So last weekend was Wiscon, and Saturday of that weekend was the BakeSale.

My morning started at 7:30am with the fabulous Farmer’s Market at the capitol in Madison (no pictures) – which was stunningly empty, as the rain and early hour combined to convince people to stay indoors.  yay for me!  I could actually walk on the sidewalk, not shuffle past the vendors in a mad crush.  It was lovely, even if it was raining.  I scored much cheese and tasty things for the party that evening.

Back to the hotel, we started plating.  And plating.  And plating some more.

My fabulous assistant E did the lion’s share of this work, plating all morning and into the afternoon.

The fabulous E,  number-one minion!

The fabulous E, number-one minion!

The table looked something like this most of the morning:

Table full of goodies

Table full of goodies

We started up at 11:15am, and sold out around 4pm, with a total of something like 400+ plates (earning over $400 for the Tiptree Award – not bad, and similar to last year, but I think I’ll be shooting for more next year!)

A huge THANK YOU to everyone who donated your baking and your time! We literally could not have done this without you.

Someone even brought Cake Pops!  I was so excited.  So were these girls:

Girls eating Cake Pops

Girls eating Cake Pops

We had tons of other tasty treats:

Mmm.  Cake.

Mmm. Cake.

This was a Grand Marnier cake with cranberries and pecans; next to it was one of the vegan offerings, peanut-butter cereal thingies.  Those were popular.

more tasties

more tasties

Here you can see some brownies, an award-winning recipe of Mandelbrot, Nutty Millionnaire’s shortbread, cocoa rice-krispie treats, and a blueberry muffin cake.  Yum!

OMG Pie

OMG Pie

This is a horrible picture of what was some EXTREMELY TASTY Rhubarb-Ginger pie.  The person dropped them off still warm.  Those flew out the door, let me tell you!

cake pops!

cake pops!

One of the cake pops, another mandelbrot, and some of the tasty, tasty chocolate and chocolate-peanut-butter fudge.

even gluten-free!

even gluten-free!

We even had two gluten-free desserts – one (pictured above) was a fruit-nut ball, presumably with dates/figs and walnuts (both vegan and gluten-free), the other were some darned tasty coconut-lime bars.  Both were raved over, and the people who needed gluten-free or vegan desserts were tremendously happy (and often threw extra money at us – win!)

I learned a lot from doing it this year that will definitely help next year’s sale go more smoothly (like arranging for volunteers in advance, oops).

I’ve been asked to continue the series of Books and Bites posts by the Tiptree Board (!!!), so you’ll be seeing more of those come down the pike as I get unpacked and settled back in at home (and start baking again).  I’m really excited about that!

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