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Sunday Surf – June 26, 2011

I was NOT happy when I woke up this morning.

I’m never normally happy upon waking…I’m not one of those people who jumps out of bed with joy to greet the day. But usually by the time I’ve visited the bathroom and brushed my teeth I’m fairly good to go – as long as coffee follows soon after.

This morning though, I was still washing my hands and getting ready to brush my teeth when my husband called me downstairs to look at my daughter’s poopy diaper.

You’d think by now he could deal with this stuff on his own??

The reason he needed my assistance was the fact that there were ‘strange looking’ things in there (the remains of solid food she hadn’t digested) and he was worried. I told him what it was and grumbled back upstairs to brush my teeth.

Then she was acting tired and it was her naptime, so I attempted to get her to sleep for half an hour, which seemed more like 3 hours as I hadn’t yet had my coffee.

Finally we gave it up as a bad job and came downstairs, where I cried and told my husband all about how this was the worst morning ever – especially as he was leaving in 20 minutes to go help someone move and I had to deal with it all by myself and I wouldn’t be able to eat breakfast or have coffee or anything and it was all terrible.

Yes, I am not a morning person. Read the rest of this entry »

Black Bean Brownies & a Sunday Surf

OK, so I didn’t exactly intend to leave off my baking until 8PM this evening…but sometimes that’s just how life works out.

In any case, it was totally worth it – I now have a pan of Black Bean Brownies, another of Nourishing Bread Pudding, and a loaf of 100% Whole Wheat Honey Bread cooling on my counterboy does my kitchen smell good!

I wanted to share my adapted version of this Black Bean Brownie recipe, and also join in with Authentic Parenting for my first Sunday Surf! This has been an AMAZING week for blog posts…can’t wait to share what I’ve been reading!

But first things first – the chocolate!

Black Bean Brownies:

  • 1 Can Eden Organics Black Beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 C organic unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/4 C cocoa powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 t. real vanilla extract
  • 3/4 C raw sugar
  • 1 good glug strong coffee (I used what was leftover in the post from this morning)
  • 1/4 C semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Put all the ingredients except the chocolate chips into a food processor or blender; puree until smooth. Pour chocolate chips over the top.

Bake for about 40 minutes, until toothpick inserted into middle comes out mostly clean.

Wait for brownies to cool completely before eating (you may want to store them in the fridge).

That’s it!

I also just wanted to quickly share a few of my helpful baking secrets that I’ve come up with over the years. :) Read the rest of this entry »

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