Thursday, January 2, 2014

Bring on the Bacon in 2014!

It was a fantastic Christmas for Bacon this year!  The markets are saturated with miscellaneous Bacon novelty.  Sure, this bacon consumption is no doubt contributing the growing waste-bands of the nation, but hey, unless you learn to balance your good and bad fats and get moving off the couch (...just say "No!" when Netflix asks if you want to continue on to the next episode) then it will continue on its downward spiral into obesity and heart disease.  A little heavy for the new year, right?  I plan on enjoying the ride, and compensating with less red meat, and more fish.  More veggies and more Yoga.  (I must say teaching 2 classes a week has helped keep the bacon weight off, plus its low-impact, slow moving.  What more could you ask for in a work out?)

Whatever your goals are, I think that we can all agree that this is one we can keep this year.

I have some awesome friends and family members.  It was a Bacon-filled Christmas, indeed!

Drones have stirred up some controversy lately and their infringement on our liberties, but if they could deliver bacon, would you change your stance on this issue?  Check out this Youtube video of the Bacon Drone.

I received a Whoopie Pie maker for Christmas this year.  Man, EasyBake Oven's sure have come a long way.  I never had one growing up, but I felt like a kid using this tricked-out waffle iron.  Here's the end result.  Maple Bacon Whoopie Pies with blue frosting.  It's all I had.

Maple Bacon Whoopie Pies
1 box Fudge Brownie Mix
1/3 cup Pure Vegetable Oil
2 large eggs

for frosting:
1 container Vanilla Flavored Frosting
3/4 cup marshmallow creme
3 tablespoons finely diced cooked bacon
1/2 teaspoon maple extract


HEAT oven to 350° F. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

COMBINE brownie mix, oil and eggs in medium bowl. Beat 30 to 40 strokes. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto prepared cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.  (Or into your Whoopie Pie Maker and cook according to your pie maker directions)   

BAKE 8 to 10 minutes or until edges are set. Cool 2 minutes on cookie sheet. Remove to wire rack to cool completely.

BEAT frosting and marshmallow creme in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Stir bacon and maple extract into filling. Place half of pies flat side up. Spoon 2 tablespoons filling in center of each pie. Top with remaining pies, rounded side up. Press gently to spread filling.

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