While my daughter was in preschool, we had a weekly trip to a local cafe every Wednesday for lunch. We both always ordered the black bean soup and it was delicious. It was so good that my daughter asked me to make it at home. So, I researched many recipes and did some trial and error until I was able to make a batch that the whole family declared the winner. It’s not like the one at the restaurant, but it’s pretty darn good and it’s oh so simple!
1/2 medium onion
1 – 2 garlic cloves, smashed & chopped
3 cans (medium size) of black beans
1 cup of broth (I use low sodium chicken)
Cumin, chilli powder, salt, pepper
Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil – season with salt & pepper
Add cumin & chill powder (min 1 tsp – more depending on your taste)
Add 3 cans of black beans – including the liquid from the cans
Add 1 – 2 cups of broth (1 if you like it thicker, 2 for a bit thinner)
Bring to a boil
Simmer as long or as little as you like – min 15 mins.
Use your immersion blender to blend the soup but leave small chunks of beans.
Taste and add more seasoning if needed.
When you are ready to serve, pour into bowls and add sour cream, cheese or my kids’ favourite, chopped hot chilli peppers on top.
Also tastes good served with nachos or tortilla chips and an icy cold beer.
No matter what you are cooking, try and use the best ingredients you can. When you use organic and fresh produce, meals usually taste better and are healthier for you.
With the push towards more vegetarian eating and Meatless Monday, give this soup a try with your family. Let me know if you like it!
When you live where it rains a bit a lot, you know what you need to make it through the day months of rain.
We have had a pretty amazing winter so far with not a lot of rain, but the weather changed back to “normal” this week, so I thought a refresher on what to wear when you live or visit a rainy city would be helpful.
My list, in no particular order:
#1 -Rain Boots – these are pretty much standard issue to the locals and new residents. Hunters or rain booties – you can never have enough pairs.
#2 – Rain Jackets – The trench style makes sense as it keeps more of you dry. Lululemon or North Face seem to be the most popular ones here in town. I have linked similar jackets here and here.
#3 – Rain Hat – not mandatory, but it’s keeps your hair dry and it’s cute.
#4 – Umbrella – It may seem obvious, but many people forget their umbrella at home or don’t even own one! Black seems to be pretty standard umbrella colour, but it blends in too much with the grey rainy days. Go with a bright coloured brolly to cheer up your day and to be seen by cars when you’re out walking.
#5 – Patience
It’s rain. Liquid sunshine. It will pass. Eventually. I’m sure our neighbours in California would love some consistent rain. It’s not snow, although it would be nice to have a little of that once in a while. Dress well and warmly and be like a kid and go jump in a puddle!
I rarely never do my nails. I’m a SAHM and with kids and a dog. I like gardening and cleaning, so I rarely give my nails a second thought. That’s not to say I don’t do pedicures – I LOVE pedis!!
But back to my nails… I have nail envy when I see nails like this:
So, with the kids in bed and the hubby out, I thought I’d give myself a manicure. These polishes are at least a year old. At least. Since then, I’ve heard about better products for the environment and me.
See this list? I want to start using better for me polishes.
But, in the meantime I decided to use these old products to see if I liked the result.
Guess what? I like it! This grey (Essie Cocktail Bling) goes well with my sweater (thanks, sis).
The kids are back in school, I’ve semi-cleaned the house and needed groceries, so I headed to Superstore (Loblaws for those of you back East). Problem is, that when you go to Superstore, you see Joe Fresh fashions right when you walk in the door.
Now, I don’t always buy from Joe Fresh, but I have been known to pick up the odd top, sweater, tank at a very good price point. It isn’t always the best or will be a piece that you have for a long time, but Joe Fresh is usually always on point for fashion trends and colours.
I have to admit I was surprised that the store was already full of fresh fashions for late Winter/early Spring.
Here’s a little peek at what I saw:
I am feeling a little more inspired with my wardrobe now and I’m looking forward to the sales and Spring fashions to come over the next month!