Monday, February 9, 2009

Black Bean Soup & Baking

Hi guys!!! Sorry to be MIA for a day but I needed time to catch up on all of your wonderful blogs! First things first, I have a few people I'd like to give a shout out to! First off- Hi to all new readers out there! Second- I want to say congrats and hello to Kim who also just finished her BodyAttack training! Third- Hello to Michelle! Check out her awesome blog Lucky Taste Buds. Fourth- if you haven't done so yet, check out Meghann's fund raiser

Yesterday was a CRAZY day! We got some awesome workouts in at training and I really challenged my body (I have never done that many push ups ever!). Great news- I passed the training!! I was super excited! After training, I drove the four and a half hours back to Charleston, ate, and passed out!

Today was a catch up day! Work was busy and then the remainder of the afternoon was spent doing laundry and running errands! I also fit in a Body Pump class. Tonight, I made some din din and packed (I have to travel for work tomorrow). What kept me going? A skim pumpkin spice misto:

For dinner I made Josh two quesadillas:

And we both had my black bean soup (I could eat this every single night!!):
Randomness: My publix finally started carrying CHOBANI!!!!!! I bought a bundle of small ones and one giant vanilla. I won't have to run to WF's every week now!

I also did some baking tonight. I made Tina's bars (which you can see behind the Chobani to the right). I also made Sarah's Granola (a staple in our house).

Ya'll have a good Monday?? Hows the week looking?


strongandhealthy said...

You're so lucky you can buy Chobani! Yum! Dinner looks great! Have a wonderful night!

ksgoodeats said...

Oh my goodness, girl! You have been BUSY!!

CONGRATS ON PASSING!!! That's wonderful news :)

VeggieGirl said...


Mmm, love black bean soup; and the granola looks fabulous too!!

HangryPants said...

Hold up wait a minute - pumpkin spice misto. I didn't know I could ask for that!!!!

Black bean soup looks delish! :D

lesley said...

CONGRATS on passing : ) Hooray!!!

Glad you're "back" ... I've missed you, for real!!!!

I should make granola sometime ... I never have and it looks so good!

Marissa said...

Your soup looks so yummy! Congrats on passing your training!! My Monday was eh, ok. For some reason I never really like Mondays. But this weekend is my first "Married Valentine's Day" ha ha :) Even though it'll be our 6th one for some reason I'm very excited about this one!

Pearl said...


Meghann said...


Next time you're in the FL you have to make a side trip to O-Town :)

Also so jealous you hit a Starbucks that still had Pumpkin Spice Flavoring :)

shelby said...


Love the granola...mmm.

Laura said...

Congrats on passing your training!

Black bean soup is always good! And I'm glad your store is finally carrying Chobani. :)

This week is looking pretty good for me so far!

Diana said...

Congrats on passing! I'm sure that feels good.

Chobani is a hit, especially the honey flavor - enjoy!

jenngirl said...

Congrats on passing training!!

And woo hoo for Chobani appearing at Publix, now if only Kroger could jump on the bandwagon, I'd be set!

Have a great night!

Amelia (AC/DC: Highways to Health) said...

Congrats on passing training!

I wish I could find the giant size Chobani. I hate all the trash I generate by eating the individual size.

Sharon said...

Oh wow, great job!
And mmmm I need to try to make my own granola!!!

lilveggiepatch said...

Yummy bars! I made some once and they turned to mush... I will try again.

Glad to have you back (and I'm sure Josh is too)!

Esi said...

Congratulations on passing your training. Sounds like you had a great start to the week!

Nicole ( said...

Look at that soup! So good.

Congrats on passing!

Erin of Care to Eat said...

GREAT JOB! Of course you passed my fit friend! I can't believe you're traveling again. I bet Josh and Frank miss mommy!
The week is...going! ;)

Balance, Joy and Delicias! said...

Jealous of you having Chobanis, I've seen then in so many blogs reviewing it and haven't had the chance to try it yet.

black bean soup sounds delicious, I'm looking into the recipe! :D

MizFit said...

I swear my husband would be so jealous of what you whip up for Josh---if I let him read your blog :)

Caitlin at Healthy Tipping Point said...

missed you!!

Holly said...

Congrats on passing the training! Not that we had any doubts. ;-)

That soup is SO GOOD! I could eat it every day, too.

Becca said...

Congrats on passing the training and glad to have you back!

Your black bean soup looks so yum.

Thanks for noticing the changes in the pics on my blog. Its the same camera but I've been taking pics more like I used to take for photo class in high school. I like it more this way!

Krista said...

Congrats on the training! That must be a relief to have done!

I'll have to try your Starbuck's drink. It sounds awesome!!

Maria said...

Congrats on passing the training! You are awesome! I am always up for black bean soup too!

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Exciting news that you passed BodyAttack training! I seriously don't know if I could have done it as my arm strength is pretty lame...I'm working on it though. All those Chaturangas are helping, but I still can't do a chin-up without the assisted machine.

Two quesadillas? Boys and their not fair!

Hooray for Publix. We had one open up down the street from us a couple of weeks ago. They have a great yogurt collection, and I totally understand your excitement!

Monday was okay, nothing too exciting. Have a good week Erica!

Homemade granola - yum!

dailygoods said...

wow congrats on passing! that is awesome!! i need to find one of those classes somewhere around here! it just sounds too cool! that granola is looking mighty fine, i should try making some of my own sometime. i hope you have a wonderful week :) i'm looking forward to going to new york on friday for valentines day weekend! yayyy

Michelle said...

Congrats on all those pushups! I can do...5? This week is looking kind of hectic. For Lost this week we're having a PB&J spectacular with all sorts of sandwich fixins. Should be an interesting meal :-)

foodsthatfit said...

I am so glad you passed, what a relief! I love quesadillas!

Katie said...

Congrats on passing! Your baking projects and the soup look great.

Aggie said...

Just caught up on your posts...congrats on passing your training!! That is awesome girl! Sounds like it was a great time.

Your soup looks amazing, will be trying that soon.

Ok, and gross on that cheap hotel!! So glad you got out of there.

You've got some great recipes going on in this post!!

The Blonde Duck said...

Ya'll have such healthy food in your house! I'm like downing girl scout cookies and you've got homemade granola! Congrats on passing!

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Dawn said...

I think I saw that Chobani at whole foods! How cool
A big congrats to you for passing. Whose taking care of the little man while you're away? LOL Can you tell I love your dog? lol

Nutritious is Delicious said...

Great Job girlie!

By the looks of it....I could eat that soup every night too! :) said...

just read your comment on my blog and i hope your good news comes true!!!! i'm so relieved to have sold our house so i hope you get to hear the same news asap!!!!!

ps - food looks great :) congrats on passing the training!

Fitness Surfer said...

Congrats on passing the training. I maxed out on push ups 4 days ago and I'm still a little tight.

I love that Granola recipe. My mom always made one growing up, only hers had Karo syrup in it...This is pretty close and healthy, and it has coconut in it which is one of my favorite ingredients.

luckytastebuds said...

oh my I am SO honored. Not only did I not expect even getting a comment on my blog, GOSH I honestly feel so so honored to be given a special shout-out. That really is just too kind of about making people's days, you just made mine!!!! THANKS!!!

And congratulations to you! I heart black beans too!! Gotta try that soup soon. :)

Diana said...

Congratulations on passing the training! Push ups are the one thing that I still can't do well. No matter how strong I get, I can only do a couple from my feet before falling to my knees in exhaustion.

Anyway, awesome job!!! And that soup looks fab!

thecleanveggie said...

congrats on passing!
thats great!
soup looks sooo good :)

Heather said...

congrats on your class! the soup sounds great! and i'm glad about the chobani. it's one of my favorites, too. i would make a special tryp for it if i had to! luckily my local grocery carries it, too :)

Amanda (Two Boos Who Eat) said...

I wish wish wish I could get chobani near me! I have to drive like an hour away.

Congrats on passing! that's awesome!

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