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Yummy mock Twinkie cupcakes without all the additives or preservatives!

2 1/2 cups sifted flour
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup butter softened
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
4 eggs separated
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl.  Add butter, milk, sugar, vanilla, and egg yolks.

Beat egg whites on high-speed until stiff peaks form. Slowly and gently fold egg whites into cake batter.

Pour cake batter into lined muffin tins and bake at 350 for 18-20 minutes. Once completely cool top with White Mountain Icing.

Click here for the White Mountain Icing Recipe.

Read more about the Twinkie cupcakes and look at more pictures here.

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With several members of my family living with chronic Lyme, including myself, keeping up with the house can be quite difficult. There have been many times when nobody could keep up with the house with so many people being sick. Thankfully as of late we have been able to get better at keeping the house under control even with our illnesses. I hope some of these tips can help you or someone you know.

Don’t Stress

When you have a chronic illness the last thing you want to add to your life is even more stress. The more clutter there is around the house the more stress and crowded you will feel. It is important to try to keep up with things but at the same time don’t stress if you do not feel up to working, you can always work on it later when you feel a little better.

Work In Spurts

Don’t try to clean the whole house at once. By doing that you use all your energy up quickly and can become overwhelmed. Instead try setting a timer and working in fifteen minute spurts. If you don’t feel up to working for fifteen minutes try ten or five minutes. Once your timer goes off re-set the timer for a select amount of time that works best for you and rest until your time is up.

Keep Organized

If you are organized it helps you to keep everything clean and to clean quickly. It only takes a few seconds to sort your dirty laundry into hampers labeled for darks, colors, whites, and towels as you use them. This saves time so that you do not have to sort laundry as you wash it.

Make sure everything has it’s place that is kept organized. It makes putting things away really quick and easy, saving you energy.

Prepare Meals Ahead Of Time

When you are sick making a basic meal can seem like an impossible task, especially when trying to clean as well. What I like to do on days that I have more energy than normal is to make myself large batches of several meals and freeze them. You can freeze them in batches big enough for your whole family or in individual servings. Soups, casseroles, pastas, meats, and pre-cut vegetables work really well for this.

Another thing that I find helpful is to always have some baked potatoes, roasted chicken, and washed salad mix in the fridge. At the beginning of the week you can bake your potatoes and chicken and keep them in the fridge for simple meals and snacks. For the salad mix wash and completely dry your lettuces then store in a container in your fridge. Add a paper towel to the container to absorb any extra moisture and keep it fresh longer.

Plan

If you know that in the next week you want to get certain rooms in the house clean sit down and write a list of everything in those rooms you want to be cleaned. Once you are done separate the list into seven equal parts based on how strenuousness the jobs are. This way every day you have about an equal amount of work and are not putting too much on yourself. If one day you have more energy than usual go ahead and get some work done from your list for later in the week to make the rest of your week easier.

Clean As You Go

Before you leave the room you are in look around to see if there is anything you can pick up. If there is anything that does not belong where it is pick it up on your way and place it where it goes. This will help save you time later on when you are cleaning and keep your space feeling more open and relaxing.

Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help

This is one of my biggest problems. I feel guilty about having to ask my family to help me with something. The thing I have to remember, and often times tell them, is that if I have to do a certain thing, getting myself lunch for instance, I will not have enough energy to do another thing which is more important that I do. I know It can be difficult to ask for help because you feel like you are being a burden, but in the long run it is easier on your family instead of you pushing yourself too much and getting sicker.

Be Thankful

I am extremely grateful for all the help my family gives me when I am sick, I couldn’t get by without them. Make sure those who help you know how grateful you are, it will help them to know you are thankful for all they do.

I hope these tips can help you as they have helped me. I am currently reading the book More Hours In My Day by Emilie Barnes. More Hours In My Day is already helping me learn how to save myself more time and energy. I would highly recommend it to young adults and adults alike wherever they are at in life.

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We currently have very little of our Pamela’s Bread Mix (which we use as gluten-free all-purpose flour) left so I have been coming up with more ideas for baking with little or no flour. Today while looking at different chocolate baked good recipes I found a recipe for gluten-free chocolate and cinnamon cupcakes. The nice thing about these cupcakes is that they use oat flour, which is easy to make.

I was trying to decide between chocolate or vanilla icing but after my Mom, Caroline, and I tried the batter we all agreed vanilla would probably be the best. I made a simple buttercream which I piped on top of the cupcakes and garnished with a little ground cinnamon.

I am very pleased with the way the cupcakes came out. The oat flour gave them a  nice texture and taste. They were also really satisfying with the vanilla buttercream on top. They could make very nice muffins if I altered the recipe a little to make it a little more healthy. What are your favorite types of cupcakes to make?