13 Things You Didn't Know About Me

Hello! I thought that this would be a fun time to do a different little post. A post for you to kind of get to know me, and some of the quirky things I may exhibit. In return, be sure to share your quirks too! 

  • I'm naturally, without distortion or exaggeration, exceptionally terrible at math...but somehow managed to pull the highest grade in my college physics class. Math = nonsensical, but physics = commonsense. 
  • I was prophesied to become a Veterinarian by my third grade teacher who did "profession predictions". As an adult, I know that I have a boundless love for animals, and I did go into the medical field...but I could never, ever be a vet!
  • I got into Radiology because I thought it would be the least gorey of all the medical professions. Wrong. Wrong on so many levels. I've literally been hit in the face with a blood clot and a bone fragment during surgery. In the ER, I x-rayed a hand that looked like just a bloody clump of bone and flesh (got caught in the spring of a garage door) and I've "tipped" more people than I can count...it involves your bum-bum and it's not fun. Now that I'm a Mammographer all I do mostly is boobies and that's fine by me!
  • I'm a really difficult sleeper. Ever since high school I've been sleeping with earplugs and a eyemask. I grew up on 40 acres in a rural town in Alaska...needless to say it doesn't make a lot of sense. 
  • I'm a Highly Sensitive Person. If you don't know what a highly sensitive person is, here are 16 habits of such a person. It's basically me in a nutshell. Or read a book on it here.
  • Flying is more and more terrifying the older I get and the more I really think about it. Have you thought about it? I mean really thought about it. It's an incomprehensible fall to Earth...skeezes me out big-time.  
  • I co-piloted a plane when under the age of seven. My Grandpa has planes.
  • I take the stairs instead of the elevator, as well as long or alternative routes, and use the self-checkout at the store just to avoid contact with people.
  • I have essential tremors. It's a good thing I didn't want to become a surgeon. 
  • I've never dyed or highlighted my hair (unless you count the one that washes out in eight days).
  • The coolest places I've traveled are The Galapoagas Islands and Turks & Caicos
  • I only own one pair of heels
  • Winter is my favorite season.

Candied Ginger & Blueberry Black Bean Brownies

If you're a brownie purist, these might not be for you. I know many people like their baked goods plain jane (Dad) and don't want anything in their brownies or cookies. Not judging, okay? I'm also aware of the stigma regarding black bean brownies. I, myself, have tried several different black bean brownie recipes in the past and most of them were...to put it bluntly...icktastic.

Not these. 

If slaughterhouses had glass walls, the whole world would be vegetarian.
— Linda McCartney

I'm sorry to inform you, dear readers, that you won't hear much from me in the coming two weeks. If you want to know what I'm up to, follow my Facebook, Instagram, and/or Twitter to come along on my adventures! Good times are to be had, you don't want to miss it! 

These chewy, gooey black bean brownies are studded with sweet blueberries, zesty candied ginger, and dark chocolate chunks. 

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Candied Ginger & Blueberry Black Bean Brownies
Chewy, gooey black bean brownies studded with sweet blueberries, zesty candied ginger, and dark chocolate chunks.
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed
  • ¼ cup + 3 Tbsp. cold water
  • ½ cup quick oats, dry
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 15 oz. can of black beans, rinsed well
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/3 cup agave nectar (molasses or maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup dried blueberries
  • ¼ cup candied ginger, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped dark chocolate
  • dash of flake salt for garnish (optional)
Instructions
In a small bowl, whisk together the ground flax and water. Allow to rest until ready to use. In a food processor, process the oats until the consistency of flour. Transfer to a medium bowl and whisk in the cocoa powder and salt. Add the black beans through and including the vanilla, as well as the flax mixture, to the food processor and process until the black beans are completely pulverized and smooth. Preheat oven to 375 F and coat a 9 x 9 inch baking dish with a nonstick cooking spray.Transfer the bean mixture into a large bowl and slowly add in the oat mixture, stirring to combine. Stir in the blueberries, ginger, and dark chocolate. Pour the batter into the baking dish and bake at 375 F for about 30-35 minutes, until the top of the brownies feel set. Allow them to cool for at least 15 minutes before cutting into them. Sprinkle with flake salt. Store in the fridge.
Details
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 16

Dutch Word of The Day

Blueberry --> bosbes (bose-bess)

Good Deed of The Day

Today's deed is a little different...it's to help me! Please let me know your favorite vegan fare in Ohio. Or your favorite vegan goodies from either Whole Foods and/or Trader Joes. Or any calming or fun activities to do on the plane. Especially if you're skeezed out by flying. 

Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers

These are my new favorite burgers.

They are absolutely amazing. Perfect texture? Check. Sweet and spicy? Check. Super healthy? Check. I know there are a scrillion-bajillion sweet potato burger recipes out there, however, with buddies like maple, chipotle, pecans, and oats these guys are truly unique. An epic fall flavor combination, if I do say so myself. 

Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.

You'll see a departure from my usual photography in future posts. During Alaskan winters it gets dark at about 4 pm. Thus, dusty artificial lights and lamps are summoned from the closet, hiding from the midnight sun of the summer.

It's kind of fun to play around with lighting. I'm not terribly experienced with lights, but luckily Todd is very fluent in these things. He helped me capture the spotlight effect for these photographs. I hope you enjoy the seasonal style! 

It is better to walk alone, than with a crowd going in the wrong direction.
— Diane Grant
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.

These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.

Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.

Taking advantage of the last bit of sun!

Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
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Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers
These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Ingredients
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes (about 1lb. 10 oz.), diced small
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced small
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 1 ½ cups quick cooking oats, dry
  • ¼ cup pecans, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp. chipotle chili powder
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 8 hamburger buns
Instructions
In a medium saucepan, add the diced sweet potatoes and cover with water. Add a dash of salt and bring to a boil over high heat. Then, reduce to low and simmer for about 15 minutes until very tender. Drain and set aside for later.In a medium frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium-low. Add the onion and garlic and sauté for about 10 minutes, until the onions are brown and fragrant. In a large bowl, add the oats, through and including the pepper. Whisk well to combine. Add the boiled sweet potatoes and the onion mixture as well as the maple syrup. Using a wooden spoon, mash the sweet potatoes and mix everything together very well. Preheat oven to 400 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Coat your hands with a nonstick cooking spray and form the burger mix into eight large patties. Arrange on the baking sheet in a single layer. Bake at 400 F for about 45 minutes, turning the patties over halfway through. Once done, remove from oven and allow to rest for about 5-10 minutes. This will set the patties. Serve hot, with BBQ sauce! Freeze the leftovers for a quick meal later.
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Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 8 burgers
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.
Produce On Parade - Chipotle Maple Sweet Potato Burgers - These perfectly textured vegan, sweet potato burgers have a hint of maple sweetness and a smoky chipotle kick.

Dutch Word of The Day

Maple --> esdoorn (es-doren)

Good Deed of The Day

Perdue has been forced to remove "humanely raised" labels from it's packaged chicken flesh. "..undercover investigations have shown that Perdue's chickens are raised in a space the size of a sheet of paper, crammed with others so tightly that they suffer broken bones that go untreated, and are placed in sheds that reek of ammonia." Who would support such atrocities? It's really mind-boggling. Read more about it here