Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Recipe: Black Bean Cookies

I made cookies from black beans recently and have fallen in love with them. I've made them a few times since the first. They're simple to make and are very moist, like super fudgey brownies. So good. They're not super pretty looking, but they taste amazing. The batter is really wet so it's kind of hard to actually form into a cookie shape. But really, who cares? We're just going to devour them anyways, so does it really matter what they look like? Not really!

This recipe will make about 16-18 cookies 

1 can (15 oz approx) of black beans
2 tbsp olive oil
2 heaping tbsp peanut butter *
2 tbsp almond milk
1/2 cup honey
5 tbsp cocoa powder
3 tbsp flour
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp kosher or sea salt
1 tsp chia seeds (optional)

* If you're allergic to peanuts, you can still make this recipe! Just use Wow Butter instead. We're not allergic to peanuts but I often buy this anyways as we enjoy it. I found some at Walmart.

* Preheat oven to 375ยบ.

* Drain and rinse your black beans. Optional: you can set aside about 54 black beans (3 per cookie if there were 18 cookies) as decorations or "chocolate chips".

* In a food processor, toss in the black beans (except for the ones you've set aside if you choose to do that), 2 tbsp of olive oil, 2 tbsp of peanut butter, 2 tbsp of almond milk and 1/2 cup of honey. Blend until smooth.

* Next add in 5 tbsp of cocoa, 3 tbsp of flour, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp chia seeds and 1 tsp of kosher or sea salt. Blend again until smooth. The batter should look like a thick mousse. You don't have to put the chia seeds in if you don't want to/have them. I like putting them in because they give the cookies a little bit of a crunch when you hit a seed and I love that.

* Grease a couple baking sheets and use a tablespoon to drop 16-18 drops of batter. You can attempt to make them look nicer, perhaps you'll have better luck than me. I tried to make them more rounded blobs but it wasn't happening for me, so I just left them as is.

* Bake for about 10 minutes or so, however ovens vary so watch them. They'll likely be a bit soft. You can try baking them longer if you like, but personally we love them when they're a bit soft and moist like that. As I said, they taste like really fudgey brownies, not like a traditional cookie which is more dry and crumbly. After they've cooled, if you want to put the "chocolate chips" (the beans you saved) on them, put about 3 per cookie as decorations.

That's it! The first time I made them, Aaron thought the beans on top were actually chocolate chips. When I told him they weren't and that they were actually beans, he didn't believe me at first. Then when I told him I was serious, he suggested next time I don't put them on because he doesn't want to think about eating beans while he's eating these cookies. Haha, too funny. You can't even taste them to be honest, they're just for decoration. If I didn't say anything, he would of kept on believing they were chocolate chips.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

52 Weeks: 38/52

52 Weeks: One photo a week, every week, for a year.

We found the cats both sleeping on the bed like this. They never do that, so it was pretty cute finding them both lounging there. Madison never really sleeps on the bed, Hobbes does sometimes. They're not hitting bums or anything, but this is still a huge step for them because like I said, they never sleep together or even near each other really. 

It started with me going to visit Hobbes in the room. I walked in there, not noticing Madison at first and then as soon as I did I pulled one of these because I didn't want to wreck anything. They ended up staying in there for a while. So much love!

Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

A Light Sprinkling

I think the snow is here to stay. We had our first snowfall last week and it seems to be sticking around. It's weird how it so quickly went from being +5 to +10 degrees to being now -10 or higher. It's usually -15 to -20 each day now with the windchill. It's also snowed most days since the first snow last week. Here we go!

I love seeing little animal tracks in the snow, so cute. There's also more snow on the ground now than you see in these pictures just from the last week.The season of shoveling begins!

Have an awesome day!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

52 Weeks: 37/52

52 Weeks: One photo a week, every week, for a year.

We jammed on Friday night and it was fun, as usual. Our dear friend (and bassist) Steve might come back from Thailand over the holidays for a visit. Nothing is for sure yet, but it's an idea that's floating around. I'm excited about this! Steve is awesome and we have a bunch of time off during the holidays so there would be plenty of time for jamming and hanging out.

Also, recording will start this Friday. It's finally happening! We're going to record 5 songs and release those and then work on some more to release. There is one really new song (new to us) we've decided to record with this first batch because we like it so much. I still have some work to do on it though. We've actually only jammed it a few times, it's that new. Anyways, we're just drum tracking on Friday. Then Aaron and I will fill in our parts another time. Vocals will be the last thing before mixing. I'm looking forward to it!

Have a good one!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

52 Weeks: 36/52

52 Weeks: One photo a week, every week, for a year.

Something funny happened to Madison this week. Well, she probably didn't find it funny, but it totally was. I just got home from work and Aaron had a bubble bath waiting for me (yes, he's awesome). Sometimes when I get home from work, I'll take the cats outside for a little dip to get some fresh air. I decided to take Madison out that day. So, we walked around the yard a bit, she ate some grass and after a few minutes I brought her back inside.

Now, when she gets back inside from being out, she usually gets pretty delirious. She starts running around the house and hunting invisible things, she pretty much loses it. One thing she does is run from the living room and dives into the bathtub and then loses it some more in there. Well, that's exactly what she did. It all happened so fast but as I was taking my jacket and boots off, Madison charged by me and dove directly into my hot bubble bath.

She didn't make any noise (other than a huge splash) and quickly jumped back out of the tub and went to hide somewhere. I yelled out to Aaron (he was in another room at the time) to tell him what happened and come help me find her. After the initial shock of what just happened wore off, we found it pretty amusing. Madison eventually came out from her hiding spot and we dried her off with a towel and made sure she was ok. She was totally fine and sat in front of the heater for the next while to dry off. 

Aah cats are the best, have a good one!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Photodump: Autumn

Well, most of the beautiful autumn colours have disappeared by now around here, but I was lucky enough to capture some pictures before it was too late. I really love taking picture early in the morning. The way the sun shines into our yard, it creates this really amazing light and it beams through all the trees in a way that makes it feel dreamy. This was especially gorgeous when the leaves were all sorts of colours.

I absolutely loved opening our bedroom window to those golden leaves taking over. I put a bunch of bird seed out that day and the birds were going crazy for it. So many birds around, even some squirrels would come and eat some. I'm going to miss feeding the animals in the winter. I guess there will still be some animals around, but it's not quite the same. Also, now that our clocks went back, the sunsets at 4:59pm! So early and it's just going to get earlier.

Have an awesome day!

Saturday, November 1, 2014

52 Weeks: 35/52

52 Weeks: One photo a week, every week, for a year.

Hobbes is licking her lips as she sits in our yard full of leaves. So many leaves. Last night we got around 55 kids trick or treating at our house. We tried to keep track, just to see. They come mostly between 6-8pm. It was fun handing out candy and checking out all the kids costumes, they're so cute. Hobbes turned into a huge baby and hid the entire time, while Madison was more curious. Usually it's the other way around. 

After the trick or treaters were done for the night, Aaron and I watched the movie The Cabin in the Woods. Pretty weird movie, but good. When it first started to get into it, I was a little bit like "this is not going to be scary" but then it turned out to be pretty creepy. The whole concept of it was strange, but interesting.

Well, enjoy the weekend!