a good day for chili…

usually, chili is a winter staple around here, but for some reason, i just haven’t been in the mood for it.

that is, not until i learned of the “bombtastic” winter storm headed our way here in the midwest.

luckily, i keep ingredients on hand that i can whip this tried and true recipe up at a moments notice (good for all those late night chili cravings and for when unexpected guests drop by, for sure) and since i was snowed in anyway, i decided that today was as good of a day as any to enjoy the simple comforts of a well simmered pot of soup.

the storm is nowhere near as bad as they claimed it would be (thank goodness…), but the wind is still whipping and howling and they did shut down the interstates, so i am perfectly content to stick it out here with my cat and my chili and a good book.

what you need:

  • meat (or meat substitute of choice), ground up and browned
  • one (1) small can of V8 tomato juice
  • two (2) cans dark kidney beans, drained
  • two (2) cans white beans, drained
  • two (2) cans black beans (or chili beans, if you prefer), drained
  • one (1) can diced tomatoes, pepper and onions, undrained
  • chili powder, cayenne powder, garlic flakes to taste

like i said, this is a super simple recipe that’s hellaciously easy to throw together. i usually like to top my chili with cheese shreds, diced onion and a little sour cream, but go crazy! you do you! there’s no judgement here! and if there is, show it the door!

any way, stay safe out there, friends. this winter has been a bad one and i feel like there’s more to come…

in the mean time, enjoy your chili and watch a good movie or two.


a good stretch…

i’m ashamed to admit that my personal daily yoga practice has been pretty non-existant these last few months.

sometimes, life is rough and the last couple years have been no exception. unfortunately, instead of turning to the mat, i turned away from it and spend a lot of time curled up in a pile of blankets and ignoring all of my problems.

things have finally begun settling down however, and i find myself missing the ritual of a daily practice.

so, to remedy this, i began searching for an online/at home yoga class that i could take even on days when i couldn’t get myself to the gym and i came across http://www.dailyom.com and subsequently, sadie nardini.

because i am so out of practice and out of shape, i decided to go with her 21 day beginner class.

i’m excited to get started again, which i plan to do, bright and early before work tomorrow morning.

apart from getting me up and out of bed when i’ve become accustomed to laying there until the last possible minute, starting my day off with a ritual and a workout gives me something to look forward to so i can start my work day stress free and clear headed.

hopefully, it won’t take too long to get back into the swing of things, and even if it does, i suppose that’s all part of the process, isn’t it?