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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PrairieKerri said...

My first answer was EATING THEM, but that wasn’t a choice. So, I have to go with eating them. Oops. I meant, baking them!

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

Baking, Esp cookies. @ Christmas time I’m known to make over 30 kinds.

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

baking sweets :)

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

I do enjoy baking, but making them pretty is the the best part! Serious, your friend Julie is amazing. She has to get an etsy or something!

February 1, 2010 04:38 PM
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Carolyn said...

I enjoy baking sweets but I enjoy eating them more!

February 1, 2010 04:38 PM
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Bessie said...

Does eating them count? Don’t have experience in making them look nice.

February 1, 2010 04:38 PM
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Jenny said...

I definitely like the “Making it Pretty” part best. Not that I really mind the baking part either, but it’s the “prettying” that adds that WOW factor. ;)

February 1, 2010 04:38 PM
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Cinthia H said...

I love baking them. I wish I could make them look pretty like you do, but I am not as talented…

February 1, 2010 04:39 PM
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Pauline Rogers said...

I love making things like this for the kids/school. SO much fun!!!

February 1, 2010 04:39 PM
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sumeyye said...

Happy baking with those buttons:)

February 1, 2010 04:40 PM
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Shannon said...

hmmmm, I do enjoy baking, and do enjoy decorating! But, I wil have to say baking. I just can’t wait sometime to eat them long enough to make them super beautiful! :)
S.

February 1, 2010 04:40 PM
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Suzanne Rae said...

I enjoy the act of baking, and taste is most important. However, I would love to learn how to make my great tasting treats look prettier!

February 1, 2010 04:40 PM
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Sarah said...

I am always so jealous when I read this blog. How come I wasn’t gifted with these ideas. The buttons are so cute!!

February 1, 2010 04:40 PM
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Jenny said...

hmmm… baking them! if they turn out not-so-pretty, that’s okay with me… it’s my excuse to eat the mistakes :)

February 1, 2010 04:40 PM
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Anne said...

My preferences in order: 1. Eating them! 2. Baking them 3. Making them pretty (and by pretty, I don’t mean the kind of pretty we see at this site, I mean a loose definition of the word!)

February 1, 2010 04:40 PM
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Erica said...

I love both…but baking them and having them taste amazing is WAY more important than how they look…most of the time anyway. :) Thanks so much – you ROCK!

February 1, 2010 04:40 PM
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Samantha W. said...

I like the making-it-pretty part the best! So satisfying!

February 1, 2010 04:41 PM
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katie said...

i’d LOVE a gift certificate! pick me please!!! :-)

February 1, 2010 04:41 PM
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Yelena said...

Usually, I like to make them look pretty but now that I’m living in a college dorm, just making them is more important. Its not easy when all you have is a toaster oven!

February 1, 2010 04:41 PM
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dumdeedumdi said...

Decorating them! — the process of personalizing or making them special for your favorite friend, baby shower, wedding shower, or just random eats!

February 1, 2010 04:41 PM
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Patty said...

Wow! I love the idea of these buttons. They’d be adorable on a cake. I’d have to say making them look pretty is my favorite part because I’m one of those artsy craftsy people.

February 1, 2010 04:42 PM
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Kayce Varney said...

I love baking them!

February 1, 2010 04:42 PM
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Kim said...

I’m into the baking sweets part. I don’t have the time (and my children don’t have the patience) to spend a lot of time making them pretty!

February 1, 2010 04:43 PM
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katie said...

i forgot to add… i like making things pretty, but i’m a grad student working a full-time job and planning a wedding… so i just have to settle for baking! although “settling” probably isn’t the best term.. :-)

February 1, 2010 04:43 PM
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Jen in OH said...

I like to make them look pretty. Sometimes I just have the time to just bake it, but when I can I make it look pretty!

February 1, 2010 04:43 PM
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Bev said...

Baking sweets is for me! I don’t think I have the talent for making them look pretty. By the way…. the peach dessert on your last post…. awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep up the great work!

February 1, 2010 04:43 PM
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Julie M said...

I love to bake but I enjoy making them look pretty more.

February 1, 2010 04:44 PM
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Jenny said...

I LOVE decorating the sweets I bake. I will spend more time thinking about how to decorate than I will actually spend making them!

February 1, 2010 04:44 PM
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Samantha said...

oohh…I enjoy both. I enjoy baking, hate cleaning, and love decorating…then I hate the mess all over again. But mostly I enjoy the eating part. :)

February 1, 2010 04:44 PM
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Becky said...

Baking would be my choice, although my favorite part is the eating!!

February 1, 2010 04:44 PM
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Lisa Mae said...

Hmmmmm….. I i like to make things look pretty!!!

February 1, 2010 04:45 PM
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Tiffany said...

Baking sweets is much more fun than making them pretty. Maybe I just need to practice the pretty thing a bit more.

February 1, 2010 04:45 PM
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MaryB said...

My favorite part is eating them!

February 1, 2010 04:45 PM
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Kylie said...

Baking for sure. It’s way less stressful than making them look pretty, but that might be because I don’t have all the cute stuff to makes sweets so adorable!

February 1, 2010 04:45 PM
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Elaine said...

I love making them look pretty, but they also have to taste good or it’s a waste of time !!
Love your recipes – they taste and look amazing.

February 1, 2010 04:45 PM
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Husniye said...

I wonder if I can ever make them that good! Just adorable!

February 1, 2010 04:46 PM
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Stephanie said...

For sure making them look pretty!!!!!!!!!!!

February 1, 2010 04:46 PM
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Andrea said...

I love both! What’s the point of baking if you aren’t going to make it look mouthwatering and yummy!?

February 1, 2010 04:46 PM
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SAlim said...

What a creativity. Gotta love those buttons:)

February 1, 2010 04:46 PM
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Rachel R said...

I love baking the sweets…because I am not that great at making them look pretty. Oh, and I also like tasting them. :)

February 1, 2010 04:47 PM
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Leigh said...

I love baking and eating them … if its for someone else then I want them to look very pretty.

February 1, 2010 04:47 PM
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Omega said...

I like making em look pretty! Call me vain but I just love getting compliments on how great my goodies are!

February 1, 2010 04:47 PM
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sait said...

I should show them to my mom. She would go crazy for those:)

February 1, 2010 04:47 PM
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Liz said...

I usually like baking more than decorating, but I get the occasional wild hare (usually around holidays) and go all out on the decorations!

February 1, 2010 04:48 PM
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Sumeyye said...

What a sweet inspiration:)

February 1, 2010 04:48 PM
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Amy said...

I love to make sweets and make them look as god as they taste. However, I love eating them the most!

February 1, 2010 04:48 PM
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Chris said...

I’m so new to baking that right now I focus more on making the sweets. Hopefully I’ll get to make them pretty soon!

February 1, 2010 04:48 PM
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shirley said...

Pretty!! luckily my baking isn’t too shabby either! :)

February 1, 2010 04:48 PM
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Tina A. said...

I LOVE baking sweets because, even if it doesn’t always look amazing, it almost ALWAYS tastes great! Plus, the people I’m feeding won’t hesitate to dig in!

February 1, 2010 04:49 PM
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Barb DeWitt said...

I love making things pretty – not as good at it as you are – but with your wonderful help I am definitely getting better!

February 1, 2010 04:49 PM
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Raquel said...

Hey I am just making the deadline:)
I would love to finally win something from ya! I love this site and the buttons rock!!!!

YAY FOR BUTTONS

February 1, 2010 04:49 PM
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Krysta said...

I definitely would rather bake them! I am not nearly as talented as you are with all the creative, fun stuff ~ but do so love to bake!

February 1, 2010 04:49 PM
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sumeyye said...

I enjoy both. But baking has always been my jpride and joy :)

February 1, 2010 04:49 PM
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TuTu said...

Making them look pretty For sure I love cute things and i love 2 hear friends comments abt them

February 1, 2010 04:50 PM
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bicibici said...

I love eating eating and eating:)

February 1, 2010 04:50 PM
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Brie said...

I think I prefer the making things look pretty part of it all, even though I usually bake from scratch. The dressing and decorating are the things I tend to obsess over in my head for days! They don’t always come out as I planned, but I am learning.

February 1, 2010 04:50 PM
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Tasha said...

Yay…those candies would be super cute on cake bites!!

February 1, 2010 04:50 PM
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Katie said...

I’m in LOVE!

For sure making them look pretty!

February 1, 2010 04:51 PM
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subra said...

I enjoy making them and wacthing people who eat them ;)

February 1, 2010 04:51 PM
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sarah said...

baking… i love mixing all the ingredients together, popping it into the oven and then voila! a scrumptious treat! :)
plus, i am still mastering my “pretty skills” :)

February 1, 2010 04:51 PM
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Jillian Hendrickson said...

Baking, for sure, because I’d rather have something that tastes goods, but looks not so good. If it looks great but tastes awful, then what’s the point?

February 1, 2010 04:52 PM
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April said...

I like making them pretty the best! :) Baking them takes a lot of time and the clean-up!!! YUCK!!! lol

February 1, 2010 04:52 PM
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Brittney S said...

baking them…and then eating them!!

February 1, 2010 04:52 PM
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Sally Ann said...

Making them look pretty, of course! It’s all about presentation!

February 1, 2010 04:52 PM
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Naomi said...

I like them equally! I love to make things pretty, but I want people to enjoy eating them, too!

February 1, 2010 04:53 PM
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Doris H. said...

I’d rather make things look pretty than do the actual baking. I love figuring out unique and cute packaging and labels or making the items I pack in boxes look especially nice – I think eye appeal is very important because if no one is interested in sampling, they’ll never find out if your goodies have taste appeal.

February 1, 2010 04:53 PM
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Chris Schlarbaum said...

I think that I like making the best. I like to look for ideas to build on. I have tried a few of your ideas and they have worked well. Thank you for such a great blog for me to visit while I am at work.

February 1, 2010 04:53 PM
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K.L.S. said...

I love doing both…how great is it to bake something that tastes great and looks terrific?!?

February 1, 2010 04:54 PM
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Penny V said...

Do I have to choose only one ? I’m almost 64 and all I have is time on my hands so I enjoy baking and decorating Cookies and Cupcakes and my family tells me I’m a real fuss y-butt when it comes to decorating details. I love your blog. Keep up the great ideas and recipes. Your blog is the first thing I check each morning……Happy Baking from Penny’s Pantry Home of the PINK PIGGY. I even named my Piggys…Precious…Prissy and Percy.

February 1, 2010 04:54 PM
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Lynn Talley said...

OoOOooO…. good question. I like to bake on one day, and then make them look pretty the next day. Most of the time, by the time I get done baking, I’m too tired to decorate them the way I want them. Splitting them up yields better results!!

February 1, 2010 04:54 PM
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Lisa said...

I like baking best, because i rarely have the time to make things look pretty!

February 1, 2010 04:55 PM
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michelle said...

That’s easy. Make it pretty.

February 1, 2010 04:55 PM
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Lynnette said...

Gotta love ‘em both! Of course, eating them is my favorite part!

February 1, 2010 04:55 PM
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Jenn Baker said...

Baking sweets is the yummy part :) Making them pretty is fun too, but I enjoy eating them more!

February 1, 2010 04:55 PM
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Emma said...

Baking them for sure! But also eating them too!

February 1, 2010 04:56 PM
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Jennifer said...

Baking sweets!!!! Mine don’t ever end up that pretty… :-)

February 1, 2010 04:57 PM
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Noelle said...

Making them look so pretty to eat, you can’t resist them!

February 1, 2010 04:57 PM
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Jackie said...

I enjoy the baking part the most!

February 1, 2010 04:58 PM
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Kathy said...

I like baking them better because I’m not to artistic. But eating them is the absolute best………

February 1, 2010 04:58 PM
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jadell said...

I love baking!! :) and I certainly love the eating part too. What a fun giveaway. thanks!

February 1, 2010 04:58 PM
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Linda said...

That’s a tough call! If held with a pastry bag to my head…mmmm…I like baking them, pretty if there’s enough time.

February 1, 2010 04:59 PM
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Kathy said...

BOTH!! My first love is baking…and being able to cute it up, is an added bonus!

February 1, 2010 04:59 PM
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Bethany said...

I like baking the sweets better than the decorating, though I have aspirations to improve on my decorating skills. I always remind myself though that even if my baked goods don’t look perfect, they always taste good.

February 1, 2010 05:00 PM
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Elissa said...

I think i enjoy making them look pretty more- althought making them in general is still fun!

February 1, 2010 05:00 PM
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Sophia said...

baking’s fun… decorating’s fun… but eating’s the best part!!

February 1, 2010 05:00 PM
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Tiesha said...

Oh I LOVE to bake things, but I spend more time and enjoy making them pretty! I am already planning Valentines cookies for my daughter’s class at school, pretty enough for the girlies but not to cutesie so the 8 year old boys will eat them too!

February 1, 2010 05:00 PM
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Sharmie said...

baking! all the way!

baking is such therapy for me, along with the eating part. ;) and usually the people who receive my baked goods are grateful, whether stuff comes out perfectly, or not.

that said, if i just want to get down to decorating, i use instant stuff and focus on the other half, the decorating half. :)

February 1, 2010 05:00 PM
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Katie Y. said...

I really enjoy doing both! But I must say I enjoy the baking aspect more. While decorating is fun, the prettiness doesn’t last long when it’s on top of yummy treats :o) Not that my decorations ever really turn out very great (and I call myself an artist! well, cartoonist anyway).

February 1, 2010 05:00 PM
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Ivy said...

I looove baking.. i have less patience for making things pretty, but I am really trying to get better and become more creative with the way i present food and desserts!

and of course.. i love eating everything i bake!

February 1, 2010 05:01 PM
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Heather B said...

I could not possibly answer that! I love to bake & decorate & eat them!

February 1, 2010 05:02 PM
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Tara said...

Mostly I like baking them… then the first few batches I love to make pretty… then I get over it and just want to finish…….

February 1, 2010 05:02 PM
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Anita K said...

I like them to look pretty, but like baking more because the taste is most important!

February 1, 2010 05:02 PM
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Andra said...

As much as I love baking, who wants to eat something if it doesn’t look pretty? =)

February 1, 2010 05:03 PM
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Sara T said...

I love the process of baking, but I also love the feeling of accomplishment when I make something super pretty, and get that, “did you make that?!” reaction.

February 1, 2010 05:05 PM
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Sara Hart said...

Just recently have I gotten into the making it pretty part and now I can’t stop. Love your site!

February 1, 2010 05:05 PM
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Leeana said...

Making them look pretty of course!

February 1, 2010 05:05 PM
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Ginger said...

Baking them definately.

February 1, 2010 05:05 PM
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Rebecca Boetticher said...

I love baking them and making them pretty!!

February 1, 2010 05:05 PM
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Crystal said...

i enjoy baking more. If I’ve had a crummy day, baking always makes me feel better. =)

February 1, 2010 05:05 PM
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Suzanne said...

I think i like making them look pretty, but I sure do like to bake them too.

February 1, 2010 05:06 PM
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