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2 Kids, 1 Experience

Battling cancer is a traumatic experience for the patient and their loved ones, regardless of age. Have you ever thought about what it is like to be a child with a mother battling breast cancer? Here lies a recollection by two young adults, DJ Reed and Emma De Suyrot, about what it was like to be a 7 or 8 year-old with a mother who is battling breast cancer. 
Today, DJ is 21 and Emma is 20. Both are college juniors studying in Boston, MA. DJ is a New Yorker, through and through, while Emma is French-Japanese and was raised in …

 

Rania Samaha: Mother, Caretaker, Patient

If you read about Dina Sabra’s experience with breast cancer, I’m sure you remember her cousin and caretaker, Rania Samaha. Like Dina, breast cancer has played a huge role in Rania’s life. 
Rania As a Caretaker
Rania, is a caretaker to the maximum extent of the word. As a 9 year old, Rania was giving her diabetic mother diabetes shots and joined her mother in every hospital room her mother has ever been in. As a newlywed, Rania took in her father-in-law and looked after him until he passed of colon cancer 3 years later. As a 33 year old, Rania dropped …

 

Share Your Story: Dina Sabra (Part 1/2)

“In my mind, it was always a matter of, not if but, when,” said Dina Sabra, Canadian-Egyptian breast cancer survivor. With breast cancer making an appearance in her maternal family history for over three consecutive generations, Dina knew breast cancer would be an unwelcome visitor in her life one day; however, she didn’t expect the visit to come so soon. Dina’s grandmother, mother and aunt all battled breast cancer post-menopause, prompting Dina’s shock when her battle came at age 36. 
As a result of her family’s relationship with breast cancer, Dina routinely visited a breast specialist in Dubai, UAE, where she, …

 

Gluten-Free Soft Pretzels

Don’t you just love getting a soft pretzel at a sporting event, concert, or venue? For some people it’s their go-to snack and something they look forward to on their way to the event. However, it’s a snack that people with food allergies have to stay away from. Not to fear! You can now make a soft pretzel that is gluten-free, and for me, used with different oil, since I can’t eat canola oil.
This recipe offers two different shapes you can make them in. You can shape the pretzels as a bunny or shape them in the regular pretzel shape. …

 

Pineapple Upside-Down Cake Sundaes

Who doesn’t like a good pineapple upside-down cake? How about an ice cream sundae, or even better, a sundae with cake in it? A pineapple upside-down cake is a pound cake that has some of my favorite fruits on it, pineapples and cherries, mixed with butter and sugar on top of the cake. The fun thing about this cake is that when it is done baking, it is turned over and served upside-down. Add some ice cream with the cake and you have yourself one delicious dessert to enjoy. What’s a better dessert to have than some ice cream with …

 

Strawberry Milkshake Ice Cream Cake

Strawberry lovers, milkshake lovers, cake lovers, ice cream cake lovers, this dessert is perfect for those who love all those sweets combined together. Strawberry milkshakes are one of my favorite milkshakes. The creaminess of the ice cream mixed with the sweetness of strawberries just makes my mouth water. A fresh strawberry milkshake never lets me down.
Ice cream cake is one of the best food inventions, combing ice cream and cake together. The moistness and softness of the cake goes perfect with the cold and milky texture of the ice cream. It’s one of those dessert inventions like s’mores that makes …

 

Banana Split Bites

Who doesn’t like a good banana split? A classic banana split has three scoops of ice cream (one each of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry) served between a split banana. The ice cream is usually served with pineapple sauce, chocolate sauce, and strawberry sauce drizzled onto the ice cream, then crushed nuts (generally peanuts or walnuts), whipped cream, and topped with a maraschino cherry. Who doesn’t want to end their day with a banana split?
This recipe for banana split bites doesn’t have ice cream, but it does have chocolate. Although, you could dip the fruit in some ice cream or …

 

S’mores Banana Pudding with Alternatives

It’s summer time! The time of the year for s’mores, parties, and good times with family and friends. If you love s’mores and you love banana pudding, then this is the perfect recipe for you. This recipe is also good for anytime of the year when you want some s’mores mixed with some pudding. A mix of chocolate, banana pudding, graham crackers, and marshmallows all combined as one. It doesn’t get any better than that. It’s s’mores you can eat with a spoon!
This recipe is not allergy-friendly and is definitely one I can’t eat without substituting some ingredients, so I …

 

Dairy-Free Chocolate Pudding

Need a dessert that is light and creamy, yet dairy-free to satisfy your chocolate cravings? How about a cup of dairy-free chocolate pudding? A delicious milky dessert with the right amount of chocolate flavor. In the states, we love chocolate pudding and what’s glorious about chocolate pudding is that you can change it up by adding anything to it for a fun dessert. You can add cookie crumbs such as Oreos crumbs, a couple of marshmallows, a handful of candy, and even some fruit. If you don’t want just plain old chocolate pudding, add some of your favorite snacks to …

 

Red Velvet Whoopie Cakes

Whoopie pies/cakes are a dessert I have enjoyed since I was a child. A soft cake texture mixed with cream in the middle. It’s similar to an Oreo, but the outside is made out of cake and is bigger than an Oreo. It’s one of the best desserts out there for a cake lover. I remember enjoying them while getting cake stuck to my fingers and having to lick it off my hands, which was the best part. I always enjoyed how soft it was and how you got some filling in each bite.
The whoopie pie is a Pennsylvania …