Seeing the Bride’s face when she walks into her reception and see’s the decorations I have spent lots of time doing! (You don’t often get to see this as your gone when they arrive, but on the occasion’s I have, it makes 12 months of planning so worthwhile!) I love my job! xx

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Christy said...

Jesus & kids;)

August 23, 2010 12:42 AM
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Cheryl W. said...

Being with my hubby makes me wonderfully happy.

August 23, 2010 12:43 AM
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Berna p said...

The sound of my kids’ laughter makeme happy as well as watching them interact with other. It’s awesome!! Have a great night!!

August 23, 2010 12:43 AM
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Lorraine Marasigan said...

Hanging out with my nephews makes me happy:)

August 23, 2010 12:43 AM
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Crystal French said...

My giggling kids…and creme brulee. :)

August 23, 2010 12:43 AM
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Marcela said...

Anything turquoise makes me so happy! My favorite color in the world!

August 23, 2010 12:43 AM
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fara fazil said...

winning one of the blue cake stands makes me happy~

August 23, 2010 12:43 AM
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mic said...

today makes me happy cause we bought a new house and hike our first 14er here in Colorado

August 23, 2010 12:43 AM
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Melissa Curtin said...

Love this and baking/sewing makes me happy

August 23, 2010 12:43 AM
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Eva Maher said...

Moving from NYC to Southern Oregon..just absorbing the smells of trees and river. Bliss.

August 23, 2010 12:43 AM
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Nicole said...

A movie with the family and Ben&Jerry!!

August 23, 2010 12:43 AM
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Gina said...

such a cute cake stand! Baking makes me happy…hmm just not baking cookies! I’m a cupcake and cake girl!

August 23, 2010 12:43 AM
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Diane Morris said...

Reading about recipes – viewing great photographs – getting inspired – all make me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:43 AM
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Mimi said...

Reading food blogs with beautiful pictures makes me happy.

Watching a good movie with a great screenplay makes me happier than most things.

August 23, 2010 12:43 AM
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Samantha said...

Baking makes me happy. Without it, I am very sad.

August 23, 2010 12:43 AM
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Lisa said...

Watching my children play in the rain

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Dawn-Renée said...

My Dachshunds & the color blue, too. My wedding ring is a sapphire, even!

August 23, 2010 12:43 AM
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