|Shamrock Shake Cupcake|
Today I’m an older mother helping my daughter raise money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. I say older because she is no longer a girl scout and I am no longer a young mom helping her sell cookies. My daughter is running a half marathon at the end of April to raise money to save lives and find a cure to conquer blood cancer. Every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with blood cancer. Every 10 minutes someone dies. And lest we forget, leukemia is still the number 1 disease killer of children.
Many of you may know I have twins.
|Alex and Zoe|
Turns out he had a tumor that was most likely benign but we wouldn’t know for sure until surgery was done. It took a few months for the surgery to be scheduled and I remember thinking I hope this doctor is right. It became my mantra. For days. For months. Well, he was right and it turned out to be an osteoid osteoma in his lower left tibia. It must have hurt a lot as it was not so quietly growing. I remember asking this wonderful, lanky, tall, handsome, pediatric orthopaedic oncologist who also was a rodeo rider of some kind, what caused this. He looked at me and said one word, “Luck.” He must have noticed the quizzical look on my face and replied that it was luck because otherwise it would be cancer and it wasn’t. That has stuck with me all these years. My son was one of the lucky ones and so were we.
Not every one is so lucky. My grandmother died when I was, I think 9. She was 58… I think. (I should know this…) She died in 6 weeks. From leukemia. They didn’t know then what they do now. They still need to know a lot more. And so it is that my daughter runs.
I am proud of her. She graduated college less than a year ago and she’s trying to make her place in the world. She’s diving right in and is
out about the money the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society told her she needs to raise
to be able to run. She is training like crazy and gets to hopefully run in
at the end of April in a Nike women’s race. Washington DC
|Her 2nd Half Marathon less than 2 months after emergency surgery.|
Nike sponsors the Leukemia/Lymphoma Society. 78% of the money raised goes to funding program services and finding a cure. Just 22% is used for management and fundraising. In its 10 years of sponsorship Nike has helped raise over 1.3 billion dollars and has had over half a million runners run. This year my daughter hopes to be one of them. The society receives no federal funding. And so my daughter runs.
Yes, I am asking you for a donation. You can give a dollar. You can give five. You can give as much as you want. No amount is too little. No amount is too much. Shoot, if you bought these cupcakes they’d be $3 apiece. Think of this as a bake sale for leukemia. Just like a Team in Training learns to be a team and support each other, we need to be a team and support this cause. Check her web page out. Give. And watch my daughter run. She is one of the lucky ones. Because she can run. And run. And run.
I’m proud of her.
|You can even eat cupcakes with beer!|
And back to cupcakes. Today is bonus day. Two for the price of one. She chose a Shamrock Shake cupcake, I think for luck and because she loves mint.
I chose chocolate because, well, it’s chocolate. Mine is not a traditional cupcake. I found it at this way cool site. It is more like a chocolate chip cookie crust with a gooey chocolate chip filling. I decided to gild the lily and top it with a delectable chocolate chip cookie flavored frosting. But you could leave as is or sprinkle with powdered sugar.
We chose purple cupcake liners because the Team in Training color is purple. Remember, eat a lot of cupcakes. You may have to take up running to work the calories off.
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And let me say thank you. Thank you. And THANK YOU. Please pass this on to whoever you may know that wants to support such an incredible cause.
Shamrock Shake Cupcakes go to Better Homes and Gardens
|Toll House Cupcakes|
Tollhouse Chocolate Chip Cupcakes with Gooey Chocolate Chip Filling (Makes 16)
½ c butter
6T brown sugar
½ t vanilla
1 c plus 2T flour
½ t baking soda
½ t salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cream butter and sugars. Add vanilla and egg. Stir in dry ingredients. Drop by rounded tablespoons into 16 lined muffin cups. Press down gently so dough covers bottom of cup.
Bake at 375 for 10 minutes.
½ c brown sugar
1/8 t salt
6 oz semi sweet chocolate chips
½ c chopped toasted walnuts (I didn’t use any)
½ t vanilla
Mix together and spoon 1 T over baked cookie cups. Do not worry if they puff up. They will deflate.
Bake at 375 for 13 minutes. Cool.
Cookie Dough Flavored Frosting (This is worth a donation alone!)
1 ½ sticks softened butter
1/3 c brown sugar
1 ¼ c powdered sugar
¼ t salt
½ t vanilla
Put all into mixer and cream until light and fluffy. This will take several minutes. When cupcakes are cool they are ready to frost.
|The ooey, gooey-ness!|
These have several steps. But they are quick and easy. And your friends will be amazed.
Pass this on- in the name of leukemia. Help us find a cure.