04 March, 2010

Black beans and multiplication

First of all, thanks to all of you who leave comments. Every time i consider shutting my blog down, someone either comments something encouraging or sends me a personal email. That, and the fact that Marlin says i'm supposed to keep on blogging for now.

A couple reviews. Remember that black bean chocolate cake that almost had this house lifting off it's foundations from the gas fumes? Weeellll, i tried it again last night, the right way, and it was a success. Rich, moist, and nary a bean taste in it. I served it to some guinea pigs we call friends, ;), and they seemed to enjoy it, although i couldn't help but wonder if they had any "aftereffects", if you know what i mean. Here's the recipe, if you care to try it.


In blender combine:
1 1/4 cup black beans, rinsed
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
6 T. cocoa
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda

In bowl, whip til smooth:
1/2 cup honey
7 T butter
Add 2 eggs and whip til smooth
Pour butter mixture into blender and blend with bean mixture til well blended.
Bake at 325 degrees for 45 minutes.
Serve with side of Beano.

Actually, i've had far worse side effects with chili. The only side effect i had was a bloated feeling, and that might have had more to do with eating 2 cupcakes while making them (need to check the product), a cupcake after supper (need to check the frosting) and a few while serving company. (make sure they're still edible) Yeah, that was the problem, not the beans. In all seriousness, i will definitely be making this cake again, since i love having yummy recipes that don't use flour and white sugar.

Onto another review that has nothing to do with food. It has to do with math and multiplying. I came across "TimesTales" the other week and was sold quickly on the product, since who doesn't like a fun way to do not fun things. Eric was working on his multiplication and i was feeling a bit stressed, since i also want to finish division before we end the school year. But while he understood the concept, memorizing 3x4 isn't high on his priority list, not that he had a choice, but you know how it goes. Along comes TimesTales and within a couple lessons he has almost all the upper times tables memorized, which means he automatically has simple division down also. Check it out, it's worth it.

And now it's time for breakfast. I'm thinking black bean chocolate cake........


  1. Please don't shut your blog down! I haven't been reading it long, but I really enjoy it and you never post often enough to suit me!! I'm so inspired by your thoughts sometimes! With 10 children in my care (orphans), and 9 of them are 7 and under, I'm really blessed by your blog! :)And I love the menu ideas having recently quit white sugar and refined flours and grains due to CFS...God bless you! - Rhonda from the Carribean

  2. Yum, Yum Yum...no side effects!! Other than a hankering for some more. :)Can't wait until our Vita-Mix comes, this is the first recipe I plan to make in it. Loved the cake and never would have known... I think the delicious icing helped! Gotta post that one....evil stuff and all. :) Thanks for the great evening! Love you tons, sistah!

  3. Ah yes, you had to bring up the evil icing!! Actually, i hadn't even thought of it, although the only evil frosting was the peanutbutter one. The cream cheese was made with cream cheese, honey and butter.

    Rhonda, thanks for stopping by. What a blessing you must be to those children! God bless you!!!

  4. P-L-E-A-S-E don't stop blogging. In a few weeks Rhonda and I are gonna visit your blog together,in the Caribean:)(Yay!!!!) I love learning new "mommy tips" and knowing that their are other moms out there dealing with things just like me,and they even have feelings like i do.In other words, i love the honesty you show,to let the rest of us know we are very normal.:) Love you

  5. I'm going to try this one for Joshua's birthday cake. The little man will be two on Sunday. :)


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