Sunday, January 31, 2010

Cute as a button

Candy Buttons

No, I haven’t taken up sewing. (Not yet anyway.) These adorable little buttons are all candy.

And, umm… they are like handmade.

Not by me, but remember my crazy talented, cupcake fanatic friend, Julie?

She made them for a friend’s baby shower using a fab tutorial from Bake it Pretty.

Candy Button Display

They are just about the cutest things I’ve ever seen.

Candy Buttons

The tutorial even includes a pdf for the labels so you can print them out at home and make your own packaging.

Julie made yellow, pink, green, orange and blue buttons with colored candy melts.

Just melt the candy and pour into a button mold. Let them dry and pop them right out.

Place them in small plastic bags and attach the labels. Just fold them in half and staple them together.

Candy Button Display

Or, if you’re crazy like Julie, then you make the labels work with your own wooden custom candy button display that your awesomely talented husband built for you.

Yeah, I’m sucking up in case he reads this and wants to make one for me, too.

So, instead of folding the labels in half, you can fold them in thirds. Two-thirds in front and one-third in the back so you have enough room to use a hole punch on the labels without messing up the graphics. And then just use a little double-sided tape to attach the labels to the bags.

Candy Buttons

Easy and like I said… cute as a button.

Onesie Cookies

Julie also made these onesie sugar cookies for the shower. I’m gonna work on her to get this recipe because they were really good.

Okay, back to buttons…
Here is the Candy Button Tutorial from Bakeitpretty.com.

Check out the site when you have some time. Cute stuff for baking AND for decorating!

Guess what else…?
The guys that run the site gave me a gift voucher code to shop at their store last year. I forgot I had it until Julie showed me these buttons and I remembered the email they sent me. I decided that since I had not used it yet, I wanted to give it away to one of you guys. Hopefully it still works. And if not, I’ll buy a new one for you. K?

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Enter to win a $100 Gift Voucher to BakeitPretty.com.

Leave a comment on this post and let me know what you enjoy more…

Baking sweets or making them look pretty?

Deadline to enter is Monday, February 1st 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!

And the winner is… comment #1326.

That’s you, chakins! I’m glad you love to bake. Now, get shopping and start decorating.

buttons-winner

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selman said...

Adorable!

February 1, 2010 04:05 PM
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Torrie said...

It has gotta’ taste good first and foremost. But a whole lotta’ cute-ness never hurt either!

February 1, 2010 04:05 PM
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Janine said...

I love to bake sweet things but I have a lot to learn about making them pretty.

February 1, 2010 04:06 PM
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birdy said...

I can’t stop looking at them. What a cutey:)

February 1, 2010 04:06 PM
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Dena said...

I like the baking the best, but now that I make cupcake bites (thank you for sharing them, by the way- everybody that has had them LOVES them!) i’m having fun decorating, too! Now if I could just get someone to do all my dishes!

February 1, 2010 04:06 PM
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Haley Peterson said...

I enjoy baking but I love making my sweets look pretty even more. I am a college student and baking and decorating is a huge stress reliever for me! :]

February 1, 2010 04:06 PM
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kithcenbird said...

I love those cookies more than everyting!

February 1, 2010 04:07 PM
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Natalie Wright said...

baking sweets – and then EATING them! :)

February 1, 2010 04:07 PM
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emily said...

Man, that’s a hard one! I just love love love when I’m able to get both the taste and presentation spot on. There is nothing more enjoyable then to see someone be pleasantly surprised that your baked good, tastes as good as it looks!

February 1, 2010 04:07 PM
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Christine Mar said...

I love making stuff look cute. It’s always a big compliment if people think you are a little Martha Stewart.

February 1, 2010 04:07 PM
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meymey said...

Can you post the recipe of those adorable cookies. I need a really good recipe of them. Mine doesn’t quite work. Thanks.

February 1, 2010 04:08 PM
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Kacie said...

I actually LOVE baking sweets and making them look pretty.

February 1, 2010 04:08 PM
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Ristina said...

Thats a tough one! I think I will have to go with making them look pretty! But baking is definitely at 1 1/2!

February 1, 2010 04:08 PM
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Lisa M said...

Love the button idea!! I love baking and like making them look cute if I can….. But to me it’s all about the taste!! :)

February 1, 2010 04:08 PM
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Alma said...

i love baking. Now I have to work on making them look pretty!

February 1, 2010 04:09 PM
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Carrie said...

I like making them look pretty, even they don’t always turn out the way I want them too. Because of me, my husband has learned that decorating does not mean just throwing on sprinkles :)

February 1, 2010 04:09 PM
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Tiffany said...

I used to just love to bake, but now I have a lot of fun making stuff fancy!

February 1, 2010 04:09 PM
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Candace said...

I love making them pretty!! I think that brings me more joy than actually eating what I made!!

February 1, 2010 04:10 PM
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sheri said...

Baking is like therapy to me and “trying” to make them pretty just makes the therapy last longer. :) SO I have to choose baking.

February 1, 2010 04:10 PM
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Erin said...

Oh man! I like both baking and making things pretty. But I do more baking than decorating, so I’ll say “baking.”

February 1, 2010 04:10 PM
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Carrie M. said...

Baking! I like making them look pretty, but I never quite pull it off!

February 1, 2010 04:11 PM
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kerry said...

baking them. i need serious help with pretty

February 1, 2010 04:12 PM
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goldie said...

making it pretty!!

February 1, 2010 04:12 PM
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Patricia Buller said...

I love trying to make my baking as eye-watering as it is mouthwatering, so I guess making it pretty is my choice. Living in Spain, I try to follow some of your steps (I love what you do!), but finding the right ingredients and utensils is difficult, so I tend to improvise a lot, and next up, I’m going to learn how to make marshmallow fondant!!

February 1, 2010 04:12 PM
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Deanna said...

It’s a toss-up…. probably making them pretty.

February 1, 2010 04:12 PM
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Sagga02 said...

Decorating them for sure!!!!

February 1, 2010 04:12 PM
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Caroline said...

My favorite is baking sweets.. only because I’m not yet able to make them look that pretty! Hopefully I’ll get better at that part :)

February 1, 2010 04:13 PM
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Darlene W. said...

I’m not creative so baking is more my thing. I can’t seem to make anything look very good!

February 1, 2010 04:13 PM
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Susan Seeley said...

Darling, darling, darling buttons! I would have to say that I enjoy making them look pretty first. I’ve always enjoyed the aesthetic part of baking.

February 1, 2010 04:13 PM
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Alicia said...

I love decorating more…my favorite compliment is when someone asks me where I bought my cupcakes.

February 1, 2010 04:13 PM
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Kellie said...

I know it’s not one of the options, but I like GIVING treats the most, and seeing people enjoy them… But if I had to choose… probably baking them is the part I enjoy the most. Followed by tasting them. :)

February 1, 2010 04:13 PM
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Heidi Malott said...

I am still in the enjoy baking stage. Having 4 children, I love to bake, but nothing can sit long enough to be prettied up. Someday :)

Thanks for the opportunity to win!

February 1, 2010 04:13 PM
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Dianna said...

I love baking them and having them turn out oh so pretty!!!

February 1, 2010 04:13 PM
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Shannon said...

I love to bake, and love to make it pretty, but sometimes the pretty part stresses me out so much that I end up not having much fun. But I always get rave reviews, so maybe the pretty doesn’t always matter?

February 1, 2010 04:13 PM
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Cherylann Jayas said...

I like making them look pretty, because if it looks good for sure some one will eat it. The special touch (looks) to something simple is all about me.

February 1, 2010 04:13 PM
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Beth said...

How about baking pretty sweets? (and then eating them)

February 1, 2010 04:14 PM
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kara said...

LOVE this place! I was just looking at some things from there yesterday!

February 1, 2010 04:14 PM
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Joanne said...

Definitely baking.

February 1, 2010 04:14 PM
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T said...

ah…this wasn’t one of the options, but I prefer to EAT the sweets.:P

February 1, 2010 04:15 PM
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Jessica Fincher said...

I enjoy both, but I am perfecting my making them look pretty! The more I learn the more I enjoy it!

February 1, 2010 04:16 PM
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Amy (Sing For Your Supper) said...

I definitely enjoy baking the sweets – but only because I seem to suck at making them pretty. I’m learning, though…

February 1, 2010 04:16 PM
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Heather said...

That is a tough one, but lately it has been making them look pretty. I have not mastered the baking part, but have started to learn more techniques and looking for tips for decorating.

February 1, 2010 04:17 PM
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Marlene said...

Love, love, love to decorate and make things look pretty. The actual baking is fun, but there is too much to clean up afterward!

February 1, 2010 04:17 PM
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Tammy said...

Both. But I prefer eating them most of all….

February 1, 2010 04:17 PM
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heather rushing said...

I like baking sweets and making them pretty, but i only have the patience for baking. :)

February 1, 2010 04:18 PM
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Crissy said...

I love baking sweets and I try so hard to make them look pretty too! (except I fail most of the time!) My kids are sweet though, they always tell me how cute everything is, even when I know the stuff is awful! (they are natural kiss-ups i guess) :)

February 1, 2010 04:18 PM
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Jennifer said...

I really enjoy making them pretty! I love the comments I get when people see one of my creations!

February 1, 2010 04:18 PM
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Jillian Cacioppo said...

I definitely enjoy baking them more!!! And eating them!!!

February 1, 2010 04:18 PM
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Megan said...

I enjoy both aspects – baking it and making it pretty. Everyone wants something that looks great and tastes great!

February 1, 2010 04:18 PM
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HeatherEve said...

Making them pretty – I’m all about “upcycling” cake mixes or even store bought cakes/cupcakes/cookies and just frosting them lovely. That’s the part everyone is exclaiming about anyways. Betty Crocker did years of work, who am I to mess with her genius recipes?

February 1, 2010 04:18 PM
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Aimee said...

I definately enjoy baking them more, but I do love making them look pretty with my kids.

February 1, 2010 04:18 PM
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Debra said...

Definitely baking sweets over decorating. I don’t have the talent!

February 1, 2010 04:19 PM
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Sarah said...

Baking sweets! My decorating “skills” are greatly in need of a little more practice!

February 1, 2010 04:19 PM
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Stephanie P said...

I like both! Nothing better than a great sugar cookie decorated all cute! Although most of the time mine are not all that pretty! :-)

February 1, 2010 04:19 PM
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Lesa said...

I love “trying” to make them look pretty. Sometimes I don’t succeed but they always taste good and my family says taste is more important.

February 1, 2010 04:20 PM
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Michelle G said...

I loooove both! It’s so fun to bake them, decorate them and then eat them! Still working on my decorating skills.

February 1, 2010 04:20 PM
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Geri said...

I love these buttons! I can see two problems with them, though. ONE…having them in my sewing area and sewing one by mistake on a garment….hmmmm…a new edible clothing idea???
Two…having to be careful with little kids picking up real buttons and mistaking them for these.
Solution>>>>be vigilant..! 8^ )

February 1, 2010 04:20 PM
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Heidi said...

I love to decorate sweets, and these candy molds are the cutest! I seriously hope they get more of those mustache molds in soon because I want to make some for Father’s Day!

February 1, 2010 04:21 PM
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Emily said...

Not gonna lie…I’m just starting to learn how to make tasty treats look pretty as well, but I personally like the ones that don’t turn out the prettiest. They are usually neglected and judged harshly. I’d like to end this cycle and do my part in helping them fulfill their tasty destiny! So screw it if they ain’t pretty! As long as they taste good, they’re fine by me! Baking is the BEST

February 1, 2010 04:24 PM
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Serennne said...

Baking them…I just love to see the results…okay, to eat the results…whatever. :)

February 1, 2010 04:24 PM
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Kristina said...

Can I choose both options?! I love baking… and making it look pretty and scrumptious. I do love decorating… Plus, if I make what I bake look pretty, I wouldn’t want to ruin it by eating it. Haha. I like gobbling my creations! Nom nom nom. =P

February 1, 2010 04:24 PM
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Sara said...

I love baking, but the true pay off is seeing someone smile or getting a compliment b/c of your hard work. So I would say making things look pretty. You first eat with your eyes!

February 1, 2010 04:24 PM
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Suanne R said...

I love making them pretty!

February 1, 2010 04:25 PM
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Tara Raynes said...

I love to bake sweets and make them look beautiful. The buttons are cute and I love the onesies too! Good luck getting the recipe and sharing with us :-).

February 1, 2010 04:25 PM
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Nicki Glover said...

Oh I love to bake, but I am no good at making things pretty!! I’d love to improve that skill though!! :)

February 1, 2010 04:26 PM
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Hettar7 said...

Baking them. Because if you don’t bake them, you can’t eat them. And my favorite part about sweets is eating them. :)

But I am humbled and in awe of you and your friends pretty sweet skills.

February 1, 2010 04:27 PM
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ryan said...

Those are super cute!!!

February 1, 2010 04:27 PM
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Kathy said...

I’m more capable of baking something tasty than making something pretty. Wish I could do both…

Actually, I think I’m best at eating the pretty tasty things.

February 1, 2010 04:27 PM
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Amanda said...

I love to make it look pretty and then give it other people!

February 1, 2010 04:27 PM
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April said...

I like to bake. Who cares how pretty, they are if they taste good?

February 1, 2010 04:27 PM
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Kimberly Atkins said...

I love to decorate!!! I take most of my creations to work for my co-workers to enjoy (with a wedding on the way, I can’t be eating all of it!!)

February 1, 2010 04:28 PM
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SusanV said...

I prefer eating them!

February 1, 2010 04:28 PM
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Emily said...

Incredibly adorable!! I hope I win. What a fun and tasty shopping spree!

February 1, 2010 04:28 PM
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Hadley said...

I love the decorating process!!! Making all my sweet treats look cute and fun! :)

February 1, 2010 04:28 PM
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Gina K. said...

hmm.. as much as i love to bake… i gotta say, the artist inside me prefers making the baked goods pretty. plus.. making ‘em pretty is so much easier than making ‘em taste good (i stink at making things from scratch =_+)

February 1, 2010 04:29 PM
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shelby said...

I love making sweets! No matter what they look like, more than likely they taste good :)

February 1, 2010 04:29 PM
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Mary L-S said...

Making them pretty! I love to decorate and make it all look so pretty! You do a great job at it!

February 1, 2010 04:29 PM
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Cami said...

I love baking. As long as they taste yummy, making them look pretty is just an added bonus:)

February 1, 2010 04:29 PM
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Shannon said...

The baking part…my husband is actually more artistic than I am. Cool huh! Thanks for yet another sweet giveaway!

February 1, 2010 04:30 PM
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Sarah said...

I definitely like to make them pretty! I may not always be able to put as much detail as I would like, but I cannot offer something without it look spendid! And tasting absolutely yummy too!!!

February 1, 2010 04:30 PM
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bql said...

Baking, since I barely get to do so :D

February 1, 2010 04:30 PM
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Alessandra Loiacono said...

I love baking sweets and I would love to make them look pretty too but I am just not good :(
Thanks for the chance!!!

P.S.: I LOVE your blog! :)

February 1, 2010 04:31 PM
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Kate said...

I LOVE LOVE LOVE making the sweets look pretty. I just made individually wrapped treats for my twins’ third birthday celebration for their church class. Do 3 year olds care what they look like? No way, but I do!!!

February 1, 2010 04:31 PM
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Amanda said...

Making them pretty. Now I just have to learn how to make royal icing and I will be set… for now… until another cool thing to make pops up… like the macarons from last week.:)

February 1, 2010 04:31 PM
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Sarah said...

Wow, what a great giveaway! I probably like making sweets pretty better than baking them, but I like EATING them the best!!
I’d never heard of Bake It Pretty before, so I went on the site and it is very cute. I’m crossing my fingers!
~Sarah

February 1, 2010 04:31 PM
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Emily said...

I love, love, love to decorate my sweets! Baking tends to stress me a little bit- but the making it pretty relaxes me. But when it comes down to it- I just wanna eat the goodies!

February 1, 2010 04:31 PM
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Ashley said...

I love both! I like the baking part b/c I just love to bake. But then, I also love the decorating b/c nothing can beat a pretty treat that tastes good too.

February 1, 2010 04:32 PM
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Allie said...

Although I love making things pretty, I far more enjoy the “dirty” work of baking. I love getting my hands in the middle of the flour, butter, sugar, whatever. It feels like all is right in the world when I’m just in my kitchen creating.

Then, decorating is the icing on the cake of my passion.

February 1, 2010 04:32 PM
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Lara H. said...

I LOVE to bake, and then unfortunately can’t stop eating the deliciousness I create! Thanks for this opportunity! I hope I win!

February 1, 2010 04:32 PM
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lovey said...

Really the eating – -I love the pretty but not so good at it – - trying slowly to get better!

February 1, 2010 04:34 PM
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Traci said...

I am good at baking, but like to make them look pretty more. So…I use my good baking skills to practice making things pretty! :)

February 1, 2010 04:34 PM
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Allison said...

Making them pretty!

February 1, 2010 04:34 PM
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Susan said...

Both: I LOVE to bake sweets and make them look pretty. Sometimes it works and sometimes they just taste good.

February 1, 2010 04:34 PM
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missywilky said...

i like baking but making it look pretty is definitely my favorite part. i mean, it’s way more fun to use sprinkles than spatulas, agreed?

February 1, 2010 04:34 PM
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Luanne Arnold said...

I love baking and eating. I love looking at beautiful treats, I’m just not great at making them that way!

February 1, 2010 04:35 PM
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Krista said...

Baking for sure only because I don’t have the patience to make them all cute, I want to eat them!!

February 1, 2010 04:35 PM
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sumeyye said...

I want to eat them all!

February 1, 2010 04:36 PM
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jimi said...

Oh I can’t wait to go and look around that site!! Sounds YUMMY!! :)

February 1, 2010 04:36 PM
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Caitlin said...

First of all, those buttons are SO cute! I wish I had an excuse to make them :)

Also, I am going to have to go with Decorating over Baking. I can’t help it, but I LOVE making things come to life :)

February 1, 2010 04:37 PM
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Liz said...

EEK! I hope I made it in time!

Making them look pretty! I do love the baking part (I almost always end up eating the raw batter or dough, so my second batches are always a little small..hehe!) but I just love the decorating part. There’s just so much you can do! Plus, I love when someone first sees something I’ve made and they just get giddy about how it looks. And when they find out it tastes good too, well that’s just icing on top of the cake! :)

February 1, 2010 04:37 PM
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