BFF: Bake it Forward Friday


So, here’s the thing…
I have a great life.
Do you ever really sit back and think about that?  I mean, really, really think about it?
I have enough food to eat every single day (who’s kidding who…I have WAY too much food to eat every day, which is sometimes a problem).  I have never had to worry about being warm when I go to bed at night and, for the most part, most of the people around me are healthy and happy too.  It’s pretty awesome and I’m really lucky.
But I have done enough volunteer and philanthropic work in my lifetime to know that many people out there struggle everyday with a multitude of things (financial problems, health crisis’, relationship issues).  Sometimes, families I meet astound me with their strength and how they deal with day to day problems…things I’m not sure I could handle with the same grace.  That’s why I sometimes feel guilty for having this great life…a roof over my head, food to eat everyday and a pretty awesome family, among other things.
That’s where the guilt comes in.  How does it make sense that some people are dealt a crazy hand of cards in life (sometimes dealing with sadness and overwhelming grief over and over and over again), while others (aka: me) go through life pretty much unscathed.  It makes a girl wonder…what’s up with this imbalance?
Maybe, just maybe, I’m part of a master plan where I have a teeny part in balancing this “imbalance”.   Maybe, I’m supposed to do what I do best to help “fix” this.
Hmmm….light bulb moment…
What if I bake (’cause I’m pretty sure that’s what I do best) to make people feel better?  What if I surprise them with goodies, say, every Friday (because isn’t that the best way to start each weekend)?  What if I pick random people that have amazed me with their strength and tell them how their awesomeness is changing the world?
Sooooo, that’s how Bake it Forward Friday was born.  I just got back from this week’s delivery to a friend of mine who has been an awesome mom to her beautiful kids all while going back and forth to hospitals and clinics because of her husband’s health….for many, many years.  Yet, through all of this, she is always smiling…it’s truly amazing!  She got these cookies (which are my version of the infamous Compost Cookie from NYC Momofuku and Milk Bar – recipe posted here on the site).  I felt like a flower delivery person today…people are always happy to see them, right?
So, now the next step.  Like “paying it forward”, I’m hoping that others that have been graced with a wonderful life like me, will bake it forward too (even if you bake it forward with stuff from the local bakery!).  Or maybe you’ll think of something that you do best that will change the world….


Won’t you join me???
While you’re at it, why don’t you join me on Instagram every Friday to get some inspiration?  I will share stories on how I’m thanking people for being totally awesome!  Maybe you’ll be inspired too…to change the world one cookie at a time!
  • Theresa
    May 24, 2014

    Hello – the article that appeared in the National Post was my first exposure to your website – I believe the link to the cookie recipe was incorrect though- could you please take a look at it.

    Regarding your site – I really want to see what you’re up to, the information you’re writing on is fun and informative and I Love the name ” crumbs” and what it conjures up, however I have some issues with the site itself. For what it’s worth, these are my comments:
    – I use an ipad and as the screen is smaller than a desktop screen, the fixed banner containing the site name etc is very annoying as it occupies too much space when you’re scrolling through the various articles. I feel the same way about the limited width of the articles – it just makes the info very constricted and uncomfortable to read. I think that the design of the site is not as user friendly as it could and should be.

    in case you think I have some ulterior motive for making these comments, I assure you I do not – I am not in any way tech savie – I am though, increasingly annoyed at spelling errors I see ( the National Post online always has them) and in your case am, for the first time, feeling compelled to offer criticism in hopes of making your site better. That and the fact that I am newly retired and have too much time on my hands obviously 🙂 …. Anyway, good luck and happy baking – T

    • Suzie Durigon
      May 24, 2014

      Hey Theresa!
      Thank you so much for your comments. I love when people offer good advice…especially when it is helpful like yours! I actually just re-launched my website as my old platform was difficult to navigate and was missing some crucial components (like a search bar for people to find specific recipes). I had a few opportunities that were coming up quickly and it forced me to publish this sooner than I had anticipated. I sent an email out to people I know who are more technologically advanced than I am and they made the same suggestions that you made! I am working on fixing the issues that occur on iPads (and apparently the same issues happen on cell phones!) and I will look into the width issue as well. I am also going through each post (although slowly) to catch any spelling mistakes (that bugs me too, so if you find one, I would love to hear from you :)) .
      Thank you again for taking the time to visit my site and offer your suggestions. I would love to attract more people like you to the site so I do appreciate all of your comments. Enjoy your retirement – and I hope you fill you new-found time with lots of exciting things!!

  • pat
    June 3, 2014

    I’ve just been devouring your new website and have found so many delicious recipes to try and pass on. Thank you. On the theme of passing it on, what a fabulously inventive, not to mention kind, idea….Bake it forward Friday. I love it ! Random acts of kindness and all that……

    • Suzie Durigon
      June 3, 2014

      Oh Pat…you are too sweet! I’m so glad that you like the website and that you are enjoying the recipes…that makes me so happy because I often wonder if anyone out there is loving reading it as much as I love writing it! And, I love the BFF…Baking it Forward makes me feel so awesome. I get so excited when I’m on my way to deliver the goodies…I think I may get more out of it than the people receiving the treats!!

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