Dec 9

Helping to End Childhood Hunger With Cookies

in Family, Share Our Strength

Earlier this week I had the privilege of being with a dear friend in the hospital when she gave birth to a beautiful little baby girl.  Holding a baby that is only minutes old is an incredible experience–you can't help but love that little bundle in your arms.  Holding my friend's baby brought back vivid memories of holding my own little girls for the first time.  The birth of my first child awoke feelings of fierce protectiveness inside of me.  I would do anything to insure that my little girls are safe, healthy, and happy. 


This is why the mission of the organization Share Our Strength resonates deeply with me.  Share Our Strength is a national organization that works hard to see that no child in America grows up hungry.  Did you know that nearly 17 million children (almost 1 in 4) in the US don’t have access to enough healthy food to thrive?  The thought of a child suffering from hunger rips at my heart and taps into those same feelings of fierce protectiveness.  No child should have to go hungry.  Share Our Strength feels the same way and is fighting to change the situation, and we can help. 


I am so excited to be one of the co-hosts in the 12 Days of Sharing virtual cookie swap that is being hosted by In Jennie's Kitchen to help raise awareness about childhood hunger in America.  You can participate too!

  • Post a cookie recipe (or any baked good) on your site and add it to the virtual cookie jar by sending an email to [email protected] Use “In Jennie’s Kitchen” as the subject and be sure to include a link to your recipe and a photo of your cookies.
  • Post the 12 Days of Sharing badge on your site for the entire 12 days to show your support and encourage your readers to make donations. (You can grab the badge from my sidebar on the left, or get it here.)
  • Click on one of the 12 Days of Sharing banners/badges to make a donation to Share Our Strength. By making a donation, you will be eligible for a giveaway with some great prizes (including a Cuisinart stand mixer, gift bags from the Food Network, and much more!).
  • Check back every day to see recipes from the co-host (I'll be co-hosting one of the days) and discover some new favorite holiday recipes of your own.  Once you have, be sure to share your favorites on Facebook and Twitter to encourage others to participate and make a donation to Share Our Strength!

If you have any questions, all of the details can be found here.  This post is also a part of featured Holiday blogger recipes!  I have been invited to be a featured Holiday blogger over at

I thought I would start off by sharing some links to past posts of some of my favorite holiday treats.

Fuji Mama's Holiday Favorites


Okay, now that we've got enough goodies to last us a few days, we need something to wash it all down with!  Check back tomorrow for an easy spiced apple cider recipe!



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Don't forget to enter my Aunt Else's Aebleskiver Starter Kit Giveaway!  To enter, see this post for details.

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[email protected] in Iowa December 9, 2009 at 3:32 pm

Rachael, What a touching post!  Loved the pictures of your girls, beautiful!!


Fuji Nana December 10, 2009 at 6:16 am

Your happy, healthy little girls are an image of what all children should have in their lives.  I'll certainly be making a donation.  After all, Christmas really is about a child.  Thanks for reminding us.


[email protected] December 10, 2009 at 11:40 am

Your children are just so beautiful!  And congrats on being selected as a featured blogger.. today, tomorrow the world!!!


Sarah December 17, 2009 at 6:30 am

Thank you for this post.  It reminded me I wanted to post a holiday cookie recipe of my own, and gave me a very good way to remember my grandmother.


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