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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Rena said...

I have been spending time with children all weekend and I can’t help but be happy. They are so entertaining.

August 23, 2010 12:44 AM
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AnneF said...

My 11 month old nephew and my dog make me the most happy!

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Kaitlin said...

Crocheting in the fall while waiting for cupcakes to cool makes me very happy :)

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Rebecca said...

Oh… Cake makes me happy! I have to stop looking at baking sites so late at night (or early in the morning, depending on how you look at it)! Ohhh… Sweet cake…

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Jessica Jennings said...

trying new baking recipes makes me very happy. Also, hearing my kids laugh, of course.

August 23, 2010 12:44 AM
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Betty in SCal said...

My hubby makes me happy!

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Brielle Renz said...

Good wine and good friends!

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Melissa D said...

What a beautiful cake stand! While spending time with my family makes me happy, spending time with my bff Christine makes me a special kind of happy. Be it to crochet, bake, decorate cakes, or watch movies, we ALWAYS have a good time…and SMILE!

August 23, 2010 12:44 AM
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Beverly said...

Hawaii makes me happy. I’m here with my family right now :)

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Ellen S. said...

My dogs and my hubby make me happy! Oh, and cake!

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Brittany said...

LIFE makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:44 AM
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Sherry said...

Knowing there are two beautiful little boys who count on me each day makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:44 AM
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Belinda B said...

Watching people enjoy eating my baked goods makes me happy :)

August 23, 2010 12:44 AM
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Audrey Han said...

Jesus makes me happy! : D

August 23, 2010 12:44 AM
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Ashliee said...

Coming home to my fiance’ and our pups

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Jena Marie said...

My Jack Russell Terrier, Rocko, makes me very happy. :)

August 23, 2010 12:45 AM
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Maegan said...

Writing stories and working on projects for my little shop makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:45 AM
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Brooke said...

Baking for other people makes me happy

August 23, 2010 12:45 AM
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Kim said...

God, Family and Honor make me happy!

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Elicia said...

Having the most amazing husband makes me happy!!

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Lauren said...

A lot of things make me happy: cupcakes, boba tea, otters, soft blankets, nice perfume, nail polish, libraries. I really just can’t choose one thing, haha. :-)

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Brielle Renz said...

living, laughing, loving!

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Riley Hammond said...

The smell of something baking in the oven.

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Molly Rose said...

2 things that make me really happy.
1) baking. and. eating.
2) harry potter.

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Heather said...

Holiday baking for my family and friends! (Can you tell I’m already preparing?)

August 23, 2010 12:45 AM
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JamieLC said...

Spending time with my family and close friends … baking … planning out cakes I’m going to be decorating … Christmas … Christmas movies … reading … doing things for a good cause … and scrapbooking all make me happy. =)

August 23, 2010 12:45 AM
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Michele said...

Going to the movies and getting popcorn makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:45 AM
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Daphne Law said...

Taking a bubble bath makes me happy…and sleepy.

August 23, 2010 12:45 AM
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Kris said...

My family makes me happy!

And I absolutely LOVE that cake! Simple but beautiful! If I were getting married, I would want that cake for my wedding. :)

August 23, 2010 12:45 AM
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Mamaloli said...

Walnut Brownies make me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:45 AM
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cyndi said...

Baking with my two year old son makes me happy! And hoping that this could be in my kitchen makes me happy too!

August 23, 2010 12:45 AM
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Tiercy said...

Dreaming that I could one day be a great baker makes me happy. I love this site…and again, thanks for your posts! Keep them comin’!

August 23, 2010 12:45 AM
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Krissy said...

Knowing that Jesus is my Savior makes me happy. That and Chocolate.

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Amy T said...

snuggling with my daughter makes me happy!

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Hilary said...

My son makes me happy!!!!

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troy mac said...

My wife makes me happy.

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Brielle Renz said...

fresh rain, a comfy hammock, and a fresh book.

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Ebony from Sparkling Events & Designs, LLC. said...

My baby girls! :) My 4 year old daughter told me yesterday that she had the best birthday party EVER…. that melted my heart! :)

Ebony
sparklingeventdesigns.blogspot.com

August 23, 2010 12:46 AM
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DianeScraps said...

Seeing the smile of accomplishment from my daughter as she completes another cake / project

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Tess said...

Super Cute! Watching my 2 year old daughter use her imagination outside with sticks and rocks! so much fun! and so simple!

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Kat Davis said...

Baking with my kids makes me happy! (all four of them!)

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yvette hooley said...

When my son’s give each other a cuddle and say l love you!

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Colleen said...

Coming here and checking out your goodies….it makes one happy!

August 23, 2010 12:46 AM
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dorothy said...

old movies, sweets, miniatures, books, family, seasons, back rubs all make me a happy gal

August 23, 2010 12:46 AM
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Tara said...

snowflakes make me happy

August 23, 2010 12:46 AM
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Lisa McLaughlin said...

Cooking for my family makes me happy.

August 23, 2010 12:46 AM
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Candee said...

My daughter…I never even KNEW happiness until I had her… Hubby is a close second…then puppies…then sprinklers in the yard that diapers-only children run through on a spur-of-the-moment kind of summer day…and cupcakes. LOTS of cupcakes!!! ?

August 23, 2010 12:46 AM
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desirae pitt said...

I love the color of this! Watching my kids play together nicely makes me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:47 AM
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Erin said...

Winning cute stuff makes me happy! :)

August 23, 2010 12:47 AM
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Sara Soda said...

Back rubs!

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Christina said...

A visit to the park on that perfect day. You know, in the spring, when the sun is shining and it is slightly warm. The gentle breeze keeps you from being too warm, and the sunshine keeps you from being too cool. The kids are playing and not throwing the sand at the other kids nor each other…. Mmm perfect happiness right there!

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Rita Rocks! said...

Having a good time with old friends!

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Rebecca said...

My boyfriend is property of the US Army, so we really only get to see each other on the weekends… hearing that knock on my front door at 5PM every Friday makes me happier than anything else on the planet, because it’s always him and he always makes me smile :)

August 23, 2010 12:47 AM
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Jennifer said...

My husband and 3 kids make me happy.

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jennifer said...

blue cakestands make me happy ;) and spending time with my family

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Jessica said...

Family hands down.

August 23, 2010 12:47 AM
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Vanessa M. said...

Spending time with my kids and baking make me happy!

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Molly said...

When my 4 year old and 2 year old smother me with kisses and tell me they love me. It melts my heart.

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Leah said...

Life makes me thrive with happiness

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Cali said...

Peonies make me happy :)

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Shelley said...

Writing my own blog about baking (and now crafting and cooking) makes me happy! :D

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Holly Switzer said...

Dark Chocolate makes me happy…o, especially with Coffee!

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Emily said...

A warm, purrrrr-ing cat on my lap makes me happy.

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Brielle Renz said...

cupcakes, creme burlee, and red velvet.

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Melissa S. said...

There are a lot of things that make me happy. Top 3… My children, my husband, and sweets!

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Katie D. said...

Vanilla cupcakes with chocolate butter cream & rainbow sprinkles make me happy!

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Corie said...

my husband makes me happy :)

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Sarah said...

Cake makes me happy! I really love rainbow cakes. =]

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mary Pearson said...

of course my kids make me happy but so does a quiet house, a cup of coffee and reading some great blogs like this one

August 23, 2010 12:49 AM
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Jaesi said...

Date night with the Mr. makes me happy.

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Karen said...

Looking out my window and listening to the raindrops make me happy.

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MD said...

My brand new triple helix piercing makes me happy :D
(Ok, except for sleeping. And showering. And getting dressed. And brushing my hair. And wearing my hearing aid. And, uh, yeah, I think that’s it :D

August 23, 2010 12:49 AM
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Tessa Robins said...

All things Bakerella make me happy :) – look forward to your posts every week. Your creativity is amazing and inspiring!

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Jeana said...

Cooking makes me happy – especially when my kids rave over what I cook!

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Kellie said...

Cooking with my husband makes me super happy!!!

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kerri said...

seeing my friends and family enjoy all the baked good I make makes me the HAPPIEST! and eating the frosting too!

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ellen said...

My kids :)

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Brielle Renz said...

nice perfume and thrift store t-shirts.

August 23, 2010 12:50 AM
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Yvonne said...

Cake balls make me smile. I just like saying the name!

August 23, 2010 12:50 AM
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Christie said...

Making decadent cupcakes and cakes for people, and seeing there reactions when they taste my baked goods. This makes me happy. Also, my husband and my job make me happy. I get to bless many lives everyday at the Ronald McDonald House; giving these families some comfort; makes me happy!!

August 23, 2010 12:50 AM
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Carol said...

My great-niece & great-nephew!

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Heidi said...

Decorating my house makes me happy…having money to buy every decoration for my house would make me really happy!

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Molly Pearson said...

staying up late chatting with my girlfriends makes me happy. especially when we’re munching on my latest sugary creation :)

August 23, 2010 12:50 AM
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Shelly said...

Looking at that cake makes me happy… I too love the single pink heart.. and that STAND IT WAYYYY TOO CUTE.. GOT TO HAVE IT!!!!! It really would get used.. to cute not to use it… hehehe

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Cari said...

Spending time in the kitchen, at home with my kiddo’s makes me happy! And the fact that I’m redoing my kitchen in blues and greens and can possibly have the chance to put this super cute cake plate in there makes me happy too!! :)

August 23, 2010 12:50 AM
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Brielle Renz said...

GOD!!! and pretty flowers!

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jennifer said...

Movie nights make me happy. Just staying in all day eating sweets and watching movies :)

August 23, 2010 12:50 AM
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Sheryl said...

Very cute – love the simplicity. Looks great for a first attempt!

August 23, 2010 12:50 AM
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Tracy said...

Simply beautiful. The thing that makes me happy is seeing my dogs lying in the sun and not having a care in the world. I am such a fur baby lover can’t you tell?

August 23, 2010 12:50 AM
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JennyM said...

when I think of eating any of the yummy treats that are going to be displayed on this gorgeous plate, THAT makes me so very happy!

August 23, 2010 12:50 AM
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Cara said...

Baking cookies for my friends makes me happy. :)

August 23, 2010 12:50 AM
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Christeen said...

Alex and Lauren (my children) make me happy!

August 23, 2010 12:51 AM
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Rachel S. said...

Cream cheese frosting and my husband make me happy!

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wendy m said...

Cooking up yummy foods that my family can enjoy makes me happy! =)

August 23, 2010 12:51 AM
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mommyof2 said...

My beautiful children and my wonderful loving husband!

August 23, 2010 12:51 AM
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Charley Cooke said...

Nothing makes me happier than cooking/baking with my girls. Wait, that’s a lie….nothing makes me happier than cooking/baking with my girls AND THEN eating our efforts :)

August 23, 2010 12:51 AM
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Jetrina said...

baking makes me happy!

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Chelsi said...

Being snuggly with my husband and new technology makes me happy!!!

August 23, 2010 12:51 AM
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Lidia said...

What makes me happy is that god heard my prayers and my son is cancer free thank you god, Our Lady of Guadalupe and Jesus Christ my son is 17 months old and healthy as can be I love him so much

August 23, 2010 12:51 AM
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Jenessa said...

Freshly painted toenails, a diet coke and a pack of gummi bears make me the happiest girl ever!!

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