Last October, I posted Michelle’s guest post for National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.   Michelle wrote, “I am a survivor of domestic violence. Not too long ago, the man I loved more than anything was physically abusive with me and I decided to leave the relationship for my own safety and well-being. Even before the physical abuse started, he was angry, controlling and jealous. He censored the people I spoke with, the places I went, and the things I read on the internet, including my beloved healthy living blogs! He accused me of awful things, calling me names I wouldn’t call my enemy and made me feel worthless in every single way. He had complete control over me. If he was happy, I was flying high. If he was angry, I walked on eggshells scared that the tiniest and insignificant thing could send him into a rage.”


Read the rest of Michelle’s story here.


I recalled Michelle’s story when I sat down to blog about Sweet Tater Katie’s bake sale.  My friend (and fabulous blogger) Katie is hosting this bake sale to help Beards BeCAUSE to benefit the United Family Services Shelter for Battered Women.


Contributing to this bake sale (and bidding on a treat!) is truly the least I can do to help such an important cause.  One out of four women will experience domestic violence in their lifetime.  This isn’t a topic that we, as a society, should shy away from discussing.  It’s an epidemic – and, hopefully, the courage of women like Michelle and small movements like Katie’s will help make a difference in at least one woman’s life.


Please consider heading over to Katie’s bake sale and bidding on my DELICIOUS gingerbread cookies


They are full of sugar and awesomeness.  By far, they are the most delicious thing I know how to bake!


And if you bid the most for the gingerbread cookies, I’ll add a signed copy of the Operation Beautiful book that you can keep for yourself – or gift to a friend this holiday season.   Cookies and Operation Beautiful inspiration! What else do you need?


Happy bidding!



  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 16, 2011, 4:15 pm

    What a great cause!! I think domestic violence is an issue that is often overlooked – people have no idea how common it is, especially since (in my mind anyway) many women don’t come forward about it. I’ll definitely head over to the bake sale! 🙂

  • Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy November 16, 2011, 4:22 pm

    This is such a wonderful cause! I think it is important to raise awareness about this terrible happening. Because unfortunatly it happens more then we think.

  • Amanda November 16, 2011, 4:35 pm

    I’m baking some pumpkin spice donuts for the bake sale, but thinking about bidding on your gingerbread cookies too! I haven’t had gingerbread cookies in way too long, and yours look delicious! “Full of sugar and awesomeness” – sign me up! 🙂

  • Moni'sMeals November 16, 2011, 5:02 pm

    Coolest thing I have seen all day! So great. I am all over your gingerbread cookies, yes please. 🙂

  • Angela @ MyPinkyToes November 16, 2011, 5:16 pm

    Thank you for sharing Michelle’s story, and I love that Operation Beautiful note.
    This sounds so great! The cookies look lovely, I’d LOVE to have your book, and all to help an AMAZING cause! What could be better?!

  • Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 16, 2011, 5:17 pm

    What a great cause…and I love your reason behind it, “love shouldn’t hurt.” So simple yet so powerful–well said!

  • Alexa @ Simple Eats November 16, 2011, 5:53 pm

    Such a great cause…love it!

  • Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 16, 2011, 5:56 pm

    Amazing cause. I had a friend who got a divorce because of it–horrible 2 years for her 🙁

    Hope to bid tonight!

  • HTPDad November 16, 2011, 6:09 pm

    The “angry, controlling, jealous” is a major red flag – put up with that and it will likely escalate till you finally leave or get hurt.

    Especially in the first few weeks when people are supposed to be trying – DTMFA.

    • CaitlinHTP November 17, 2011, 10:29 am

      DTMFA indeed.

    • Susan November 17, 2011, 1:22 pm

      Love this comment

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga November 16, 2011, 7:15 pm

    this is a great cause and I’m late to the party on this one..thanks for the post on it!

  • Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy November 16, 2011, 7:53 pm

    That is an AWESOME cause! I will definitely look into getting my hands on those gingerbread cookies of yours!

  • Kath November 16, 2011, 8:13 pm

    Those cookies ARE good – I’ve made them!

  • CJ @ November 16, 2011, 8:16 pm

    omg those look so good! you are such a talented and festive baker! especially with that bun you currently have in the oven 😉

  • Chelsea November 16, 2011, 10:18 pm

    Domestic violence is horrible…I’m so proud of you Michelle for staying so strong during such a hard time and being capable of moving forward. You’re completely right; love shouldn’t hurt.

    • Michelle November 28, 2011, 7:31 pm

      Hi Chelsea,

      Thanks so much! It means a lot to me to have your encouragement. When I was in the bad situation, my mind was so warped that I truly thought that love was pain…I’ve learned so much since then. 🙂


  • Khushboo November 16, 2011, 11:43 pm

    Sounds like a great cause- thanks for sharing!

  • Jessica @ Jess Go Bananas November 17, 2011, 7:05 am

    A little while ago I worked at a bakery where they donated 100% of the net profits to women who have been abused…the bake sale sounds like a fantastic idea…I think not only should we encourage others to know more about this epidemic, but also inform men on how to treat a woman!

  • Ashley @ The North Carolina Cowgirl November 17, 2011, 7:53 am

    Michelle’s story is very touching. I too was a victim of emotional/verbal abuse. It’s had to leave someone who is abusive b/c they’ve done such a great job of making you feel unworthy of another persons love and really lowered your own self esteem. I’m glad she got out of the bad relationship and I wish her the best of luck!

    Thanks for supporting such a great cause and sharing Michelle’s story!

    • CaitlinHTP November 17, 2011, 10:28 am

      I’m glad you got out, too.

    • Michelle November 28, 2011, 7:29 pm

      Hi Ashley,

      Sorry I’m late to the party on this, but thanks for your encouraging words. I’ve never regretted leaving and am just so…happy right now. When I first left, I never thought it would be possible to feel “normal” again. Thankfully, time heals a lot. I’m just happy that you left as well. 🙂


  • Carrie H November 17, 2011, 12:09 pm

    Caitlin, I heart you. I just went back through your link to Michelle’s story, then found MY marathon story from May 2010. Thank you for being so awesome and sharing so much for years now.

    I also loved your 10-week post. You’re going to be a wonderful mama, and I hope to join you soon myself … !

  • Amber K November 17, 2011, 1:17 pm

    I definitely think this is a topic that we all need to not be so ashamed to discuss. It is tragic and heartbreaking.

  • Elise Franco November 18, 2011, 8:28 am

    I love baking because it calms my nerve. And after, I get sweet treats that I dearly deserve. 🙂

Healthy Tipping Point