This is my grandmother Georgene Vehe. I love her. I'm sure she is the reason that I love shoes and handbags, and fashion and music. As a child, my family would visit her and my Grandpa Don at their house out in the desert by Palm Springs. She had the most amazing collection of barware displayed in a glass cabinet. And she always had a glass elephant filled with candy waiting for us upon arrival. I know I get my love of hostessing from her too.
|Don and Georgene with their first great grandson|
I did not know that she was a breast cancer survivor until I read a letter my mom wrote as she was trying to collect donations for one of Avon's Walk for Breast Cancer walks when I was about 23. I was stunned. My grandmother had breast cancer when I was in high school. By that age, you spend less time with your family and we took fewer family trips to the dessert. Only now do I know that she had a lumpectomy and radiation and is considered a survivor with no relapses. I am positive that my mom supported her through constant phone calls and visits. But I didn't know. My sister didn't know. What the heck! I have never talked to her about it. I don't process heavy information like this well and for the most part make inappropriate jokes as a coping method in any emotional situation. Even now my mom suggested I call my grandmother to find out dates and more info and I immediately found myself in the fetal position and my thumb in my mouth.
Needless to say, since I found out that my grandmother had breast cancer I have been a big supporter of breast cancer awareness. When Del Webb contacted me last week about hosting this contest, I was IN.
From July 15 - 24, Del Webb is challenging its residents and the public to participate with Susan G. Komen and KitchenAid in a special program called "1,000 Cooks for the Cure." The goal is to sponsor 1,000 dinner parties that raise money for breast cancer research.
For those of you that don't know, Del Webb is THE home builder of active adult communities. They are hosting fun parties at all their properties (full list here), that anyone can attend, not just residents. These awesome events will include cooking demonstrations, food tastings, live entertainment, silent auctions and raffles and prizes. Just RSVP on their site.
The Cook for the Cure program by KitchenAid has raised nearly $8 million dollars since 2001 for Susan G. Komen. Yeah!
But I know most of my readers would be totally into hosting a small get together. It's how we roll. Just register at the KitchenAid site and have access to recipes, downloadable invitations, donation forms and more.
Well, Sharon, thanks for the info but what about the contest???? Well here it is...
|graphic created by Lauren Verity|
That's right. Now, I know that "teats" are actually the nipular region, but "boobs" doesn't rhyme with anything to bake. Many people might be interested in hosting a party in their home but not have any idea what they can make for their guests. And because I love sweets so much, I thought we could pull together an amazing list of sweet treats (not teats) as inspiration.
Here is what you win-
RAD! I've always coveted their pink appliances!
-"Like" Del Webb on Facebook
-Leave a comment on this post with a link to your favorite baked goodie recipe. (It doesn't have to be pink in color but, gosh dang, that would be really cute...) The link can be to a recipe website, a recipe on your own blog, or a brand new post created just for this contest, wherever - just don't steal. Stealing sucks.
That's it. No back flips, no linking to 300 different places for extra entries. Don't even care if you "like" me on Facebook. (Okay, I DO care - but not enough to make this all complicated and stuff).
Photos always help "sell" a recipe so if you've got one, please email it to me at email@example.com. I'm not going to give you an extra entry but I'll "like" you more - just be sure to also give proper photo credit.
BLOGGERS: Have a great pink themed party or shoot on your blog? Let me know and I'll post about it.
Must comment by Tuesday, July 19th, midnight. I will choose one winner at random, Wednesday, July 20, 2011. And be sure to check back every day for more inspiration. And if you can't host a get together, please consider donating. Every penny helps. (Donation Forms)
In sad news, my grandmother recently found a lump in her breast. Turns out that this time it is not breast cancer but kidney cancer - odd, I know. She is not treating it. She is managing her pain and she is doing okay. Some days are better than others and we just try to let her know that we are here for her. I love my grandma.
HUGE thank you to Lauren Verity for creating this graphic for me. She is ridiculously awesome and whenever I ask her for help, she never hesitates. THANK YOU!
And a great big thank you to Del Webb, KitchenAid and Susan G. Komen for their efforts in breast cancer research, fundraising and support.