Monday, April 29, 2013

The Secret's Out

I have been posting a series of related recipes these last few days. There is one similarity between the seemingly random dishes. Have you guessed it? You have one last chance before I reveal the surprise.
 
 
What do all these have in common? They give away the destinations of the places I will be visiting this summer during my trip to Europe.
 
Yes, Europe! I am so excited. It was a graduation gift from my parents. My mom and I will be going on a ten day trip starting on my 18th birthday to 4 European cities. I have been able to plan out the whole thing, and I am so excited. Here's a brief itinerary:
 
  • 3 days in Basel, Switzerland, home to Erasmus and a ton of museums
  • 2 days and one night in Freiburg, Germany, part of the Black Forest
  • 2 days in Strasbourg, France, home to the European parliament
  • 2 days in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where we will be taking a bike tour
I am too excited for words about this trip! I chose the first three cities because of their proximity to each other. They are all on the border between Switzerland, Germany, and France. My dad suggested we see Amsterdam since he has traveled there on a business trips and loves it. I'll will be sure to post more on this later.
Now on to some completely unrelated things.

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This card was fun to make. It uses a bunch of different shapes and colors to achieve a spectacular look. The following recipe is also super fun. I love to make anything using the blender. These navy beans come together perfectly with big chocolate chunks to make this delicious treat.
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Chocolate Chip Navy Bean Blondies
½ cup dry navy beans
2 tbsp applesauce
1 ½ tbsp maple syrup
½ cup sugar
½ tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp salt
¼ cup oatmeal
2 tbsp chia seeds
½ tsp vanilla extract
2-3 tbsp chocolate chips

Let the navy beans soak in water for 4 hours. Bring them to a boil for 8 minutes and then let them cool. Blend the oatmeal and chia seeds into a flour. Add all the other ingredients except the chocolate chips and blend until well mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips. Oil a 4” X 4” baking dish. Pour in the batter and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

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