Monday, December 31, 2012

The Happiest Holidays

The holidays are winding up and I wanted to take a minute to thank you guys for making them so memorable.  The blog has brought so many smiles over the last several years. To me … and I hope to you as well. As this year ends with my heart full,  I’m so grateful for you all. You’ve made life so much brighter. Over the last weeks I was fortunate to meet many of you at book signings, see your smiling faces, share hugs, and tears, too. Happy tears. The happiest.

Cake Pops Holidays

During the signings, I asked if people would write their name in my book too – a little keepsake for me – a reminder that I can hold of what a gift you guys are. Here’s some of your names.

Cake Pops Holidays

Sarah from Pittsburgh – So happy to finally meet you after emailing over the years. You are the sweetest.
KC Bakes – Thank you for the stands. And tell the family I said hi. Your dad does great work.
Susy Pops – We’ll have to chat longer next time.
Docerela – Happy you were able stay after the signing.

Cake Pops Holidays

Tammy – Thank you for sharing your story. You are amazing.
Suchi – I loved your cake pop notes.

Cake Pops Holidays

Melanie & Natasha – Thank you for the candy coating. I can’t wait to try it out.

Cake Pops Holidays

Lovely meeting you too Maria…

Cake Pops Holidays

And I love that so many of you make cake pops. You’re spreading smiles, touching lives and making people happy… Awesomeness!

Cake Pops Holidays

Jodi – me too!
Nicole – I’m so glad you didn’t have to drive as far this time. It was sweet seeing you again. Wish Sweet Sugarbelle could have made it with you.
Jason & David – Impressed with you guys. Thank you guys and Nicole for the stands.
Adonia & Walter – You two are so cute. I love that you make cake pops together and thank you so much for the Cake Pops necklace. I love it.

Cake Pops Holidays

Sugar & Spiked – Jessica, the letter you shared brought me to tears. Nicole sounds very special. I’m sure she’d be proud of you.
Cristina – Say hi to the chimpanzees. Wish I had time to visit. And thank you for the treats.

Cake Pops Holidays

Too funny Sydney. Love how you signed your name!

Cake Pops Holidays

Bridget – Wish we had more time to hang out in Houston. Miss you and love your book! P.S. You have a good looking family!
Hatti – Thank you for being my cake pop helper.
Aylin and Junior – Had such a great time in Miami with you and everyone.
Kristen - So happy you, Heather and the Red Hot Holidays group could make it from Betty Crocker.

Cake Pops Holidays

Oh Mandy – me too! I wish!

Mandy works at Williams-Sonoma in Pennsylvania. We hit it off at the first book signing in 2010 in King of Prussia and she came this year on her day off and helped out the store even though she doesn’t work at the same location anymore. She’s the sweetest. Mom says hi Mandy! Me too.

Cake Pops Holidays

Melissa – I can’t tell you how happy I was to see you again in Dallas. I remembered you right away from the first book signings. You have such a great vibe. Thank you for coming back and sharing your story even though we had tears in our photos. Next time I come back we can cry over pie. At Emporium Pies!

Cake Pops Holidays

Oh Paige – This just fills my heart. So sweet.

The sweetest signatures

And I just love all the sweet little signatures. So so CUTE!

Charlotte – Thank you for the cake pop drawings and you too Erin!

Ana – I was so honored to finally meet Savannah. She is a little miracle. Please hug her for me and tell her again how much I love my drawing. And next time. No tears. : )

My sweet sweet niece also came to the last two signings. She was with me when I made the first cake pops so it meant so much to have her at the last signings.

MOM

And my mom … who came with me to all the signings, took photos, and probably entertained many of you. Thank you for everything. You are the best gift and made the last year and a half possible. This book possible. Me possible. I’m grateful to still be here and celebrating the holidays healthy and happy.

– Love me … and your left kidney.

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Here are some of the photos my mom took if you came to one of the signings and would like a copy.

King of Prussia, PA
Miami, FL
Stillwater, MN
Denver, CO
Houston, TX
Dallas, TX
Huntington Station, NY
Burlington, MA

And whether you came to a book signing or enjoy the site from the other side of the computer, I just want to say thank you for being here with me. You make it so much more fun. And now, I’m excited to get back to some regular baking.

Wishing you and your families the happiest New Year.

Here’s to a super sweet 2013!

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Nicole said...

Happy new year! What great photos.

December 31, 2012 02:04 AM
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Layla said...

Love this. Such a great idea. Happy new year!

December 31, 2012 02:44 AM
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Hilary said...

That is an awesome idea! Love it!

December 31, 2012 03:07 AM
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annalisa said...

I love this site, it is wonderful! Happy New Year from Sardinia, Italy!!!<3
Annalisa

December 31, 2012 03:16 AM
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Jayne said...

My favourite signature: yours and your left kidney. :-)

December 31, 2012 03:20 AM
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Magdalena V said...

Such a CUTE idea!!!!!! Happy New Year!!!

December 31, 2012 04:01 AM
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Stuart@Cakeyboi said...

Happy New Year to Bakerella – in my first year of food blogging, you have provided me with massive amounts of inspiration. I can only hope to be a tiny amount as good as you one day!
Here’s to 2013 :)

December 31, 2012 04:54 AM
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Laura said...

Bakerella you are truly an amazing person and very talented with cake pops. I purchased your holiday cake pop book and made a few holiday cake pops for my families and friends.

It turned out great and love seeing the joy that the kids when they bite into the cake pop. The kids faces lighted up. Thank you again Angie! I wish for you a wonderful joyous New Year and more book signing in Toronto if possible?

December 31, 2012 05:08 AM
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CJ said...

Happy New Year!!! That’s a wonderful idea to get people to sign your book, what a lovely keepsake for you. Look forward to reading your blog in the new year.

December 31, 2012 05:37 AM
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SandraM said...

Happy New Year and thanks for all the smiles you have given us as well. It is always a joy to see your latest creations.
Cheers to a New and Great Year!

December 31, 2012 06:04 AM
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Paulette said...

Have a wonderful Happy and Healthy New Year. Love your blog and can’t wait to see what fantastic cake pops and goodies for the year 2013. Hugs Paulette

December 31, 2012 06:33 AM
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bakerella#1teenfan said...

i am only fourteen years old. ive been following you for almost two years now. bakerella, i am sure a lot of people said this to you, but i am saying it while remembering my mom’s twinkling tears as she sees me bake something new every day. i bake three times a week. at least. so i see so many twinkling eyes. my dad doesnt spend much time home, but lately he has been. and ever since ive been tipping him on how to make macarons, and how to get your cake leveled, and many more. i think i surprise him like that, with all the knowledge. my aunt’s husband, who is more of a friend to me than anything, looooooooves my (your) creations that he thinks dad should get me a bakery!
bakerella, you have made me the family’s baker, and my parents’ pride. thank you.
i am not american, i am Omani by the way, Oman is a country which shares boundaries with UAE (think: dubai) and i think my country has a lot with you to share that i want you to come here and have whole big signing in my hometown, Muscat. you’re very popular here, too~!
=D
looooooove from your biggest teen fan!
Reem

December 31, 2012 07:17 AM
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Allieizzie said...

Happy New Year Bakerella! You are truly an inspiration. My favorite memory this holiday was making cake pops with my daughter. She got your Ultimate cake pop set for xmas and just had to make them. ( I think I may have like enjoyed it more than her :) ) It was a great experience for both of us, and everyone else who ate them! Wishing all the best in the New Year! Looking forward to learning more from you…

December 31, 2012 07:39 AM
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Sue @ Cakeballs, cookies and more said...

aw happy new year!

December 31, 2012 07:41 AM
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Susannah said...

What a cute idea!

Have a happy and healthy new year, too!

Thank you so much for being an inspiration in so many ways since so many years already. Off to another one, yeah!!

December 31, 2012 08:29 AM
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Lori @ RecipeGirl said...

This is the sweetest idea ever! What a treasure to keep forever and always. It’s something that will always make you smile (and cry!) Happy New Year to you! XO

December 31, 2012 08:38 AM
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Aylin Barrios-Espinosa said...

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to give us inspiration and showing us that we can do it too! We truly appreciate it.

Love,
Aylin & Yunior(Junior)

December 31, 2012 08:46 AM
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Chloe Moon said...

I didn’t realize you were doing book signings!! Ahh!! I would have went to one!! That is the coolest that you have your fans autograph copies for you! =)

I loved your book and I use it for inspiration for my cupcake decorating class! Love the polar bears!

Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, & thanks for all the wonderful inspiraiton!

Ergo – Blog

December 31, 2012 09:07 AM
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The Teacher Cooks said...

What a great post!!

December 31, 2012 09:40 AM
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Kathy T. said...

Happy New Year, Bakerella! Thank you for your great blog, your wonderful books and for introducing me to the joys of cake pops!!

December 31, 2012 10:09 AM
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Annie said...

It makes to beyond excited to see my name on your book! Happy New year :)

December 31, 2012 10:11 AM
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Elizabeth Ann said...

what a sweet idea! :-)

December 31, 2012 10:13 AM
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Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles said...

I love what you did with this book, so personal and fun. Hatti and I found our names, from your visit to Stillwater. And I’ll just say you made her day, calling her out with a note and photo link. Thank you!! xo

December 31, 2012 10:19 AM
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bridget {bake at 350} said...

Angie!!!!!!

I love this post! What a fabulous idea with the book…it is too, too cute!

I was so thrilled to spend some time with you and your mom. you both really are sweetER than any cake pop. And that’s saying something. See you SOON?!? :)

December 31, 2012 10:28 AM
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Seanna Lea said...

That is wonderfully sweet. I haven’t made any of your signings. I think I had plans the one time you were up Boston way, and seeing your notes and all the signatures is making me teary. Such a sweet end to 2012 and a nice reminder that it hasn’t been a bad year for everybody I know just an unfortunate few.

December 31, 2012 10:31 AM
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Kellee Harris said...

It was so nice to meet you this year! Hope you have a very Happy & Healthy New Year. May God bless you and your family!

December 31, 2012 10:39 AM
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mindy1 said...

Aww have a happy and healthy new year-feel good :D

December 31, 2012 11:02 AM
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Jessica said...

While walking through Sam’s Club yesterday, I saw a copy of your book. I smiled and thought what a cool thing you’ve done!

Happy New Year! May health and happiness be yours in 2013!

December 31, 2012 11:05 AM
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Cooks_Books said...

A switch on the book-signing concept — what a wonderful idea!

December 31, 2012 11:58 AM
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Eveline said...

A Happy New Year to you. Your cake pops made me smile the whole year.
Eveline.

December 31, 2012 01:26 PM
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AlohaGrama said...

I’m waiting and hoping for that Hawaiian book tour as well. You can bunk at my house and I’ll play chauffeur/tour guide.

December 31, 2012 02:25 PM
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Lisa Cornely said...

Happy New Year to you as well. Looking forward to more of your wonderful ideas.

December 31, 2012 05:26 PM
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Sally - only gluten free baking said...

Happy New Year, I can’t wait to see what amazing creations you bring us in 2013.

December 31, 2012 10:03 PM
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Marina(the little baker) said...

Happy New Year Bakerella! I have baked many spectacular desserts with your recipes & hope to bake even more next year ! I’m only 13 & have baked since I was 9. You & your blog have kept me in the kitchen! Lol <3

December 31, 2012 11:13 PM
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My Kitchen Stories said...

Happy New Year keep all the inspirations coming in 2013

January 1, 2013 07:16 AM
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Aikko said...

Hi Angie!
Thank you for continuing to inspire us with your never ending creativity!!! :) have the merriest 2013!!

Cheers,
Aikko

January 1, 2013 09:47 AM
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Adonia & Walter said...

Happy 2013, Bakerella! Thanks for your inspiration, kindness and creativity. It was so great to meet you in Burlington. Keep up the awesome work!! :)

January 1, 2013 02:28 PM
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the caked crusader said...

Happy new year to you!

January 1, 2013 02:44 PM
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Roda said...

Are you really coming to Hawaii? Say yes yes yes! Now that would be great!! Happy 2013! Lots to look forward to!

January 1, 2013 07:05 PM
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Kitsy said...

Have a wonderful 2013…healthy and happy !

January 1, 2013 07:46 PM
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Brie @ Entrée the Giant said...

Thank YOU for all of your beautiful creations and wonderful recipes!! Just as an FYI – I have been DYING to make your Key Lime Cream Cake, but I’m waiting for my fiance’s birthday, which is in July. I wonder if I’ll really be able to hold out :)

January 1, 2013 10:25 PM
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Christine said...

Happy New Year Bakerella! Are you doing any book signings in Canada?

January 2, 2013 02:07 PM
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Britt said...

Oh Bakerella how I love you so!! My parents went to the Denver book signing on my behalf. They even got a picture with you!! I have it framed at home AND in my office. :) Thank you thank you! Maybe you can make a stop in Oregon next time.

Happy New Year!!

January 2, 2013 02:57 PM
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Pat said...

My daughter-in-law treated me to lunch and your book-signing in Dallas in November, 2011, since she knew I was a fan. I never realized when I read about your kidney transplant and saw the cute kidney cake pops that I would be trying to duplicate them in October, 2012, for my husband’s urologist and his staff. A kidney infection sent my husband to the doctor for treatment…a tumor was found during a “routine” scan…left kidney removed a week later…cancer fully contained and removed…wow, what incredible respect I have now for kidney donors such as your Mom for a formerly unappreciated complex organ!

January 2, 2013 03:31 PM
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Tamara R said...

Your comments back to some of the people brought tears to my eyes. No one does that anymore.

Blessing to you and your mom in the new year!

January 2, 2013 11:13 PM
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Ivana @ Macarons and Pearls said...

What a fantastic idea and such touching comments! You are such a sweet and talented woman, and you absolutely deserve all the amazing things that are happening to you! I can’t wait to see what 2013 has in store for you!

Happy New Year!

xx Ivana
Macarons and Pearls

January 3, 2013 10:13 AM
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Cris said...

Wow, what a nice surprise before going to work in the cold weather! Have been looking forward to the pics. It was so fun to be there!! By the way I’ll soon email you with a little addition to the recipe – will make a difference when you roll the little balls – if you decide to make the sweets I brought.
Cristina (Dallas)

January 4, 2013 07:20 AM
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Mama M. said...

And super successful 2013! I just love seeing the successes that people discover on the internet! Way to go, Angie…you should be very proud of yourself!

January 4, 2013 12:45 PM
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Nutty Lee said...

Though I’m not much in cooking, but always having fun browsing around your blog…hope to see more new ideas from you..^^..

Happy New Year from other side of the world~

January 5, 2013 05:11 AM
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B. Nelson said...

That is such a wonderful, original idea!!!
I got your book recently; it is so cute!

January 6, 2013 07:57 PM
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youngmi said...

happy new year! what a cool idea to collect signatures from your fans :) i doubt many people (if any!) do that and i think it says a lot about you! i’m sad that i missed you when you came to boston… please come back again soon!

January 6, 2013 10:01 PM
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Jennifer said...

Happy new year!

Your ideas are great

Greetings from Germany

January 7, 2013 02:42 PM
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Colleen said...

Hi Bakerella!! We were lucky enough to meet you in King of Prussia this past November. I had my two little girls, Ally & Amanda with me and they were just tickled pink to meet the great and powerful Bakerella! You were an instant celebrity in their book. You really made them smile and thanks for taking time to chat with each of us. Can’t wait to see all the fun things you bring to 2013.

January 13, 2013 03:56 PM
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Air Délices said...

Bonjour, Hello Bakerella. J’adore votre blog ! You’re perfect !

January 25, 2013 09:29 AM
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leslie gagne said...

Your cookies are beautiful! What a wonderful Valentine dessert spread. This weekend I actually shopped for my Valentine baking supplies so I can start My Valentine baking. Thank you for your wonderful giveaway.

January 28, 2013 12:47 PM
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