2011 San Francisco’s Food Blogger Bake Sale: Thank You!

May 17

Thank you to all who participated in the 2011 San Francisco’s Food Blogger Bake Sale to support the Share Our Strength non-profit foundation.  To the food bloggers, I am humbled to have participated with you in sharing our baked treats.  To the SF organizers of the bake sale: Anita, Annelies, Irvin, Lisa, and Shauna thank you for all your hard work with planning and executing a succesful event.  And to those of you who came out and bought some awesome baked goodies, thank you for taking that step towards ending childhood hunger. 
We were able to raise $2,400 for a cause that is close to my heart.  I know I cannot single-handedly end childhood hunger in America.  But I must try . . . and so I have pledged and added my voice to the national movement of people committed to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015.  But I cannot do it alone.  You can join us and take the pledge too.  Go to Share Our Strength’s website and see how you can help. 

Earlier in the week, I was busy organizing my recipes and then purchasing ingredients.  The day before and day of were spent baking and packaging until the wee hours of the morning.  Needless to say, I was feeling a bit guilty that my supportive and patient family was being neglected by their fanatical wife-mother-sister-daughter who was getting caught up with having everything turn our perfect.  And so the morning of the bake sale when my daughter made a comment about how pretty my macarons were as her face lit up with that joyful glee that only children possess–at that very moment everything seemed to slow down as my head cleared.  With that one little statement and look everything was put back into perspective for me.  This bake sale no matter what I baked or how it tasted and looked was for the benefit of children . . . and even with the smallest gesture or act you can light up a child’s face and give them that feeling of joy.  I would be reminded of this again with my very first customer at the bake sale. 

I volunteered at the Kiehl’s location in the historic Fillmore district in San Francisco.  

Although I would have loved to have been at the larger location at 18 Reasons, I ended up selecting the Kiehl’s location mostly since my Mom is visiting from Hawaii and I wanted to take her around the Japantown area. 

I arrived at Kiehl’s around 11 and we proceed to set-up as fellow food bloggers dropped off their yummy treats for the bake sale.  Along with Lisa from Lisa is Bossy who was one of five organizer for the San Francisco event and Heather from Soufflé Days, we started the bake sale a little before 12 noon in partnership with the staff at Kiehl’s who was one of two sponsors for this event. 

I was tasked with logging items for customers so that payment could be made more efficiently.  I have zero skills as a sales person (although I do recall a short stint in my former life right out of college), and so I was a bit apprehensive in approaching customers.  I do recall my very first customer (meaning the very first who purchased something from ailovebaking) who helped validate the main reason why I participated in this bake sale from the very beginning.  A little boy and his mother went around looking from table to table trying to decide what to purchase.  I said “hi” and of course felt awkward that I may have been intruding on a mother-son moment.  They selected a few items and to my delight the little boy chose my macarons with a smile!  The very ones that my own daughter smiled at and said it was pretty!  This was all I needed to feel like I accomplished something.  And so I hold on to this same feeling that with the monies raised from the bake sale several children in America are able to eat, smile, and be happy.  And that they may not have to worry about where their next meal will come from.  And that joy rather than hunger fills their soul.   

So speaking of those macarons, here’s a picture of the macarons packaged and tied with a bow!

I also made some mochi (with ailovebaking colors) which my AI son loves!

I also made some whoopie pies, which I fondly nickname monkey whoopie pies.  These are in honor of my AI daughter who was born in the year of the Monkey, and while I was pregnant with her craved chocolate, bananas, and peanut butter!

And last but not least, I made some pound cake.  I loved eating pound cake as a child, but never homemade–they were always the frozen store-bought Sara Lee pound cakes!  This is for my husband who surprisingly does not like sweets as much as I do–so lemon it is!

Before I end and I know this is probably my longest post ever, I want to say thank you to some very special people in my life.  I want to say the “unsaid” that may not always be apparent in the day-to-day activities and especially during busy events such as this past weekend’s bake sale.

  • To my husband and soul mate thank you for all your love and support with my crazy hobby and for taking all my beautiful blog photos–oh and for your patience during the “madness”  LOL. 
  • To my sissy you have been there for me in all the important events in my life; I don’t say it often but you are my big sis that I am very proud of with everything you have accomplished–oh and for your “finishing” expertise with packaging all my goodies at 3 in the AM LOL.
  •  To my Mom who worked all day washing all my baking pans and dishes.  You have taught me the importance of hard work, dedication, and the need for a clean house!–oh and for being my taste tester and not testing your blood sugar on Friday LOL.
  • To my BFF the “rum captain” who supports me no matter what with no questions asked you are my most dearest friend–oh and for risking the parking in the city with your new car and coming to buy my ailovebaking goodies even though I would make them for you in a heart beat LOL.
  • To my “ai” kids you are my inspiration and the loves of my life (besides your Daddy), AI LOVE you both to the moon and back–oh and for reminding me with just a smile from both of you that sometimes Mommy needs to relax, slow down, and put my life back into perspective LOL.

Here are a few more candid shots from the bake sale.  Makes me hungry just looking at them again.  Here’s to the next bake sale and no kid hungry!

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Comments: 2

  1. souffledays May 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm Reply

    Great writeup! It was great to meet you on Saturday and thanks for the picture. Also, the mochi was lovely!-Heather

    • ailovebaking May 23, 2011 at 6:49 pm Reply

      Thanks Heather! Appreciate the feedback : )

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