I got up this morning, made my coffee and stood at my window watching the neighborhood wake up. My neighbors are some of my best friends and I feel very blessed to live here with my kids and my friends. As my neighbor across the way pulled out, the cows at her fence awaiting the treats she gives them every morning, I said a little prayer for her. Last year, she battled breast cancer and is winning. She has no traces after surgery and radiation and we all hope it stays that way.
As she drove off I remembered that this is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I walked to my pantry and decided right then and there to make her a special treat for when she got home. Not because I have to. Not because I am a particularly good baker. But because everyone needs to know that they are being thought of as they navigate the trials of life.
Hence were born my Breast Cancer Awareness Cupcakes. Nothing fancy, nothing insanely crazy, but something heartfelt and important to do. Just because she has been successful in treatment does not mean that she does not live with the C word every day of her life!
- Pink candy melts
- White cake mix
- White chocolate chips
- Pink food coloring
- White icing
- White cupcake ball decoration
- Make the cupcakes according to the package instructions. Add the white chocolate chips into the batter before baking. While they are baking, melt the pink candy melts in the microwave. Using a baggie with the corner cut off, make a pink ribbon on parchment paper. Create as many candies as you think you need. Carefully lay parchment paper in freezer. Let cupcakes cool out of the over. Take the white icing and fill another plastic bag with it. Cut off the corner and ice the cupcakes. Remove the candies from the freezer and top the cupcakes with them.
- **I used red gel food coloring to write the word Survivor on the plate.
These were just fun to do. I think those of us who watch someone go through the anxiety and fears of cancer of any kind have a responsibility to show the ones we care about that we understand the disease is about more than the diagnosis and treatment. It also comes with a lifetime of worry that it will come back.
How do you celebrate the amazing women in your life battling this horrific disease?