About Mary Helen Leonard

Lifestyle bogger living in ATX, Hand-Maker, Noodle-Nibbler, Day-Dreamer, Crunchy Mama, Song-Bird, Herb-Gardener, Cat-Whispering She-Dragon. www.MaryMakesGood.com

Thank You, Austin!

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Every time we have a sale for Austin Bakes we are reminded of the power of community. Austin Bakes is a 100% volunteer powered event. If it weren’t for the hard work and generosity of everyone involved, from the organizers to the bakers to the folks taking home cupcakes on sale day, we simply could not do what we do.

Yesterday we raised over $2,000 for Doctors Without Borders. It’s more than many individuals are able to contribute on their own, but by working together with this amazing community of people we were all able to make a small difference in the lives of others.

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We’d like to take a moment to thank our wonderful site leaders, Jennifer Cheng, Kristina Wolter, and Lisa Rawlinson for running our three locations. You all kicked butt yesterday – making our sale a big success despite a few rain drops.

We’d also like to thank our team of organizers. Jessica Forkner, Mary Helen Leonard, Kathryn Hutchinson, and Kathy Phan! Their work over the past weeks made everything possible.

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A special thanks goes out to Jessica Forkner and her staff at Crema Bakery & Cafe. Crema not only hosted a hugely successful sale location yesterday, but also donated a portion of the cafe’s proceeds to the cause. Jessica’s generosity and hard work played a huge part in the success of this event. Thank you, Jessica! Thank you, Crema!

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We are also very grateful to our other two host locations, Make It Sweet and Nate’s. Make It Sweet continues to be an incredible resource to the bakers in our community and a favorite location for Austin Bakes. Bakers, be sure and check out the awesome classes Make It Sweet hosts regularly. They are not to be missed.

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This was our first time having a sale at Nate’s in downtown Buda. Thank you, Nate’s for sharing your venue with us!

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The numbers shown above were tallied up yesterday immediately following the sale. Our online donation page will be open until this evening, ready to collect any last-minute donations.

As of this morning, we’ve raised a grand total of $2,136 for Austin Bakes for Haiti!

Thank you, Austin!

Austin Bakes for Haiti – November 5th

Save the date! We are putting together a city-wide bake sale to help raise funds for Doctors Without Borders in the wake of Hurricane Matthews devastation in Haiti.

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The sale will be going on at three locations on Saturday, November 5 from 10am to 2pm. As always, we’ll need your help to bake goodies, run sale tables, spread the word, and of course, shop for delicious goodies.

Sign-up to bake for any of the Austin Bakes for Haiti sale locations using the links below:


Join our Thunderclap Campaign & Social Media Street Team!

Thunderclap is a snazzy new social media tool that will automatically schedule a promotional post on your own account to help spread the word about our sale. For more details, and to join our campaign, click here.

Sign up here to be a part of our social media street team. Street Team members will be contacted by email for future Thunderclap campaigns and will be provided with details, messaging, graphics, and other tools to help us promote Austin Bakes for Haiti.


More Ways to Spread the Word!

Help us harness the power of the internet by sharing information about this bake sale and the various ways people can help:

The Art of Packaging Baked Goods

They say that you taste with your eyes, so it stands to figure that the prettier an item is, the better it will sell at a bake sale. Packaging your goodies in an attractive way not only helps get them off the table as quickly as possible, it helps generate larger donations from bake sale patrons.

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Large fragile treats, like frosted cupcakes or whole pies should be boxed up. Looks for bakers’ boxes at your local bake supply shop. Boxes with clear windows are perfect for bake sales because they let buyers get a sneak peek at your beautiful baked goods.

Small items do best when sold in batches. Try packing up cookies, cake balls, or granola bars by the half-dozen or bakers’ dozen. Plain looking items, like loaves of banana bread or batches of granola can be dolled up by colorful wrappings and bags. Try embellishing your goodies with pretty tags, labels, ribbons and bakers’ twine.

Gateway Nut Free Granola- The Kid Can Cook

Photo by M. Fandrich

Labeling your goodies properly is really important for a few reasons. First off, people want to know what they are buying, so adding a descriptive title to your treats can help entice sales. Food allergies and special diets are also an important thing to consider. If your recipe includes a common allergen, like peanuts, consider adding a note on your label letting folks know.

If you’ve made a recipe that friendly to a certain diet or allergy, that’s a great selling point. Be sure to mention if your donation is gluten-free, dairy free, nut-free, low-sugar, vegan, paleo, etc.

Need some packaging inspiration for the big sale? We’ve collected some tutorial and printable links to help.

Downloads & Printables

Packaging Tips and Tutorials

Check out even more fun packaging ideas on the Austin Bakes: Packaging Ideas Pinterest Board!

And don’t forget, if you purchase your packaging materials at Make It Sweet at 9070 Research Blvd., Set 203, Austin, TX 78758 and mention “Austin Bakes as you check out, they’ll donate 25% of the sale to Austin Bakes for Nepal! The offer is good through Friday, May 22.

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This post was originally published by Mary Helen Leonard on November 2013 for the Austin Bakes for Austin fund raiser.

Thank You, Austin!

We raised more than $4,800 dollars (and counting) for Austin Disaster Relief Network during yesterday’s big sale! To all of our bakers, volunteers, patrons, business partners and location hosts, we can’t thank you enough for all of your help and support.

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Here are the fundraising totals for each of our Austin Bakes for Austin locations:

Crema Bakery – South Austin Bakes for Austin: $1,133
Make It Sweet – North Austin Bakes for Austin: $963.69
Whole Foods Market Lamar – Downtown Austin Bakes for Austin: $614.08
Sugar Circus – East Austin Bakes for Austin: $607.46
Foreign & Domestic – Central Austin Bakes for Austin: $568.00
Springdale Farm Bakes for Austin: $111.00
Online Contributions: $805.00

If you missed the sale in person and you would still like to contribute, you may do so securely online. We’re still collecting contributions through our fundraiser page.

Stay tuned for an update with our final totals for this event.

Thank you to the volunteers, mediabusiness partners, and donors who gave so generously in support of our goal! Your help, time, tweets, Facebook shares, and blog posts helped make this event a success, and we are so grateful.

We’d also like to thank Melissa Skorpil for taking such gorgeous photos of the event. In addition to Melissa’s beautiful photos (featured in the slideshow above) you can check out our Flickr Group for more pictures from yesterday’s sale. If you have photos from yesterday, we’d love for you to share them on the Flickr Group.

While we’re at it, we’d like to take a moment to give our thanks to the Austin businesses who so graciously hosted Austin Bakes for Austin. Volunteer sales were held at Whole Foods Market Lamar, Foreign & Domestic, Sugar Circus Bakery, Make It Sweet, Crema Bakery & Cafe. Springdale Farm held a satellite sale at their farm stand yesterday, and helped to raise an extra $111.00 for Austin Disaster Relief Network.

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Austin Bakes for Austin Preview!

The big day is almost here! Tables loaded with goodies will be available at five locations across the city of Austin on Saturday, November 30 from 10am to 2pm. Here’s a little taste of what you can expect to find at each of our bake sales tomorrow.

Click here to the bake sale locations on a map!

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Central: Foreign & Domestic
306 E. 53rd Street, 78751

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South: Crema Bakery
9001 Brodie Lane, Suite B, 78748

  • Kitschn Calamities: Biscoff No-Bake Cookies, Nutella No-Bake Cookies, Poppy Seed Tea Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Carissa S: Gingerbread Dried Apples
  • Caregiving Cafe: Muffins
  • Lauren M: Bundt Cakes
  • The Little Red Journal: Pumpkin Spice Oat Cookies
  • Cookie Madness: Brownies, Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Misty Morning Bakery: Gluten-Free Oatmeal Raisin Cookies, Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Curious Confections: Scones, Shortbread
  • Livin’ Lyssa: Glazed Chocolate Donut Holes
  • Homemade Austin: S’mores Cookies
  • Sonya M: Pies (Key Lime, Caramel Apple, Coconut, Lemon), Chocolate Dipped Pretzels, Savory Shortbread, Chile Relleno Quiche, Spiced Nuts
  • Subaustinite: Cranberry Bars
  • Kathy G: Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pumpkin Bread, Cupcakes
  • Frank: Sea Salt Maple Honey Shortbread
  • Michele: Cookies, Chocolate Banana Bread
  • Rosani: TBD

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North: Make It Sweet
9070 Research Blvd #203, Austin, TX 78757

  • Nancy L: Chocolate Covered Marshmallow Lollipops, Double-Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Stetted: Chocolate Potato Chip Cookies
  • Andi T: Glazed Pecans
  • Cindee D: Cookies
  • Beverly: Mini Bundt Cakes
  • Girl Gone Grits: Mini Cakes
  • Clarabelle Cottage: Cupcakes(Raspberry Chipotle Chocolate, Pineapple Spice Cheesecake), Cookies, Mini Lemon Poppy Seed Loves
  • Veronica P: Cookies
  • Regina M.: Chocolate Dipped Caramel Pretzels
  • Lynsey C: White Chocolate Pretzels
  • Sweet Pastel Cakes: Chocolate Covered Cookies filled with Dulce de Leche
  • Lucy M: Mini Pumpkin or Pound Cake Loaves
  • 2 T’s Sweets: Decorated Sugar Cookies
  • Kitchen Concoctions: TBD
  • The Kitchen Trials: TBD
  • Sushi in the ATX: TBD
  • Carol M.: TBD
  • Christina H: TBD
  • Lily D: TBD
  • Heather H: TBD

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East: Sugar Circus Bakery
2613 E 5th St, Austin, TX 78702

  • Dana B: Cookies
  • Diane C: Sweet Bread, Brownies
  • Aneelee: Chipotle Agave Granola, Button Cupcakes
  • Mary Makes Dinner: Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies, Gingerbread Cupcakes, Smoked Cherry Brownies
  • Hilary Anderson: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Austin Gastronomist: Rosemary Toasted Pecans, Cheddar Kale Muffins
  • Aja: Madeleines, Gingerbread Cookies
  • Bake Me Away: Chocolate Mustache Cookies, Cheese Sables, Baklava
  • Keri: Gluten-Free Pumpkin Ricotta Muffins
Pumpkin Bread from Totally Nuts Bakery

Pumpkin Bread from Totally Nuts Bakery

Downtown: Whole Foods Market Lamar
525 N. Lamar Boulevard, 78703

  • Midnite Chef: Bread, Cookies
  • Alissa M: Gluten-Free Cookies
  • Claire R: Poached Pear Cranberry Cupcakes, Autumn Nut & Berry Brittle
  • Angela C: Almond Blondies, Pecan Sandies
  • Austin Gastronomist: Rosemary Toasted Pecans, Cheddar Kale Muffins, Vegan Chocolate Brownies
  • Stephanie: Dutch Apple Pies
  • Loretta: Sugar Cookies, Mini Apple Pies
  • Totally Nuts Bakery: Pumpkin Bread, Banana Bread, Brownies
  • David: Peanut Butter Cup Cookies
  • Erin: Dark Chocolate Fudge
  • Beyond Picket Fences: TBD
  • Butterlust: TBD

The Art of Packaging Baked Goods

They say that you taste with your eyes, so it stands to figure that the prettier an item is, the better it will sell at a bake sale. Packaging your goodies in an attractive way not only helps get them off the table as quickly as possible, it helps generate larger donations from bake sale patrons.

Flourless Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies

Large fragile treats, like frosted cupcakes or whole pies should be boxed up. Looks for bakers’ boxes at your local bake supply shop. Boxes with clear windows are perfect for bake sales because they let buyers get a sneak peek at your beautiful baked goods.

Small items do best when sold in batches. Try packing up cookies, cake balls, or granola bars by the half-dozen or bakers’ dozen. Plain looking items, like loaves of banana bread or batches of granola can be dolled up by colorful wrappings and bags. Try embellishing your goodies with pretty tags, labels, ribbons and bakers’ twine.

Gateway Nut Free Granola- The Kid Can Cook

Photo by M. Fandrich

Labeling your goodies properly is really important for a few reasons. First off, people want to know what they are buying, so adding a descriptive title to your treats can help entice sales. Food allergies and special diets are also an important thing to consider. If your recipe includes a common allergen, like peanuts, consider adding a note on your label letting folks know.

If you’ve made a recipe that friendly to a certain diet or allergy, that’s a great selling point. Be sure to mention if your donation is gluten-free, dairy free, nut-free, low-sugar, vegan, paleo, etc.

Need some packaging inspiration for the big sale? We’ve collected some tutorial and printable links to help.

Downloads & Printables

Packaging Tips and Tutorials

Check out even more fun packaging ideas on the Austin Bakes: Packaging Ideas Pinterest Board!

No-Bake? No-Problem: Five Ways Non-Bakers Can Help

So maybe you love the idea of Austin Bakes, but you aren’t super confident in the kitchen. Fret not, non-bakers, there is still so much that you can do to help. In addition to bakers, Austin Bakes needs volunteers to help out at sale sites, and donations of supplies and necessary equipment, and help promoting the event.

Here are a few ways that you can help without ever touching an oven.

Volunteers at our seven bake sale sites raised over $10,000 for the Central Texas Wildfire Fund during Austin Bakes for Bastrop.

Volunteers at our seven bake sale sites raised over $10,000 for the Central Texas Wildfire Fund during Austin Bakes for Bastrop.

Volunteer at a Bake Sale Site
Our goal is to have several volunteers at every sale site. These folks will collect donations, assist customers, and help set up and break down tables, chairs, and tents. We still need plenty of help in this department, particularly at our Central and East locations. (Foreign & Domestic and Sugar Circus Bakery.)

Make Signs
Drawing attention to the sale is no small task. We could really use some big, eye-catching signs to help promote the sale, and to drive traffic toward the sites. Homemade and DIY signs are just fine, so if you have some free time and some extra poster-board, do us a solid and whip up a sign or two.

These gorgeous signs were donated for our very first sale, Austin Bakes for Japan.

These gorgeous signs were donated for our very first sale, Austin Bakes for Japan.

Donate Supplies
You might be surprised to find out that bake sales require quite a few supplies to run smoothly. We need red plastic tablecloths, bottled water for volunteers, blank labels, pens,  tapes, scissors and cardstock for making small signs for the tables. Big pickle jars and coffee cans are also very handy (for collecting donations).

Lend Props and Equipment
Do you have a folding table, folding chair, or pop-up tent that we could borrow for the sale? These large items are sometimes hard to acquire, so lending one out for the day would be a huge help. We could also use props to dress up the tables. Items like cake stands, fancy baskets, and decorative trays will help us sell more goodies.

We need supplies, props, tables, and tents to make Austin Bakes for Austin a success.

We need supplies, props, tables, and tents to make Austin Bakes for Austin a success.

Spread the Word
The easiest thing that you can do to help is to share the sale with your community. Invite your friends to our Facebook event. Share our site on Twitter, Facebook, and G+. Write a blog post. Call or write to your favorite Austin news or radio channel and ask them to talk about Austin Bakes. Print some flyers and share them with your family and co-workers. We need all the help we can get, and we can never have too many customers on the big day.

Have you found a great way to help Austin Bakes? Send us an email or sign up to help through our volunteer sign-up page.