Cold Outside, Warm on the Inside

January 16, 2009 at 10:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 3 Comments

When I heard yesterday about the cold front that was coming through last night, I knew exactly what I wanted for dinner: Pea Soup! It’s pretty much a staple for us because it’s so easy, inexpensive and most important sooo good!!! Pea soup has always been my favorite kind of soup. It leaves me feeling warm and satisfied.

Pea Soup

  • 1 bag dried split peas
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 3 cups water
  • 2 14.5 oz. cans of chicken broth (or veggie broth to make it vegan/vegetarian)

1. Rinse the dried split peas


Why is rinsing important? Because of this:


Stones and debris?? No thank you!

2. Chop carrots


3. Put everything in a medium large pot.

I only had one can of chicken broth so I used some Better Than Bouillion that James’ mom had gotten for us when she visited us and James had her make her famous chicken soup.

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I just refilled the can of chicken broth with water, dumped it into the pot and then added a little less than 2 tsp. of the Better Than Bouillion. It’s pretty great. We got it when it was on sale close to Thanksgiving I think for $3.99 and it makes a ton of chicken broth.

4. Bring everything to a boil and then lower heat and simmer for 1-2 hours.


I think I found this on It gets thicker as it cools.



I like to put some extra pepper on top plus some Texas Pete hot sauce! Yum!

In other cool news, look at the awesome coffee table we found on for $35!!!


We were amazingly lucky because when James and I were moving in together, James’ mom was moving to a smaller house so we got all of the old furniture that she couldn’t fit in her new home! It’s so incredible when things work out well like that. All of the furniture we got is also made of cherry wood with Queen Anne feet so we were really pumped to find a coffee table that matches.

We also found our washer/dryer on Craigslist for a steal. The only thing wrong with them is that the dryer’s timer doesn’t work. We’ve really found that hunting around for deals can pay off pretty big!!

I’m not going to lie, I’m a little apprehensive about going out tonight since the low is in the single digits! Brrr!! I will definitely be bundling up!

To end, I thought I would share what a hard life Toby has:


Yea that’s Toby’s personal pillow…which he is trying to fit his entire body on instead of lying on his bed which is right next to him. He really likes pillows as you can see in the pictures on The Toby Story page. I’ve definitely woken up a number of times to him hovering above my head stretched out over my pillows. And every morning he climbs in bed between James and I, puts his head on the pillows and his body under the blankets. He hasn’t gotten the memo yet that he’s not a people.

Black Bean + Corn Salad

January 16, 2009 at 3:46 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment

I am starting a new full time job on Monday which means coming up the easy dishes that can be taken for lunch. It’s great to make a large batch of something at the beginning of the week so you don’t have to spend a long time making lunches every night.

When we were passing by the salad bar at the grocery one day, James pointed out the black bean and corn salad and said that he wanted us to make that. Last night I raided our cupboards and found that we had everything we needed to make a quick bean salad.

Black Bean + Corn Salad

  • 1/2 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 3/4 can corn, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 cucumber, cut up
  • 1/4 onion diced
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed and minced
  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2 T. spicy mustard
  • Salt + Pepper

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The directions are pretty simple:

1. Mix together the balsamic and mustard in a small bowl

2. Combine all other ingredients in a medium size bowl

3. Pour balsamic mixture over bean and corn salad

4. Mix well.

Easy right? And feel free to play around with the proportions to fit your taste.

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Ya like that little piece of kale for garnish? Just for you guys. I put some fresh ground pepper on the top of it too.

You can eat this plain with a spoon, put it on a chip, top some eggs with it…the possibilities are endless!

Since we moved a month or so ago, I have had the hardest time finding a job. No one wants to hire me since I am going to be starting law school in the fall and I just can’t hide from them that that’s what I’m doing. They all ask what I’ll be doing in 5 years or what my career aspirations are and I can’t lie. Plus, I wouldn’t want to start working for a place and have them feel deceived when I leave in August. But good news! I have a temp job the next couple months so yay for that!

Now that James and I will both be working full time, we’re definitely going to need to do some meal planning this week. What is your favorite week night meal?

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