Sunday, August 7, 2011

Yipee!

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Take a guess what these are. I wasn’t sure I was going to make them or not. Leading up to my transplant, I had a lot of people suggest that I do, but for the longest time I thought kidney-shaped cake pops would just be kind of weird. That is until I received a surprise in the mail.

More on that in a minute.

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You know sometimes I come across strange candy and think I have no idea what I’m going to use these for, but they are too unique not to pass up. This is an example of something I would grab in a heartbeat if I stumbled on it in the store. But these were actually sent to me by Rips along with an assortment of their other takes on licorice treats. It was a little thank you when they found out that I used some of their candies in my book.

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I was glad to have them since I had not seen these anywhere yet. I can tell just by looking at them that they could have a wide variety of uses.

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And they were perfect to finish off these.

Here’s how to make Basic Cake Pops if you are new to them.

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You know I had to go with red velvet.

Appropriate I think.

I like to roll my cake balls out first before I shape them. That way I can make sure I end up with the right amount and also that they are all pretty uniform in size.

If I shape as I go, I find the shapes can start getting bigger and bigger resulting in less pops than I planned on.

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But not when I roll first. See, they are all pretty similar in size.

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It’s also good to have all your decorations prepared before you start dipping.

Less chaos.

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Who would have thought kidney cake pops could be so cute.

Not me.

Not until I received something in the mail that inspired these little guys.

Wanna see?

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A plush purple kidney with a cute little face.

Huggable and lovable and sent to me from Wendy at I Heart Guts. Thanks Wendy!

Who knew there would be a market for such a thing.

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But evidently there is. Check out my little kidney’s friends… Heart, Lung and Liver.

Wait, here’s more plush organs from their website

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and other products, too. Like shirts and stickers and so on.

These are a great get well gift. More fun than a card.
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Go ahead. Get some guts. They’ll make someone smile. Promise.

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By the way, my mom and I are doing great. My checkups have been mostly good since the transplant. Some weeks my lab work is better than others. Here’s hoping this week is another good one. And thanks again everyone for your continued support.

I heart you guys!  Uhh, I mean … I kidney you guys!

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Jimemmajack Cookies said...

Whoops! Those question marks were supposed to be hearts! :)

August 8, 2011 06:03 AM
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Beth said...

Okay, when I clicked on the link to your page and saw those cake pops, my first thought is, “What the Hell?” I honestly couldn’t believe what I was seeing and was thinking, “Are those what I think they are?” And sure enough… kidney cake pops!

Yes, they are weird. But oddly cute. And considering what you and your mom went through, very therapeutic and funny!

Glad to hear you and your mom are doing better!

August 8, 2011 06:06 AM
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Paulette said...

So glad to hear you and your mom are doing great. Love the cake pops and yes you have done it again, creating something so cute and adorable. Your in my thoughts and prayers. Hugs Paulette

August 8, 2011 06:25 AM
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CottageGirl said...

The miracles of modern science!
So glad you and your mom are doing well. May you have many many years of creative baking!

August 8, 2011 06:25 AM
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Mon said...

those are so cute!
I love to hear you guys are doing well

August 8, 2011 06:48 AM
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Cat said...

I’ve been lurking for a while, being awed, inspired and amazed… You always put a smile on my face, and this post was no exception…My sister in law just had her gallbladder removed a few weeks ago and I thought of her when I saw the gallbladder plushie…too too cute! Thank you for sharing with us and glad that you are doing better!

August 8, 2011 07:00 AM
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Elisa said...

I’m sure I speak for everyone when I say that we kidney you too :-)

So happy to hear you are doing well! And the kidney cake pops are just beyond adorable – I would have thought they’d be a litte creepy, but they are totally cute! I’d definitely eat them ;-)

August 8, 2011 07:09 AM
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Pat Kuhn said...

these are so cute! I am so glad you and your mom are doing well.

August 8, 2011 07:22 AM
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Rachel Willen said...

I forwarded this to my mother-in-law who had a life-saving liver transplant a few years back. I know she will appreciate this post and laugh! The plush toys are a great find…a cool gift for someone recuperating from an illness or just a quirky way to send a cute message. Love them!

August 8, 2011 07:30 AM
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bridget {bake at 350} said...

You are too, too cute! :) Only YOU could make a kidney look adorable!

August 8, 2011 07:37 AM
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dawn said...

So glad you’re doing well Angie! Those plush toys are adorable…in a weird gross way. Your cake pops are just adorable though!!

August 8, 2011 07:37 AM
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Francesca said...

These are adorable! Thank you for making me smile this morning.

August 8, 2011 07:42 AM
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Penny @BonnieBlackbird said...

My mum had a kidney transplant for nearly 9years and it changed her life completely (for the better).

I would love to make her some kidney cakes to celebrate what would’ve been the 10th anniversary last month if she was still here but sad to say she’s not (nothing kidney related im glad to say).

HUGE congrats and get well soon to both you and your mum, i wish you both well x

August 8, 2011 07:42 AM
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koren said...

glad to hear you are both doing great!

August 8, 2011 07:47 AM
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Erika said...

You are a true inspiration in every way! Hugs!

August 8, 2011 07:53 AM
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Kelly weekes said...

This post made me smile. So glad you are doing well and you are back to creating. This pops are adorable!

Kelly

August 8, 2011 08:00 AM
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random said...

where did u get the Rips Whips?? which shop and where??

August 8, 2011 08:05 AM
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Mercedes said...

These are awesome! I can tell life is better and you are feeling more like your happy self. STAY STRONG! you inspire us all!

August 8, 2011 08:07 AM
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Jennie said...

so happy to see that bakerella is back in her kitchen, and with a great sense of humor too. i love these!

August 8, 2011 08:07 AM
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Jill said...

Glad to hear you’re feeling better! Super cute kidneys! :)

August 8, 2011 08:16 AM
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Michelle said...

You and your mom are inspirations to us all! Happy to hear you are both doing well.

August 8, 2011 08:19 AM
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Serena said...

I love “I Heart Guts”. They make biology cute and fun! =P

August 8, 2011 08:27 AM
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Jo and Sue said...

Love love love the kidney shaped litte guys! So cute!

August 8, 2011 08:33 AM
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Leighann said...

Who knew kidneys could be so cute!! Great idea. And I love the guts. My son has a heart defect so maybe we’ll get him a heart for his next big surgery or annual heart cath. :)

August 8, 2011 08:35 AM
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Leah said...

I love the kidney pops and its great to here that you and your mum are doing well.

I have a friend here in Northern Ireland who is a fellow kidney transplant recipient. Her name is Orla Smyth and she recently competed in the World Transplant Games receiving Gold in 6 running events and then last weekend she scooped multiple golds in the British Transplant Games held in her hometown of Belfast. http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/northern-ireland/transplants-saved-me-now-i-want-to-give-something-back-15104613.html

It amazes me every day how she has pushed herself so hard as I know, even without all the illness/ dialysis/ hospital visits that she has endured I couldn’t do half of what she has achieved in the last 20 years.

I’m happily registered as an organ donor (for every single organ or part of my body) and a blood donor too. I urge everyone to sign up if you haven’t already!

August 8, 2011 08:41 AM
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Rachael said...

Plushed guts….very interesting… LOL!!!!
I’m not sure I would want a uterus lying in my bed… LOL!!!
But your cake pops are very cute, as always!
You really are an inspiration to many and I know all of your fans, me included, having been praying for you and we’re glad to hear that you are doing so well!
Hugs!

August 8, 2011 08:44 AM
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Kristen said...

So happy you are up and that sweet kidney of you is functioning properly! These are quite possibly the cutest cake pops ever :) Love them.

August 8, 2011 08:49 AM
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Connie said...

Those are too cute! I wouldn’t have ever thought to find something like that stuffed kidney, but how cute are they? Wishing you continued recovery!!!

August 8, 2011 08:50 AM
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Robyn | Add a Pinch said...

We kidney you, too! :) These are adorable!!!

August 8, 2011 08:52 AM
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sherri lynn @ life of a wife said...

Who knew kidneys could be so darn adorable?!?! So glad to hear that you are doing well. I love your attitude – that you’re willing to make kidney cake pops!

August 8, 2011 09:03 AM
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Jessica Turner said...

I think this is so adorable! My niece received a heart transplant in March 2011 and the plush items are sooo cute! :o)

August 8, 2011 09:04 AM
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Becky said...

These are so adorable! I am so happy your transplant went well! My sis-in-law had a kidney transplant about 13 years ago. She is now and has been on the transplant list for a new kidney for about three years, as the transplanted kidney is no longer functioning properly. She does dialisys three times a day and 8 hours a night. It’s heartbreaking. I so wish I could afford to buy some of these as a fundraiser to help cover her medical expenses.! Adorable!!!!

August 8, 2011 09:11 AM
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Erin said...

haha! Love those little cake pops! That is too funny! I guess I should buy the gallbladder plush since I don’t have a real one anymore… ;-) So happy for you!

August 8, 2011 09:15 AM
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Jennifer said...

The cake pops are perfect! I am so happy to hear the you are your mom are doing well. Congratulations and my fingers are crossed for a good results week!

August 8, 2011 09:19 AM
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nicole said...

Thanks for sharing. These little I Heart Guts friends would be great for kids {and adults} who are having surgery. I will definitely be keeping them in mind.

August 8, 2011 09:24 AM
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Kimberly said...

Aw…so glad you are healing well Angie. We’ve missed your posts. Take it easy and continued prayers for a speedy recovery. And wow…those are the cutest kidneys I’ve ever seen!

August 8, 2011 09:26 AM
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pinkslppr said...

Those plushes are adorable! and so are your kidney pops. One thing I’d like to know is how much in size are your cake balls?Please let me know as I continue to struggle with making the pops and they also keep cracking after I dip them and they sit awhile.
I am so glad to know you are well and your mother, also. I continue to pray for you both. :D

August 8, 2011 09:26 AM
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wendy said...

so glad the surgery went well, you and your mom are amazing people!

August 8, 2011 09:27 AM
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WishTrish said...

So glad to hear that you are both doing well! I think those Kidneys are seriously the most awesome ever!

August 8, 2011 09:36 AM
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Ivette said...

Pretty cutes popcakes its inspiring the way you ever look the best side of everything, im so glad your and your mom are doing great, yupi!!!! zillion of hugs :)

August 8, 2011 09:36 AM
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Jill said...

Those are so cute and unique. You are brilliant! Wishing you a quick recovery and lasting wellness.

August 8, 2011 09:37 AM
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Karen said...

OMG! They are awesome! I might hesitate before eating to do that ‘mind over matter’ thing. “These won’t taste like kidneys…. These won’t taste like kidneys…. These won’t…”

So glad things are going well for you and your mom! Hugs! :)

August 8, 2011 09:44 AM
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beatriz said...

OMG!! they are so lovely!!

have a nice week XOXO

August 8, 2011 09:49 AM
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Stoich91 said...

Congrats! ADORABLE, esp for kids going through kidney troubles; this would brighten up their day! ;D

August 8, 2011 09:49 AM
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sara said...

Sooooo cute!!! Glad you and your mom are on the up and up! :)

August 8, 2011 09:52 AM
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Steffiweffi said...

Please, please, please tell me you’re going to give these to your Nephrologist and Staff. I bet they will get the BIGGEST kick out of them!

August 8, 2011 09:53 AM
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sherri j. said...

They are absolutely adorable! So glad to hear you and your mom are doing well and that you are baking again!!!

August 8, 2011 09:57 AM
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Tasting Heaven Bakery said...

These are soooo cute and what a great idea. I am so glad you are feeling better. I can’t’ thank you enough for all your inspiration. Can’t wait to see what you post next.

August 8, 2011 10:00 AM
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Cortney said...

My 3 yr old son had a kidney transplant this last Tuesday on the 2nd. I love these!!!!

August 8, 2011 10:06 AM
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Allison said...

Oh my gosh – seriously! That is TOO funny!

August 8, 2011 10:07 AM
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Mal @ The Chic Geek said...

They are the cutest kidneys I have ever seen! I’m so happy you’re doing better.

August 8, 2011 10:11 AM
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Melinda said...

So cute! I love the gallbladder plush because I have been without mine for over a year.

August 8, 2011 10:13 AM
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Angela said...

I always thought if I ever got to meet you that I’d bring you kidney cake pops. :)

What a great way to celebrate how well you and your mom are doing. Congrats!

On a sidenote, I should get the gallbladder plushie, as I no longer have the real thing. :)

August 8, 2011 10:14 AM
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Kathie said...

I was cracking up at “Innovation in Licorice” already, then about peed my pants at the Plush Gut dolls…”Urine good hands”….oh man those are awesome!!!!
Glad you ard doing well!!

August 8, 2011 10:16 AM
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Kat said...

These are hilarious! Your cake pops are always so fun. I laughed myself silly looking at the I heart Guts website.

I’m so glad you’re doing well! :)

August 8, 2011 10:18 AM
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DeborahB said...

These are great!! Really cute and very appropro. Continue to feel better and heal. Great having you back.

August 8, 2011 10:18 AM
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Lucy said...

Well, they are kind of weird but also adorable. And very appropriate! Love the stuffed kidney and the cake pops. Your talent knows no bounds.

August 8, 2011 10:23 AM
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Laura Kim said...

what a great idea and so inspirational!! i love it! :) hope you and your mom are feeling ok!

August 8, 2011 10:23 AM
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jen said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE THEM!!!!!!

August 8, 2011 10:25 AM
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Gaylynne said...

So happy you are back and that both you & your mom are feeling better. Lots of prayers were said and will continue to be said for good health! Love the kidney cake pops and the link to the plush organs. I may have to order the heart for my hubby, who has ongoing problems with his health and just got out of the hospital last week. Thanks for continuing to inspire us all with your creativity!

August 8, 2011 10:27 AM
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Lisa said...

YES! I love it!!!!!! Compete with a renal artery and vein and a ureter! You are amazing, and an inspiration to all of us. :) I’m glad you are doing well!

August 8, 2011 10:31 AM
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Linda, Jennifer and Jaclynn said...

So glad to hear that you and your mom are doing great!!

I love the stuffed organs!! Did you know you can also get stuffed germs???

http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/plush/6708/

August 8, 2011 10:35 AM
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slammie said...

So glad that you’re both doing well!

August 8, 2011 10:56 AM
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patti said...

So stinkin cute! These are fabulous-you should share them with the NKFD…so happy for you and your mom! thanks for sharing with us!

August 8, 2011 10:59 AM
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yvonnew said...

I’m so glad things are going well for you and that you are creating again! Love the kidneys. Very adorable!

August 8, 2011 11:03 AM
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Sharon C said...

Too cute! Glad you’re in feeling better!

August 8, 2011 11:08 AM
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mary ellen said...

Glad to see you’re feeling well enough to laugh about your ordeal. Who knew a kidney could be so cute! Keep getting stronger everyday, Mom too.

August 8, 2011 11:26 AM
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Shannon said...

So happy that you are doing well and feeling better! Continue with the positive healing! :)

August 8, 2011 11:29 AM
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Andrea MacLeod said...

Oh my, this is adorable. Weird though that you can buy those plush organs…kind of cut as well. Wish you all the best!

August 8, 2011 11:33 AM
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taca said...

i was so fascinated to see the guts! i wish i got the pancreas plushie coz i am diabetic type 1.. i wonder where i can get it as i am so far away from US…

i’m so glad u’re doing better :P lots of love from Malaysia :P

btw. i kidney u too <3

August 8, 2011 11:46 AM
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Maria said...

Omisquee! How cute and creative!

August 8, 2011 11:47 AM
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Tanya said...

I continue to be amazed by your wonderfully, positive attitude! When you have lemons…(or kidney cake pops)! Your incredible talent makes me smile and makes my heart feel good. Thank you for sharing your life, your talent and your ability to make us all feel very happy!!! Sending continued prayers to you and your mom. Peace be with you!

August 8, 2011 11:57 AM
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Finchy said...

What a delightful post! Thanks for making me smile–and here’s hoping that soon, every week will be a good week for you and your Mom until they say, “we’ll see you in six months” , or whatever they say when they are perfectly satisfied that all is well in transplant land…

August 8, 2011 11:59 AM
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Lindsey said...

LOVE!!!!! my 7 month old son is waiting for his kidney transplant as we speak. I’m typing this from his hospital room. His kidneys were removed when he was 6 days old. I can’t wait to get him a plush kidney and attempt to make the pops. They’d be perfect for a party when we finally celebrate him getting healthy. Thank you!!!!!!!!

August 8, 2011 12:10 PM
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Jen K. said...

I searched high and low for slim licorice for a cake I made for my daughter’s first birthday! These are neato!

August 8, 2011 12:26 PM
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Erika B. Flores said...

Those are really cute!

August 8, 2011 12:29 PM
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Michelle said...

These are ADORABLE! So happy to hear that you and your mom are doing well. -M

August 8, 2011 01:02 PM
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Hilary said...

Yipee indeed! Those are adorable! Glad to hear you and your mom are both doing well…hope things continue to go that way. :)

August 8, 2011 01:06 PM
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Elisabeth said...

OMG! That is the cutest intestine I have ever seen ;)

So glad to hear both of you are recovering nicely.

Hugs & love

August 8, 2011 01:06 PM
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MJ said...

Would you consider a nephcure button on your page? They are dedicated to saving kidneys through research and advocacy.
nephcure.org
is the website where you can pick up a button

Thank you for bringing attention to the mighty kidney, the power of transplant and the importance of fun and laughter in the midst of it all: Hurrah for kidney cake pops! Hurrah for you and your “new” kidney and feeling better.

August 8, 2011 01:22 PM
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Lisa said...

My friend sent me this website because I had a kidney transplant July 9, 2010. These little pops definitely made me smile. I forwarded the site to the transplant team that follows my care. I’m also going to try to make them for my sister who was my donor – Great idea!

August 8, 2011 01:27 PM
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Dawn Wilson said...

Very Cute post-a little weird but still cute. I am so glad you are doing better!

August 8, 2011 01:55 PM
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Sini said...

So cute! And great to see you post again. :)

August 8, 2011 01:55 PM
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MINDY1 said...

OMG that is hysterical XD I actually own dolls shaped like brain and white blood cells. You did a good job XD.

August 8, 2011 01:57 PM
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Brittany said...

Man, those are cute! I love the idea of cake popping events in ones life! Excellent work as always!

August 8, 2011 02:02 PM
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Stacy L. said...

Those are too cute!!! I’m glad you and your mom are doing well. Hope you have a good week!

August 8, 2011 02:10 PM
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Ellen said...

You brought a smile to my face, Bakerella! What a cute idea and such a great sense of humor! So glad you are doing well-keep on!

August 8, 2011 02:14 PM
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Lindsey W.B. said...

Oh man, I am just such a fan of anatomy and all the various parts that make your body work, I am rolling around squealing over these adorable pops :D

So glad you’re feeling better too!!

August 8, 2011 02:28 PM
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Elise said...

LOVE the plush organs!!!!! I will have to buy some for my anatomy professor! :)

August 8, 2011 03:01 PM
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Angel said...

L*O*V*E it!! So glad that you have such a great attitude! You are a trooper!

August 8, 2011 03:06 PM
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Donna A. said...

No KID’Ney, these are too cute!

August 8, 2011 03:08 PM
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Jenniffer at Cup a Dee Cakes said...

Those are SO cute, Angie! That sense of humor and outlook on life is what keeps you on top of the world!

August 8, 2011 03:40 PM
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Heidi said...

These are sooo cute and funny! Such a fun idea.

August 8, 2011 03:46 PM
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Hjördís said...

these are so cute, love them,
Glad to know you are feeling better and i hope youll feel much much much better soon!

August 8, 2011 03:59 PM
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Beth said...

Thinking and praying for the two of you! God Bless the Kidney’s along with the other stuff!

August 8, 2011 04:13 PM
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Lady Jennie said...

How adorable and how touching!

August 8, 2011 04:16 PM
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Shannon said...

Those are awesome! And I’m glad things are heading in the right direction for you!! Here’s wishing you a continued up and up direction!!

August 8, 2011 04:42 PM
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Megan said...

I love these! I love how you take a situation that has been tough and turn it into something you can smile at. Thanks for being so inspiring.

August 8, 2011 04:46 PM
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Sharon said...

First and foremost, so glad you are feeling better and blogging semi regularly =)

Second, these little critters (both cake and toy) are tooooooo cute. My husband is a urologist, I need to get him the bladder and prostate characters.

Thank you for all you do !!

August 8, 2011 04:48 PM
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Jen said...

Glad you are feeling better and these are so cute!

August 8, 2011 04:48 PM
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