October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and just in the past year, I know two women, who have been affected by this horrible disease. So this month especially, it is extremely important for me to do whatever I can to raise money and awareness for this cause.
For the second year in a row, SITC will be partnering with Bake It Happen. The Bake It Happen program was started three years ago by a friend Shari, who pens a popular blog called My Judy The Foodie, with her sister Staci. Shari started her blog after losing her mother, Judy, to breast cancer, and as a way to pay tribute to her mother’s love of cooking, she shares some of her most coveted recipes. I have to tell you, a lot of the recipes posted on her site have become staples on my family’s dinner menus.
Bake It Happen is now a national breast cancer baking fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country, carrying on Judy’s culinary legacy and hope for a cure. Last year, Bake it Happen helped to raise $20,000 for the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation. This year, they have renewed their alliance, and will be donating a percentage of their fall pink pumpkin sales directly to help breast cancer research.
I absolutely love getting my children involved as well. Baking is something the kids and I all look forward to, and baking for the Bake It Happen movement, gives me a chance to explain that we are baking for a cause, and I can remind them that it’s so important to help and give to others.
Here’s how it works: Shari provides three recipes for you to bake. This year the recipes are: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins, Banana Chocolate Chip Loaf, and Judy’s Black Bottom Cupcakes. Click the link here for those recipes. Every time you post your baked goods on your social media channels, remember to tag Bake It Happen (Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter) along with the #BakeItHappen, and $5 will be donated to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation. The PPPF works with America’s pumpkin growers, who have committed to giving a percentage of proceeds from every pink pumpkin sold this year to organizations involved in breast cancer research. With just your post or email, you will be entered to win an iPad! Bake it, Share it, Win it for breast cancer.
This year, we made the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. My little helper Gemma couldn’t have been more proud of herself for baking something so delicious! We even made them gluten free for Ryder. We packed up a bunch up to share with our neighbors and friends, as a way to encourage them to join our movement. Happy baking friends, and a big thank you to Shari, from My Judy The Foodie, for inviting me to take part in this amazing campaign!