Well, things are still a little bit up in the air. I’ve taken two tests, both negative. However, I’m still hanging on to that good ol’ luteal phase…just waiting for my period to show up and ruin my day. There’s a fraction of a piece of me that is still holding on to ‘what-if’…what if I actually am pregnant, but the tests just aren’t showing positives? But the rest of me- the common sense part of me – is telling me just to move on and chalk this month up as another wash. Cycle 8, out the window.
We’re taking this next cycle off of actively TTC. Its a lot of stress, counting and charting and timing and worrying. So I’m going to spend October NOT glued to my thermometer or Fertility-Friend homepage, and instead just relax a little. We’ll see what happens.
In the meantime, here are some treats that are excellent for those in-between times. Whoopie pies. Delicious.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Whoopie Pies (thanks Bakerella)
1 2/3 c all-purpose flour
2/3 c cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
4 tbsp unsalted butter
4 tbsp shortening ( I used lard…its what I had)
1 c packed brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
1 c milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large mixing bowl, cream together shortening, butter and sugar. Add in egg, beating until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. In separate bowl, combine remaining dry ingredients. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients, alternating with milk. (I’m lazy. After creaming the butter, sugar and egg together, I dumped all the other ingredients into the mixer together. They turned out just fine.)
Load the batter into a piping bag or large Ziploc, and pipe into circles on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Leave about 2 inches of room between each circle – they spread. Bake for approx. 10 minutes. Peel off parchment, and let cool.
Peanut Butter Filling
3/4 c peanut butter
3/4 c butter
1 1/4 c icing sugar
Combine peanut butter and butter in a mixing bowl, beating until light and fluffy. Add icing sugar in bit by bit, until its all incorporated and the filling is the texture you’d like it. Pipe or spread this into the centre of one whoopie pie half, and top with another. Roll in peanut butter chips or crushed peanuts.