Remember the story of Jack and the beanstalk? Jack didn’t have it all wrong; beans truly are a magical ingredient!  Here are two super easy and incredibly delicious recipes for your next party with an added bonus – beans make them healthy too!  The beauty of the salsa recipe is that you can modify the ingredients to customize to your liking, and it will still taste great. Serve with tortilla chips, pita chips or make a wrap. These Black Bean Brownies are low in fat, high in fiber and protein. No one will guess your secret ingredient is actually black beans.  Although it sounds unusual that no eggs or oil are used in this recipe, your brownies will surprisingly come out rich and fudgy.  Spread a little all natural peanut butter on top for an extra protein kick.  Now that’s how you satisfy your craving for something sweet and salty! 

 Southwestern Salsa with Black Beans and Corn


1 1/2 teaspoons cumin seeds*

2 (15-ounce) cans black beans, rinsed and drained

1 (151/4 ounce) can whole kernel corn, drained

1 red pepper, minced

1 small purple onion, minced (1 cup)

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley

1/3 cup lime juice

1/2 cup olive oil

3 cloves garlic, crushed

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Toast cumin seeds in a skillet over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes or until brown and fragrant, stirring often.  Combine cumin seeds, black beans, and remaining ingredients; toss well. Cover and store in refrigerator for up to 1 week. This recipe makes about 6 cups, if it’s more than you need you may cut the recipe in half. (*We chose to omit the cumin seeds from the recipe.)

Recipe obtained from The Ultimate Southern Living Cookbook

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 Pair with Skinny Girl Mojito, garnish with fresh mint.

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Black Bean Brownies


15 ounce can black beans

19.5 ounce box chocolate brownie mix


Open can of beans, drain and rinse well.  Put beans back in the can and fill can with water.  Put beans and water in blender, that is one of the best juicers, until smooth.   Mix pureed beans with brownie package mix.  DO NOT add eggs or oil.  Spray baking dish with Pam.  Cook brownies according to package directions.  Cool and Serve.

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Karen & Lauren



Friends have just called to invite you for an impromptu night out on the town.  How quickly can you be ready? These are our go-to favorites that compliment our personalities, and make us feel confident and pretty.  So, what are you wearing?

Christian Dior  Miss Dior, Bond No.9 Patchouli, Lancôme Le Vie est Belle

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  MAC Saint Germain Lipstick, MAC Angel Lip Gloss, Nars Schiap Lipstick

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 Hermes Elixir Des Merveilles, Bond No.9 Nuits De Noho, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb

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MAC Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick, MAC Oyster Girl Lip Gloss, MAC Lady Danger Lipstick

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Feel like straying from your normal everyday wardrobe and test driving a new trend? Indulge the bold, adventurous, attention getting fashion guru in you with eye catching fluorescent neon apparel that will make you stand out in a crowd!  Instead of glowing in head to toe color, try mixing just one or two pieces into your ensemble.  This lively neon jacket provides an instant jolt of wow to a simple white t-shirt and distressed jeans. Colorful embellished wedges are the perfect accent to complete the look.  Try a simple clutch bag, a piece of jewelry, or scarf to accent your current wardrobe.  Go for bright, and let your personality shine through!

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As I was surfing through channels on my television, the words “one coat nail polish” caught my immediate attention.  My first thought was, “Oh no, not another beauty product that I’m going to be suckered into trying!” But, all it took was the last two minutes of The Chrome Girl demo on HSN and I was placing my order.  Would it really only take one coat to make my nails look fabulous?  I couldn’t open the box fast enough to find out. Guess what? It really works!  One coat and no streaks. Finally, a full coverage polish in one coat!  Let me also add that it is called 5 free lacquer because it contains NONE of the five nasty unpronounceable chemicals found in most nail polish formulas.  The Base Coat is fast drying and the Cuticle Oil smells like melons.  No wonder Cosmopolitan Magazine named this “The One-Coat Wonder!”

 Chrome Girl 5 Free Lacquer #1340 in Summer Storm

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