Marching Miles Bake Sale

A bake sale, at its core, is not about the cookies or the cupcakes or the pies or the sweets. Let’s face it – there are easier ways to raise money, ways that don’t involve “slaving over a hot oven.” A community only works when people contribute their talents, so it makes sense that when you give back to your community, you should give your talents. It’s easy to throw $5 in a donation jar, but it takes intention to donate the baked result of your time & creativity.
It’s not that I didn’t want to march in the 5-mile walk-a-thon instead…but if we’re talking talents, I’ll take my oven mitt over your running shoes any day!
So, it’s May 2012, which means the 6th annual “Marching Miles for Miracle Kids” fundraiser is back at credit unions. In statewide support of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, credit unions across Ohio aim to raise $135,000 this week through a statewide walk-a-thon and other donations. 
The Cleveland-area march leaves from my credit union’s downtown office tomorrow morning, and walkers who have been raising money for their feat (hehe, get it?) will walk the 5 miles to Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital to present a check for the money we’ve raised – one of those giant checks, I hope.
Before then, we need to sell some cookies in this Bake Sale, and raise some money for those adorable little kiddos who can’t afford all their medical bills. You ask me to bake something for a local cause like that…get outta the kitchen and look out! 
Disclaimer: I’ll admit, part of the fuel behind my baking fervor comes from an overabundance of Amish Friendship Bread starter. In my limited circle, it doesn’t take long for my few fellow baking acquaintances to tire of my persistent yeast peddling. I end up with dozens of bags of this goo needing to be baked – and then, I end up baking dozens of goodies. At least it’s for a good cause. 🙂
Don’t worry – I didn’t make all of that; that’s actually our entire spread. Now, mouth, get ready to water, and I’ll show you what I contributed to my first Bake Sale.
 AFB Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Almond Frosting

Peanut Butter Walnut Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies

Amish Friendship Bread
And, yes, I’m trying to pawn off my extra starters, too. But I wouldn’t let anyone pay for it, because AFB starter is a gift – the gift that keeps on giving.

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