Bake it Happen™ 2014

October is always a tough month for me.

Not only is it my mom’s birthday month but, it was also the month she died.  In two weeks, it’ll be six years since her death.

How coincidental that National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is also October.

This year, I’m beyond proud to announce the 2nd annual breast cancer cause-marketing campaign my sister and I created called: BAKE IT HAPPEN™.

The premise (like last year) is as simple as it is tasty and fun:


Just head over to Bake it Happen and sign up to receive Judy’s celebrated recipes for her Pumpkin Brownies, Earthquake Cookies and Black Bottoms. Then, all we want you to do is to bake them, put one of our logos on your packaging, and then share your tasty baked goods with everyone, everywhere:

  • at your son’s soccer game
  • at your board meeting
  • at church, at synagogue
  • at the gym
  • with your neighbors

Don’t forget to snap a photo of your Bake it Happen experience. It could be a picture of you baking, your kids baking, a picture of your baked goods, a picture of people enjoying your goods.

When you upload your picture to @Bake it Happen (our Facebook fan page) –or if you’re not on Facebook, you can email your picture to–you’re automatically entered in to win a brand new IPAD and a 3-months mini-of-the-month membership from Baked by Melissa.

But, it gets even better than that.

We’re thrilled to announce that we’ve partnered with the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation!   The PPPF works with America’s pumpkin growers who have committed to giving a percentage of proceeds from every pink pumpkin sold this year to organizations involved in breast cancer research.

100% of the monies raised from Bake it Happen™ 2014 will get funneled directly to the Pink Pumpkin Patch Foundation who will then award one grant to an organization dedicated solely to breast cancer research.

We hope you’re inspired to help us Bake it Happen and spread the baking  love throughout the month.

Let’s  kick-off a viral movement to create awareness and to raise money for breast cancer research.  We promise it will be fun, tasty and rewarding at the same time. So, what are you waiting for?

To get the recipes and more information, please visit our site: Bake it Happen!

Honey Cake


Happy New Year to all of my Jewish readers.

In keeping with tradition, we’re wishing everyone a very sweet New Year. To celebrate and commemorate (with a recipe that’s soo good you’ll bake it all year long), we have an amazing Honey Cake recipe that comes from guest blogger Jennie Burke 

Jennie is a freelance writer, homemaker, wife and mother from Annapolis, MD. She’s interested in real food and its role in human development. She also runs a fund that supports low-income young adults facing cancer. She loves being with friends and family, travel, enjoying the outdoors and eating!

Here’s what Jennie has to say:

Are you Jewish?

If you are not, do you have some Jewish friends? If you answered “no” to that question, then I want you to step away from the computer, and go find yourself some Jewish friends.

Ahhhh, you’re back. We missed you! And here you are with your new Jewish friends and lots and lots of GOOD THINGS TO EAT!

Last I checked, my faith (I’m Catholic) does not have a treasure trove of sumptuous recipes, carefully guarded, handed down, mother to daughter and mother to daughter again, as the Jewish people do.

Jewish food is delicious.

Chicken soup, whether laden with noodles and veggies, or garnished with a big, fat, creamy, crackery Matzo ball – is so soothing and healthful that we equate it with medicine: The Jewish Penicillin.

And chewy, doughy bagels with schmear, or lox, or both, loaded with capers and onions and maybe a tomato – what a way to celebrate the beginning of a day!

Jewish mothers proudly present beautiful roast briskets and sides of noodle kugel and stuffed cabbages at holiday meals. This food is abundance and history all rolled up in one. I for one am honored to have feasted at many Jewish celebrations! It makes up for our lack of Catholic cuisine.

There is a retired rabbi that lives next door to my family. He and his wife are wonderful people, and we wanted to honor them by making a traditional Jewish treat in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

I asked a devout Jewish friend for a suggestion of what to make. She shared her famous Honey Cake recipe with me, and now, I am going to share it with you! She claims that most Honey Cakes are dry like biscotti – not this one.

It’s sweet and delicious – hopefully just like the coming New Year.


ALLOW CAKE TO REST for 15 minutes. If the cake has run over the top of the pan, cut off the top (really it will be the bottom) of the cake with a serrated knife. If it has NOT run over the top, poke holes in the cake with a skewer. GENTLY TIP the cake over a plate to loosen, but DO NOT REMOVE THE CAKE FROM THE PAN.

Make your glaze. Reduce the extra ½ cup honey and 2/3 cup OJ in a small saucepan for about 5 minutes. Pour the glaze over the bottom of the cake (still in the pan).

Now this part is important, although I don’t know why. You must let this cake cool completely in the pan. Nicole says to let it cool in the refrigerator. When the cake is cool, invert it on your cake plate, and ENJOY!

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For the Love of Avocados

avocado pictureThis wonderful illustration by Samantha Dion Baker encapsulates my family’s new found love for avocados.  I just had to share.  I might get this framed and hung on our kitchen wall.

Speaking of Samantha, she’s also the talented illustrator who helped us design our new campaign logo for Bake it Happen™:



If you were a fan of My Judy the Foodie last year then surely you were aware (and hopefully participated  in) our Bananas for Boobies campaign?  Bake it Happen™ is new name for the national breast cancer baking initiative that promises to be even bigger and even better.

So, stay tuned, there’s a lot of baking in store for the month of October…..




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