4.22.2014

BLACK BEAN BROWNIES

 
Prepare to have your mind blown and life changed.
 
Yesterday I happened to have the Dr. Oz show playing in the living room while I was in my office. Only half listening my ears perked up when they started talking about brownies - in typical Dr. Oz fashion, black bean brownies. A quick google search later I had printed this recipe from The Minimalist Baker. (I ended up adapting it heavily. My recipe isn't vegan among other changes.)
 
After tasting the batter, then binge eating it, I knew I was on to something orgasmic. It tasted just like the Duncan Hines box mix that I'm accustom too - but better as it was fudgier. I  made these suckers just this morning - so they're hot off the press and I'm on a brownie high. (Though that could be the weed I put in them.) I told you I made adaptations!!
 

Ingredients
-15oz can black beans, well rinsed and drained
-2 eggs
-3 T olive oil
-3/4 cup cocoa powder
-1/2 tsp sea salt
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1/2 cup (and a pinch extra) sugar
-1 1/2 tsp baking powder
-Crushed almonds for topping (obvi optional)

Instructions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Grease 12 slot muffin pan
3. Throw everything (minus almond topping) in food processor and pulse it til its the normal consistency of brownie batter
4. Eat tons of the batter - it's amazing!!!!
5.Distribute batter into muffin tin (Mine only made 10 muffins)
6.Top with almonds.
7.Bake for 25 minutes.
8. Let cool for 30 minutes before removing from pan


Has anyone tried these before? Or plan on trying them now?


 
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4.21.2014

Weekend Update: Easter Edition

Easter came and went and we embraced the holiday fully.
Easter baskets? Nailed it.
Easter Egg hunt? Obviously. 
Church? Radio silence.........

I suppose we could be accused of enabling Macy's Elmo addiction. Better Elmo then Ecstasy or something. Parenting is all about perspective people. Write that down.

Yes!!!! Who Wore it Best - Easter edition!
 
Cousins.
Wayfair graciously sent us this sprinkler which we debuted with this weekend.
I've got more Wayfair fun in the works so get real excited.
 
Not this excited though.
 
I got a new suit from an uber fancy store called Targé.  Be my twin and buy it here.
 
Danny drinking and cooking with beer like the true alcoholic he is.
 
Booker had auditions for the Love Boat this weekend so he was a little preoccupied. 
JK - Book is recovering from a recent surgery. He'll be fine though and can resume a normal dog life in which he doesn't look ridiculous.
 

And now the comments! Talk to me!


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4.18.2014

MY DREAM EASTER BASKET

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Easter has always been a "meh" holiday to me but  its much more exciting now that we have Macy aka "The Beast". I'm so excited to slip on her Easter dress and send her on a Easter egg hunt. Plus we'll be spending it with Nicholas. And because the best way to celebrate Jesus's resurrection is by reflecting on material items, here is the rundown of my dream Easter basket.
 
1. Garance Dore (who I got to hear speak at Alt Summit! eek!) has a new line with Rifle Paper.
 
2. Nars Lip Pencils - I've been eyeing them to long. I just need to buy one all of them.
 
3. Garden Collection Iphone cases - They are EVERYTHING.. There are 8 versions to choose from at Moorea Seal.
 
5. New Balance shoes - I haven't bought new workout shoes in years. Probably because I haven't worked out in years.
 
6. The Madwoman in the Volvo - I read a personal essay by this author in Bazar last night and loved her voice. Plus her book is a memoir which is 99.9% of what I read. And its about menopause - I'm livin that dream girlfriend!
 
 
Have a great holiday weekend everyone!
Muah! ~Megan
 


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4.17.2014

Color Association

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Yesterday Macy and her nanny were at Lowes. While her nanny, Wanda, was carefully inspecting what to buy, Macy stood next to her closely examining the father and son duo approaching. As they came closer it became evident to both Wanda and Macy that this little boy, perhaps age 5, had the reddest hair known to man. Fire engine red.

Macy, confident that she innately understood this situation despite her 1.5 years in age, locked eyes with this boy, pointed directly at him so not to be mistaken with anyone else in the aisle, and screamed bloody murder, "ELMO!!!!".

Wanda, being the retired kindergarten teacher that she is, told Danny that this toddler thought process is called "color association". She also mentioned that this boy will need extensive therapy.


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4.16.2014

MY FAVORITE ARTIST

While many admire the works of Picasso or Van Gogh or even more contemporary creators like Andy Warhol, my favorite artist of all time is a chic named Linda. Linda lives in San Antonio, is possibly the sweetest person I know, and has an etsy shop called Though Very Humble.
 

I read Linda's blog for a while so when I saw her at a blogging event for the first time I was starstruck and intimidated to talk to her. After seeing her at a few more events, however, I realized she was the nicest human ever and now I think we're friends. I don't know - we'll see if she likes this post.

While I love Linda's prints, penmanship pieces, and what she calls her "hip hip hoorays" (invitations), her portraits are what I'm really obsessed with and often buy them as wedding presents for friends. 

For example, this is my friend Lucy whose wedding I recently attended. Last week Linda finished Lucy's wedding portrait. My favorite part is the purple necklace that Lucy's groom is wearing in the picture. Everyone at the wedding was wearing them on the dance floor and I feel like it captures the spirit of the night.

This couple is called Megan and Danny. They are pretty cool. A few years ago they modeled in a style shoot for BHLDN and Linda drew this cameo style portrait accordingly. Again, I want to stress how cool Megan and Danny are.


These are our friends Paul and Rosa!!! Fun fact about Rosa - she was an integral part of Danny and my courtship. I can honestly say Rosa and Jaegarbombs are two huge reasons  Danny and I are together today.  


Aww. This was my buddy Meaghan (hi Meags!) who I worked with when I was a recruiter in Chicago. Meaghan went on to work at a McKinsey Consulting, a super prestigious firm that Chelsea Clinton once worked at. My career path is obviously equally distinguished and perhaps best illustrated by yesterday's post where I wrote beautifully about getting drunk in New Orleans.

Alright, go check out Linda's shop! Ready, Set, Go!


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4.15.2014

HOLA FROM NOLA

My extended family has developed a tradition in which when someone turns 30 they plan a destination "birthday party" and the majority of the family shows up to celebrate your ascendant into middle age. It was my brother's turn this weekend and so "The Halpins" (my maiden name) made a pilgrimage to The Big Easy.
 
The weekend started off with wedding dress shopping for my brother's fiancé, Julianna. Having been out the night before, our 10:30 appointment at the lavish bridal store was  rough. In fact, "someone" (I won't name names - on the blog anyway! I'm more than happy to reveal the identity via text!), may have thrown up in the bridal store bathroom.

My cousins Jessie (left) and Kim who are part of my heart.

This is us indulging bridezilla Julianna in what she was calling "her day".
 
I made everyone stop at Sucre for macaroons and gelato because I read that Jay Z and Beyoncé had been before.
Only in New Orleans! That's my mom on the left! JK, obviously. She's on the right!

And somehow after 48 long hours of partying, the main event -my brothers actual party - rolled around. He had rented a balcony off Bourbon Street so that we could throw beads to the people (and in one interesting case, a cop!) below. (It was actually the same venue as this should you recall.)

I have very few pictures from the night that are blog appropriate. Nobody needs to see a bunch of people in their 30's grinding - especially when so many of them are related to one another.

Happy 30th RyRy.

Annnnd my favorite picture of the trip.
It doesn't really need explanation, right?

 
Now - for some announcements.

-Did you enjoy this post? I just posted more NOLA pictures from the weekend on my facebook page!

- I'm going to be on the wagon for a while. Drinking is for sinners.

- Family and fellow NOLA party goers - I'm going to make a movie of our trip because that's apparently my new hobby. Danny's just glad I'm no longer trying to play the piano "by ear". Email /text me pics that I should include. Make sure I look pretty and skinny in them otherwise your effort will be in vein.




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4.11.2014

MACY THE GYMNAST

As many of you know, Macy is in gymnastics. I was recently approached by myself to make the following documentary about her flourishing career. Please enjoy and we'll see you in the Rio for the 2016 Olympic games.
 




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