I’ve been on a Pinterest kick lately. The super visual social media site has been addicting fans for a while now, but it didn’t quite catch me until I started planning for my apartment-to-be. Now I’m plastering boards with messages of inspiration, recipes, decor ideas, DIY projects and ways to deal with my hair/nails/other. It’s also how I keep track of social media ideas, tips and best practices for my clients.
I like how supportive the community is, especially since I am neither a chef, nor a decorator, nor particularly hands-on. So it’s time to do what I do best: kick myself in the butt until I learn. That means along with my day job, grad work, music lessons and occasional couch-to-5K workouts, I’m adding a 365 Pinterest Challenge: to try 365 new ideas I find on Pinterest.
Date night outfits? Floral centerpiece? Midnight comfort food or Sunday morning brunch? I’m on it.
The idea for this started with my first success:
A black bean brownie recipe from Heather Nolan at MMM…isForMommy.
My Legendary Black Bean Brownies (aka Stop or My Mom Will Toot!)
Adapted from Allrecipes
1 19oz (540ml) can black beans, well rinsed and drained
3 large eggs
3 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1/4 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup white sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp instant espresso
1/4 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
Her directions are so easy, which is why I fell in love in the first place: rinse and drain the beans, throw everything except the chips in the blender, whip it up, pour it out, sprinkle the chips on top and bake in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
So easy even I could do it, and this was my end result:
I can’t even hide how proud I am of those brownies! Super moist and delicious- I even got a high-five of approval from my dad (long-time restaurateur and pastry aficionado). My family and friends (and friend’s daughter) ate them up. Definitely doing this again!