Monday, September 17, 2012

The Mighty Mito & A GIVEAWAY!!!

Do you know what a Mitochondria is?  

(Other than a really long word that is hard to fit on a cookie?)
Yes... I know that I spelled Mitochondrial wrong...  but this is the only photo I had. Ugh.

You may remember from Fifth Grade science that the mitochondria is the "powerhouse" of the cell.

But even if you know what a mitochondria is, and maybe what it does, you are probably not familiar with what happens when the mitochondria doesn't do what it is supposed to do.

Mitochondrial disease occurs when there is a defect in the body’s ‘powerhouses’. The mitochondria fail to produce enough energy. That results in organ systems failing. Imagine a major city with half of its power plants shut down. The same thing happens in the affected person’s body. The brain may be impaired.  They may lose vision or hearing. The heart may be weakened, and they may have eating and digestive issues. The symptoms range from mild to severe for each affected person. (

My friend Tricia is a freshman in high school, and she has Mitochondrial Disease.  If you don't read any of my other posts, please take a few minutes to watch this video that she made about her journey and please consider helping to support the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation by sponsoring me for the "Energy for Life" Walk-a-thon.  Every gift helps.  Thank you!

United Mitochodrial Disease Foundation

A couple of weeks ago,  I was trying so hard to make cookies for a fundraiser for Mitochondrial Disease.  I worked and worked on cute cookies.  Finally, it was time to make the "Special Extra" cookie that I like to add to each order.  I had cut five cookies, in hopes that I would have one good one... I was trying to cookie the UMDF logo.

A gift basket of cookies for my friend Tricia
to give friends and doctors
First  of all, I had a terrible time getting my Mitos to be close enough, but not running into each other when they settled.  I piped and scraped and piped and scraped, over and over again.  Once I was finally happy with how they were looking, I started working on the words.  Well, it turns out "Mitochondrial" is a REALLY LONG word to try to squeeze on a cookie.  I used my Wilton #1 tip and only got as far as the H.  I practiced on wax paper and still couldn't make it fit.  So I schlepped myself and my three young daughters half-way across town to buy a PME 0 and 00 tip.  Unfortunately, those sweet little tips kept clogging, so I researched online how to keep them from clogging... and schlepped out again, this time to Target to buy new in the package, never worn panty hose to try to strain the icing.  So I went home and strained my icing. Still clogged.  Thinned my icing, again and finally, it squeaked through those itty-bitty tips without clogging.  HOWEVER, once I started writing on  my cookie... it flooded all over the place instead of sitting still!  UGH!  Then, I finally got the BRILLIANT idea to just write the words on my cookie with a food color marker.  My problems were solved.  Beautiful cookies!  Whew!

I gave one to my friend with MITO Disease and took one to the fundraiser and displayed it proudly on a little easel. ;^)

All is well that ends well.... well until today, when I was editing my photos for my post about the cookies and I realized I spelled "mitochondrial" WRONG on one of the cookies.  Was it the one I gave my sweet friend or the one I displayed for the world to see?  You guess...  Oh well. ;^P

All that said, in the big picture, I am incredibly blessed and thankful to have three healthy girls, an amazing (and patient) husband, and get to bake my cookies and eat them too.

Tricia's Awesome Basketball Cake!
Which reminds me, I have mentioned that my young  friend Tricia, who has Mitochondrial Disease, receives all of her nutrition through a feeding tube. She hasn't eaten real food for years.

But that doesn't stop this amazing young lady from baking for others. Just a couple of weeks ago, she took a plate of cookies that she baked to the Ronald McDonald House at Children's Mercy Hospital.  And she loves to bake cakes too.  Here is a cool basketball cake that she made for her dad's birthday last year!

So here is the news you have been waiting for... In honor of Mitochondrial Disease Awareness week, I am doing a GIVEAWAY!!!

I will be using the Rafflecopter App below to giveaway:

The frogs and the ribbon cookie cutters are from
 Karen's Cookies!  (I love that place!)
A Dozen Mitochondrial Disease Awareness Cookies
(6 Ribbons and 6 Mighty Mitos)
4 Cookie Cutters
(2 different frogs, 1 medium awareness ribbon, &

1 handmade "Mighty Mito")

My "Mighty Mito" Shaped Cookies

For these Mitochondrial Disease Awareness cookies, I created this fun "Mighty Mito" shaped cookie cutter.  Afterwards, I started to wonder what other shaped cookies I might be able to make with my cutter.  I thought of several ideas, but I would love to hear what you think!   So, just leave me a comment, using the Rafflecopter app and let me know and you will be entered into my giveaway!

There are also several other ways to earn points for a chance to win...  including learning more about Mitochondrial Disease and spreading the word.

Some of the links are being silly though, so if you having trouble with getting there through Rafflecopter try using these links:

Thanks for participating and have fun!

The GIVEAWAY is now closed. 
The winner will be announced tomorrow!  
Thank you so much for your participation! 

a Rafflecopter giveaway
The Giveaway ends at Midnight on Sunday, September 23 and due to mailing costs is only open to residents of the United States.

Thank you!


  1. Great give-away Sarah and a great cause! Awesome! :)

    With the cutter, I can see it being used for a kajillion things but a pill or capsule is the first thing that came to mind! :)

    ~laurie (Cookie Bliss)

  2. What a great idea, Sarah!!! I would love to see you make the mito cutter look like a mitochondria by putting the squiggly lines inside.

  3. What an amazing idea!! As a sufferer of this awful disease, i thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping spread awareness! You are an angel! <3

  4. This is great! I would use it as maybe a surf board. or as a name placement holder for a party i was asked to do. a few things come to mind.

  5. Thank you so much for sharing this!

    As for the cutter...

    I see

    a snowboard...nail file...pill....bandage...surfboard....eraser

  6. So cool, I didn't realize you had a blog and FB site for your cookies! I'll send anyone looking for cookies your way!

    For the question... It would be a much better pill then the one I've seen elsewhere.

  7. I would make jelly beans with the cookie cutter!