Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Recently a fellow blogger, talented Jennifer Perillo, suddenly lost her husband. I don't know her personally but I was in tears reading the story of his death, reminded of the fragility of our daily lives. Now, she and her two young girls are left moving forward in their lives with a big hole, so the remarkable blogging community has come together to help.
Through the amazing efforts of Maggy, Erika, Aimee, and Shauna—among many others—Bloggers Without Borders was born as an official nonprofit to help bloggers in need, like Jennifer. They have launched #afundforjennie as a way to raise money to help her with basic things like her mortgage and health insurance, and also to provide a bit of a safety net now that she's lost hers.
As someone who loves nothing more than to bake and cook for my own husband, I decided to team up with Madison from Espresso and Cream—a super talented local food blogger who I know from work—to auction off a customized baked goods basket to raise a little money for Jennie. It's our way of participating in an amazing show of community—and also remembering the comforting nature of providing delicious home baked foods for friends and family.
The basket includes (the deliciousness that you see up top!):
*A loaf of Madison's Whole Wheat Flax Seed Banana Bread
*A batch of Madison's Homemade Larabars (the most popular recipe on her site!)
*Two dozen cookies from Espresso and Cream (you choose any recipe on the site)
*1 quart of my Homemade Granola
*A loaf of bread of your choosing: Zucchini, Chocolate or Cherry Nut
*A batch of my Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies
Pretty amazing, right? We even aimed to have an assortment that won't overwhelm you—the granola will last in the fridge and you can freeze the bread! Bidding will begin at $50; visit Espresso and Cream to post your bid in the comments. She and I will update you periodically to let you know what the bid is up to. Bidding closes on Wednesday, August 30th.
If you'd rather just make a donation straight to the fund for Jennie, I've installed that handy donate button on the left.