Natural Egg Dye

I was being really productive the other day, sifting through Pinterest, when I came across this idea of using natural ingredients to dye easter eggs. I’ve been getting into a more ‘whole foods’ lifestyle (minus the pizza I had the other night) so this really appealed to me. I also hate the smell of vinegar so I figured if I could manage to dye eggs without that smell, why not give it a go?

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Of course instead of vinegar our kitchen smelled like beets, cabbage, and cumin for 30 minutes πŸ™‚ And there I was at the store not wanting to get an onion to make orange because I didn’t want the kitchen to smell bad. Now i know! Go big or go home!

I absolutely LOVE how they turned out! They’re so pretty and natural looking like the chickens were fed beets, cabbage, cumin, and grape juice and then they just came out like this!

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Creating the dye was simple – the grape juice is straight but the others you just boil 1 c of water for every cup of beets or cabbage. As for the cumin I boiled about a cup of water with a tablespoon of cumin. Boil for 30 minutes then strain out the chunks. Pour into cups with a capful of white vinegar, drop in an egg and let it sit!

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Next year I might try doing a greater variety like this post by Your Homebased MomΒ or even letting some dye overnight for a more vibrant natural color. This year I just figured ain’t nobody got time for that!

Happy Easter!

That’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

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Date Night at the Batting Cages

One night we were driving around Scottsdale running a few errands and Mr. Layland suggested we go to the batting cages sometime. He loves baseball and I love eating food while other people work out, so going to a baseball game together worked out pretty well the first time. I figured the batting cages could be fun!

Just a few days later he texted me “batting cages tonight?” and suddenly this feeling of dread swept over me. Why did I say yes? I’ve never been the batting cages! I’m going to be so embarrassing – the last time I used a bat was more than 10 years ago!!!

So I grew up and we went.

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Isn’t he adorable? He went first so I could see how it’s done and then I hit softballs instead baseballs. Softballs are bigger which meant less embarrassing moments for me!

I had a blast! The best part was that it makes for a super cheap date night — it’s only $1.50 for 18 pitches and about halfway through my second round I was done. We did also ride the go-carts πŸ™‚ It was a night full of firsts for me so we had to! Mr. Layland won and my little go-cart stalled on the last lap so needless to say, I didn’t win.

We had such a great night really just playing together ❀

 

So that’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!

Brownie Surprise

I’ll tell you right off – the surprise in these brownies is that you make them with black beans. I know what you’re thinking, I thought the same thing when I first heard of these too…#gross. Or something like…

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I promise, from the depths of my brownie-loving heart, that this recipe makes for some of THE best and fudgiest brownies you’ll ever have. We even put frosting on the top but I never got a picture of the final product because we ate them that fast.

Don’t judge.

Beyond the black beans it gets a little weirder – believe it or not – you add oats and honey and all sorts of non-brownie-like ingredients. Don’t knock it ’till you try it!

BLACK BEAN BROWNIES

1 1/2 C black beans (1 15-oz can, drained & rinsed!)

2 tbsp cocoa powder

1/2 C quick oats

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 C agave (honey or maple syrup also work)

1/4 C vegetable oil

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 tsp baking powder

2/3 C chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine all ingredients except for the chocolate chips into a food processor and blend it up. You might need to pause and scrape down the sides to make sure you get everything. Blend until smooth. Stir in the chips and pour into an 8×8 pan. Bake for 15-18 min.

Once the brownies are out of the oven you have three choices: leave them plain, sprinkle the top with more chocolate chips and let them melt, or make delicious chocolate frosting and load it on!

Like I said before, we went with choice #3 πŸ™‚

So that’s life with Mr. Layland & Me!