(Amanda's three daughters in the kitchen! Photo from one of her posts on FSC.)
Amanda was the generous host for the Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking party & mini food swap last spring. (It's worth noting that this party was where I first officially met the From Scratch Club and was the inspiration for our now-thriving food swap community!) After the pickling & fermentation demo this month, I had a chance to chat with Amanda and other FSC peeps over drinks and I was struck with how upbeat and awesome she was. I don't know Amanda well, but in that short time I was totally blown away by her strength and ability to carry on and create as much stability for her family as possible. She's also an avid runner, and I always marveled at the group runs she posted through the Albany Running Exchange at some unholy early morning hour. That's a tough cookie.
In addition to the farm fundraiser, FSC is hosting a fundraiser to help Amanda and her family through this transition. And there are gift baskets! Oh, there are gift baskets! With your donation, you are automatically entered to win one of these goodies:
- a signed copy of Kate Payne's Hip Girl's Guide to Homemaking;
- a set of custom canning labels by Kaela of Local Kitchen Blog;
- a basket full of "swap" goodies... homemade canned things, jams, baked goods, etc, or;
- one of my demi-aprons (!) with other assorted kitchen things.
That's right, you can get your paws on this Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy Reversible Demi Apron! Made with love by yours truly. Surely you remember these aprons hanging around now-on-hiatus Etsy shop?