May 3

Bake Sale Recap—Daylon’s Run/Walk & Carnival

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I am still on a total high from this weekend!  This past Saturday was the big Run/Walk & Carnival to raise money for little Daylon.

Fuji Nana helping set up the bake sale booth

I spent last week trying to organize as many donations of home baked goods as possible for the bake sale booth, organizing volunteers for the booth, rounding up supplies for our booth (table cloths, cake stands, plastic take-away containers, etc.), making a sign for the booth, and doing my own baking.  On Friday, my friend Stacy came over with her little boy, and we knuckled down and made a batch of lemon blueberry bread in jars (stealing my mom’s awesome recipe that she used to make mini-loaves for the LA Food Blogger Bake Sale), a couple loaves of Amish white bread, and a batch of Deadly Chocolate Almond Toffee.

Lemon Blueberry Bread in a jar

I spent the rest of the day making more lemon blueberry bread, making more Amish white bread, and answering the front door as people came to drop off their baked goods for the bake sale booth.  Saturday morning I was up bright and early trying to make everything fit in my car.  I am so glad that many of the donations were delivered to the event Saturday morning, otherwise I would have needed to install shelving in my car to make everything fit!

Packing up the car to go to the carnival

My awesome mom and my sweet friend Josie (of Daydreamer Desserts, read her recap of the event!) met me at the carnival location (a local high school) to help get the booth set up.  They also each brought items to donate to the sale.  My mom made her AMAZING peanut butter cookies dipped in chocolate in adorable little red heart shaped tins (which I failed to get a picture of, aaaargh!), and Josie brought yummy oatmeal cookies and some absolutely incredible TRIPLE Layered Cake Pops (one of my personal favorites from the entire bake sale).

Daydreamer Dessert's INCREDIBLE Cake Pops

Some of my other favorites included these amazing caramel apples that each weighed in at just under 2 pounds.  Mr. Fuji personally made sure that we came home with 2 of these.

Amazing Caramel Apples

These rice krispy flower pops were cuter than cute.

Rice crispy flower pops

Another sweet friend, S’mee, drove quite the distance on Friday to make sure we had 6 dozen of the most amazing cupcakes.

@Gottabesmee's AMAZING cupcakes

I mean, how can you resist descriptions like, “Hazel’s My Girl — Devil’s Food Cake, Nutella Mallow filling, hazelnut infused buttercream with chocolate swirls, rolled in roasted hazelnuts”?  And those cupcakes lived up to their amazing descriptions as well. (Update: S’mee is kindly sharing her recipes! Woot!)

Hazel's My Girl Cupcakes

Finally, my friend Katie made a whole bunch of her beyond adorable flower hair clips to sell.  Squirrel got one to match her outfit.

Squirrel's cute flower hair clip

When we finally had our booth set up and ready to go, we looked at the amount of food on display, and piled under the tables just waiting to be displayed, and were amazed at the amount of food we had.  I really thought there was no way we would even sell half of it.  Much to my surprise and utter delight, we sold almost every single item, except for a couple of odds and ends.

Our awesome bake sale volunteers hard at workCaramel apples & cupcakes

The rest of the event was a smashing success.  It ran smoothly thanks to the work of about 200 volunteers.  There was great food (hamburgers, hot dogs, kettle corn, cotton candy, churros, etc.),

Cotton candy, snow cones, & kettle corn

tons of games and activities (ring toss, bounce house, face painting, etc.),

Walkers and carnival booths

and of course, the Run/Walk.

Walkers & runners getting started Saturday morning

One of my favorite moments of the day was watching one of Daylon’s older sisters throw the ball

Daddy is going down!

to send Daylon’s dad into the dunk tank!

Ready to get wet!Brian is going in!

Yesterday at church, someone quoted Mother Teresa who said, “We cannot do great things on this earth. We can only do small things with great love.”  To me this quote sums up this weekend.  At one point, a young girl came up to our booth with a little coin purse in hand and asked where she could make a donation.  A small thing done with great love.  Saturday showed that the occurrence of many small things can produce great things.  Our bake sale brought in a total of $1,307.50.  Pretty awesome considering the large majority of our items were priced at around $1.00!  The official totals should be in from the entire event some time tomorrow, but I can tell you that the total from the bake sale is going to look very small in comparison!  What a day it was.  A huge thank you to my family,

The Fuji Family

Josie (thank you Josie for letting me use this picture!)

Rachael & Josie

and all of the people who took the time to bake and donate items and who volunteered at our booth.  Thank you for helping me to accomplish a small thing so that we could be part of something great.


For more information about Daylon and how you can help:

{ 24 comments… read them below or add one }

Paula - bell'alimento May 3, 2010 at 3:58 pm

What an incredible bake sale for an incredible little boy!


Terra May 3, 2010 at 3:59 pm

That is WONDERFUL!!!!!!!! Your table looked fantastic, and I hope the money brought in will make a huge dent in the medical bills for this amazing family!


Maria May 3, 2010 at 4:16 pm

Congrats! Looks like the event was a huge success! You are an amazing friend. My heart and prayers go out to your friends. Best wishes to all!


Lyndsey May 3, 2010 at 4:17 pm

Thanks for keeping us posted. I wish I could of been there, everything looked so festive. Nice job and a lot of hard work for a great cause.


Jennifer (Savor) May 3, 2010 at 4:26 pm

So proud of you and putting all of your talents towards helping this family. I heart you Rachel!


Kayte May 3, 2010 at 4:30 pm

You all really know how to do up a bake sale…wow, this all looks so fantastic. Everything is packaged so attractively. What a nice thing for you all to do.


Cathy/ShowFoodChef May 3, 2010 at 4:52 pm

What a wonderful day and cause!


jenjenk May 3, 2010 at 4:58 pm

i just love the photo of squirrel drinking her pop…and the fact that she’s got food all around her mouth. awesome!!!


Fuji Nana May 3, 2010 at 5:33 pm

It was an awesome experience. Thanks for letting me be a part of it.


Fuji Nana May 3, 2010 at 5:36 pm

And don’t forget the incredible frosted cinnamon rolls. Oh my.


Elle May 3, 2010 at 6:01 pm

“We cannot do great things on this earth. We can only do small things with great love.” This quote definitely sums up the whole Carnival. I felt so happy while reading what you all achieved with this event…Reason 1: Because the cause is incredible. Daylon is a miracle already and he’ll get through it all. Reason 2: With so much hate in this world, it is so amazing to see people that care about the others. So, congratulations to you and to the 199 volunteers. Keep us informed about Daylon,ok?

Have an incredible week ;)



Daydreamer Desserts May 3, 2010 at 7:58 pm

Just as Fuji Nana said, it was truly an incredible experience I’m so glad I was able to be a part of it. Thank you!


Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction May 3, 2010 at 8:10 pm

You did such an amazing job… So glad that it went well for you! Love the picture of you and Josie – and so happy I have had the privilege to meet both of you… You are the best!


s'mee May 3, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Thanks for letting me help out Rachel, it was pretty awesome! If anyone is interested I went ahead and linked up the recipes for the cuppi-cakes. Be forewarned however, I am not a foodie, I just make these things up for the family, and special little boys! Enjoy! -Hazel’s My Girl -My Crush -Triple Lemon Heaven


Missy J May 3, 2010 at 8:57 pm

FUJI NANA WAS THERE AND I MISSED HER?! *sob* You were a total rock star, babe! You and Josie both just knocked my socks off! Thank you so much for helping – and sorry I was too busy to hit up the bake sale much – although Brent is the one who bought your mom’s cookies! I still have a wrapped tray – I will email you a picture! – and saving my life throughout this whole thing. I couldn’t have survived it without you!

P.S. Carnival pics will be on my blog & the HMAM website tomorrow!


Fuji Papa May 4, 2010 at 3:49 am

The cake pops and caramel apples were incredible. Great food for a great cause.


bunkycooks May 4, 2010 at 4:13 am

Congrats on having a great day! I know that your efforts are greatly appreciated and that just by getting the word out about Daylon, you will help raise even more money for his family (way beyond the bake sale).


Sara May 4, 2010 at 11:45 am

Yay! Reading this post made me so happy! I’m so happy that the everything went so well.


Eileen Loughman May 4, 2010 at 12:42 pm

I so happy things went well. Our family continues to keep Daylon in our prayers. Congratulations on your “small-things” success.


Cookin' Canuck May 4, 2010 at 3:46 pm

I’m so glad that this event was such a success for little Daylon! What a labor of love – I’m sure that Daylon’s family was very touched by all of your hard work.


Maggy May 4, 2010 at 8:07 pm

Wow! What an amazing event for an amazing little boy. Your baked good looked incredible! Wish I’d been there to buy some :)


Bianca @ South Bay Rants n Raves May 4, 2010 at 9:51 pm

I love the presentation of your goodies! :)


notyet100 May 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm

lovely post


[email protected] May 7, 2010 at 5:56 pm

An amazing community effort. I am in awe of what you can achieve.


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