Friday, June 19, 2009

Round 10!!!

Round 10 is up and running!!

It is that time again! Time to bake for our ever so deserving military!!! For this round, I found him through his wife on twitter!! Below you will find a little bio about him from his wife! As always, if you have any problems or questions, please email me at baking4troops@gmail.com or leave a comment here with your contact information! Thank you so much!

SSG Nicholas Limerick is assigned to Bravo Company over in Afghanistan. He has been in the Army for 8 years and plans on becoming a Warrant Officer when he returns home in January 2010. He has a wonderful wife, Jennifer, and has been married for 7 years. He also has a daughter, Shannon, who is 5 months old. He deployed the day she turned a month old. He enjoys watching
the Baltimore Ravens, playing video games, hunting, fishing and camping. He was born and raised in Texas and plans to retire there one day.

Round 8 & 9!

Okay well I am bad and left my laptop down with my husband and forget to bring it back with me... therefore I will not get to START posting about these rounds and our awesome(!!!) participants till the earliest of the end of the month!! I am so sorry for that! Please be patient!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Round 9!!

It is time to start signing up for teams again!!!

Here is our person for this round~

This round we are baking for a fellow blogger! Her name is Sarah! She runs the blog: Sweets by Sarah

Here are 2 links on her blog that show all of the people she works with! I thought it was really cool and wanted to share it will all of you!
Day in the Life Part 1
Day in the Life Part 2


Here is a blurb from her email she sent to me:

I am currently in Iraq with Marine Aircraft Group 26. We are a
headquarters unit that supports anywhere from 10-12 squadrons. We are
an fun bunch of people and are making the most of the year that we are
deployed. We are originally stationed at Marine Corps Air Station, New
River in Jacksonville, NC.



As always, if you have any problems or questions, please email me at baking4troops@gmail.com or leave a comment here with a way to contact you!

Thanks again for all your hard work!!!

~Lyndsay (and her mom Pam)

Friday, May 15, 2009

Wraps up Round 7!

This wraps up Round 7 for Richie! Thanks to all those who participated!!! And thank you to DeAnna, his wife, for being patient with me in getting these posted! I am normally not this late in getting them up!!!

Round 8 round up should start sometime next week... I need a lot of people to get back to me before I can start! :-) You know who you are :-)

And Round 9 sign ups start next Friday!!!

Thanks everyone for all that you do!! You are awesome!!!

Team Member - Carol

Carol baked chocolate chip cookies for this round!


Thanks Carol for joining us this round!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Team Member - Joy

Joy baked...
Hello Dolly Bars (7 layer bars)

M&M Cookies

Brown Butter Brown Sugar Shorties

Chocolate Caramel Matzoh Crunch

and here is a picture of her box all ready to go!!

I wanted to say a special thanks to Joy for all of her hard work and research she did to get our "special" bonus round kicked off for round 8!! Thanks Joy!!!

Team Member - Susan

Susan did an awesome job just like every other round! She baked oatmeal raisin, and peanut butter milk chocolate chip. She also included some kettle corn AND of course a pound of coffee from her favorite Starbucks!

Susan also has a website, make sure to check it out! Thanks Susan!

Team Member - Patti

Patti from New York baked this round...
White Chocolate Macadamia cookies and...

Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies...

She also included some other store bought cookies and candy!

Thanks Patti for another great round!!

Team Member - Francine

Francine baked Marble Pound Cake (pictured below)and oatmeal cookies....

as well as chocolate chip cookies (pictured below) and lemon sugar cookies!


Thanks Francine for another great round!!

Team Member - June & her son's cub scouts!

Here is a picture of her son's cub scout group who baked this month for Richie! They are holding the card that they made for him!

Here are some of the cookies that they made for him... In their box there was: orange ginger cookies, Peanut Butter, Snickerdoodles, Chocolate Chip, Rice Crispies, Jelly Beans, and Popcorn!

Here is her son making the Rice Crispy treats!


Thank you all so much for participating!

Team Member - Aunt Barb


My aunt baked this round:
Lemon lovers, brownie drops, short breads, and pumpkin raisin spice. She also included in her box: iced tea mixes and magazines!

Thanks Aunt Barb for another great round!

Team Members - Heather & Martha


These 2 members made posts about their experiences on their blogs! Please make sure to check them out!

Heather-

Here is the link to her blog post.

Martha-
Here is the link to her blog post! Make sure to check it out!!

Thank you both so much for doing this!! You are awesome!

Team Members - Kim, Courtney, Chris, Elise, Suzanne, Tarisa, & Alicia

These are team members who didn't send me any pics, but did let me know they shipped! Thanks for doing that! :-) Here is what they sent (if I know)...

Courtney-
She lives in Mass. and is a 2nd grade teacher and had her students make cards for Richie!! Isn't that so sweet?!? And then she baked Chocolate Chip and Cinnamon Sugar Cookies! Yum! I wish we had pics of the cards or of Richie's face reading them! :-) Thanks Courtney!

Chris-
She is from Willow Grove, PA. She baked Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Oatmeal Butterscotch Cookies, Brownies, gum, fruit stickers (gummy candy), Peanut Butter Crackers... And she had her child's 1st grade class make cards as well!! How cool is that?!

Suzanne-
She baked Oatmeal cookies!!

Tarisa-
She baked Snickerdoodles, Chocolate Chip Cookies, M&M Cookies, and Sugar Cookies.

Alicia-
She baked Peanut M&M Cookies, Ginger Cookies, and then filled with other goodies. She had her family help and explained to her kids the importance of our military while they did it!

Thank you all so much for all your hardwork!!!

Round 7 Round Up! Finally! Mom & I!

For this round my mom and I had a little help for our box in more ways than one (I'll explain as we go through these pics...) ...

These are the cut outs that we made:

This is my mom and her helper... She is my good friend's daughter whose dad is in the Navy and currently out to sea for 7 months. My mom and I decided hat we wanted to send a care package to him as well... So we asked my friend if her daughter wanted to help bake for her dad! And she did! And she was an EXCELLENT helper!! She helped us make the chocolate caramel surprise (the ones with the rolos inside)


Here is the candy that went inside of eggs for Easter...

Here are our boxes. 2 went to Richie and one went to my friend's husband. After our article in the paper we had 2 ladies volunteer to help. One lady donated homemade biscottis in 3 different flavors. Another lady baked cut outs as well and then bought sanck packs of peanuts and then gum!



I also contacted the Tabasco company and asked them to donate to our organization. And they did!!! They sent him a whole package of stuff! I am not sure of the details because I didn't hear the specifics, just know they did! Which I think is awesome!




Saturday, May 9, 2009

Shame on me!

I am sorry that I have yet to post Round 7! I promise I will work on it!! This week was much more busy then I expected!! :-) Sinuses were driving me crazy many days this week and I had to decorate a cake and cookies for a party!! I promise I will work on it!! ASAP!! Thank you for being patient! :-) And there is still time for Round 8 to sign up and ship!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Round 7...

I promise to have my Round 7 round up all posted by the weekend!!

So make sure you check back! And don't forget Round 8 is up and running!!

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Our Round 8!....


He is Eric Donahue, who grew up as an Army brat. He and his Dad, an Army Colonel, are stationed in different areas of Baghdad. Eric graduated from West Point in May '07. He then went through Officer Training, Infantry school, and Ranger school. He married Claudia Keen, another West Point grad who flies Blackhawk helicopters, on September 27, 2008 and left for Baghdad in December that year.

Not many people make the front page of the Wall Street Journal, but when Eric Donahue married Claudia Keen their picture was on the front page of the Dec 13-14 Journal in an article titled "Families at War". His dad is an Army colonel, stationed in Iraq, who attended the wedding on his R&R leave. His bride is a First Lieutenant flying Black hawk helicopters. His sister is now in an ROTC program in college to become an Army nurse. Eric grew up as an Army brat, living in various locations in the US and Korea. He says it made his family close. He chose West Point knowing the sacrifices of military life. His wedding on September 27, 2008, was soon followed by a December deployment to Iraq with the 82nd Airborne out of Fort Bragg. His wife is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in May. They hope to have two weeks together in April before she leaves, if he can get his R&R leave at that time. Both of their deployments are set as 12 months. I talked to Claudia last night and she said married life was great, but there was a little distance problem! She hears from Eric via phone and email at least once a week, unless he is on a special mission. Eric graduated from West Point in May 2007 and went through Officer School, Infantry School, and Ranger School. He now is 23 and has a platoon in southern Baghdad...and a wife in North Carolina. Ah, the sacrifices these soldiers make!



Eric has been in Iraq for several months on his first deployment, which is expected to last around a year. He's stationed at Ft. Bragg, NC and enjoys hanging out with his new wife, spending time with his family and friends, lifting weights, biking, watching Boston sports teams, and reading. He's looking forward to many things when he returns from this deployment: seeing his dad, who is also a deployed Soldier, playing with his puppy Fenway, eating his favorite foods, watching his favorite teams, and traveling a little bit.


If you are interested in baking for Eric, please sign up for our team! If you have any questions or problems, please contact me: bakingfortroops@gmail.com.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Round 8 Information!!!

Here is a copy of the email that will be sent once the email issue is corrected. But I am trying to reach as many people as possible until then! I have posted this on the site and on the facebook page as well... SPREAD THE WORD!!! You all did AWESOME last round without having email to get us started! Let's see what we can do this time!!

Here it is...

Hello Fellow Bakers-

I hope everyone is ready for another round of baking for our deserving military!

Round 8 Information-
Leaders email me (bakinggalsinfo@gmail.com) no later than Sunday with your team name, and please have your articles and pictures uploaded by Wednesday.
I hope to have the teams open on Friday but no later than late Sunday.
We are also going to be doing something different this round. A fellow baker presented an idea and has done the necessary research to make it happen… SO this round, we will have a “BONUS” team which will be baking for wounded men and women. There will be some specific guidelines for this, especially shipping dates, so please make sure that you read before you agree and to check the site for more information on this.

Future Dates-
I have posted on the site the dates for the next 4 rounds after this current one. Please check it out so that you are aware of what is going on.

Other Tidbits of information-
* Don’t forget to join the facebook page!
* Also, don’t forget to check out our merchandise!
* And if you have purchased some, I would love some feedback and pictures.
* I would like pictures to use on the site: your packages ready to go, the baked goods, actually baking them, responses from who you sent to, etc. PLEASE make sure that you will not mind them being posted on the site AND that you, yourself have taken them.
* I also would like to start posting the responses we are receiving from those we are sending to… so if you have received some, please share them.
* I would like to get an idea of how many cookies we have shipped so far. I will be creating a place for you to share how many rounds you have participated in and how many cookies you have baked thus far. We can keep updating it continually.
* Finally, if you have any suggestions, ideas, problems, etc. please contact me. I love hearing everyone’s thoughts on this organization.

Thank you all for your hard work, and I can't wait to kick off this round! Make sure to SPREAD the WORD!!

Thanks,
Lyndsay

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Round 7....

Please make sure to check back in a week or so for our Round 7 round up!! I am still waiting on lots of pictures that have been promised by team members and there are some who I never heard from at all... So if either of that sounds like you... EMAIL ME!! :-)

Get ready for Round 8!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Thank You from Round 6

Last week my mom and I received a thank you letter from our man from Round 6! Check it out! (Click on image to enlarge!)

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Recipes!

I need your help! We need more recipes for our cookbook! Please try and send me one, or two, or three, or more! If you could attach a picture with it that would be even better! Or a little story behind the cookie... Something that you heard back from the person you sent it to, etc.

Please try and make a point to do this! It is my next thing to check off the list and I cannot do it without all of your help!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Richie's Address Given!

I sent out an email containing his information. If you did not receive one, please contact me... I tried to get back to everyone, but I may have overlooked someone... I am sure I did... I had LOTS of emails to sort through with being in charge of the whole thing now :-) So I am sorry if I missed you, but will get you the information as soon as I receive your email. baking4troops @ gmail.com

Thanks everyone!!

Oh and don't forget... email me when you ship and attach any pics you take of your package (or at least what you baked)! You know how I like to brag about you! :-)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Operation Baking GALS has merchandise!!

I have been working hard on this... check it out! Please make sure that if you do purchase something that there is a * after our link... www.zazzle.com/bakinggals* so that we get more credit for your purchase. If you have any problems, please email me and I will fix it.


buy unique gifts at Zazzle

Questions, ask.

Thanks,
Lyndsay

Friday, March 20, 2009

Our Round 7!

We found this guy from when my mom and I mailed our last rounds boxes! We ended up talking to his brother in line... and told him what we did... he mentioned his brother, we said to email us and we would love to send him stuff... by the time we got home he had talked to his sister-in-law and she had emailed me with information on her husband!!

So here is a bio about our man:

Richie is 25 years old. He joined the Army in March of 2003. He went to basic training at Ft. Jackson, SC and then on to Advanced Individual Training (ait) at Ft. Lee, VA. That is where he and his wife met (She was also in the army for 2 years). After graduating from AIT, he went to Airborne School in Ft. Benning, GA. From there he got stationed at Ft. Bragg where he has been ever since. He got deployed for the first time from November 2003 to April 2004. They got married May 9, 2004. Then they found out they were pregnant with their first child - son Colson - in April of 06. He got deployed for the 2nd time in August, came home for his 2 week R & R at the end of November to December 11. Colson was born Dec. 5. He then was gone until October 23 when he came home again. Now this third deployment (all to Iraq) he left on Dec 4 of 2008. He is a sergeant and has been for about a year now. His MOS (job) is a fuel supply specialist. He is great at his job and is very knowledgeable.

He love soccer!!!!!!!!!!! loves to play and loves to watch - especially the premier league in England. we got hooked when watching the world cup in 06. his favorite team is Manchester United. but he is one to watch all sports - from tennis, golf, to football, baseball, basketball - all of them.
He enjoys watching movies and video games.
He was born in New York, New York - moved to St. Petersburg, FL when he was 6 and would very much love to retire there.
He really enjoys working out - like serious muscle building and likes to read the muscle and mens health magazines....

Our only request that we have is that you try and send out later in the round versus right at the 1st because he is on mission working somewhere else but is supposed to be back by the end of March, but just in case... we want to ship a little later!

Thanks for looking and hope to have you baking,
Lyndsay

Any questions, please email me at Baking4Troops @ gmail.com

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Facebook!

I created a Facebook Group for our organization. Please join, post your thoughts, and pass the word to others!

Link to page here

Thanks,
~Lyndsay