Black Bean Brownie Cookies

Yup, I tried them. The ones that have been going around Pinterest and FaceBook. I have the pictures to prove it!

I was really excited to try something that sounded so yummy and so healthy. Really, nothing bad in them! So without further adieu, here we go!

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First, rinse a can of beans REALLy well!

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And into the food processor! Along with the oil, peanut butter, milk, and honey. Process until smooth.

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Then add the dry ingredients: Cocoa powder, flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt. Process again until it resembles a think mousse.

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Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper and drop some batter on there. Bake for about 10 minutes, and they should come out soft. Looking like this:

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Now, maybe it’s because I knew what was in them, but all I could taste was black beans. My kids however, ate them all. Next time, I think I will add a little more cocoa powder, and a little less cinnamon, and possibly a banana. Banana’s are great at masking tastes!

So here is the recipe (with my changes) that I used:

1-15oz can of black beans (or 1 1/2 cups cooked)

2 Tbsp grape seed oil (any oil will do)

2 Tbsp peanut butter (I used pumpkin seed butter so they could go to the nut free school)

2 Tbsp milk (or almond milk)

1/2 Cup Honey

5 Tbsp Cocoa Powder (I’m going to do 6 or 7 next time)

3 Tbsp any kind of flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking powder

3/4 tsp salt

Bake in a 375*F Oven for about 10 minutes. Cool on a wire rack.

 

Once I try the banana, I will come and update.

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What to do With a Diaper Rash…

My kids, seem to have the WORST diaper rashes known to man! My Sweet Pea and my Tank have had the worst of it. Somehow, my little Bear hardly had any. When you hear me say ‘worst’, you probably think ‘she’s SO over exaggerating!’  What I mean when I say it, it red front to back, with little sores that bleed if you try to wipe, so you end up putting your kid in the tub EVERY single time you need to change them!  Poor Tank today doesn’t even want to sit in the tub because it hurts so bad.  No fun! For the water bill, or for the poor kid! And guess what? I have tried it ALL I’m pretty sure! SO many butt creams, essential oils, milk baths, you name it!

This morning, I was looking for something else to try, and came across a lady who made her own oatmeal bath. It’s like the AVEENO packets that you can get. The ingredients on the AVEENO one are, get this, colloidal oatmeal. That’s it! Pretty great! BUT, why pay $8 or more for 8 packets, when you can just make your own?

So I did. I had some oatmeal kicking around. Usually do, so I threw it into my food processor and processed, and processed, and tested, and processed some more, until it was so fine that when you put a little in a glass of water, it turns kinda milky, with no chunks sitting on the bottom. I then added some Young Living Lavender Essential Oil, and processed some more. Lavender oils is VERY soothing, and easy on skin. I only recommend Young Living because it is 100% pure, and the way it is distilled makes it the most concentrated oils on the market.

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SO, after a 20 minute or so, soak in the tub, my Tanks bottom is looking very pink. No longer red! Could this be the answer? Something so easy and cheap?  I recommend you try it! Even without the lavender, I’m sure it would work just fine!

My First Blog!

Here it is! My very first blog, and I’m going to start off with a rant! Any of you have a spouse or significant other, who comes home, after a long days work, and just puts their feet up and plays on their phone? ‘Cus, you know, I didn’t have a long day dealing with kid shenanigans or anything. ‘Cus I didn’t have milk spill all over the floor today (and splash EVERYWHERE I might add). ‘Cus I wasn’t busy all day keeping things tidy for when you come home, so you aren’t stressed out.

I’m getting kinda sick of it!

But guess what?!? I figured out how to fix it! The bearded one DOES care! He WANTS to know about my day, and when I’ve had an extremely crappy one, he’s ready and willing to help. The key is…ready for it?…asking for help!!!

The bearded one is really good at this! I, however, am not. I struggle with that mommy/wifey brain that says ‘I don’t need help! I can do anything, and everything myself!’  But I can’t! And I realize that ALL the time. I’m becoming good with it! I like help! Thing one and two are getting old enough that they can help out a lot! Thing one is almost 7 (gasp!), and thing two is 5. Thing 3 is only 2, so he’s not much help yet, although he LOVES to vacuum! AOK with me!

So there you have it! Learn to ask for help, and you may be pleasantly surprised.

I’m still trying to figure out how to make him NOT use his phone when the kids are around. They are just DYING for his attention, but it’s usually not available, which is sad. He really doesn’t know what he’s missing. These babies are wonderful! And the more attention they get, the happier they are, which means the better they play together, and the happier me and the bearded one are! WIN/WIN!  It helps that his phone crapped out on him yesterday. Now he has no choice but to pay attention. I could definitely get used to that!

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On a different note, on the menu tonight, is some eye of round steaks that I found, 5 packs for $25! Score! Granted, the packs weren’t HUGE, but they were all around $7 regular price, so it saved me a bit!  Not sure if you’ve seen on Pinterest, how to cook the perfect steak, but it is AMAZING!!!  Here is the original recipe: http://whitsamusebouche.com/blog/2011/12/08/restaurant-style/ It’s not done on the grill, so you can do it all year round!  The original recipe has a lot to it, but I’ve simplified it. Now my steaks are fairly thin. This works on ANY size steak! I got 3 (or 4) inch filet mignon for V-day last year, and they turned out great! You just need to adjust the time they are in the oven.

Restaurant Style Steaks

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Steaks, any size, however many you need to feed your crowd

Butter – enough to coat the bottom of a pan

Montreal Steak Spice – to coat steaks

BBQ sauce – optional

Preheat oven to 400*. Rub steak spice all over steaks. Bring a pan with butter in it to high heat. Pan sear the steaks, about 2 minutes on each side, until brown. Transfer steaks to baking pan (I usually use a jellyroll pan with foil on it) and brush with some BBQ sauce. Put them in the oven about 6-8 minutes depending on the size of your steak. Insert a meat thermometer to make sure you have the doneness that you prefer. Remember to let your steak sit for a couple minutes before you slice into it! Otherwise the juices all run out and you will have a dry steak! I’m having mine with a nice salad and my frozen, pre-made twice baked potatoes. That’s a good recipe too!

Rare: 125

Med Rare: 130

Med: 140

Med Well: 155

I hope you enjoy this as much as I do! (and the bearded one!) Let me know what you think!