Food Blogger Bake Sale Donation

I just wanted to say THANK YOU to all of you who came out to support us at the Calgary Food Blogger Bake Sale this past weekend. With the help of a generous $500 donation from Annapolis Capital, we raised a total of $2,050.31 for Calgary Meals on Wheels!

THANK YOU to the 20 bloggers who donated their time, money and effort to baking and wrapping all those yummy treats for the sale. I know many of them came by and donated some extra money by picking up some goodies! ;) Also thanks to Dan, Patrycja, Wanda, Stephanie, Winkie and Anna for helping out on the day(s) of the sale!

  

THANK YOU to Casel Marché and J. Webb Wine Merchant for letting us use their space! A special shout out to Jenn, who does marketing for Niklas Group (the developers behind Casel) for letting me delegate all these random tasks to her and taking a load off my shoulders, and to Alan and Allison at Market 17 for being so supportive of the sale and letting us extend it for a second day!

THANK YOU to the Drop-In Centre for accepting our extra goodies! I hope we made a lot more people happy this weekend :)

And thanks again to all of you who came out and bought some baked goods or dropped some extra change into our jars! If you’re wondering who made what I tried to do a bit of a round-up here…

Jo-Anna from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs made the New York Times Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. They are just the perfect balance of sweet and salty – yum!

Anna from Anna’s Appetite made Meyer Lemon Poppy Seed Muffins from the famed Bouchon Bakery. I just ate one for my afternoon snack yesterday and it was super-lemony. A lovely treat!

Wanda from Bakersbeans made White Chocolate Cranberry Kiss Cookies. A few people picked up extra bags when we told them that they tasted just like Starbucks Cranberry Bliss Bars!

Jen L from Chocolate & Ginger made Apple Cider Chewy Caramels from Bordier butter that she smuggled back from Paris and dreamy Whoopie Pies with Vanilla Caramel Creme. Her stuff always sells out fast, so I couldn’t get any but I heard lots of good reviews!

Stephanie E from Clockwork Lemon made Cinnamon Shortbread with Eggnog Glaze and Cheese & Onion Buns. I snagged one of the last buns and it was *totally* worth it – the bun was soft and fluffy with bold onion and cheese flavour.

  

Erin and Katie from Club Club made boozy goodies – White Russian Cookies (so named because they have Kahlua, not because they’re Russian!) and Dark & Stormy Rum Balls that were rummy and gingery. It sounds like they’re getting back on track with working on their latest cookbook, Booze Booze.

Dan from Dan’s Good Side made Dan’s Good Loaf, aka London Fog Pound Cake. I think a lot of us bought the loaves out of pity because Dan was trying so hard to sell them :P, but they were actually quite delicious!

Quilting queen Cheryl, who writes Dining Room Empire made Bacon Chicken Apple Cheddar Scones. They were *so* good heated up in the toaster oven the next morning.

My 15-year-old sister Winkie started a food blog called Eat Chu a couple weeks ago! She made some yummy Egg-Free Dairy-Free Sugar & Spice Snap Cookies and drew pretty cows on all the labels.

Kitty aka Peaches from followmyfoodtrail made Black & White Double Chocolate Chip Cookies! Kitty usually does only restaurant reviews on her blog and I always find it fun to challenge these people to cook (haha)

Fareen, or Food Mamma, made gorgeous Candy Cane Cupcakes topped with little candy canes and wrapped in cellophane bags decorated with little Santas! They looked almost too good to eat.

Jen R from foodthreeways made the very popular Candy Cane Roca as well as Rosemary Roasted Almonds. Both of these items sold out quick.

Chrissy and Darrin from For the Love of… made traditional Chinese Coconut Tarts. It brought back lots of childhood memories – Anna took home a dozen for her husband!

Stephanie A from Global Dish made two types of shortbread – Matcha (green tea) drizzled with chocolate and Citrus. They were wrapped up together, one on each side, with cute little “Made with Love” tags. They are next on my to-eat list (I ration my treats very well!)

Heather from Heather’s EATS went all out! She made Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins, Ginger Cookies and DIY Cookies in a Jar – the latter made the perfect Christmas gift and was snapped up by many people!

Jacqueline made adorable little Christmas shortbread cookies and chocolate haystacks (aka Chocolate Snowflakes) with her grandma! Popular classics.

Patricia aka Miss Foodie made Chocolate Peppermint Bark Cookies, another Christmas classic.

Having just moved to Calgary four months ago, Patrycja of POLKA Girl made some traditional Polish treats – faworki and rugelach that reminded her of home. She was pleasantly surprised to find that lots of people snapped them up to rekindle their own childhood memories! Patrycja also made Mini Apple Coconut Orange Pies and Mini Chocolate Raspberry Muffins.

Bonnie from Scrumptiously Fit Food made Nutella Swirl Brownies. She was posting them all over Instagram before the sale and I was worried that she’d eaten them all! Fortunately she made a few more batches and B. and I snagged one. It was good.

Megan the Vegan Cookbook Aficionado bought a trio of vegan treats – Peppermint Mocha Cupcakes, Cinnamon Pear Twists and Candied Pecan Chocolate Chunk Cookies.

Despite a few mishaps, Michelle from yumyumyummers still managed to churn out soft loaves of Coconut Banana Bread as well as Salted Caramel Chocolate Clusters. She actually sent her boyfriend out with a list of goodies to buy and ended up picking up $40 of stuff! Thank you!

Last but (hopefully) not least, I made Vegan Gluten-Free Triple Chocolate Nanaimo Bars, adapted from a recipe from my friend Kristi. I will share my version of the recipe soon. Kristi was actually at my house at the night of the bake sale and made us Guinness Chocolate Cupcakes with Bailey’s Buttercream. That was good too.

Thanks again to everyone who made the Calgary Food Blogger Bake Sale (Holiday Edition!) a success! We will be back to our regular scheduled bake sale in the spring – stay tuned!