Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Pins to Projects: Hair style

So, one of my friends pinned this cute hairstyle. The link to it can be found here:

I'm planning on chopping my hair this Friday, so I wanted to try it before I do that. The braids didn't work for me, so I just pinned 3 knots at the back of my head. It held through a 2-mile run and a core strengthening class at the gym.

Here was mine:

What is funny is that one of the trainers at my gym saw the hair style and decided to do hers that way, too.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Homemade Mexican Pizza

So Saturday was a double food experiment day. I decided to try and make Mexican pizzas for the boys and I for lunch.

Here is the final product before I walk you through what I did.

Okay, here is what you need: fajita-size flour tortillas, refried beans, shredded cheese, canned or fresh diced tomatoes, peppers (optional)

Turn your oven on broil and pop the  base tortillas in a for a minute or two to make them more sturdy. Coat the tortillas with the refried beans.

If you add the jalepenos, do it here. My kids and I like things spicy.

Add a light coating of cheese.

Put under the broiler until the cheese is melted

Put another tortilla on top of this

Sprinkle the tomatoes (I used Ro-Tel)

Cover with cheese (more than last time)

Put under the broiler until the cheese is melted

Cut and serve.

These were a big hit with my boys. They both can easily eat their weight in cheese and love pizza.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Black bean brownies

I had read something about black beans in brownies last week, so I decided to make my own recipe for them.

Here is what you need

One 15.5oz can of black beans, drained and rinsed (I use the low-sodium ones)
1/4c cocoa powder
3/4c white sugar
3 eggs
3T apple sauce
1t vanilla
1 pinch of salt

Dump all of this in your blender and blend until smooth

Like this.

Pour into a greased 8x8 square and bake at 350F for 30 minutes. The edges will pull away from the side of the pan.

Entertain your 19-month old Milk Dud while baking them.

This is what they looked like done. Cut into 16 pieces and enjoy.

They were pretty good. I think that next time I will put some cinnamon and chili powder in them to make Mexican black bean brownies. The texture is a little different because of the absence of flour. Someone will have to correct me if I'm wrong, but I think these are also gluten-free.

Friday, March 23, 2012

I'm going to be better about this... really

I'm going to be better about blogging. I mean it. I have less going on in my life right now, so it's just the family life and running... oh and Jeopardy!

My running goal for the month was 40 miles. As of today, I am at 33.46. I have over a week left. I know I can do it!

Okay, so Jeopardy... I keep putting off studying. I know I need to sit down and do it, but life keeps getting in the way. My kids have been sick. I've been sick. We had birthday party fever. It's March Madness and my Gators made it to the Elite 8.

I've been "trapped under a milk dud" for 19 months and counting! He asks for it and says "other side." I was glad of it when he has the stomach bug... twice.

Onwards and upwards!