Pink Champagne Buttercream Cookie Cups – Celebrating Mother’s Day & Being Cancer Free

by Sugar on May 9, 2012 · 28 comments

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These Pink Champagne Buttercream Cookie Cups are my way of celebrating Mother’s Day and the fact that I don’t have Breast Cancer. I recently went through a scare that I want to share with all of you in hopes that you will be sure to go for your regular mammograms and encourage other women in your life to do the same.

Several weeks ago I went for my yearly mammogram and didn’t think much of it until two days later when I got a call that they saw a suspicious lump. They scheduled me to return for additional testing that same week. I was naturally concerned and frightened because I had been down this road before, many years ago. I had a large tumor that had to be removed and at that time they didn’t have the modern technology they have today, so the surgery was very extensive and very painful.  It was benign (Thank God) then, so my prayer was that this time it would be OK as well.

The worst part about all of this is not knowing and trying to not think the worst. It’s easy for other people to say “Oh don’t worry about it” “Most of the time it’s nothing”! People mean well and naturally want to help but I can tell you for some reason there was no consoling me.

All the words of encouragement from my family and friends were true but given my past experience and my age I was naturally concerned, and there wasn’t much anyone could say to help calm my fears. I have lost friends to breast cancer and have others who have survived it so I know what it’s like. It’s a long, painful, lonely journey and I wasn’t prepared for any of it, mentally or physically.

I did see my films when I went back for the follow up tests so I naturally looked at photos online and tried to see if my lump looked like other lumps. I pretended to go on with my day every day but in the back of my mind I had this hanging over me. Was it OK?? The techs seemed to be very concerned and my OBG offered no calming words other than “it needs to be biopsied.”

I was however referred to a wonderful breast surgeon in Wellington Florida. Her name is Dr. Minnick. She is not your traditional stuffy surgeon. Her office feels like her home. It’s all done in a Shabby Chic beach theme with a cozy living room and even a kitchen table to sit at and chat.  She even has her dogs there running around to offer some comfort. That sort of an environment is exactly what I needed. She consulted with me for over an hour on my past history and my recent diagnosis.  She also explained how important it was to find something like this as early as possible and that is why mammograms are so important.

Based upon her recommendations I had to have a biopsy done. So she scheduled it at the Cancer Center of Good Samaritan hospital in West Palm. The people and the facility there are amazing. They even have a wing there just for breast patients with counselors and wonderful nurses that could not have been nicer. The only down side to going there was seeing the women who were going through treatment. They clearly lost their hair and were in the process of fighting for their lives. Even though the facility and the people were wonderful I couldn’t help but feel the pain and suffering in the air. Not to mention the word “Cancer” was written on almost every wing and room in the facility. It never let you forget why you were there.  I felt like I was in a human lottery. A good result from this surgery would mean I win and a bad meant my life, as I knew it was drastically going to change. The stress of being faced with that scenario was almost too hard to handle.

Fortunately for me the biopsy went well. I did suffer some painful complications but nothing I couldn’t handle. Then came more waiting. Waiting for the results meant my life was once again put on hold. I found it hard to get through the day without constantly thinking about it and crying now and then alone so no one could see me. I didn’t want to upset my husband or the kids and burden them with my gripping fear. I did talk to friends and family about it and everyone was as supportive and loving as they could be.

The reality at that point for me was that I was going to have to be prepared, ready or not for whatever it was and realize some how by the grace of God I would get through it.

Finally the day came for the results. I needed to go back to the cancer center and meet with my surgeon. She never gives results over the phone so my husband and I had no idea what it was. She told me that good or bad she always discusses result in person, because even good results can mean more surgery or other concerns.

She walked in the room, opened her lap top and said it’s Benign!!!!! It’s not Cancer!!!

My head fell in my hands and I cried the whole time she told us what it was and what we needed to do.

Our prayers were certainly answered that moment but it was a bittersweet. I wanted to run out of there and never look back, but I had to walk through the room with other women sitting there who didn’t get good results like I did. Life isn’t fair and I don’t know why things happen the way they do, but I knew I needed to be grateful to God no matter what happened that day not just because it was a good result.

I feel like I have a new perspective on life. I’m not enjoying life enough. I’m not spending time resting and caring for myself. I’m the type of person that is constantly caring for everyone around me.  So much so that I think I was completely run down. I believe God was trying to shake me up and have me see that I need to be kinder to myself, and not worry about everyone and everything. I don’t control the world. He does and He wants me to stop trying.

I know most of you who follow my blog are women so please take the time to pass this experience on to other women in hopes that they will learn from it. I didn’t have this experience for no reason so I believe this experience was meant to be shared.  If nothing else sharing it has helped me get the emotions out of my heart and my head. So I can put it behind me and enjoy the gift of life that I have been given.

If you make this recipe be sure and spread the love and share it and my story with other women.

Happy Mother’s Day and God Bless!

Sugar

 

Pink Champagne Buttercream Cookie Cups

Prep Time: 15

Start to Finish: 25

24 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1package (16 oz) Pillsbury® Ready to Bake!™ refrigerated sugar cookies
  • 2 sticks of butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 4 tablespoons pink champagne
  • 1 drop of red food coloring
  • Sprinkle for decorating (optional)

Directions:

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray 24 mini muffin cups with cooking spray.

Remove cookie dough rounds from tray. Place 1 cookie dough round in each mini muffin cup.

Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until light golden brown.

Using the end of wooden spoon, carefully press into center of each baked cookie to make 1-inch-wide indentation.  Remove cookies from tin while they cool make the frosting.

Mix butter in a medium size bowl, with electric mixer on high speed until soft peaks form. Gradually add sugar, beating 1 to 2 minutes. Then add champagne and a drop or two of food coloring, mix for another minute or two until stiff peaks form.

Fill each cookie cup with about 1 tablespoon of champagne cream. If desired top with decorate sprinkles.

I developed the recipe above and it originally appeared on BettyCrocker.com.  If you like this recipe, please share it recipe with a friend.  Just click on the cute little icons below this sentence to share these on your Facebook page, twitter page, etc. with just one click!

 

 

 

 

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Kristen says:

I just made these this afternoon and they are amazing!! Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

Isn’t that the lesson of the decade! Take care of yourself! Funny how we forget how precious of a gift our bodies are and that it is completely our responsibility to take the best possible care of them.

I love the idea for the pink champagne icing. I found you from pillsbury…and I’m so glad I did!

Sugar says:

Thank you honey for the nice feedback. :)

Sugar

Terri says:

Oh Sugar I’m so glad to hear you are alright and happy also for your family. You’re right about how a good doctor is important. The Dr. I saw was terrible. Once I found out it was benign from the hospital I never saw Dr. after that. I even told the receptionist when she tried to book me in for a follow up with him that I never wanted to see him ever.

Ter ;)

Terri says:

Hi Sugar,

I was very touched when reading your story. I’m 42 and have had yearly mamograms since I was about 35. There’s a history of breast cancer in my family, my mother and grandmother had it. Thank God all of my mamograms have been normal. I go back in a couple of weeks for my yearly, hopefully the I will get good results from this one as well. I’m sorry that you went through this experience but I’m glad to know the Lord was there with you. Sometimes we can’t feel his presence but he’s always here with us. Take care!

Sandy Morrocco sealy says:

Hi Sugar! My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to you. So very glad your nightmare is over and you are okay. As my daughters say YOLO…you only live once….start enjoying your husband and family. You deserve it! This recipe looks great…can’t wait to try it. Happy mothers’s day and rest up. Sandy

Sugar says:

Sandy,

Thanks honey. I will and you do the same. Have a great Mother’s Day.

XXOO
Sugar

Cheri says:

Sugar…..you are such a gift to all of us….we are so happy that everything worked out for you and for your family too…I know it was scary time for you… Even better was that I got to hug you and see you in person….look in your eyes and know that everything is going to be OK….take the time for YOURSELF… you deserve it….as they say….take time to stop and smell the roses… we love you and I can’t wait to make these cupcakes….. hugs….

Sugar says:

Oh Cheri honey. I love you and I am so grateful for your friendship. You did come in on your white horse and make me feel so much better.

I love you and I cherish our friendship.

Have an amazing Mother’s Day. You deserve it honey. XXXOOO

Jamie says:

Dear Sugar – Thank you for sharing your very personal story with us, and I’m glad it has a happy ending! I hope your experience will inspire other women to get regular check-ups, as this type of cancer has a very high survival rate if detected early. Happy Mother’s Day!!!

Sugar says:

Thank you Jamie and I do hope that some one will see this story and be motivated to get their mamo done. :)

Have a Happy Mothers Day too.

Sugar :)

Linda says:

Sugar

I’m glad to hear your ok. I had cervical cancer 2 years ago (in the middle of chaos) at age 23 and had 2 surgeries. Thank God it’s gone now but it was so scary because I have 2 little boys and all that came to mind was “I’m gonna die and what about my kids???!” that’s all I kept thinking about. We sometimes need to appreciate life and the good people that surround us a little more. We need to be more thankful for what we have and believe in the Lord even more. He is mighty and is always here for us. Anyway once again from the bottom of my heart I am so glad your ok now :)
Now back to recipes, could you please post a video on how to make cream cheese frosting for a red velvet cake. I’ll love you forever if you do :)

Sugar says:

Linda,

Thank you for the sweet feedback. Praise God you are fine. I will try to get to a video up soon but I just needed to take a mental break for a while. XXOO

Joann says:

These look wonderful and so easy to make, I am going to make them for Mother’s Day.
So Happy to hear everything went well. I also went through this last Nov which biopsy was benign and have to go at the end of this month for a follow-up ultrasound. Wishing you a wonderful Mother’s Day for NJ!!!

Sugar says:

Please keep me posted about your follow up. I too have to go in the fall for mine. I’ll keep you in my prayers. Thanks for the sweet feedback Joanne. XXOO :)

tazie says:

Sugar, I’m so glad to hear you had a great diagnosis. Yay and thank God! My mom is a 22-yr breast cancer survivor, and has always touted to ‘get that yearly mammogram!’ We as women have to be proactive and take care of ourselves first- then we can be around a long time and make delicious recipes (yours are fabulous) and nuture and love our families. Thanks for sharing your experience, and hopefully it will encourage more women to get their first or next mammogram, if we keep the word up someone will be saved! Bless you!

Sugar says:

Tazie,

WOW 22 years, God Bless her. She is very lucky. Thank you for the sweet feedback.
:)

kathy Cromwell says:

What a wonderful message for all women. So happy for you!
Woman need to take care of their health, eat Organic food and as little BPA’s as possible.
Life is so precious!

Lynette says:

So happy you’re ok. I’m getting emotional at work readying your post. What a horrible experience that THANKFULLY was good news in the end. You’re so right about enjoying your life, because it goes by sooo fast. Do you believe we’re 45 already! It really feels like I can close my eyes and we’re back in high school. It’s really bizarre. I would love to start a yearly reunion cruise! How fun would that be?

Sugar says:

Lynette,

Life is so short and it seems like we don’t believe it until we may be faced with the sobering reality that we may only have a few more Birthday’s, Easters, Christmas and so on. Yes a trip would be awesome. Let’s start with a girls weekend first. :)

Cecilia says:

I’m so glad u r k sugar. I recently started doing ur recipes and they r great my whole family likes them, so I got really bumped out when I heard ur news but I’m so glad that u r k, and more full of life. Thank u for all ur recipes and I’ll be waiting for the next ones. :)

Sugar says:

Thank you honey. :)

colleen says:

I am so happy for you, I can only imagine how scary that was for you. Thank you for sharing your story and God Bless!

Sugar says:

Thank you Colleen.

Nancy says:

These are so pretty, I can’t wait to make them!! I can so relate to your story as I have recently had a similar scare and I too, had my prayers answered that it was nothing. God is so good!!

Sugar says:

Oh Nancy I am so happy for you. I had a large tumor years ago so that memory made this experience that much harder. Thank God you are Ok too. Please be sure to keep up with your follow ups.

God Bless.

Sugar

Sheila says:

Oh Sugar I am so happy to hear your wonderful news and that God answered your prayers and that you cancer free. I too just went through this just 2 weeks ago and like you this was not my first go round with this. I had several biopsies done before, but no matter how many times you have had them you are still faced with the same unknown. I had to have biopsies in both breast this time and I felt exactly as you did. Praise God my results came back begin as well and yes I am going to take better care of myself as you are and looking at the world through a different set of eyes. God is Good!

Sugar says:

Sheila,

I am so happy to hear that all was well for you. My heart still breaks when I think of the other women at the hospital that weren’t as lucky as we have been. It is so important to detect these things early because that’s seems to be the best way to survive this. I do hope you take care of yourself and take breaks and stop and enjoy life a little more. Thank you so much for posting and God Bless you right back. :)