Katie’s Vegan Bake Sale for Japan ended and I was blown away when I saw my Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls fetch $200!

Close up of two Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls

I don’t know who the bidders were, or who the winner is! (Katie has not announced it as of the time I am publishing this post.  She is likely swamped with details, emails, and handling a million things.  In due time I will find out who the winner is).

If the winner is reading this post, email me!  Tell me what else you want!  I’ve got plenty of balls where those came from.

Like No Bake Toffee & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

No Bake Toffee & Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites on cake stand

Or No Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles

No Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles with one split open showing inside

I’d love to send you a few extra goodies for your generosity.  The people of Japan thank you!

And I thank you for making me feel so special that you would pay that much money for some of my goodies.  Seriously, I am humbled and speechless.

Thank you to everyone who bid on my item as well as on all the other items that were up for bids to show your support and generosity.  It just amazed me, in a great way.

Moving on…

On Wednesday I went to the dentist for a teeth cleaning.  I go every four months because I am obsessed with oral hygiene and preventative maintenance.  My plan seems to be working because I’ve never had a cavity.  So if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.  Thus, I go every 4 months.  So sorry that Caitlin did not have as good of luck at the dentist yesterday.

Woman taking photo of self smiling

I just looked back at one of my “dentist posts” from July 2010 and Skylar looks like a little peanut!

Young girl standing in front of door with hands on hips smiling

What a difference 8.5 months makes!

Young girl with head to side and arm up smiling in living room

Young girl with arms crossed smiling

From my last post about New vs. Recycled Pictures, it seems many of you do recycle your pictures since it’s a big time saver and for those of you who don’t, it’s because you don’t mind snapping fresh pics.

And I’m glad that the majority of people don’t mind recycled pictures, and as I suspected, most don’t even notice unless it’s pointed out.

Finally, I threw in the bit about Foodgawker and Tastespotting as an aside and lots of you were passionate in your response and comments.  Basically, many of you either don’t care about the “fancy foodie” sites or you feel that they are getting a little too picky, even for their own good.

I have no idea what of mine they will take and won’t take.  Only recently did I get serious about submitting recipes and it’s a crap shoot what gets the thumbs up vs. thumbs down.  Mary told me that my No Bake Vanilla Cake Batter Chocolate Truffles were on the “Popular” Section of Foodgawker.  I went there.  And they are!    And Tastespotting turned down that very photo and recipe and it went on to make the “popular” section of FG. You just never know.

Dessert: Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bars with Chocolate Frosting (GF, no-bake)

One Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bar with Chocolate Frosting on plate

Since I don’t have any cavities, I’ll keep eating sugar.  Happily.

Side view of Peanut Butter Marshmallow Bar with Chocolate Frosting



1. How often do you go to the dentist?

I go every four months, and I don’t have dental insurance so I pay out of pocket every time I go, but that’s ok.  I’d rather prevent than find something after the fact when it will cause me a whole lot more in terms of money, pain, and health consequences.

Kind of like my thoughts on going to the gyno.  Preventive and routine maintenance.

2. Are you ever amazed at the random acts of kindness of strangers or of people’s generosity?  Any particular examples come to mind?

We are all familiar with the not as nice side of humanity and the less that kind side of human behavior so it’s just especially awesome when people rally together for a great cause and are generous.

Last week when I fell and had blood gushing all over my hands, a woman who was outside watering her plants offered to drive me home (thankfully I was less than a half mile from my house and just walked home).  But the fact that a woman would let a bloody stranger in her car, in an urban area, no questions asked, was pretty amazing.

I saw kindness today in Rite-Aid when the cashier actually walked with an older lady who was having trouble finding a product and walked her right to it rather than just pointing and saying it’s on aisle 3.

Kindness and generosity doesn’t always have to be a “big” thing.  It can be the small things and little details, too.  In fact, I think it’s the small random acts of kindness make the world a better place.  <— I’m sounding a little bit hippy dippy so I will stop for now.

3. Anything fun or exciting for you this week?

Plenty in my world!  I am exciting to post about a few things.  Soon.

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