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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

On Death and Dying – again

I just . . . .


I don’t know what to say other than please pray for my family.  My husband’s mother unexpectedly passed away today and we are just stunned. We knew she wasn’t extremely healthy but no way did we think she was this sick.


My heart is breaking for my husband and his dad as well as my kids.


My kids have lost 2 grandparents in barely a month – my husband and I have each lost a parent. 


I just don’t know.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Brownies, yummy easy gluten-free brownies

After making 4 batches of brownies this week, you would think I would have some pictures but you would be wrong. I forgot to take any and now . . .

They are all gone.

Every single one.

While we like them, I didn’t know that they would be such a big hit.

We made 2 batches for the 4-H meeting with no leftovers. Several commented that they enjoyed them and wanted the recipe.

I made 2 more batches for my Bible study class this morning and several more asked for the recipe. One of the ladies in the class was delighted that it was a snack she could enjoy (she is gluten-intolerant as well). We also had one of the preschool teachers look for us because there was a little boy who was gluten-free dairy-free and had no snack and they wanted something for him.

These are unbelievably good and no weird ingredients. . .

Ok, let me rephrase that, no ingredients you won’t find in a normal grocery store. But one of the ingredients is decidedly weird for brownies.

Are you ready for it?

Are you sure?

Ok, don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Black beans.

Nope, no typo there. Black beans like what might be used to make soup or refried beans or other savory dishes.

Black bean brownies

I promise they don’t taste like black beans – they taste like real brownies. Real fudgey, moist brownies.

And they are not much harder to make than a box mix of brownies. Really.

Black Bean Brownies
  • 1 can of black beans, drained and rinsed well
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350F.
Put all of the ingredients into a food processor (you might could use a blender but I don’t really know). And blend until its a smooth batter (you don’t want anyone biting into noticeable bean bits). You can add chocolate chips or nuts at this point.
Pour into a 8x8 pan that has been greased and then bake for 30-ish minutes (until a knife comes out clean). My oven seems to cook slow so it usually takes mine about 40-45.
Let cool before cutting.

That’s it.

Nothing else.

Well you could put something else on them, frosting or ice cream or nuts or whatever but they are good by themselves.

They don’t need anything else.

With the beans and the eggs, I figure they are healthy. Ok, maybe healthy is pushing it, but they are better for you than some other options. Beans are good for you anyway.

By the way, if you are one of those who doesn’t like bean flour, for some reason this doesn’t have the bean flour taste according to other GF people I have talked to who don’t like bean flour. It isn’t just me.

Edited to add June 2014:
To be honest, we still love black bean brownies but we now use this recipe from Living Without.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

children can be so aggravating

I was going to do a post on homemade instant gluten-free oatmeal individual servings because they are really easy and my kids said they were wonderful. And perfect. And yummy.


Until today when they told me that it needs a little work. Apparently some of the oatmeal doesn’t get completely soft. And they want cinnamon in it. And can we dry some fruit to put in it.


So no oatmeal post yet.


Last night I made cabbage roll soup which nearly caused my children to run away from home. Could you leave out the cabbage? Uh, no.


I had planned on it being ready before Hubby had to leave for work, but it was done 5 minutes after he left. So I was the only one who was actually wanting to try it.


Daisy however was shocked that it wasn’t as horrible as she thought it would be. We decided the recipe needs more work (different spices) but it is a good base so when we get that the way we like it, I will post that.


The end.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

On death and dying

We buried my dad today.


To be honest, it was both expected and unexpected. He had end stage cancer but we really thought we had a few more weeks or even months.


For his sake I am so very, very glad that he is no longer in pain and has energy again.


For his sake I am glad that he is in heaven with his precious savoir.


For our sake, I miss him. I wanted him to meet his other grandchildren who are yet to be born. I wanted him to dance with my mother at my daughter’s wedding. I wanted him to call me up a few more hundred times to just say “hi.”


But I would not have asked him to live one more hour in pain.


Posting may be somewhat sparse in the next few weeks but I will be back soon-ish.