Seeing Red

February 4, 2010 at 7:59 pm 14 comments

Things I learned cooking dinner tonight:

– cast iron skillets are not non-stick

– cast iron skillets are freaking hot- the sleeve of a sweatshirt is not adequate protection.

Lessons learned. Moving on.

I made corn cakes with black beans for dinner- I thought using the cast iron skillet that’s been in my cupboard for years would make it “authentic’”. Well forget that- they’re a pain in the butt- and darn heavy too!

Black Beans & Corn Cakes

Heat a can of rinsed black beans over low heat while preparing corn cakes. Season with chili powder, cumin, and oregano.

Corn cakes:

3/4 cup cornmeal

2-3 Tbsp flour

1 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup egg substitute

1t chili powder

salt and pepper

1/4 tsp salt

2/3+ cup of frozen corn kernels

Mix dry ingredients together, then stir in wet. Add corn kernels. Make like pancakes using 1/4 cup of batter for each corn cake. (Note: if using cast iron skillet, use gobs and gobs of nonstick spray or oil)

Serve corn cakes topped with black beans, salsa, sour cream, and a dash of cheddar cheese if you want. I added a bit more oregano, and dinner was done!

corn cakes and black beans


I didn’t think it was going to be enough, so I also popped a sweet potato in the microwave while I was cooking the corn cakes. Then I mashed it up skin and all and formed two patties. Threw those in the pan for a few minutes on each side and seasoned them with garlic salt and cinnamon.

sweet potato cake

Weird how the random things end up being so good!

(Random side note: the husband thought these corn cakes would be good “southern-fied”- topped with cabbage and black eye peas. ew. Guess that’s why I cook?)

Wondering if I cashed in on my reward?

I did!

I got this for Christmas but never really paid attention to it.

spa stuff

I thought it was just some lotion samples. Last night I opened it to steal some lotion from it, and I saw it was actually a spa kit! (Hello Heather, it says spa on the box)

spa lotions

It has a bath oil thing, body lotion, foot cream, and tea. I thought it was so cute it included tea!

When I woke up this morning with a thousand things running through my head to get done, I knew just what I needed! I’m not really big on baths for the most part, but it sounded like such a good way to relax that I figured I’d give it a try. I felt so relaxed and refreshed afterwards! (I think it’s really because I took 10 minutes to chill haha)

(I may or may not have completed 80% of my work first as intended…you’ll never know!)

I’m wearing red tomorrow, are you?!

Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day! It’s part of GoRed for Women’s campaign to encourage people to “stand up and speak out” against heart disease. Awareness is an important part of so many health issues, heart disease included.


I’ll be doing something pretty cool for Wear Red Day tomorrow…but you’ll have to wait until then to find out what! 😉

Now for some Thursday night comedy action..Office and 30 Rock here I come!


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Breaking the Rules No Overnighters

14 Comments Add your own

  • 1. marathonmaiden  |  February 4, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    lucky you with the spa! and i can’t wait for the office either but i’ll have to wait until i can watch it online tmrw

  • 2. theprocessofhealing  |  February 4, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Cool spa products! And I love baths. They are so de-stressing for me. And they must be bubble baths. But I don’t take them often enough.
    Aw girl, hard lesson to learn! We have a cast iron skillet passed down from my great-grandmother but we hardly use it. She used it for everything… I have fond memories of pancakes made in that skillet on mornings. Best thing ever. BUT I’m scared of those darn skillets.

  • 3. Lisa (bakebikeblog)  |  February 4, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    oh no re the skillet – the dinner looks nice though anyway 🙂

  • 4. Anna  |  February 4, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I love spa products like that!! Fun!

    Eek! I hope everything is okay with your sweatshirt 🙂

  • 5. Danielle  |  February 4, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    Wow- did you make up that recipe? It looks good!

    I thought cast-iron skillets were supposed to be the be the best things on earth (and non-stick) good to know

    • 6. Heather  |  February 5, 2010 at 8:18 am

      I did! I was inspired by someone making cornbread on tv though haha. Apparently they’re nonstick if use them right….

  • 7. Erin  |  February 4, 2010 at 11:45 pm

    That dinner looks really yummy!

    I’ll wear red tomorrow although with 24 inches of snow predicted, I don’t know if anyone’s actually going to SEE me wearing red haha.

    • 8. Heather  |  February 5, 2010 at 8:19 am

      24 inches!!! Wow! We got snow too…not sure who’ll see my red now either 🙂

  • 9. Jessica  |  February 5, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Don’t give up on your skillet! They just take a little time to season (there’s tons of advice online that’s probably better than mine). I hated mine at first but now I can even make omelets in it and love that I’m not eating off Teflon.

    • 10. Heather  |  February 5, 2010 at 8:19 am

      Oh I knew it needed to season but I didn’t know it made it nonstick!!

  • 11. Teacherwoman  |  February 5, 2010 at 5:46 am

    I am wearing red for sho! It’s a regular jeans day at work, but our principal is encouraging us to pay $2 to wear jeans. The $2 will be donated!

  • 12. lindsayruns  |  February 5, 2010 at 8:09 am

    Yeah, the skillet is nonstick if you use it like every day. Thanks for the red idea, I shall wear red today! Baths are great… I have a epsom salt one scheduled after my workout this morning! 🙂 Love “saturdays”!

    • 13. Heather  |  February 5, 2010 at 8:20 am

      Hm I’m not sure I can handle using it enough to make it nonstick haha

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