• Whoopies with choc glaze BLOGIF YOU LIKE BROWNIES, YOU WILL LOVE THESE WHOOPIES!
    Gluten-Free Whoopie Pie recipe at bottom.

    Memories of confetti, noise-makers, and champagne seem so long ago.  Time marches on, and by now, 1 in 3 of us have ditched our New Years Resolutions.   Why it is so hard to keep our resolutions?!

    Here are some tips on ways to keep our 2016 promises with gusto.

    1THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU WANTIf I say, “we can NOT eat the chocolate cake in front of you,” what are you thinking about? CHOCOLATE CAKE!  Your brain doesn’t process “NOT.” It sees the image and wants it. Psychologist Aldo Pucci found that it is important to phrase affirmations and goals in the positive. Left hemisphere of the brain processes words you think and translates them into a picture in the right hemisphere. Your brain thinks about the image NOT about NOT having the image.  So have a bite of the chocolate cake and enjoy.

    2.  CREATE A VISUAL FOR WHAT YOU WANT: Display a specific goal in a place where you sill see it, i.e. post it note on bathroom mirror, in your car, laptop wallpaper, vision board.   Keep your eye on the prize!

    3.  FINANCIAL RESOLUTIONS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

    According to financial expert Barbara Stanny, you should spend less and save more.  This goal is closely tied is to get out of debt. Stanny says we need a strong NO for our boundaries to get away from instant gratification.   Instead of eating out 2 times a week, save that money and invest it.  Try acorn.com which rounds your purchases up and deposits money into a mutal fun.

    4.  THINK SMALL FOR BIG SUCCESS. Improving eating habits is better for success than a specific weight amount to lose.

    According to Huffpost Healthy Living, we should choose one or two things about diet or lifestyle to change. Gaiam.com’s advice is to break it down into small steps – focus on the first 5 pounds, adding extra cardio, keeping a food journal.

    5.  YOU CAN DO ANYTHING FOR 24 HOURS.

    If you have already run out of steam, recommit yourself for 24 hours. You can do anything for 24 hours!  Really!   A short period of discipline keeps it from being so overwhelming.  Reup every day.  And instead of making a resolution for a year, make a new month resolution and check in every month.   Not so overwhelming.

    Look at yourself in the mirror and say, YOU CAN DO IT, and you look hot in your jeans.

    Hugs and whooppower to live the sweet life!

    Cyndy Bragg , The Whoopie Queen

    GLUTEN-FREE WHOOPIE PIE OR WHOOPIE CAKE RECIPE

    Preheat 375 F

    THE WHOOPIE TOP AND BOTTOM BATTER

    Mix these items for 5 minutes to get really creamy:  (this is an important step)

    8 tablespoons of room temp unsalted butter

    1/2 c granulated sugar

    1/2 c packed brown sugar

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    While your beating the butter/sugar into a cream fest, measure out the dry ingredients below in a bowl and whisk to blend:

    2 1/4 c Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour

    3/4 c unsweetened cocoa powder
    1  1/2 teaspoon baking powder

    1 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon salt

    1/2 teaspoon baking soda

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    Add to the butter/cream:

    2 eggs room temp and beat for another 5 minutes (we’re beating this batter into a frenzy!  This step matters!)

    Add 1 teaspoon vanilla and blend

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    Measure 1 cup of milk (you can use buttermilk if you want a more tart taste)

    + SET ASIDE A FEW TABLESPOONS OF MILK (YOU’LL SEE WHY IN A MINUTE)

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    Add 1/2 the milk and 1/2 the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients  and blend for a minute.  Scrape down the sides.

    Add the rest of milk and rest of the dry ingredients.  Blend again for 1 minute.  Then add SOME MORE MILK UNTIL THE TEXTURE OF THE BATTER DOESN’T HAVE LUMPS.  Gluten flour makes things a little lumpy and you have to add extra milk to get a creamy batter.

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    BAKE 375 F – WHOOPIE PIES 8-10 MINUTES UNTIL TOOTHPICK COMES CLEAN.

    BAKE 375 F – CAKE FOR 18-23 MINUTES UNTIL A TOOTHPICK COMES CLEAN.

    Have baked goods sit in the pan for 5 minutes and then put on a cooling rack.

    THE BEST WHOOPIE PIE FLUFF ICING FILLING EVER!

    Cream in mixer for 3-4 minutes (or more…you can’t beat it enough)

    1 c unsalted butter (2 sticks)

    2 c FLUFF marshmallow fluff (Use Fluff brand or your icing will be runny.  Just saying.)

    Slowly add small bits at a time:

    1 3/4 c powdered sugar

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    Add fluff to your whoopies in the middle and enjoy!

    Whoopie pies can be frozen for 2 months.