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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patricia said...

Hi, i don’t have any valentine because he broke with me.

February 17, 2013 11:06 AM
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Caroline said...

hi Bakerella!

February 17, 2013 11:08 AM
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Helena Pires said...

You are so TALENTED!!!

February 17, 2013 11:19 AM
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Isty said...

My valentine is has and will always be my husband. Our plans were home with our two boys and enjoyed the day all together.

February 17, 2013 11:27 AM
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Ali said...

Hi hi! I love your site!!

February 17, 2013 11:28 AM
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KatieB said...

Mine are my sisters and my husband!! Plenty of candy shared to celebrate!

February 17, 2013 11:30 AM
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patsy said...

Oh I love this post!
Happy Valentine’s Day!

February 17, 2013 11:34 AM
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Theresa Calafati said...

My valentines are my husband,children and grandchildren. Just staying at home – not doing anything special.

February 17, 2013 11:36 AM
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Boris said...

I spent my Valentine’s with fellow single friends and had a blast watching scary flicks. :)

February 17, 2013 11:40 AM
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carol said...

my valentines are my husband, kids, grandbaby to be, and my doggies. we didnt do anything special because i had surgery.

February 17, 2013 11:41 AM
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Sarah said...

Mini cake pops! So sweet!

February 17, 2013 11:42 AM
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Bria said...

My fiance and I celebrated Valentine’s Day in Chicago, eating amazingly delicious food!

February 17, 2013 11:45 AM
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Jenni Smith said...

Excellent idea!!!

February 17, 2013 11:46 AM
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Fernando Jordan said...

Hi, Valentines was nice. My wife made cake pops for the first time and we had dinner. :)

February 17, 2013 11:59 AM
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Amanda said...

My valentine is my husband of 19 years, we have been together since 8th grade, 24 years ago! We have 4 children and have been through tons! But still going…

February 17, 2013 12:02 PM
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Danille said...

on the 14th the love of my life spoiled me and got me a cute vanity to store my makeup in :>

February 17, 2013 12:05 PM
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Kari M. said...

My Valentine is my sweet hubby! We spent our valentine’s day watching movies and snuggling on the couch. :)

February 17, 2013 12:07 PM
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Maggie said...

My husband is my Valentine! We are spending the evening at home alone!

February 17, 2013 12:15 PM
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Krystle said...

My valentine is my boyfriend Kyle. We did not spend valentines day together because he had to work. However, he is planning something for today! I cannot wait!

February 17, 2013 12:16 PM
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Julie Brown said...

Love the look of this post!

February 17, 2013 12:17 PM
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MorrisGirl said...

I spend the evening with my new bunch of Uni girlfriends! Lots of food inspired by Bakerella, wine, chocolate and the obligatory chickflick! Was one of the best Valentines I’ve had! Who needs a man!

February 17, 2013 12:17 PM
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Halyna Mandryka said...

HEY :) I will spend my Valentines resting after my track meet!:D

February 17, 2013 12:20 PM
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Joy said...

My dear husband took me to the restaurant he is a chef for. He surprised me with flowers on the table and a great dinner. :)

February 17, 2013 12:21 PM
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Betsy said...

My valentine(s) are my boys – hubby, and 2 sons. And the cake pops are adorable!

We spent a quiet evening – but had gone to a Valentine’s dinner/dance the Sat before

February 17, 2013 12:38 PM
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sugar coated said...

Bakerella!
You always come up with such adorable,cutie ideas i love seeing your latest creations(and generous giveaways!!)

February 17, 2013 12:38 PM
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Nancy said...

Love, Love Love your cakepops! And anything mini!

February 17, 2013 12:57 PM
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Sarah said...

my valentine is my boyfriend – we’ve been together almost 6 years now and i love him more each day. we went to see the new ‘die hard’ movie for valentine’s day (his treat) and are going to see a play today (my treat).

February 17, 2013 12:57 PM
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Rachel said...

Hi! My hubby and I shared a quiet night in. cute display!

February 17, 2013 12:58 PM
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Adriana said...

My valentine is my sweet husband…

February 17, 2013 12:58 PM
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Mary said...

These are adorable!

My Valentine was (and still is, for that matter :)) my fiance, Bryan. We spent a quiet night in eating spaghetti with homemade meatballs, drinking Oreo milkshakes, and playing Mario Kart. <3

February 17, 2013 12:59 PM
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robin said...

Hi! Love the recent posts with minis, so adorable!

February 17, 2013 01:00 PM
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rogue cook said...

My husband and I had dinner at home and watched a dvd.

February 17, 2013 01:04 PM
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Lesley said...

My Valentine is my sweetie, Jennifer – I made us dinner for our first Valentine’s Day together :)

February 17, 2013 01:08 PM
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Janine said...

Spent vday with my six valentines! My hubby and five kiddos! Perfect evening I am truly blessed ;)

February 17, 2013 01:13 PM
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Celina Banks said...

We had no plans for Valentine’s Day as we both worked, but we love each other & do nice things for one another during the year. I absolutely love your blog!

February 17, 2013 01:18 PM
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Danielle said...

My valentine is my boyfriend that i have been with for almost a year. I never thought i could be in love with some this much. And on v-day we went out to sushi.

February 17, 2013 01:21 PM
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Talin Tascian said...

I love the LOVE cake pop display! Super cute! My valentines were my dear friends who made my day special! Yay!

February 17, 2013 01:23 PM
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Jan Burch said...

I am so excited to have found your website! Was researching cake pops, as I ordered some through Groupon and threw them away after they were delivered because I thought they were “raw.” Didn’t know they were cake mixed with frosting inside… :( Thanks for enlightening me! ~Jan

February 17, 2013 01:23 PM
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Veronica said...

My valentine or rather valentines is my kids because they are the most important people in my life. I love them and can’t wait to spend the whole night with them.

February 17, 2013 01:24 PM
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Jan Burch said...

Woops – forgot – my Valentine was my 9-year old Grandson, whose birthday it also happened to be!!! :)

February 17, 2013 01:24 PM
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Miri said...

can’t tell who’s my valentine because there’s no one :D I spent my Valentines Day with a lot of friends in a great restaurants and we were celebrating just our friendship. had a really great time!

February 17, 2013 01:25 PM
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Jean Smith said...

My Valentine was my Husband and we watched a movie and had dinner, after a day of shopping. It was lovely!

February 17, 2013 01:27 PM
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Ilyanna said...

My valentine? My 10 year old daughter! Unfortunately, I had to work until 11:30pm, but that didn’t stop us from eating lots of chocolate during the weekend!!

February 17, 2013 01:27 PM
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Sara I said...

My Valentine was my 2 sons. We spent the evening watching a movie together.

February 17, 2013 01:28 PM
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Sam said...

My Valentines is my lovely boyfriend of 4 years, Ryan. We just stayed in and exchanged gifts.

February 17, 2013 01:34 PM
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Mary said...

I made valentine cookies for my wonderful students…and husband.

February 17, 2013 01:35 PM
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CRISTINA M said...

My Valentine was my bf of 5 years! I baked him brownies to make strawberry ice cream sundaes and he surprised me with dinner and a concert in San Juan Capistrano!

February 17, 2013 01:36 PM
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Laura said...

I spent valentines with my mom, baking your incredible red velvet cake. It took all day but was so worth it! We ate it with the whole family and every single one of us enjoyed it. thank you!

February 17, 2013 01:40 PM
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Livy said...

Hello!

February 17, 2013 01:47 PM
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Theresa said...

My Valentine is my sweet husband of 28 years! We had a quiet night together. Hope your day was wonderful!

February 17, 2013 01:48 PM
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Kat said...

Every day is Valentine’s Day with my sweet husband of 27 years. He still makes my heart go “Zing!”

February 17, 2013 01:50 PM
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Heather said...

Hi! Such a cute idea, I love it! I’m currently studying for the bar exam, so I’ll be celebrating valentine’s day at the end of this month!

February 17, 2013 01:51 PM
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silvia said...

my valentine was my dog.. and we just spent the day at home

February 17, 2013 01:58 PM
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Lindsay said...

The odds are not in my favor, but wouldn’t it be AMAZING to win an iPad!!!! Anywhoodles, my husband and I have one valentine: our doggy, Penny! We decided to cook dinner at home and rent a movie so we could all be together. Kids haven’t, so far, been a reality for us, sadly… So we invest in eachother and our dog! Our valentines day was wonderfully lowkey and full of homemade gifts for eachother! <3

February 17, 2013 01:58 PM
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Melinda said...

Every day is Valentine’s at my house so we did nothing too special. But I was happy to make a lot of other people special treats for their loved ones. ;-)

February 17, 2013 01:59 PM
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Patsy said...

Happy belated Valentines day! Love the display!

February 17, 2013 02:01 PM
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Alyx said...

Hi! These are super cute! :)

February 17, 2013 02:06 PM
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heather said...

My son is my valentine! He’s my cake pop taster/expert!!

February 17, 2013 02:07 PM
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Happyme said...

My husband was out of town for Valentine’s dinner, so we are going to celebrate this week with a dinner to a restaurant….besides, it won’t be quite as crowded a week later ;)

February 17, 2013 02:14 PM
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Robyn said...

I worked til 10pm, and my boyfriend went to see a band! We went out for dinner a few days before, though, when things weren’t so hectic.

February 17, 2013 02:14 PM
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Alex said...

My valentine is my boyfriend – it is our 2nd anniversary and we celebrated with Mac and cheese and pound cake plus I found Jeni’s ice cream in STL!

February 17, 2013 02:21 PM
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Nikita Holsinger said...

My Valentine was my incredibly sweet fiancee. I made him a super yummy dinner and we had fondue for dessert. The best part was staying home and just enjoying each other’s company!

February 17, 2013 02:25 PM
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Madalyn Black said...

My fiancé was my Valentine. We spent the day at one of the last grand hotels cross country skiing on the property. We opted to make a romantic dinner at home together for the evening and had chocolate chip cookies and dark chocolate froyo for desert!

February 17, 2013 02:25 PM
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Katie Contests said...

My valentine was … my parents! I got them cards and candy :)

February 17, 2013 02:26 PM
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Jacque G said...

My husband and my daughter for sure!

February 17, 2013 02:27 PM
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Michaela said...

I spent the day with my 3 kiddos and my husband bought some beautiful roses for me!

February 17, 2013 02:28 PM
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Bryan said...

Hi! I love that idea so cool but seems to be a lot of work

February 17, 2013 02:29 PM
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Dana F said...

My precious husband is my valentine. We spent the day cooking for 170 people to give them a nice Valentine’s Day!

February 17, 2013 02:33 PM
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Pepper said...

I LOVE those mini cakepops! Using a template is plain brilliant. One day I will sure use this idea, it’s so awesome.

Hmm and my plans are… for next year to FINALLY be with the one I love. He lives in Texas, while I live in the Netherlands. I can’t wait to spend Valentine’s day with him, I will be the happiest girl on this planet ;)

February 17, 2013 02:33 PM
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Laura Powell said...

Hi! We spent the day shoe shopping! Love my hubs!

February 17, 2013 02:40 PM
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sue said...

since there is no “special someone” for me at this time, i will say my valentines are my dear friends. we spent the day togethe, having tea and sugar cookies at a rather romantic cafe and celebrating the love we share

February 17, 2013 02:43 PM
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Robyn said...

My valentines were my hubby & my son – we told Jack we’d go wherever he wanted. He picked Chili’s.
LOVE the mini pops! I love anything teeny tiny like that!!

February 17, 2013 02:45 PM
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Tine said...

Hi,
these tiny cakepops are super cute and great for those who haven’t got lollipop sticks at home.
Happy baking!
Tine

February 17, 2013 02:45 PM
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Rhoda Leynes said...

I had a simple Valentine’s celebration with my hubby & our son. I’m lucky I have 2 valentinos! :)

February 17, 2013 02:48 PM
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Teresa said...

Spent Valentines Day hanging out with one of my four sons. We made a cake and watched a movie. I love checking your website every few days and seeing what new ideas you have come up with. When I saw all those mini pops arranged into a heart my mouth started watering. My favorite treat is by far cake pops.

February 17, 2013 02:48 PM
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Halyna Mandryka said...

HI BAKERELLA :) I LOVE YOUR BLONG , IT”S ADORABLE :D
I didn’t do anything special this valentine except rest after my race:D

February 17, 2013 02:49 PM
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Amanda said...

My valentine is my husband. We celebrated early with a dinner out this year, but he still brought me flowers on the 14th.

February 17, 2013 02:51 PM
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Janice Svercek said...

I spent Valentines Day cooking a steak dinner and taking care of my Valentine of 43 years, my husband who just had surgery.

February 17, 2013 02:53 PM
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Alicia said...

My hubby Alex!

February 17, 2013 02:53 PM
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Carli said...

My husband surprised me with a babysitter so he could take me out for a valentine’s dinner! He had a rose waiting in the car with a handwritten note. It was a very simple yet sweet valentine’s day.

February 17, 2013 02:55 PM
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Jackie said...

Hi! Love your site so much! I spent Valentine’s Day with my best girlfriends – the true loves of my life haha!

February 17, 2013 03:00 PM
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Brenna said...

This was my first Valentine’s Day away from home – so I was just trying to keep up the spirit! The fact that I had a chemistry test didn’t help in the slightest.

February 17, 2013 03:01 PM
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Christy P said...

My Valentine is my husband of 7 years, we celebrated with our 4 kiddos. His favorite valentine treat is your butterscotch cookie cake with ganache.

February 17, 2013 03:03 PM
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Julie said...

Coming here to get my Valentine’s Day sweet fix. Just started a diet, and needed the eye candy! Thanks!

February 17, 2013 03:04 PM
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Suzie said...

I made my wonderful Hubby a surf and turf dinner which included red velvet cake balls dipped in red chocolate for dessert. I love your creativity and attention to details!!

February 17, 2013 03:04 PM
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LeAnn said...

Hello!!

February 17, 2013 03:05 PM
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Christine M. said...

I have 2 valentines…my husband and my sweet 6 yo daughter. We had a wonderful home-cooked meal that my husband made followed by valentine treats!! Thank you for the sweet chance to win!!!

February 17, 2013 03:06 PM
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Kat said...

Hey! I love to read your blog and tried making some cake pops for a v-day party myself. Happy valentines day! :)

February 17, 2013 03:07 PM
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Rebecca M. said...

My Valentine this year were my 2 sons. My husband is deployed to Afghanistan, so the little ones and I had heart shaped pizza and sparking apple juice. :)

February 17, 2013 03:11 PM
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Rebecca said...

My wonderful boyfriend!

February 17, 2013 03:13 PM
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Kristen Z said...

My valentines day, me, hubby and out sweet little Karter boy went out to dinner. Its was nice and good to get out. Its been one hard year so for us.

February 17, 2013 03:14 PM
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Michaela said...

My valentine was my cousin – unconditional love no matter what. Better than anything I could ever ask for

February 17, 2013 03:14 PM
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Katie said...

My valentine is my boyfriend. Our fourth valentines day, we stayed in and made dinner together!

February 17, 2013 03:15 PM
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Jackie said...

My Valentine was my bofriend of 3 years. This year we were low key, I had gotten sick with food posining the day before therefore we couldn’t go out on valentines day. we stayed in and he took care of me while I was sick.

February 17, 2013 03:18 PM
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Michele said...

My valentine is my husband. We got married on Valentine’s Day so the day is extra special for us.

February 17, 2013 03:19 PM
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Monica said...

Super cute minis! My valentines are the husband and my two little boys, who gave me lots of hugs and kisses for V-Day!

February 17, 2013 03:20 PM
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Candi said...

my valentine is my Dad. He lives with my husband and I as well as my brother. i take care of both my Dad and my brother as they are both handicapped. My Dad loves special occasions. He ended up in hospital with renal failure ad didn’t get a chance to get any treats or special surprises… I love my Dad more than anything and I do whatever I can for him… He is my favorite valentine always.. Shhhhhhhhhhh

February 17, 2013 03:22 PM
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Linds C said...

Hi!!! :)

February 17, 2013 03:24 PM
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Carley said...

My valentines were my sweet roommates! We ordered a heart shaped pizza, watched rom-coms, and ate cupcakes for dessert! It was a sweet night!

February 17, 2013 03:25 PM
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Irene said...

Helloooo! -21C here but I’m feeling the love! Happy valentine’s day.

February 17, 2013 03:25 PM
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