2nd Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap

by Felice on December 12, 2012

I am so excited to be participating in the 2nd Annual Great Food Blogger Cookie Swap.  Julie from The Little Kitchen and Lindsay from Love and Olive Oil, organize this national cookie swap, and if I calculated right, approximately 22,000 cookies are crisscrossing the country.  Besides being a lot of fun, each blogger donated a nominal fee and the money goes to Cookies For Kids Cancer.  Additionally, OXO® will be matching our donation dollar for dollar up to $100,000!

The rules were  simple.  Make 3 dozen of a  favorite cookie recipe, and send it to the bloggers on your list.  I picked one of my favorite recipes, Martha Stewart's Rosemary Butter Cookie.  (side note and mea culpa -  when I mailed my cookies to Lauren of Keep It Sweet , Angie of Big Bear's Wife and Michelle of The Kid Can Cook, I wrote Rosemary Lemon Shortbread on the label. I was multi-tasking, and perhaps inventing a new recipe, but there is no lemon.)   Anyway, I love this savory, salty, buttery cookie, and I thought it might be a good break from chocolate this time of year.

Here are the cookies I received, consumed and shared.

Thank you to Christy of Epicuriosities.com for her  cookies that had no name but tasted like  a shortbread cookie with cranberries and chocolate, Caroline of Chocolate & Carrots for her Oatmeal Florentines with Chocolate inside, and Cher from The Not So Exciting Adventures of a Dabbler for her Cherry-Chocolate Pecan Oatmeal Cookies.  All the the cookies were delicious!

Happy Holidays, Happy Cookies, Happy Days!

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One of the fun things about blogging is being asked to participate in events and group blogs. A few weeks ago I went to Halls  for a fashion event, and in the next few weeks you'll  read about my participation in a blogger cookie swap.  Today I am happy to be part of a group of KC bloggers sharing information on different ways to give back this holiday season.

Organized by Jacquie of  kcedeventures.com, she wanted to compile a list of  ways to give back in our community, and tie into Giving Tuesday.  For our round up, each blogger chose 1 organization.  To learn about these Kansas City charities, and how you can make the season brighter for others, visit these great blogs:

Everyday Truth --- Bear Hugs

it's me, debcb! --- Safehome

Back to Allen --- The Children's Place

Whatcha Makin Now --- Wayside Waifs

Soleful Suitcases --- KC Rescue Mission

Wayward Dogs --- Midwest Adopt-a-Bull

Sarah Scoop --- Toys for Tots

Laughing Cat Creations --- Turning Point

Blogchickabowow --- Jewish Family Services Food Pantry

Healthnut Foodie ---Veronica's Voice

Raising the Barrs --- Hillcrest Transitional Housing

KC Edventures --- Salvation Army & Children's Mercy

The Happy Family Movement --- Rose Brooks Women's Center

I chose the Jewish Family Services (JFS) new Food Pantry.  JFS answers 200 calls per month from families in crisis, and with the addition of the food pantry, can help families that struggle to make food stamps last an entire month.  Additionally, low-income families that don’t qualify for food stamps sometimes skip meals. In the past, JFS hasn’t been able to do much about that problem, until now.

You do not need to be Jewish to use the pantry, but you do need to be working with JFS for assistance.  The pantry has kosher and non-kosher items.  If you, or someone you know, needs strictly kosher items, please have them contact the Yachad Food Pantry  913-649-4852.

In addition to donating food, paper goods and personal care items, here are a few other ways to help the food pantry:

  • Financial contributions are always appreciated to help JFS meet all needs
  • Help stock the shelves or staff the pantry
  • Volunteer to help sort food donations, pick up donations from food drives and local grocery stores
  • Make food deliveries to homebound clients
  • Assist clients who come to the pantry

To become a food pantry recipient, volunteer, or donor, call JFS at 913-327-8250.

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