Friday, February 19, 2010
Bake Sale Fail and CONTEST!
We all know what they say about the best laid plans.
When some people in my office announced that they were planning a bake sale to raise money for Haiti relief I was really excited. I'd been reading about lots of super successful bake sales that had raised a ton of money and also moved some excellent baked goods into the mouths of the eager public. I wanted to be a part of it all.
I worked hard. I made big batches of blueberry lemon cupcakes and double chocolate cookies. I packed them away carefully and wrote up the ingredient lists. I put them in places that our pets have no access to. And then I went to bed.
When I woke up the next morning my throat was raw and my nose was running like a tap. I was achey, tired, and cranky. In a word, sick.
Maybe I got it from some diseased New Yorkers. Maybe from some kids in one of the daycares I was visiting. It's likely, though, that I got it from other people in my office. They've been dropping like flies all week. I didn't think I should add to the trouble by dragging my sniffley self in to work with three tubs of my homemade baked goods. Who wants to accept a cookie from someone whose nose is running?
Alas, my baked goods sit in the fridge and freezer, waiting to be eaten, given away, or (eep!) thrown out. It is a big bummer. I am trying to be cool about it. And I am still sick. In bed for the second day in a row. Ugh.
However! I have exciting news for you all. This Bake Sale Fail is the perfect set up for my very first blog giveaway. I've been wanting to do this since Christmas. Why Christmas, you ask? Well, because for Christmas I got TWO copies of this:
And while the cupcakes pictured at the beginning of this post are a modified version of one of my own recipes, those chocolate cookies are straight out of Veganomicon. And they are fantastic! So of course, if you don't have it already, you want to win my extra copy of this cookbook.
1. Leave a comment on this post telling me about one of your food-related fails. Runny cookie dough? Flat muffins? Epic food poisoning? Soggy spring rolls? Let us all know about it.
2. You can enter A SECOND TIME if you are a member of the It Ain't Meat, Babe Facebook group. To enter over there, post your food fail on the group's wall.
3. I will write down the names of all the entrants from the blog and the Facebook group and have The Unbiased and Extremely Careful Man of Science draw the winner's name.
4. You have until Sunday at midnight to enter. The winner's name will be announced on Monday. Then I'll need you to e-mail me your address and I'll send you the book.
Only people in Canada and the USA can enter. Sorry internationalites. It's a hardcover book and I don't want to break the bank sending it to far off places.