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A Year of Cakes and Bakes

At the end of the summer term our school’s PTA ran an Auction of Promises as a fundraiser for some new laptops for the classrooms. It’s a really simple idea – we asked parents and families to donate a promise, so things like an evening’s babysitting, or mowing someone’s lawn for them, and then auction them off to the highest bidder. I’m co-Chair of the PTA so felt a little bit under pressure to come up with a really good promise to donate, and in the end decided to offer up a freshly baked cake or batch of biscuits every week for a year. I am possibly already regretting this slightly but it seemed like a good idea at the time.

The reason I am telling you this is that I figured that as I’ll be baking something different (and hopefully yummy) each week, some of you might be interested in me sharing the recipes with you guys as I go along so that you can have a go at any that you fancy?
I almost talked myself out of suggesting it to you all, as I kept thinking it wasn’t really anything to do with my quest to live more sustainably, but then I realised that actually it is.
Making my own cakes and biccies means no cakes boxes or biscuit wrappers going to landfill; it means I know exactly what is going into them and can choose from local and organic ingredients wherever possible; and it also allows me to test out possible recipes for future gifts. Plus it’s cake. I figured we pretty much all love cake.

What do you reckon?

Here’s the first recipe – it’s the macaroons I published last week.

Chocolate Macaroons-Pinterest

Do let me know in the comments or on Facebook if you’d like a weekly dose of sugar filled inspiration!



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  • Reply Pauline Wright September 12, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Excellent idea. I have missed your blog. Not that you didn’t deserve some hols! My daughter is really trying to get on board with less waste too.

    • Reply Jen September 12, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      That sounds good Pauline! And thank you for your lovely words 🙂

  • Reply Pauline Mackinney September 12, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Yes please!

  • Reply Nicola September 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm

    Ooh this would be fab. We love cake and biscuits in this house. I do make most of our cakes but not so much biscuits. In fact the only biscuits I make is hobnobs. So this would be great for inspiration for me. Look forward to your posts x

    • Reply Jen September 12, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      Thanks Nicola!

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