Black Bean Torta

From Thug Kitchen:

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayonnaise (preferably Just Mayo brand; may substitute regular mayonnaise)
  • 2 tablespoons sauce from a can of chipotles en adobo, or more as needed (may substitute your favorite chipotle-flavored hot sauce)
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ground ancho chile powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 cups cooked or canned no-salt-added black beans (from two 15-ounce cans, drained and rinsed)
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade or no-salt-added vegetable broth (see related recipe)
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt, or more as needed
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 6 kaiser rolls, split and toasted
  • Small romaine lettuce leaves
  • Flesh of 1 medium avocado, sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, cored and sliced
  • 1 small red onion, sliced

Whisk together the mayonnaise and the 2 tablespoons of adobo in a small bowl until smooth. Taste, and add adobo as needed.

Heat the oil in a large, deep skillet or soup pot over medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until it starts to turn golden, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic, ancho chili powder and cumin; cook for 30 seconds.

Stir in the beans, broth and the 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium-low so the mixture is barely bubbling. Use a potato masher or large spoon to smash as many of the beans as you can, leaving the mixture chunky. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the mixture becomes very thick, 15 to 20 minutes. Stir in the lime juice, and turn off the heat. Taste, and add salt as needed.

To make the tortas, layer on the bottom halves of the toasted rolls, in the following order: some of the chipotle mayo, the romaine lettuce leaves, a good portion of the beans, the avocado, tomato and red onion. Smear the toasted sides of the top halves with the remaining chipotle mayo. Serve immediately.



4th Annual Cookies and Cocktails- Lemon Swig Cookies & Upside down Pineapple cake

That time of year again folks! Where we have the cookies and cocktails party! It was a great time and people really came out with some good cookies. This year we did trophies which made it all the more funner. ( i can use the word funner because it is my blog). The winners get to keep the trophies for a year, return them next year to pass onto next contestant winner. My new cricut machine helped me make awesome decorations for the party which were not photographed :(.

This year I made Lemon Swig Cookies! 

  • 1 Cup Butter, softened
  • ¾ C Vegetable Oil
  • 1¼ C Sugar (plus ¼ cup reserved)
  • ¾ C Powdered Sugar
  • 2 T Water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 2 Eggs
  • ½ t Baking Soda
  • ½ t Cream of Tarter
  • 1 t Salt
  • 5½ C Flour
  • Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting:
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese,
  • softened
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 5 cups confectioners’ sugar
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine flour, baking soda, cream of tarter, and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, vegetable oil, sugar (1¼ C), powdered sugar, and water. Add in lemon juice and lemon zest.. Add in eggs.
  3. Slowly add in flour mixture until combined. Roll the dough into golf sized balls and place onto a non stick cookie sheet.
  4. To give the cookies their signature rough edge, dip the bottom of a glass into the reserved ¼ cup sugar and press onto the cookie ball to flatten the cookie. You still want the cookie to be thicker so don’t press them to thin.
  5. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until the bottom is lightly brown. The cookies stay soft so do not over bake.
  6. To make the lemon cream cheese frosting: Beat cream cheese, butter, lemon juice, lemon zest, and vanilla together until smooth and fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar. Beat until creamy

Upside Pineapple Cake Cocktail

I had this at a chinese restaurant once and I wanted to make it for the occasion!

  • Pineapple Juice
  • Cake Vodka
  • Malibu Rum
  • Grenadine
  • Ice
  1. Use a tall drinking glass and fill ⅓ full with ice.
  2. Add a double shot of Cake Vodka.
  3. Add a single shot of the Malibu Rum.
  4. Fill glass with Pineapple Juice.
  5. Pour a bit of Grenedine over the top. The red should float to the bottom & the drink will actually resemble pineapple upside down cake.
  6. Enjoy :)

Dying Polyester Curtains- it can be done!

Another curtain project… I really wanted curtains for my classroom without spending a lot of money. I searched everywhere, Facebook yard sales for orange curtains. ( I have a Dr. Seuss theme going on in my room).
I also need to add that I HATE curtains. They are so expensive and its so hard to pick the correct one.
I found white curtains at this place in my town Called Big Value Outlet. 3.99 a panel which was perfect for my budget. I figured I would bring them home and Dye them, I’ve dyed shoes before how hard could it be?
When I picked up Orange RIT dye at the store I found that all of them said not suitable for polyester. OF COURSE the curtains I purchased were 100% polyester.Turns out you can’t dye polyester because its plastic fibers that wont take on dye. I quickly googled how to possibly dye Polyester and found some ways. I love a good challenge.
I needed somewhere to dye all of these curtains because well, I’m afraid to ruin my mothers tub. I bought a plastic bin from Target, which the dye did not affect so I later used it as storage in my classroom. I also did this project outside with the hose. First thing you need to make a dye successful is Rubbing Alcohol. One part alcohol to 7 parts water. It also says to use very hot water to try and melt the fibers. I couldn’t do this because I was using the hose outside. I stirred curtains occasionally.
I think what really worked is how long I dyed the curtains for. I left them outside in their dye for over 24 hours. ( with a lid). I left them in full sun in hopes that the sun would heat the water. The problem when dying polyester I find is that the shade of color is going to be very light. Lucky for me that’s what I wanted.
When I took the curtains out to try, I laid them flat on the floor. This created puddles of water and made a tie-dye effect or marble effect. If you do not want this effect I suggest hanging them up so the extra water drips out of the curtains. Whatever you DO NOT wash them.
Once they are dry I took a hot iron and ironed every curtain panel. I still have not washed the curtain and I am not sure how they would hold up if they were washed. BUT I did read about the dye rubbing off on hands and whatever you placed polyester on. That did not happen to me! The dye seems pretty permanent.
The curtains are a beautiful color and I am so happy!


Honey Garlic Chicken

I have the worst luck with making chicken, I don’t know what it is, This sauce came out thick like weird molasses candy, and I just felt so unhealthy eating it. Not sure If I will make it again, but happy I tried it.


  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut crosswise in half
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 large eggs, beaten

For sauce:

  • 1/2 cup honey, or more, to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • In a medium saucepan over medium high heat, combine honey, garlic and soy sauce. In a small bowl, combine cornstarch and 1/4 cup water. Stir mixture into the saucepan until thickened, about 1-2 minutes; set aside.
  • Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, thyme, oregano, paprika and cayenne pepper.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Working one at a time, dredge chicken in flour mixture, dip into eggs, then dredge in flour mixture again, pressing to coat.
  • Working in batches, add chicken to the skillet, 2 or 3 at a time, and cook until evenly golden and crispy, about 3-4 minutes on each side. Transfer to a paper towel-lined plate.
  • Serve immediately with honey garlic sauce.

Funfetti Goey Bars

My boyfriend loves all things funfetti and cake batter so I made these for valentines dinner in a heart shaped pan and he couldn’t get enough of them! Thank you! 


  • 1 yellow cake mix
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 2/3 cup sprinkles, divided
  • 1/2 cup (from a 14 ounce can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9” pan with foil and spray liberally with cooking spray.
  2. Add cake mix, butter, and egg to the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Mix until a thick dough forms. Add 1/3 cup sprinkles and stir until incorporated.
  3. Press about 2/3 of the dough into the bottom of the prepared pan. Sprinkle with white chocolate chips and remaining 1/3 cup sprinkles. Pour sweetened condensed milk over the top. Separate remaining dough into small balls and evenly space over the top of the bars. Press down to flatten.
  4. Bake bars for about 30 minutes, or until they just begin to brown. Cool completely before slicing, otherwise the mixture will be too gooey to cut.

The All American Pie

I found this recipe on pinterest and I chose it because I wanted a different take on the classic red white and blue desserts but something still red white and blue. This was fun to make and easy! I wish that I didn’t have to use pie filing because I have strong feelings against it. BUT it is the only way to obtain the visual that you want. Thank you for the inspiration!


  • Cherry Filling
  • Blueberry Filling
  • Ready made Pie Crust
  • Fresh Blueberries
  • Fresh Strawberries

For stripes part of pie mix cherry filling with free sliced strawberries.  For the “stars” portion mix  a can of blueberry pie filling and about a 1/4 cup of fresh blueberries.

Create a corner with tin foil so that fillings do not mix together. This creates clean lines, to see both red and blue. I removed the tinfoil and then added some stars and stripes,

Bake  at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes then turn the oven down to 375 degrees and continue baking for 45 minutes or until golden brown.


Pineapple Banana Bread

Its been a while since a recipe has disappointed me, so I guess it was time. This is advertised as a ” Moist Banana Bread” and in search of the perfect Banana Bread I figured I would try it. I followed the recipe exactly so I am not sure what happened, It tasted alright but was not moist.

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup mashed ripe banana
  • 1/3 cup drained crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. In a bowl, cream butter and sugar. Beat in eggs. Stir in banana, pineapple and coconut. Combine dry ingredients; stir into creamed mixture just until combined. Spoon into a greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pan.
  2. Bake at 350-f degrees for 65-70 minutes or until bread test done.
  3. Cool in pan 10 minutes; remove to a wire rack.


My totally awesome 90’s party!

This year I was turning 25. I wanted to do something fun and different. Since I am always head of the party curve I decided to throw a 90’s party. Not many of them have been thrown, it’s all about the 80’s right now, but pretty soon everyone will follow suit with a good 90’s party. This means I had to come up with my own decorations. I googled and pinterested everything 90’s I could, and there isn’t much out there!! (and yes I planned my own party because I have control issues)

Since I was born in 1990 it is the first decade I have lived all the way through. So the 90s  memorabilia was different from maybe what other 90’s memorabilia someone may have. It was a greater portion of my childhood the 90s, and when people arrived at the party I wanted them to feel like they stepped back into their childhood. Most of the things I had were children centered.

First thing to throwing a party is WHERE?  I went on and found a house that was reasonably priced and was willing to let me host a party. (hard to find). It was on Cape Cod so it was the off-season; I thought it would be nice to people to be able to get away for the weekend. I calculated how many people would go, and then divided that number by the price, it came out to 30 $ per person per night. Can’t be beat!

I read all those buzzfeed articles about 90s toys, 90s clothes. The first step I took was to go through my own things,  I found my 90’s beanie babies collection. SCORE! I picked a few because I couldn’t possibly bring them all. I found an old polly pocket J. My happiest find was old NSYNC magazine clippings I once had taped to my wall. Next step was to raid friend’s attics. My best friends grandmother had a WORKING furby. Along with Toss across, twister, nickelodeon magazine, and a stuffed pickachu. One of my friends had a working bop it!


Next step was to turn to Ebay for the things I couldn’t find around. I purchased so many little cheap things, Floppy Disk’s for coasters. I bought toys on eBay that I couldn’t find in my closet or friends, sky dancers! Extra posters, I needed some Brittney Spears and some more NSYNC. Those pesky pogs that nobody knew what to do with! I also bought cassette tapes that I made decorations with.


Can you see the banner in this picture? Also a few small 90s images.

To make cassette tape decoration I used neon spray paint I had hanging around my house, the kind dads use for construction things. I spray painted them different colors and then strung them on a string I made a few to put around the house, it was super simple!

I also had a few purchases to make from Michaels. One essential, fuzzy posters. I had them hanging around the house so people could color them at their leisure. This was a hit. I also bought gel pens and blank cards so people could make me birthday cards with gel pens :). also! some 90s feel temporary tattoos


Amazon- I purchased a few things from amazon such as neon table clothes, neon plastic ware, and neon happy birthday napkins. I also found a pound of warheads from there too! (Anyone want a warhead? I few hundred left over)

To make my 90’s photobooth I had purchased 90’s fabric from Etsy. I had my friend who is a graphic designer make silly signs people could hold up. They said things like ” Hit me baby one more time,” “Getting jiggy with it,” ” Alll that” “Boo ya” Other various funny signs. I set up my camera on tri-pod to make it really authentic, the pictures came out so funny, and it made it easy to set a self timer and to get everyone in the booth.


I printed a few images from online to have little touches around the house, an imagine that said I love the 90’s and the bayside tigers image from Saved by the Bell.z,


I went through old photo albums and found pictures of me from the 90’s. I tried to find the most ridiculous ones. I matted them with neon paper. I use the di-cut machine at work and cut out letters that said ” The 90’s were good to me.” This was a fun personal touch to have!


I had old dry erase boards laying around the house and found an old easel. I bought colored expo markers. We played the old game “M.A.S.H.” on it all weekend. We also used it for 90’s trivia, I got the questions for it here.


Party favors: Again Ebay killed it with this. I bought in bulk Tie-dye snap bracelets and press on earrings. Everybody had press on earrings as a kid. This was a fun thing to wear during the party and I let them take them home!

The T.V. the entire weekend never played anything but the 90’s. I really wanted people to feel like they were truly in the 90’s. We watched early seasons of boy meets world, Mrs. Doubtfire, Free Willy, Matilida and Shawshank redemption.

As for the music, I googled every article about good 90s music and spent hours downloading songs onto my Ipod, the playlist when it was finished was 5 and half hours. Its a crucial part of the 90s atmosphere.

I made sure that my party had a hash tag, to be used for any pics posted for the weekend and that made it all the more fun! Check it out #lindseys90s25th

The food: I had warheads, ring pops (purchased at Sams) capri suns! Who knew that capri sun would be so good with vodka. I wanted dunk aroos but they were impossible to find, and I dont think that pinterest dip tastes anything like it.


The cake: this recipe is literally from Nickleodeon magazine.


Savers: Killed it. Even though it was from 2000 you know I actually found a BOXED J.C. Chaze no strings attached doll? The VHS were 99 cent each, and buy 5 get one free. I used the VHS for decoration because the house didn’t have VHS player. 11035502_10203854300698304_4010608610486538750_nThe biggest requirement of all for a 90’s party is ensuring that everyone dresses 90s. This was without a doubt the best part!! I bought most of my clothes from savers. I found socks with lace around the ankle at payless. I found jelly shoes on ebay and I regret every buying from this company. Horrible customer service. I found my scrunchies and butterfly clips on ebay as well.

Overall this was an amazing party and I know we will be talking about it for years to come!


Baked Hummus Spinach Dip

Here is a recipe I got from Lo Bosworth. Were BFFLs!!! jk I wish, I just follow her on instagram. This recipe is great because its a healthy alternative to other dips and it kind of tastes like some sort of artichoke dip.


  • 7 oz container of Sabra Hummus ( I used garlic because I love garlic)
  • 2 cups of fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cups plain yogurt
  • 2 Garlic cloves
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • Stacy’s Pita Chips ( I used triscuits)


  1. Put Spinach and garlic n food processor and pulse until garlic has been diced and spinach is small.
  2. Mix together yogurt and egg in a bowl.
  3. Combine all ingredients, and place into oven safe dish.
  4. Drizzle top with olive oil.
  5. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes

I over baked mine because I thought I would see some sort of bubble or browning, neither one happen! So definitely keep it in for 25 minutes and trust that it is ready :)