Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles & Amy Atlas

Do you have an idea book?

You know, a binder where you store all of the great ideas you see in magazines?  Kinda like retro Pinterest.
{Remember life before Pinterest?}

Here's ONE of my idea books.  Food & Wine did a feature on dessert tables by Amy Atlas waaaaaaay back in 2009.
{Remember 2009?}

I had never seen anything so pretty in my whole life.  A color-coordinated dessert table?!?  It went immediately into my idea book.  Well, it's 2012 now...and Amy Atlas, queen of gorgeous dessert tables, has a beautiful new book called Sweet Designs.

The book is filled with dessert tables like this one:
{Oh, how sweet!}


And this one:
{Oh, how fun!}

 In Sweet Designs, you'll find all of the instructions for baking the desserts (plus short-cut options), crafting the displays, and styling the table.

It makes you want to have a party.

Amanda from i am baker gathered several of us together celebrate and to make one of Amy's recipes...I made the Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles.

In the book, they are actually part of a Halloween table, but the beauty of the ideas is that they are so easily adaptable.  I made them for spring.

Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

{adapted with permission from Sweet Designs by Amy Atlas}

3/4 cup hazelnuts
1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
3/4 cup Nutella
6 TBSP unsalted butter, room temperature
sprinkles

Preheat oven to 350.  Lay hazelnuts in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes.  Transfer immediately to a dish towel, cover and steam for 1 minute.  Rub vigorously with the towel to loosen the skins.

Chop the hazelnuts (don't worry about an skins that are still on the nuts), and measure out 1/2 cup.  (Eat or save any excess.)

Melt the chocolate chips in a bowl over a pan of barely simmering water.
 
{Side note: I am never without these chocolate chips.  Throw a handful in a container of Fage 2% Greek yogurt.  Lunch=done.}

Remove from heat and stir in the butter and Nutella.  Stir in the chopped hazelnuts.  Refrigerate for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until scoopable.
{At this point, I contemplated grabbing a spoon and parking myself and the bowl in front of The Young & the Restless.  Be strong, my friends.}

Place the sprinkles on a rimmed plate. Scoop the chilled chocolate mixture by the tablespoon into the palm of your hand and roll into a ball. Roll the truffles in the sprinkles. (You'll probably need to wash your hands several times during this process.)

Place on a cookie sheet and chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
Amy would love for a Bake at 350 reader to have a copy of her book!  Yay!  All you have to do to enter is, leave a comment right here on the blog.  That's it!  Any comment...well, any polite comment. ;)


{Giveaway runs through midnight, April 30th.} 
***giveaway closed! congrats to lizy b.!*** 
 
 

Aaaaand, there's more.  All of those bakers celebrating Amy today?  Well, we're ALL giving away a copy of Sweet Designs.  So, for more chances to win, go visit these lovely ladies:


The Adventure of Sweet Sugarbelle: Amy Atlas Book Giveaway  
Sweetapolita: Pink Eclairs
My Baking Addiction: Banana Whoopie Pies
Bakingdom: Mini Strawberry Trifles

{Please forgive me for 2 posts in a row with giveaways. I just didn't want you to miss out on either chance to win...} :)

563 comments:

  1. I've loved Amy Atlas for years-would love to win a copy!

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  2. I would love to win her book!

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  3. Those are so cute, I'd love to win the book.

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  4. This book looks amazing and dangerous to have around...but I'll take it!

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  5. I love Nutella! These would be fantastic :)

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  6. I'd love to win a book to help me self-cater the dessert bar at my wedding!

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  7. Those truffles look so good! I'd love to win the book to throw some great parties for children.

    blyss88@yahoo.com

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  8. I'm guessing we can forgive your indiscretion in having 2 giveaways in a row, since your awesome. The truffles look delicious too. darlabeck@yahoo.com

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  9. my comment is that i love to take YOUR ideas and adapt them to be gluten free!

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  10. You had me at chocolate and hazelnut. I definitely don't think that bowl would have made it past me into truffle form...and nobody would ever have been the wiser. ;)

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  11. I would love to win a copy of her book!! I am NOT a good baker and need all the help I can get!!

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  12. How could you go wrong with a table dedicated wholly to desserts?! Yum! Rcam5@bellsouth. net

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  13. I would never think to color coordinate a dessert table. My world is revolutionized. :)

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  14. Wow, thanks for another giveaway... this book is right up my alley!

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  15. The truffles look delicious and I would love to win a copy of this book. Gorgeous dessert tables!

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  16. I just love the "oh honey" table! Does the book explain how to add the non-edible parts to the tables too?

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  17. cindy.aldridge@embarqmail.comApril 24, 2012 at 8:32 AM

    I can't wait to try these truffles, they look so good.

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  18. WOW I am sure this would be a great help in helping to plan a festive event for my husband's 50th birthday coming up.

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  19. chocolate + nutella...oh my! the book looks super cute!

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  20. Amy's book looks amazing. I am good at baking but not so creative when it comes to putting it all together. I could really use this book!!!

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  21. I'd love to win, and I forgive you. :-)

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  22. I love Amy Atlas, I'd love to win this book.

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  23. Looks amazing! I'd love to win this book.

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  24. Those are so pretty! I bet the book is awesome!

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  25. i think i would eat that whole bowl of truffle mix!!

    lmm_lisa@hotmail.com

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  26. Those are my favorite chocolate chips too :) This book looks great!

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  27. The honey table is divine. I need an excuse to throw a party now!

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  28. Those truffles look so good and are so versatile since you can decorate them to match any theme or color scheme!

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  29. I like your adaptation. :) It definitely screams 'SPRING!' Which I need to hear, considering we've been dealing with snow here in Northern Maine lately. :/

    And it's so awesome of you and your fellow baking bloggers to cover the release of her book like this. It warms my heart to see the community you've created. :)

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  30. That book looks like so much fun, thank you.

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  31. Awesome book. I'd love to win a copy!!

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  32. This book looks incredible! I can't wait to have a party and use the book for some ideas!

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  33. So glad to have found your blog.. and thank you for offering a give-away, she really has such beautiful table-scapes!

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  34. I am definitely making these truffles...TODAY!! Thanks for the inspiration!

    P.S. I would love to have this book to further inspire me~ ; )

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  35. These look delicious - and SO easy!

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  36. I love chocolate with hazelnut! It's my favorite! And that truffle with green sprinkles looks amazing! :)

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  37. This book looks amazing!

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  38. Great idea! Those sprinkles are so pretty!

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  39. Wonderful!!! I especially like that bee/honey party spread. So cute!

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  40. I'm not entering the giveaway just had to tell you how wonderful your truffles look. Saw your tweet that you were baking with chocolate (from the book) and couldn't wait to see what you came up with. I also love your ceramic fruit basket, wherever did you find that?!

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  41. What a neat looking book! That looks like a bit too much bittersweet chocolate for me, but I know my husband would LOVE those! :) Thanks for the chance to win.

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  42. The truffles are super cute! Love the sprinkles!

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  43. Wow! Those tables are gorgeous! I would love a copy of her book!

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  44. I'd love a copy! And those truffles look delicious!

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  45. YUM. I have a jar of Nutella I have been holding out on opening.

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  46. While the designs shown are probably too feminine looking for a gathering hosted by my boyfriend and me, they are VERY inspiring. Can't wait to make those truffles!

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  47. Oh my goodness, these are so pretty and look delicious! You're making me want to make (and eat) them this very minute, Bridget! (Just here to tell you that, not enter the giveaway ;-)

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  48. Cute truffles! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  49. Mmmm.... Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles....

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  50. Enter me in!! Love your stuff BTW

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  51. makes me swoon for pretty parties and pretty desserts!

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  52. These look delish and so simple! I would love a copy of Amy's book!

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  53. I would love a copy of Amy's book-that honey dessert table is incredible! And those truffles you made-mmmmm!!!!

    Thanks,
    Gwen

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  54. I will have to make these for my husband. He loves truffles!

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  55. gah! this makes me want to throw a party just to throw a party. i love entertaining and this book would totally make me look like such a pro. winning! ps. you can have a giveaway any day of the week. i won't judge you. ;)

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  56. All the recipes look so accessible and good!

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  57. I think I'd have to throw a party just about every week. ;D We're going to be having a new home party soon!

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  58. Oh wow, I would love a copy! and that nutella... mmmmm!

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  59. These truffles look great! hannahdunn at hotmail dot com

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  60. love your blog, and love the truffles! they are so fun!

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  61. What an awesome book! Would it help me plan my 1920s themed birthday party this year?

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  62. Her tables are amazing! I'd love to see more of her fun ideas!

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  63. Can't wait for my book to come in the mail today!! I have a retro pinterest book too! Nothing better than a rainy day with a movie gluing in all the fabulous pictures I've clipped out and want to save forever!

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  64. I love the vibrancy of the green sprinkles against the dark chocolate. And yummmmm.....

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  65. I ♥ truffles! These look delish!

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  66. I ♥ truffles! These look delish!

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  67. These truffles look so delish! And the book sounds/looks absolutely amazing! I. WANT! :-)

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  68. Tasha at ppappraisers dot comApril 24, 2012 at 9:36 AM

    Looks so pretty & spring-like!

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  69. YUMMO! Brilliant as always, Bridget!

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  70. Um, is it weird that I just want to get a cup of coffee and look at all your idea books?!??? How much fun is that!!!

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  71. This book by Amy is just what I'm missing from my collection. It would make party planning that much better!

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  72. What an awesome looking book & awesome looking little truffles!

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  73. The color coordinated tables are so cute!

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  74. This book seems so amazing and I would love to win!!!

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  75. I would love to win a copy of Amy's book.
    Nikki Andress cna601@jaguar1.usouthal.edu

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  76. I haven't thought about truffles in the longest time...now seeing these pictures, I want some...and now! They look so delicious!

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  77. The truffles look delicious and that book looks like a new home entertainer (like me!) necessity!

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  78. I was laughing out loud about the comment about life before Pinterest. I had to do some self reflection and the result was cancelling my pinterest account. I have enough on-line addictions (like your blog) and I just can't keep on telling my kids "just a minute". :) So I am probably the only one I know who is sticking with the three ring binder approach.
    Love your blog, you inspire me to try new things. Thank you for that.

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  79. I would LOVE to win a copy of this book! Everything looks so gorgeous. :)

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  80. These truffles look so delicious! I have been trying to decide what to make this afternoon...these just might win!

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  81. Would love to have a copy of the book

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  82. Love how to decorated the truffles. Too pretty to eat.

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  83. This book looks fabulous!! I would love to win a copy!

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  84. wow the book looks great and so do the Truffles! I'm a sucker for Nutella.

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  85. Yummy looking truffles, and the book looks fantastic!

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  86. I can't wait to try all her wonderful ideas!

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  87. Chocolate and hazelnuts are so delicious together!

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  88. I 100% used to have an idea book like that!! I would rip out all of my favorite fashion spreads from Vogue and In Style. They're still somewhere in my closets. These truffles look fantastic!!

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  89. those truffles look great, I will be making a batch this weekend.
    Love to get my hands on this wonderful book.

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  90. These are so perfect for any time of year! I'm in awe of her party designs - so pretty

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  91. I still use an idea book...I know how ancient!!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!
    Nana Jan
    gyoder3@frontier.com

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  92. ohhh these are fancy!! They are so cute - - and the decoration options are endless!!

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  93. I just LOVE Amy's book! These truffles are definitely on my must try list!

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  94. I would love a copy of this book to help me plan a bridal shower for my best friend!

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  95. These are perfect for my nutella crazed friend's wedding shower!

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  96. Looks like lots of fun! Your blog is inspiring!
    annemohl@gmail.com

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  97. Your blog is the best! Seriously, when I first discovered it I went through all of your baking basics posts and inspired me to hunt down Atecco meringue powder and create my own!

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  98. I am a huge fan of Amy Atlas. Her book looks amazing. Thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  99. Angela R. (angelpye121@aol.com)April 24, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    I would love to win this book!

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  100. What a great book, I would love to have it!

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  101. SWEET!

    Naomi

    naomihaak@gmail.com

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  102. Amy -- what creative ideas you have. Thanks for the book, now I can copy you. Unless you'd like to do a table for me?

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  103. I love the truffles. So cute!

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  104. Truffles make my life complete....so does your wonderful work! I would love a copy of the book too!

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  105. Truffles make my life complete....so does your wonderful work! I would love a copy of the book too!

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  106. Whoa, delicious! I would love a copy of her book!

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  107. How cute are those?! I love recipes that can be easily adaptable for any occasion!

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  108. Everything looks so pretty! Would love a copy of her book!

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  109. Oooh everything looks so delicious! I'd love to have that book, I have a feeling I'd become slightly addicted to it :)

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  110. Would love to have a copy of this book. Looks like so many great ideas!

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  111. Would love to win the book for one of my soon-to-be-13-year-old daughters who would love everything about it! I have everything on hand to make the truffles, too. Can't wait to try them.

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  112. I love your idea of chocolate chips in yogurt. That sounds like a delicious lunch!

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  113. Those truffles look amazing! I would love to win this book. :)

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  114. I love your style and your photos! And I know I will love the book :)

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  115. Those truffles look awesome! I would love the win this book. I know I could get a lot of cookie ideas!

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  116. I love truffles--and I love Nutella, this is a no brainer! Looks delicious!

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  117. What a fun book! I bet you could easily adapt the ideas for a wedding too...

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  118. Aww, looks so yummy! I love your idea book! I've never heard of one before. Thankfully, I have pinterest!

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  119. Those truffles look amazing! and what a gorgeous book :)

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  120. Those truffles are so cute! I could easily see them at every holiday. The possibilities are endless. I would love to see what else is in the book and a chance to win the copy. Keep blogging great ideas.

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  121. The book looks amazing and the truffles sound delicious! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

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  122. Thanks for inspiring us all! And thank you for your generosity!

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  123. I would love to win this book. Enjoy your posts and I thank you for sharing other inspirational people with us.

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  124. Would love to win her book!!!
    Fun give away!

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  125. Just found your site. I will be back often!

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  126. Love your blog! Thanks so much for holding the giveaway.

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  127. i would love to win her book! looking at all she has created will be like a book version of pinterest!

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  128. I love truffles and those look so yummy! Do you think I could take a short cut and just use pre-chopped hazel nuts? BTW I would love to win Amy's book!

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  129. Love the chocolate chips and greek yogurt idea for lunch!!

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  130. Those truffles look delicious! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  131. Thanks to this giveaway I'm visiting a lot of great blogs today that I've never visited before. I keep saying I'm going to make truffles for the first time - these sound ideal. I kept an idea book when we decided to build our house and it served me well. I haven't kept one since, but I do have several blank journals - one is where I sketch or list ideas for beaded jewelry (although I haven't made any in awhile), one where I write recipes I created that turned out well and ideas for tweaks to said recipes, and I have a third where I document business ideas for that dream restaurant/bakery that's in my head.

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  132. I would love to win a copy of her book!

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  133. I love entertaining in my home and this book would give me great inspiration! Love the book! Thanks!

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  134. There was nothing wrong with this idea "At this point, I contemplated grabbing a spoon and parking myself and the bowl in front of The Young & the Restless." Not only have I contemplated it, but I've done it, during a long marathon of Big Bang Theory!

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  135. I need this book!!!

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  136. I would love a copy of this book!

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  137. Love the truffles... I'd love to win a copy of her book. Looks fantastic!

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  138. Book looks great! Thanks for the chance of winning it!

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  139. Looks like Amy has some tasty recipes! Nuts and chocolate are so wonderful together and I love truffles so these look awesome. The way they're decorated makes them look like tons of fun!

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  140. What fun! Your Truffles look beautiful as does everything on your site. Would love to win a copy of Amy's book.

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  141. This book sounds amazing.. would be great for party freak like me..i love to craft too

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  142. Thank you for the info ~ here's hoping I win a book! ~ whitney

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  143. would love to win this book and those treats look amazing

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  144. Those truffles are just darling!

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  145. So excited about this giveaway! I need all the help i can get!

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  146. I definitely need to add truffles to my things to try.

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  147. Those truffles look delish! I'd love to win a copy of the book! :)
    -Jamie F.
    fu_jami@bentley.edu

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  148. I would love o win this book!
    Marie
    Readg4fun@ yahoo dot com

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  149. How I would LOVE to win this book!

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  150. This book looks awesome and I'm drooling over these truffles. Yummy!

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  151. I really would LOVE to win this book!!!

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  152. I am planning my first baby shower for my sister and it will also be my first niece/nephew (haven't found out yet!) so I would LOVE this book to help me make it a gorgeous day for her!!

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  153. Bridget you are so beautiful :) You said be polite :) And by the way....it is my Birthday on April 29th....I'm just saying :)

    calookies@gmail.com

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  154. I would love to win this book and use it as a guide for my x'mas/New year party

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  155. This book looks like the perfect inspiration for some wonderful parties to come in 2012! Thanks for sharing...

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  156. Those look amazing and the cookbook looks so fun!

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  157. thanks for this giveaway!
    davidshimokawa(at)gmail.com

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  158. great looking book
    gkuroda(at)gmail.com

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  159. Yay! I love desserts and love throwing easy, creative parties!

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  160. Thanks for the giveway. I have the baking part down, but the table design? I need some SERIOUS help

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  161. these look amazing! i bet the book is filled with a ton of party inspiration :-)

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  162. I would love a copy of Amy's book! It looks so amazing. :)

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  163. These truffles look divine and I would love to win this amazing book!

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  164. These look gorgeous and delicious! Her styling is amazing, I'd so love to win this!

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  165. The truffles sound delish, and i've been lusting after this book!

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  166. Those truffles look simple and delicious!

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  167. Awesome, another giveaway! :) Thanks so much!

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  168. Amy Atlas is a true inspiration. Would love to win this book!

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  169. Thanks for the giveaway, looks like an amazing book!

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  170. Oh my those truffles are too cute! They are on my to make list! I would love to have a book from Amy Atlas! Kristinamlange@hotmail.com

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  171. I would love to have this book.

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  172. i have this bookmarked on my wish list steve.stephens55@yahoo.com

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  173. This book looks like so much fun! I would love to win!!

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  174. What a fun book! I would love to win a copy!

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  175. I would love love love to get this book. I love having parties, but I always feel like something is messing. This would definitely help.

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  176. Whoa! These just went on the top of my baking list. I am bookmarking them for a baby shower this summer as well!

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  177. I would love to win a copy of this book! I just heard about you from I am Baker, needless to say after roaming around your site I have signed up to follow you on pinterest and Facebook! Terry Metayer - Sporty35101@yahoo.com

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  178. Amy is just the queen of the well-put-together table! Love that there's recipes too.. I love me some sugar!

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  179. I really enjoy your blog, tons of inspiration!....and I would love the book!

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  180. This looks like such a fun book, would love to win it!! Also the hazelnut truffles, yumm!

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  181. wow. so exciting. I would love to win.

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  182. I would love to win looks like a fun book!!!

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  183. This book looks absolutely delightful!

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  184. I'm hosting a baby shower and would love to see all the great dessert tables!

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