Thursday, May 9, 2013

Austin Bakes


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I did something cool this past weekend.

I helped participate with Austin Bakes.

This lovely group of bakers coordinates bake sales with the help of AmeriCares, and donates to those in need.

This time, baked goods were sold to raise money for West, Texas.

The town of West experienced a fertilizer plant explosion a few weeks ago, and 14 people were killed, many of those being first responders.

These little cake pops were our biggest hit, crafted by Kelley Masters, founder of the Texas Baker’s Bill.

Thanks to her, Texas bakers are now legally allowed to sell cakes and other handmade goodies from their home, as a legal home business. She continues to work on the bill to further its improvements, allowing bakers to sell at farmer’s markets, and increase the products they can offer.

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The goal was to raise $15,000 through a variety of locations around Austin. Some bake sales were at Whole Foods Markets, Stiles Swtich BBQ (REALLY good ‘Q), and Round Rock Market Days (where I was!!!).

Numbers are still being tallied, but as of today, Austin bakers and community members have raised over $19,000, that’s right, NINETEEN THOUSAND DOLLARS in donations to help the community of West!

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I made my black bottom cupcakes, and these salted caramel chocolate chunk cookies (recipe will be in an upcoming post).

If you’re from Texas, you know what West is known for.

If you’re not from Texas, next time you’re here, and on the I-35 corridor, stop in West on your way from Dallas to Austin and pick up some kolaches. That’s their claim to fame.

Kolaches are scrumptious little pastries, filled with fruit, poppyseed, or meat filling…. I guess I’ll need to whip up some of those soon…. come to think of it, I can’t believe I didn’t see any at the sale!

If you’d still like to donate online, you may do so securely here.

West, we’ve got your back.


~ Peace, Love, and Kolaches Y’all.


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4 Responses to “Austin Bakes”

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    Jeanne (NanaBread) — May 9, 2013 @ 4:47 pm

    Very cool, Katie! Congrats on helping raise more than your goal. I know the people of West will appreciate it. 😀

    • katieb replied: — May 12th, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

      I sure hope so… hope they are beginning to have some semblance of a normal life as it was…

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    katie — May 10, 2013 @ 8:03 am

    Awe that is very cool! Great job on volunteering and raising money for those in need!

    • katieb replied: — May 12th, 2013 @ 3:09 pm

      It was so fun!

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