Cupcakes with a Cause

Who doesn't love cupcakes? Especially cupcakes with a cause! I had the wonderful opportunity to be part of something super special sponsored by Nebraska Furniture Mart, who has partnered with Kitchen Aid and the Susan G. Komen Foundation on a campaign to support the fight against breast cancer. During the month of October, Kitchen Aid will donate $1, up to $10,000, for every original picture of a cupcake baked and shared on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtags: #10000cupcakes and #donate #NFMofTX

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Being able to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation, and helping in the fight against breast cancer has a special place in my heart. My grandmother developed breast cancer in the 1960's, when she was in her 50's, but with the help cutting edge surgery she was able to beat it! Years later when she was in her 90's she was recognized as the longest living breast cancer survivor in the state of Michigan.

Ten years ago her daughter, my Aunt Dee, and daughter-in-law, my Aunt Nancy, also contracted breast cancer at around the same time while in their 50's. Unfortunately the cancer spread too quickly and Aunt Dee didn't not have the same positive outcome that her mother did. The cancer took her life a few years after she was diagnosed. My Aunt Nancy, on the other hand, beat the cancer and is still living today!

That's why baking these pink cupcakes makes me so happy. It reminds my of courageous family members and the other women who have gone through similar trials.

You know what else makes me happy? Baking cupcakes and then cleaning up with this new Kitchen Aid stainless steel dishwasher that I got at Nebraska Furniture Mart! It makes clean up a snap! This Kitchen Aid dishwasher model has a Proscrub/Prowash cycle. That means there is no pre-washing needed! You simply scrape the loose food into the trash and put the dish in the dishwasher. And that's exactly what I did with my mixing bowl, spatula and cupcake tins after baking these cupcakes. As the mother of four children, and one on the way, not having to prewash dirty dishes saves me time and energy! Here's another really neat feature - this dishwasher comes with a three racks. Two of which are adjustable. The top rack is great for putting spatulas or other loose larger utensils. I also use it to put container lids, so they don't bounce around during the wash cycle. Plus, I have to say I've never had my glasses come out so clean.

 It is also energy efficient and saves on water! Did you know that this particular Kitchen Aid dishwasher uses only about four gallons of water during the entire cleaning cycle, compared to using approximately twenty gallons in just prewashing (running water from your faucet) alone! That saves on my family budget - which is extremely important as we're preparing for costs associates with our new baby girl. Seriously, it makes my life much easier!

To top everything off, Nebraska Furniture Mart and Kitchen Aid partnered to create a rebate for customers to receive a gift card reimbursement of up to $100 for the delivery, installation and removal of one's old dishwasher. Nebraska Furniture Mart really makes the shopping experience easy.

How grateful I am for such outstanding companies such as Nebraska Furniture Mart and Kitchen Aid teaming up to help in the fight against this horrible disease. Because of more research and technical advances in the medical field, more and more women are having a better chance in their fight against cancer and living happier lives!

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