Friday, September 27, 2013

Some Recent Cookies

I have been very busy with cookies lately, and haven't been good about blogging them.  This post will be a hodge-podge of some recent cookies that I haven't posted!

Bridal shower cookies for an upcoming art-deco style wedding in Miami. 

I made this platter for my little friend Tyler's 3rd birthday.  He loves all sports, but especially lacrosse (his brother and sister play), soccer (his brother plays) and football (his sister is a cheerleader).  Happy Birthday Tyler!

I donated a couple hundred cookies for Grizzly Day - the annual pep rally for the Grizzly football organization.  The cheerleaders sold them to raise money for Susan G Komen.  Go Grizzlies!

I have enjoyed making care packages for college students!

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

an exciting announcement!

As many of you know, the reason I started this baking page was to help raise funds for Susan G Komen as part of my participation in and fundraising commitment to the 3 Day for the Cure walk.   This year, my fourth year walking, I have raised over $5,000 for this worthy cause, almost entirely by baking cookies!  I offer my heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you who has bought cookies from me to help me reach this goal!   
Many people have told me that I should do this as a business, not just as a fundraiser . . . and that time has come!   I am very pleased to announce that I have been approved as a Home Baker by the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Safety!  I have also filed all of my business paperwork with the County and the State, and I'm now ready to go . . . Baked By Rachel is officially in business!
While I am of course looking forward to making a little money on this hobby (finally supporting my cookie cutter and sprinkle addiction!), I also plan to continue baking cookies for charity purposes - Susan G. Komen and other breast cancer organizations of course, but also things like the Go Bo! Foundation, my children's schools, and other causes that are important to me.
I will be working on this blog to turn it more into a business website over the next few weeks, with ordering information, etc.  In the meantime, please feel free to e-mail me at or contact me through my facebook page to place an order inquiry!

Monday, September 23, 2013

Go Bo! Bake Sale

I am so honored to be taking part in the 2nd annual Go Bo! Bake Sale!  

Bo Johnson was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia, EM/AML, at the age of 12. He battled the disease for a year, and lost his life on Sept. 28, 2012.   The Go Bo Foundation was formed to help other children with life-threatening medical conditions by funding research, supporting treatment, and helping their families during times of financial need. 

According to the website for the Go Bo Foundation:
The GO BO Foundation is Bo's gift to us.  It's a way for each of us to give back.  The GO BO Foundation isn't an individual person or a single family, it's a community of people gathering together because Bo reminded us what true courage really is.   One boy has inspired a multitude with nothing more than a smile and a dream to help others. We hope you'll join us.

And this is where the cookies come in.    Jill Wettstein, an amazing cookie artist I have been following online for some time now, has done an amazing job pulling together cookie artists from all 50 states and 8 countries to contribute cookies for a bake sale like no other.     The 2nd Annual Go Bo Foundation Bake Sale will take place over two weekends in October in Sister Bay, Wisconsin.    Visit the Facebook page or search #gobobakesale and so the amazing creations my fellow cookie artists have donated.  

Cookies for the bake sale are to be Fall- or Halloween-themed.   I decided to send a little Virginia greeting to Wisconsin with some "Happy Fall, Y'All" cookies!  Thanks so much to Kellie at Nest of Posies for kindly allowing me to use her artwork as inspiration for these cookies!

Bo's favorite color was orange, and the Go Bo Foundation uses orange ribbons to symbolize their efforts.  I'm glad to be a part of this effort to turn the map orange and raise funds for such an important cause. 

Check it out!  If you can't get to Wisconsin to buy cookies, consider making an online donation to the  Go Bo Foundation.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Book Club cookies


An old family friend asked me to make cookies and cakeballs for her book club meeting . . . I made these for her last year and she knew her friends would be asking for more!     She asked me to include the book club's name  - "Cover to Cover" - but otherwise left it up to me.  I thought this was an excellent time to make the bookworm cookies I made a few months ago.  I added some sprinkly squares with the name and some flowery circles and came up with this colorful platter!

I also made a little platter of carrot cake and raspberry chocolate cake balls!
Hope the book club enjoys them!  Thank you Nickie!

A triple celebration!

A few weeks ago, I made a 50th anniversary platter for the parents of an old high school friend.   They were so excited about the cookies, they asked me to make cookies to help them celebrate again, this time with two other couples who were also hitting the golden anniversary milestone!   There are all part a group of friends who get together to play cards, and Cherry & Bill wanted to surpise them with cookies. 
One 50th anniversary is special . . . but three??  What an occasion!  I really enjoyed planning this platter.  I wanted to make it very special to celebrate three long marriages.   I think they really enjoyed it - check out this lovely e-mail I got from Cherry the next day:
The cookies were a tremendous hit and I gave out all of your cards and have others who are getting the info from me. Everyone was amazed that they not only looked good but tasted good too.

Thank you Cherry!  So glad to help you and your friends celebrate such a special occasion!

Monday, September 16, 2013

"Favorite Things" platter for a 40th birthday

"Favorite Things" platters are just such a fun way to celebrate a birthday!  I love working with the person ordering the platter to pinpoint a couple of things that help express the special person's personality and interests.

Jill ordered this platter to help celebrate her husband's 40th birthday.  She told me he loves basketball - especially Michigan Wolverines basketball, golf, and coaching.   He also has the fantastic nickname of "Captain Awesome".   With those things I mind, I put together this platter!  I love how, by using a similar color palette, a seemingly random assortment of things actually looks good together!

Hope it was a great party - Thanks Jill!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Happy First Birthday, Mackenzie!

When a friend asked me to make cookies for her sweet girl's first birthday, I jumped at the chance.  I made her baby shower cookies last year, so I loved the opportunity to continue a tradition for her!  She sent me the cute invitation she used, and a couple of ideas she found online, and I went for it.  I love the pink and orange color combination . . .

the invitation (I blanked out the personal stuff!)
party favors

all wrapped up and ready to go!

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Mustache and Lips bridal shower

Made this platter for a bridal shower this weekend . . . it matches their cute save the date cards!    What a fun theme!  Thank you, Alicia!  Hope your sister enjoyed her shower!