Friday Favorites – Episode 44

My husband and I were supposed to head to Boston for a long weekend, but the weather has nixed our plans…  With all of the snowing and blowing outside my window, it’s hard to believe that bake sale season is just around the corner. In fact, as many of you know, planning for the first annual National Food Bloggers Bake Sale has been underway for weeks! Gaby has been working hard to organize a great sale with lots of support from bloggers across the country! It’s great to be able to be involved with such a great event that is supporting Share Our Strength in their fight to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.

Earlier this week, I helped to moderate the #SOSFood chat on Twitter, and we had some really great discussion about the bake sale.  I’m also thrilled to be helping to organize the Pennsylvania bake sales along with Michelle of Brown Eyed Baker.  Right now we’re in the process of finalizing the locations for the sales and drumming up support for the sales (so, if you’re interested in helping out, let me know!).

If that weren’t enough, registration on the Great American Bake Sale site opens up on Monday! Even if you aren’t able to participate in the Food Bloggers Bake Sale, consider holding a bake sale at another time during the season or even holding a bakeless bake sale on your blog!

Not only have I been busy working on the Pennsylvania bake sale, trying to find locations for Central PA and Eastern PA (Philadelphia) bake sales, but I’ve started thinking about recipes for the bake sales…  I held a bake sale last year, so I have a few ideas, but this year, I really want to have a good mix of items for the sale! So, I figured I’d share a few of the recipes that I’ve bookmarked this week to help all of you with your bake sale planning, as well.

Biscotti – I think biscotti are perfect, elegant item for bake sales… Wrap them in cellophane bags and tie them with a piece of ribbon for a great gift for any coffee lover!

Cookies – You can’t have a bake sale without cookies.  These are a few of the recipes that caught my eye!

Homemade Granola – There are a lot of health-conscious people out there who may not want to stock up on cookies and cupcakes, so I think it’s a good idea to have a few alternatives.  Who wouldn’t love some homemade granola for a snack with fruit or yogurt?

Brownies and Bars – Brownies and bars are another bake sale staple. Consider wrapping them for individual sale or selling them by the pan for a quick grab and go option!

  • When I first saw the picture of these Peanut Butter Chocolate Cheesecake Brownies from Nutmeg Nanny, I thought they were fudge. Since I love fudgy brownies (and peanut butter definitely can’t hurt), these are definitely getting added to the must-make list!
  • I think these Lemon Bars from Lottie + Doof will be a great bake sale hit, as well. Not everyone is as much of a chocoholic as I am (hard to believe, I know), and the bright lemony flavor is a great reminder that summer’s just around the corner. In fact, I wouldn’t mind a few right now!

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11 Responses to Friday Favorites – Episode 44
  1. Nicole @ Making Good Choices
    February 26, 2010 | 10:58 am

    Those are all perfect things to sell in the bakesale! I hope I can help out – I am in the wedding season and have 7 weddings in the spring and summer, without showers and parties that go along with the wedding, so I hope I can participate, but I’m just not sure yet. I am a huge supporter though!

  2. Jessica @ How Sweet
    February 26, 2010 | 10:58 am

    I think bars and brownies will go like hotcakes at the bake sale! The granola is probably a great idea too for those that are more health concious. Thanks for linking me, Jen! :)

  3. Baking is my Zen
    February 26, 2010 | 11:30 am

    Great post. Good info here!

  4. bridget {bake at 350}
    February 26, 2010 | 12:05 pm

    So cool that you & Michelle can work together! You are two of my favorite bloggers!

  5. maria
    February 26, 2010 | 12:50 pm

    Sorry you didn’t get to go on your trip. I hope you still have a great weekend. I am SO excited for the bake sale. I just need a location:) Thanks for the granola shout out:)

  6. bunkycooks
    February 26, 2010 | 2:14 pm

    I sure do not miss Philly after hearing all about your weather up North…stay warm! I have signed up to participate in the event here in Atlanta on March 11th and have submitted a recipe. Thanks for the info about what others are doing and the recipes!

  7. Cookteen
    February 26, 2010 | 3:09 pm

    Hey I had a bakesale to raise money to feed Haiti victims! Check out what I made…It all sold in about 30 minutes! http://cookteen.blogspot.com/2010/02/bake-for-quake.html

    With love and cupcakes,
    CookTeen

  8. Fuji Mama
    February 26, 2010 | 8:02 pm

    Great list of things to consider!!

  9. Julie @ Pickley Pear
    February 26, 2010 | 8:52 pm

    Whatever you make is sure to be a hit, just from the looks! I can only imagine how orgasmic the taste is!

  10. Jennie
    February 28, 2010 | 8:24 pm

    Good luck with the PA bakesale Jen. You’re an angel for all the volunteer work you’ve done to increase awareness about SOS. NYC finally has a state leader and I’m happy because I’m planning on making devil’s food cupcakes.

  11. Tracey
    March 2, 2010 | 11:19 pm

    Good luck with the PA bake sale! I can’t wait for the RI one. Thanks for sharing recipe ideas – definitely some good ones there!

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