Hope Wissel, Tasty Tuesday Recipes

Tasty Tuesday: Be Still My Brownie Heart

Tasty Tuesday is BACK!!!! Lots of yummy recipes I have been sitting on for awhile BUT I am adding WW PP points where I can as well as tips for making things lighter and/or healthier.

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 15 min (includes 30 min cool time)  SERVINGS: 12    COST:  $0.44/serving

Dense brownies are perfect for cutting into shapes using cookie cutters. A simple cookie cutter, like a heart shape, is best for these fudgy brownies. You can also cut into squares, triangles, or circles.

Ingredients

2 eggs

12 cup oil or melted butter + more for oiling

14 cup water or milk, your choice (I usually use Almond Milk)

1 pkg Chocolate Bliss Brownie Mix (pkg of 2)

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F. 
  2. Line 14 Sheet Pan with 14 Sheet Pan Liner. Generously brush with oil.  
  3. In a large bowl, whisk eggs with oil, then whisk in water. Stir in mix; Let ingredients sit for about 20 minutes in the bowl before putting in the pan.
  4. Dcrape into pan. Smooth top and spread to the edges as best you can.  
  5. Bake 15 min or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Rest in pan until cool, at least 30 min.   
  7. Gently flip the Sheet Pan Liner and brownie onto a cutting board. Peel away the liner from the brownie. Using a cookie cutter of your choice, cut into shapes. Decorate with toppings, if desired.  

Nutritional Information

Per serving (1/12th of the brownie): Calories 170, Fat 11 g (Saturated 1.5 g, Trans 0 g), Cholesterol 40 mg, Sodium 180 mg, Carbohydrate 16 g (Fiber 2 g, Sugars 11 g), Protein 3 g.

 

Tips:

  • I use unsweetened applesauce in the recipe to lower the WW PP. Oil is only used in prepping the pans.
  • I also use the multi-purpose steamer bake in the oven. 
  • Decorate brownies with a thin layer of chocolate icing using the recipe on the back of Chocolate Fudge Sauce Mix. Use fun sprinkles to outline each heart.
  • Make brownie cake pops! Roll scraps of brownies into balls, then roll in shredded coconut. Place a lollipop stick into each ball.

This recipe is brought to you courtesy of Epicure – good food, fast & easy. Have questions, be sure to ask!  These ingredients are all Allergen free.  I also have samples available if you are interested!

 

Have an Epic Day!

Hope Wissel, Unclutter Your Life

Counting My Blessings

It is hard to believe it is December and MANNNYYY months since I wrote a blog post. If you believed retirement was filled with empty days, you are sadly mistaken. LOL. The days whirl by and I wonder what actually got accomplished.  

Thanksgiving was full of mixed emotions…. Belinda came home with the 3 grand fur-babies (Everest, Turner and Zoe). It was 5 days full of family, fun and craziness. We opened our doors to new friends who had no place to go for the holiday.  There was  the sadness of my step-dad not being with us and remembering his love for my green bean casserole last year. Of course with the craziness usually comes an MS episode – this season was no different. I’m not sure how to describe it other than my body just decides it is time to STOP!  Because obviously, I have no shut off switch.  I did make progress letting the girls help in the kitchen with cooking and cleaning up.  The episode started with dragging my left foot and ended with me in a chair unable to process thoughts, tingling throughout my body and barely able to move. So as everyone else was working on projects, I stayed home and dog sat. Grateful to have a house full of fur baby love.

As we move towards Christmas, another set of emotions emerge. As my daughter says “we aren’t good with feelings“.  How true BUT I am learning to deal with them one day at a time because they pass in the blink of an eye.  The tree is up and I spent a few hours trying to remember the meaning of each ornament.  In the past, the frustration would bring tears and a total melt down.  This year, I embraced each memory  no matter how small and the ones I couldn’t remember went back in the box for another time.  I made the decision to focus on the positive – what I could remember – instead of beating myself up over the past and the lack of memories.  Grateful I had some no matter who small they were.

Yes, these may be mindless ramblings to some but to others it will be the words they need to know they are not alone.  The comparison games we play, are only in our heads.  We really aren’t the center of most people’s thoughts. The negative self-talk can be stopped with a simple change – find a positive and focus on it, no matter how small it may be.  If you caught yourself BEFORE you picked up the “bat” to beat yourself up with negative talk…. you are a WINNER

There are some new things coming in 2022…… new angel designs, an epic life with clean eating so lots of new recipes and yumminess, and some surprises. My plan – always subject to change – is to blog a little bit more and try to be consistent.  The key word for me is “try” so I don’t become obsessed with it and stress myself out. 

I plan to spend December being in the moment….. counting my blessings, and enjoying family and friends which is definitely new for me.  Yes, 3+ years in recovery and I am finally learning to live in the moment.  Trying to follow God’s will for my life even if I can’t see it or don’t get it.  I know he shows me glimpses of things along the way, if I am paying attention.  There may be struggles – MS episodes, tears over those we have lost, feelings of frustration, feelings of loneliness, and fears may creep in BUT it is okay.  They will pass and life will go on.

 

I am grateful for those who continue to support my journey and my small businesses.  I am blessed by those who take the time to read my blog and keep me in your prayers.

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a joyous holiday season.  

 

 

Hope Inspires, Hope Wissel, Unclutter Your Life

What is Your Recipe for Life?

The last two weeks have been an emotional roller coaster.  Our sweet Baby (fur baby) is nearing the end of her life because of a tumor. Father’s Day causes me to stress because I’ve lost so many memories. Hubby’s pain levels have been higher than normal. Restless nights so my sleep is off.
All of these things tend to leave me feeling drained.  I am by no means complaining, but I guess it sounds like it, right?  LOL.  I will admit, I have found myself on the “pity pot” several times this week which leads to resentments which is never good for this recovering addict.
It always amazes me how listening to a business training call can change my entire mindset.  The topic was “power hour” and I was ready to just mindlessly listen when the importance of changing our mindset was mentioned…. Not only does this apply to business but also in our everyday lives, especially during those woe is me days.  Then while reading my Just for Today… it was all about surrendering. Do you think God is trying to send me a message?
When I was in rehab, I remember a saying something like: If one person calls you a duck – you can toss it aside, if two people call you a duck – it deserves some consideration but if three people call you a duck – you MUST be a duck!”  I am not waiting for the third person because I know I need to change my mindset and get off the pity pot!
So starting this morning, this duck is changing her mindset.  Do you need to change your mindset?
Here are a few questions you can answer which might help:
  1. Identify what happened to cause the change
  2. Why did it happen
  3. How can I use this for my personal growth
  4. What changes can I make to improve in the future
  5. Where can I find help or who can help
This “recipe for life” was part of a devotion I was reading.  Maybe this will help you in changing your mindset or counting your blessings:
Begin with a case of Joy
Add a heaping spoonful of Gratitude
Fold in a large dollop of Kindness
Stir in a handful of Forgiveness
Sprinkle liberally with Love and cover with Peace
Always serve with a large side of Faith
(Author unknown)
 
What do you do to change your mindset or get off the “pity pot”? Maybe you take a walk and count your blessings.  Maybe you do a gratitude list.  Maybe you put on some music and dance around.  Share your best tip with us!  Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!
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How to Stop Questioning Yourself

This morning I was struggling about what to post…. when this happens I generally scroll through the hundreds of past blog posts to see if something grabs my attention.  I’m grateful for the long list of blogs because it is a reminder of my life – the good, the bad and the ugly.

As the end of the fiscal year with Thirty One ends and a new one begins – doubt starts to creep in.  Weird since I had my highest career sales in 2020-2021 and most days I am comfortable where my business and my life are. It usually means, I haven’t taken enough time to seek God’s guidance in the morning.

Every morning in my Facebook memories, I see a quote from “Get Your Girl Back Movement” and no matter how old the message is, it seems to hit home!  Today’s was…

You can do it Hope and if you couldn’t, God would not have given you the dream in the first place. If you would have put as much time into your dream as you do questioning yourself and your ability it would have already been accomplished. Now- stop asking and go make your dream come true!

Kind of funny because since the MS, I struggle with dreaming.  I have a wish list of things I would like to do but not a BIG dream.  My last BIG dream was to pay off my credit card debt and I’m grateful with the help of my side hustle, this is DONE!  Financial freedom can be scary for an addict in recovery – money in the savings account, bills paid and the ability to enjoy each day without the stress of how to pay for things.  I have to consciously remember how unmanageable life was during my addiction (yes, shopping can be an addiction too).

MS has taught me to live in the moment (most days) because who knows what tomorrow will bring.  Planning long term can be stressful and tends to lead me into a fix, manage and control state of mind.  Not good for my MS or my recovery.  I think I squirreled.. LOL.

As I think about the new fiscal business year, I wonder what God would want me to do.  I’m doing a 6-week training program so I am focusing on being intentional about what God wants from me each day.  The problem is when a thought or idea hits, Doubtful Debbie pays a visit.  What are my dreams?  Are they mine or what I think they “should be”?  Will they bring me joy?  Will they help me reach my purpose in life?  I know I am not alone, right?

Then out of no where the message “STOP QUESTIONING YOURSELF” appears.  I take a breath and quiet my mind (not always easy).  I know my purpose is “to make a difference”, as basic as it is, it is my life’s mission.  From simply putting a smile on someone’s face, sharing words of encouragement, or raising funds for a cause – one small act of kindness can make a difference.

I’m not sure who needed to hear this, but I hope at least one person is helped by knowing they are not alone.  How do I stop questioning myself?  As soon as I realize it is happening, I close my eyes, take a deep breath and release.  Bless and release.  Sounds easy, right?  Believe me, if you struggle with this – you know it takes lots of practice.  If I can’t get out of my head I do something else – work on my puzzle, read, take a walk and enjoy God’s beauty or work on a blog post. I do things to bring me joy and help me to kick Doubtful Debbie to the curb.

What are YOU questioning yourself about?  Do you have a dream that gets pushed to the side when life gets too busy? Or are you like me and when that happens, you begin to doubt your dream?  Just for today, stop asking AND make your dream come true.  Who is with me??

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!

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How To Bundle Up for Summer Fun

 

Waves crashing, burgers grilling, bees buzzing – summer has finally arrived, and the outdoors are calling. Excited for that trip to the beach? Lounging poolside? Camping trips and backyard barbecues? Us too!

To help you start planning, we took a few of your faves and created fun, destination-ready bundles for all your summer adventures. Each bundle features our super-fun summer prints (and even a few personalization ideas to help make your adventures even more memorable)!

(Pictured L to R): Picnic Thermal Tote in Charcoal Crosshatch w/ Camper Icon-It in Caramel and Platinum; Large Utility Tote in RV There Yet w/ Rounded Font Message in White; Zipper Pouch in Soft Camo w/ Compass (II) in Caramel; Essential Storage Tote in RV There Yet; Round About Cooler Tote in RV There Yet.

Feelin’ Campy

Whether you’re camping, glamping or wandering cross-country in a fancy conversion van, it wouldn’t be summer without trips to the great outdoors. So, the next time nature calls, don’t forget these road trip essentials in our new RV There Yet print:

Large Utility Tote: blankets, hiking gear, flashlights, bug repellent, games

Essential Storage Tote: snacks, first aid, eating utensils, plates, napkins

Round About Cooler Tote: ice, soda, water, juice, hot dogs, condiments

Need more cooler space? Our Picnic Thermal Tote in Charcoal Crosshatch is a great choice (and it holds ice, too). What about some place to keep all those little essentials organized? Our Zipper Pouchis the perfect add-on and coordinates nicely in Soft Camo.

(Pictured L to R): Large Utility Tote in Rays for Days; Round About Cooler Tote in Rays for Days w/ Popsicle in Hot Pink and Turquoise; Essential Storage Tote in Rays for Days w/ Large Serif Initial in Hot Pink; Small Essential Storage Tote in Rays for Days.

Catch Some Rays

Sandy beach, neighborhood pool or weekend at the waterpark, splash into summer with this awesome pack & go bundle in our new Rays for Days print:

Large Utility Tote: towels, toys, floaties, cover-ups, hats

Round About Cooler Tote: ice, sports drinks, water, popsicles, juice boxes

Essential Storage Totegoggles, books, sunglasses, sunscreen

Small Essential Storage Totephones, ear buds, reading glasses, lip balm

(Pictured L to R): Large Utility Tote in Tie-Dye Stars w/ Large Serif Initial in White; Tiny Utility Tote in Gnome of the Brave; Round About Cooler Tote in Tie-Dye Stars w/ Rounded Font Message in White; Clear Clip Pouch in Gnome of the Brave.

Grill & Chill

Planning for lots of summer celebrations and backyard barbecues with family and friends? Get in a festive party spirit with this bundle of bestsellers in Tie-Dye Stars and fire up the fun:

Large Utility Tote: plates, food containers, tablecloth, cups, chips

Essential Storage Tote: utensils, napkins, condiments

Round About Cooler Tote: ice, beverages, grill meats, cheese, produce

Know what goes great with Tie-Dye Stars? Our Gnome of the Brave print, of course! Our Tiny Utility Tote is ideal for condiments or utensils and our Clear Clip Pouch is the perfect place to keep hand sanitizer, sunscreen, wet wipes and more.

(Pictured L to R): New Horizons Tote in Patchwork Stripe w/ Popsicle Icon-It™ in Powder Pink and Hot Pink; Small Essential Storage Tote in Popsicle Party; Cinch Sac in Popsicle Party w/ All Caps Stamp in Navy Blue; Essential Storage Tote in Popsicle Party; Zipper Pouch in Patchwork Stripe w/ Sandy Flip-Flops Icon-It™ in True Turquoise and Navy Blue.

Popsicle Party

Kids love summer for the trips to the zoo, amusement parks and playgrounds. You’ll love how easy and enjoyable those trips are with this sweet solution set in our Popsicle Party print:

Large Utility Tote: diapers, snacks, wipes, water, umbrella

Cinch Sac: hat, sunglasses, medication, first aid

Clear Clip Pouch: sunscreen, phone, hand sanitizer

Looking for a couple more bags for your adventure with the kids? We recommend our New Horizons Tote and Zipper Pouch in Patchwork Stripe. The New Horizon Tote’s roomy interior and slouchy, casual shape make it ideal for hats, extra clothes, umbrellas and other larger items, while the Zipper Pouch is a convenient place for keys, wallets, tickets, receipts and other small essentials.

Love our new summer prints? Turn them into wallpaper for your phone! 

Download your favorite prints to your phone and enjoy them throughout summer and beyond!

 

Products shown are from Summer 2021 season, available from June 1 – July 31. 

Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!