For those of you who don’t already know, The Great Fundraising Act organized by Janetha raised a whopping $26,432 for Susan!!!
I’ve said it before, but this community is truly amazing in every way possible!!
Susan writes, “I was running on a high all day yesterday watching the bids come through and keeping up on Twitter. My family and I were all texting each other with updates. You didn’t just save me, but you saved my family. The predicted amount for my chemotherapy drugs is $30,000 if I have to do the full 6 months. This covers almost all of it. That means my retired mother doesn’t have to cash in her RRSPs. My Nana doesn’t have to give up her “just in case” nursing home savings. I don’t have to work full-time when my doctors have advised me against it.
It doesn’t end here however. I am still going to work at getting the drug assistance my province owes me. This gives me a cushion while I go through the bureaucratic minefield of getting there. I originally wanted to give the remaining funds to buying items for the kitchen and family room in the oncology ward that I lived in for one month. But maybe this means we could renovate to give them a proper kitchen! I met SO many amazing people fighting cancer in that hospital, they and their visiting families certainly don’t deserve to eat food like this. I will be blogging all the details about where the money goes.”
Susan also appeared on CBC News and on the front page of the Fredericton newspaper!!
Kicking butt and taking numbers. Whooo!
In other exciting news, I’m having quite the week hosting my family during their stay in Ontario! We’ve been on the go all week doing fun activities with my nephews. (Thanks to some major blog pre-planning, I’ve been able to stay OFF the computer! Amen sista.)
I’ll be posting a recap with pictures soon. :)
I’m also here to tell you that it’s never too early in the day for Chocolate Peanut Butter dip.
Or strong coffee, but you knew that already.
We tested this theory after it called our names from the fridge at 8am. You can’t say no to peanut butter and chocolate when the moment presents itself. You just can’t.
Luckily, this isn’t your average sweet fruit dip loaded with sugar. It’s a dip that can be enjoyed at 8am…just because you are a cool Aunt and the kiddies will think they are doing the naughtiest thing in the world!
Just don’t blame me if they request this at home as much as that Dora character I keep seeing all week.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip
Adapted from ABU which was adapted from Heather.
- 3/4 cup smooth peanut butter (all natural)
- 1/4 cup to 3/4 cup almond milk, as needed
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, or to taste
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Pinch salt
- 2 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate, stirred in & to garnish
Directions: In a blender add all ingredients (start with the lesser amount of milk) except the chocolate. Note: If you want to make the swirl, also leave out the cocoa powder at first. Blend until smooth. To make the swirl, I simply portioned some out before adding the cocoa powder. I put it in a plastic bag with the ends cut off and I swirled it over top.
Now blend in the cocoa powder and pulse in the chocolate until chunky. Garnish with more shaved chocolate.
Making sliced fruit look naughty since 1998. ;)
Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has. ~Margaret Mead
Yum!!! What a perfect way to dress up fruit. I love the naughty way. ;-) P.S. I’m so thankful to be in a blogging community where we can pull together for one of our own like that. I love it! And congratulations on raising so much money with those amazing glo bars of yours! :-)
This reminds me of fondue :)
That dip looks delicious!
I am so happy with how much money was raised for Susan — and reading about how she wants to use any leftover money to help the ward is so kind of her. This community is amazing!
Amazing job on the fundraising! Congratulations!
That dip looks amazing. It might also be dangerous because I kinda want to eat it with a spoon!
I think I need to expand my adjective repertoire! But, to be honest, “amazing” does apply to both instances. :)
What Janetha did was amazing!
This dip also looks amazing!
I’ll bet the kiddos are loving you after this dip! Looks fantastic.
Ooh yummmmm! I love the simplicity of this recipe Ange! Sounds like the kiddies are keeping you very busy! (PS. Dora’s got nothing on you!!) :) Have a fantastic day!
Wow that looks incredible! I would drizzle that all over a massive bowl of ice cream!
I think I love you! No seriously!! ;D Two of my favourite things combined… and dare I say it ‘healthy’ as well! :) And thats so amazing about the money raised from TGFA! Just shows what an amazing community the blogging one is!
THIS was made for meee!
What a great way to kickoff the weekend!!! The success of TGFA + that chocolate peanut butter dip = awesome.
This looks yummy! Bring on the naughty fruit!
HOLY YUM! Nothing could be better!
FABULOUS dip recipe!
You just combined the two things that I love most in the world: peanut butter and chocolate. Thank you!
Cooking for kids is such fun – you get to be super creative in making it fun but also wholesome!
The libertarian in me just has to say something :-) It’s so beautiful to me that communities take care of each other like the blogging community took care of Susan. It doesn’t matter whether it’s physical or virtual communities, we don’t need the government to help us with healthcare costs (or retirement costs or food costs). I’m so happy to see Susan get the money that she needed. We are all on this planet together and we all are connected. Take care of your brothers and sisters. Peace and Love :-)
Well said Brooke!
This dip looks fabulous! Sounds like you are having a great week! Cannot wait to see the picture recap! Happy Friday!
That total still amazes me. This recipe makes me worry about fitting into my wedding dress.
Amazing that so much money was able to be raised for Susan! What wonderful Friday news!
PS – the dip looks awesome!!
Wow – that’s truly amazing! This community rocks :)
What a positive story to start the day! Thanks for the added sweetness with the dip!
Congratulations on the fundraiser! Love the look of that peanut butter dip. Oh my!
This dip looks fabulous! Chocolate and peanut butter are such an amazing flavor combination. :-)
That’s such an amazing story for Susan and a great start to the day!
Glad you got some time away from the computer, we all need it every now and then!
this looks amazing and so simple. I bet your nephews were all over this!
thanks so much for sharing susans story! such an inspiration.
I am glad Susan was able to benefit from the generosity and kindness of others. A feel-good story.
I can’t help but think though that all provinces should be providing equivalent care. At least according to the Canada Health Act. I hope that changes are able to be made.
I think the interviews she’s received in the media are bringing attention to this important issue! It’s an added bonus, I guess!
It really is amazing how generous the blogging community is :)
Looks delish Angela! Hope all is going well with your nephews.
Just discovered your site a few weeks ago. I am SO in love! You have SOO many recipes and I love that you have a sweet tooth like me! Thanks for all the awesome recipes!!!
Aww thanks Laura!
The blogging community surprises me every day, I’m so happy for Susan. You look like you’re having so much fun with your family too :-)
I would definitely eat this for breakfast!!!
And then maybe again for lunch.
I’m so glad the fundraising is going so well! :) Makes me heart happy!
And the dip looks so good! I love that your recipes never use refined sugar!
I was so inspired by the response to the auction and the out pouring of love and concern for Susan. This community is amazing!!
That dip looks really simple to make :)
I hope you’re having a blast with your niece/nephew!
Heaven in a bowl is what it should be called!
That looks amazing. :) And as always, your pictures are beautiful! You are so great at making food look pretty! Happy Friday and enjoy your family. :)
Thanks for the recipe! I’m going to make it this afternoon to bring to the cabin with friends!
Thats great news about the fundraising!
You must be such an amazing hostess and “cool aunt.” Your family is lucky!
It looks so delicious! I’m glad to hear you’re all having a great time. Enjoy the long weekend!
Aw, I can definitely see why Aunty Ange is popular with the kiddos! ;) Looks divine! Hope you have a great time with your family <3
Never too early for chocolate or coffee = my motto in life!
The things you do with chocolate and peanut butter make me swoon every time.
And yay!! I’m so glad the fundraiser was such a success! The blogging community really is amazing, isn’t it?
It is so fantastic how much money was raised!!! This dip looks amazing.
its never too early for chocolate, but I have recently given up coffee!!
I cant quite believe I have actually, or that I just typed that :O
PS- what an AWESOME fundraiser!!!!!!!!
This looks great! Definitely the perfect excuse to have dessert for breakfast : )
Wow! What amazing results for the fundraiser.
I can’t wait to try the chocolate peanut butter dip. Two of my favorite foods made into one… I don’t know how I could not give it a try!
I just want to pour it in my mouth. I don’t care how bad it would look.
That dip looks amazing and I’m sure it’ll taste even better in mah belly! :-)
Thank you for sharing the fundraising info. It truly has restored my faith that there are good people left in this world. We’ve seemed to be exposed to the bottom of the barrel over the past week so this was very uplifting!
I am having a BBQ when I head home for a week next month and I’m already racking up apps & desserts to put out…this is sooooo going on the list!