Tuesday, April 28, 2015

DIY Painted Terra Cotta Pots

Spring has officially arrived!  And what better way to celebrate the warmer season than with some colorful plant life. My obsession with succulents started last year when I realized I didn't have much of a green thumb and these suckers are hard to kill. 

Now that we are in the process of re-decorating my office I wanted to add a little splash of color to my walls. This is when Pinterest took a couple of hours out of my afternoon. I stumbled upon this great blog post by Oak Furniture Land, 10 DIY Pretty Plant Pots You Can Create This Weekend. Can we say the title was all I needed to read to know this was it.
After work I went straight to the store and found myself some cute little succulents and terra cotta pots. The plants were a whopping $2 each and the pots + plates were $1.40 each. I considered this a steal. 

I had left over acrylic paint and brushes from a previous antler project (I will post about it soon I promise!) As I painted I found that I preferred a bristle brush over the sponge.
Taking a note from Miss Renaissance I used washi tape (or painters tape could be used too) to section off the area I wanted gold for pot #1 and #3. The other two pots I used a metallic gold sharpie. 


Monday, April 20, 2015

Homemade Spicy Black Bean Veggie Burgers


Ingredients:
Directions:
  1. In a medium bowl, mash black beans with a fork until thick and pasty.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together eggs and Mrs Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning. 
  3. Stir the egg mixture into the mashed beans. Mix in bread crumbs until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into 10 patties.
  4. I use a griddle, heat to 375ยบ, grill each side 8 minutes (16 minutes total) 

Tips:
  • I use a 1/2 cup measuring cup to put pattie mixture into, then place onto grill. This helps me keep my patties semi-circular. 
  • I usually freeze 1/2 my batch. They freeze easily and still taste wonderful once unthawed. 
Bonus:
  • This is a very cheap and easy meal. Price per pattie break down: black beans $1.58 ($0.79 each can) + corn $1.15 + 2 eggs $0.20 ($0.10 each egg) = $4.51 / 10 patties = $0.45 each.