Thursday, June 27, 2013

Letting go of control....

I am not advocating letting children run wild, with no training or direction. God gave parents the responsibility to protect and train children to grow into adults. However, I believe that this looks much different than we were led to believe.

For me, it's all about getting rid of arbitrary rules... and being more deliberate in choosing my battles. There are so many times my flesh wants to resist or correct something my LO is doing... whuch has absolutely no basis. "Why not?" is a regular mantra around here.  Why shouldn't she do XYZ... !?  Is it because it's not safe/good for her... or is it just because it annoys me/etc...?

And if it comes down to a matter of personal preference... then I usually find it's because I need to do a little heart searching. Because, even though it would be so much easier to just assert my authority, and make her do what I want...  that's not going to teach her a thing. There is no communication, there is no respect! Just because I am the parent/grownup does NOT automatically make my comfort/priorities/preferences greater or more important than hers!  And, in the end, she responds so, so SO much more positively, when I treat her with humility & the respect she deserves!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Black Bean Brownies.

These are sweet, chocotaley treat -- with a fudge-like consistency... yet don't taste at ALL like beans... and are gluten/grain-free & fairly healthy!


  • 1 (15oz) can organic black beans - rinsed & drained
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 Tbs oil (I use coconut)
  • ¼ cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • a pinch of salt
  • ¾ cup of sugar (or I've used approx ¼ cup of granulated Stevia for my non-sugar eating kiddo)
  • 1 tsp of instant coffee granules (optional)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

  • Preheat oven to 350°

  • Put beans. eggs, & oil into blender.... blend until smooth
  • Add the rest of the ingredients (excpet for chocolate chips)
  • Blend until well combined
  • Pour into a greased 8x8 pan
  • Fold in the chocolate chips or just sprinkle across the top
  • Bake  for 20-30 mins. 
  • Let cool before cutting...  Enjoy!