Delicious Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Super Delicious Black Bean Veggie Burger

Before tasting this black bean veggie burger recipe, I had basically moved veggie burgers over to my yucky food list. Most of the ones I’ve tried were mushy and had no flavor. Can you blame me?
 
This burger is none like the rest. Angela Liddon has created this recipe from fresh ingredients and spices, which add tons of flavor. Oh and no mushy meat substitutes here! You can bake this in the oven or on the grill, but I think cooking the veggie burger on the stove top gives the best result. It will help prevent the burger from drying out, which can easily happen.
 
Super Delicious Black Bean Veggie Burger
 
I love that the burger has shredded carrots, diced onions and whole beans and sunflower seeds. The ingredients give it a lot of texture. I don’t like how many veggie burgers are basically pureed ingredients that become pressed or molded into patty form!
 
Super Delicious Black Bean Veggie Burger
 
The recipe makes anywhere from 8-10 burgers. If you have leftovers the great thing about these burgers is that they can be frozen and reheated for a quick easy meal on another day!
 
If you aren’t a fan of veggie burgers, I would definitely recommend you try this recipe before you give up on them. Don’t forget to add your favorite toppings too!
 
Super Delicious Black Bean Veggie Burger
 

Christina

 
Super Delicious Black Bean Veggie Burger

Fabulous Yard Sale Finds: Tips on Buying the Best Furniture

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Moving into a new house means new furniture, right? Well before relocating from New York back to Texas we downsized and purged a lot of what was in our house. It made the move easier (and cheaper) that’s for sure. It’s crazy expensive to move cross country!

So now that we are moving into our home soon, I’ve realized we are in desperate need of a few key pieces of furniture. Ekk! It’s not like we have a stash of extra money to spend on furniture either. Basically, this is the true story of how I turned into a yard sale queen. For real!

I think furniture shopping/hunting can be really hard, especially on a tight budget! So, I’ve been getting creative and shopping yard sales, estate sales, garage sales, etc. Over the past month I’ve made some great purchases! Check out my fabulous finds. Forgive the mess and as everything is being stored in the barn for now :)

I also put together a few tips that will hopefully make your yard sale hunting more successful.

Fabulous Yard Sale Furniture: Tips for Picking the Best
 I love these chairs so much! I purchased them from a couple who acquired a bunch of furniture from an antique store that went out of business. You can’t beat 2 for $15 people! These chairs were made around the 1970’s. The wood is solid walnut and was in good condition. The fabric on the other hand… It’s funny because the man told me that I could probably get away with cleaning the fabric and that they would be good as new. Umm no thanks! That fabric is too old and dirty for me! These chairs will be getting recovered with new fabric shortly and will find a home in my living room.
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 These mid-century chairs were an awesome find too. I love the brass feet. I also paid $15 for the pair from the same couple. The vinyl is dented and dirty and the finish has rubbed off on the arms of the chairs, but these are easy fixes! I will have tutorials on this project soon. I may also paint the vinyl a different color too… not so sure just yet.
Fabulous Yard Sale Furniture
 John and I have never had a nice dining room table or space for one for that matter. We’ve always made do with a small 4 seater table in our previous homes. In the new house we have a large eat-in dining area and need a table to fit the space. I found this table and 5 chairs at a yard sale for $40 and it’s solid oak too! The only problem is that the table doesn’t have legs. Weird right? It shouldn’t be a problem for John to make some legs for the table top. So we will see how this eventually turns out.
Fabulous Yard Sale Furniture
 I purchased this table for $5. The finish is in bad shape but nothing that can’t be fixed by stripping, sanding and staining. It’s solid wood and the perfect height for a kids play table. It will be going in James’s playroom in the new house. Now I need to find some cute baby chairs!

6 Tips on Buying Yard Sale Furniture

  1. Check the bones of the furniture closely. Are there any cracks or major damage that can’t be or would be costly to repair? It’s easy to get excited about a piece, buy it and then get it home only to find it’s in poor condition.
  2. Look for solid wood pieces of furniture. Not that this is the end all be all, but they are going to hold together better and last longer than particle board furniture.
  3. Look beyond the current finish or fabric on the furniture. You can refinish wood pieces if you don’t like the color or if there are dents, scratches, etc. Then of course if refinishing isn’t an option, furniture can always be painted. Fabric covered furniture can be reupholstered (may be costly) or even painted with fabric paint (if the fabric is in good condition).
  4. Keep in mind that furniture with simple lines will be easier to refinish. If there are tons of groves in the piece it will be much harder and take longer to strip and refinish. 
  5. Don’t be afraid to negotiate on price. I’ve been approached in many situations where sellers tell me to just make them an offer, regardless of the sticker price.
  6. If you are shopping on a budget, take into consideration your costs to fix up a piece of furniture. Paint, stain, brushes, etc. cost money too. It may cost more than the furniture is worth to fix up. However, if you are absolutely in love with something then this may not really matter.

I can’t wait to show you some before and afters with my new furniture! Check back soon for more tutorials on how I transformed my furniture! Do you have any other tips for furniture shopping?

Fabulous Yard Sale Furniture

Christina

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Yummy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies

Yummy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
 
Happy Friday to all! I think this warrants a celebration! Another week of stressful house building is behind me… We are hoping to move into our new home within the month! It’s going to be a crazy time, but we are super excited for this transition before James’s first birthday and the holidays. I can’t wait for all the yummy recipes I’ll cook up in my kitchen!
 
Yummy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
 
So recently my mom has been testing out many vegetarian and vegan recipes. Here is one she shared with me and turns out everyone loved them. Chocolate chip peanut butter cookies have just topped my favorites list!

Don’t be put off that these cookies are vegan (and gluten-free too)! You would never know, trust me. Angela Liddon at Oh She Glows has this recipe perfected. The cookies are soft and chewy, which I love. That is a MUST for cookies in my opinion. I just don’t enjoy crispy cookies. The crisp taste just isn’t my thing!
 
Yummy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
 
And FYI, if you don’t have the ingredients to make the recipe as is, the eggs and milk could be easily added back into the recipe.
 
Yummy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
 
Sorry, I just couldn’t help myself! I had to taste test these right after they came out of the oven :)
 
Yummy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
 

Yummy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies
 
Have a wonderful weekend! Hopefully yours will be a little sweeter with these cookies!
 

Christina

 
Yummy Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies