The Baking for Kate online bake sale and auction is THIS weekend, folks! And I am sharing a little preview with you all today of the homemade and home baked goodies that will be up for bid in a few short days and then baked up & created by your favorite food bloggers and then shipped out to the lucky & generous bidders. :)
For those of you not familiar with Baking For Kate, I started it last May to help raise funds for my dear friend, Kate's Mommy Bucket List. Kate was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer last January. As her friend and knowing the hand she had already been dealt in her life, I just remember my heart sinking into my stomach when I heard the news. Kate is one of the most giving, kindhearted people that I know. After losing her first daughter, Shannon at just 3 days old to CHD and then mothering each of her 3 children through NICU, Kate helped form Project Sweet Peas. After suffering the loss of Shannon and becoming a veteran mama of the NICU, Kate saw the serious gaps in support for grieving parents and parents with babies in the NICU and decided to fill those gaps.
And since being diagnosed with breast cancer, Kate has become an advocate for cancer research and has volunteered for many charitable functions and fundraisers to benefit the cause. All while raising three young children, being a wife to her police officer husband, and receiving various cancer treatments over the past year. In fact, Kate received the prestigious Karen Shapira Survivor Award presented by Giant Eagle for outstanding excellence in promoting breast cancer awareness and making a positive impact in the lives of others just the weekend before last! She is a warrior and fighter with the biggest heart.
Kate is fighting to be here with her family and loved ones as long as is possible. But she was given a less than 5% chance that her cancer would be cured when she was originally diagnosed. Kate is a ever hopeful optimist, but she is also a realist and created her Mommy Bucket List, a list of everything that she longs for and hopes to accomplish with her three young children and husband. A few items still on her list...
"Take the kids to the drive-in."
"Meet Ellen and visit LA."
"Take the whole family to Salem in October."
"Go to the Georgia Aquarium."
"Teach the kids to swim under water."
"Visit NYC and Ground Zero."
"Take kids to Sea World."
"See them accept Christ in their lives."
"Watch kids get married."
"Watch kids have babies."
"Live to see cancer cured."
100% of the proceeds from Baking For Kate this May 24-25th will go directly to Kate and her family and her Mommy Bucket List fund. Obviously, there are items on this list that no amount raised from this fundraiser will be able to give to Kate and her family.
But we can raise enough to help her cross a few things off of that list. <3
Let's dig into the yummy homemade goodies that could be coming to your front door very soon (if you happen to be the highest bidder!)...
2 Dozen Avalanche Bars from The Mandatory Mooch
Rice krispies & white chocolate, combined with chewy marshmallows,
and a taste of peanut butter
Peanut Butter & Black Cocoa Cake in a Jar via White Lights on Wednesday
This cake will not come as pictured above. It will actually be shipped as 4 pint-sized jars.
8 oz of Mrs. Joy's Absolutely Fabulous Caramels
(Choice of flavors- Maple Bacon, Cherry Almond, Peanut Butter & Jelly, or Toasted Coconut)
1 Loaf of Whole Wheat Coconut Banana Bread
48 (3 inch) pieces of Homemade Almond Roca from Apron Strings
1 Dozen Honey Lime Coconut Oatmeal Cookies from Blahnik Baker
2 Dozen Individually Wrapped Beach Themed Sugar Cookies
in an Ocean Blue Picnic Basket from The Freshman Cook
1 Dozen Minion Cookies from Mrs. Joy's Absolutely Fabulous Treats
Hand decorated lemon sugar cookies with lemon royal icing
2 Dozen Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Banana Oatmeal Cookies
from Melanie Makes
2 Dozen Bakery Style Peanut Chai Cookies from Frugal Foodie Mama
Salted Caramel Almond Granola (approx 4 cups) from Sugar Dish Me
18 Pieces of Salted Cashew or Pecan Turtles from Frugal Foodie Mama
(Will have choice of pecan or cashew turtles, or an assortment of both)
3 Dozen Lemon Crinkle Cookies from Melissa's Cuisine
Which tasty goodie are you most excited to bid for this weekend? :) (I know, I know... how do you choose??)
Okay, I know you all are probably excited now for the bake sale and can't wait for this weekend! Don't worry... it will be here before we all know it! :) But there are a few matters of housekeeping and guidelines I would like to take care of now in advance...
The biggest thing to take from these guidelines is to have a PayPal account set up and ready to go before bidding starts at 9am EST on Saturday, May 24th. ;)
Please note that all bidding will take place on photos in specific albums I will create on the Baking For Kate Facebook page.
To keep up to date with all thing Baking For Kate, be sure to click on the button below and give the Baking For Kate Facebook page a Like...
You can CLICK HERE to directly RSVP to the Baking For Kate event.
I hope you all will consider attending and being a part of this very special fundraiser.
A HUGE, from the bottom of my heart THANK YOU to all of the food bloggers & bakers who are creating delicious homemade goodies to make this event possible. <3
Stay tuned to the blog later this week as I will be sharing one more Baking For Kate preview with you all! There is more than just these awesome baked goodies for you all to bid on this weekend. :)
In fact if you missed it last week, I already shared a preview of the SIGNED cookbooks that will be up for bid in Baking For Kate...
If you would like to follow along with Kate and her journey, you can find her at:
Her Facebook page, Crawford's Rocking Cancer
Her blog, The Chronicles of Cancer