Project Series-Handmade Travel

There are so many projects that I want to make.  Since we’ve been traveling for tournaments I thought I’d make some things that would be useful for tournament travel. Some of these include: toiletry cases, contact and glasses case, etc. Some of these will be using someone else’s free tutorials and some of them I will be making myself. I’ll be posting them as I finish them, which make take a while.

Projects Ideas for Handmade Travel
Laundry Bag
Toiletry Case
Hair Things Organizer
and many more…

Completed Projects:
Luggage Tag
Shoes Bags

Hopefully these tutorials and projects will help you. I’ll be posting on some of these soon so keep checking back. I’ll also be making a page where you can get updates on all the projects!

Got any ideas for good projects for this series, let me know, I’d love to get ideas.


Recipe-Black Bean Brownies

When you read the title most of you were probably like, what? Beans and brownies don’t go together, except they do.

I was introduced to these brownies at a recent NCFCA tournament. During the down time between rounds I noticed a friend at my table eating something and I asked what it was. She said it was a black bean brownie and offered my one. I said no! Later I decided to try one and was totally surprised, they were so good. So after having a couple days to recover from the tournament we got the recipe and made a batch (actually two!).

Unfortunately I let the secret slip about what was in the brownies (we were originally going to give the brownies to my younger siblings and then tell them what was in them). Everyone did try them and all but one person in my family like them (more for the rest of us I guess).

Though I must admit my regular brownies are better than these, these are definitely better when you consider how much better for you they must be. These are incredibly simple and you can’t even tell they have black beans in them!

Hopefully you’ll be brave enough to try these brownies by using the recipe below or by downloading the recipe by clicking here: Black Bean Brownies.

Black Bean Brownies

Makes 9 Brownies


  • 1 (15 ½ oz) can Black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup and 1 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips (about ½ cup)



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Add all ingredients to a blender and blend on low until all ingredients are well blended (there should not be any whole black beans in the batter!).
  3. Lightly grease an 8×8 baking dish and pour batter inside.
  4. Top with chocolate chips or nuts if desired. (or you can stir in the chocolate chips)
  5. Bake for 25 minutes, until toothpick comes out clean after inserting in the center.
  6. Cool for 30 minutes before cutting and serving (otherwise they will fall apart).



For a double recipe use a 13×9 pan.

If your oven tends to cook faster be sure to check the brownies a couple minutes before the 25 minute mark.


Recipe-Double Chocolate Truffle Cookies Stuffed with Peanut Butter

You know when you have that craving, you want something chocolaty? My sister and I had that craving one evening and decided to try out a recipe we had found on pinterest: Double Chocolate Truffle Cookies Stuffed with Peanut Butter. The result: yummy cookies that disappeared quickly. How yummy were they? We’ve made them three times so far.

To make them yourselves find the  recipe here.

Notes on this Recipe:

Ours did not turn out nearly as pretty and were eaten so fast I never got a chance to take a picture. Don’t be discouraged if your cookies don’t come out pretty, they taste good anyway.

Each recipe made around 27 cookies.

Make sure you freeze the dough for at least 20 minutes as the recipe says, personally I would freeze it much longer. When you start scooping out the dough and then have to flatten it with your hands the dough will start to “melt”. The longer you freeze it, the slower it will “melt”. In order to minimize the mess we used a cookie scoop to scoop out the dough and a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon to scoop out the peanut butter filling. In order to prevent the dough from sticking to your hands you will also have to spray your hands multiple times.

The amount of peanut butter filling this recipe makes is way too much. We ended up using one recipe of the peanut butter filling for three batches of cookie dough. I’m not sure how to fix this problem, except to make three batches of cookies (good excuse to make so many cookies though!).

The cookies took much longer to cook than the recipe says. The recipe says 9-10 minutes but some of ours took more like 15 minutes. It will depend on your oven so cook them for 9 minutes then check every couple minutes after that until they’re done.

I hope you enjoy making these!