Thursday, December 11, 2008

Address Has Been Given!

To my team members for round 5... the address was given earlier this week... If you have since joined and/or do not have Guin's address... please send me an email so that I can get it to you!!!

Thanks again!


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

There is still time!!!

There is still time to sign up for Operation Baking GALS! And of course for my little side project as well! So don't be shy!! Show some love to these 2 deserving women!!

Click here to go directly to our page...

And if you would like to send Carrie some cookies please email me! elle1015

Thank you to those who said they would bake for my friend Carrie, however, she got sent home over this past weekend, so she is back in the states... Again thank you for volunteering to help me out!

Friday, November 28, 2008

A "Thank You" from Mason!!

To all who were apart of the last round...

I received a message from Mason yesterday and wanted to share!!!

And thank you again from my mom and I!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

ROUND 5!!!

My mom and I are doing it again!! And just in time for Christmas!!! AND, it is for a woman!!!

Meet Guin!

And this is her "bio" in her own words....

"I'm a 25-year-old first lieutenant in the Marine Corps. My
MOS is communications. I'm married and I have two cats; in my free time,
I love running, playing soccer, writing poetry and fiction, and anything
outdoors-y or food related! I'm originally from Watertown, NY (very
country, lots of dairy cows). I went to college at Holy Cross where I
did Naval ROTC, and when I graduated in 2005 with my degree in History,
I took a commission in the Marine Corps. My husband and I met in college
and he moved with me to gorgeous Oceanside, California, since I was
stationed at Camp Pendleton. We were married in October, 2007, but I
deployed in January (we celebrated our one year anniversary over
webcam). I have four more months to go on my deployment, but the time
has been going surprisingly quickly - a positive attitude, a supportive
spouse at home, and being beyond busy definitely helps. Cookies would
help it go by even faster, especially ones involving chocolate. :) I
promise I will share with my friends and coworkers. :)

Thanks for everything!

Now by now I think you know the drill... if not here it goes... either leave me a comment here with your information... or email me at and I will lead you to the link to join my group... OR go to and sign up and then click on the right hand side "join a group" and find "Baking for our troops" and Join! If you have ANY questions or problems please contact me and I will help you out the best that I can!!

Also, remember that I am doing a bonus group for one of my dear friends and if you are interested in doing that please let me know... I will post some information and pictures of her soon.


Wednesday, November 19, 2008

End of Round 4...

So 3 "Sue's" and 2 "Barb's" later... those are all of the pictures or report backs that I have for this round! I think everyone did a fabulous job!!! I thank you sooooo much for doing this and I am sure that Mason feels the same way!!!

Thank you, Aunt Barb!!
Thank you, Lillian!!
Thank you, Sue!!
Thank you, Patti!!
Thank you, Megan!!
Thank you, Kathryn!!
Thank you, Barbara!!
Thank you, Suzanne!!
Thank you, Sue!!

My mom and I will be hosts again for Round 5 if anyone is interested in being on our team again... And for a side project, I think I would like to send some cookies to one of my great friends who is over in West Africa with the Peace Corps... She made a point to tell me that they love cookies to :-) So if anyone would like to send her some love... I will pass along her address(Check back later for a little bio on her)... I plan on sending them out the same day I mail our boxes for Operation Baking GALS!

Again thank you soooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You all really have a special place in my heart for being as thoughtful as you are!

(P.S.~ If you sent me something about the box that you mailed or even photos and you don't see it here, please send me a quick email so I can add you and give you the praise you deserve!!

My Aunt Barb's Box

She baked...
Brownie Bites


Chocolate Chip with pecans

Then she included Elk jerky, pens and stationary, and a baggie full of shampoos, vitiman C, floss, drink mixes, etc.

Lillian's Box

Lillian baked chocolate chip, hazelnut chocolate, white chocolate macadamia nut, and toffee chocolate cookies!

Sue's Box

Sue works in a public library and sent along some books and DVDs!!

She baked...
Espresso Nutella Cookies, PB Oatmeal Cookies, Choc. Sugar Cookies
Did I mention she filled 3 boxes?!?!

Patti's Box

Patti filled a box with...

Butterscotch Bars

Pistachio & Cranberry Biscottis

1,2,3,4 Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

And then Choc. Walnut Biscottis and some Halloween Candy!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Megan's Box!

Megan baked a variety of cookies... I believe I saw some coconut macaroons and really cute cut-outs! She also included a book! And she got her cute daughter to help her package up the box!

Kathryn's Box!

Kathryn used some purchased snacks as filler, beef jerky, easy mac, etc. She also threw in some candy and magazines. And she baked Toll House cookie bars, Peanut Butter, and her most-requested recipe-Oatmeal, bittersweet chocolate, cranberry and oatmeal. And she got her 8 year old stepson to help her out on the bar cookies!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Barbara "the godmother"'s Box

Barbara baked oatmeal, dried cherry, pecan, chocolate chips cookies! They look delicious!

Thank you Barb for signing Mason up for this and for getting me so much more information and pictures on him! I really appreciate it!

Suzanne's Box!

Suzanne sent 2 1/2 dozen oatmeal cookies

And 15 Chunky Monkey Bars!

They look yummy!

Susan's Box...

She baked 4 1/2 dozen peanut butter cookies, 4 dozen oatmeal raisin cookies and 2 1/2 dozen snickerdoodle cookies. AND she talked her local Starbucks into donating a pound of coffee for Mason!!! How cool is that?!

Here is the picture that she sent me!...

Our Box

We sent Mason 2 boxes...

One completely full of Halloween candy....(Oh and my mom had to throw in a bottle of Chipotle Hot Sauce! Her favorite!)

And one full of yummy cookies!

We made 3 types of cookies this round,
Coffee and Cream

Chocolate Surprise (which has a rolo inside) and I am pretty sure this is now my mom's favorite cookie!

Then we decided to be festive and make fall leaf cut out cookies using colored dough and then putting a little bit of melted chocolate on top!

Our shipping this month was paid for by one of our church's circle groups! I thought it was so sweet of them! They also included a letter to him...

And we of course included a picture of her and I, of my dog, Bella, and then a card...

Sunday, November 16, 2008

This week...

I am going to try really really hard to post at least 2 a day of our team members hard work that they sent to me! So make sure that you check back often! Also, starting next week Round 5 will be kicking off! We will be team leaders again if you would like to be our team... Don't know who our person is yet though... so check back on that as well!!!


Oh and last chance if you were on my team to send me pictures of your box!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Our Package is in the mail...

Mom and I baked this weekend and just got done packaging it all up! It will be out early tomorrow morning...

For now, this is all you get to see in case Mason checks this page, I don't want him to see any of it :-)

So make sure you all check back towards the end of the week!!!

And my team members, don't forget to let me know when you mail yours out! And of course to take pictures of it... Did I mention taking pictures?!?! :-)

Thanks again to all,

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

His Address has been given...

To everyone on our team! If you did NOT receive an email with his address in it, PLEASE send me an email (elle1015 or leave a comment on here and I will get it to you!


Tuesday, October 21, 2008

And a little more... :-)

Mason was a Boy Scout growing up in DC. He even reached the highest honor of an Eagle Scout! And I know much hard work and dedication it takes to achieve this accomplishment because my brother is one!

Mason began his Naval Academy process in the 10th grade and never once gave up on his dreams! The year he was applying to the military academy, there were between 70-80 applicants with only 2 open slots!! And he received one of them!!

He is a really high energy, loyal, fun loving person. He enjoys “bouldering” (climbing around on boulders) with his buddies.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

A little more information....

I just received an email from his "godmother" again with some more information about him... here is what she sent...

"Lt. Mason Berry is stationed in Guam, but on a long mission in Kuwait. He has a dog named is Perdita who is waiting for him back in Guam with his roommates. Mason graduated from the Naval Academy in 2004 with a General Engineering degree. He is a very energetic person who loves doing anything outdoors, watching movies and listening to music. Mason was born in Colorado, but grew up mostly in the D.C. area. His parents and younger two sisters live along the east coast now. Mason's mom sent him cookies, but she's glad to have your help!!"

Thanks so much,

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Photos of Mason!

His "godmother" has been graciously sending me pictures of him!! Please check them out!

He is the one on the left.

I believe he is the one on the right.

All geared up and ready to go.

View from above.

Reservoir dogs.

Him doing his job.

Smoking some stogies...

Another stogie pic.

Mason in the driver seat.

Make sure to check back because his "godmother" is doing a write up for me to tell us more about our man Mason!!