A recipe for living with cancer.

Happy Valentines Day-I’m Back!

I have rebounded amazingly in the last two weeks. I am getting stronger, I can do more in Pilates, I am able to walk all the way up to Starbucks, i can walk the dog and I am baking, a lot. My chest is still rather uncomfortable but since I can do so many other things it’s no biggie. I get lost in activities so the discomfort becomes background noise. Working through cancer therapy is the best road…

Valentines Day is one of my favorite holidays to bake because the heart is so much fun to decorate.


A little red royal icing and I am happy as a clam and could decorate for hours. They are pretty tasty too, here is the simple recipe I use for sugar cookies which is actually a really versatile tarte dough. Its an old recipe from my grandmother from germany that is my go to for so many things. I doubled the recipe and got 5-6 dozen 3″ hearts.
Merbe Tieg Dough. 350 10-12 minutes
1/2 cup sugar
1 stick butter or smart balance (4 oz) room temp
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 cups APF
1/4 tsp baking powder

Combine sugar and butter and blend till light and fluffy. Add egg and blend, add vanilla, flour baking powder mix until dough just comes together. Divide into two discs, flatten and either use immediately, refrigerate, or even freeze.
I like to roll the dough pretty thin, 1/8 inch. Do whatever you are comfortable with. Place on cookie sheet, you may use parchment or place directly on ungreased pan. Bake 10-12 minutes at 350 until edges begin to brown.
Ice with royal icing, confectioners sugar icing, chocolate icing, sprinkles, have a blast.

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