Friday, August 29, 2014

Baking for a Cause

First I have to say THANK YOU for all our support and sweet comments on yesterday's post. I had debated writing about it. I think I am fairly open about it in my personal life, but always self-conscious. If I am having issues, I don't want people to be thinking "ugh...there goes Anna complaining again" or "enough with the excuses."  To be fair I am not saying that at times either of those things may be true - even if I am unaware that I am doing it. Mainly, I wanted to be honest about my big picture and not have to write post around mentioning it when it is a factor.

Again, I very much appreciate how supportive you have been. I am extremely thankful I am doing as well as I am.  At this point, I probably have one of the better case scenarios as far as MS goes. I firmly believe that losing the weight and living a more active lifestyle will only improve my situation. Makes sense - if you are experiencing muscle weakness it will be easier on you if those muscles don't have to haul around as much weight.

I never really thought of my weight being a health issue until more recently. Sometimes I wonder if certain issues are MS related, weight related or age related. I am sure it is a mix of all at varying degrees.  Turns out the only one I can really change is the weight I better keep pushing forward.

On a much lighter note...this is what happened at my house last night.  I was a cookie baking fool.  WARNING:  Yummy cookie pictures ahead. I apologize if I send anyone running to the fridge/cupboard for a snack. I made the cookies for a bake sale as part of a big benefit being held for a friend's little boy fighting liver cancer I mentioned in a post in May.
He has now finished his final chemo and had surgery to remove the tumor. They had to remove 60% of his liver to get it all.  He is doing incredibly well. It sounds like this benefit is going to be an extravaganza with a celebratory flair to it :)

I love to bake/cook - especially new recipes. My husband has said on numerous occasions that I will make something he loves, but then never sees it again because I am off to the next recipe.  All four of the cookies are new recipes I found online.  I am glad to say they all turned out well...yes, I sampled.  I had my niece over and she helped me - we split a couple of cookies.  It is so much easier not to eat cookies when you know that every one you eat is one less to sell and therefore less money for the cause.
Left to Right - Dr. Seuss Cookies (Sugar), Peanut Butter/Chocolate Swirl Cookies, Smores Cookies and Cranberry Oatmeal Sandwich Cookies with White Chocolate Creme.

I only made a single batch of each recipe and this is what I ended up with - a table full of goodies. 

I bagged the cookies for the bake sale - two cookies to a bag.  I wonder how they will price them.  I thought maybe a dollar a bag because I want them to make lots of money.  It is hard to know what people will pay - especially since it is a benefit. There are 60 bags ready to deliver to the sale after work today. I can't wait to see what other people made.  I promise I won't buy back my own cookies tomorrow :)

I hope you all have a great weekend planned.  We are going to meet ourselves coming and going I think. Hopefully, we will find some time to work on our shed project.


  1. Oh wow. Those look so so so good! I'm a sucker for a good sugar cookie too!

    Hope you guys have a wonderful and safe Labor Day Weekend!

    1. Sugar cookies are my husband's favorite - he loves them with a lime glaze that I made up. I was relieved to get the cookies out of the house!

  2. Yum those look awesome. What a wonderful cause! And of course you sampled them, quality control, right?