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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Anonymous said...

I saw you on cakewrecks, too! So cool!

For Valentines Day, I’d like a date with my husband…and maybe have the kids spend the night somewhere else! :)

Maria
utfan78@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 02:17 AM
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Krissy said...

For Valentine’s Day, I would like my husband’s work to let him stay home. :D

February 9, 2009 02:20 AM
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Rhonda said...

I am looking forward to making my fam a great V-day breakfast,going to a friend’s wedding, and spending the rest of the day with my husby. Revisting the beautiful chapel where we were married.

rhondamm@windstream.net

February 9, 2009 02:24 AM
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The Ballstaedts said...

Those are such great cookies ideas, especially the “easy one” I would love to win that adorable book!
cairenmb@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 02:24 AM
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Carrie said...

Beautiful valentine’s ideas. Think I’ll make the red velvet pies for my husband’s potluck!

February 9, 2009 02:24 AM
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Miss Lonelyhearts said...

i would just love a juicy smooch for valentine’s day :)

ciao, bakerella!

jocelynlyn@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 02:32 AM
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cupcakesordeath said...

Hi dearie, just want to wish you A Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 9, 2009 02:42 AM
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Christina said...

Oh- my 5-year old would absolutely LOVE this book!! I would like to have a counter full of valentine goodies for all my piano students this week. That would make my Valentines Day!

February 9, 2009 02:57 AM
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Anonymous said...

For Valentine’s Day, I would love to be surprised. My husband is great at giving gifts and surprising me. He is an accountant so this is busy season for him. I would love to spend quality time with him! Love your website!

my email is:
tmrich05@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 02:59 AM
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Christina said...

oops- I forgot to leave you my email. chhudman@hotmail.com

February 9, 2009 03:00 AM
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Pamela said...

i want a artsy evening of fun and creativity with my “boys” thanks for the tip on easy cookies. pamela http://www.frenchknots.blogspot.com

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

I actually just got home from a Valentine’s weekend away withOUT the kids, woo hoo! Now all I’d like is for a simple homemade construction paper valentine from my 3 sons. I’m attempting your valentine’s cake this weekend….wish me luck!

February 9, 2009 03:04 AM
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leslie said...

Well we are moving on Valentines day, so I suppose a nice long massage would be wonderful!!

February 9, 2009 03:09 AM
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leslie said...

oops, I forgot my address.
leslierose at gmail dot com
Well we are moving on Valentines day, so I suppose a nice long massage would be wonderful!!

February 9, 2009 03:10 AM
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Something Classic Events said...

I just want to hang out with my husband and daughter for Valentine’s Day! We will get something for her, she is 14 months, but we don’t need to get for each other. But who I am kidding, he will get me something and I might get him a little something too!

February 9, 2009 03:10 AM
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Vetter Family said...

I love your site! Inspires me. For Valentine’s Day I would love to find laughter and moments with my husband. And then share that with my children later!

tmvetter@att.net

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

I would just like some flowers. I love to have them by the sink while I do dishes at night. It just makes me smile :)

February 9, 2009 03:14 AM
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Jenni said...

For Valentine’s Day I want my calories not to count!

jennik80(at)gmail(dot)com

February 9, 2009 03:15 AM
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Milu said...

I would love a kitchen renovation so that I could make lots of your goodies :)

http://www.icingonthecake-milu.blogspot.com

anisah115@aol.com

February 9, 2009 03:16 AM
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wedogmomma said...

World Peace….to quote Miss Congeniality…..

I would love a potted plant and some ‘game ‘ time with my hubby…translate as you will ;)

February 9, 2009 03:17 AM
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Christina said...

I cannot wait to try these red velvet goodies! YUM! I would like for my girls (ages 4 and 7) to make me breakfast!
cgibson1015@suddenlinkmail.com

February 9, 2009 03:24 AM
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Candy said...

i would love a sweet day with my family and kids to behave .. i love your blog ..
raines-mark@sbcglobal.net

February 9, 2009 03:27 AM
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Just Being Me said...

I would love for my husband to be home for Valentine’s Day. He works offshore and has never been home for Valentine’s Day! I just want to be with my love on the day of love! :o)

February 9, 2009 03:27 AM
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Suzette said...

For Valentine’s Day I would like to spend time with those I love!

February 9, 2009 03:28 AM
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Kristen Duke said...

these look delicious! would you pretty pretty please….if you have one…post the best sugar cookie recipe? desperate for one!

February 9, 2009 03:29 AM
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kiki comin said...

a sweet note.

February 9, 2009 03:33 AM
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Dianna said...

I’ve been promised an Iphone. But we’ll see…

February 9, 2009 03:36 AM
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k8lynr said...

i would love to have some one-on-one time with a stove so i could bake some goodies.

i miss it so much.

*sighs*

-kate
jaded_anthem@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 03:37 AM
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Chelsey said...

I'd love to go on a date with hubby! But instead will make pb&j for the kids, stick them upstairs, and make a nice meal for us.

chelsey DOT jorgensen AT gmail DOT com

February 9, 2009 03:39 AM
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Anonymous said...

for valentines day, i want my children to have a fun, love filled day and my first attempt at cake pops to turn out brilliantly.

this book would be right up my 8 year old daughter’s alley.

love your blog!
heidi
heidi@vespa.gs

February 9, 2009 03:39 AM
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care-in said...

I don’t think the Oreo Cakesters are cheating at all! For Valentine’s – quality time and my favorite flower, gerber daisy.

February 9, 2009 03:40 AM
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Anonymous said...

I’d love for my husband to have the night off work…probably won’t happen, but a girl can hope!

msangiday@hotmail.com

February 9, 2009 03:42 AM
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Anonymous said...

I just want Valentines to go the way I plan–I hope to give my family a fun valentine breakfast and dinner :)
lachmun@hotmail.com

February 9, 2009 03:45 AM
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Ariane said...

I love that recipe for the cakemix cookies! The best are made with cherry chip cake mix, impossible to find tho. For valentine’s day I want to be able to spend time with my boyfriend someplace other than in a dorm room!

February 9, 2009 03:49 AM
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Astrid said...

I like to spend some nice time with the hubby, have some good food, and hopefully some chocolate. :D
(This year, also will be spending some time with the kiddos, who deserve love, too!)

February 9, 2009 03:49 AM
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LEISHMAN'S said...

I would just like a sweet note from my hubby!

February 9, 2009 03:53 AM
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Callaways said...

I would love to just hang at home and not have anything I HAVE to do!!!

February 9, 2009 03:57 AM
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D-D said...

For Valentine's Day I would like to spend time with my children & grandchildren in the afternoon and have dinner & a movie with my husband.

February 9, 2009 04:08 AM
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Fabby's Cupcaker ;) said...

For Valentine’s Day, I would like to spend time with my family, because is the 2o. birth of my little one Juan Pablo.

February 9, 2009 04:08 AM
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Nathan, Shelly & Kaleigh said...

I just want a quiet night away from the kids!

February 9, 2009 04:09 AM
341
L said...

for valentine’s… well my stepdaughter will be with her mom, so I get DH to myself… and I’d love to go antiquing or to an auction.

lorasoneworld.blogspot.com

lora3677 at gmail dot com

February 9, 2009 04:09 AM
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Angie said...

Cute matching Valentines aprons for me and my girls to wear while we try those red velvet cake cookies!! Can’t wait to impress with those..

Angie
juspope@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 04:12 AM
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The Wilson Family said...

I would love to have someone clean my house for me, so I could spend the time making fun cupcakes and goodies! :)

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

I’m just going to be spending time with the hubby. He’ll actually be coming home from a Scout Camp that day, so we are going to do something the following week.

This book would be perfect for my niece, who has a sweet heart and loves to learn new things!

ktyers@hotmail.com

February 9, 2009 04:13 AM
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Denise said...

What I really want for Valentine’s Day is to spend time in person with my boyfriend. I’m away at college and haven’t seen him in over a month now = (

rockgeek AT comcast DOT net

February 9, 2009 04:16 AM
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Anonymous said...

For Valentine’s Day I want to wake up to the sound of my little boys tippy-toeing into my room and snuggling in with me before a big happy breakfast! They make my heart so full it could absolutely burst! (A day at the spa would be nice, but who needs that when there are chocolate chip pancakes waiting to be made!?)

Thanks for the contest!
Kristen
ktrexie at yahoo dot com

February 9, 2009 04:17 AM
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Bill and Tammie said...

Ohhh I hope win! My daughter is a budding baker and she would love this book!!! I would love for someone else to cook dinner at home for me!

February 9, 2009 04:18 AM
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ashley said...

I would like my for sale sign to say SOLD!

February 9, 2009 04:19 AM
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Molly said...

I would like a new Crock Pot!

-Molly (thehousewifewannabe.blogspot.com)

February 9, 2009 04:30 AM
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ai-chan77 said...

For Valentine’s day I would love to see the look on my baby sister and brother’s face when they open that huge package of goodies I sent them!

February 9, 2009 04:30 AM
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thereddeer said...

I would love to spend dinner at home with my husband, and to make him a pie :)

February 9, 2009 04:32 AM
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Alva said...

To spend our first valentines day as a married couple together, but he will be in orlando for his brothers birthday with his family and I am stuck at work :-(, the flight was his valentines day gift.

February 9, 2009 04:32 AM
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Jessika Clemons said...

This Valentine and the next one as well, I would LOVE to has my husband home! Hes in the Army and away :o/ Oh, and a box of chocolates to drown my sadness in wouldnt hurt either, lol

Jessikaw@aol.com

-Jessika

February 9, 2009 04:33 AM
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Leah said...

This is my first Valentine’s Day married. I would like to just have a romantic dinner (at our honeymoon spot) with the hubby. I wish!!

email: leah.melissa@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 04:34 AM
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Kendra said...

Just hugs from my children. I read so many heartbreaking stories blog rolling about parents with sick children and it makes me want to go wake mine up just to hold them tight and feel their strong heartbeats.

BTW, my 6 year old daughter would adore that sweet book. She wants to be a “baker” when she grows up, she says. Already starting an apron collection. LOL

February 9, 2009 04:37 AM
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Jessica said...

I want a mother’s bracelet with my kids names on it. And some flowers and candy.

February 9, 2009 04:46 AM
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Sandy said...

Since I have my husband for Valentine’s Day the only other thing I can think of is your heart shaped candy box cake – it’s amazing.

February 9, 2009 04:47 AM
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emilyadi said...

I’d like to be with my boyfriend in Seattle…

emilyadi.com

February 9, 2009 04:49 AM
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mindy1024 said...

just to spend the day with my hubby and baby! who needs anything else?!? although a yummy dinner would be nice!

February 9, 2009 04:59 AM
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Jynx said...

I would like a quiet day at work so I would be more awake when I get home that night.
Jynx :)

February 9, 2009 05:09 AM
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Tina said...

I would love to make those red velvet cookies for my family (that is my wish for valentine’s day). :)

February 9, 2009 05:11 AM
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noreen said...

a box of sees candy and an eclair

February 9, 2009 05:16 AM
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Kebi Cedawna said...

I dream of breakfast in bed for V-day.
This book looks so cute, my two nieces are bakerellas in the making, this would be great for them to have :)

February 9, 2009 05:21 AM
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Bethama said...

I would like chocolate. Just chocolate. Hardly romantic, but it’s true.

February 9, 2009 05:21 AM
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Riley said...

I would like to receive a Valentine’s Day box of your cake balls.

Riley
rockinriley37@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 05:22 AM
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becky stanley said...

I just want to sleep in on V-day!! It’s the simple things that would make me happy!
Can’t wait to make the red velvet cookie sandwiches – yum!

February 9, 2009 05:28 AM
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Anonymous said...

I would like to run around handing out valentines to the kids at church.
blgtracy@nckcn.com

February 9, 2009 05:36 AM
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*star.mama* said...

For Valentine’s Day, I want a day of well behaved children and a free dinner and dessert that I don’t have to cook.

I also believe in unicorns, dragons, fairies and elves.

February 9, 2009 05:41 AM
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Aries Mom said...

Valentines day will be spent in the kitchen with my kids. They just love being able to help make “fancy” meals.

February 9, 2009 05:48 AM
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the penrods said...

I would love for my house to sell or a new job for my husband.

Either one. Both are romantic, right? :)

February 9, 2009 06:05 AM
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HeatherBakes said...

I’d like a nice date night with my husband for Valentine’s this year!

February 9, 2009 06:20 AM
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kb4525 said...

I would love a homemade Valentine from my 6 yr old~and a hug from my 3 yr old!

kb4525@hotmail.com

Thanks!!

February 9, 2009 06:21 AM
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AJ [uphoryx@gmail.com] said...

hoping that my dream guy would ask me out ;)

February 9, 2009 06:35 AM
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dazsdntell said...

I would love for my hubby to make a dinner for me again. He did that a few years ago to make up for making a very large purchase. I got over it. :)

February 9, 2009 07:07 AM
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doreen said...

A movie date with my hubby, our last movie at a theatre was 3 years ago!
dteoh@sbcglobal.net

February 9, 2009 07:13 AM
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Monica H said...

I’ve been wanting to make red velvet whoopie pies for a while, but there’s still so much on “to bake” list, they’ll have to wait.

Clever trick with the cakesters. They look yummy!

February 9, 2009 07:37 AM
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House Family said...

I would love a massage….a hot bubble bath…and candles and a romantic movie with my husband!! Total relaxation!! That’s what I would like for Valentines!
dkhousehold@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 07:39 AM
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morgana said...

What do I want for Valentine? Just a whole day alone with my boyfriend. Nothing else to do, just enjoy the day together: go for a walk, “de tapas” before lunch, a good lunch together, “siesta” and a film under a warm blanket… And a romantic dinner together. Just that.

I love your Valentine treats, and red velvet “macaroons” are a great idea, as all your ideas.

Thank you again for sharing.

February 9, 2009 07:57 AM
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Marie said...

I’d want to receive a lot of chocolates, not that anyone would give me some :p

February 9, 2009 08:05 AM
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m?d?lina said...

for valentines day, i want to be with my bf:( ill be in florida, and he’ll be in utah :(

- madalina
http://www.duhlicious.com

February 9, 2009 08:24 AM
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m?d?lina said...

for valentines day, i want to be with my bf:( ill be in florida, and he’ll be in utah :(

- madalina
http://www.duhlicious.com

February 9, 2009 08:24 AM
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m?d?lina said...

for valentines day, i want to be with my bf:( ill be in florida, and he’ll be in utah :(

- madalina
http://www.duhlicious.com

February 9, 2009 08:24 AM
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m?d?lina said...

for valentines day, i want to be with my bf:( ill be in florida, and he’ll be in utah :(

- madalina
http://www.duhlicious.com

February 9, 2009 08:24 AM
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m?d?lina said...

for valentines day, i want to be with my bf:( ill be in florida, and he’ll be in utah :(

- madalina
http://www.duhlicious.com

February 9, 2009 08:24 AM
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m?d?lina said...

for valentines day, i want to be with my bf:( ill be in florida, and he’ll be in utah :(

- madalina
http://www.duhlicious.com

February 9, 2009 08:24 AM
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m?d?lina said...

for valentines day, i want to be with my bf:( ill be in florida, and he’ll be in utah :(

- madalina
http://www.duhlicious.com

February 9, 2009 08:24 AM
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yee von said...

what i wnat for valentine is my boyf spending time with me for dinner =)
and my handmade presents for him=)

email
y33_von@hotmail.com

February 9, 2009 09:12 AM
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Kismet said...

I’m pretty traditional, chocolate and flowers and romance.

~K!

http://www.kismet.blogs

February 9, 2009 09:36 AM
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MommaBlogger said...

My daughter would love this! She loves reading, as well as baking.

shanawoodman (at) hotmail (dot) com

February 9, 2009 09:38 AM
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Anonymous said...

I just want a weekend getaway and a magically clean house for valentines. Is that too much to ask? ssiulu@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 09:41 AM
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Amy said...

I would love to spend time with my family. I’m missing them terribly since I moved in January.

February 9, 2009 09:49 AM
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JC said...

Just a sweet little love token would be nice, say 3 carats or so. OK, OK Make mine chocolate.

February 9, 2009 10:02 AM
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Lien said...

Behold the wisdom of Bakerella. Keep it simple and keep it sweet. :D

I would love to spend an entire day with my beloved whether it’s on Valentine’s Day or any day.

February 9, 2009 10:07 AM
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Anonymous said...

Hello! I just started following your blog and it makes me crave baking insanely. Anywho, for valentines day, I would love to make something to give to my girl friends to show them that they matter to me. And a quiet, nice night with my bf. We’ve been in a fit of a moving frenzy and been busy with ppl constantly around us.

Email: ilovemyhippo@aol.com

Love your ideas,
Sara

February 9, 2009 10:13 AM
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LeAnn said...

I would love to have my eldest son home from college for the weekend. I miss him!

February 9, 2009 10:46 AM
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sarah said...

i just want to spend the day at home with my husband.

fsarah07@gmail.com

February 9, 2009 10:52 AM
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Katrina said...

I told my husband I don’t want anything material. He didn’t like that answer, so I told him flowers are great! He’s also sending me on a trip home to see my parents in March.

February 9, 2009 11:10 AM
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robinrane said...

Spending time doing absolutely anything with The Husband, he’s home to me…

February 9, 2009 11:16 AM
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Amy said...

I’d love to have someone else make the 6 dozen sugar cookies for a primary activity! Truly love the tummy yummy stuff you make!
Amy
Virginia
majkholly@yahoo.com

February 9, 2009 11:21 AM
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BONNIE said...

I WOULD LOVE TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH MY GORGEOUS HUSBAND WHO WORKS LONG HOURS :) X

February 9, 2009 11:22 AM
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