The Troops Need Cookies!
I received an urgent email from a fellow blogger back in July sometime. It was Susan from She's Becoming DoughMESStic. She starts her email, "I have a cousin (though more like a brother since we grew up together) in the Army JAG Corp." She's says in her first email, She goes on with her appeal, "So, I am looking for some volunteers. Could you maybe bake one thing, seal it up and ship it to him? If we all do this on the same day, maybe he’ll get them all about the same time. Imagine how happy all those homesick troops will be to have homemade goodies!!....."I think I will call it Operation Baking GALS (Give A Little Support)" ....SO, from now on, Operation Baking GALS will be supporting our troops every month, once a month, and instead of our soldiers getting deodorant and soap, they'll be getting the one thing they can't get from the canteen - Homemade goodies made with LOVE."
Well, the first month came and went. I felt bad for not signing up, after all, I was one of the first 20 she emailed. I didn't have a working oven at the time and no oven means no cookies! I don't think Susan had any idea what was to become of her efforts. OBG has gone far and wide and now has over 250 bloggers and bakers on 8 or 9 teams sending goodies to troops from Iraq to Afghanistan to the USS Abraham Lincoln Newspaper press releases, radio spots and bloggers have helped to spread the word. Susan is now waiting for Oprah to call! OPRAH, Where are you?
So, what's in my package?
- 6 huge Ooey, Gooey Chewy Chocolate Walnut Brownies.
- 18 Soft & Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies
- 1# bag of Skittles
- 2 boxes of single serving ice tea mixes
- And a post card from Newport. It's important that the troops feel connected to home and I think it's cool for them to know where the love is coming from!
Here's a few recipes to share:
- GOURMET CHOCOLATE FUDGE BROWNIES
- REESE'S CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CUP BROWNIES
- CHEWY OATMEAL RAISIN COOKIES
My package is going to out Jayne's nephew Joe, who is stationed in Afghanistan with the Air Guard. You can find out more about Joe from Jayne's blog, The Barefoot Kitchen Witch. Jayne is a fellow blogger also living in RI, just a few miles from me, so I thought I should support local troops???
I packaged them just the way Cat from The Cat's Pajamas explained. Use those nice disposable Ziploc Snap and Seal containers, line the cookies between sheets of paper towels and stick a piece of apple peel in the folds. Apparently, this keeps the cookies moist where bread would mold. She assured us that the guys would eat what's under the mold anyway!
If anyone is interested in sending a box of goodies to the troops, or if you know of someone in the armed forces that would be excited to get 20 or more boxes of goodies a month, get in touch with Susan from Operation Baking Gals and she'll hook you up with one of the team leaders.
Until next month, OBG unite!