Thursday, March 7, 2013

Cupcakes for a Cure or Watch My Daughter Run

Shamrock Shake Cupcake
  Life isn’t always about cupcakes-you know those happy free days where calories don’t matter, the sun is always shining, a rainbow is overhead and a gentle breeze helps the trees make that beautiful rustling sound. And probably the tulips are blooming and there‘s a cute little puppy at your feet. No, on some days we need to keep track. We need to take stock of what we have. We need to take stock of what we can give and we need to be grateful.

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
 I believe they have been healthy and happy most days of their 22 years. When my son was 12 I took him to the doctor after he kept waking up nights in pain because his leg was hurting him. I called the pediatrician several times who always said, “Growing pains”. After he’d been through this too many nights to count I finally took him in to be checked. The doctor immediately sent us down to Children’s Hospital in Denver where they did either a CAT scan or an MRI. I can’t remember. I was freaking out and trying to stay calm at the same time.

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 not freaked 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 Washington DC at the end of April in a Nike women’s race.

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.

Donate Now! Go Here Now!!!!!!!!!!

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 sugar
6T brown sugar
½ t vanilla
1 egg
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 egg
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
1T milk
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.


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  1. You have beautiful and brave children, you must be so proud :)

    Thanks for sharing your story and your lovely cupcakes!

  2. Thank you Natalie. I m very proud of both of them!

  3. So glad that we could help, Zoe. Leukemia is a cause to run for. And Abbe, even though I can't eat cupcakes anymore{gluten intolerant] I will find away to make yours [so gorgeous] with my icky flour.Love, Mom

  4. Zoe is doing a good thing. Congrats to her - she's a winner in life. And these cupcakes would be a winner in anyone's life, too. Both of them look awfully good. But I think I'll select the chocolate one. (OK, who am I fooling? I'll have one of each!). Good post - thanks.

  5. Dearest Mom, I am so happy you learned to comment. From now on if anyone needs help with learning how to comment, please contact Libby B! And I am sorry for the icky flour but I am glad you are getting healthy!

    And Mr. KR! Believe it or not Zoe looks for your comments on all my blogs so I am so happy you made this one. She is a winner in life and I believe she can do this, too! And go for the chocolate! That gets my vote.

  6. Of course your proud of your daughter. You should be. Zoe is doing a wonderful thing. I hope the race is a successful fundraiser and your cupcakes sell out in minutes.

  7. Thanks John. She is working hard to raise the money! And the cupcakes are great.

  8. You have awesome children!
    The cupcakes are rich and fabulous.

  9. Thanks so much Angie. They are the best! And the cupcakes are good, too!

  10. Wow, those Tollhouse cookie cupcakes look amazing.

    Kudos to your daughter for taking up such a good cause. I'll be sure to pass your post on.

  11. They are really, really good Jenna! And thanks for passing it on. And thanks for commenting. It means a lot.

  12. What a great run for a wonderful cause. Yes, any Mama would be proud of their daughter who's devoted and focus on the run. :)

    Think about what happened to your son, that's so scary and yes, so lucky it's not something more serious. :) I'm glad everything turned out alright now.

    Thanks for sharing these yummy cupcakes. Love the gooey fillings in them.

  13. Thanks Amy. It is a great cause! And the cupcakes are good, too!

  14. That is so great that your daughter is running for such a great cause! I have no idea why we haven't yet begun to find cures for cancer. We think we are so smart and yet no revolutionary medical advances have been made in decades. Think about how the polio vaccine or tetanus vaccine was created all those years ago with probably less than half the technology we have now.

  15. So true Laura. It definitely makes you wonder. But on the other hand, the survival rate has improved a lot.They must be doing something but it sure seems to be a slooow process.

  16. Your kids are great! Awesome cup cakes!