This is my sweet little neighbor and she’s 6 years old. She’s a normal girl with giant dreams. I have never met a child who is as entrepreneurial as she is. She has a heart of gold too. This photo of her was from this past weekend where she decided to sell cookies on the corner, in the middle of winter (see the snow in the background), to help foster kids. It was all her own idea, no coaxing from Mom & Dad. Just one little girls dream to reach out to her community to raise money for children less fortunate than her. She hit the neighborhood handing out fliers promoting her Hot Cocoa, Apple Cider and Cookie stand.
She decided on CASA Partners as the organization she wanted to support with the money she raised. A little about CASA Partners:
“CASA Partners is dedicated to supporting the local CASA Program and enhancing the lives of abused and neglected children currently in the foster care system in Spokane Country and those children who are at risk of entering the system. Founded in 1997, CASA Partners sponsors four direct service projects: My Bag, My School Bag, Bee Kind Garden, and Needs from the Heart.”
One of the programs, My Bag, provides children who are about to go into foster care for the 1st time, an age appropriate bag filled with items like a toothbrush or school needs. Most children going to a foster home have little more than the clothes on their backs and this organization gives them a bag full of items they can call their own.
Now stop for a moment. Think back to when you were 6. Did you ever think for a second about raising money and awareness for foster kids? Ya, me neither. I think I was worried about when the next Barbie was coming out.
So, as I sit here typing this post, I can’t help but think about where this little girl will be in 20 years. How she’s going to leave her mark on this Earth. She’s no ordinary 6 year old, that is for sure. There’s something special growing inside of her and I can’t wait to watch her bloom into the woman she’ll soon become. I’m proud to know her and applaud her giving heart.
If you’d like to make a donation to help Alana, you can do so by clicking “donate” below and all moneys collected will be given to her directly to make her donation to Casa Partners.
8 ounces (230g) powdered sugar*
5 ounces egg whites (144g), temperature and age not important!
2 1/2 ounce (72g) sugar
the scrapings of 1 vanilla bean or 2 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp (2g) salt
First timers: the dry ingredients/meringue will look hopelessly incompatible. After about 25 turns (or folds or however you want to call “a single stroke of mixing”) the mixture will still have a quite lumpy and stiff texture. Another 15 strokes will see you to “just about right.” Keep in mind that macaronage is about deflating the whites, so don’t feel like you have to treat them oh-so-carefully. You want to knock the air out of them.
4 Transfer half the batter to a piping bag. (When your bag is too full, the pressure causes the batter to rush out in a way that’s difficult to control, making for sloppy macarons.)