Tomorrow morn I’m off to the beach, at the crack of dawn. I’m exhausted and happy, I’ve baked my butt off all day. I’m out of eggs, I’m coated with flour, but I am filled with a sense of time well spent.
True, my banana bread muffins are a bit on the overdone side. And I should have stuck with Old Trusty, the America’s Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, when it came to the macaroons; Martha’s are a little chewy for my taste. But hopefully we’ll be able to sell them is spite of their faults, at our Great American Bake Sale.
I am not concerned about the sugar cookies. They are tasty- I checked.
So. What’s the Great American Bake Sale?
It’s a chance for me to make a contribution, however small it might be. I’m tired of hearing about how bad the economy is, and how much worse it’s going to get. I’m tired of feeling powerless. I want to do something.
Escalating food and gas prices mean more families with children depend upon local food banks. These food banks, however, are also feeling the pinch of higher food prices, and therefore have less food to give. I should think it’s just a matter of time before public schools also find themselves at a loss, and scale back on the nutritional quality of the lunches they offer.
Keep in mind that many children rely on the free or reduced-cost school lunch, to provide their most nutritious meal of the day.
The proceeds from the baked goods my family sells this weekend will be donated to Save our Strength, an organization that uses funds raised to support school and summer feeding programs, food banks, and nutrition education programs. In addition, by motivating people to get out there and get involved, they are raising awareness and enhancing a sense of community.
We’ll keep on baking tomorrow at the beach, and sell on Sunday. I’m keeping fingers crossed that we can raise some mad cash to fight childhood hunger!
Will you help us out? Do you have a dollar to spare for our cause? You can donate via the button on the sidebar at the right. Or donate directly to Save Our Strength- our team name is Beach Haven Bake Sale. Anyone who donates online and gives their email address will receive a virtual goody in their Inbox Tuesday morning as a thank you!
But even better would be if you were to register to host your own Great American Bake Sale!
It’s easy and a lot of fun…and we haven’t even done the selling bit yet!
Wish us luck! Have a good holiday weekend!
(I’d like to take a moment to say how much I love my KitchenAid mixer, without whom marathon baking days would not be possible.
And you know the baking is tasty when seven sticks of butter are involved.)
“If you give money, spend yourself with it…”
-Henry David Thoreau