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Happy Pink Saturday !!


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, second only to skin cancer. It is estimated that about 1 in 8 women will develop an invasive form of breast cancer at some point in her lifetime. According to The American Cancer Society, the incidence of death from breast cancer has declined about 2% per year since 1999. That's great news, alhough it doesn’t mean you’re any less likely to get it.

Here are some of the several risk factors that put a woman at a high risk for developing breast cancer -- some may surprise you:

  • Having had breast cancer increases your risk of developing it again.
  • A family history of certain types of breast cancer, particularly in your mother, daughter, or sister
  • Having a genetic defect in the BRCA1/BRCA2 gene, which can be detected through a test often performed for people with a significant family history of breast cancer.
  • Heavy alcohol use
  • Eating lots of red meat
  • Obesity
  • Race
Almost everyone knows someone who has been affected by breast cancer.

Education is empowerment, and the more women talk about the need for self exams, regular check-ups, and annual mammograms, the more lives will be saved through early detection.


Strawberry Pink Ribbon Cake

1 package (18.25 oz.) white cake mix (no pudding in the mix)
1/2 cup sour cream
4 egg whites
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Rose Icing Color
1 package (16 oz.) thawed frozen, sweetened strawberries, pureed
3-1/2 cups buttercream icing or white canned decorator icing
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray ribbon cake pan with vegetable pan spray.
In large bowl, combine cake mix, sour cream, egg whites, oil and, if desired, icing color with electric mixer. Beat on high 2 to 3 minutes; gradually add pureed strawberries. Continue mixing 2 to 3 minutes or until well blended. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.
Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on cooling rack 10 minutes; remove from pan and cool completely.
Cut cake board to shape; cover with Silver Fanci-Foil. Tint 1-1/4 cups icing pink. Position cooled cake on prepared board. Spatula ice sides smooth with white icing; spatula ice top fold area of ribbon smooth with pink icing. Outline ribbon in pink with tip 4; fill in with tip 16 pink stars. Pipe tip 18 white shells on bottom border.

Serves Makes 12 Servings
Ribbon Pan
Decorating Tips: 4, 16, 18
Rose Icing Color
13x19-inch Cake Board
Silver Fanci-Foil
White Ready-to-Use Decorator Icing


OPI has created a Pink of Hearts polish especially to support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Each bottle has a special pink-ribbon cap wrap in support of breast cancer awareness. In 2008, OPI will be making a donation of $25,000 to Komen for the Cure. For more information, go to www.nailsmag.com/fifi/21507

China Glaze packages three lovely pink polishes for Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Rich & Famous, St. Tropez, and Temptation Carnation. A portion of the proceeds go to speed the cure for breast cancer. For more information, go to www.nailsmag.com/fifi/21513

Please support either through donation, the purchase of merchandise or by attending special fundraiser events. There are breast cancer networks around the world.

CIBC Run for the Cure - Toronto 2008

For all the mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers and nieces in the world affected by breast cancer, think pink and get involved to raise some money in aid of fighting breast cancer.

Please go and visit our lovely hostess of Pink Saturday,

Beverly at How Sweet the Sound

to see so much more pink eye candy.

Thanks for stopping by

and don't forget to THINK PINK!!

Hugs xOxO Nerina :)


  1. Excellent post, GF!!

    Happy Pink Saturday!


  2. Happy Pink Saturday and belated Vintage Black Friday...love the outfits. The swimsuit was my fav :).....I am more a black girl then a pink one....black nail polish is my color of choice.

  3. Great reminder to remember to get your mamos and give the support that is needed.


  4. Great awareness post! The ribbon cake looks divine.

    Have a lovely weekend,

  5. Hello Nerina, this post touched my heart so... I lost my sweet sister Jo to breast cancer several years back... my heart still aches for her... she was the strongest, bravest woman I have ever known and I miss her... one day when I feel like I can, I will do a post about her and her life... I so admire the many women who courageously battle this... The Komen Foundation is so wonderful and my family supports them and we always do the Race for the Cure... Bisous... Julie Marie

  6. This is AMAZING!!!! WOW!!!!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeee all the things everyone can do to help!!! My MIL and her BFF are founders of "Bowl 4 the Cure" (which is happening tomorrow) and its JUST sooooooooooooo AWESOME to see the MEN come and bowl for this event! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  7. What an important Pink Sat. post today! Thanks for getting that message out! xoxoxo It is so easy to help out and the rewards are many!

  8. Winter is just around the corner in my neck of the woods and I won't see much pink in my garden again until at least April so THANK YOU for the wonderful blog entry and for giving me a little pinkie-lift today!

    Hoping that your weekend is filled with laughter and sunshine☺

  9. Love the cake!!!! Great weekend to you! From AK;)

  10. Thank you for the reminder. I hope you are having a great Pink Saturday.

  11. Nerina,

    My Mother passed away from breast cancer. We, as women cannot do enough to empower each other against this terrible disease. What a great reminder on Pink Saturday.

    xo Cathy

  12. Your tribute to breast cancer is wonderful! I love the tribute cake too! I really doubt mine would turn out so beautiful as your picture, but I'd love a slice! Happy PS! suzie

  13. Happy Pink Saturday! Wonderful post to inform us all. Loving the pink nail polish that is the only color I wear.
    Thank you for visiting my blog and sweet comments. So thoughtful. Hugs, Bobbi Jo

  14. What a great post Nerina. I love the ribbon cake and would like a piece right about now. We all need to make sure we get our yearly mamos. Happy Pink Saturday, Char

  15. Nerina,
    What a wonderful and informative post. Way to spread the word. My mother is a breast cancer survivor {almost 25 years now} and you are so correct in saying that most of us know someone who has been diagnosed.

    Love the name of your blog! It makes me giggle and it's fun to say OUT LOUD. Okay. I'm weird.

  16. Excellant post Thank you for all the info,and a very good reminder to make that appointment.

  17. Hey BFF,
    What an amazing blog- love it. Sorry I've been MIA. We're in process of listing our home- so we're packing, cleaning, stressing......so much to do.So if ya don't hear from me for a bit, you know what I'm up to! Have a great weekend! XoXo

  18. The cake is wonderful.
    And a lot of good info too.


    barbara jean

  19. And, a nail polish! Excellent. Thanks for the post. Happy Pink Saturday just a little late.

  20. Thanks for the wonderful reminder and I'll have apiece of that wonderful looking cake!


  21. Happy Pink Saturday!

    Great pink colours!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  22. Great post, Nerina! I know people who have battled this disease, and I hope we will see it end in this lifetime!

    Happy Pink Saturday from your happy friend who is doing a happy dance with her computer back from the shop!


    Sheila :-)

  23. wonderful post! thanks for the recipe & links. cancer has affected everyone in some way. thank you for kicking off october with all of this information.

  24. Education is empowerment - I love this statement.

  25. What a wonderful and informative post (with great cake and nails). I missed my last exam - so glad you reminded me.

    Happy Pink Saturday (sorry to be late, the computer is playing up yet again - keeps overheating so I have to keep turning it off. I'm getting nowhere fast!)


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