This past weekend I hosted a bake sale to benefit the 2014 Walk for Lymphedema & Lymphatic Disease. As I mentioned in my post earlier this week, I will be participating in the walk that is going to be held on September 14 in Brooklyn, NY. All the while I’ve been fundraising from my own network, but decided I wanted to ramp things up and put on a bake sale. Why not!
For the venue I chose a local grocery store in the DC ‘burbs, and since they don’t allow bake sales on Sundays, Saturday it was!
About a week in advance I got to work on these babies (colors based on the LE&RN color scheme, of course!):
So funny story about those cookies — I left half of them out on the table to dry, only to come home to discover that not only had a bird entered the house and taken up residence in my room (and pooped all over my room), but it had also pooped on the cookies. Yes, you heard me right. Needless to say I had to throw that half out. Devastating.
Later in the week I tackled cupcakes — peanut butter cup, oreo and the classic vanilla/chocolate combos:
Also cranked out some banana bread, cookies (chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin) and various kinds of brownies and blondies.
It’s a good thing I love to bake, because this was a lot of work. Like, holy cow I took on way more than I can chew a lot of work. BUT, it was all for a good cause and a great learning experience
At the end of the day I didn’t make as much money as I was hoping for (turns out the weekend before school starts is dead at the grocery store…oops) and was left with lots and lots of goodies. My aunt brought the leftovers to a couple local homeless shelters, though, which I’m told brightened their days immensely!
All in all I’m so glad I did this — I raised more money for LE&RN, raised awareness about lymphedema/lymphatic disease, dusted off my baking skills and brought smiles to a few people. I’d say that was a success
So, how did my lymphedema fair with all this baking?
Surprisingly well! I wore my compression stockings almost every time I baked (this is quite the accomplishment in Graceland). I also wore my night garment every single night and brought in an additional fan to the kitchen. All in all, the swelling did not become much more inflamed than usual. (Usually after baking my ankles look like golf balls and feet like grapefruit, as I mentioned in my previous post about baking.)
The lesson here? WEAR STOCKINGS WHILE BAKING. Seems simple enough, yet so hard 😉