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Share Our Strength: Miami Food Bloggers Bake to End Childhood Hunger

In an effort to help Share Our Strength, an organization that aims to end childhood hunger in the United States, eight Miami food bloggers are teaming up to make a dent in the charity's donations with a bake sale, set to take place at the South Miami Farmers Market April 28.

Participating bloggers include bake sale organizer Renee Joslyn of Flamingo Musings, Trina Sargalski of Miami Dish, Christina Staalstrom of Diary of Dinners, local food critic Fatgirl Hedonist, Natalie Atick of Food Atick, lifestyle blogger, Annush Fernandez of Annush on the Causeway, Lynne Cohen of Girlyshoes, and yours truly.

The bloggers have been busy for the past few months with their three primary goals: creating a support system, raising money, and preparing to bake their blogger butts off.

So far, the team has raised over five hundred dollars, but there's still a ways to go until the $2,000 goal is reached. "I'm really excited about the great cause it supports," said Fatgirl.

She's not the only local food lover to get in on the action though -- restaurants are reaching out to assist for the cause.

Whisk Gourmet Food & Catering, Town Kitchen & Bar, Harry's Pizzeria, Dunkin' Donuts of South Florida, Lester's Cafe and Wine Bar, and Joslyn's Freakin' Flamingo have all pledged to donate assorted gift cards to their establishments for raffle, as well as jams, while friends of bloggers are donating triple chocolate cranberry oatmeal cookies and 'heavenly fluffmallows' with chocolate and toasted coconut.

As for the sweets to be sold on the day of the market, visitors are in for quite the treat -- pun intended. "I'm playing with my blondie brownie recipe to add in toffee and caramelized bacon to the mix," said Fatgirl.

Captain of the blogger baker squad, Joslyn, will make cake pops and perhaps even a little biscotti, "But I'll see about that later. I tend to go a little overboard," she told us.

For your tasting pleasure, I am playing with a double chocolate skillet cake recipe but, I'm sure to bring maple cupcakes with cream cheese maple frosting and chocolate mint thumbprints.

You can get in on the action too by donating goods or funds. According to Share Our Strength, $1 can help a child with ten healthy meals a week and $35 can help a child care center provide free after school snacks and suppers to at-risk children all year long. Anywhere from a dollar upward, you know the impact is practically immeasurable.

If you'd prefer to charitably eat your way through, though, by all means, come to the bake sale -- we'll be there from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fatgirl said, "Even if you don't donate, it's definitely worth the trip to South Miami to check out the great treats that'll be sold."

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Alex Rodriguez