11 December 2011

MCT 12 Days of Christmas: On the Eleventh Day of Christmas...

by Veronica

Hello and welcome again to another installment of My Creative Time's "12 Days of Christmas"! If you've come here from Trell's blog, you're on the right track! If not, check back at Emma's blog to start from the very beginning.

We've got a bit of snow here in Michigan. Not too much - just a dusting over our yard - nothing sticking in the roads (yet). I'm not much of an outdoor gal. I like to stay inside where it's comfortable and warm. Even as a little girl, I wasn't too fond of playing in the snow. It's cold! But there was ONE thing that got me to go outside to play: my big brother, Dan.

I'm blessed to be the youngest of four kids. My oldest brother, Donal, is 14 years older than me. My sister, Stacey, is 11 years older. And Dan is just 3 and a half years older than me. When I was 6 or 7, I had a beautiful pink wooden playhouse in our backyard. During the summer, it was a fun spot to play with my friends when the family was barbecuing. But in the winter... it turned into a safe house where I would wait - alone in the 'woods' - for my big brother, Dan, to come and rescue me. We'd play for hours in that little pink house - coming in only for bathroom breaks and hot chocolate refills.

When we weren't playing "Rescue", Dan and I would have snowball fights. Since we only had one proper 'fort' (my pink playhouse), we had to decide who was the lucky snowball fighter to use it as his or her battle station. Naturally, age before beauty prevailed in this discussion and I was stuck hiding behind a mound of snow for safety. As Dan started whipping snowballs at me, I was feverishly packing snow to make little bullets of my own (And they sure were little! Tiny hands = tiny snowballs). Once I'd start throwing my little hand fulls of snow, Dan called a 'time out' in the action. He told me that he wanted to be sure that I didn't accidentally throw snowballs that had ice in them, so I should throw the snowballs at the fort itself, and not directly at him. If the snowballs proved to be safe, I could then throw them at him. It took quite a while for my little brain to figure out that if I threw these so-called "Snowballs of Doom" at the fort first, I'd NEVER be able to throw them at him - they weren't snowballs anymore! Of course, Dan continued slinging snowballs at me without any concern for MY safety regarding the 'iceballs'. What are big brothers for, right?

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In honor of my snowball fights with my big brother, I've created these (totally safe, non-icy) Snowball Pops! They were so easy to make and are YUM-MY! To add a bit of pizzazz, I wrapped them up in clear treat baggies and tied them shut with silver twist ties. Hanging on the twist ties are my cute little tags that I cut out with one of the dies from MCT's Build a Banner Kit and stamped with Mixed Holiday Sentiments. I punched a hole in the point of the tag with the small hole punch of my Crop-a-Dile and slid it on the twist tie before I tied them closed. These delicious treats would be perfect for sending over to neighbors to spread some Christmas cheer or could be put out at your Christmas celebration as a dessert for your guests!

I discovered a great winter decorating tip this year, and just HAVE to share! It's difficult to see in the picture (click the picture for a larger view), but the Snowball Pops are sitting in a bed of 'snow' in the dish. You might be able to get a better view of the 'snow' in the ornament-filled vase in the background of the photo. How did I bring the outdoors in (where it's nice and warm)? Epsom salt! It makes for a GREAT accent to your winter decor and really looks like snow! The best part? It's cheap! I purchased a quart of Epsom salt at my local dollar store!

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Thanks so much for joining us on our hop today - I'm your last stop! Drop by again tomorrow for our LAST day of the "12 Days of Christmas" hop. I hope you were inspired!

-Veronica

143 comments :

  1. Love your snowball pops and packaging. Very cute story about you and your brother.

    Tina
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  2. Cute pops! Looks so yummy! I love how you packages these... I'm inspired to make some!!!

    Jamie
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  3. I JUST LOVE LOVE LOVE READING YOUR POSTS!!! WHAT AN AWESOME IDEA W/THE EPSON SALT!! LOL.... GOD KNOWS WE HAVE TON OF THAT STUFF IN MY HOUSE W/ALL OF THE INJURIES THAT COME W/HAVING BOYS and A HUSBAND!!! HEHEHEHE!! YOUR CAKE POPS & YOUR ENTIRE PRESENTATION IS JUST BEAUTIFUL!!!!
    BIG HUGE HUGS!
    EMMA;)

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  4. Yum, your snowball pops look so scrumtious! Thank you for such a wonderful posting!

    Debbie H.

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  5. Super stinkin cute idea. Gloria Contreras
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  6. Great job!! I am going to learn how to make some of these.

    Kim
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  7. yummy Veronica these look so good. :)
    win_or_lose52@hotmail.com
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  8. What a great story. Those snowball pops look delish :)

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  9. Those are so cute! Sure wish you had included the recipe!
    Happy Holiday's to You & Yours!
    Kathie
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  10. Beautiful presentation. One more day. This has been fun.
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  11. Perfect stamp for this, you did a wonderful job on these!
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  12. Yummy....fantastic job!! I love the story behind your project....to funny!!
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  13. Oh Veronica,

    I so remember you both, me looking out the window and laughing knowing your brother was passing down his wisdom(from his older brother) on what was fair in a snowball attack. Too funny!! Great job on the 'PoP' love the look of them.

    Love,

    Mom

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  14. Great ideas.
    LindaB
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  15. Very cute pops! Loved your story- made me laugh (I have 2 big brothers myself- so it sounds familiar)
    :)Amy
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  16. Those look delicious! YUM. Great snowball pops - TFS!
    hugs, Jenn
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  17. simple and pretty; love it;0)


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  18. Mmm, the pops look de-li-cious! I love your tip about using Epson salt -- Wow! Like, why haven't I ever thought of this before? HaHa. Oh, and thanks for sharing the story about the snowball fights with your brother. Lol. It was a perfect story for a perfect craft :)

    Thanks for sharing!
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  19. The snowball pops look yummy. Great decorating tip.
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  20. cute, the snowball pops look delicous.
    tfs
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  21. Ahh brothers...they make for so much aggravation and great memories all at the same time. Thanks for the tip on the Epsom salt, now can you send me down one of these snow pops? Yummy! tamiwb1234 at aoldotcom

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  22. Yummy Snow pops! I really want to try making some of these!
    Tracy
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  23. love ur treat!!

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  24. What a great project! Love those snow ball pops!
    TFS
    jessica
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  25. Very cute thanks for the idea.
    mbchoj at aol dot com

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  26. Ahh, the good ole days with siblings. TFS your story.
    The cake pops look yummy. Great tip with the Epsom salt.

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  27. Love the story, Veronica! Your cake pops look delicious and your snow idea is perfect! So pretty!

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  28. Cute sentiment and story.
    kidshomelove at yahoo.com

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  29. These are wrapped beautifully!!

    Hugs,
    Saundra
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  30. Love your project, what a cute idea and adds so much to a holiday table. I enjoyed reading about snow experiences and how they had such an influence in your family fun.
    TFS
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  31. These cake pops look delicious lol. Great experiences. Thanks for sharing with us!

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  32. Love the story. Your cake pops look delicious. TFS!

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  33. Yummy and they look fabulous displayed with the epsom salt, great tip!! Thanks
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  34. pretty and I bet they are yummy too. sweet story.LOL
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  35. Love the sentiment! So cute! Denise queenbee.speigle@gmail.com

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  36. Wonderful memories. Thanks for the idea about the "snow".
    Pat
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  37. your story cracked me up!!!! and love your safe snowball treats! lol!

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  38. Your snowball pops are so pretty!! I just love it!!

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  39. Yummy! Great job...love the epsom salt idea :)

    hugs
    Cassandra

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  40. love it! so cute! I am having a hard time finding the treat baggies to fit the cake pops!


    thanks for sharing!
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  41. LOVE LOVE LOVE THIS....SO PRETTY..YOU DID A WONDERFUL JOB

    CATHIE
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  42. Wow, they look beautiful. Love the "snow" idea, thanks for sharing that.

    Leslie

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  43. Thanks for sharing. I am really going to have to get busy trying all of the wonderful "pops" I have been seeing!
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  44. These are beautiful. Love how you packaged them too. Great story! teachermom5@gmail.com

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  45. Fun story and great way to remember and share it. TFS!
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  46. Great job on the snowball pops!
    Fun and yummy!
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  47. what a memory
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  48. I need to make some of these cake pops!! Love them and you dressed them up so well! big hugs

    Nancy

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  49. Those look so yummy - and super cute! I just love that sentiment - it's one of my favorites!
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  50. Adorable! :)
    Suzanne suzyq28024@gmail.com

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  51. Now that is my kind of snowballs! I wouldn't mind having a few of these thrown at me!!

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  52. What a great idea.

    Jan
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  53. So elegant...and delicious looking. Yum! deegeescraps at gmail dot com

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  54. These are great!!

    Christina Coen

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  55. Adorable!
    Kelly bloss4@sbcglobal.net

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  56. For snowball they look elegant, Thanks have enjoyed you projects.

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  57. Oh yummy, I love these snow balls! Regina
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  58. I love your packaged cake pops, they look just like snowballs! They look super yummy too!
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  59. Those look so good!! I want to make some of those!

    Ashley
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  60. So white and pretty!!! Love the stamp!

    kissmyjen at gmail.com
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  61. What a beautiful story! The cake pops look good and the stamped sentiment fits perfectly. TFS

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  62. What a sweet story - now I'm sure but not then. I know what a big brothers for -- but to throw snowballs at you. How dare he..

    Only a dusting of snow in MI -- hahaha just wait we will get his in MI w/ snow I'm sure.

    I love the little snow pops and the little saying is perfect. What a great idea and very cleaver.

    Thanks for sharing
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  63. for reals these rock!!! omg I want them!!!

    Micia
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  64. Veronica, Love your little sonowball treats! So cute. And seriously, you need to write BOOKS!!! I am glued to your writing. I love your little stories of your life experiences! Make sure you write them, or type them somewhere that your future children will be able to read! You truly have a gift. Don't waste it!!! Okay, sorry the teacher came out in me. I just LOVE LOVE LOVE your writing voice! I could read your blog all day!
    Hugs,
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  65. I JUST LOVE THESE TREATS!!! THEY ARE CUTE, AND LOOK SOOOO YUMMY!! GREAT JOB!!

    Mickey

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  66. very cute! I have to make some soon. I am dying to make them. I just have to find the time.

    Niki
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  67. So cute!!! And they look so yummy! Love the epsom salt idea!!!

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  68. Let's here it for snowball cake pops. They turned out so cute. By the way, the best part of the espsom salts is after the holidays you can throw it into a bathtub full of hot water and soak in it. Great for the skin and for the person.
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  69. Loved your Story! Your Snow Pops look so Yummy! I'm planning on making some Cake Pops soon. Thanks for Sharing! :0)
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  70. Love it!!! Those snowpops are gorgeous!!! Linda Harris lsunflower58@aol.com

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  71. Love your snowman pops and the sentiment (snowmany hugs) is fabulous. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

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  72. ooooo yummy! and all the white is so elegant and dreamy! great job
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  73. I love the saying how very sweet! These are so pretty! Thank you so much!
    Lisa
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  74. these are very pretty!!

    rosiemini@gmail.com
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  75. I am so gonna try these! I have seen so many ideas with them - just need a little more time!

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  76. I will have to give these a try. TFS

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  77. Very elegant gifts. Thanks for share with us. Where is the recipe? I want try this, haha
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  78. Love your story Veronica, you & your pink little playhouse & your brother, too fun!!! Your cake pops are soo pretty, I've only made them once & mine didn't turn out so pretty. I just ordered this silicone mold from QVC or was it HSN & they are supposed to make perfect round balls. Anyway, yours are really pretty along with the tag great little gift idea! Will have to try your epsom salt idea!
    Puppy Hugs,
    Wendy
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  79. YUMMY!! I just got a book to make these awesome pops! parkernana5@cox.net

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  80. Awesome! I can't wait to give the snowball pops a try! Thank you!
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  81. Cute snowball cake pops.
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  82. Cute dessert idea...thanks for the Epson salt tip!! ninadee@sbcglobal.net

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  83. These are beautiful, thank you foe sharing your talents Veronica!
    Denise J.
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  84. Wow! Such yummy treats packaged in an adorable way! Love it!!

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  85. Cute, love the idea. Thanks for sharing.
    Hugs,
    kathy
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  86. The inside snow is perfect. The pops look yummy! TFS
    Evelyn
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  87. Love your cute snowball cakepops.
    Kathy
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  88. Veronica, what a cute story, nice memories. Love your project. I definitely want to make some cake pops to give as gifts and to eat ;)

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  89. Thanks for sharing your memories with us, your story was very heartwarming. Love the sentiment you used for the snowball pops!

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  90. Thank you for sharing your project!! Love your idea!!
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  91. The snowballs look really good, I'm sure your brother will love them! Let's hope he doesn't throw ant though!
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  92. Very nice, thanks for sharing!

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  93. Yummy treat! TFS joy4umetoo at hotmail dot com

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  94. I could use a snowman hug right about now. :)

    Dorcas
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  95. They look so yummy and elegant...great job and thanks for sharing.
    hugs,jen
    I would love for you to stop by and visit my blog sometime..
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  96. So cute looks yummmy.
    F.U.N.
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  97. What a cute story about you and your brother. I grew up middle of 7 brothers/sisters (so many stories...lol). He is going to so appreciate and LOOOOVE these pops. Great job!! Hugz:)
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  98. Such a pretty display!!! I just bought a babycakes cake pop maker today to make these!!! Such a cute idea about the Epsom Salt too...thanks!!! Oh, and my brother loved to rub my face in the snow instead of killing me with snowballs!!! Although he did that too...oh, the joys of living in MIchigan with brothers (who had lots of friends) LOL
    Hugs,
    joni

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  99. Cake pops are definitely on my Christmas desserts this year. Great job on yours. Smooches... Felicia - frankleecrafts [at] gmail [dot] com

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  100. These look delicious! Cute, cute, cute!

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  101. Thanks for sharing, I love all your ideas.

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  102. Great job on your project! These snowballs cake pops look yummy!!!
    Sherrie K
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  103. Love the snowman hugs, look yummy!

    Debbie B.
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  104. These look so yummy...awesome and clever...love your story about you and your brother....I have 5 brothers so it threw me back when we had snow fights too.....I do have to get some epson salt....great idea and thank you for sharing...

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  105. Awesome project! Thanks for sharing your story. It brought me back to my childhood days.
    Candy
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  106. cute idea. love the story. this what the holidays are all about, great times and great memories.

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  107. love the simplicty!

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  108. Perfect gift for the neighbors. They look great. Thanks for sharing.

    Danielle
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  109. I really like your idea of using twist ties to attach the tags...so simple but, great idea that I need to use!! My mouth was watering looking at those snowman pops! LOL

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  110. Your snow pops look yummy! I loved your story!

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  111. Such a cute idea. Thank you for sharing.
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  112. Loved your story! I also live in Michigan and so far little snow here this year. Playing in it is much better than driving in it :D Great little gift ideas and tags. I like the Epsom salt idea. Great job!
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  113. I love these tags gave me inspiration for a baby shower I'm doing TFS
    Shanna W.
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  114. they look so jummy.......good job


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  115. What a super cute and yummy project.. Thanks for the chance to win..

    Scrappy hugs,
    Amanda :0)
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  116. Very cute idea. They look delicious, can't wait to make them.
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  117. I like your tags and cake pops look yummy. Thanks for the tip about the epsom salts!surfnfroggie at aol dot com

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  118. Cute! What a fun project.

    Lori
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  119. Super Super Cute great job. TFS
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  120. What a great memory! They look like snowballs!

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  121. These look delicious, and what easy simple tags. very classy. Thanks! mprantner at gmail dot com

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  122. These are darling! And I loved your story about your brother. So sweet!!

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  123. Great way to package your cute snowball pops!
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  124. Snowtastic! Super cute and yummy! TFS CallyAnn
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  125. Your "snowballs" are so cute! And the look yummy! Love the idea of using Epsom salts for the "snow". :) Thanks so much for sharing!
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  126. Ooh yummy! These look absolutely DELICIOUS and they are perfect! I still need to try my hand at making these! Hugs- Glora

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  127. I love cake pops. Thanks for the snow hint.
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  128. These are soo cute! I really need to try these. They look yummmmy!!
    (:(:Smiles:):)

    Robin
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  129. Yummy...love this idea! Making cake balls this afternoon myself ;)
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  130. Really beautiful.
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  131. Nice way to package your cake pops!! Lisa - elwalten@aol.com

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  132. this looks sooooo yummmy!

    candace
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  133. Cute snowball pops! TFS.

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  134. Great snowball pops! TFS :)
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  135. Super cute and I think I will use this idea for the holidays too...TFS!

    Alina
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  136. Love the story and LOVE your snowballs =)

    hugs,
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