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.

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vaneblu said...

For Valentines day I would love to have a romantic getaway with my Hubby!

February 8, 2009 10:57 PM
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Melissa said...

My birthday is the day after Valentine’s Day, so what I’d like is to make this weekend all about doing things I love to do with people I love!
mfgentry[at]hotmail[dot]com

February 8, 2009 10:59 PM
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Emily said...

This book would be so much fun to read in my kindergarten class! We cook as often as we can. For Valentine’s day this year, I wanted some time away with my husband! And I’ve got it. We’re leaving work early Friday afternoon and heading to Nag’s Head NC where we’ve rented a beach house that we’re staying in through Monday night. I’m so excited. The beach is best is the off season when there is no one there but the locals! -e

http://thepictureyousee.blogspot.com

February 8, 2009 11:05 PM
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tamela said...

i'd like to go on a date with my husband on valentine's day :)

happy valentine's day bakerella! thanks for sharing the love with us <3

February 8, 2009 11:05 PM
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Berny said...

For Valentine’s Day I would like my husband to take me out to a fancy restaurant and treat me like a princess.

February 8, 2009 11:13 PM
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drk said...

For Valentine’s Day I just want to spend time with my sweet boyfriend. (I’ve been disappointed in the past, so I’ve learned not to put too much emphasis on V Day)

But, since he’s going to be out of town, he’s going to buy me presents instead!

(I’ll take it.)

February 8, 2009 11:14 PM
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Digi Loves Company said...

For Valentine’s Day, I would love to have my husband wash the windows on our house, so we can enjoy all the spring flowers. Plus, he is pretty hot when he washes windows.

February 8, 2009 11:16 PM
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Elaine said...

Yum Yum!! I’d be happy with any of these cookies! LOL

February 8, 2009 11:17 PM
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jlk said...

For Valentine’s Day, I would like diamonds. I’m not going to get diamonds, but I would like them all the same.

February 8, 2009 11:18 PM
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gloriana said...

I don’t care much about presents. I would love to have enough energy to enjoy the evening with my husband and not be tired.

February 8, 2009 11:20 PM
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Robert and Hannah said...

I would just love a romantic night out with my husband with no kids calling or tagging along.

February 8, 2009 11:20 PM
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brittany said...

I would like to have someone to give the bakerella Valentine’s Day Gift Box to! I really want to make it but don’t have a Valentine :( I will find someone!

February 8, 2009 11:21 PM
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Boomerina said...

Anything pink will do for me! Or Clinique Happy Heart perfume. Or just a cuddle.

February 8, 2009 11:21 PM
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postcardgirl said...

OMG, my little baker would love that book! What would *I* like for Valentines?! CHOCOLATE! And if it’s baked by my little baker, then it’s all the better!!

February 8, 2009 11:21 PM
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Ketchesons said...

I want a red rose and some really good chocolates and a slow dance with my Husband :-)

February 8, 2009 11:25 PM
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springhill chef said...

my ideal valentine’s day would be a romantic date with my husband! and maybe some chocolate strawberries ;)

February 8, 2009 11:27 PM
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Sarah said...

For Valentine’s Day this year, I want to spend the day with my hubby and our daughter. :) I’d also love a handmade apron.

Gosh, everything looks so yummy!! My daughter would love that book since she adores baking and is a big, big reader!

February 8, 2009 11:28 PM
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Wendy Panzner said...

I would like a homemade valentine’s gift of some sort. Doesn’t matter what, just homemade from my thoughtful husband :)

trembling_blue_stars@yahoo.com

February 8, 2009 11:28 PM
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Anonymous said...

I hope they have a book like that for boys.

February 8, 2009 11:30 PM
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The Turner Family said...

for Valentines Day I would love for my husband to clean, but since that won’t be happen then just to have a nice day with my family.
Turneraaj@cox.net

Ilove everything you do, love it !
you have a happy Valentine’s Day too!

February 8, 2009 11:30 PM
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LaDue &amp; Crew said...

I would love to just make cookies with my 2 year old, and watch her decorate them! Then just relax and have family time with everyone. ;-)

February 8, 2009 11:32 PM
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Barbara said...

I would like truffles and Champagne.

February 8, 2009 11:36 PM
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Hannah said...

a night out for a fancy dinner without the kids where I could sleep as late the next morning.

http://www.hurey.com

February 8, 2009 11:36 PM
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Candi said...

I’m very greedy… This is what I want for Valentine’s Day in no particular order..

- some of those cookie scraps you’ve been cutting off.. YUM
- my car to be fixed and in good working order
- a sunny day
- a date with my hubby at the chinese place in town, a movie once we came home and then family time with my dad and brother…

February 8, 2009 11:37 PM
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Michelle and Michael Vatcher said...

The Day off with my husband! With a nice dinner not cooked by me!

February 8, 2009 11:40 PM
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Superlole said...

I would love a date with my hubby! BUT…since my daughter was born on Valentine’s Day- we will spend the day throwing her a party :) She would LOVE this book!

My email: lael.nafziger@gmail.com

February 8, 2009 11:40 PM
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cheryl said...

I would love to give this book to my neice for Valentines Day. Love all you great ideas.

February 8, 2009 11:43 PM
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Chelsea said...

I would love chocolate, in any shape or form. And to be loved completely

February 8, 2009 11:47 PM
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Wanda (Fantasy Cupcakes) said...

For valentines day I would like to recive lots of chocolates and kisses from my daughters and husband.
Bakerella, my daughter would love that book, hope I would win it!

February 8, 2009 11:49 PM
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ang :o) said...

I’m sending my 3 yeard old daughter and husband on a fun scavenger hunt that will lead back to home where me and my 2 month old will be waiting with a fondue dinner/dessert. That’s all I want, lots of family time.

February 8, 2009 11:49 PM
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Jamie @ Baldwin Bungalow said...

For Valentine’s Day I’d love for my husband to do absolutely nothing – just for us to be together. He’s been Mr. Home Improvement and I think it’s time for him to have a break!

LOVE the sandwich cookies – I’ll have to try those.

February 8, 2009 11:51 PM
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Lisa~~ said...

There’s nothing that I want for V-day other than to spend time with my hubs and daughter.

February 8, 2009 11:53 PM
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Kim in AZ said...

For Valentine’s Day, I’d like to have some chocolate and pepsi – the two big things that I’m not supposed to eat because of our new healthy eating attempts. :)

kanddbk at msn dot com

February 8, 2009 11:54 PM
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Jon and Angela said...

I would love to have an amazing dinner at home without ME having to cook it!

February 8, 2009 11:56 PM
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Stephanie said...

I want chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

The cookie sandwiches are adorable – both the cake mix ones and the cakester ones!

February 8, 2009 11:57 PM
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Alissa said...

For Valentine’s Day, I just want a sweet little note from my kidlets.

February 8, 2009 11:58 PM
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gi said...

i am looking forward to a simple dinner…

February 9, 2009 12:02 AM
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Sleepydumpling said...

I’d like a Valentine for Valentine’s Day. I’ve never celebrated it before (I always seem to end up single on Valentine’s Day!)

February 9, 2009 12:03 AM
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Melinda said...

I’d love a homemade card from my daughters and to bake your heart cake for my family!!!

melinda@keywood.us

February 9, 2009 12:04 AM
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Carolina said...

I would love to go away to somewhere warm and sunny for the day! :)

RealizeDOP@Gmail.com
http://realizedop.blogspot.com

February 9, 2009 12:04 AM
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Chantelle said...

I’d like 10 lbs of yummy chocolate anything and not gain an ounce or feel like pucking. chantellebr@hotmail.com

February 9, 2009 12:07 AM
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Angela M. said...

I would love to bake with my girls on Valentine’s and have some quality time with the husband as well. It looks like a super cute book! My girls would love it.

February 9, 2009 12:14 AM
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Helana said...

super duper cute! Were do you come up with this! You are a baking Genious!

February 9, 2009 12:15 AM
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Panya said...

I’ll have to try the red velvet treats — I LOVE cake-y cookies!

wsvandy81 AT aol DOT com

February 9, 2009 12:17 AM
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Anonymous said...

I would love to meet a guy!

-Rhapsody

February 9, 2009 12:17 AM
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Ricki said...

We don’t get much time together out of the house so I’d like to just be able to go out to dinner for Valentine’s Day.

February 9, 2009 12:20 AM
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VIX said...

Actually for Valentine’s day I would love to have this book to give to my daughter. It bears her name so she would go Ga-Ga over it. Spelled different but none the less..lol
HAPPY V-DAY ALL!
mickeyvixie@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 12:21 AM
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Anonymous said...

Spend time with my friends. Its one of my friends birthdays on Valentine Day!

mintshoelaces@hotmail.com

February 9, 2009 12:22 AM
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Melissa said...

I can’t really think of anything that I would want other than just having fun with my family. We plan to make the cupcake pops this week for my son’s class, I’m excited to try it out! My son would love this book as he loves to bake (and eat)!

February 9, 2009 12:33 AM
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mymlb said...

I would like the Army to decide that my husband is really not needed in Iraq (not going to happen but i can dream, right?)

February 9, 2009 12:34 AM
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kevin and angela said...

kevindormer @ hotmail . com

I want Clinique Happy perfume and time with my husband!

February 9, 2009 12:34 AM
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Benj and Melinda said...

I would like a night alone with my husband with no children.

February 9, 2009 12:44 AM
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Terri said...

a date would be nice : )

teainva@comcast.net

February 9, 2009 12:44 AM
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LisaB said...

Nothings better than spending time with my husband and 3 cute kids…doing anything!

gbluemel@mac.com

Lisa B in So. Cal

February 9, 2009 12:48 AM
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The Santini Stew said...

For Valentine’s Day I would some dark chocolate!!!

megansantini@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 12:52 AM
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Renee's Ramblings said...

For Valentine’s Day I’d like a relaxing day at home and a nice dinner out!

February 9, 2009 12:53 AM
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CELESTEJOHNSON said...

With Valentine’s day being on Saturday, that means all my kids will home all day. So I was a quiet, non-fighting Valentine’s day! :-) Kids getting along… :-)

pearcychick@msn.com

February 9, 2009 12:53 AM
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Amy said...

I love the red velvet whoopie pies! What a great thing to try for Valentine’s day. For VDay, I’d just like a nice quiet night with my family. My daughter would love this book–she’s almost 9 and has already starting trying to make things in the kitchen–for her birthday last year we had to buy 3 cookbooks for her to try out! Love your site!
corollabella@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 12:54 AM
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Sara said...

For Valentines Day I just want my husband to be home! He works out of state, and he’s not sure if he will make it home or not.

February 9, 2009 12:59 AM
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Laura Beth said...

I would like for my entire family to be well! My husband ALWAYS is sick on Valentines for some strange reason and he has a cold right now . . . Dinner without kids would be nice,too! :)

February 9, 2009 01:01 AM
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Kristen said...

I’m definitely a fan of the pink apron.

Congrats on the new exposure! ;)

My address is skribbelgrl@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 01:02 AM
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dragonflymum said...

I’m totally addicted to your blog! My kids love the cake pops :)

~Maura

dragonflymum@aol.com

February 9, 2009 01:03 AM
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Halye said...

I want to spend V-day with my husband, daughter and son! And I’d love a new bottle of Juicy Couture perfume…….. :-)

halyec@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 01:12 AM
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Cheryl said...

My 5 year old would love that book. She is just starting to take an interest in baking. Yesterday she helped me make chocolate chip cookies.

I don’t know what I would like for Valentine’s Day. Before kids, DH and I really never did anything special for Valentine’s Day. Now that we have kids, I just make special treats for them to take to school and get the kids a little present.

February 9, 2009 01:13 AM
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Nags said...

I want to be cooked for this V – Day :)

February 9, 2009 01:15 AM
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shawna said...

I love CHOCOLATE!!!!!
s-jgerardi@netzero.net

February 9, 2009 01:17 AM
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Photo Girl said...

Would love anything chocolate for Valentine’s Day!

February 9, 2009 01:18 AM
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toots said...

I would love to have a healthy houesold….and if that isn’t possible I’ll settle for any take out meal someone wants to drop off heeheehee

February 9, 2009 01:19 AM
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Most Fun Mom Ever, I Hope said...

For Valentine’s Day, I would like both my children to be healthy. That is the best thing I could get. Our 5 year old daughter and I will definitely be making the Red Velvet Cookie Sandwiches to take to my husband at the Fire hall.

February 9, 2009 01:22 AM
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David and Melody said...

I want to spend the day with my husband and son!
(Thanks for the cakester idea…SOOOO doing that!)

February 9, 2009 01:22 AM
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Linnea said...

Ooooh..For V-day I’m hoping to spend some quality time with my hubby.
Although I would never say no to jewelry. :-)

February 9, 2009 01:23 AM
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Megan said...

I would love for my husband to make a nice dinner for me….and then clean up afterwards!

February 9, 2009 01:24 AM
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Meg W. said...

Count me in!
I’d just love to be able to surprise my Honey for Valentine’s day!

February 9, 2009 01:25 AM
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This Is Us said...

Would love a weekend get away with the hubby but will realistically settle for a nice date night.

February 9, 2009 01:25 AM
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The Behlmers said...

I would like to NOT cook dinner! I’d even be satisfied with a heart shaped pizza from the mega-pizza mart and a DQ ice cream cake!
dcbehlmer (at) hotmail (dot) com

February 9, 2009 01:28 AM
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Melanie said...

I’d love to have a date night with my husband for Valentine’s Day. Anywhere is great – just as long as the kids have a babysitter!

February 9, 2009 01:30 AM
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Stacie said...

Since our 10 year anniversary is in a month..I would love a combined gift that included diamonds! But, won’t happen!
Stacie

February 9, 2009 01:34 AM
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Rach said...

I want… there to be no drama on valentines day! :)

February 9, 2009 01:35 AM
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Reyna said...

All I want for Valentine’s Day is a quiet evening with my husband…sans kids! I don’t care what we do or where we go…well, I’d like to eat SOMETHING…but I’m not picky.

February 9, 2009 01:39 AM
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Alexe said...

for valentine’s day, i’d love to just watch the nightmare before christmas for the gazillionth time with my boyfriend…and eat chocolate orange cupcakes. yuum.
my email is;
oixdevotchka@hotmail.com
ps; keep up the great blog :)

February 9, 2009 01:40 AM
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Knitnut,Karen said...

For Valentines Day, I would just like to be able to sleep past 7:00am. An extra gift, someone else feed the animals for me! Heavenly sleep!

February 9, 2009 01:42 AM
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LeAnne said...

I would like a day that I didn’t have to worry about calories, points, fat grams or exercising. I could eat what I wanted and not gain an ounce. Okay that’s a fantasy. Just some time out with my hubby at a nice restaurant!
LeAnne

February 9, 2009 01:43 AM
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Allikaye's Mama said...

I would like a night out…which means a babysitter…and chocolates…and someone to make me your cake valentine’s box!!

February 9, 2009 01:43 AM
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Elizabeth said...

for valentines day i want my certain someone to move the relationship forward!

zibster321@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 01:45 AM
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Michele Zwart said...

I told my husband not to buy me flowers, and that I’d rather have SHOES!

February 9, 2009 01:46 AM
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Cat said...

i’ve been dying to make your cupcake pops, and just never seem to find the time, but i am DEFINITELY doing these red velvet cakesters THIS week. saturday is my 23rd wedding anniversary, and even if red velvet isn’t my husband’s favorite, it is mine :)

February 9, 2009 01:48 AM
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Liz T. said...

For Valentines’ day, I would love a puppy!!! A boxer puppy.

TaylorStrings@gmail.com
Liz

February 9, 2009 01:51 AM
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Emily said...

For V-day, I would love a big, fat cupcake! :)

February 9, 2009 01:52 AM
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Kim and Cam said...

I would love a new diamond wedding ring! I lost my original several years ago! I LOVE the cakester idea! Something my girls can help with. Thanks for all your wonderful ideas!
My email: camnkim@comcast.net

February 9, 2009 01:53 AM
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Candi said...

You are so generous! And those cookies look delish! For Valentine’s Day I’d love to go out to dinner with my hubby.

candi2001@hotmail.com

February 9, 2009 01:56 AM
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KBG said...

My daughter would love that book! You are always so generous!

kbgrissom(at)gmail(dot)com

February 9, 2009 01:56 AM
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Sylvia {+ Mark} said...

I’d love to go to the Cheesecake Factory and eat Marsala Chicken with my husband. Mmmmm and then eat one of your heart shaped valentine cakes with the sweet li’l “chocolates.”

Well, a 50% of getting what I want isn’t too bad.

February 9, 2009 01:58 AM
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dizzy mom said...

I’d love a spa day! To relax and be pampered. Ahhhh.

I love the treats…and the cheater version is way cute (and easy)!

February 9, 2009 01:59 AM
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Julie B said...

I don’t have anything that I would like for Valentines Day, just happy that I have my husband and kids to spend the day with. I will be making them some sort of sweet treat to mark the occasion. Thanks for the giveaway, my girls would enjoy the book

steveandjulie03@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 02:00 AM
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karen said...

I just want to be surprised!!

my email is:
kleonard@childressisd.net

February 9, 2009 02:05 AM
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Shandra said...

I would love a simple love note from my hubby-like he used to write me years ago…back before we emailed each other or texted each other. :) We actually used the good ‘ol Postal service to send love letter when we were apart during college! xxoo

My 10yr old would love the book as she loves to bake and cook with me. what a sweet idea. :)

February 9, 2009 02:11 AM
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Julielewis said...

For Valentine’s Day, i’d love to be able to spend time with my husband alone!!

February 9, 2009 02:11 AM
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Amy Lynn said...

For Valentines Day I would like a nice quiet evening with my hubby. With no kids! :)

February 9, 2009 02:14 AM
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Danielle said...

A thoughtful card would be nice on Valentine’s Day.

my email is:
scrupps@ritzcom.net
http://www.1bzmama.blogspot.com

February 9, 2009 02:14 AM
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Mertgirl said...

I love Valentines Day!! :)

I would love some pink sugar cookies with conversation hearts. mmm… Maybe a homemade dinna’ with the hubby! :)
mertgirl at hotmail dot com

February 9, 2009 02:17 AM
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