|Lime Cupcakes waiting to be baked|
Here is what I know:
There are bad things in this world. Bad things and bad people.
But I also know that there are good things and really good people. And sometimes, more often than seems fair or right, bad things happen to those good people.
I have some friends that are going through some terrible things right now. And my heart breaks for them. But they are handling themselves with grace and they are moving through those terrible things and I know they will come out on the other side victorious – whatever that may look like. And while I’d like to take away the things that are hurting them, I know that I can’t. All I can do is try to share their burden and offer them a shoulder or a chat and a cup of coffee when they need it.
Then there are people in this world, innocent people, who are suffering. Children who are hungry. Not by choice, but by circumstance. And those children deserve a chance at a better life, a healthier life.
This week, I’ve been baking in preparation for the 2011 Atlanta Food Blogger Bake Sale. My kitchen is covered in a heavy dusting of flour and my refrigerator has been taken over by half-sheet cake boxes full of cupcakes. My family hasn’t eaten a truly home-cooked meal in over a week (tonight was the closest we came, and that was boxed spaghetti and jarred sauce). But all of that is okay, because this bake sale is for a very important cause. While its true that my family may not have eaten terribly well this week, they still ate – three meals a day every day. All of the proceeds from tomorrow’s sale benefit Share our Strength and their efforts to end childhood hunger in America by 2015.
|Lemon Pistachio Biscotti – recipe to come next week|
So while my kitchen may be dirtier than I’d like for it to be, and while my kids ate take out on more than one occasion over the last week, I’m fine with that. What I’m not fine with is the fact that nearly 1 in 4 kids in this country face hunger. And I know that I can’t feed all of them personally, but I can do something. And so can you.
|Whole Wheat Croissants|
If you live in the Atlanta area, come by Phipps Plaza tomorrow between 10 and 2. We’ll be set up outside of Williams-Sonoma. I’d suggest getting there early, since there’s been a ton of publicity about the sale – we might actually sell out.
If you can’t make it, or you live out of town, you can still donate. Follow this linkto our team donation page. We’ve already surpassed our monetary goal, but I don’t think that’s enough. I’d like to see us set a record this year. The work that Share our Strength is doing is crucial, and they need our help to fulfill their mission of ending childhood hunger in America. I don’t think that’s too much to ask, do you?