Black Bean Burger

I have eaten black bean burgers before and I am a fan.  I was pretty excited for this recipe from Tasty and had high hopes.  This recipe can also be vegan as long as you use the right oats and bun or go sans bun.

Here’s what you need:

2 cans black beans, rinsed and drained
1 onion, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots, shredded
1/2 cup quick oats
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp coriander
1/2 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste
Buns

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Heat the olive oil in a pan.  Add in your onions, garlic, salt and pepper.  Cook until the onions are translucent.

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Add in the carrots, cumin, coriander, chili powder, and cayenne pepper. Cook until the carrots are tender and remove from the heat.

In a large bowl, mash both cans of beans.  Add in the ingredients from the pan, the oats and soy sauce.  Mix until well combined.

Tasty made these into 4 patties.  You should probably do 6 if you have normal sized buns.  They also said to place patties in the freezer for 30 minutes to set but you might want to leave them in for a little longer.

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Once you are ready to cook your burgers, spray a pan and cook them on medium heat.  This literally took FOREVER.  I made Josh’s and let him start eating.  He was completely done before mine was even done cooking.  When you eat them, be prepared for crumble city.  These just fell apart all over the place.

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Overall, the burgers had great flavor.  I will probably end up using an egg or 2 the next time I make them so they hold together.  I will also make smaller burgers because they were ginormous.

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Upside down banana cake

It’s been a hot minute since I’ve written a post.  Life has been a little crazy lately with summer and trying to take time off.  But, have no fear.  My mother has not stopped posting things.

This cake recipe was shared by Tasty.  I’m telling you right now that I definitely messed this shit up.

Here’s what you need:

6-8 bananas
3 eggs
½ cup oil
½ cup granulated sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon
2 cups flour
½ cup butter
1 cup brown sugar

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First, mash 4-5 bananas in a large bowl.  They did not really specify how you would know whether you needed 4 or 5 bananas.  If they’re bigger, use less I guess.  Just wing it.

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Add in the eggs, oil, sugar and cinnamon.  Mix until everything is well incorporated.

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Add in the flour and mix until combined.

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Here’s where I messed up because their instructions aren’t great.  In a pot over low heat, melt the butter and mix in the brown sugar until it is dissolved.  They then say to raise the heat to medium and cook until it starts bubbling.  This is a lie.  You want to cook it until it cooks down a while and become a thicker caramel.  You will see why in the end.

Pour this mixture into a greased 9 x 9 pan.  Cut up your remaining bananas and line them up along the bottom of the pan right in top of the caramel. I would just cut them as you’re putting them in so you don’t cut too much up.  They don’t say how thick so just do whatever you want.

Pour your batter on top of the bananas and cook for 40-50 minutes at 350 degrees F.

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Cool the cake in the pan until the bottom is barely warm.  They say to use a knife around the sides if it needs to be loosened.  I cant even remember if I needed this.  Then you’re just supposed to put a plate on top and magically flip the cake over and it will look beautiful.

So let’s talk about what really happened.  I took the cake out and there was a puddle of caramel-ish liquid on top.  They did not show this.  As the cake cooled, it got this weird film on it and it was gross as shit.  After it cooled I was ready to flip it but there was still SOOO much liquid.  I ended up pouring out some while the cake was still in the pan and then flipped it.  Please enjoy this gross ass photo of the cake in caramel soup I ended up with.

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Now, for the taste.  I was very willing to forgive the caramel pool if this cake was good.  I took one bit and it was crazy dense and gross.  I threw the whole thing out.  There was no way it was going to be salvaged.  Another waste of time.

Check out my Instagram @yourmomsposts to see the gross video I took of the caramel pool film.  ::vomit::

 

 

5 minute curls anyone can do

Yeah, anyone who wants to waste a bunch of foil maybe.  This video from Girls Creativity shows a girl curling her hair by wrapping sections in foil, and then using a straightener to heat up each section.

Within the first 5 seconds of the video, they have the text “curly hair in less than 5 minutes” appear.  So now we went from 5 minutes, to less than 5 minutes.  I’m already calling bullshit you guys.

So the video continues with her rolling up sections of hair and wrapping foil around them.  She does this around her whole head.  It’s hard to tell exactly how many she got but it is at least 8.  Then the video says “hold hot flat iron on foil for 30 seconds.” So if you have 10 sections of hair, that’s already 5 minutes.  She then takes them out and her hair has a curl but just toward the bottom.  It gives her hair nice volume though.

Now, my turn.

Disclaimer: The pictures aren’t super great because I had to use the front facing camera on my phone because Josh wasn’t home to be my photographer.  Also, I didn’t put make up on because I was lazy.

I bought foil at the dollar store because I’m not about to use the good, name brand stuff on this project. I also only did half my head because I wanted to see how it compared to just using the straightener to curl my hair like I normally do.

So I rolled up sections of my hair around my fingers and then wrap foil around them.  That was a little difficult.  I ended up doing 5 sections.  I then took the straightener and clamped down on the foil making sure to get the whole piece.

When I was on the 4th one, the 2nd one fell right out of the foil.  After I finished I took them all out.  The first curl didn’t look too bad actually but the others weren’t great.  They failed to mention you should probably let them all cool before removing the foil. It took me just over 6.5 minutes to do just half of my head.

The pieces that I didn’t let cool didn’t even curl.  They fell flat almost immediately.

I then used my straightener and curled the other side of my head for comparison and this took me just under 6.5 minutes to do.

This was a waste of time for me.  I am definitely never doing this again.  I would love to know how that girl got her hair so perfect though.

 

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