I Will Remain Brave

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“Being brave means to know something is scary, difficult, and dangerous, and doing it anyway, because the possibility of winning the fight is worth the chance of losing it.” Emilie Autumn

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Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies

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Christmas Gooey Butter Cookies

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Need:

½ c. unsalted butter, room temperature
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, room temperature
1 egg
½ tsp. almond extract, opt.
½ tsp. orange extract, opt.
1 pkg. white cake mix
½ c. sprinkles, divided
½ c. powdered sugar

Do:

In a medium bowl, cream together butter & cream cheese. Add the egg, almond extract & orange extract & mix until combined. Add the white cake mix & mix until combined. Stir in ¼ cup of sprinkles. Cover bowl with plastic wrap & refrigerate for at least one hour or up to 24 hours. The longer the dough chills, the less sticky it will be.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place powdered sugar in one bowl & the remaining ¼ cup of sprinkles in another bowl. Using a 1-inch cookie scoop, scoop out dough & roll into a ball. Sprinkle with a few extra sprinkles & roll in powdered sugar, completely covering the dough ball. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Repeat. Bake for 10 minutes. Allow cookies to cool on cookie sheet for two minutes before removing to wire rack. Makes approximately 42 small cookies.

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I Have Cancer

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I’ve been battling melanoma on & off since childhood. Melanoma is no peach. If it’s not caught early, it can spread like wildfire & take over…it is scary. But melanoma begins externally. It’s something I’ve been able to watch, observe & can keep my eyes on.

I was recently diagnosed with cervical cancer. This is completely new & unknown territory for me. Cervical cancer is internal. I can’t see it. I can’t watch it. I have NO IDEA what is going on, so word “scary” honestly doesn’t touch the feelings I have right now.

There is a BIG difference.

December 19th is my first surgery & no, I’m not scared, but I’m anxious. I don’t do patience & waiting well.

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Lemon Pasta with Chicken

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Need:
1 pound dried penne
2 chicken cutlets, cut into fingers
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
3 cloves garlic, sliced
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons roughly chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
2 lemons, juiced
1/2 cup grated Parmesan

Do:
Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water, until al dente. Drain well.

Season chicken with salt & pepper. Heat a large grill pan over medium high & add chicken. Grill until golden & completely cooked. Remove to a plate & slice.

Add the garlic & red pepper flakes to a saute pan with 3 tablespoons of olive oil & saute until fragrant. Add the cooked pasta & turn heat off. Mix all together.

Remove pasta to a large bowl. Add chicken to the warm pasta & season with salt & pepper. Sprinkle in chopped parsley. Add the juice of 2 lemons & mix. Before serving top with Parmesan.

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Crazy on the Calendar

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December & January are going to be crazy months for me.

Being diagnosed with another form of cancer isn’t something I wanted or was looking forward to, but honestly, I knew it in my gut.

I’m having pre-surgery on December 12th & then surgery on December 19th & no, I’m not afraid. I am however, incredibly inpatient. I just want this done & over with. I want the results back, which I still get in January to see where we go from there.

In the midst of all of that, I have too other doctors appointments & fasting bloodwork. For the average Jane, easy peasy. For the chronically ill…holy moly!

Wish me luck please!

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Million Dollar Cream Cheese & Garlic Dip

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Million Dollar Cream Cheese & Garlic Dip
Author: Shauna @ The Best Blog Recipes
Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 1 min Total time: 6 mins Serves: 10
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Need:
  • 8 oz whipped cream cheese
  • 1 cup of mayonnaise
  • 2 cups of shredded colby jack cheese
  • 5 green onions, chopped
  • 1 square cube crushed garlic
  • 1/2 cup of bacon, chopped into small pieces
Do:
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl & stir well.
  2. Serve immediately with chips, crackers, or your favorite vegetables.
  3. Can be made in advance & stored in the refrigerator covered with plastic wrap.

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I’m Only Human

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But I’m only human
And I bleed when I fall down
I’m only human
And I crash and I break down
Your words in my head, knives in my heart
You build me up and then I fall apart
‘Cause I’m only human

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I’m only human…