A look behind the scenes of our latest organ-ic bake-off, this time we made pancreas cookies! First, I made the cookie dough, then, cut out the swoop-y mod pancreas shapes, baked 'em and made three types of icing to recreate our pancreas' blue-and-green color scheme. The actual pancreas cookie faces were melting in a horrendous nightmare-inducing way, so I fixed them up with... Photoshop! Thanks, digital photography. Of course, my kids did not care a lick when it came to eating them. Yum!
Great story on how our plush organs are used by chronically ill folks as comfort objects is up on Mental Floss. "'The pancreases are a pretty big part of our family since we all have crappy ones,'" Shay, 28, told Mental Floss reporter Kate Horowitz. "Shay and her siblings have chronic hereditary pancreatitis, a rare illness with tough symptoms like intense abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting. Like her illness, Shay’s relationship with the plush pancreas varies by the day. 'If it’s a bad day,' she says, 'it’s something I can be mad at.'"