bake a difference

We baked a difference!

Hi folks! Just a quick update to fill you all in on how my very first Blogger Bake Sale went…

I spent the morning prior to the bake sale visiting all the different offices in my building to make sure they knew about it, and had my elves put signage up all over the place on the morning of the sale, just to make sure no one missed the fact that we were selling deliciousness for a good cause. We were set up by 11, with the intention of staying open until 1pm. We had everything from pink lemonade cupcakes, to marshmallow-dark chocolate brownies, to lemon-blueberry pound cake, and the line formed at 10:58am. Things were looking good.

(By the way, if you’re looking for a really great, straight-forward brownie recipe, this one is wonderful! I just added a layer of marshmallows on top during the last 3 minutes of baking to make them extra gooey.)

By noon we had sold 3/4 of our goods, and had raised over $200. In fact, things went so fast that I didn’t have time to take pictures before we had to start selling. By 12:45pm, we were totally sold out, and we had raised $311! That doesn’t count the few online donations we received, as well.


It was a crazy busy week, but in the end, totally worth it! My fellow bakers and I, plus our volunteers who helped set up, sell, and tear down, have a lot to be proud of, and we’re very lucky to work with people who are so generous. I will definitely be doing this again next year. Maybe I can organize something at school. Hmmm…

There’s still time to make a donation, if you’d like. Just head on over here.

Don’t die of shock, but we’ll actually have a recipe on Thursday, and it won’t be sweet OR baked! I’m going to share one of my favorite summertime snacks with you, so stay tuned.

Even $1 Makes a Difference!

Hi folks!

I could really use your help. We’re one month away from the Blogger Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry. On the weekend of May 1st through May 3rd, bloggers all over the country will be holding¬†bake sales to raise funds to help end childhood hunger. I’m testing out some recipes and meeting with our community giving team at work next week to recruit more bakers to help out. I’m really hoping to get this entire office building, plus folks from surrounding businesses involved in promotion and participation.



Here’s what I need from you– Just share. Share this post to your social media accounts. Share the stuff I post about the bake sale on the I’m Gonna Cook That! Facebook page, re-tweet my Tweets about the Bake Sale. We want to sell out of our tasty baked goods here, AND we want to raise lots of money for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. If you have a blog and can’t organize your own bake sale, feel free to join my team by clicking the Join Team link, and promote the heck out of the personal fundraising page the No Kid Hungry folks will give you.

If you’re able to donate, click here (even $1 helps!) or you live in the Denver metro area and want to bake for the sale, just leave me a comment or shoot me an email at

I’m incredibly excited about this opportunity to make a difference– a much bigger one than I could make all by myself. As a child, my family and I experienced food insecurity, and as a Big Sister with Big Brothers/Big Sisters, I’ve seen my Little Sister’s family experience the same kind of stress and worry that comes from not having enough to eat. If we can play a role in helping to make sure our country’s kids have enough to eat, why wouldn’t we?

Next Thursday, I’ll be sharing a progress report, plus details on some of the treats the team and I will be baking for the sale.

Thanks so much to all of you for the support!

Let’s Bake a Difference!

I’m totally stoked you guys! This year, I’ve signed up to take part in Share Our Strength’s Blogger Bake Sale for No Kid Hungry. On the weekend of May 1st through May 3rd, bloggers all over the country will be organizing bake sales to raise funds to help end childhood hunger. ¬†If you’re not familiar with this wonderful organization, click the logos below to learn more.


I’m teaming up with the charitable giving organization at my employer, “DH & I” Dice Holdings Cares, to put on this event in my office. We’re in a multi-story office building, so I’m hoping to get the whole building involved this year!

Of course, baking isn’t my forte so I’ll be recruiting fellow bakers to help out. Plus, kicking out dozens of brownies, cookies, and cupcakes is going to help Share Our Strength make sure every kid in the country gets nutritious meals every day, I’m SO down.

If you’re in the Denver area and you’d like to help me bake, just leave a note in the comments. If you’re somewhere else in the country and you’d like to pitch in, there are three ways to go about that:

1) Donate online, here.

2) Go to our team page here and click the “Join Team” link, become a Virtual Team Member, and spread the word on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, or by word of mouth, to help us raise money. You’ll be set up with your own personal fundraising link that you can share with everyone you know.

3) Go to another blogger’s bake sale and buy some delicious baked goods! The list of participating bloggers is growing and there will probably be a bake sale near you.

MARCH MADNESS CHALLENGE: We’ve set a goal to try and raise $300 before the end of the NCAA Tournament. I think we can do it! Can you help?