Wisdomist Wednesday : Hugs

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I’m a firm believer that so much can be expressed through simple gestures – a smile, waving to someone, saying good morning, a quick text message — seriously, as silly as it may sound, I know for a fact that it can turn someone’s day around.

That’s exactly how I feel about hugs. I know I’ve ranted on-and-on about how I’m stressed out lately with work and life in general. I’ve tried writing and giving myself pep-talks – there’s just something about a hug.

Comfort.

It’s not a solution to all problems, but it’s such an amazing band-aid.

I’m lucky that I surround myself with people that I actually want to hug – people that I believe deserve my hugs ( I don’t do anything special, my hugs are just warm .. .they mean something) When I’m giving you a hug , whether in person or a *hug* over text message, what I’m actually saying is

I love you

be proud of yourself – I’m proud of you

you’re winning life – even if you can’t see it right now

I’m here for you, all of you – the sweet – sassy and insane

And when people hug me, it stands for me letting my guard down – it’s me welcoming you into my space to either celebrate or commiserate. It’s me wanting comfort, understanding, acceptance, it’s a chance for me to release my emotions … it’s both a silent scream of excitement and me bawling for a release.

My ladies, my  mom, my dad and my amazing husband – whether in person, or electronically … I never want to stop hugging you.

Cinnamon cream cheese Red Velvet Whoopie pies

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Happy valentine’s day – family day – long WEEKEND!!

 What a week, I’m so ready for an abundance of lovey-dovey movies on T.V – some quiet time and wine … ahhh the wine!! This long weekend I seriously hope to do nothing … I say that as I type on my work laptop that I brought home #FML …

Good news is, that no matter what I’ll sleep in … until *bzzz bzzz bzzz * —> that would be my blackberry obv. #FML

But the wine .. NO ONE WILL TAKE THE WINE AWAY. I hope.

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I’ve been sharing a couple valentine’s day prep recipes the last couple of weeks .. but I feel like I’ve left the best for last.

 WHOPPIE PIES!! WHOOP WHOOOP WHOOOPPPIIIEEE PIE!

These are dense … and filled with cream cheese cinnamon goodness. Whether V-day will be spent with you celebrating over a bottle of wine, with your loved ones, or out with the girls, there’s always room for Whoop whoooooop whoooopppiiie pies!

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Cinnamon cream cheese Red Velvet Whoopie pies

Ingredients

  •  1-½ cup Flour
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa powder
  • ¼ cups Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon margarine, melted
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • Red food colouring

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Filling 

  • 1 cup Cream Cheese frosting
  • 1/4 Tsp Lemon Juice
  • 1 Tsp ground cinnamon

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Preparation

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper

In small bowl combine milk and vinegar – allow to sit while you prep the rest of ingredients

In a medium bowl, sift  flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, and  sea salt. Whisk to combine. Create a small well in the center of the bowl. Pour in butter, vanilla & milk mixture

Stir until just combined.

Add red food colouring

Using a large cookie scoop, scoop onto prepared pan. Bake 7 Minutes, rotate pan and then bake for another 8 minutes.

Remove from oven and allow to cool.

In a medium bowl, combine Cream Cheese Frosting, lemon juice & cinnamon

Slice each Whoopie in half and fill with frosting

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Whhhoooppp whoooop … sorry, I had to do it one last time.