♥ Betty Jean
Among other things, October is breast cancer awareness month. Go pink! The ten women listed above are real. I know them. They all have or have had breast cancer. Each of their stories is unique. When I read the names of these women, I think of each one’s personal story. I stand in silent respect for their suffering and their bravery. None of them look at themselves as being particularly brave, but from my perspective each woman deserves the honor given a hero.
One of these women, Rita, is currently undergoing treatment for stage 3 breast cancer. Despite the horrendous effects of chemo, Rita still comes to work, serving others through her loving skills as a nurse. She had been at work–serving others–the day she lost her hair. I do not know how she continues to move forward with her life in positive ways. I would have folded long ago.
If you are a woman, you probably have spent most of your life thinking about breast cancer. Certainly it is the disease about which we are taught almost as soon as we hit puberty. I remember that when I was about 10, I started noticing changes in my body. Mostly my chest was really sore. I was afraid and didn’t want to say anything to anyone. I thought that I had breast cancer and tried to imagine how the doctor would “cut off” my breasts when I didn’t even have any!
Finally one day my mom said something to me about what was happening to my body. I was so relieved to know that I didn’t have breast cancer and that what I was experiencing was totally on track for a preteen girl. My point, though, is that even at that young age, I was already aware of breast cancer and its effects.
Although we mostly focus on women and girls as targets for breast cancer, it can also develop in men and boys. Oh, and lest you think that breast cancer is the #1 killer among women, it is not. Heart disease holds that place of honor, but that is a post for another time.
At the end of this post I have included some links to information provided by The National Breast Cancer Foundation. The information is highly beneficial in educating women and others in their lives about breast cancer. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime–get educated, find help and hope. ♥
In honor of Rita (and because she is Italian 🙂 ), I have chosen to spotlight an Italian cookie today. It is called an Angeletti. Angeletti cookies are generally an Italian Christmas cookie, but because of the name, I thought that it was appropriate to use them in this post about breast cancer and those who are affected by it.
These cookies are the most interesting cookie I have ever made or eaten. Despite the fact that they look like a simple sugar cookie or a Mexican wedding cookie, they are quite different in texture from either of those. They are amazingly light little cookie puffs, almost fluffy in texture. After two or three chews, they develop a surprising marshmallow-like consistency.
For such a small cookie, they sure provide a lot of satisfaction.
A few notes:
- Be sure to spoon the flour into the measuring cup. Too much flour really will ruin the texture of these cookies.
- The batter is sticky. At first it may look as though it will be impossible to roll into a ball, but flour your hands and everything will be fine. I found that I needed to re-flour my hands after every fourth cookie. Simply pat a little flour between your palms and you’re good to go.
- Do not make the cookies too large. The recipe calls for using a level tablespoon of dough for each cookie. Although seemingly small, this is a great size for these cookies. They do expand during cooking, but they do not flatten out.
- Bake the cookies fully. If under-baked, they will collapse as they cool and will be gummy in the middle. Not soft. Not chewy. Gummy. To test for doneness, tap a few of the cookies lightly. If the cookie “gives” under light tapping, then it needs to be baked for another minute or two. Remember—think light and airy, not heavy and definitely not smooshy. ← official baking term; add it to your vocabulary
- The glaze should be thin-ish, not thick like frosting. The tops of the cookies will be dipped in the glaze and then set on a rack until the glaze gets firm. This could take several hours. Patience, young padawan.
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