Black Bean Cakes

Black Bean Cakes (1)

These easy patties come together in a flash, and make a nice alternative to burger night in your home!


  • 1 (15-ounce) can black beans
  • 3 tablespoons salsa
  • 6 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  1. Drain and rinse the beans, then mash with a potato masher. Stir in the salsa and breadcrumbs.
  2. Meanwhile, heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Shape the bean mixture into 4 patties and add to the pan. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes no each side, until lightly browned.

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Bedtime Buddy

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This craft was originally meant as an extension of a Getting Dressed activity Veronika and I did months ago, but this time the idea was to make 3-D version of herself, not a flat one. It turned out that the project was beyond my crafting abilities (full disclosure: I cannot sew) but it was still fun to play with the materials as we made an attempt!

Bedtime Buddy (1)

First trace your child on a large sheet of craft paper. Veronika loved seeing her little mini-me image! Cut out and transfer the paper to an old sheet.

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Trace and cut out two times, so you now have two little versions of your child.

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As long as you’re more skilled than I am, sew the two halves together, then turn inside-out and stuff with cotton roving before flipping back to outside-in. Ideally, you’ll now have a little person just the same size as your child that he or she can take up to bed!

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Needless to say, as neither a seamstress nor artist, we realized the craft wasn’t working. I cut the legs from our version to make it smaller (more like a stuffed animal) and I wasn’t really able to stitch the two halves together in a durable way.

Still, Veronika loved helping decorate the face and body with fabric markers! We ended up with a little soft toy that was fun to play with.

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If you’re able to sew together a proper Bedtime Buddy, please share in the comments!