Sunday, February 8, 2009

Easy and Easier Valentine Treats

If the Valentine’s Day Cake I made last week seemed like a little too much, then I think you’ll enjoy these. They require very little ingredients or effort and they’re still pretty cute.

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

They are sweet and red and a perfect little treat to give on the 14th. And even better, they are super-easy!

All you need is

1 Box red velvet cake mix*
1/2 Cup butter, softened to room temperature
2 Eggs

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Mix ingredients until combined.
  • Drop spoonfuls of cookie batter onto baking sheet about two inches apart.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  • Cool.

Cream Cheese Filling
1/2 Cup butter, softened to room temperature
1 8 oz. Package cream cheese, softened to room temperature
1 1lb. Box of confectioner’s sugar
1 tsp Vanilla

  • In a mixer, cream butter, cream cheese and vanilla.
  • Gradually add sugar and mix until smooth.

Makes about 24 cookies or 12 cookie sandwiches

* Any cake mix should work.

Recipe amended slightly from this one at allhomemadecookies.com

Red Velvet Cookies

Tip: For consistent size cookies, use a 1.5 inch small ice cream scooper when placing batter on the baking sheet.

The finished cookie size will be about 3 inches wide.

Red Velvet Cookies

To assemble, spoon a small amount of frosting on the flat side of one cookie. Take another cookie and press together until frosting is flush with the edge.

Red Velvet Sandwich Cookies

And ENJOY, of course!

Now, some people would call using a cake mix cheating.

Nope.

This is cheating. Or maybe it’s just being resourceful. Either way… still cute.

Cakester hearts

Look familiar?

Yum

You guessed it. Oreo Cakesters, baby. I have been wanting to try these for a while now.
I mean, one of my favorite cookies made into a cake has to be good.
And since I was in a valentine kinda mood, I decided to eat my heart out.

Cakesters Cutouts

Cakesters… a cutter… and cute!

Cakester hearts

And the best part is eating the scraps along the way. Yum!

The cakesters are about 1.75″ wide. So you will need a cutter smaller than that.

Now, since Valentine’s Day is almost here, here’s another quick giveaway.

I have this cute little book called Megan Hearts Baking that was given to me by the authors. It is the journey of a young girl learning to make cupcakes for a friend’s birthday party and also includes a few recipes. It would make a sweet little Valentine’s Day present for any young girl interested in baking. The winner will be chosen Monday evening, hopefully giving me just enough time to get this in the mail for Valentine’s Day. I’ll try.

Megan Hearts Baking

To enter:

  • Just leave a comment below with what you’d like to have for Valentine’s Day.
  • Make sure to leave an email or blog link with your comment so I can contact you if you win.
  • Deadline to enter is Monday, February 9th at 5:00 pm.
  • I’ll announce the winner sometime Monday evening on this blog post.

    * The winner will be chosen at random using the random.org integer generator.

And don’t forget to enter the other giveaway announced today. Hurry… there’s not much time on this one either.

Time’s up.

Thanks for sharing all your Valentine wishes. They were all very sweet. They made me smile and some even made me a little teary-eyed. I really hope each and every one of you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

Now for the winner of the Megan Hearts Baking book. It’s comment #72!
Congratulations Julie … I hope you have someone sweet to give it to.

101
suki-okashi said...

For Valentine’s Day, I’d love to just spend the day with some of my close friends while gorging on food and sweets!

February 8, 2009 07:51 PM
102
Brooke said...

I have a friend named Megan who bakes and needs this, would love to give it to her.

February 8, 2009 07:55 PM
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Jenna Marie said...

For Valentines Day this year, I would love to have a nice foot rub and cuddle time with my husband. :) Along with some chocolates… That would be a nice add on. :) Perfect for a pregnant woman ready to pop. :)
Thanks for having two give-a-ways today!

February 8, 2009 07:56 PM
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Angela said...

I would like to have a VERRRRY long nap, and big box of beautiful decadent chocolates that I could share with my husband and boys!

Angela

February 8, 2009 07:56 PM
105
Liz said...

I’d love to receive the cupcake floral arrangement from 1-800-flowers. I don’t have to eat it but I can sure admire it for a long while! A cupcake girl’s wish for Valentine’s Day!

February 8, 2009 07:58 PM
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K-Fed said...

I would take anything with chocolate. Thanks for the chance to win!

February 8, 2009 07:59 PM
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Hana said...

Would love to just stay home with my husband and kids and maybe make some sushi and yummy desserts!

yasybear at hotmail dot com

February 8, 2009 08:01 PM
108
Wil Roepke said...

On Valentines day I would like true affection and great smiles from friends.

February 8, 2009 08:02 PM
109
Ondine said...

Those red velvet ones especially are just too cute! I have a horrible feeling that we can’t get red velvet cake mix in the UK though – our supermakets just don’t compare well to the ones in the US :-(

February 8, 2009 08:04 PM
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The Lewis Family said...

For Valentines day all I need is time with my hubs ( which thanks to my mom who will be watching out kids ) I will get :)
~C

February 8, 2009 08:11 PM
111
Winter said...

I was totally the first person here for this post and my comment never went thru. =\ Unfair.

For V-Day I would just love a nice night at home, watching a movie or something, cuddled up with my kitty. =]

February 8, 2009 08:11 PM
112
T- said...

For Valentine’s Day, I’d love for hubby to finally find a job! He was laid off two weeks ago and we’ll be giving one another a big hug and a smooch for VDay!

too-much-perfection.blogspot.com

February 8, 2009 08:11 PM
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PartyBug said...

Genius idea for the red velvet cookies…you are a gift to the baking world! We make them with chocolate cake mix and a mint filling, now I’m imagining all kinds of combinations. How about a carrot cake mix with the cream cheese filling?

February 8, 2009 08:12 PM
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Kim said...

Time with my husband! Thanks for the giveaway!

kimnalexander@gmail.com

February 8, 2009 08:16 PM
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Michaelynn said...

I just want to have a nice date night with my hubs.

February 8, 2009 08:17 PM
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AC Supers said...

cool!!
FOr Valentine’s I would love to have some free time to myself!!

February 8, 2009 08:17 PM
117
Kaylee + Paul said...

chocolate covered sunflower seeds and dinner with the hubby :D

February 8, 2009 08:19 PM
118
Janna said...

I’d love a box of Cummings Chocolates. All to myself. Love your blog, by the way.

February 8, 2009 08:19 PM
119
Denise said...

I want a LOT for Valentine’s Day! I want a night of uninterrupted time with my hubby. No kids, no phone calls. He’s been working so much that we never see each other or get to really talk.

February 8, 2009 08:19 PM
120
ChocolateAddict said...

For V-Day, just for us all to be healthy to enjoy a good family dinner!

February 8, 2009 08:20 PM
121
Anonymous said...

I suppose I’d like a boyfriend. Ha ha.

Seriously though? I asked for cake decorating supplies. :)

kellydelp at yahoo dot com

February 8, 2009 08:20 PM
122
Kristin said...

For Valentines day I would like my husband to have steady work! :)

February 8, 2009 08:21 PM
123
CaSaundra said...

I would love for my mom and dad to be able to come and visit me at college for a Valentine’s Day dinner.

February 8, 2009 08:22 PM
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Gina F. said...

Hi, Love it here! I’ll like a new kitchen!!well, that’s a bit too much, but a nice qite time for me will do, thanks for sharing!! Gina
kikyflorencia@aol.com

February 8, 2009 08:24 PM
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Leslie said...

Valentine's Day is my birthday too so hopefully my husband has something wonderful planned for us! It's our first V-day as husband & wife!

February 8, 2009 08:27 PM
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~Mama Skates~ said...

just an eve alone with the hubby! ;0)

February 8, 2009 08:27 PM
127
Kami Mecham said...

For Valentine’s Day I would like a box of chocolates and a good Chick Flick

Kamijm@gmail.com

February 8, 2009 08:37 PM
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jennypilgrim said...

I love the red velvet sandwich cookies. I have a wonderful red velvet cake recipe that uses a Duncan Hines Golden Butter Cake mix. I do not call that cheating. It is better than any red velvet cake I have ever eaten and RV is my favorite.

Please enter me!

Jenny Moon
jennyjenmoon@gmail.com

February 8, 2009 08:41 PM
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Morgan said...

All I want is chocolate. Smooth, rich, creamy, quality chocolate! Nothing else! :)

February 8, 2009 08:45 PM
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taffi said...

My Valentine wish is easy – I’d just like for my hubby to have a job. I’ve loved having the extra time to spend with him, but after a year and a half of constant togetherness, I’d like to have the chance to miss him a little. :)

But I’ll still bake him a cake for V-day.

February 8, 2009 08:47 PM
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Courtney said...

I’d just love a lazy day at home with my daughter. Oh, and some heart shaped pancakes, of course!

strawberrie03@Hotmail.com

February 8, 2009 08:47 PM
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Kim W said...

Nothing special. Just a card.

February 8, 2009 08:48 PM
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Tanis said...

I was just thinking to myself how I could make my husbands favorite cookies (homemade oreos) into valentines themed cookies and then i opened your blog and found the answer!!! Thanks!

February 8, 2009 08:48 PM
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Amy said...

Those red velvet sandwich cookies look so yummy–and so easy! I am definitely going to be trying those out.

For Valentine’s Day, I’d like for my boyfriend to bake something for a change ;)

February 8, 2009 08:50 PM
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Lizzie Fish said...

hm…i’d love a corny singing valentine from one of the local highschool choirs.

=)

February 8, 2009 08:51 PM
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The Novas said...

For my Valentine’s Day birthday weekend we’re going on a little family trip, just me, my man, and my sweet nearly-three daughter. She loves being read to, and is notorious for making us read her my cookbooks, so this would be perfect!

February 8, 2009 08:54 PM
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Anonymous said...

I’d just like to spend some time with my sweetie!

k.grochow@yahoo.com

February 8, 2009 08:58 PM
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Beth Hansen said...

For Valentine’s Day I want someone to clean my house for me!

Beth
bethhansen@hotmail.com

February 8, 2009 09:04 PM
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gret said...

I would love my husband to surprise me and have the day off work to spend with me and our baby girl.

February 8, 2009 09:07 PM
140
Jolina said...

I just want to have a fun day with my husband and kids!!

zoeysdelights.blogspot.com

February 8, 2009 09:07 PM
141
Jill said...

I would love to have a date night with my hubby of 30 years.

jillelliott@cox.net

February 8, 2009 09:09 PM
142
Staci said...

Ooh…for Valentines Day, I’d love to have a date! I’m a single gal and have always dreaded Valentines Day.

Thanks for the chance!!

February 8, 2009 09:14 PM
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Amy & Jay said...

For valentine’s day, i want my honey to take me out to dinner. and flowers would be nice. and a card. but, really, a kiss would do. cuz i love him no matter what.

February 8, 2009 09:16 PM
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Katie said...

Valentine is “webcam” time with my grandchildren Chloe and Jack in Bothell, WA. Please enter me in your contest – email katie_f@sbcglobal.net.
Thank you!

February 8, 2009 09:17 PM
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A Slice of Concentrated Love said...

OOOHHHH I’m definitely trying those red velvet cookie sandwiches.

February 8, 2009 09:17 PM
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Missy said...

I’d love a long lazy day at a spa with my nubby being pampered and a nice dinner.

February 8, 2009 09:18 PM
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Kyla said...

I want an engagement ring for Valentine’s Day!!!!

February 8, 2009 09:18 PM
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bombaygirl said...

I’d like another charm for my tiffany bracelet. :)

February 8, 2009 09:18 PM
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Anonymous said...

For Valentines Day I love flowers. I think of myself as old school. Even just one flower is enough to make my whole day sweeter.

thechaoticmom@yahoo.com

February 8, 2009 09:19 PM
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Ally said...

I would love just an evening at home with my family!

February 8, 2009 09:19 PM
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Kels said...

i would like some roses, and a night out on the town with my hubby.

February 8, 2009 09:20 PM
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Hilary said...

I would love a dinner cooked my husband!

February 8, 2009 09:21 PM
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The Monkey Who Loves to Cook said...

For Valentine’s day, I would love to spend time alone with my husband. The baby’s been taking away our time together.

February 8, 2009 09:24 PM
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Julie said...

Time alone w/hubby….and a nice dinner.

February 8, 2009 09:24 PM
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Nikki said...

I would like to have a guiltless meal–either homemade or eating out. But please, no guilt.

February 8, 2009 09:26 PM
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Brindi said...

A night out without the kids, without having to do dishes!

February 8, 2009 09:26 PM
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DawnB said...

well, unfortunately we have a wedding to attend on Valentine’s Day so I would actually just like my husband to remember….a card would make my day.
Thanks!
bohmdawn@gmail.com

February 8, 2009 09:27 PM
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Candice or Keith said...

I want a set of cookie cutters

February 8, 2009 09:28 PM
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DoodleBunz/DB Impressions said...

What a great idea! I’d be grateful to have a few hours to spend as a family this year…nothing fancy, maybe a homemade dinner with a homemade treat.

February 8, 2009 09:29 PM
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Hun said...

What I’d like for Valentine’s is my husband to know how much we appreciate all he does for us and how much we love him. He is the best husband and Daddy ever!!!

Cindy
mommy_of_love1@hotmail.com

February 8, 2009 09:33 PM
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Julie said...

I would love a poem from my husband… he usually does the best gifts for me, but since we have had kids, he doesn’t usually have time, so I would love something made by him.

February 8, 2009 09:34 PM
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Heathie said...

I want a fun date night with my hubby for Valentine’s Day. So I guess I want a babysitter for Valentine’s Day, too. :)

February 8, 2009 09:34 PM
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Tam said...

My daughters would love this book. They love helping me ‘replicate’ (I use the term lightly) your cupcakes!
As far as V-days, I am boring — just take me out to eat and i am happy!

February 8, 2009 09:35 PM
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Trish said...

I wanna curl up in jammies with my dogs and my husband and EAT CAKE! :)

February 8, 2009 09:39 PM
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mj said...

For v-day I’d love some pampering, like a massage or a pedicure! I’d also love the book for my super cute niece!!

e-mail: monicajsmith@juno.com

February 8, 2009 09:40 PM
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MichelleSG said...

We are shooting for an espresso machine. I don’t drink coffee, just lattes but my hubby is an addict of anything coffee related. He tried going to decaf and I don’t think that lasted more than 2 days. It wasn’t pretty.

February 8, 2009 09:47 PM
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Teresa & Brian said...

Some flowers and to be taken out to dinner would be nice!

superteresa@gmail.com

February 8, 2009 09:50 PM
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Kim said...

I would love to have a batch of the cookie dough brownies you recently posted! :) I will probably whip up a batch to share with my adult Bible fellowship class at church. I don’t trust myself with a full batch of those around tempting me.

kim.johnson3@insightbb.com

February 8, 2009 09:51 PM
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missELAINEeous said...

I’d love a chocolate eclair cake for Valentine’s Day.

Yeah, that’d be rad

February 8, 2009 09:51 PM
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Katie said...

I would love to have a spa day with my husband, no kids and relaxation!

February 8, 2009 09:55 PM
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April Van Wagenen said...

I would love a night getaway with my husband for Valentines. I love that these treats look so easy to make!

February 8, 2009 09:57 PM
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Barb said...

I’d like to have pleasant and compliant children who immediately obey my every word. A husband who knows what I’m thinking and feeling and can meet my needs prior to my expressing them.

I’ll settle for flowers and maybe a card.

February 8, 2009 09:57 PM
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rasilla said...

this valentines, I just want some quality me time.
sounds weird seeing as this is a time for lovers etc…but its always great to indulge yourself as well~

February 8, 2009 09:57 PM
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Melissa said...

I would love to have a weekend at the beach with my husband for valentines day. melwalk10@hotmail.com

February 8, 2009 10:01 PM
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Jennifer H said...

A man…
jenniferhemp@msn.com

February 8, 2009 10:04 PM
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Sara Cross said...

For valentine’s day I would love to have my car cleaned out!!! How lame is that? I have a toddler so my car is covered with random toys and smells like sour milk!

February 8, 2009 10:06 PM
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meghan1017 said...

I’m hoping hubby gets me some Godiva truffles this year…I told him no candy, I’m trying to be good, but in all honestly I would LOVE one of their banana fosters truffles right now. So good!

February 8, 2009 10:08 PM
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Roxy said...

A date some where nice

February 8, 2009 10:13 PM
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Anonymous said...

The only thing I would like is to not worry about anything (like school or 3 kids) and spend time with my husband.
astierman@tconl.com

February 8, 2009 10:22 PM
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The Robinsons said...

For Valentines day I would like “World Peace” (TeeHee) The book looks really cute, my daughter’s first grade class is the cupcake class – she loves to bake! But really I would like a quiet evening with my hubby – he is a CPA and he is busy all the up to April. Thank you – love your blog.
heatherjeremy@hotmail.com

February 8, 2009 10:22 PM
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Summer said...

I would love a date with my hubby for Valentine’s…with no kids! Ü

Summer
sumlee123@hotmail.com

February 8, 2009 10:23 PM
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carrie said...

I love your website!! Love to make treats and share with friends and neighbors and you have great ideas.

February 8, 2009 10:23 PM
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Laura said...

For VDay, I am looking forward to just seeing my honey….he lives 3000 miles away :-/ But whenever we visit, I always bake for him (and he cooks dinner for me) to show how much we care!

February 8, 2009 10:29 PM
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Isadora Herzog said...

Two giveaways! We’re too lucky! For Valentine’s Day I would love to have all the wonderful cupcakes you bake everyday!
Thanks for the great blog you have!

February 8, 2009 10:30 PM
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Dana said...

This Valentine’s Day I would love our adoption attorney to call with news of another baby.

My email is:
drccrc@sbcglobal.net

February 8, 2009 10:32 PM
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Anonymous said...

to spend time with my hubby! bellabern At gmail.com

February 8, 2009 10:34 PM
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Anonymous said...

or Valentines Day I am going to “surprise” my hubby ( tis better to give than to receive) take the girls to a babysitter before he gets home from work. Sprinkle the living room with rose petals and leave a note: “meet me in the bedroom” then we will enjoy some time together and then go out for dinner at our favorite restaurant. I am excited to surprise my love for 10 years.
My e-mail is ersthiry@msn.com

February 8, 2009 10:42 PM
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The Francis Family said...

Truly, I good meal and a quite night would be wonderful.

Mindy
mindymade@gmail.com

February 8, 2009 10:42 PM
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heidi said...

chocolate filled croissants

February 8, 2009 10:42 PM
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Christina said...

Definitely some quiet alone time with the hubby–and some chocolate covered strawberries!

February 8, 2009 10:44 PM
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Susan (fivegreatkiddos@yahoo.com said...

The Oreo Cakesters is so up my alley. This is actually something I can do.
For Valentines Day… I got what I wanted. Bought my own necklace and bracelet and said it was from my husband. Hey, it’s a win win situation. He doesn’t have to guess and I get what I like. He’s good at guessing what I like anyway.

February 8, 2009 10:46 PM
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Sarah said...

I’d like a nice date with my husband for Valentines Day. Thanks for the giveaway, my daughter would love this.
saholmes4@gmail.com

February 8, 2009 10:47 PM
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Linda said...

A nice day with my kids. They are the two best sweethearts I could ask for.

Thank you for sharing!

February 8, 2009 10:47 PM
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Jill Williams said...

Just some time with my Prince Charming. That would be perfect.

February 8, 2009 10:48 PM
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kimmyk said...

For Valentine’s Day I would like for my son to get a job. He’s 16. It’s only fair…y’know? Why you ask? Cause I’m tired of buying his girlfriend gifts EVERY.SINGLE.MONTH because it’s their “anniversary”.

Oh he could totally make her Cakester cut outs and be all “I made these just for you!”

Score!

February 8, 2009 10:53 PM
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Carrie said...

I would love some diamond earrings for Valentine’s Day… :)

February 8, 2009 10:55 PM
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Beat said...

All I want is to spend some time with my boyfriend (I haven’t seen him since New Year’s).

February 8, 2009 10:55 PM
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Rani said...

I would like to sleep through the night on Valentines Day. I have a 15 month old and a 4 month old.

sigh.

February 8, 2009 10:55 PM
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PhotoMom said...

Time is the best gift. I would like lots of time with my hubby.

February 8, 2009 10:56 PM
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lovey said...

Chocolate – - – lots of chocolate!!!!

February 8, 2009 10:56 PM
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