Smashing!

So, as of right now I’m sick but I’m walking on the treadmill so forgive me if I have a couple of misspellings. I want this cold to completely gone before Husband and I start crossfit on Tuesday. We went to the trial class last Saturday and hated to love it so we are starting our 9 onramp classes Tuesday (pushed back only because of my stupid cold). Yesterday, I sat on the couch all day so I thought I would take the dog on a good walk and then come to the gym to walk for 30 minutes on the treadmill. Anyway, between joining new workout plans, cleaning the house, apply for jobs, and planning dinners I found some time to get a little crafty.

I have fallen to the trend that is “Smashbooking.” I’ve never really been a huge fan of scrap booking until I saw one of these babies. I probably should have gotten really crafty and made my very own but instead I bought a kit to start myself off with. At least, for my first Smashbook. I went to Michaels and they have this nifty little kit that comes with a few things to get started.
1. The Book
2. The smash pen: fine tip sharpie on one side, glue stick on the other.
3. Fancy tapes some with phrases on them
4. Fancy paper clips
5. Stickers
6. A mini Smashbook
7. A notepad with write-in “top tens” on them.

Among a few of the goodies.

Since it is my first one I didn’t really put much thought into the materials I needed to fill the pages.

When it came time for me to want to be really creative, I found myself in my drawers and drawers of wedding/shower cards, left over thank you cards, magazines, etc. (to give some examples) and I began to cut.

I’m a little embarrassed to post some of my creations simply because I’m a newbie to “scrap booking” in general, but luckily the Smashbook is unorganized and pretty much whatever you want to do in the moment. So, I just went with it! It’s something I can really get into because I have so many ticket stubs saved and receipts that I finally have a place for! Not to mention the journaling potential it offers (and I LOVE to journal, obviously). So, here is what I’m calling my newbie Frankensmashbook.

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The Honeymoon page!

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The first page!

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Still working on this one. Top ten fav. Places 🙂

Have you ever thought of Smashbooking? Would you? Come on join the trend!

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Makin’ Whoopie

Husband came home from a long day at school with a big smile on his face. He bent over to give me a hug where I was perched excitedly at the edge of the couch. As I was wrapping my arms around him he leaned over and whispered “Lets Make Whoopies!!” I busted out laughing. So far I guess I could say married life has done us good. He is without a doubt my best friend, my comedian, my shoulder to lean on, my personal listener and advice giver, and among other things, believe it or not, my FAVORITE cooking buddy. One of my now favorite wedding presents was given to us by our cousin: The Whoopie Pie cookbook!

Since this was our first time making whoopies, Husband and I decided we would start with the classic chocolate whoopie:

Always make safe whoopie!

Ok, so I guess this is the part where I give you the recipe. Just for your info there are a few different sizes and shapes of whoopie pies. We chose to go with the two inch whoopie. Yes, there are birthday cake whoopies that I fully intend on making for my best friends birthday coming up shortly. We’ll see.

You will Need:

1 2/3 cups all purpose flour

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons unsalted butter (pref at room temp)

4 tables spoons shortening (Crisco)

1 cup packed dark brown sugar

1 large egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 1/4 cup milk

Preheat over to 375 and prepare some cookie sheets with parchment paper – This recipe makes 48 two inch cakes.

stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt- set aside.

beat together butter, shortening, and brown sugar on low speed until just combined.

increase speed to medium and beat until fluffeh and smoooth (about 3 minutes).

Add egg and vanilla and beat together for about 2 minutes.

Add half of flour mixture and half of milk to the batter and beat on low until just mixed.

Add remaining flour mixture and milk and beat until completely combined.

Now, drop about 1 Tablespoon of the batter onto the baking sheet- space them atleast 2 inches apart.

bake ONE SHEET AT A TIME at 10 minutes per sheet. The “done” pies should spring back when pushed slightly.

Now, the book separates the pies and the fillings so that whoopie pie bakers may switch up and try different fillings. We went with the classic marshmallow filling.

You Need:

1 1/2 cups Marshmallow Fluff

1 1/4 cups of Vegetable Shortening (crisco)

1 cup confectioners sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Beat together Fluff and Shortening.

start low and increase to medium speed until smooth and fluffy (about 3 minutes).

reduce to low speed and add confectioners sugar and vanilla.

Increase speed back to medium and beat until fluffy! (about 3 more minutes).

Now use a piping bag to spread the filling and combine whoopies to make whoopie pies!

TahDah!

ENJOY!!!!

History of the Whoopie Pie: Where did these tasty little treats originate? Lets have a history lesson. Apparently the first Whoopie Pie was made in the 1920’s. The state of Maine claims to be the inventor of the Whoopie Pie, however, it is argued that the Amish originally brought the whoopie pie to Maine from Pennsylvania. Whatever the orgin- they are delicious! The whoopie’s name originated from the children who were so delighted about the cakes they would yell “Whoopie” and so deeming them Whoopie pies.

Source

This book offers many different Whoopie Pie recipes. It offers different flavor cakes and different fillings. It even includes a Jalapeno Cornbread Whoopie with goat cheese filling. (YUM I CAN’T WAIT TO MAKE IT!)

Stick around I might share the recipe!

Happy Whoopie Making!

Embrace Your Inner Nerd

Everyone has that one thing that make them a complete nerd. Besides the fact that hearing a man talking about differential equations totally throws me for a love loop, I love books. I am not talking books that tend to make you sound smart like Wuthering Heights, East of Eden, War and Peace, pretty much any thing by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I have a hard time really digging into the characters, although I am thinking about giving Wuthering Heights another chance since I have grown up a little. All those books they forced on you in high school? Nah, if I can’t understand the way they are written, I am not even going to try. I have to say Gatsby was my favorite forced reading and the only reason I loved it so much is because our literature teacher pretty much dumbed it down for us. I’m not talking about reading books to enhance my vocabulary or books that sharpen my grammar. I’m talking silly teen romance/adventure novels where I don’t have to tear apart the book to figure out what some sentences mean. It all started with Twilight- I am not even going to try to lie. I have never been into crazy series like  Harry Potter but this one took me by the mind the first page I read. Since then, I have picked up The Hunger Games, The Fever Series, I have read Matched, and some other books in between, but now I am a sucker for the series.  I just finished the 5 book Fever Series and I am looking for something new. If you haven’t read it yet, I definitely recommend it! 🙂

Happy Reading My Fellow Book Lovers!