When I received December's activities for Allrecipes Allstars, "Cookies Across America" was the #1 activity. I understood "Cookies Across America" to be a sharing activity ... an activity in which one baked and shared goodies
or gave those baking ingredients to another less fortunate. Simply stated it was an activity of giving. Nestle gave by giving to the
Allstar group coupons to receive two bags of their chips for baking as well as a beautiful and much needed apron. Thank you Nestle.
The #2 activity was to bake Jumbo Dark Chocolate Cookies and Original Nestle Toll House Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies which were both delicious and baked up beautiful and that I was proud to package in pretty holiday tins along
with FUNKYSEAMONKEY's Best Toffee Ever-Super Easy to give.
"Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened".
Near and dear to my heart are the people who care for and help animals. Some rescue, some give medical care, some fight for their rights, some lend a helping hand in various and many ways and some are there when we say good-bye,
for now. All, in their own way, are dedicated to helping. On December 7th I lost my little girl Amber who I rescued 5 years earlier. Amber was dumped in a park to live happy-ever-after. A tiny 3.5 pound bunny discarded after Easter because she no longer served
a purpose. Easter was over and so was her relationship with her humans. I took Amber in after being contacted by the rabbit rescue group I support. "Can you please take a rabbit in ... I'm full and this rabbit was found in your area and the people caring for
her really don't know how and they are desperate to get her with someone who does". It was an easy decision and I became a foster mom. Fostering was not something I was good at because Amber never left. At the time I brought her in I had another bunny but
Amber soon found her way deep into my heart. I could write for a long time about those 5 years ... I could. My Bams was perfect and very much adored.
When Amber passed I wanted her privately cremated and called Pet Meadow (a companion pet memorial park and crematory) to make the arrangements. Every person who works there shows respect and kindness for both animal and human but
most touching is the unspoken understanding, the understanding of the animal and human bond. It was those people that I chose to share with. Those whose compassion and understanding is genuine and real and also to thank them for what they do for animals so
that they too receive final dignity here on earth. This was not my first visit to Pet Meadow and it will not be my last and I thought it time I went back without reason.
"Cookies Across America" is a wonderful campaign and one I intend to participate in during other random times of the year now for no particular reason.
I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a voluntary position) and I’m not compensated for my work with Allrecipes.com. Products received from advertiser are only used for experienced-based reviews on my blog. The reviews,
content and opinions expressed in this blog are purely the sole opinions of me - Linda (LMT).