Oh the weather outside is frightful… but that’s not the only frightful thing! During this holiday season it seems that just about everything fits that description. The truest test of our sanity comes at this time each year. All wrapped up with a pretty bow and tinsel on the tree.
As with tradition, it’s the time of year for me to start looking at ways to lose weight. (Don’t judge… you know good & well you do it too) I’m a little early this year since this tradition for me is usually after the Christmas Season and it’s purpose is to begin a new year … the healthy Richard Simmons way. I love Richard Simmons and I bond each year with his “Sweatin To The Oldies” workout. It’s one that I can keep up with and it’s participants aren’t skinny bean poles who have nothing better to do but shop & exercise while someone else cleans their house, does their laundry and takes care of their families. It’s real plump overstressed people such as myself. But this year, I’m just not feeling up to par for some reason. The cause for all of this is possibly the stress of the holidays (and all that comes with it), the lack of sleep because my mind won’t shut down, or the evening Hot Fudge Cakes that I’ve had lately. (I’m guessing it’s all 3 combined). I decided to look for a simple diet to get my body back on track to help me survive the holidays. I found one and it was titled appropriately, The Holiday Stress Diet. After looking over it, I convinced myself that it was the right one for me. Each day is the same meal. How simple and easy could that be? I gave it a try. My conclusion after Day 1… it needed a little “tweaking” to make it possible to stick to. So… to save you time & trouble, I’m giving you my “tweaked” version. Enjoy & Happy Holiday Dieting!!
The following diet is designed to help you cope with the stress that builds up during the holidays.
As soon as you wake:
1 Pot of Coffee (counts as part of your water intake)
1 slice whole wheat toast
8 oz. skim milk
4 oz. lean broiled chicken breast
1 cup steamed spinach
1 cup herb tea
1 whoopie pie
The rest of the whoopie pies in the package
1 bowl “Death By Chocolate” ice cream
(pot of coffee optional and counts as part of your water intake)
1 loaf garlic bread
1 large pitcher sweet tea
1 large pepperoni pizza with butter crust from Hungry Howie’s
3 Snickers bars
Entire frozen Sara Lee cheesecake (eaten directly from freezer)
My Rules for This Diet
1. If you eat something and no one sees you eat it, it has no calories.
2. If you drink a diet soda with a candy bar, the calories in the candy bar are cancelled out by the diet soda.
3. When you eat with someone else, calories don’t count if you do not eat more than they do. So always give them the bigger portions.
4. Food used for medicinal purposes NEVER counts, such as hot chocolate, wine, toast and Sara Lee Cheesecake.
5. If you fatten up everyone else around you, then you look thinner.
6. Hallmark Christmas Movie related foods do not have additional calories because they are part of the entertainment package and not part of one’s personal fuel. Examples: Milk Duds, Twizzlers, buttered popcorn, Junior Mints, Red Hots and Tootsie Rolls.
7. Cookie pieces contain no calories. The process of breaking causes calorie leakage.
8. Things licked off knives and spoons have no calories if you are in the process of preparing something.
9. Foods that have the same color have the same number of calories. Examples are: spinach and pistachio ice cream; mushrooms and mashed potatoes.
10. Chocolate is a universal color and may be substituted for any other food color.
11. Anything consumed while standing has no calories. This due to gravity and the density of the caloric mass.
12. Anything consumed from someone else’s plate has no calories since the calories rightfully belong to the other person and will cling to his/her plate. (We ALL know how calories like to cling!)
13. Carrot Cake counts as serving of vegetables.
I hope this diet will help you as it has me in keeping your body & stress level under control during this Holiday Season and REMEMBER….
STRESSED SPELLED BACKWARDS IS DESSERTS!
I am getting anxious to share with you some of the exciting things coming to Whoopie Pie Place and The Whoopie Pie Book Club in 2015. Many things are swirling around… Many opportunities. It looks as though 2015 will be a busy year for us.
One of the events that I want to share with you is the Annual Event that is normally held in September. It will be November 6-8 in Holmes County, Ohio. You will have access to over a dozen authors at this event as well as a meal in an Amish home and other fun activities.
Look for the details to come soon for this event and others here:
Christmas Pudding Whoopie Pies
For the Cakes
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups sugar
2 large eggs
2 cups buttermilk, room temperature
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Sift together flour, salt, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside. Line two baking pans with Silpats (French nonstick baking mats) or parchment paper. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla. Beat until well combined. Slowly add dry ingredients. Mix until combined.
Using a 1-ounce ice cream scoop, place cookies onto lined baking pans, 12 per pan. Bake for 12 minutes. Remove to a rack to cool. Repeat with remaining batter.
For the Pudding Filling
1 cup semisweet chocolate pieces
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
2 1/4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts (optional)
In a medium saucepan, combine semisweet chocolate pieces and butter. Cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Transfer mixture to a large bowl. Cool for 5 minutes. Stir in sour cream. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. (Stir in chopped toasted walnuts*optional).
Spread the flat sides of each of half the cookies with about 2 tablespoons of Chocolate Filling. Top with remaining cookies, flat sides down.
Decorate the tops in your choice of decoration or for a different option: Top with one teaspoon chopped candy cane kisses. Place other half on top of fluff filling.
Dust Chocolate Christmas Pudding Whoopie Pies generously with powdered sugar and enjoy.
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As most of you know, This website was hacked into and had to be taken down and revamped before going live again. At no time was any subscriber’s information compromised. It is now back in my hands and I am working diligently to see that it is back in full force once again not only the same… but hopefully better! Since I wasn’t smart enough to backup the website (or did and just can’t remember where the backup is) It’s going to be a slow ongoing process. Some files I was able to find and get reinstalled. Others, from September 2012 – November 2014 are still lost in cyberspace. I thank you for your patience during this time!!
~ “Whoopie Pie” Pam
A Season for Tending
This is the first book in Ms. Woodsmall’s “Amish Vines and Orchards”. It is a MUST read, and personally, I think Ms. Woodsmall needs to get busy getting the rest of the books in this series to us as soon as she can J
In a community where conformity flourishes, seeds of Rhoda’s odd behavior were planted long ago. Can she cultivate her relationships with the same care and tenderness that she gives her beloved garden?
Old Order Amish Rhoda Byler’s unusual gift and her remarkable abilities to grow herbs and berries have caused many to think her odd. As rumors mount that Rhoda’s “gift” is a detriment to the community, she chooses isolation, spending her time in her fruit garden and on her thriving canning business.
Miles away in Harvest Mills, Samuel King struggles to keep his family’s apple orchard profitable. As the eldest son, Samuel farms with his brothers, the irrepressible Jacob and brash Eli, while his longtime girlfriend Catherine remains hopeful that Samuel will marry her when he feels financially stable.
Meanwhile, Samuel’s younger sister Leah is testing all the boundaries during her rumschpringe, and finds herself far from home in Rhoda’s garden after a night of partying gone badly. But Leah’s poor choices serve as a bridge between Rhoda and the King family when a tragic mistake in the orchard leaves Samuel searching for solutions.
Rhoda’s expertise in canning could be the answer, but she struggles with guilt over the tragic death of her sister and doesn’t trust herself outside her garden walls. As the lines between business, love, and family begin to blur, can Rhoda finally open up to a new life? And what effect will this odd, amazing woman have on the entire King family?
I cannot remember another book that I have read that there was not just one character that was my favorite. Deep rich characters were plentiful in this book so I have many favorites. And I do have one in this book though that needs a “come to Jesus” meeting and that would be Rueben Glick. And Catherine… well, I haven’t figured out exactly what her solution may be just yet. I truly fell in love with Rhoda, Samuel, Jacob, Landon, Eli & Leah. Rhoda Byler’s “unusual gift” was written in a way that you could grasp the emotions that it caused Rhoda and her family.
I must shake my pointer finger at Ms. Woodsmall and say, “you naughty author” (with a smile) for the last quarter of the book. Naughty not in a bad way, but in a way that she threw us a curve ball when it was least expected. It’s a page-turner from the beginning but if that last quarter of the book doesn’t really captivate you in impatiently waiting for the next in this series, then there is something seriously wrong.
My biggest regret in reading this book is that there are not others already out in the series, because I wanted to continue reading this wonderful story.
~ I give this book 5 Whoopie Pies ~
Author’s Website: www.cindywoodsmall.com
Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 18, 2012)
*I received this book free. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
“Material Witness” is the 3rd and final book in Vannetta Chapman’s Shipshewana Amish Mystery Series. Although I have not read the other 2 books in this series. Yet. Reading “Material Witness” however, has costs my husband some money. (Money that I spent on buying the first two books. ) The fact that I had not read the other two in this series did not ruin the book at all for me. It is written to where it can also be a stand-alone book.
Book Description from Amazon:
Tragedy strikes on the opening night of the Fall Crafters Fair when a woman is killed in the parking lot of Daisy’s Quilt Shop, and the only material witness is one of Melinda Byer’s boys. The investigation takes a more bizarre turn when detective Shane Black becomes convinced the killer was actually after Callie. This time it’s a madman loose in the largest crowd of the year, and he’s looking for something or someone. If they can’t figure out what, one of Deborah and Callie’s close circle of friends may be next. Masked identities, antique quilts with hidden messages, an Amish boy whose handicap makes him stronger, one brave dog, and a possible hidden treasure … this time it’s nonstop action, danger, and a dash of romance.
The mystery as to why Mrs. Hochstetler had left quilts to Callie started my mind rolling but I started to move to the edge of my seat from when the children went off by themselves. I started getting nervous that something was going to happen to them. Then I moved a little closer to that edge when Martha & Matthew left Aaron (and Max the dog) alone in his wheelchair while they went back to retrieve Matthew’s wallet. I let out a sigh of relief when Aaron was the only witness in the murder of Mrs. Knepp instead of being the victim himself. But that changed when the killer threatened to harm Aaron if Callie didn’t turn over the money. Money? How much danger was Callie in? This is a hard review to write because I truly don’t want to give away too much. I want you guessing through every twist & turn in the book like I did. That’s one of the thrills of reading it. But I will tell you that although it is a little town of less than 600 people, the residents of Shipshe know how to bind together in a time of need.
I must mention this before concluding this review… I’m going to say my favorite character was Nancy “Jarrell”. Simply because she must have been a good woman simply by having that last name…
~ I give this book 5 Whoopie Pies ~
Author’s Website: www.vannettachapman.com
Publisher: Zondervan (September 4, 2012)
*I received this book free from the publisher through Edelweiss book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255
For the Whoopie Pies
- 1 white cake mix
- 1 stick butter, melted
- 1 egg
- 1 c. crushed butterfingers (10 snack size)
For the Butter Cream
- 1 stick butter, room temperature
- 1/4 c. shortening
- 1/2 c. peanut butter
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1/2 tsp. vanilla
- 3 Tbsp. water
- 3 c. powdered sugar
- 3/4 c. crushed butterfingers (6 snack size)
For the Whoopie PiesPreheat oven to 350*. Mix ingredients in a mixing bowl for about 2 minutes. Form into 1 inch balls and place on a non stick baking sheet. Bake 9 minutes. Let cool on baking sheet for 2 minutes then remove to your wax paper lined counter to cool completely. Fill with Peanut Butter Butterfinger Butter Cream. Enjoy.
For the Butter CreamCream butter, shortening, and peanut butter until light and fluffy. Add in honey, vanilla, and water and beat again. Slowly add powdered sugar until all is incorporated. Beat in the crushed butterfingers.
I’m excited to tell you about a new GIVEAWAY !!
Mr. Jerry Eicher has so graciously offered us “2” Signed Copies of his new book “Where Love Grows” as a giveaway!!
One will be given away on this blog &
One will be given away on The Whoopie Pie Book Club on Facebook!
That’s 2 chances at winning this book!!
This book was released on September 1, 2012 and is the conclusion to his “Fields Of Home” trilogy.
Contest Rules for this blog:
I received these books today and haven’t read it yet. But I will SOON, so I’m going on the title of the book for a contest. Fall & Thanksgiving is one of my FAVORITE times of year. Thanksgiving is a holiday to show our love & thanks for the blessings that God has given us throughout the year! So, leave a comment on this post telling me “Where Your Love Grows for the Fall Season or Thanksgiving Holiday” (what do you love the most about Fall or Thanksgiving)
*Make sure you leave your first name on this blog when posting! ONLY those telling me what they love about Fall or Thanksgiving will be entered.
* Winner cannot be the same person on both books. One entry per person on this blog.
I am Anxious to get this book to you so it’s a SHORT contest!! Enter quickly!
Contest runs from September 4, 2012 to Thursday, September 6, 2012 @ 4pm (EST)
Want an EXTRA chance at winning this book? Go to Jerry’s Facebook Page & Click “LIKE” to show him our thanks for these books, then post on here that you did it. That will give you 3 total chances to win!!
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