Monday, January 21, 2013

I double dog dare ya...

to not love this dessert. 

Here it is.
The recipe for 
Deep-Dish Cookie Pie 
(gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free and yet, somehow, despite those culinary setbacks, totally delicious)

2 cans white beans or garbanzos (rinsed and drained)
1 cup quick oats (I use regular rolled oats)
1/4 unsweetened applesauce
3 T canola oil
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 t baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1-1.5 cups brown sugar (I used 1 cup when I baked it)
1 cup chocolate chips (I sprinkled a handful extra across the top)

Blend everything (except chocolate chips) VERY WELL in a food processor (about 5 want this batter to be absolutely lump free to avoid bean detection by your picky eaters). 
Mix in chips.
Pour and smooth into a 10-inch springform pan. Bake @ 350 for about 30 minutes. Let stand at least 10 minutes before removing from pan. 

Serve warm (though OM liked it cold too).

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Happy Birthday Grandma May

Happy Birthday G'ma May from Owen and Fox. :)
We baked a yummy treat in your honor and made some wishes too!!

The cool part about this chocolate chip cookie cake is that it has two cans of garbanzo beans in it.
You read that right: TWO cans of g'banzo beans baby!

That girl right there is uber picky and has NO IDEA she is eating beans.
Woo hoo!

She even licked the (beany) plate clean.

And, Star woof's happy birthday too!

P.S. Today @ Trader Joes the cashier commented on all the dog food we were buying. He asked OM if they had a dog.

Maya screamed "yes, a big one named Star. She has rotten teeth so she is going to get them all pulled."

Awesome Maya. :)
Totally factual information but we would love if she would share a little less...

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Our little readers. 

Maya loves to go in her room to read.

Except she can't read.
We're not exactly sure what she's doing when she sits on her bed with her book open but she is very happy doing it. 

Owen gets so into his books sometimes that they go everywhere with him.

And a little something for you to read...
This is a note O wrote M after a recent scuffle:

Maya, I am sorry that I did that. I thought you wanted me to. But I guess not. From Owen.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

POM fritters

Cooking rut.

I've been in one...for awhile.

But tonight I made these and good ole SK pulled me out, as usual. 

If cauliflower isn't your thing then this is the recipe to make it your thing.
And you really should eat cauliflower. And pomegranates
Trust me. 

The only change I made was to add basil. I had a bag lying around and I was totally gonna make pesto with it but then I ended up combing Maya's hair instead (uber prone to rats nests) and lost my (30-minute) window of time.

I say these should have the basil. 
So, chop a few tablespoons up and add them in. 
You're totally welcome. 

Oh, I also undercooked the cauliflower (how I roll with veggie prep) so my potato masher-noodle arm combination didn't work. 

So, I ended up throwing it in the food processor for a few pulses. 

Enjoy, y'all.

Oh, and enjoy this Pink Martini video too.
Woody and I saw them play on New Year's Eve and they were totally worth the two giant blisters I got on each pinky toe after traipsing around PDX in my fancy shoes.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

More then and now...

Every year Aunt C'Sue gets OM Hanna jammies for Christmas. 
They're the best (the Hinson's and the Hanna's!)

[These are from 2007: O 2 years; M 6 months and 2012: O 7 years and M 5 years]