Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Help Us Support our TTT Retreat

Recently, Anne met Linda Waters, Founder of "Confidence Beads" and "Beads for a Cause". There are wonderful items for sale and any purchase that you make will result in 20% of your sale helping to fund the Turning-the-Tide Ovarian Cancer Retreat.

There are wonderful collections available and this week I'd like to highlight the "Tough as Teal" collection 'cause after all, we survivors are "tough as teal". To browse the collection, follow this link.  I hope you enjoy this wonderful collection....

Help Us Support our TTT Retreat

Recently, Anne met Linda Waters, Founder of "Confidence Beads" and "Beads for a Cause". There are wonderful items for sale and any purchase that you make will result in 20% of your sale helping to fund the Turning-the-Tide Ovarian Cancer Retreat.

There are wonderful collections available and this week I'd like to highlight the "Tough as Teal" collection 'cause after all, we survivors are "tough as teal". To browse the collection, follow this link.  I hope you enjoy this wonderful collection....

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Sue's Chocolate Raspberry Dream Torte Recipe

Hi Everyone!
We had a great time meeting at Anne's the night before the Ovations Ovarian Cancer Symposium on Saturday.

Our group came from ME, VT and all parts of MA. We had a wonderful meal - everyone brought great food and we got to sample some fabulous dishes from Kuwait made by Batoul.

And did you know that our Sue made a delicious Chocolate Raspberry DreamTorte that knocked our socks off. So if you're interested in trying your hand at baking this, Sue has graciously made the recipe available to us. By the way Sue, how did you make out the next day in your cooking challenge? I hope you won top award for this dessert!!!

Chocolate Raspberry Dream Torte
  • 1 pkg devil's food cake mix (plus ingredients to make cake)
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tbsp  finely grated orange zest
  • 1 container (8 oz) frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam, 
  • 1 cup raspberries 
  • Chocolate sauce (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour Torte Pans; set aside. Prepare cake mix according to package directions; divide batter equally between pans. Bake 18-22 minutes or until wooden pick inserted into centers comes out clean. Remove from oven to cooling rack; cool 5 minutes. Remove cakes from pans; cool completely.
  2. Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and orange zest; whisk until smooth. Fold in whipped topping. Place one cake layer well-side up onto serving platter. Spread half of the filling over cake layer. Place raspberry jam in microwave safe bowl; microwave on HIGH 10-20 seconds or until warm; whisk until smooth. Drizzle/spread  1/2 the jam over filling. Stack remaining cake layer on top of first, well-side up; spread with remaining filling. arrange raspberries over filling; drizzle with remaining jam

Monday, September 12, 2016


Hi folks,
It was a great TTT retreat YET AGAIN! Thank you Anne & Sue for all the work that you put in to make this retreat happen. And thank you to all the folks who contributed in so many ways - every day we were showered with amazing gifts from donors who gave so generously.

I will be posting a video here of the retreat - many hands are involved in making this video so stay tuned - as soon as it's ready, I'll post it.

In addition, I will be uploading photos - amazingly that's a little tricky to do on It's easy to upload say 1 or 2  photos but an album is a different story. I will keep scouring the web for instructions on how to do this. If anyone knows of a widget that Blogger uses, would you send me that info?

Hope to see many of you at the Ovarian Cancer Symposium this wkend - or on Friday at Anne's!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month: Wear Something Teal Every Day

Here's a suggested plan to raise awareness about ovarian cancer every day in the month of September. This was taken from the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance.

30 Days of Teal

Join us throughout September–National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month–as we work to tell every woman in America about this deadly disease. Each day we will post an activity and share it via our website and social media. Bookmark this page to follow along, or check Facebook and Twitter for daily updates. We will keep each day’s activity on this page.
Day 30— Tuesday, September 30, 2014: Thank you for helping us raise awareness of ovarian cancer every day this month. You—and your friends and family—helped us reach hundreds of thousands of people with information about ovarian cancer, as well as expanding our network throughout the world so we can be better advocates for our cause. Today’s action is proudly sponsored by Myriad.
Day 29— Monday, September 29, 2014: Have you created your Teal is Personal page yet? We are down to the wire and need your support this September! Create a page TODAY to share how ovarian cancer has impacted your life and help us bring an end to this terrible disease. Set your page up for free right here Today’s action is proudly sponsored by Myriad.
Day 28— Sunday, September 28, 2014: Today marks the start of National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week. Did you know these two diseases are linked, especially for women with mutations in the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Not sure if you might have a mutation? The CDC offers a free tool through the Know:BRCA website, as well as resources an information on breast and ovarian cancer. Today’s action is proudly sponsored by Myriad.
Day 27— Saturday, September 27, 2014: Would you like to help us advance the interests of women with ovarian cancer? We need volunteers throughout the United States to represent us at health fairs, help set up for events and more! Email to add your name to our volunteer roster. Today’s action is proudly sponsored by Myriad.
Day 26— Friday, September 26, 2014: We’ve completely revamped our online store this September! Stock up on teal awareness bracelets, polo shirts, cooling scarves and more. A portion of the proceeds from each sale comes back to the Alliance. Visit the store at Today’s action is proudly sponsored by Myriad.
Day 25— Thursday, September 25, 2014: Today we’re busy California dreaming. We are thrilled to announce the Ovarian Cancer National Conference will be July 24-26, 2015 in San Diego! Today only, get a special conference discount when you register using promo code: TODAY. Register at Today’s action is proudly sponsored by Myriad.
Day 24— Wednesday, September 24, 2014: Clinical trials help pave the way for better treatments and diagnostic tests for ovarian cancer. By participating in a clinical trial, you can help transform ovarian cancer treatment. Learn more and connect with our free matching service at Today’s action is proudly sponsored by Myriad.
Day 23— Tuesday, September 23, 2014: Mark your calendar for the third annual World Ovarian Cancer Day: May 8, 2015. Want to get a jump start on the day? Share a fact from the World Ovarian Cancer Day website with your family and friends! 
1in72Day 22— Monday, September 22, 2014: One in 72 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer during her lifetime. Spread awareness today by sharing the graphic at right.
Day 21— Sunday, September 21, 2014: Did you know you can support the Alliance by shopping or sharing your opinions? Sign up with Opinions for Good and Amazon Smiletoday to help us continue our work on behalf of all women with ovarian cancer. Already registered? Share the links with your friends and family.
Day 20— Saturday, September 20, 2014: As we advance our understanding of the genetics of ovarian cancer, new treatment options can emerge. However, researchers need access to genetic data to drive future discoveries. Join the #FreetheData movement and help spread the word about the need for open access to genetic data
Day 19— Friday, September 19, 2014: Researchers can now apply to join the Ovarian Cancer Dream Team from Stand Up to Cancer. Help us recruit the best and brightest researchers to advance our cause. Share today’s research announcement on social media, email it to your doctor or skywrite the url above your city.
Day 18— Thursday, September 18, 2014: Our Partner Members support women with ovarian cancer, educate the public about this disease and help fund critical research. Use our locator to connect with the Partner Member nearest you!
Day 17— Wednesday, September 17, 2014: Moved by his stepmother’s experience with ovarian cancer, photographer Howard Parr launched a project to document ovarian cancer survivors engaged in the activities they love. Howard’s unique black, white and teal photos are available for sale and are on display this September at several Jaeger LeCoultre boutiques across the United States.
Day 16— Tuesday, September 16, 2014: Help us tell 100,000 women the symptoms of ovarian cancer. Share our graphic and a link to on social media today.
Day 15— Monday, September 15, 2014: Today’s mission is to check out Teal is Personal! Many have joined and together raised almost $10,000 by sharing why Teal is Personal to them! Join the movement and make a gift to show that Teal is personal to you! Don’t have a page yet? Set one up at
Day 14–Sunday, September 14, 2014: Why do you #giveteal? Our supporters value the work we do to connect survivors with one another and secure important federal funds for research and education—$166 million in the current fiscal year. Help support our work by sharing why you #giveteal and encourage your friends to give at
Day 13–Saturday, September 13, 2014: Help raise awareness of ovarian cancer by taking a photo of your favorite teal item and sharing it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #tealispersonal. Remind your friends that teal is the color of ovarian cancer awareness, and that they can learn more about this disease at
Day 12— Friday, September 12, 2014: We want to know all of your favorite things—whether that’s educating your community about ovarian cancer, learning about fun events or volunteering to advance our work on ovarian cancer! Click here to fill in your online profile so that we can update you about the issues and projects you care about most.
Day 11–Thursday, September 11, 2014: Our teal product partners support the Alliance throughout the year by donating a portion of their sales to our mission. Show your appreciation for Alber Rezko, Bravelets, Beads for a Cause and Tristar products by visiting their websites today and sharing them with your friends. Click here to view our teal products.
Day 10–Wednesday, September 10, 2014: Personal stories make our cause come to life. Share your ovarian cancer story—or that of someone you love—on social media today so your friends and connections know why teal is personal to you.
Day 9–Tuesday, September 9, 2014: Teal is taking action! Join us today and ask your members of Congress to support research and help raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Please contact your Senators and Representatives today and ask them to support research through the Ovarian Cancer Research Program at DoD and to co-sponsor H.Res. 697, a resolution designating September 2014 as Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. Click here to send a message about ovarian cancer to your elected officials.
Day 8–Monday, September 8, 2014: Renowned watch company Jaeger-LeCoultre is partnering with the Alliance this September to raise awareness of ovarian cancer. Jaeger-LeCoultre is hosting an exhibition of black, white and teal photos of ovarian cancer survivors at several boutiques, and will donate 10 percent of the sales of each of 10 limited edition teal crocodile watch straps to our cause. Click here to learn more about our partnership with Jaeger-LeCoultre.
Day 7–Sunday, September 7, 2014: Tell your community about ovarian cancer by sending a letter to the editor to your local newspaper. Not sure where to start? Click here for some sample text to get you started. If your letter is published, share it with us by emailing
Day 6–Saturday, September 6, 2014: Teal is not only the color of ovarian cancer awareness—it is the standard we raise on behalf of all women with ovarian cancer. Create a free webpage today to show how Teal Is Personal to you, and use your unique talents to help raise funds that support the Alliance.
Day 5–Friday, September 5, 2014: It’s Wear Teal Day! Get creative with teal—the awareness color for ovarian cancer—and tell everyone you see a fact about this disease. Share a photo on social media with the hashtag #wearteal to be included in our online roundup.
Day 4–Thursday, September 4, 2014: Our Survivors Teaching Students: Saving Women’s Lives® program has educated tens of thousands of future health professionals to recognize the signs of ovarian cancer. Now we need your help to expand this ground-breaking program in key areas of the country. If you know an ovarian cancer survivor in Alaska, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska or Wyoming please share this information with her! We’re also looking for survivors in the cities of Chicago, Cleveland, Houston and San Francisco. Click here to learn more about the Survivors Teaching Students program.
Day 3–Wednesday, September 3, 2014: We want YOU! to tell us about your experience with ovarian cancer treatment. The Alliance is partnering with researchers around the world on a survey of ovarian cancer survivors. If you were diagnosed at least six months ago, please click here to complete a survey about your experiences with ovarian cancer treatment. Your responses will help us better understand ovarian cancer survivors’ needs and the impact treatment has on your daily life.
Day 2–Tuesday, September 2, 2014: Show your love for teal with a unique T-shirt designed just for the Alliance by the Worthy Collection. With slogans like “Hope,” “Love is Teal” and “Teal is Real,” there is sure to be a shirt that suits you to a “T”! T-shirt not your thing? The Worthy Collection also offers coffee mugs, tote bags and posters with all four ovarian cancer designs. A portion of the proceeds from each item sold will come back to the Alliance to support our work on behalf of all women with ovarian cancer. Click here to browse the collection and order your ovarian cancer T-shirt.
Day 1–Monday, September 1, 2014: September is dedicated to raising awareness of ovarian cancer–the deadliest gynecologic cancer. All women are at risk of developing this disease, but some have an increased risk due to genetics, family history or their own medical history. Share the facts with your friends and encourage them to learn about ovarian cancer.

Camp Kieve 2016: WHAT A BLAST (plus Deirdre's salad dressing recipes)

Wow what a great time at Camp Kieve this year!!! I'll be posting some photos and hopefully some video footage as well. In the meantime, here's Deirdre's Ginger Miso Dressing Recipe and her Blueberry Vinaigrette dressing:
** olive oil
**apple cider vinegar
**miso (any type but "red" is classic)
**1/2-1 carrot
**2-3 dates
**water to thin
**garlic is optional
Blend on high till smooth

Blueberry Vinaigrette Dressing:
**olive oil
Optional: thyme, sage and lavender

Just realized that I don't have proportions listed - stay tuned while I get it from Deirdre!!