Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Flourless Black Bean Brownie Recipe

I have had more time to try various recipes this summer. Here is a 100% flourless Black Bean Brownie recipe that we are enjoying. I modified this 3 times from another recipe, and this batch came out the best. Hope you like it. 

Cake-like Black Bean Brownies 
  • 3 cups of strained and cooked black beans (equals 2 cans of cooked black beans) 
  • 3 eggs (you can double the flax egg substitute below for vegan) 
  • 3 T of ground flaxseed gelled with 7.5 T of filtered water 
  • 1/2 c Organic Cocoa Powder 
  • 2 t Vanilla extract 
  • 1 t baking powder (corn free baking powder recipe
  • 2 pinches pink salt 
  • 1 c Organic sugar 
  • 1/2 t Organic Stevia powder 
  • 6 T Organic Extra Virgin Olive oil or Virgin Coconut oil
Mash the black beans in a food processor with oil, Vanilla extract, gelled flax seed, and egg.  Add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth.  Pour into a rectangular greased pan and bake in the oven a 350 degrees F until the surface of the brownie begins to crack, approximately 30-35 minutes. Let the brownies cool completely before serving. The black bean taste can be strong when they are fresh out of the oven. The bean taste will mellow even further if you refrigerate the brownies.

We get our Organic Cocoa Powder, Vanilla for making Vanilla extract, and Organic Stevia at Mountain Rose Herbs.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Plastic Free July Giveaway: Win 2 Vanilla Lavender Shampoo Bars from Aquarian Bath


Aquarian Bath is giving away 2 Vanilla Lavender Shampoo bars to one winner in honor of Plastic Free July.  You can use the easy rafflecopter form below to enter.  Enter through the end of the month. The winner will be announced August 1st. Can't wait to try one of our bars? Use the coupon code "plasticfreejuly" at AquarianBath.com through the end of the month for 15% off your purchase.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Tom Renick Park Plastic Free July Beach Clean Up Photos


Thank you from Aquarian Bath to everyone who came out to our Plastic Free July, Two Hands 30 minutes beach clean  up at Tom Renick Park yesterday.  We were almost rained out, and the skies were very dark but we just had a light splattering of rain for about 10 minutes and then it cleared up nicely.  I heard from at least 10 people who said they didn't join, because the weather looked threatening, so we are thinking to host another event like this before the end of the month, either in Ormond Beach or Daytona Beach. Please post and leave a comment if you would like to join with time and place suggestions.  The week of July 20 has been suggested so far.  I will post back with a comment if we come up with a time and place. 

Looking really dark before the event. Photo by Scott Johnson

Two of the Burley guys picking up along the beach.  There was so much fireworks waste!  I didn't realize that so any of theme were made with plastic components. Photo by Marianne Burley 
We brought re-usable gloves instead of disposables.

The results from our pick up!  Some of it was beer bottles and beer cans. What I picked up the most of was was bits of plastic wrappers, bottles, cigarette butts, and fireworks.





Moira using the long arm trash picker above the dunes. 

Starting the raffle!  Five winners received various plastic free prize packs, some of which included shampoo bars, deodorant, lotion bars, lip balms,  bamboo tooth brushes, and tooth powder.  As I told the group, the clear bags we used to package the items are made from Cellophane which is an easily compostable and biodegradable wood product. Maybe someday they will be made from hemp!  The cellophane bags come from a specialty supplier in Oregon called PakSel.  I accidentally stated SKS here, which is a bottle supplier.  Photo by Brooks "The Wooden Bee" Busby.



Sunday, June 21, 2015

Relearn Walking and Sitting for a Healthy Spine

My friend shared Esther Gokhale's work with me recently. She is teaching people in this video how to walk by looking at young children, ancient art, and people from non westernized cultures. Her work is well-researched and easy to try. I love her suggestions, because it feels like a more natural way to sit and walk. I have always not felt right about advise along the lines of 'sit up straight,' 'pull your shoulders back,' and 'tuck in your pelvis.' Esther explains why that doesn't work, and she shows you a better way. This video also helped me understand why I hate the bucket seats in sedans so much also.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Plastic Free July Beach Clean Up at Tom Renick Park July 6th


Aquarian Bath will run a “Two Hands” clean up at Tom Renick Park, A1A Ormond by the Sea, Ormond Beach, Florida 32176 on Monday July 6, 2015 at 5:30 P.M. for Plastic Free July 2015. To join the clean up, arrive at Tom Renick Park by 5:30 PM. All you need are some gardening gloves. Get a raffle ticket when you start at 5:30. After the beach clean up we will have a look at what we found, take a photo, talk about what the Plastic Free July event is all about, and plastic alternatives. The raffle drawing will be at 6:30 for one $50 prize and five $10 prizes from AquarianBath.com. Participants can get an extra raffle ticket by bringing a bag of trash they picked up from the roadside on the way to this beach event. You can RSVP to the facebook event page if you like.

Plastic Free July is aimed at raising awareness of the amount of single-use plastic in our everyday lives. You would be amazed how much tiny plastic material can be found along the edge of the beach, and it is not healthy for birds and ocean health.
A “Two Hands” clean up takes the spirit of huge national and international clean up days and brings it back to the individual. The concept is using your two hands for thirty minutes to clean up your world.
Around 20,000 people across the world have completed a two hands clean up which initiated in Fremantle, Western Australia.
To join the Plastic Free July challenge visit www.plasticfreejuly.org.