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My Bake Sale Contribution

Yesterday was an overall recap of the Bake Sale but today I wanted to share with you the item that I made for the sale.  A couple of months ago I purchased several purse cookie cuttters and have been waiting for the right time to try them out…and this seemed like the perfect opportunity!  I have also been motivated lately to experiment with making my own fondant, so this seemed like a great time to try it again.

The first step was to bake the cookies.  I used a basic sugar cookie recipe and cut out the purse shapes before baking the cookies.  After the cookies had cooled completely I began the decorating process.

I made the frosting but I have found that it helps to wait to frost each cookie until I am ready to put the fondant on the cookie.  So before frosting the cookies I made and colored the fondant and cut out my circles.

To make the fondant, I microwaved 4 cups of marshmallows and 2 tablespoons of water for about a minute until the marshmallows were all puffy.  I then stirred the marshmallows until they were smooth and then began to slowly add 4 cups of powdered sugar.  I stirred until the mixture became too difficult to stir and then transfered the mixture to a counter space dusted with powdered sugar.  Finally, I kneaded the mixture until it was no longer sticky, needing to add some powdered sugar to reach the smooth, non-sticky consistency. I divided up the fondant mixture so that I could make several different colors.

Before I show you the finished product I have to admit that I did not come up with these designs on my own.  I am a Thirty-One Gifts consultant and so I designed the cookies to look like two of the bags that I sell.  I have to say they look pretty close!


Bake Sale a Success!

Well the first Philadelphia Food Bloggers Great American Bake Sale is over and the event was a huge success!  The rain predicted for Saturday came on Friday night and was gone by Saturday morning so we stayed dry for the sale.  I made the mistake of not eating breakfast before arriving to set up the sale so as bloggers began arriving with all of their amazing baked treats I got hungrier and hungrier!  We had a great mix of sweet, savory, Vegan and Gluten-free offerings and all of our customers walked away with a smile on their face!

We raised close to $900 (the exact amount is coming soon!) for Share Our Strength.  The great news about that money is that the money raised at our sale will go towards programs right here in Pennsylvania that fight to end childhood hunger in America.

I wanted to give a couple of thank you’s to all those who helped make this sale such a success…

A Full Plate and their resident baker E…this was a great location and so a big thank you to A Full Plate for letting us hold the sale at their restaurant

To all who helped volunteer the day of the event…Allison, Anna, Colleen, E, Jessica P, Kim, Lindsay, Livia and Stefan!

And last but not least, a huge thank you to all of the bakers you contributed to the event!  Without you none of this would have been possible!

Albert from Missy and Picky donated Chocolate Chip, Sour Cherry and Sea Salt Cookies

Allison from The Sunday Flog made Margarita Cupcakes with Lime Glaze

Amy from Apples and Cheese, Please brought Whole Grain Apple Pie Pockets

Angela from Brave New Baker made Oreo Cupcakes

Anna from Anna’s Cakery donated a variety of Sugar Cookies

Colleen from Sweet Swallows baked Carbomb Cupcakes and Casbah Cupcakes

E from Foodaphilia brought Cookies & Cream Whoopie Pies, Elvis Cake and Cinnamon Rolls

Eric from Goodbye Texas, Hello PA contributed Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies and Raw Macaroons

Gretchen and Akyrah from my work donated Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pretzels and Brownies

Jessica, sister of Allison, brought Gluten-Free Cupcakes

Jessica R from Fries with that Shake made Snickerdoodles

Julia from Tastebuds and Tidbits donated Hazelnut Anise Biscotti with Tangerine Zest

Kelly from Living on the Vedge baked Vegan Peanut Butter Cinnamon Frosted Blondies

Lindsey from For the Love of Oats brought Lemon Sugar Cookies and Peanut Butter Cookies

Livia from No Counterspace made Black Cocoa & Orange Zest Brownies

Marc from Burgatory donated Mini Burger Cookies

Marisa from Food in Jars brought Homemade Granola in Pint Jars

Meg from The Smart Set contributed Lithuanian Easter Cake

Nate from Tastebuds and Tidbits made Savory Cheese Crackers

Sabrina from RhodeyGirl Tests donated Chocolate Dipped Pretzels

Stefan from They Say That Bread is Life brought Soft Pretzels

Taylor from Mac & Cheese made Gluten-Free Double Chocolate Nut Cookies

Terez brought Vegan Cupcakes and decorated cupcakes and cookies

Here are some pictures from the event…

The Bake Sale is Here!

After weeks of planning the Philadelphia Food Bloggers Great American Bake Sale is here!  Stop by today between 10am-3pm at A Full Plate in Northern Liberties to purchase some yummy treats!

And as a small preview, even though I write a running blog I do enjoy baking and figured I should make a contribution to the sale even though I am not a food blogger.  So I thought I should somehow incorporate one of my loves…Thirty-One Gifts…and make cookies that match the purses!

Hope to see many of you today!


Philadelphia Food Bloggers Great American Bake Sale

The Philly Food Bloggers Great American Bake Sale is coming this Saturday and I’m looking forward to all of the yummy treats bloggers and bakers are bringing.  It’s a good thing I’ve been running a lot lately to compensate for the calories I will end up consuming this Saturday!

The sale will benefit Share Our Strength, a national organization working to end childhood hunger in the United States.  Funds raised through the Great American Bake Sale support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in America by helping fund afterschool and summer feeding programs.

The Philly Food Bloggers Bake Sale will be held this Saturday from 10am-3pm at A Full Plate on Liberties Walk in Northern Liberties.  A Full Plate is located at 1009 N. Bodine St, Philadelphia, PA 19123.

If you are not able to attend the Bake Sale you can still donate to the cause by going to our team page and making a secure online donation.

Check out links to some of the bloggers that will be participating in this great event…once you see the food featured on their sites, you will not want to miss the Bake Sale!

Chocolate Dipped Pretzels from RhodeyGirl Tests

Margarita Cupcakes with Lime Glaze from The Sunday Flog

Black Cocoa & Orange Zest Brownies from No Counterspace

Whole Grain Apple Pie Pockets from Apples and Cheese, Please

And seriously, that is only the beginning of the list!  Just thinking about all those amazing treats reminds me that I need to lace up and head out for a run!

Mile Marker Musings Part 2

I have discovered as we run that we think about so many different things.  Some of them are totally random, some make sense, and some are just downright bizarre.  Sharing all of our random musings seems like a good way to wrap up the week…

Me (Julie)…This week I learned that I run with my left fist open and right fist clenched.  I have no idea why but I know that the result is a sweaty, clammy right palm…and that’s annoying.

Janelle…ugh!  I wish I had new knees like Jamie Summers from the Bionic Woman.  Ok, I just dated myself because some of you have no idea what I’m talking about.  I’m just thankful that I can still run or I should say walk really fast.

Sara…It is really hot out when we run and it is just going to get hotter…bikers scare me…enjoying admiring God’s creation!…I like running in the winter because you can always add clothes but summer means just being hot.

I couldn’t agree more with Sara’s last thought…in the winter if you throw on a couple of layers and start running you’ll be warm up and be fine.  This time of year is a whole different story!  There are only so many layers you can take off and it’s just downright hot.  I may have complained some about having to bundle up in the winter to go running but that was only because we hadn’t yet trained in the summer.  Next December if I start whining, someone remind me of today’s post!

Side note…today’s run is supposed to be 7 miles.  I’m hoping it doesn’t run because the Broad Street Run (the 10-mile race we’re training for) is in just three weeks!

Coming Monday…Updated details on the Philly Food Bloggers Bake Sale…you’ll definitely want to check out some of the blogs that will be participating!

Mile Marker Musings

I have found that as we run and pass mile marker after mile marker (we do pass many now that we are into the longer runs!)  we have a lot of thoughts going through our heads…

While I was running I thought that it would be nice if I made my students Easter baskets.  Nothing big and fancy, since it is a whole class of students, but just a little something fun…aren’t these baskets cute?!?

And here are some thoughts from Sara (a great training buddy!)…I have decided that the nicer it is outside the more I don’t like to run in the gym because it is hotter.  Also and most importantly it is vital that I have clean shaven legs at all times so that you do not have to wear pants which makes running inside 10xs hotter!

Also, a quick update on the Philadelphia Food Bloggers Bake Sale which is now only a couple of weeks away on Saturday, April 17.  We are still looking for bakers so let me know if you’re interested.  I also wanted to share with you the sites of a couple of the girls that will be baking for the event…I’m confident once you see their sites you won’t be able to resist coming out to the event!

Sabrina from RhodeyGirl Tests

Taylor from Mac & Cheese