For Japan, with love


I won't be in Austin this weekend, but my cookies will be.  Kathryn of The Austin Gastronomist has put together an incredible bake sale this Saturday (4-2-11) called Austin Bakes for Japan. There are going to be 5, yes FIVE, locations for the bake sale all throughout Austin, so if you live there, or in the area, please stop by.  (Here is the list of locations.)
To say that the images and stories coming out if Japan are heart-breaking is such an understatement, but I can't think of a better way to descibe it.  My mind keeps going back to those children waiting for days at their school for their parents to pick them up.  And it goes to the mothers who must lie awake at night worrying about the impact radiation will have on their children, and their food, and their country.

This may sound silly, but I remember getting my issue of Martha Stewart Living after September 11th.  (Yes, I looked to Martha for comfort.)  She had been in Japan during the attacks and her letter from the editor described that day there.  It touched me so deeply...I saved that letter.  Here's an excerpt:

"As we walked somberly toward the temple, the bells in the bell tower....pealed the melody of Parke W. Hewins's 'America the Beautiful.'  How wonderful, how inspiring and how utterly devastating."
~Martha Stewart, 2001

The people of Japan grieved with us, and now we grieve with them.


I hope if you're in the area, you'll come by the bake sale. Sweet and lovely Nina from Salt: a baking journal is transporting my cookies to Austin from Houston.  Thank you, Nina....such a pleasure to meet you!

My heart is in Japan, my cookies are in Austin...and I'll be sweating it out in Houston at kiddo's track meet.  Wish I could be there to help with the sale!

***update: The bake sale was a huge success!  To date, over $11,000 dollars was raised and donations are still coming in...yay!***

108 comments

  1. Your cookies are just stunning... and what a great way to do what you can to help those in Japan. My heart aches when I think about the devastation and what the people of Japan are going through.

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  2. Thanks for sharing Martha's letter.
    I also made cookies for a local charity event for the tsunami 2 weeks ago. http://www.doublecreamsinglesugar.com/2011/03/cookies-for-charity.html
    Best wishes to Japan.

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  3. So pretty!! And for such a good cause.

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  4. Can I take you home with me? I just love every part of this heartfelt post. I know that you bake with love because it shows in every detail. -K

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  5. What a wonderful gesture and fund raising effort for the people of Japan. Thank you for sharing your contribution to the bake sale with us!

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  6. beautiful cookies, beautiful lettering, and beautiful post...well done

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  7. Beautiful cookies Bridget! I love that you made them for such a wonderful cause.

    xoxox
    Jen

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  8. Amazing! I hope the bake sale is a huge success for a wonderful cause. Wish I was in Austin!

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  9. Those pics showed the vivid color "almost" like they were in person. One of my suppliers is in Japan but they were farther inland and so far, so good.

    If you want to really see the BEFORE and AFTER, go here

    http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2011/03/13/world/asia/satellite-photos-japan-before-and-after-tsunami.html?src=tptw

    ...and move the little BLUE slider left and right. Someone in a news story said the island of Japan "...moved about 15 feet closer to the USA." Yikes! Wish we could hand out some cookies and Shiner, Texas beer to some of the survivors.

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  10. simple but elegant....love them. Great way to show your support!

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  11. Beautiful!!!
    I have relatives in Japan- they felt the earthquake but were not affected.
    The country has pulled together during this tragedy- no looting, no stealing, lowering market prices,etc.

    I personally want to THANK YOU for your generosity and for using your giftedness to bless others!!!

    Can I purchase some? I live in So Cal...and I'm serious!

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  12. Your Japanese flag cookies are so beautiful, especially with the hearts and love that go along with them:) In this virtual age the world is a lot smaller place than it used to be. Japan doesn't just seem like a far-flung foreign country like it did when I was a child. Touching post, Bridget.

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  13. Your cookies are beautiful, the love and effort you put into creating them always shows. I know that they will be a hit at the bake sale. I hope they raise a ton of money.

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  14. My heart is in Japan also. What a great way to show your support.

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  15. What's going on in Japan is heart wrenching. But these cookies are absolutely beautiful. What a lovely addition to the bake sale.

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  16. Thanks so much Bridget for participating. Your cookies are so pretty, we will raise lots of money for Japan!!!!

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  17. Thank you for your lovely post. You are such a kind person. I hope the bake sales are a huge success!

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  18. Hi Bridget! My name is Amy and I've been following your blog for about a year and a half now. My husband (who is Japanese) and I are missionaries in Tokyo. I just wanted to say thank you for taking part in helping the Japanese people over here! I so admire all of your cookies but just especially loved these! thank you!

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  19. Hi Bridget! My name is Amy and I've been following your blog for about a year and a half now. My husband (who is Japanese) and I are missionaries in Tokyo. I just wanted to say thank you for taking part in helping the Japanese people over here! I so admire all of your cookies but just especially loved these! thank you!

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  20. Gorgeous as always Bridget....and I wish I could make a trip to Austin today.

    You are too cute saving Martha quotes

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  21. Good for you for donating such great looking cookies for the people of Japan.

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  22. Your cookies are a beautiful contribution to the efforts to help the people of Japan. One cannot look at them without realizing the care and the compassion for a suffering country that went into to making them. I know your cookies will be sold to people in Austin but they will touch the hearts of everyone who sees them and no doubt, inspire others to do what they can to help Japan

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  23. Such lovely cookies and such a great cause. This is a heart warming post.

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  24. This is such a great way to help out those in need in Japan! My husband and I live in Japan, and I got evacuated a couple of weeks ago, but my heart is still there, with him and all the relief effots. Since I've been home, I've been looking for ways to raise money-wish I could be there to help!

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  25. Those cookies are amazing... perfectly perfect. Kinda like you sweet girl! Thank you for all you do!

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  26. Great cause and gorgeous cookies as always. Wish I lived a little closer.

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  27. Lovely cookies for a great cause!!

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  28. Great blog; happy I found you!very informative and great photography!

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  29. Bridget,
    These cookies are beautiful, but nowhere near as beautiful as your heart. I'm so proud to call you a friend.

    xoxo

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  30. $11,000 - that is such awesome news! These cookies are a beautiful way to help those in need. xo

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  31. They are perfect, B...perfect and from the heart :-)

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  32. These are beautiful. You have so much talent with what you do.

    xo -Marie
    Chocolate & Wine

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  33. What a wonderful post, and beautiful cookies!

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  34. I just love looking at your cookies!

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  35. Soooo i just spent ALLLL day yesterday (seriously... i think Andrew changed every Diaper and fed Kairi her meals! all while i sat on my laptop), and half of today going through EVERY post of yours, so i'm all caught up now! lol. I LOVE all your cookies! Sooo much information and inspiration! thank you so much!! :D
    -Hailee

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  36. I love the cookies you made. Fabulous and such a perfect post, Bridget.

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  37. Congratulations on the success of the bake sale!! $11,000 is amazing! The cookies look absolutely gorgeous too.

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  38. Those cookies are so lovely, and what a wonderful cause.

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