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Brownie Black Bean

Brownie Black Bean

These brownies are truly made out of cooked black beans.  There is no flour or egg involved in this recipe.  If you didn’t know these brownies were made from black beans you would never know the difference.

Full of protein, easy on the budget and for those who are into food storage, a great way to make a special treat.

1 3/4 cups cooked black beans or one 15 ounce can of black beans.  I used one pint jar of black beans that I had canned.
1/2 cup honey, maple syrup, agave nectar you choose
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 Tablespoons canola oil
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)
1/2 cup pecans or walnuts (optional)

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease a 8×8 baking dish.

In a blender or food processor dump in black beans, honey, cocoa powder, vanilla, oil and baking powder.

Process until everything is smooth.

Pour into your baking dish.

Sprinkle chips or nuts on top of brownie batter.

Bake 45 to 50 minutes.

Cool and ENJOY!

Brownie Black Beans



Cantaloupe Dehydrated

Cantaloupe Dehydrated

Cantaloupe dehydrated has to be one of my newest fruits to dehydrate.  Have you ever had those candy orange slices?  Well this is ten times better and way healthier.  I don’t dehydrate the cantaloupe completely done.  Just to the touch.  I want the center to be soft and chewy.  For a special treat or gift take the dehydrated cantaloupe and dip one end in melted chocolate.  They don’t keep as long but that won’t matter because they won’t last long.

Wash the cantaloupe.  Remove all the seeds and slice off the rind.  Cut the cantaloupe into long slices about 1/4 inch thick.  Kinda like long stripes of beef jerky.

Place on trays remember not to crowd or over lap the pieces.

Turn on your dehydrator or oven to 135 degrees.  Mine took about 16 hours to get to where I wanted them.  Every dehydrator is different.  The pieces are done when not sticky but don’t let them get to dry out too much.

Store in airtight container or plastic bag.

Don’t forget to try dipping some in chocolate.  ENJOY!

Blogging Grandmothers Link Party #11

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Mug

Chocolate Chip Cookie Mug

Curling up on the couch to watch a chick flick and enjoy a quiet evening.   Except one thing was missing.  My sweet tooth was really wanting a chocolate chip cookie.  Not having any freshly made cookies what is a girl to do?  Make a Chocolate Chip Cookie in a Mug.

Single serving cookie, perfect for just little ole me.  Pouring a glass of milk and gathering everything I needed to throw together this sweet cookie.  Less than 5 minutes I was back curled on the couch, movie going, nice warm cookie in my mug and a glass of cold milk to wash it down.  Life is good.

Ingredients for one single serving mug cookies.

1 Tablespoon butter
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1/8 teaspoon vanilla
pinch salt
1 egg yolk
3 Tablespoons flour
3 Tablespoons chocolate chips

Choose a microwave safe mug or small bowl.

Melt butter in the microwave.  Add sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and salt.  Stir to combine.
Add egg yolk and stir to combine.
Add flour and mix until all combined.  If the mixture is still to thin add one tablespoon of flour at a time.  Mixture should be thick like cookie dough.
Add chocolate chips and finish mix everything together.

Flatten cookie dough with back of your spoon.

Microwave for 40 seconds at 70%

If the dough is still not done microwave for 10 seconds intervals until your cookie is cooked.  Don’t over cook unless you want a hard and dry cookie.

Go enjoy your single chocolate chip cookie mug and watch a great movie.  ENJOY!


Garden Fertilizers DIY

Garden Fertilizer DIY

Garden season is fast approaching and there are many things that need to be done before it is time to plant all those wonderful seedlings and plants in the ground.  There are many simple fertilizers that can be used and they are free or cost very little money.  Stop purchasing the expensive fertilizer and start making your own.

First we need to talk about nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium and what they do for your garden.

Nitrogen promotes leaf and plant growth.
Phosphorous stimulates root growth.
Potassium promotes flower and fruit development.

Fertilizer #1.  Wood Ash.  Apply straight to the garden.  Till in around 5 pounds to every 100 square feet.  Wood ash adds calcium and potassium.  Great for root growth, seed and fruit formation.

Fertilizer #2.  Egg Shells.  Loaded with calcium.  Crumble the eggshells and drop in the bottom of your planting hole.  Dig them into the soil around the base of your tomato plants.  Stops slugs from getting to your plants.  Calcium deficiency will cause blossom rot in your tomatoes.

Garden Fertilizer DIY

Fertilizer #3.  Gelatin.  Gelatin is a great source of nitrogen.  Dissolve one package of gelatin in 1 cup of hot water.  Add 3 cups cold water and mix.  Pour directly on the soil around plants once a month.  Perfect for houseplants.

Fertilizer #4.  Fish Fertilizer.  Take the leftover fish heads and insides from the fish you have cleaned, or I go down to our local fish market and get a bucket full of fish parts.  Mix 1 part fish to 2 parts water.  I use an old 5 gallon bucket.  Place in an airtight container and set in a sunny spot.  Stir every 2 to 3 days.  Yes it will smell horrible.  Let steep for 2 weeks.  Spread 3 gallons to every 100 square feet.  Great source of nitrogen, potassium, phosphorous and amino acids.

Fertilizer #5  Powdered Milk.  Powdered milk provides calcium to your soil.  Just sprinkle the powdered milk into sold before planting.

Fertilizer #6.  Epsom Salts.  Combine 1 Tablespoon epsom salt to 1 gallon of water.  Spray your plants.  Full of magnesium with helps with plant growth.  Roses, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and houseplants benefit from epsom salt.


Monster Cookie Snack Mix

Monster Cookie Snack Mix
Monster Cookie Snack Mix

Looking for a new snack mix to try out.  Here is the perfect solution Monster Cookie Snack Mix.  This was a huge hit around my house and the best thing it only takes 10 minutes to throw together and 30 minutes in the oven.

Needing something that will go a long way for those football and Halloween parties.  I wasn’t going to mention Christmas don’t forget to add this to your list of delicious snacks to make.  Make a batch and give as a gift.  Seriously this is a make and take snack for anytime.

3 Cups Rice Chex cereal
5 Cups Cookie Crisp cereal
1 box peanut butter granola crushed
1 cup peanuts salted or unsalted (I used unsalted)
1 1/2 cups raisins
2 sticks of butter or 1 cup
1 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup corn syrup
2 cups M&M or 1 regular bag
1 cup chocolate chips

Monster Cookie Snack Mix
Monster Cookie Snack Mix

Preheat oven to 300F degrees.  Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or use a silicone baking mat.

In a large bowl combine cookie crisp, rice chex, peanut butter granola, peanuts and raisins. Mix to combine.

Min a  medium saucepan combine the butter, brown sugar and corn syrup.  Bring to a boil and boil for 4 minutes.

Immediately put hot mixture over the cereal mixture and stir to combine until evenly coated.

Pour mixture onto baking sheet and spread out.

Bake for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes.

Allow the mixture to cool and break into pieces.  Add the M&M’s and chocolate chips.  Toss to combine.

Store in an airtight container at room temperature.  ENJOY!