Chocolate SPINACH BROWNIES with Peanut Butter Frosting recipe. This is a EASY way to get kids or adults to eat their vegetables. You won’t believe how delicious these brownies are! They’re also made with the best peanut butter frosting recipe ever!
The color green. What do you think of?
In many people’s minds, the color green isn’t something you usually think of when you think of sweet desserts. I hear that little kids fear their green vegetables so sneaky parents have to find ways to incorporate it into their meals. Well I don’t have a little kid, but I still like being sneaky, even if it means just being sneaky to myself.
The BEST Black Bean Brownies recipe – healthy, vegan, gluten free and really easy to make! These moist brownies are made with canned black beans and peanut butter making them extra fudgy. I love how simple they are to make and how much kids and adults both love them!
Black Bean Brownie Recipe
You know I only share the best with you guys, right? So you totally have to believe me that this Black Bean Brownies Recipe is what brownie dreams are made out of!
We finished these brownies in 2 days. I went into the brownie box (what, you don’t have a brownie box?) for one and there was no more left. My hands started to shake, “Matthew, did you eat the last brownie?!” I shouted. He said yes. My night was destroyed. The next day I made another batch. These brownies are THAT GOOD.
Doesn’t the week go by so quick sometimes? One day it’s Monday and I’m yawning, then the next thing I know it’s almost the weekend full of hopeful walks in the park, pancakes in the morning and lazy evenings. Every week doesn’t go so smooth, but this week sure felt quick! How was yours?
I found this great link of 56 things to do instead of spending money. I’m really feeling the ideas for:
Get Organized! I have a whole cabinet shelf full of tupperware that must be straightened out. I need some type of system here that works out.
Use Those Gift Certificates! We have one that is almost a year old now, we need to get to the store and use it.
Spa Day At Home! Soak those feet! You deserve it!
Make Gifts! Make someone smile, it’s the best feeling in the world.
Clean! Must be done, usually not fun.
Catch Up On Your Reading! I have had Marie Antoinette’s biography for a few months that I keep renewing from the library. I was 75% into the book but then I stopped. I have to finish it!
Make Cookies! Of course.
Start a Happy Book! This for me means scrapbooking. I need to dive back into this dangerous world.
Hike! We are planning a hiking adventure soon.
Things I ask you:
What’s your favorite pizza topping?
Do you have any fun plans this weekend?
What do you do when you are feeling guilty from eating too many sweets?
Garden News: It is very close to being able to pick lettuce, spinach and kale. Starting the next week we will start picking harvest for yummy lunches, dinners and snacks. I couldn’t help myself so I picked a small amount of buttercrunch lettuce earlier this week. Man, it’s so good.
I love seeing all the green appear in the garden!
We’ve had 2 big days of rain which is great because we were going on 3 weeks with no rain. The garden did well with the first storms, it actually really enjoyed them and seemed to grow stronger. Especially that kale, watch out for it.
Massive leaves on the Brussels Sprouts plants. This is the first year growing them… very excited to see how it turns out.
Giant broccoli leaves!
We spent some time this week getting our compost situation back in order. We were able to get a few bags of cocoa husks. I’ll do a full post on this next week. Just think about how 200 pounds of cocoa husks smell….mmmmmmm.
House Updates: We finally mounted the tv to the wall. It’s been sitting on our farmhouse table for months. Also the “FAMILY” portrait series on the wall is growing.
I desperately want this chair from a furniture store in Soho. It’s even on sale! If by sale you mean $10,000. I’ll just dream about it..
Love how the light makes my desk area look purple ombre.
Game of Thrones fans? My lovely friend Jessie surprised me with this Jon Snow doll in the mail. He now lives on my desk so we can talk to each other all day long.
NYC Update: We love taking long walks. You can usually find us walking somewhere (or Matthew biking) instead of taking the subway if possible. This past weekend we took a big walk from our home to Soho. There we bought some sneakers and then walked back. One of my favorite parts of New York is the ability to walk almost anywhere.
These are the shoes we bought. They’re both from the Adidas store. Mine were 30% off! *High Five* I love the zipper in the middle, such a unique twist on a sneaker.
It rained, Manhattan was barely visible from our rooftop.
You can see One World Trade Center pretty clearly with some binoculars from our apartment. Here you can see the Spire was raised and is now on top…
Or as I like to call it, the loves of my life update:
FiFi Bofinkles passes out in front of me.
FiFi Bofinkles sleeping.
Waking up to FiFi Bofinkles in the morning looks like this.
Xanadu being the queen on her pizza pillow throne.
FiFi Bofinkles questioning her position while Xanadu looks down at her.
Brother’s tail is furry too.
Brother Bear’s favorite spot to lay is in my underwear drawer (TMI?). As soon as I open it up, he runs full speed (as fast as a big guy can run and jump) and dives in. He loves it there. Why?
I worked out while Brother took a nap in front of me. Not fair.
This is the cat at our local pet store, her name is Lilly and she’s huge. Often they have bags of cat food 50% off because Lilly decided to try to open them up with her teeth. She’s a good girl though and is extra sweet. Everytime I go in the store I look for her first. Then she gives me her belly.
Food Update: Chia seed brownies? Yes, please. Going to try to figure out the recipe for these for a future share…
Matthew had a belated surprise party! I told him it was just 2 friends then he walked out and everyone was there. It was great seeing him light up.
The Calamari Fritti was delicious!
This was Mediterranean octopus which was char-grilled. It was my first time eating octopus and I found it good, especially since it was grilled and crispy on the outside. The inside was very chewy, but still enjoyable.
Pepperoni and mushroom pizza are always our go to’s. The surprise party was at Lisola’s in Williamsburg Brooklyn. I would highly recommend it, the service was so good too. The pizza is made in wood fired ovens, which is always the way to go with pizza.
Prosciutto is my favorite topping on pizza.
And then I ate a cannoli. It was one of the best I ever had. I actually ate 2, I’m a bad girl. They even had chocolate chips inside. Oh my! I loved the restaurant because the entire balcony is filled with herbs that they pick and use on the dishes. This always makes me so happy to see.
Matthew got a piece of cheese cake because he was the birthday boy. 🙂
During the week Matthew made some buttered noodles with steamed broccoli. I added in cherry tomatoes and some fresh garden lettuce. This was so simple but so yummy.
Lately I’ve been craving fruits and lots of it. This was my breakfast one morning.
I also made a pineapple, strawberry, apple, ginger ale smoothie. This was also great. For my smoothies I pretty much mix anything I have that is a sweet fruit and it turns out wonderful.
I bought these tortilla chips based on the character on the bag.
Almonds are also a current weakness. These are cinnamon sugar almonds, I have a hard time not coming back for seconds or thirds.
We met a friend in town from London at Pinche Taqueria.
I had a wonderful tortilla soup and a steak taco. The tortilla soup still didn’t beat my favorite recipe, but this was unique as it had more of a bbq taste to it.
She brought us delicious Cadbury chocolate from London. When we got home we ate some Crunchie bits while laying in bed. I almost ate a bar for breakfast but I held back. I will wait for later in the day. 🙂
We met another friend in Soho that we haven’t seen in quite a while. We went to Cafe Select and our waiter was a bit uppity. When he gave me my change he totally didn’t give me back any of the coin change (it was 40 cents, not like 1 penny). It’s like he took my amount due and rounded up to the nearest dollar. Who does that? Anyways, I had some earl gray tea.
And we split a warm apple strudel with glazed caramel sauce that had whipped cream, strawberries and ice cream. For the hefty price of $8 it was pretty big.
Fashion: I like to wear cat print anything, including denim dresses that make me look like a first grade teacher (or first grader).
I got bored with nail polish..
So I came up with this dot/sparkle/pastel combination.
Work: On the work front we have been experimenting a bunch with new technology. This past week has been a good week to regroup after finishing a bunch of projects. It’s a time to breathe, experiment and see where the next projects will lead.
This is a new project we just released for V fashion magazine. It went live this week and we’re super proud of it. You can see the entire project here.