Thursday, July 19, 2007

Share Our Strength’s Great American Bake Sale®

logo_gabs.gifDo you want to do something about childhood hunger in America? Join with the over 1 million people who have been baking, selling, or buying baked goods as part of Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale. So far this campaign has raised over $3 million since 2003.

"The Great American Bake Sale campaign provides a simple, exciting way for people of all ages to join the fight to end childhood hunger in America," said Billy Shore, Share Our Strength's founder and executive director. "The campaign builds on the long American tradition of holding bake sales as community fundraisers. By engaging everyone to hold a bake sale, the Great American Bake Sale will help ensure that the 12.4 million American children at risk of hunger have the healthy, nutritious foods they need to develop their full potential."

Hunger has long lasting effects on children. It contributes to poorer health overall and can affect the child's psychological and academic development.

What can you do to help? Visit and learn more about the campaign. Then choose to hold a bake sale or a virtual bake sale to raise money to end childhood hunger. Registration for Share Our Strength's Great American Bake Sale is free and available at

Monies raised go to local organizations that run after school and summer meal programs. Funds also go to organizations that educate families at risk in proper nutrition and cooking skills.

Share Our Strength and Food Network have joined together for this year's campaign with Food Network TV personalities Rachael Ray, Sandra Lee, and Tyler Florence taking part in PSA's encouraging people to participate.

This year's top fundraiser will win a trip for two to the Food Network, get tickets to a taping of Emeril Live!, and receive a tour of the Food Network Kitchens, the 'soul' of the Food Network.

logo_sos.gifShare Our Strength® is leading the fight against hunger and poverty by working with individuals and companies to use their strengths to the fullest. Their priority is to end childhood hunger in America and the Great American Bake Sale is just one way they are working to achieve this goal. For more information, please visit

All logos are from the Great American Bake Sale web site.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Why I've been missing

I've been slacking in keeping up with the posts here but I have a good reason: vacation. After a tough end to the 2nd quarter at work, I was able spend a week at Lorrie's parent's place in the thumb of Michigan. I spent most of it just relaxing, reading a few books. How could you not when this is your surroundings?

These are the neighbors...

It makes it hard to come back to the sprawling exurb and the million or so cars.

But, I was able to do a little research.

The best part of the whole vacation? All the time I got to spend with my love...

Now it's just playing catch-up at work and here...

June 2007 Just Baking Update

My "Look, I post somewhere else" round-up of posts I did as editor at Just Baking in June.

June 4 - In The News - Couple of quick hit news posts from the world of baking.

June 12 - Just Baking, All Baking - An announcement about Just Baking and it's focus on all baking, not just sweets.

June 21 - Pistachio and Strawberry Stuffed French Toast - I've made this a number times now, it's very good.

June 25 - Video Learning: How to braid bread - Let's learn how to braid bread dough!

No posts on June 1 and June 22, not good. I try to cover when the other writers don't post but sometimes I'm just too busy (stupid job!).

*Update* - As Just Baking no longer exists, I have removed the actual links but left the post names as a source for ideas