Friday, November 12, 2010

Bake Sale

First I would like to thank all of  you who left a comment thanking my dad for his service. It means a lot to any veteran when he/she is thanked.

 Just last week at work I we did a wedding for a young (20-yr. old) groom who had already spent one tour of duty in Afghanistan and, in just two months, he will be going back for his second tour.  As he was ready to leave my office, I shook his hand and said, "Thank you for your service to our country."  I could tell he was pleased that someone thanked him.

Tonight I am baking for our VFW holiday bazaar tomorrow morning.  I am an auxiliary member, but, much to my mother's chagrin,  I really do little to help out.   My Mom is a two or three-time past president of the auxiliary and I am sure she wishes her daughters would be more involved, but we all work full-time and really have little energy to attend meetings, etc..  So when one of the ladies called me last week to contribute to the bake sale, I felt it was the least I could do.

Believe it or not, I have never contributed to a bake's a bit intimidating......... what if they hate the stuff I baked?  How embarrassing that would be!

 Last night I decided to make Aunt Mary's caramel corn - I think you can get the recipe on this old post--if you click the picture to enlarge. I used the microwave to pop  enough corn to fill this roaster:
 Then I made the caramel sauce and baked it in the oven.
 I added peanuts, walnuts and M&M's to the caramel corn and called it "Crunchy Munchy" (sorry I forgot to take a pic before I bagged it all up).

Then I made some Chocolate Decadence Bars--they have a center layer of ooey- gooey milk chocolate and are topped with pecans.

 I cut them into bars and boxed up 4 per container.  I am thinking that selling just a few pieces at a low price is better than trying to sell a dozen at a higher price.  You can see the label I made for these in the Crunchy Munchy picture above.

I don't think I have ever posted this recipe, but I think if you google "Chocolate Revel" bars, you will find something very similar.

Tonight I made these mini-pumpkin bread loaves with chocolate chips and walnuts.  I used my original recipe, which I posted a few years ago (was it really in 2006!?) here.
I think I am having the most fun making labels and boxing up the baked goods.  I just printed off these pumpkin bread labels. I was pretty pleased with them, then when I went out to apply them, they were too big and I had to cut them in half!  I guess if I had not told you, you would not have known that these were half a label. LOL.  I had no idea how I was going to box these up. I pulled out a chair so I could reach way up in my cabinets where I store items such as this and was so surprised to find these black to-go containers---they were just perfect for two mini loaves! 
So now I am done baking. I will have to get all my goods to the VFW hall before 9:00 a.m. tomorrow.  I just hope someone buys them!


  1. OMG, Zoey, these are really professional looking! They will be asking you to run the whole sale!

    I am moving my cabbages to my raised bed veggie garden where they will look so appropriate.


  2. Zoey - you should go into business! Everything looks yummy, I'm sure they will be the first things to sell out.

  3. Wow, you sure did your duty for the VFW bake sale. I like how you packaged everything up too. I don't know if you ever check out Martha Stewart's daughter's blog (on my blog roll-'Whatever', but she loves to bake and package up the items too. She doesn't eat the stuff-she's a bone.
    Pat your dad on the back for me too. My father was on a battleship during the Korean war. We were estranged and he is deceased now.

  4. WOW you went over the top. I can't believe you made such a variety. You are so great!

    They are all calorie free, right?

  5. Wonderful job they are the first to go!

  6. Looks like they came from "Zoey's Bakery" !!

  7. Zoey, Wow , that was a lot of work! Your mother will be pleased, I bet! Everything looks so professional, I think agree they will be making you the head organizer from here on out. (I know, just what you need, more work...) I'm anxious to try your recipes, too. I really need to bake something soon. Hope you have good luck with the sale.

  8. looks like you did your Mom proud...your goodies should sell like hotcakes...have a great weekend...

  9. Zoey...You are truly a "Jill of all trades" I would love to have you on my committee at Church. Those goodies will be gone in a flash.

  10. Zoey, I'd sure buy your baked goods. They'll ask you every time they have one now!lol! I love your Thanksgiving decor, especially the banner. It looks great! I've had offers, mostly from garden proiducts. I always delete. i have no desire to be read by hundreds. Way too much pressure.I also appreciate seeing your decor. I have a humble home also and love ideas from others. Keep on keepin' on! Jean


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