There was a little girl

Who had a little curl

Right in the middle of her forehead…


But what happens when a 17 year old “little girl” realizes she has a lump in her neck?

What happens when cancer takes that curl away?

These are not things most of us think about. Not unless our lives have been personally affected by cancer.  Whether it’s a parent, a friend, a family member. You.  The truth is, we’ve all been affected in some way.

A big way.

A small way.

Our own way.


So while many food blogs keep to their core idea of food with the occasional fundraiser to end world hunger or to end hunger right here in the US, I’m turning today to the Relay For Life.  The Relay is a fundraiser I hold close to my heart since my family walks to celebrate Mariah.

Mariah was that “little girl” who found that lump in her neck on the day that changed her life forever.  And here we are one year after the end of her Hodgkin’s Disease treatment getting ready to walk for her.  To walk to celebrate all of those survivors and to remember all of those who lost their battles.

To walk for life.

To walk to save lives.

To walk so that people…families. friends. neighbors. teachers. You. Can see cancer as a disease of the past in our lifetimes.

A dead disease.

Not a deadly one.



Just look at how all of those curls grew back in!!

Here’s your opportunity.  Here’s your chance to give back to fight back.  I want you to challenge me to make and decorate 1 Survivor Cookie for every $5 you donate (up to 100 cookies – see photo above) to Smells Like Home’s Relay For Life fundraising campaign. Your donation goes to Relay For Life (via the American Cancer Society) and my donation will be all of the cookies going to Team: Mariah’s Our Survivor on the night of the Relay – hey, those walkers are gonna need some sugar aren’t they?!

Donate Here!!


Help me celebrate Mariah.

I’ll help you celebrate or remember _____.

(Fill in the blank with a comment below…and don’t forget to donate in the link above!)

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  • Panur
    May 15, 2010 at 11:55 PM

    excuse me, I had a link to some 'garlic knots' you posted the recipe for in 2009? It seems to be gone now, any chance of you giving the recipe again? Sorry for spamming in this post, feel free to delete it if it bothers you.

  • LCM
    July 31, 2010 at 6:33 PM

    Our little girl didn’t start out with curls, but she sure has them now. Good job supporting Relay for Life. I, too, am a cancer survivor and I had never been to one until my little girl and I went to one together. She was diagnosed at 4 years old with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma. She is a beautiful and amazing 8 year old now.