Pumpkins, goblins, Halloween, colors of orange, yellow and black are associated with this time of year. Have you noticed that pink is also a prevalent color in October, the month designated as Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM)? This annual campaign is to encourage donations and urge women to get mammograms. Pink can be found in ribbons and everything else, even kitchen mixers and football players shoes. A portion of sale proceeds for pink items goes to charity. It sounds like a nice idea except there has been criticism of corporations exploiting the concept for the sake of profit. Of more concern to me is the person who has lost a loved one or the person living with breast cancer. For those currently in treatment or those who have been there, done that and trying to return to normalcy, from their perspective being bombarded with the color pink may serve as a constant reminder of their ordeal. I didn’t give much thought about this viewpoint until my cousin, who was diagnosed and treated for breast cancer last year, mentioned how tired she was of seeing pink everywhere.

This annual campaign is a meaningful concept in its purest form to gain donations for research through organized walks and fundraisers and most importantly, to urge screenings and focus on women’s health. Much of this awareness during the last 30 years has brought millions in donations and we have come a long way in the fight against this disease. Statistics show that a greater percentage of women are surviving and living many years beyond their diagnosis. I encourage you to recognize BCAM in your own personal way and extend a wish for calm waters and soft, gentle breezes.


Sailboat Cookies
Sailboat Shortbread Cookies
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted Bright Pink with AmeriColor Electric Pink and AmeriColor Fuchsia
Royal Icing for outlining and flooding tinted White with AmeriColor Super White
Disposable piping bags & couplers
Squeeze bottles
Wilton Decorating Tip #2
PME Decorating Tip #1.5
Meringue Powder
CK Pink Sanding Sugar

Outline mast, hull and flag with #2 tip in pink icing.

Flood hull and flag with pink icing.

Pipe white dots on hull. Let sit 15 minutes.

Outline sails with #2 tip in white icing.

Flood sails with white icing. Let sit 15 minutes.

Outline mast again with #2 tip in pink icing.

Pipe ribbon on sail with #1.5 tip in pink icing. Let dry overnight.

Mix 1/2 tsp Meringue Powder and 1 tsp. water. Stir until smooth.

Using a paintbrush apply to flag.

Sprinkle with pink sanding sugar. Gently shake off excess. Let dry 30 minutes.




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  1. Love your pink sailboats! Best wishes to your cousin for a full recovery from her breast cancer. My younger sister was declared cancer free this past Spring after being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer five years ago. I wish the same for your cousin.

    1. Paula, I truly appreciate your best wishes and I am delighted to hear of your sister's positive prognosis. Thanks for visiting.

  2. So awesome for you to bring awareness to the importance of breast cancer screening, Joan. And refreshing to see pink sailboats at this time of year! I always love your cookies....they really are such a work of art! : )

    1. Anne, Thank you. Did you know Sept is a big month for Sailing because it's breezy? Plus, I'm not ready for summer to end. I'd love to be on a boat right now.

  3. Love your talent! Love these cookies-pinned and also your newest follower!

    1. Joyce, Thank you for your kind words. Thanks too for the pin and for subscribing to the Clinic.

  4. Amazing cookies and send best wishes!

    1. Deb, Thank you, and right back at ya. I really enjoy your blog too.


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