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Slow Cooker Refried Beans

Um, I will never buy canned refried beans again. You have got to try these! Super simple, makes a lot (serves 15 so you may half the recipe or make bean burritos to freeze!) and they tasted so good!! We all loved them. I eat these with avocado and cottage cheese, or with a corn tortilla and some salsa.

Slow Cooker Refried Beans
from Allrecipes

1 onion, peeled and halved
3 cups dry pinto beans, rinsed
1 fresh jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
5 teaspoons salt
1 3/4 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin
9 cups water

Place the onion, rinsed beans, jalapeno, garlic, salt, pepper, and cumin into a slow cooker. Pour in the water
and stir to combine. Cook on High for 8 hours, adding more water as needed. Once the beans have cooked, strain them, and reserve the liquid. Mash the beans with a potato masher (I used my immersion blender to puree them), adding the reserved water as needed to attain desired consistency.

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Hello Lolita!!


No, this is not the Long Island Lolita, but a Japanese fashion based on Victorian Rococo and vintage styles. My 19 year old daughter wears Lolita. This is typically worn by teen-aged, to late 20’s (and sometimes older). There are gatherings and conventions always happening here in the Bay Area, California. Most of the Lolita’s enjoy photo-shoots and sharing fashion idea’s and stories.

These are very elaborate dresses sometimes consisting of wigs, contact lenses, props, and so much more! But the must haves are the dress shape, femininity, elegance and cuteness. The two main brands here in my area are Angelic Pretty (or AP) and Baby The Star Shine Bright, both of which are in San Francisco. There is a sub-division of “Baby”, called Alice And The Pirates, SO CUTE! There is a Baby the Star Shine Bright store in Paris, Sara and I popped in there a couple of months ago. Dresses run anywhere from $100, $300 and up. My daughter makes a lot of her own dresses, including drawing her own patterns. (that’s not my daughter pictured above)

If you see someone dressed like this, don’t judge, feel enlightened. It’s fun, super artistic and a great way to meet a ton of new friends!

Life is good, have fun!