Bean There, Done That

Has anyone ever told you how awesome you are? Really. Each and every one of you.

Every comment that came in to my gloom and doom lunch post just helped to turn my day around. I realized that the day was just going to get worse if I stayed in that funk, so I started just thinking about what has been good today.

What started out bad, ended up pretty good.

First, I got a fun package today! Mail always makes me happy – it’s just so unexpected these days.


I won a Zevia giveaway from Eating Machine last week, and it arrived today!

I thought I would just be getting a 6-pack of ONE flavor, but they sent me a mixed pack so I can try all of them!



I’m so excited to try these!

I also got a sweet tshirt – I love the back of it  :)


It’s also super soft – it already feels worn in, which is the best.

Thanks Zevia + Eating Machine! 

I also had a fabulous afternoon snack to hold me over through our run after work.


Coconut Cream Pie Larabar = Pretty hard to beat

I finished up work a little after 5, but at least I got everything done. I know that we get a lot busier at this time every year, but it always seems to just take me by surprise anyways.

Our run today was pretty good. It was really overcast today and drizzled for a little while before Nick got home, but stopped by the time when went out.

A little over 3 miles was on the plan for today, and it was okay. My legs felt like lead about halfway through, but I made it!


Dinner turned out good – I was ready for a good, fall meal.


I made some chili with lean ground beef, beans, tomatoes, chili powder, garlic, onion, cumin, cayenne, bbq seasoning, and salt.


I let that simmer while our cornbread muffins baked.

For these, I just took the cornbread recipe off the Quaker Corn Meal container and made a few changes:

  • whole wheat flour instead of regular
  • 2 Tbsp local honey instead of 1/4 cup sugar
  • applesauce instead of oil

They turned out great!

I’ve had a lot of beans today, I noticed. Good thing I like ‘em.

Now I’m watching How I Met Your Mother – seriously, the best way to end any Monday.


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  1. I’m so sorry you were in a funk today :( I hope you’re feeling better now though. Your chili looked so yummy. I love warm and hearty foods – especially if it’s cold out or if I’m in the need of some comfort. Those corn muffins looked good, too! Beans are the best! I recently started eating more of them and have really appreciated their beauty and deliciousness. I hope the rest of your week gets better!

  2. Coconut Cream Pie Lara + foodie mail + HIMYM = good ending to even the worst days :)

  3. Mmmm best larabar. Can’t beat coconut :)

    Entered you!

  4. i’m glad you got the package! isn’t the shirt great?

  5. Lovvveeeee How I Met Your Mother — we literally jumped up after eating dinner and left the dishwashing til after this show was over haha cause we didn’t want to miss a minute, awesome show! Glad your day is lookin’ up girl — free Zevia + coconut larabar (best flava I think!) + homemade chili all sounds awesome – enjoy the rest of your night!

  6. I love chili and yours looks fantastic! I have a dream of one day going to a chili cook-off and eating chili all day ;-)

  7. The blog world is always the best at turning a crappy day into a happy one. Fun package. I am having a Zevia giveaway too if you want to win more :)

  8. I never started watching HIMYM but I hear its great. Now I’m afraid I’m just too far behind to ever catch up. I rented the first season from Netflix but never started for fear I’d get addicted.

    BTW I’m glad you are now funkless. It’s a great thing to have others help you to get out of the deep darkness we get into sometimes. That’s what friends are for!

  9. I’m glad you are feeling better! ;)

    Chili is the perfect fall food! Yours looks awesome!

  10. YUM that chili looks so good.

    so exciting about the zevia!!
    way to go :)

    im glad your “funk” day turned out good!

  11. I love chili so very much. probs my most favorite thing about the fall coming….Yours looks nothing far from AWESOME! glad you got your packie today :) i new your day was going to look up! have an awesome night girl!

  12. Coconut lara bars are the best!

    Your muffin with dinner looks so good. I’m craving chili now!

  13. Sorry you had a bad day! Mail always makes my day better too

    That pop looks fun, and what a cute shirt!

    thanks for linking to the giveaway :)

  14. chilli looks good. so does the muffin! what a great way to cheer up your day with packages from the mail!

  15. I love beans, that chili sounds great.

    Glad your day got better :)

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