Thursday, February 14, 2013

Mini ways to say Happy Valentine’s Day!

Heart Cake Pops

I made mini and many cake pops for you this past weekend. I had this idea I wanted to try just using basic round pops and color to make a sweet little display. So I set out to dip enough cake pops to get the job done. That turned out to be 350 plus. Yikes. Not quite sure what I was thinking … Around number 70, I was really starting to reconsider. I thought … oh my gosh I have to make five times that many. But when I start something I can’t let it go until I get to the end and see how it works out. I know this project doesn’t help you much for this year, but I thought the heart display could totally work for a lot of other things besides Valentine’s Day.

So keep reading below for the how to… or check out my big “mini” giveaway at the end of this post. It’s a mini way for me to say Happy Valentine’s Day!

Okay, here we go.

You can’t tell in the picture, but these cake pops are tiny. Like Cake Dots instead of pops. So tiny that you use a toothpick to dip them with instead of a lollipop stick. Yes a toothpick. The cake balls are actually about the size of a penny. But they are small for a reason.

  1. Regular size cake pops would take up a lot of table real estate.
  2. The lollipop sticks would be much taller and people would have a harder time viewing the design from above.
  3. I figured the proportions out so they would work on a pretty standard size piece of styrofoam to make it easier to recreate and transport.
  4. I only had to make one cake. Score.
  5. Mini is major cute.

steps

I based the display design off of a template (see below) I made so that it works with a 12X18 inch or 12X20 inch sheet of styrofoam you can find in craft stores. Then I worked backwards to figure out how many cake pops you’d need to make the the shape look right. Once I had that, I knew how big to make the cake pops. Or how little.

  • Crumble cake and mix with frosting
  • Roll into tiny cake balls. (basic cake pop instructions here) You can use the circles on the downloadable template as a guide for the right size. They should be slightly smaller than the circle so that when you add the coating they will still fit together nicely.
  • Keep rolling and rolling until you have enough
  • Dip a toothpick into melted coating and then insert into a chilled cake ball.
  • Dip entire cake pop into the coating and then sprinkle with non-pareils. They are tiny and will be the best size for these tiny treats.
  • Place in styrofoam to dry.

A couple of things to note.

  • Use a small plastic bowl to melt the coating. You can work with a smaller amount of coating when dipping. Just melt the coating in batches as you go. Then you can take breaks and watch the Walking Dead marathon on AMC in between.
  • Buy more than one sheet of styrofoam. You’ll need more room than the display size so they aren’t touching each other as they dry.
  • Invite a friend over to help you. It will go faster and maybe your neck won’t hurt like mine does right now from looking down and dipping for so long.
  • I’d try Mercken’s candy coating for this project. It melts nice and fluid – you don’t want thick coating on these. It will add too much volume.
  • I’ve probably discouraged you already. Kind of like I felt as I was starting making these. But I had a feeling they’d be cute when I finished so I went on… like I’m going to do now. And by the way, these completely make me giddy when I see them finished on the table (looking at them now), so I guess it was worth it. And it will definitely be worth it if one of you decides to try it out some day. Hope you do… with a friend.

Sprinkles

Use multi-color non-pareils for the second candy coating color. Minus the static.

Baby Cake Pop

Super cute.

When all the pops are done, prepare your display.

styrofoam

  • Wrap a 12X18 inch or 12X20 inch sheet of styrofoam with paper. I used the 19X25 inch single sheets you purchase at the craft store. You could also use wrapping paper though.
  • Packing tape worked best on the styrofoam to tape the paper down.
  • Print out the template provided centered on an 11X17 sheet of paper at somewhere like Kinko’s. The design is created for a 12X18 surface area but it is set up on 11X17 paper since that is a standard size to print. You’ll notice that some of the circles on the template are getting cropped off when they print, but that’s okay, you’ll have enough information to figure out where the pops on the perimeter should go. I hope that makes sense.
  • Tape the template down temporarily and use a safety pin to poke holes into the paper.
  • Remove the template and start arranging the cake pops using the template as a guide. Start in the middle and work your way out from the center. More than likely some of your pops will be bigger than you think and if you start at one end, left to right, they will start to tilt too much to make room as you place them in position. But if you start in the center, they will angle out equally all the way around. Again I hope that makes sense.

Heart Mini Cake Pops

Full of heart.

Mini Cake Pops on Toothpicks

But you can also rearrange them for a different look …

LOVE Mini Cake Pops

And spread a little love…

XO

… Or some sweet hugs and kisses.

Here are the 11X17 inch templates for each.

LOVE Cake Pops

And because I love you guys and all things mini, here’s a little giveaway for you.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • To enter, just leave a comment on this post and tell me who your Valentine is, what your plans are (or were) for the fourteenth or just say hi.
  • Deadline to enter is Sunday, February 17th at 7:00 p.m. ET. Sorry, Time’s Up. Winner Announced below.
  • One winner will be chosen at random and announced sometime Sunday evening on this post.
  • Winner will receive a 16GB Wi-Fi iPad mini.

Good Luck.

We have a winner! YAY!

Congratulations to Brenda! Hope you and your Peanut Butter Man enjoy the mini iPad!

Giveaway sponsored by me.
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Stephanie said...

Ooh I SO want to win this! My Valentine is my husband of 2 years (high school sweetheart of 11 years! and our plans are simple, staying at home. We are not doing any extravagant because were saving up to buy a new home! :)

February 15, 2013 05:49 PM
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Jenn P said...

My valentine this year was my grandma. We had take out & just hung out & talked. Very sweet evening.

February 15, 2013 05:50 PM
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Donna D. said...

I don’t have a valentine, unless you count my sweet pup! My plans were just like any other day: work, gym, dinner, bed, yeah, pretty boring! :)
I love your idea for mini cake pops but I don’t think I would have the patience for it, I would definitely have to make a party out of it with some friends!

February 15, 2013 05:50 PM
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Shannon said...

In the middle of moving so didn’t get to make any Valentine’s treats. Celebrated by unpacking more boxes!

February 15, 2013 05:51 PM
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Phoebe said...

My Valentine was my best friend xD I spent Valentine’s day with family and friends.

February 15, 2013 05:51 PM
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Isabel Ortega said...

My valentines eve was all about baking baking and baking y bake cake pops for selling it was great!

February 15, 2013 05:52 PM
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Malia said...

my valentines are my husband and my two little ones, but we will celebrate valentine’s day a little late- tomorrow, Saturday. Here in Brazil, where we live, the equivalent of valentine’s day is in June, so it can be easy to forget….

February 15, 2013 05:52 PM
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Lee Ann said...

We spent the 14th running kids around as usual. Hopefully, we can have a nice dinner over the weekend.

February 15, 2013 05:53 PM
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Dominique Ray said...

My husband is my valentine. We’ll be going out to dinner.

February 15, 2013 05:55 PM
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Andrea L. said...

My Valentines are my sweet husband and my three kids. My daughter and I had fun making heart shaped sugar cookies, chocolate truffles, and chocolate covered strawberries for my husband, and he and I went out to dinner alone together!

February 15, 2013 05:55 PM
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jeanie said...

I made mini cupcakes for my boyfriend and he loved it:-)

February 15, 2013 06:00 PM
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Julie K said...

My Valentines are my family (husband and two great teenagers). I prepare tax returns so Valentines Day gets short shrift in my house, but my daughter and I got Chipotle and watched “Scandal”. It was a good night.

February 15, 2013 06:00 PM
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Anne said...

Your display looks great! I made dinner and then whoopie pies for dessert. It was the first time I made them and they were a big hit (red velvet with cream cheese filling from your site) for my sweetie on Valentine’s Day!

February 15, 2013 06:02 PM
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Rebeca said...

My valentine is my wonderful husband. We just celebrated our 10th anniversary and are truly having the time of our life :-)

February 15, 2013 06:04 PM
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Cindee said...

Love the cake dots! My Valentine is my husband of 24 1/2 years.

February 15, 2013 06:06 PM
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Renai said...

Wow. Your creativity never fails to inspire me, you truly are one very talented lady.

February 15, 2013 06:06 PM
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Laura said...

I Love your cake pops!! They are soooo cute!
My valentine is my Husband of 9 years. And we didn’t do anything for valentines day we are always so busy. We did get a chance to sit down and have a nice meal together with our 3 kids though. :)

February 15, 2013 06:07 PM
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Charie said...

My Valentine is my mom, we spent Valentine’s Day early at a cafe. I <3 my mom.

February 15, 2013 06:10 PM
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Sarah said...

My Valentine is my husband and we stayed in, had a nice dinner, champagne, and chocolate-covered strawberries. It was perfect!

February 15, 2013 06:12 PM
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shannon hall said...

My Honey Jesse had to work . so I took him a steak dinner there!

February 15, 2013 06:12 PM
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Lisa said...

Hi Bakerella. I don’t have a Valentine, but I’m going to Beautiful Creatures this weekend with my girlfriends. Happy late Valentine’s Day!

February 15, 2013 06:12 PM
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Lerin said...

My sister’s birthday is on Valentine’s Day, so she was my Valentine this year, along with my other two sisters – we went out for dinner.

The Mini Cake Pops are absolutely adorable!!!

February 15, 2013 06:16 PM
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Kiana said...

Aloha Bakerella,
H?u?oli l? ku?uipo! Happy Valentine’s day! This valentines day will be spent with my three loves. The Army has called my husband to be away for a short time so it’s just the kids and I. We have decorated the whole house and have been planning a hopefully quiet dinner at home while watching a movie. Since I’m a pastry chef dessert is always the first to be planned. We love to have fun and always try new things so there will be a mini chocolate fountain and lots of fresh fruit in the mix. Then we will do it all over again when daddy returns home. Who says you have to only celebrate the ones you love once a year? Mahalo nui loa ,thank you very much, for a lot of inspiration and just having fun with doing what you love.
Me kealoha pumehana,
Kiana
SWEETNESSessity

February 15, 2013 06:18 PM
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Dee said...

My little valentine help make crab cakes for daddy but most importantly we made daddy chocolate covered strawberries and rice crispie treats!!!

February 15, 2013 06:19 PM
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Dwana S. said...

My husband and I went to a concert last night. We do dinner out at least 3 or 4 days ahead of Valentines Day to avoid the crowds. Can you tell we’ve been married more than a few years? :-)

February 15, 2013 06:19 PM
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Arielle said...

Another year as a single gal for me, but I went out and spent time with my closest friends! Best thing a girl can ask for :)

February 15, 2013 06:20 PM
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Bri said...

A nice dinner with the hubbie….

February 15, 2013 06:20 PM
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Morgan said...

Hi!!

February 15, 2013 06:22 PM
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Sarah B said...

No valentine, but i had a nice night in with friends!

February 15, 2013 06:22 PM
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Kedran k said...

All the kids were gone so we (hubby and i) went out for a burger. Found a hole in the wall bar with live music! It was wonderful.

February 15, 2013 06:23 PM
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Colie Sanchez said...

I spent my valentines in class but luckily, my valentines has the same class as me. :) Worked out perfectly. Then we bought flowers for our mothers and grandmothers and made them our valentines as well :)

February 15, 2013 06:26 PM
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Julie M said...

My valentines are my husband and 2 beautiful children.

February 15, 2013 06:27 PM
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Jeremiah J said...

My beautiful wife of 15 years, Jules.

February 15, 2013 06:27 PM
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Tara C said...

My hubby is my Valentine and we spent Valentines have a fun family dinner with our 3 kids. Less than 6 weeks until we have 4 kids!!

February 15, 2013 06:29 PM
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Molly said...

I guess my friends. I got taco bell!

February 15, 2013 06:30 PM
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Sarah said...

My Valentine is my husband, Dan. We went to Sundown Saloon for Valentine’s day. It’s where we used to hang out when we first met, and we figured it wouldn’t be crowded on such a romantic holiday! :)

February 15, 2013 06:30 PM
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Etie said...

My husband. It’s also his birthday the day after Valentine’s!

February 15, 2013 06:31 PM
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Michelle L said...

These would be perfect for a Valentine’s party at school!

February 15, 2013 06:31 PM
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Kristin B. said...

My Valentine and I ate yummy burritos after I watched him sing in a performance of an opera. Any day with him is a good day.

February 15, 2013 06:34 PM
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Emily said...

My valentine this year was actually my little sister Maggie (12) or Marge as I like to call her. Our plans consisted of us attending a fundraiser for her middle school dance team and watching 2 classic Disney movies (Beauty and the Beast & Aladdin).

February 15, 2013 06:36 PM
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Jeanette Sandoval said...

Hi! An iPad mini would make me very happy!

February 15, 2013 06:38 PM
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Jessica said...

For better or for worse, Daniel has my heart. I spent my Valentine’s Day evening teaching a three hour night class on how to build a book from scratch.

February 15, 2013 06:38 PM
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Kelly W said...

My husband!

February 15, 2013 06:38 PM
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Ruby said...

My husband is in the military and was not home this year for Valentine’s Day. He’s not deployed… this time, just some training in another state. He will be deployed NEXT valentine’s day too. This also coincides with missing my birthday, Feb, 5 this year AND next year :( However he sent me GORGEOUS Siberian Iris’s with a single rose in the middle. He ALWAYS makes sure I have the most BEAUTIFUL bouquet of all the girls!

February 15, 2013 06:40 PM
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Wendy said...

My husband is my valentine! We spent our day sleeping a lot (I’m sick right now, and he works nights) and then we tried playing Mahjong with a set my parents gave me. We had to keep looking up the rules. But I did enjoy the time we spent together!

Those mini cake pops are totally adorable.

February 15, 2013 06:40 PM
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Terri said...

Cozy dinner at home with my husband of 32 years.Thanks for the giveaway!

February 15, 2013 06:43 PM
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sharon said...

I have to work :(

February 15, 2013 06:45 PM
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Diane said...

My valentine is my sweet husband, & to a lesser extent, our college student & recent college grad sons. Since my husband drives 34 miles home from work in traffic (it took nearly 2 1/2 hours yesterday with everyone trying to get home to their valentines!), we went for a very nice dinner out the day before, & I prepared a fancy dinner for the two of us on Valentine’s day. We didn’t see our sons, but I mailed them each a valentine to remind them that they are loved.

February 15, 2013 06:47 PM
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Jessica said...

My valentine is my husband. We are newlyweds. It is our first valentines day together as husband and wife. We spent Valentines on the couch eating homemade turkey pot pie watching our favorite tv shows. We are going out for fancy sushi this weekend and to a comedy show to celebrate! Can’t wait! Happy Valentines Day (aka Heart Day!)

February 15, 2013 06:47 PM
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Jolene said...

Because my hubby had to work the night shift, we had a Valentines breakfast with our girls. It was so awesome, I made eggs, bacon, German pancakes with a homemade blueberry sauce and fresh whipped cream. It was lovely. Then had a fantastic night with my girls! The cake pops are always super extraordinary!

February 15, 2013 06:48 PM
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Catie said...

My valentine my sweet George. He surprised me with a romantic breakfast Thursday morning. I’m so lucky for him. :)

February 15, 2013 06:49 PM
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Lauren said...

My husband! We stayed in, it was fun :)

February 15, 2013 06:50 PM
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Darmita said...

My Valentine was my husband of 18 days! We celebrated our first Valentine’s Day 2 weeks after our wedding. We went out for a bowl of ramen and followed that up with cupcakes and a whoopie pie for dessert.

February 15, 2013 06:50 PM
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Emily R said...

My hubby is my valentine! We had a quiet dinner at home — his favorite, lasagna. Thanks for the CUTE tutorial!!

February 15, 2013 06:56 PM
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JudyR said...

Cute cake pops! I would never have the patience to do that many!

February 15, 2013 06:58 PM
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Jodi said...

My Valentine will always be my husband. We met on Valentine’s Day, so it’s a pretty special day (even if it is cheesy).

February 15, 2013 07:00 PM
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Cate said...

I was my own valentine this year! and I also gave up sugar for lent. But I’m still allowed to window shop! :)

February 15, 2013 07:01 PM
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Rebecca Messina said...

Hi! My husband and I were married in May, so this was our first married Valentine’s! We made a delicious dinner together at home. Our tradition is to get each other chocolates and candy, and not extravagant gifts. I was lucky to find Girl Scouts selling cookies outside the grocery store, so a bought a few boxes for my hubby! He even agreed to share :)

February 15, 2013 07:02 PM
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Lisa K said...

My valentine is my husband, and since he has been sick the last week we decided to order in chinese food and catch up on our dvr.

February 15, 2013 07:02 PM
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Melissa said...

My valentines are my two girls (ages 8 and 1) and my husband. We ended up spending it separately due to a family health emergency, but we didn’t need a special day anyway. ;)

February 15, 2013 07:02 PM
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Erin said...

My Valentine is my wonderful husband of 1 and a half years, Chuck :)

February 15, 2013 07:06 PM
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Greg Geer said...

My Valentine is my lovely wife of 15 years. She has been my best friend and support. We are sending our time at a marriage seminar that encourages laughter.

February 15, 2013 07:07 PM
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Bethany said...

My husband! We got our kids in bed, watched a show, and went to bed. Such party poopers.

February 15, 2013 07:08 PM
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Jany G said...

My fiancé and I stayed home and we cooked together.

February 15, 2013 07:10 PM
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Angela said...

I have a wonderful husband who cleans all of my dirty dishes after I have been busy baking. Now that’s what I call a Valentine!

February 15, 2013 07:12 PM
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Frances G. said...

My valentine is my hubby Erik and we ordered take out Chinese food and spent a lovely night at home with our puggies. I couldn’t have asked for anything better!

February 15, 2013 07:12 PM
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Loren A said...

Spent the day with my 2 Valentines: my husband and my 2-year-old son. Ate dinner and then went out for ice cream!

February 15, 2013 07:13 PM
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Lauren W said...

My Valentine is my sweet sister! I wish we lived closer to each other so we could make these delightful minis together!!

February 15, 2013 07:13 PM
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Brandi said...

Paul is my valentine! We stayed in and he made dinner for us since I’m sick.

February 15, 2013 07:13 PM
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Laura Jean said...

Ah, those mini pops are adorable! I might try this, but I’m not nearly as ambitious as you so I’ll have to do a much smaller scale.
My Valentine is my lovely fiance <3

February 15, 2013 07:13 PM
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Samantha T. said...

My Valentine is my husband. I am making a special dinner for my husband and our two boys at home.

February 15, 2013 07:14 PM
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Krista said...

No valentine, worked late and getting hom to a comfy bed and good night sleep was my big plan… It was wonderful.

February 15, 2013 07:19 PM
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Melinda said...

Spent Valentine’s Day with my husband and 3 kids!

February 15, 2013 07:20 PM
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Jennifer Ezzell said...

I spent Valentines Day with the hubby of 10.5 years and our 4 legged babies. Stayed in watching movies an drinking some wine!
Love the mini pops!!!

February 15, 2013 07:22 PM
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Lori P. said...

Adorable!
Happy Valentine’s Day! (a day late)

February 15, 2013 07:23 PM
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Susan Ardoin said...

I guess my Valentine was my 18-year-old son as he was the only other family member home on the 14th, and he had to work during dinner! It was kind of a nice, quiet evening. I didn’t really make anything special.

February 15, 2013 07:24 PM
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Deja said...

For valentine’s day my mom cooked me and my brothers really nice dinner. And I got to get out of school early!

Those cake pops look so adorable (:

February 15, 2013 07:25 PM
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Victoria said...

My valentine was my best friend Joe! He’s in the Navy so we couldn’t spend it together :( but we talked on the phone. Good enough for me!

February 15, 2013 07:26 PM
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Sue C said...

I got to add a third Valentine to my list this year- in addition to my husband and 3 year old daughter, I got to add my sweet new baby, Paige for extra Valentines love!

February 15, 2013 07:28 PM
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Heather said...

My husband of course!!! We had a date with Fondue!!! And of course he surprised me with flowers =)

February 15, 2013 07:29 PM
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Jennifer Freeman said...

My husband John and I went out for lunch and a little shopping. Then had Rite Aid ice cream. Then home to spend the evening with our 4 month old baby. Great day!

February 15, 2013 07:30 PM
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Mandy W. said...

I have 2 valentines…my wonderful husband and our litle shih tzu, Sadie. We had a nice evening at home eating pasta.

February 15, 2013 07:30 PM
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Emily C said...

no valentines for me! just me and a bottle of wine

February 15, 2013 07:31 PM
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John Freeman said...

Me and the wife went to lunch, then some shopping. Had a great time!

February 15, 2013 07:31 PM
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Jamie said...

My husband has been so amazing lately taking care of everything while I am in nursing school that I decided to take him out! I took him out to a fancy dinner with candles and conversation hearts on the table and then we went and saw ‘Dirty Dancing’ on the big screen! It was being shown at one of our local theatres and it was a BLAST!!!!!!

February 15, 2013 07:32 PM
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robin said...

an evening with my daughter and husband at home

February 15, 2013 07:33 PM
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Christy said...

My valentine was my boyfriend. We don’t really celebrate Valentine’s Day, but he made dinner for me and we watched basketball together — not particularly romantic, but a perfect evening for us. :)

February 15, 2013 07:33 PM
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ashley said...

my valentine is really my dog…….i know thats kinda weird but i dont have a boyfriend or a relationship. we plan to just stay home and eat some of my spaghetti :)

February 15, 2013 07:34 PM
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Tessa said...

My valentine was me, myself, and I lol. It was still I nice day though, I got to spend some time with my family.

February 15, 2013 07:34 PM
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April said...

I had my best friend me my valentine, because we are forever alone <3

February 15, 2013 07:34 PM
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Sarah D said...

My wonderful hubby is my Valentine. We celebrated early to beat the crowds. Our favorite restaurant and then went to watch Identity Thief. Hilarious-but they could have done without all the bad language.

February 15, 2013 07:34 PM
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Mary S said...

My valentines were my husband and my 16 month old son. My husband is in the military and had to work in the afternoon/evening, so I got to see him in the morning only, but I spent all day with my darling son :)

February 15, 2013 07:35 PM
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Lucy Flores said...

Hi!! My valentine is my boyfriend :)

February 15, 2013 07:36 PM
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Christine Dahlman said...

My boys (husband, son, and dog) are always my sweeties! Valentine’s week was busy this year, so I made heart shaped mini meatloaves for dinner and gave my Valentines lots of kisses (and they let me)!

February 15, 2013 07:36 PM
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Michelle W. said...

My Valentine was my sweet Daddy! <3

February 15, 2013 07:37 PM
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Don said...

I had a quiet Valentine’s Day evening curled up on the couch watching TV with my wife. Super romantic, I know. :)

February 15, 2013 07:37 PM
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Kelly said...

My husband and 3 sweet kids are my Valentines!

February 15, 2013 07:39 PM
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Michelle Cardwell said...

My Valentine is my gorgeous hubby! V Day is also my birthday so I always get doubly spoilt, by him and my family.
This year my mum and boys took me out for lunch and in the evening we had a lovely quiet family dinner.

February 15, 2013 07:41 PM
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Dana said...

Had a nice family dinner with the kids, husband, and mother in law.

February 15, 2013 07:42 PM
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Janice said...

My valentine is my awesome hubby! For valentines, he took the kids sledding and then picked up dinner so I could have some me time. :). No worries, he got some love for his efforts!

February 15, 2013 07:48 PM
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