You Donate. I Bake.
August 24, 2011
If you read food blogs, you've no doubt heard about the response to the death of Jennifer Perillo's husband, Mikey. At Jennie's request thousands of bloggers made peanut butter pies for their loved ones. The peanut butter pie movement was covered on CNN, the Food Network's blog and made the homepage of Tastespotting.
Now it's time to move again. Working the newly formed Bloggers Without Borders, bloggers are joining together to raise money for Jennie and her young daughters. We want to help them cope with the financial burden that loss too often brings with it.
Shauna James Ahern spearheaded the fundraiser. (She's auctioning off a private party for six! Go check it out.) But she can't do it alone. Many bloggers are joining Shauna in offering auctions to raise money. Isn't this fantastic? It's a tangible way to for us to help.
When I first heard about this fundraising effort, I wasn't sure what I'd offer. Perhaps a day of baking with me? Or a basket filled with my favorite baking tools? Or...then one thought came to me: shortbread cookies.
Ah, shortbread cookies. Of course.
As you might know, my dad died when I was fifteen--he was just 48. In the days after his death, I couldn't eat anything. His death sat like a rock in my stomach and everything I ate tasted like bile. Then the shortbread arrived.
Someone sent a huge bouquet of flowers (An aside: To this day, I am not a huge fan of flowers because the scent reminds me of death. This is why my husband always buys me bowls of citrus fruits, not flowers.) Where was I? Flowers! So this huge bouquet of flowers arrives with a box of Walkers' Shortbread attached to it. It was...odd.I still remember how the box was just kind of taped onto the vase. But I took notice. Although I loved shortbread, I'd never had Walkers.
At some point I ate a cookie. They tasted like butter with just enough flour and sugar to hold them together. In the midst of that loss, I found something I enjoyed. Imagine that. What a gift.
My love for shortbread hasn't waned. It reminds me that sometimes in life, even when things are awful, there's something good to enjoy----even if it's just a buttery shortbread cookie.
For my part in the fundraiser, I'm offering shortbread. But here's the thing: I've decided not to do an auction.
Right now, we could all use a little sweetness--a little love-- in our lives, don't you think? And while I *love* auctions, there's only one winner. I want to bake for more than one person!
Here's my offer:
You donate. I bake. The first 25 people to leave a comment with their donation amount will receive a batch of my homemade gluten-free shortbread cookies.
It doesn't matter how much you give. All I ask is that you give a thoughtful amount. In this economy, you know what that amount is for you. Leave your donation amount in the comments. Then, once I have proof that you've donated, I'll send you some homemade gluten-free shortbread cookies.
Here are the rules:
*Leave a comment with your donation amount and a way for me to contact you at the bottom of this post. (Don't want to leave your e-mail? No problem. Leave a comment with your name and amount and send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
*Donate via Bloggers Without Borders' PayPal Page and send me proof of your donation. (You can either take a screen cap of it or forward the confirmation e-mail to email@example.com.)
*Please don't “double dip.” If you've already donated to the cause thanks to another site, fabulous! I (very) kindly ask that if you'd like the cookies that you make a specific donation inspired by this post. It just seems fair to do it this way. I'm sure you understand.
And if you want to donate and don't want cookies? Click on the image below. It takes you right to the donation page!