Friday, July 3, 2009

The Fourth

Freedom, independence & a marine named Carlos. Last week I was trying to decide what kind of Fourth of July sweets to make or if I was even going to make anything at all. Then I received an email from a reader’s boyfriend and I knew I wanted to… had to… do something for the holiday.

Here’s his letter. And by the way, I couldn’t make anything sweeter than this.

Hi there Bakerella!

My name is Carlos and I’m a United States Marine, and have been one since 1998. If you wouldn’t mind just giving my e-mail some thought, I’d be grateful. Here’s the story:

My girlfriend just went away to Marine Corps bootcamp not yet a month ago. She LOVES to bake, but unfortunately didn’t get much time to do so because her job took up most of her free time, so she lived vicariously through you. She’s a fan of photography also, so your blog was a welcome reprieve from a long, hard day at the office. As you may or may not know, bootcamp for Marines is 13 weeks long; the only contact with the outside world is through snail mail. I miss my girlfriend immensely and while I know she’s doing something for her country that she’s always wanted to do, it’s hard on me. I digress, she loves your blog. I know the 4th of July is coming up and I ask you this not only for her, but also for the men and women in the Armed Forces who really know and FEEL the meaning behind this holiday. I think it would be very patriotic and meaningful to bake and decorate something in the spirit of the military, not just flags and sparklers like everyone else is doing – but something to show people that our military needs support and we need to remember them while we’re lighting off fireworks at the family BBQ. You know?

Now, I’m asking this because I think it would touch a special place in some of your reader’s hearts. I’m willing to bet you have quite a following amongst military wives and/or girlfriends. How nice would it be to show your support? I’ve served 3 tours in Iraq and am due to go to Afghanistan for a year in the next few months. I won’t get to see my girlfriend graduate from bootcamp in September, I won’t get to see her looking sharp in her uniform, I won’t get to see the pride on her face as finally, at 28 years old, she joins the ranks of The Few, The Proud… so this would be my chance to show her I thought of her. This is your chance to show you think of our military, as many others should be doing. Maybe it’ll get people to look for ways to support us with baked goods? During the colder months overseas, my girlfriend would bake cookies and anything else she could that would hold up to the travel and heat, and send on enough for my whole platoon. A taste of home, a taste of love… opening up a box with the smells of back home was something you just can’t explain. It was magical. My girlfriend didn’t stop there though, she adopted Marines, Soldiers and Airman through Anysoldier.com and sent them care packages and notes of encouragement.

I realize I’m all over the place here, but trying to get my point across is difficult without writing you a novel. I think you get the gist. 4th of July is about more and I’d love to write my girlfriend a letter and say, ‘Bakerella appreciates the Armed Forces, when you get back to the real world and have access to a computer… go see her 4th of July post.’ Now, I don’t know if you’ll do this or not and it’s fine either way. I just wanted to tell you a little story and hope that maybe a tiny blurb in your blog would entice your readers into caring just a tiny bit more and thinking just a bit deeper on our Independence Day.

I appreciate your time in reading this!

Carlos

What a sweetheart. When I read his letter, I immediately wanted to make and send something to surprise his girlfriend. I thought, how cute would it be for her to open a box of colorful cake pops! Then, Carlos informed me that they can’t receive food during boot camp. I pictured her being forced to eat all the pops at one time and then made to run 10 miles or something. I don’t think she’d like that too much. Picture it. Cute little cake pops. Marines. Lollipop sticks. Marines. Sprinkles. Marines. Not the best idea for her sake.

Now, I can’t send her anything sweet, but I can send her these sweet simple words of appreciation.

Military Pops

It’s not much, but I hope that if you do see this when your 13 weeks of boot camp are over, that it puts a smile on your face. And know that you and all members of the armed forces were thought of this July 4th.

Plus… that Carlos… he sounds like a keeper.

Cake Pops

Marine Pops

Cake Pops

What about you? Is there someone on your mind… or in your heart… this holiday?

Hope you all have a happy, safe and sweet Fourth of July!

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Michaele said...

I'm a proud Army wife- my husband redeploys for a year this August, and all I can say is:

HOOAH! Wonderful job Bakerella, and thank you for supporting not only our troops, but romantic gestures as well!

Happy 4th!

July 4, 2009 11:42 AM
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Cad514 said...

Thank you for symbolizing such a worthy cause with cake pops, and making at least one in the Armed Forces feel special today. May they all feel special, and thank you to everyone who has ever joined to make this country strong and safe. Happy Fourth.

July 4, 2009 12:03 PM
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Danette said...

That was so sweet and the pops look great, how do you make those I would love to try some.
Happy 4th!

July 4, 2009 12:09 PM
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precioustomephotography said...

What a sweet guy that Carlos is! My husband is also a Marine and I love these! It's too late for me to make these for our 4th of July BBQ but I already know a couple of occassions were these would be a big hit. Thanks Bakerella.

July 4, 2009 12:10 PM
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Pieceful Bits said...

thank you to all the service people that protect this great country. Happy Birthday America..God Bless You!
Such a sweet letter Carlos!!!

Bakerella you're the tops….no…you're the POPS!
(~~)
Julie

July 4, 2009 12:25 PM
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Cristine said...

What a sweet letter and what a wonderful post! My husband just returned from Iraq last month (his second tour). Your post brought tears to my eyes! Beautiful cake pops, too!!! Happy 4th!

July 4, 2009 12:29 PM
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AmandaDB said...

What a great post – Thanks!

July 4, 2009 12:42 PM
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It's A Wonderful said...

Beautiful! God bless our brave young men and women who proudly serve our great and glorious United States of America! We love and appreciate you!

July 4, 2009 12:50 PM
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sweetdacey said...

I'm crying, too. Thanks, Bakerella. My sister and her hubby are both in AK serving in the USAF; my brother lives in AR and will be leaving on his 4th trip to the "Big Sandbox" in Oct, two months after the birth of his first child. They give up so much to give us so much that it is overwhelmingly heartwarming to see someone do something nice for THEM instead of ignoring what they do because it's easier. THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF MY HEART for this tribute. Happy 4th, America – Home of the Free, Land of the Brave.

July 4, 2009 01:03 PM
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Dianna said...

Your post is beyond words! Happy 4th of July to you and to all the men & women in the armed forces.

July 4, 2009 01:12 PM
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Allison said...

this post made me cry!! i am one of those military spouses he spoke of!! My husband is in the Navy. Thank you for recognizing why the 4th exists.

July 4, 2009 01:14 PM
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BJohnson Jewelry said...

My husband serves the US Marine Corps and that for 13 years. This really touched my heart and I wish everyone a happy 4th of July.
Your pops look amazing!

Thanks for sharing with us.
Betty

July 4, 2009 01:25 PM
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MotherBones said...

When it comes time for you to leave this earth, I'm sure God is going to personally escort you through the gates of Heaven. You are absolutely wonderful! I'm very glad I found you!!

July 4, 2009 01:41 PM
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Marie said...

HOOAH!! God Bless our Military!!

July 4, 2009 01:51 PM
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Bella Rose Creations said...

You really are amazing! I LOVE those…thanks for remembering the Coast Guard, somehow people forget they ARE part of our Proud Military. Thinking of all those people overseas and around the world today!

July 4, 2009 01:57 PM
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Just Being Me said...

Oh my, I have the biggest lump in my throat! That is so sweet! And I appreciate our service men and women! Happy 4th everyone!!

July 4, 2009 02:08 PM
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chinamomxtwo said...

Perfect!!

July 4, 2009 02:10 PM
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Jena Simms said...

Carlos sounds like you better keep him around, girl! Keep up the good work and thank you for protecting me and my family…as well as the rest of the world…

July 4, 2009 02:20 PM
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Becki said...

So sweet! Thanks from the wife of a soldier :)

July 4, 2009 02:38 PM
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Anonymous said...

Awesome…hopefully he'll save this for her and she'll get to see it when she's done w/boot camp. U rock Bakerella!

July 4, 2009 02:59 PM
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Sheri said...

BEAUTIFUL, Bakerella!!! Carlos should print out your blog entry with the cake pops photo in color and snail mail it to his girlfriend – that way she won't have to wait until graduation from boot camp in September!!

From a retired USN officer to all our sailors and marines, airmen and soldiers: Happy Independence Day, and THANK YOU ALL!!

July 4, 2009 03:16 PM
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Kara said...

WOW WOW WOW Thank you Bakerella! Great pictures and such a cool idea with the different branches of service but most of all, for responding to this request. As the sister/daughter of a very military family (and friends), this is more than appreciated – knowing how many people read your blog and will see Carlos' request and your response, this is just amazing. God bless you and God bless America and its men and women who've been and remain in harm's way.

July 4, 2009 03:38 PM
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Kim in Marietta, Ga said...

I am so thankful for men and women like Carlos and his girlfriend. Our church celebrated the men and women who serve our country last night. I would give anything if Carlos could have heard the applause and seen the standing ovation for our brave men and women. Thank you for fighting for our freedom! We have not forgotten your sacrifice!

July 4, 2009 03:46 PM
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youarewhatyoueatorreheat said...

Thank you for reminding us all what this day is truly about.

ps. the cake pops are the best!

July 4, 2009 03:50 PM
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Anna said...

As a military spouse, currently serving as a single parent to 3 young children because there father is away for a year – from the bottom of my heart, thank you.

July 4, 2009 03:55 PM
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erinkeesey@comcast.net said...

Amazing post. It made me cry. My husband is in the Army. And i loved baking things for him when he was on his tour in iraq. i just thought it was nice for a change to see something military on here. So simple, but very touching. I love this website!

July 4, 2009 04:01 PM
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Anonymous said...

"Freedom Isn't Free" We are given the gift of freedom thru the sacrifice of our military men, women and thru the support of their dear families. My they each know today and every day how much we treasure them all. Thank you for honoring them, and I hope you will consider doing this often!! Love the Pops!!

July 4, 2009 04:04 PM
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Melissa said...

My daughter – 18 yo – has two friends who have recently left for boot camp. Thanks for remembering those who keep our country free.

July 4, 2009 04:25 PM
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Nevadanne said...

Hi Bakerella! I'm a fan of yours and of our guys/gals in uniform. my son is currently in the Air Force and has done one tour over in the Persian Gulf. I'm SO PROUD of him. I plan to go to anysoldier.com and adopt someone. I've done it before and had more fun myself just collecting all the fun stuff to put in a box. I'm a teacher and last year my class gathered things to send, too. It was a great project. Happy 4th toeveryone and GOD BLESS THE USA!!!

July 4, 2009 04:32 PM
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CrazyLady said...

Thank you Carlos and all of the other military personnel who keep us safe and fight for freedom all over the world. Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2009 04:33 PM
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Patti said...

THANK YOU, Bakerella! Carlos is right, we need to show appreciation. My son leaves for his first tour to Iraq on July 31st. I got teary-eyed reading Carlos' letter. I am thankful for all of the brave men and women who sacrifice so much to keep us safe and FREE. Prayers for you all. And if you have a chance and the heart, please pray for my Army soldier, Ian, as well as all military personnel. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

July 4, 2009 05:06 PM
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Rachelle @ "Mommy? I'm Hungry!" said...

Having been raised a Military Navy Brat, and having my brothers and sisters in/married to the Military, I really adore this post. The pops are so beautiful and I really love the yellow ribbons.

All the best to Carlos and his Girlfriend! I thought a proposal was going to happen through you! ;)

Happy 4th of July!

July 4, 2009 05:29 PM
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Elisa said...

That was precious. And well worth some beautifully classy cake pops. props to those serving.

July 4, 2009 05:49 PM
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Anonymous said...

THANKS to all who serve to protect our freedoms!! May God keep you safe. Thanks Bakerella for this great post and your pops!

July 4, 2009 06:13 PM
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Anonymous said...

Wonderful, sweet and inspiring. Thank you Bakerella & Carlos! May God bless you for your goodness.

July 4, 2009 06:21 PM
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Linda said...

I am so moved!!

July 4, 2009 06:24 PM
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Anonymous said...

That is so awesome! Carlos is so sweet! I hope the best for that couple!

July 4, 2009 06:35 PM
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Angel said...

Many thanks to the Army men and women who are serving the United States of America.
I'm not an American citizen myself, but my husband and our daughter are, and I would like to thank those who work hard to protect my family, and who put their lives in harm's way in one way or another.

Happy 4th of July to everyone!

And yes, that Carlos guy, he's a keeper and more, that's for sure.
That was a sweet letter and I hope his girlfriend reads this post when she is done with Boot Camp.

And of course, those cake pops, they're awesome!

July 4, 2009 06:42 PM
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Dana said...

Thanks for your support. My husband is in Iraq for the 3rd time and I love to support him with baked goodies…but this year I can't because both of us are trying to get in better shape! Anyway, I love to get my fill of yummy treats by reading your blog. I did make the Chocolate Trifle for the 4th (what's more patriotic than that?)

But this was a long ramble to say, "thanks". Thanks for the inspiration in the kitchen. Thanks for giving me a great distration while I count the months down. And thanks for remembering the soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines that serve our country. Thanks for posting that letter and have a wonderful 4th!

July 4, 2009 06:57 PM
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Rebecca said...

My fiance is in the Navy and just got back from sea yesterday…I showed him your cake pops :-)
Thank you for recognizing our military this Independence Day.

Happy 4th to you and yours!

July 4, 2009 07:08 PM
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Danielle B. said...

Bravo Bakerella! I have been a fan of your blog for quite some time and yes, I am an Army wife. My husband is home this 4th of July, but was in Afghanistan last year and will be back there again next year (for his third 12-month tour). Carlos is right… this holdiay means so much more to those who serve AND to those who love those who serve. My proudest, most bittersweet days spent away from my husband are the 4th of July's when he is deployed to a combat zone. Thank you for taking the time to acknowledge their sacrifice! Let Freedom Ring!!!

July 4, 2009 07:17 PM
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al said...

From yet another military wife and loyal reader–I love your passion and creativity for your art. Thanks for the inspiration.
Something tells me there are soldiers out there who might experience their first cake pops this winter…

July 4, 2009 07:30 PM
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Suzanne said...

It sure put a smile on my face! Guys like him are hard to find.

July 4, 2009 07:52 PM
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tippytoe foxtrot said...

This post filled my eyes with tears! That is a great tribute. My husband is a former Marine that served in Afghanistan and my former Marine brother served in Iraq. Thank you!
What a sweet letter.

July 4, 2009 07:53 PM
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letter {A} studio said...

What a sweet email. I actually shed a few tears. Thank you for sharing your talents for the greater good. Happy Independence Day!!

July 4, 2009 07:57 PM
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Jensamom23 said...

How sweet, lovely, thoughtful and patriotic! What a blessed country we live in. Thank you!

July 4, 2009 09:34 PM
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Anonymous said...

As a mother of two young Airmen. One to deploy next month and one already deployed…THANK YOU!!! I'm loving it!!

July 4, 2009 09:42 PM
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Tina said...

Thank you to all those who serve/have served in the armed forces! Happy Independence Day :)

July 4, 2009 09:54 PM
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Anonymous said...

God Bless them every one! And God Bless you for honoring them!

July 4, 2009 10:05 PM
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Stephabee said...

so cute!

July 4, 2009 10:13 PM
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Linda said...

You are a good woman Bakerella. Hope all of you in America had a great 4th of July.

July 4, 2009 10:24 PM
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Nina said...

Thank you for remembering all our men and women of the military. They deserve so much more than they receive. I hope Carlos and his girlfriend read your blog to see how much they really are appreciated. To our men and women in the military, Please stay safe and come home soon! By the way your pops are great as always. I enjoy making them with my granddaughter.

July 4, 2009 10:32 PM
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Jess said...

you and carlos brought a tear to my eye today. thank you!

July 4, 2009 10:34 PM
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Parties by Hardie said...

Thank you so much for posting these! I'm one of those military spouses so it means a lot to me when anyone shows love towards our uniformed men and women. I hope you have a wonderful Independence Day!

July 4, 2009 10:55 PM
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Maura said...

Bakerella, what a wonderful post! I am also an Army wife and honestly surprised to see how many of us (military wives/girlfriends/brats) there are reading your blog. Carlos is a sweetheart and so are you. Happy 4th!

July 4, 2009 10:59 PM
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Molly Jean said...

Brought tears to my eyes…

I think you should keep in contact with Carlos. Perhaps get his girlfriend's address and bootcamp graduation date.

THEN SEND HER A CARE PACKAGE.

She will LOVE them. And she deserves them. I think Carlos deserves a care package too…

July 5, 2009 12:29 AM
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franci said...

i know what i am about to say doesnt fit in the topic of this post…but..i visit your blog daily and i love it. I was VERY DISAPPOINTED and UPSET when i saw an italian blog of a professional baker (or so she calls herself) displaying some of YOUR pictures, and other's too, under the section "cakes i make". I recognized the cupcakes with the roses on top, cookies from madbaker and lots of other stuff from other american blogs. Just thought I'd let you know, someone's using your work, with her name on it. The link of the website is http://www.torteartistiche.tk I didn't email her because i thought it was smtg up to you deciding if doing smtg about it or not!

July 5, 2009 01:38 AM
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hollee said...

this warmed my heart! Thank you today and every day!

July 5, 2009 02:07 AM
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The Porters said...

Thank you for remembering our military and as a wife of a US Army soldier, I appreciate this post more than any bbq, or fireworks display. Thank you.

July 5, 2009 02:16 AM
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Anonymous said...

Bakerella,
This post brought tears to my eyes. I am one of those military wives–my husband is in the Navy.
As my husband and I have talked about it, we've decided that the best thing people can do to support the military is to simply say 'thank you'. Thank YOU Bakerella for saying thank you in such a public forum.
Nancy

July 5, 2009 04:07 AM
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Anonymous said...

God bless our men & women in the Armed Forces fighting for our freedom! Happy Independence Day!!

July 5, 2009 05:01 AM
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Lindsay said...

How sweet. Love the cake pops. My husband is active duty Air Force so I appreciate anything anyone does for our military.

July 5, 2009 05:10 AM
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Tiffany Hansen said...

Awwww how sweet!! My fiance is over in Iraq right now… I'll have to make him so sweet treats when he gets home! Thanks for showing your support, I love your blog!!

July 5, 2009 07:52 AM
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I Should Be Cleaning Up said...

Those are fantastic. Simple, and bold. Very strong.

I'm a Canadian living in Australia, and I am thankful for the US citizens who do so much for the rest of the world every day! Thank you!

July 5, 2009 10:30 AM
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Anonymous said...

Greetings from Australia…Happy Independance Day to you all!!! A heartfelt letter from Carlos…I had tears, just 2 days ago farwelled my husband to Afghanistan for 6 months!! Cake Pops are what I will be maiking to celebrate his return! Bakerella thanks for sharing Carlos' letter and your cooking from the heart! No matter where the armed forces are from they and their families are in our hearts.
Noodlehead xx

July 5, 2009 11:35 AM
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Army Mom said...

Glad to see that I'm not the only one crying. My boys have been over there since September. Thank you Bakerella for doing this. Thank You Carlos for your sacrifices. Best wishes to you and your girlfriend.

July 5, 2009 01:36 PM
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patrick and mandi said...

From a new-ish mommy whose Marine husband is somewhere in the middle of a yearlong deployment… thank you for this post! How sweet!

July 5, 2009 02:24 PM
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Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

What a flipping cool person you are!

I am sitting here crying my eyes out. I cannot wait for her to get to read this.

I want a man like Carlos!

July 5, 2009 02:46 PM
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chica21b said...

Bakerella I am a military spouse who lives overseas in Germany and just want to say thank you for posting that. I am a follower of your blog. At our next Hispanic American meeting I am making these cake pops for our members birthdays. Although I can't pop over to Wal-Mart to get the supplies I had to have my sister find me the ingredients and send them to me in the mail. I can't wait to see how they turn out! Thank you again for thanking us that support our husbands/wives in the military!!!!

July 5, 2009 03:59 PM
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~Kimberly said...

Girl, you are awesome! As a proud Marine Wife, and follower of your blog, I am so appreciative of the time you took to do this! You are too sweet! My husband is currently in Afghanistan and it's hard without him this weekend, the 4th of July, as well as today, the 5th, being our wedding Anniversary. It's always heartwarming to see those who take the extra time and effort to show your appreciation! So, THANK YOU!

July 5, 2009 06:20 PM
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Lisa said...

From a mom who was born on the 4th of July and a mom who will be shipping her biggest boy off to Marine boot camp in a few weeks…Gaah!!
Thank you for that. BTW…where did you get the Marine tag?

July 5, 2009 07:16 PM
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Twiggles and Trunks; said...

Military wife here, HI!, & Carlos was right, I am a faithful bakerella blog follower. these little cakepops totally made me cry & i am SO going to make some for our next fundraiser.

Thanks for the shout out to all those fightin' the good fight.

July 5, 2009 07:31 PM
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michelle said...

Beautiful treats! I love them.

My dad is a Vietnam vet who returned to an ungrateful nation. He has spent his whole life trying to get over that. Thanks for caring for those in uniform.

July 5, 2009 07:58 PM
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its so very cheri said...

My GIVE AWAY will be posted by tomorrow morning-there's a peak preview of one of the items-go check it out and send everyone over to get their names in Monday morning.
Cheri
http://www.itssoverycheri.blogspot.com

July 5, 2009 08:05 PM
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Jennifer said...

Adorable – Bakerella, you are the best!!!!

July 5, 2009 08:34 PM
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luanne said...

What a great thing to do. Love the cake pops.
Luanne

July 5, 2009 10:08 PM
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Jen said...

Where did you find the sticks that have the armed forces logos on them? As the Family Readiness Group leader for my husband's unit, I'm always looking for fun things to use for treats for the kids of soldiers.

Way to go!

July 5, 2009 11:29 PM
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Jobs said...

Happy Independence day USA..

July 5, 2009 11:43 PM
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sweetbakes68 said...

What an incredible gift, and letter from Carlos. Thank you to all those soldiers past and present that make it easier for us to enjoy our freedoms. Thank you Bakerella you did an awesome job!!

July 5, 2009 11:58 PM
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asimpson said...

wow, *sob* that was an amazing letter! Carlos is definitely a keeper, what a man to do this for his girl and others who are in the service!!. Bakerella, you are a keeper too :-) take care, Annette

July 6, 2009 12:02 AM
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Susan said...

This is wonderful – such a sweet post for the people who give their lives to keep us safe. Absolutely beautiful cake pops and an equally beautiful sentiment~

July 6, 2009 01:39 AM
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Anonymous said...

dear bakerella,
you touched an emotional chord…best wishes to carlos and his girlfriend…to keep us safe…we owe them so much…thank you for reminding all of us….we owe them alot….:)

July 6, 2009 02:00 AM
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Jessica R Bishop said...

Bakerella I want to thank you for posting this. A very good friend of mine is a Marine and he is fighting for us in Afghanistan. I try and send him a care package of some sort every other week. I've sent him snacks that I would miss if I was away and not able to get them. I didn't even think about sending homemade cookies and such. Thank you for this idea.. I will be baking tomorrow night and sending them on their way to him on Tuesday. Thank you again!

July 6, 2009 02:54 AM
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Sonja said...

Dear Bakerella…
Did Carlos suggest any way the folks at home could send treats to the men and women serving overseas? I bake like a fiend and it seems to go to waste all to often. If I knew where to send goodies…I'd happily do so. Any ideas?

Sonja

July 6, 2009 03:07 AM
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Amara said...

What a wonderful thing you have done! Thank you and Happy 4th!

July 6, 2009 03:55 AM
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t.younks? said...

Thank you…
My fiance is a Marine.
This means a lot!!!

July 6, 2009 03:57 AM
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t.younks? said...

Thank you…
My fiance is a Marine.
This means a lot!!!

July 6, 2009 03:57 AM
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t.younks? said...

Thank you…
My fiance is a Marine.
This means a lot!!!

July 6, 2009 03:57 AM
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t.younks? said...

Thank you…
My fiance is a Marine.
This means a lot!!!

July 6, 2009 03:57 AM
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Raelynn said...

Ahhh…how sweet is Carlos? She better keep him or there will be readers asking for his email address!!

P.S. Don't you think some sort of challenge is in order for all us bakers out there to send our troops something to sweet'n up their day?!?!

July 6, 2009 04:11 AM
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mythoughtsmyvoice said...

I think he made just the sweetest gesture for her :-) And the letter really is meaningful.

They, who have sworn to protect and love one's country unconditionally are amazing people. Willing to risk all.

July 6, 2009 05:16 AM
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Kat said...

Oh.My.Word! That's the sweetest thing I've read in a long long time. Carlos is definitely a keeper! I pray that he and his sweetheart will stay safe as they protect our country. God Bless our armed forces. Freedom isn't free.

Hugs!
Kat

July 6, 2009 05:21 AM
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Janessa said...

Military wife here. Checking in and loving it.

July 6, 2009 05:34 AM
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appletini97 said...

There is plenty of sweet guys in the military! I can vouch for it! I'm in Iraq and back home I live off a military base. As a brat now working for the government overseas (civilian) trust me when we say Happy 4th of July. We always remember what it means. Thank you Bakerella for putting a smile on Carlos and his girlfriend's face. You make my day as well when I see what new thing you post and I drool… imagining what it will be like when I'm home and attempt to make it! LOL! Keep up the work, its fantastic and fun!

July 6, 2009 09:33 AM
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Carlos said...

I wanted to thank you from the very bottom of my heart for this post, Bakerella.

Never did I think a simple e-mail would get as much attention as it did. Had I known, I might have worded it better! ;]

I've read over the many comments and it makes a guy feel good to see the support we're given when we don't often hear it. I hope everyone had a patriotic and wonderful 4th of July and that your sons, husbands, friends and brothers come home safely.

To the readers who want to send baked goods overseas, we're told not to accept baked goods from strangers. Kinda the same thing our moms told us when we were kids. :]

You can adopt a member of the armed forces through the link I provided or through the links others provided. We love getting letters and snacks from back home that we just don't have access to. You'd be amazed how much you take for granted when you're far from the comforts of home.

Thanks much Bakerella and I will be showing the little lady this in a few months.

Semper Fi!

July 6, 2009 11:52 AM
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Mrs. G said...

Very cute! God bless our troops and their families.

July 6, 2009 11:59 AM
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NewCr8ion said...

I am a Navy Wife and I can relate to Carlos' feelings. It seems as the wars in the middle east drag on people are forgetting it is not about politics it is about the men and women who serve and their families. If everyone who read this blog would connect with a service member or their family it would make a huge difference. I can tell you I for one have had times where I relied on the grace of God and the kindness of my neighbors to make it through deployments. With 4 kids it can get really tough emotionally, spiritually and financially. Knowing people care means a lot. It is the simple things: put out your flag, put a yellow ribbon on your mail box, send a card to a spouse who is surviving deployment, mow their grass, connect with groups like ANYSOLDIER.com or call Walter Reed and get their address and send cards to the wounded. We aren't asking to win the lottery, we did that when we were chosen to serve, trust me this life is a CALLING, we just need to be told "Good Job" and "Thank You" a little more often.

July 6, 2009 12:22 PM
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redsoxmom said...

You are right–that Carlos is a real keeper! Love our military and our country! Thanks so much for including the Coast Guard (I'm a Coastie wife)–many times our service gets overlooked. God bless America!

July 6, 2009 12:52 PM
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Kelly Reich said...

Could you ask Carlos if it would be okay to send his address/info to some of your readers? I would be proud to send him some homemade goodies to share with his platoon. Let us know what type of this will make it and not melt. Everyone deserves some home-cooking items.

July 6, 2009 12:57 PM
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Brandy said...

What a fabulous tribute to all our armed forces. I am not a military wife or in the military but I come from a military family and know the sacrifice that comes with that honor. Thank you Bakerella!

July 6, 2009 01:13 PM
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