Cooking up a Storm and more

After work today, I decided that I needed to cook up a few meals for the week and now I'm exhausted! I cooked a pot of Caribbean black bean soup. I got the recipe from I've made several black bean soups before, but this one is a new one for me. I also made ensalada de cebollas (Onion Salad) - basically just thinly sliced onions and tomatoes, some cilantro, lime juice, and a little salt. I made some chicken and rice with mixed vegetables and topped with chopped cilantro, parsley, and green onions. And then I made a small pan of cornbread. This will last all week long and maybe a little more.

When the season finally of "Secret Life of the American Teenager" came on, I was almost too tired to watch it. I spent it nibbling on my dinner - nothing of which I cooked tonight. It was actually leftover from the Sunday meal I ate with my mom. This new show came on that I'll watch or let watch me and if I can muster up enough strength I will crochet something - even if it's just a small flower for a Mother's Day pin. I'm making 10 Mother's Day pins for the moms at my church - our church is small. :-) Last night I made a new pattern, but used a different yarn than that that was suggested and it was what my mom would call "a hot mess!" The yarn I used wasn't bulky enough, so I will just go back to my other pattern.

Last night I also made a list of the things that I have obligated myself to make and I put them on a timeline so that I won't run out of time and have to rush. I'm going to try really hard to stick to that plan.

Oh yeah, I showed my coworker the poncho and she loved it. I brought it back home to wrap like I wanted (you know, you've got to have presentation) and because she only dropped into work for a minute because her kid was sick. She'll get the poncho tomorrow.

Now, on to relaxation time!


  1. I love any type of bean soup.

    I will have to check out that recipe @ allrecipes.

    On my blog I have a Italian bean dish call Ribolitta that is so easy to make; it takes great; it has a little kick to it from the red pepper flakes and it is easy to make...everything goes in one large/deep skillet.

    Check it out at my cooking blog.

    Are you working alot; is this why your so tired? You got to slow down a bit; and take care of you; we as woman tend to forget to do that...!
    Little tip: Take a bath with a cup of Apple cide Vinegar added to the water. Wash your face and feet with some baking soda....make yourself a cup of hot chocholate but make it half and half...half warm milk with half chocolate....light a vanilla scented candle; get out your crochet project and when you can't keep your eyes open anymore....go to bed and be sure the room is dark; very dark....did you know sleeping in the dark is good for a womans hormones.......and in the morning get a dose of sunlight by sipping your coffee in a sunny window.
    You will feel refreshed and your skin will glow.

    I know I sound like a mother; cause I am!

  2. Thanks, Alessandra! I had some of this for lunch today and it was delicious. I was scraping my bowl! The soup tastes better today than it did last night when I first tasted it. I did add a little more cumin, ground cayenne, and although the recipe didn't call for it - a little chili powder. It wasn't spicy though, just flavorful IMO. :-)

    Gi, thanks for being my online mom! Yes, I work a lot. Teaching full time and doing other pieces of jobs. This time of year is always hectic, but then it gradually subsides. Thanks for the recipe. I'll have to check that out on your blog, and thanks for the relaxation tips. I've heard a lot of great things about apple cider vinegar! :-)


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