Back from our New England Trip! Bracelet & Gift Card to celebrate!

We’ve been home almost a week from our New England trip, and I’m almost in the swing of things! ~ Not quite though ~ I feel like fall should have arrived in Washington state with colder temps and turning leaves, but we’re in the 80s. Hmmm. Wait a sec! I’m sure I’m confused because we were busy touring all of the country roads that NH, VT, NY, and MA had to offer with beautiful old farmhouses and stone churches popping up everywhere. I felt like I was in Sleepy Hollow, and I loved it!

Thankfully, I have the most patient husband as I faithfully gave directions leading us to Concord, Massachusetts (even though we were staying in Concord, New Hampshire) or deciding we should take the ‘scenic route’ to some destination that added another two hours to our journey. Oops! He’s the most awesome travel companion EVER!

A few of the places we got to see were the Louisa May Alcott home, a ghost town in the Adirondacks, Fort Ticonderoga + a corn maze, the witches of Salem, the beauty of Portsmouth, and the Canterbury Shaker Village. I loved the history that we were able to absorb, and I thoroughly appreciated everything we managed to squeeze in.

The one and only thing that was puzzling, since I’m a Seattle girl, was the lack of Starbucks on every corner. I’m so used to getting my Starbucks fix whenever needed that I was stunned to find out that I could drive hours and there wouldn’t be one in sight. It actually made it a fun challenge! Instead of Where’s Waldo it was Where’s the Siren? When it got serious, however, I whipped out my Starbucks app and got the answer. J

We were both ready to come home when the day finally arrived. We missed our English Bulldogs, family, and friends. No matter how nice the vacation, it’s always nice to come home.

I’ve been working away on the Witch Avenue Series and am about to begin figuring out the cover for the third book in the series! I can’t wait to work with Claudia on it. She’s amazing!! That’s always a fun task. I hope to have the cover to unveil at the same time the second book, Altered Souls, is released.

Also, since the contest on my blog is about to end on the 15th of September, I thought I’d post one to get us to October! It’s not very cool of me to talk about a vacay without offering up something kind of neat from it to you guys! Anyone who follows me on Facebook had some chances along the way to win some fun prizes, but I thought I better post one over here too.

When I was in Portsmouth, NH, I got so excited because I found two bracelets that had snakes on them and thought they would be perfect giveaways since that’s kind of a pivotal creature in Lonely Souls! I came rushing out of the store with my find and showed them to my hubby who started grinning his devilish grin right before he pointed out the legs on the bracelets. Apparently, neither are snakes! Oh well! They are still pretty cool bracelets!! I swear!! >>>>>See picture below<<<<<

I’m putting the first one up as a giveaway along with a $10.00 Amazon card, and bookmarks for Witch Avenue Series & Watchers Trilogy. All you have to do is post a comment about your favorite type of sweet treat! Why a sweet treat you ask? Kind of random… It’s because I had a lot of them on our vacation, and I now have to deprive myself for a couple weeks. I need to live vicariously through your answers!

I will choose one lucky person to receive the Amazon Gift Card, bracelet (pretend it’s a snake), and bookmarks! 

Thanks for stopping by!

THE WINNER (Shadow) has been notified via email! Thanks for participating everyone! 

Ready! Set! Go!

 

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  • 9/7/2012 10:19 PM Jesse Kimmel-Freeman wrote:
    Taffy! I love taffy... and chocolate... but taffy is a treat. :0)
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    1. 9/7/2012 10:27 PM Karice Bolton wrote:
      I love taffy! I actually brought some home with me and have been trying really hard to avoid it for a little bit!! Thanks for the post! <3
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  • 9/7/2012 10:30 PM Crystal Sell wrote:
    Hmm well I love my sweets. My favorite would have to be chocolate covered pretzels. I love the sweet and salty combo.
    sellcrystal2 at yahoo dot com
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  • 9/7/2012 10:33 PM starryblue wrote:
    I like strawberries covered with chocolate.
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  • 9/7/2012 10:47 PM Karice Bolton wrote:
    Yum!
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  • 9/7/2012 10:47 PM Cassandra wrote:
    My favorite would have to be a freshly baked warm brownie covered with vanilla ice cream and topped with hot fudge sauce whipped cream and a cherry
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  • 9/7/2012 10:53 PM Kim Reid wrote:
    I love warm gooey chocolate frosted brownies with nuts - Thanks!
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  • 9/7/2012 11:02 PM Jane wrote:
    My favorite sweet is dark chocolate! That's pretty much no contest.
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  • 9/7/2012 11:13 PM Sarah M wrote:
    I love Cow Tales! Caramel with a creamy center. Oh so delicious And it's one of the few treats I enjoy that I'm not allergic to. I am not supposed to have chocolate (mold in cocoa bean shells gets in the chocolate; I make a horrible female)
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  • 9/7/2012 11:33 PM Natalie Cleary wrote:
    Pretty much anything chocolate but when Im on holiday my guilty pleasure is Chocolate Eclairs. I love them but they are so full of fat!!!
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  • 9/8/2012 12:00 AM Sherri wrote:
    I have two faves. Sea saltcaramel covered fudge and redhot candied apples! The 1sthell holds tons of memories at our local apple orchard &hugs the 2ndhell reminds me of Halloween ny fave Holiday ! Glad your vacay was amazing!
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    1. 9/8/2012 12:06 AM Sherri wrote:
      Sorry my phone has this automatic correct thing and it added its own words to my comments.
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  • 9/8/2012 12:21 AM Christina Kit. wrote:
    Love blueberry pie Great post

    Thank you so much

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com
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  • 9/8/2012 12:25 AM April Alvey wrote:
    I have 3 favorites oldfashion chocolate fudge and red velvet cake with cream cheese iceing and brown cow ice cream. Hummmm I have another one I love saltwater taffy too. It sounds like your time off was fabulous glad u had a wonderful time.
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    1. 9/25/2012 8:08 PM Karice Bolton wrote:
      Sounds so good!
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  • 9/8/2012 12:27 AM Natalie Wright wrote:
    Turkish Delight and baklava. First for texture, second is so decadent. Love flan also.
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  • 9/8/2012 12:55 AM Heather Cranmer wrote:
    I love mint chocolate!!! Yum, yum!!! xx
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  • 9/8/2012 1:48 AM Tonya wrote:
    My favorite sweet is dark chocolate..not onlydoes it has that sweet taste, the anticodites are great for the body. So. Sweet n good for you. So dark. Chocolate candy bar (milky way dark)
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  • 9/8/2012 2:27 AM Michelle Lambert wrote:
    My husbands apple pie although I only get to eat it in the fall and winter months! It's better than any restauraunt or store bought pie I've ever had! I could eat the whole thing!!! Glad you enjoyed New England. It Truely is a beautiful place with tons of history in every corner!! And we have Dunkin donuts like you have Starbucks. Every corner is pink & orange
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  • 9/8/2012 3:10 AM Natasha wrote:
    My favorite is vanilla cupcakes. Thanks for the chance to win!
    natasha_donohoo_8 at hotmail dot com
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  • 9/8/2012 3:23 AM Karen H in NC wrote:
    I love anything chocolate but I'm especially addicted to DeBrand's Truffles. Those things are big enough to cut up and share with others...and absolutely to die for!

    Your trip through New England makes me want to hop in my car and take my own trip there! Thanks for sharing.
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  • 9/8/2012 3:25 AM Danielle Poore wrote:
    My favorite sweet is called chocolate mousse!! It's so tummy with cream cheese whipped cream and chocolate pudding all on top of a graham cracker crust
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  • 9/8/2012 4:01 AM Amber Garcia wrote:
    My sweet treat would have to be lemon bars, I love pretty much every sweet treat that is lemon lol Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!
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  • 9/8/2012 4:09 AM andreea wrote:
    Whenever I want something sweet I will rush to the kitchen and make some pancakes with chocolate yum...or just some hot chocolate (on winter this is my daily sweet tooth-a cup of hot chocolate and I am set for the day).
    I love the bracelet.
    Cheers for the giveaway.
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  • 9/8/2012 4:30 AM Melanie Rovak wrote:
    Oh that's a tough one. I think it would be a toss up between a really good caramel apple with nuts or a fresh funnel cake that's still hot.
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  • 9/8/2012 4:35 AM Pamela wrote:
    I really like cheesecake, I don't get to have it very often because my mom doesn't like it. I also love my mom's lemon breeze, thats always a treat since she only makes it over the summer
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  • 9/8/2012 4:50 AM Leona Olson wrote:
    Chocolate. That was easy. Great article. I think you have added days to our trip because we leave in 2 weeks for out East and you named some places of interest.
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    1. 9/8/2012 4:56 AM Leona Olson wrote:
      Sorry, I forgot to add thank you for the give-away.
      Leona
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  • 9/8/2012 5:33 AM Melissa wrote:
    My husband is the baker in the house so I am torn between his cheesecake and his twix cake
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  • 9/8/2012 5:33 AM Andrea wrote:
    My favorite treat is Chocolate covered cherries!
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  • 9/8/2012 5:34 AM Crystal Young wrote:
    Homemade Cookies Chocolate chip or Snickerdoodles They don't last long around my house though. Once the smell is in the house everyone is there as they come out of the oven Yum
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  • 9/8/2012 6:14 AM Michelle Bledsoe wrote:
    Oh I am so glad y'all had a great vacation. My hubby is a great travel companion too.
    My favorite sweet is Pralines. Nothing but sugar and pecans...YUM!!
    Thanks for the chance to win a gorgeous braclet.
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  • 9/8/2012 6:54 AM Liza wrote:
    Good ole Cape Cod salt water taffy. Strawberry banana and cinnamon ones are the best! Ben & Jerry's Cherry Garcia is a favorite too!
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  • 9/8/2012 6:57 AM Marybeth Astorino wrote:
    I have a huge sweet tooth, so it's VERY hard to choose JUST one but since I just got back from camping, S'mores are still fresh on my mind. YUMMY! Also, thanks for the giveaway..AND your amazing taste in Jewelry!!
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  • 9/8/2012 7:42 AM Denice Mae wrote:
    I really love bonbons... I just can't resist the sweetness of the chocolate and the feeling when your chewing it!!! HMM... *Salivating* Thank you for this giveaway!!!
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  • 9/8/2012 7:47 AM laura thomas wrote:
    Just give me a king size Hershey's chocolate bar. I can nibble away to my hearts content
    Sounds like you got to visit some amazing places.
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  • 9/8/2012 7:48 AM Susan Slacky Faatz wrote:
    I love almost all sweets but my two favorites are chocolate and maple sugar candy.
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  • 9/8/2012 8:09 AM Beth W wrote:
    Welcome back! It sounds like you had a blast! I'm thinking we're not going to get a taste of Fall here in Seattle for another week, since Summer *just* decided to show up, this week.

    As far as sweet treats, I like treating myself to a square or two of dark dark dark chocolate and just savoring it slowly as it melts in my mouth.
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  • 9/8/2012 8:57 AM books4me wrote:
    Sounds like you and your hubby had a terrific time. Of all the places I've visited in the US, I've never been out to New England! My mom has and loved it! One day, we will!

    I'm a very simple woman (my hubby would disagree LOL). My favorite sweet treat is a dark chocolate with almonds candy bar! I always have dark chocolate chips in the house and eat a small handful a day!

    Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

    books4me67 at ymail dot com
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  • 9/8/2012 9:03 AM Leeanna wrote:
    My favorite is frozen coffees! They're my daily treat.
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  • 9/8/2012 9:35 AM Red Headed Bookworm wrote:
    Reisen It's chocolate caramel wrapped in dark chocolate. YUMMMM!!! Thanks!
    hschrock24112 at yahoo dot com
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  • 9/8/2012 9:51 AM Heather at Literary Sweet wrote:
    Wow that is a tough one to answer. I am a big fan of all sweets, too much I'm afraid. However, if I could only chose one to have it would have to be Ferro chocolates. The kind with the hazelnut filling. I rarely buy them anymore, but that is simply because my waistline would never forgive me.

    So happy to hear about your continued progress on the Witch Avenue, and I look foward to the cover reveal in the future as well as reading it

    Your vacation sounded lovely. I've always wanted to take a trip up there, but sadly I can never seem to get away. Besides after my six week adventure back home (NJ), I won't be due for another for some time. Some day, when my children are grown, I wish to travel to the historic sites of the world.

    Thank you for the giveaway, the bracelet is quite lovely!
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    1. 9/25/2012 8:10 PM Karice Bolton wrote:
      I love hazelnut anything! Sounds wonderful.... You will really enjoy the area and it's great because all of the states are so close to one another! Thanks for the support on The Witch Avenue Series!!! <3
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  • 9/8/2012 9:56 AM kelsey d wrote:
    Ooh, my favorite sweet treat is key lime cake balls. They're little limey bites of heaven haha. Thanks for the giveaway! The bracelet is so pretty!

    Poisnivyred AT gmail.com
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  • 9/8/2012 10:22 AM Anubha wrote:
    i love almost every kind of sweet but if i have to choose one it'll be is chocolates

    anubha56@gmail.com
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  • 9/8/2012 10:53 AM Jill Marie wrote:
    oooo :] favorite type of sweet, that's hard because I bake ALL the time. Autumn is my favorite time to bake though. I love pumpkin and caramel.
    Okay, there are these muffins that I just loooove. Caramel Apple Muffins ^^ They have a crumbly sugar bottom and are drizzled in caramel on top.
    Welcome back from you trip and thanks for this great giveaway!
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  • 9/8/2012 11:01 AM Cyn wrote:
    Oh my gosh, I love chocolate, but I have to say my favorite would be mochi ice cream balls. I love those things.
    Thanks for the giveaway! (Do I have to put my email address on here.
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  • 9/8/2012 11:02 AM bn100 wrote:
    I like chocolate bars.
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  • 9/8/2012 1:05 PM Mel Bourn wrote:
    I love vanilla ice cream with hot fudge and peanuts. I don't get it often, but I do love it!
    mel
    bournmelissa at hotmail dot com
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  • 9/8/2012 2:00 PM Victoria Zumbrum wrote:
    I love mint chocolate chip ice cream and Peppermint Mocha Frappuchinos from Starbacks. Thanks for the giveway. Tore923@aol.com
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  • 9/8/2012 2:06 PM Lauren M. wrote:
    I love chocolate, any way it comes. but my new favorite sweet that I can't seem to live without is chocolate covered banana's. omg, they are scrumptious!
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  • 9/8/2012 3:32 PM Kimber Shook wrote:
    I love sweets- my favorite is pie! Especially Applie pie!

    kimberly.a.shook(at) gmail (dot) com
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  • 9/8/2012 4:33 PM Kassandra Fuentes wrote:
    My favorite sweet is the chocolate covered turtle (I think that's what it's called). It has almonds covered in milk chocolate and it is filled in with caramel. Then I also LOVE chocolate covered strawberries !!!
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  • 9/8/2012 5:18 PM June wrote:
    My favorite sweet treat would probably be either fudge (peanut butter) or cupcakes (white cake with cream cheese frosting). But I do love chocolate too (white, milk, dark...all of them)
    June
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com
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  • 9/8/2012 6:06 PM Shadow wrote:
    Hmm. Treats! I love chocolate and rice crispy treats. Yum! Thank you for the awesome giveaway!
    shadowluvs2read(at)gmail(dot)com
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  • 9/8/2012 7:17 PM Katrina wrote:
    I love ginger snaps, licorice, and italian ice! Yum!
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  • 9/8/2012 8:53 PM Crystal Martinez wrote:
    I would have to say that my favorite treat is...warm chocolate cake with chocolate frosting and a scoop of vanilla ice cream Thanks for the awesome giveaway <3

    californiablue17@aol.com
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  • 9/9/2012 8:13 AM Samantha D wrote:
    OMG im so jelly! XD I bet it was awesome! Anyway my favorite sweet treat is Peach and Lechee Bubble tea! I work at a bubble tea shop so the drinks are my fav sweet treats right now! Well that and these mango marshmallows the shop is selling right now. They have mango filling inside.
    xeno_turtle(at)yahoo(dot)com
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  • 9/9/2012 11:21 AM Emily W. wrote:
    My fave sweet treat is pretty much anything that has both chocolate and peanut butter. So addicting and delicious. And I love the bracelet! I'm glad you enjoyed your trip.

    tiger-chick-1(at)hotmail(dot)com
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  • 9/9/2012 12:07 PM Danielle wrote:
    I love Charleston Chews. It's an old school chocolate covered nougat candy. It originated in the 20s.

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  • 9/9/2012 7:47 PM Brandy M. wrote:
    On a diet myself so I've learned to cheat my taste buds. I use light whip cream (frozen) to make it look like vanilla ice cream and then add blueberries, strawberries and blackberries, finally I drizzle with sugar free chocolate topping you'll never know the difference
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  • 9/10/2012 4:35 AM Heidi wrote:
    My favorite sweet treat is some dark chocolate ice cream with heath bar mixed in. Uh huh, it's that good. But right now I'm SO ready for Fall. I LOVE Starbucks pumpkin cream cheese muffin. YUMMO! And don't forget the Salted Caramel Mocha anything. LOL!
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  • 9/11/2012 12:06 PM Artemis wrote:
    My favorite sweet is dark chocolate. I love donuts.
    Thank you for the giveaway!
    artgiote at gmail dot com
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  • 9/11/2012 1:20 PM Karice Bolton wrote:
    I love these comments! Everything is sounding so tasty!!
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  • 9/11/2012 10:24 PM Martha wrote:
    I think nutella covered bananas are amazing!
    If you haven't tried it, TRY IT!
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  • 9/14/2012 5:01 AM Amber yates wrote:
    Would love to see more posts of the pictures of your trip! My husband and I took a similar trip a few years back. We flew into Boston and drove to Salem. We stayed at an amazing B&B walking distance to everything! The next day we set out to try to find where the real place the executions were held and visit Rebecca Nurse's homestead. It was quite amazing! The rest of the trip we traveled in our rented convertible up the coast line eating lobster, camping all the way to Acadia NP and crossed over on foot into Canada. We took a different way back to Boston. I am not sure I could ever see enough of that area to get my fill! . More pictures please . BTW I am so enjoying the book club! Danielle is a sweetheart!
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    1. 9/25/2012 8:12 PM Karice Bolton wrote:
      Oh yay!! I'm so glad you're enjoying the book club! She's awesome and I feel so weird not having the weekly questions to participate in!!! Come November and the next book club round I'll be back. Your trip sounds amazing! A convertible would've been a lot of fun! I'll post some more pics too!!
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  • 9/17/2012 1:35 AM Maureen wrote:
    I like so many sweets but cheesecake is my favorite.
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  • 9/18/2012 7:23 PM Gaby wrote:
    I LOVE LOVE Caramel apples!!! Not the ones with nuts just plain caramel(Ummm)


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  • 9/18/2012 7:37 PM Enna P. wrote:
    my favorite sweet treat would be ice cream cake! Because it's the combination of my 2 favorite things, cake and ice cream
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  • 9/19/2012 3:28 AM Brandie wrote:
    Would love to see more pictures.
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  • 9/19/2012 6:37 AM Robin Baumgartner wrote:
    My treats are my own homemade double choc. fudge cherry cupcakes or my choc fudge bottom pie
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  • 9/25/2012 3:04 AM guide des sensations wrote:
    I would like to thank you for the efforts you have made in writing this article.
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  • 9/25/2012 12:14 PM Baking Soda wrote:
    New England such a wonderful place, I moved here when i was 7!

    Glad you had a great time.

    - Cathrine
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  • 9/25/2012 3:24 PM Leona Olson wrote:
    We are in Rockland, Maine now and what a beautiful area and the lobster and crab is so good.
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  • 10/1/2012 1:59 PM Averie wrote:
    My favorite sweet treats are the Caramel Apple Muffins that Starbucks used to sell. They took them off their menu back in 2005 I've been craving them and hunting for them ever since!
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  • 10/2/2012 5:43 AM Karen H in NC wrote:
    Just wondering if you will be picking a winner soon.
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    1. 10/2/2012 11:32 AM Karice wrote:
      Hi! The winner will be announced today! Yay! I wanted to wait until midnight on Oct. 1st because I sent out a tweet about it and thought it was only fair to wait. Good luck!!
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  • 10/3/2012 10:36 AM Karice Bolton wrote:
    Shadow was the winner for this contest! Thanks everyone!
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  • 10/3/2012 2:58 PM Leeona Olson wrote:
    A new favorite is a Whoopie Pie. I had chocolate and pumpkin while in Maine. What a treat.
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  • 10/6/2012 1:19 AM saut parapente wrote:
    I really enjoyed the article. It proved to be Very helpful to me and I am sure to all the commenter here! Excellent document you have got indicated.
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