Monday, November 17, 2014

Black Bean Brownies, Gf and Ef

Since I had to omit eggs from my diet I have not found a brownie recipe I like. It seems that they either don't taste right, or the texture is off, or they just do not even bake up at all. My dear friend Missy gave me this recipe for black bean brownies and I love them. I know, it sounds strange right? I was skeptical too, but honestly since I made this batch I ate eight brownies over a 12 hour time period. Hehe. They really are that good.

You will need:
1 1/2 cups black beans, rinsed and drained. (1 15oz can)
2 Tbs. Cocoa Powder
1/2 Cup Gluten Free Oats
1/4 Tsp. Sea Salt
1/2 C. Pure Maple Syrup
1/4 C. Coconut Oil
2 Tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract
1/2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1/2 C. Chocolate Chips (NOT OPTIONAL) plus more for topping

Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients except chocolate chips in food processor. Pulse until smooth. Stir in the chocolate chips, then pour into greased 8x8 glass pan. Sprinkle additional chocolate chips over top. Bake for 15 minutes or so. Cool 10 minutes before cutting. Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting, Kayla

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Lavender Skin Salve

As much as I don't want to admit it, Winter is right around the corner. Having actually admitted that I thought it would be smart to prepare myself a little bit for the long months ahead, and one way to do that is making sure I have something for my dry skin. I tend to wash my hands a lot during cold season, (who doesn't) so my hands get really dry. Lavender essential oil is great for dry itchy skin, so I mixed up a little salve this morning. With only a few ingredients it was super easy, and fun to make with my little helper. It turned out so silky, and smells amazing. This would make a great Christmas gift for friends and family who have eczema, dry skin, or just because.

You will need:
2 Tbs. Beeswax pellets
4 Tbs. Jojoba Oil
15 Drops Lavender Essential Oil
4 Drops Vitamin E Oil

 Heat water in a saucepan. Place glass jar in the water and combine beeswax and jojoba oil. Stir until melted. Add essential oil and vitamin e oil. Pour into storage container. Use on dry skin, burns, bug bites, or just about anything. :) Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting, Kayla

Monday, November 3, 2014

School Lunch

As you will notice this lunch is not in our usual planetbox. :( Lately B has come home with his backpack so stuffed full and heavy I am concerned for his little 6 year old back. The weight of the planetbox and his stainless steel water bottle along with library books, his folder, sneakers, and random fundraiser papers that always seem to come home, we end up with a heavy load. I decided to try a lighter lunch container a few days a week. This once is from, and is made from bpa and phalphate free plastic. So far it has worked well for us, although I will always prefer the non-plastic planetbox. (I feel like I can't say that enough.)

In this lunch:
Pinwheels, cream cheese mixed with carrots, olives and spinach
Ham, Cheese and tomato kabobs
Herbal Popcorn

Thanks for visiting, Kayla

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Mixed Berry Muffins, egg free

I made these muffins for B's last soccer game this past weekend. I had snack duty, so I thought it would be fun to add a touch of Halloween for the kids. They loved it! I had these muffin cups and ghost picks, so I added a couple blueberries to the top for a cute display.

You will need:
2 c. all purpose unbleached flour
1/2 c. raw sugar
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 c. organic mixed berries, extra for topping if desired
1/4 c. applesauce
3/4 c. milk
1 tbs. ground flax mixed with 3 tbs warm water. Let sit until clump forms.

Mix all ingredients and bake at 400 for about 12 minutes. Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting, Kayla