Sunday, December 27, 2015

Healthy chocolate chip cupcakes and one more xmas tree...

Over on Jenny Crusie's blog a couple of weeks ago I mentioned some relatively healthy chocolate cupcakes I had recently eaten. They featured black beans which I do not like but you can not taste them. They taste like rich, dark chocolate cupcakes. (BTW you can't taste the coconut oil, either, or my mom wouldn't eat them as she hates coconut. She loves the cupcakes, though.)

I made them today again. Here's a picture:

Here is the recipe for the cupcakes and the glaze. The glaze is made with coconut oil so even it is slightly healthy.

Black Bean Chocolate Cupcakes

Cupcake Ingredients:
2 cups drained and rinsed black beans
3 eggs
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1/3 cup coconut oil
½ cup honey
1 tsp vanilla
½ tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
½ cup choc chips (optional but I like to put dark)
Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 12 cupcake tins.
Blend all ingredients (except choc chips) in blender or processor until well mixed and smooth.
Stir in choc chips if using them.
Spoon into paper lined cupcake pan about 2/3 full.
Bake 20 to 30 minutes depending on your oven.
Cool on wire racks.

Glaze ingredients:
Melted coconut oil
Confectioners’ sugar
Milk (can be nut milk if don’t want dairy)
I don’t have measurements for this. I usually melt a generous 2 tbsps of oil, add enough c sugar and milk to make a glaze consistency.

Can glaze when cool or refrigerate then glaze.

Will keep in an airtight container for a week or so. (Not at my house, though.)
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I went to another library last week and they had this lovely book xmas tree:


Hope everyone is having the holiday experience they want. Mine has been good so far!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Happy holidays y'all...

I made a magazine xmas tree for my cubicle and I was quite pleased with the results:



This lead me to remember a couple of other unusual trees I like. For example, the last couple of years my local library, which I love, has done a book tree, which I also love. Here is this years book tree:


A couple of xmas's ago we were in San Diego to spend the holiday with my brother. We went to Spanish village and I was enchanted with several xmas trees made from chicken wire, of all things, and scraps of material. Here is my favorite:


I just love that blue and silver.

Here's wishing everyone a fun holiday!!!



Tuesday, December 15, 2015

A cathartic paradelle and 3D art piece

Me, You

I want to win the lottery; not millions
I want to win the lottery; not millions
enough to escape my cubicle prison
enough to escape my cubicle prison
millions escape prison I win enough; to
the cubicle lottery not want my; to

I would sit somewhere in the sun and write
I would sit somewhere in the sun and write
until you became a distant memory; vile cubicle warden
until you became a distant memory; vile cubicle warden
the cubicle somewhere distant you sit until I write
a warden in vile memory would became sun; and

Me in moonlight; books, sumo squats, espresso, family time
Me in moonlight; books, sumo squats, espresso, family time
you in your cubicle kingdom; stabbing people with words; smiling
you in your cubicle kingdom; stabbing people with words; smiling
me, moonlight people; smiling family; espresso in books; squats
you, sumo in cubicle, stabbing kingdom with your time words

Judith Ann Jennings


Open Door Policy
Elizabeth Lawrence