Saturday, February 20, 2010

Operation Baking Gals - Round up for Team Country Cookies

Let me start by sending out a HUGE thank you to everyone who joined my team, baked cookies, and shipped them to Dan. As I mentioned in the article I wrote when I started Team Country Cookies for this round, I have been baking with OBG, or Baking Gals as we now seem to be called, since Round 2. I have missed only two rounds in the last 16. This group holds a special place in my heart. No, I don't have anyone from my family serving in the military, but I am a mother, wife, daughter, sister, aunt, and can only imagine what it must be like to have someone I love in harms way, far from home, making sacrifices that mostly go unnoticed. I think it takes a very special kind of person to give up home and family to serve our country in a strange land, and I hope that my boxes of goodies let these guys and gals know just how much I appreciate those sacrifices.

So, on to the round up! I had twenty members sign up to bake with Team Country Cookies. I have been able to account for all but 4 of my bakers. I will assume everyone shipped something to Dan during the dates of Feb 1 - 17. If you did ship something, and I don't have you in this round up,  send an email, with pictures if you took them, and I will edit this post at a later date to include you. :) I want everyone who took the time to help out to be recognized!

So, in no particular order...
Shelly and her son Nicholas baked Oatmeal Raisin cookies and also sent a trivia card game, the Super Bowl Sports Illustrated magazine, sunflower seeds, bags of roasted peanuts in the shell, cheese creackers, easy mac, trail mix, microwave popcorn, gum, Goldfish and beef jerky!

Diane baked and sent chocolate chip/Heath chip cookies and some Chex mix.

My daughter Beth joined me this round and baked Snickerdoodles and a Danish cookie that translates to Peppernuts. Kind of a crunchy spice cookie. Thanks honey!!

Linda, a friend I met through her blog,  Diva Weigh,  baked and shipped 5 dozen chocolate chip cookies, 5 dozen oatmeal cookies, 3 1/2 dozen peanut butter cookies and she included 4 boxes of Girl Scout Thin Mint cookies. Linda is one of three blogging buddies who joined me to bake for Dan.

Joyce baked and sent about 6 dozen M&M cookies (like chocolate chips cookies but with M&M's instead), a fleece blanket, a Georgia t-shirt to give to someone who gets little or no mail, and coffee. Joyce, that was really sweet of you to think of someone else in the troop.

Janice baked and sent Cowboy cookies (Chocolate chip, oatmeal, coconut, walnuts, etc, Sounds delicious!) sugar cookies, brownies, sunflower seeds, wipes for cleaning up with, and a local newspaper from Southeast Alaska!

Tara baked and sent Chocolate Chip cookies, Brickle drop cookies, sugar cookies, peanut butter blossom cookies. And, if that wasn't enough, she also made cinnamon streussel muffins and peanut butter fudge. Into that box, with all those other goodies,  she tossed a bag of hard candy and sunflower seeds!!

Susan sent Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk cookes and Ginger Spice cookies. She also made some Chocolate fudge and included granola bars, powdered drink mixes, hot chocolate mix, peanuts, granola, and a local paper from Edinboro, PA.

Tera was another busy baker. She sent Triple Chocolate Temptation cookies, chocolate cookies with peanut butter chips, double chocolate brownies with M&M's, Sweethearts Valentines conversation candy, several different kinds of gum, some personal care items (flossers, travel toothpaste, hand sanitizer), Charms Super Blowpops, Slim Jims, Pink lemondade single serve packets, a Thank-you card, and magazines! Wow!

Donna, who I believe is the mom of a soldier serving in our military, baked and shipped Snickerdoodles and Chocolate Chocolate chip cookies.

Jennifer sent a box filled with home baked cookies, 2 boxes of Girl Scout cookies, candies, gum and a bag of jerky.

Tina shipped off a box for Dan, but I'm not sure exactly what was in it, because she didn't put that in her email to me. :)  I am sure it was full of yummy things though!

Sarah shipped no bake cookies and chocolate chip cookie bars. Individually wrapped packages of beef jerky, peanuts, granola bars and tuna kits.

Gina and her daughters shipped Chocolate Chip cookies, granola bars, crackers, hard candies, puzzle books and magazines.

Julie (My friend from Little Bit of Everything, and the second of my blogging buddies) was another busy baker. She baked 6 dozen Chocolate chip cookies and 4 dozen Oatmeal raisin cookies. She also included some bags of hard candies. Thanks Julie!!

Nina, (her blog is Nina's cupcakes),  the third of my three blogging buddies who helped out this round, baked Chocolate chip cookies, peanut butter cookies and decorated sugar cookies!

Jenni and her Mom, Jan, were busy ladies! They baked and shipped Oatmeal raisin cookies, oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal chocolate chip with nuts, and then filled the "holes" in the box with valentines day suckers and spearmints! Here's Jan with the box ready to mail and a picture of some of their cookies...

And me? I shipped two boxes to Dan.  I baked 5 Dozen Dark Chocolate Chip cookies, 2 1/2 dozen Peanut butter cup peanut butter cookies, 2 1/2 dozen Reese's pieces peanut butter cookies, 3 dozen Peanut peanut butter cookies and 6 dozen oatmeal raisin cookies. I also enclosed a short letter and some pictures of my family, pets and some deer in our front yard.

Whew! And that my friends is a wrap-up of Round 16 with Team Country Cookies!  What a terrific round of baking!! I hope I hear from Dan (or his girlfriend Kelly) letting me know that he received all the goodies. As for all my team members? I cannot thank you enough for taking time out of your busy lives to make a difference in the life of a stranger. It's a wonderful thing you have done and you should be proud. Thanks again for making my first round as a team leader a big success!! 


  1. Susan: Wow! Dan and his fellow soldiers should be enjoying lots of goodies! Thanks so much for hosting. I am so glad to be a part of Baking Gals! Thank You!!

    I am signed up for the next round. Hard to decide which team to join!

  2. Thank you Susan for heading up this group of wonderful ladies who baked all of these amazing cookies. As a military Mom I know just how much our soldiers look forward to getting packages and mail and some TLC from people who care back in the good old USA! Thank you to all who participated.
    Proud Army Mom

  3. What a bunch of goodies!
    Thank you for heading up this group!
    I enjoyed baking for Dan~

  4. Susan,
    Great job hosting this event. Dan and his friends will be eating plenty of lovely homemade treats.


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