Hi friends! How are ya? Hope you’ve had a lovely day <3

Soups on over here:


It’s chipotle black bean soup from the Canyon Ranch Nourish cookbook, except I didn’t follow the recipe.. and probably should have.

soup (2)

Let’s just say that someone got a little overzealous with the chipotle chiles (<—I LOVE this ingredient).

me and bell

It was Bella 😉

Instead of 1/2 t, 2 whole chiles… and the seeds… were added. It’s a little spicy, even for me, so I may be making the Pilot an omelet instead. Sorry, Pilot :/

Lesson of the day: follow instructions.

Work today was pretty bueno. I’ve been teaching a lot of stretch classes since I’m temporarily limited in my teaching abilities, which are lovely and super boring at the same time. I promised myself I’d make a new stretch playlist for tomorrow, because I’ve been using the same one for the past couple of months, and I’m sick of all of the songs on there. Here’s the playlist I’ve been using.

Came home for lunch on the patio:


Salad beast with spinach, heated up organic turkey, goat cheese, grape tomatoes and *this dressing* + a Zevia (<—so fizzy and good!)

Snack packed up to-go:

protein pudding

[My piggy watering can finally came! It’s on the patio, not on display. Haha]

-almond milk

-Sun Warrior

-Chia seeds

-almond butter


Time to see if this soup is going to be Pilot-friendly or not. If not, more for me? Muahaha.

See ya in the morning!



Something to talk about: Spicy: yes or no? For me, if it burns my face off, I’m a fan. Also, any stretch song recommendations? My playlist needs a major refresher. I’ll definitely post the new one 🙂

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  1. Molly on September 15, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Spicy? Definitely, yes! But….I know what you mean when it comes to adding too much. I made vegetarian chili once and the jalepeno peppers made it almost too spicy to eat. Regardless, the soup looks great!

  2. Mo on September 15, 2011 at 8:55 am

    As I get older, I can tolerate a little more spice. I like to joke about my bland, Irish palate – potatoes and beer are all I can handle! Enjoy your soup! Mo

  3. Meaghen on September 15, 2011 at 9:22 am

    I would love if you could please post some sample stretches that you would recommend. I’m currently 16 weeks pregnant and have been having a bit of right hip and knee pain. I know it’s just related to not being as active and not stretching, but I’m not really sure what I *should* and *should not* be doing. Thanks so much!

  4. Pinky on September 15, 2011 at 9:28 am

    I am a spice BABY!!!! Can’t DO IT CAPTAIN!!!! I’ts really bad! I never add any hot spices to my foods because I can’t take the heat (so get out the kitchen…hahaha). I always ask for mild!

    Here are some slow jams I enjoy. Some of them aren’t the most uplifting, but thought I would offer anyway.
    “Bad Day” Despicable Me (please don’t make fun…it’s AWESOME to secretly jam to in the gym. Pharrell is a music GENIUS! And when some one is hogging the machines I mentally say FREEZE RAY)!
    “Losing My Way” Justin Timberlake
    “Love Divine” Seal
    “Somebody That I Used to Know” Gotye
    “Hell On Heels” Pistol Annies

    Have a great day xoxo

  5. Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries on September 15, 2011 at 10:02 am

    I’m not a huge fan of spicy foods… I don’t like when they’re so spicy that I can’t taste my food. I do like a lot of flavor and a little spice doesn’t bother me though. That soup sounds yummy!

  6. AJ on September 15, 2011 at 10:24 am

    I love me some spicy food! I joke that I generally sweat hot sauce because of the sheer amount of it that I put on food. I think Frank’s Red Hot stays in business because of me!

    I’ve been listening to the discographies of “She and Him” (loooove Zooey Deschanel) and Owl City for my relaxing stretch music. So chill!

  7. Clare on September 15, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Anything by Imogen Heap sounds like it would be great for stretch, and I personally love Clare Maguire for some more chilled out work out music – Ain’t Nobody (Breakage Remix) is definitely worth checking out and This Is Not The End. Crack The Shutters and Set The Fire To The Third Bar (Snow Patrol) and Free Fallin’ (John Mayer version) are also some of my faves.

    Oh, and I am a total spice whimp – I made a veggie chilli at the weekend and halved the amount of chilli powder and added extra tomatoes, even then it was too spicy for me!

  8. Jenn @ Frost Bites on September 15, 2011 at 11:15 am

    Good Life – One Republic .. is what I have right now for stretch/cooldown.

    I love spicy stuff..the spicier the better…it also helps increase metabolism — win!

  9. Bonnie on September 15, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    Spicy all the way! Your snack looks so good– did you let it sit so it was more like pudding, or did you eat it right away, and it had more of a cereal feel to it? Thanks!

  10. Ann on September 15, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    I say the spicier the better! I made a big crock pot of black beans last night with jalapenos. They were amazing, but then I dealt with crazy pregnancy heartburn. Spicy is worth it! I keep saying as soon as I get to 37 weeks that I’m going to start eating hot peppers all the time to get labor moving!

  11. Crystal on September 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm

    Massive Attack has some good songs for stretching I think. Spicy is the way to go; I’m Korean, so I grew up on kimchi and other sweat-producing foods, lol.

  12. Stephanie @cookinfanatic on September 15, 2011 at 2:48 pm

    I like making quinoa patties like these buffalo bleu cheese quinoa cakes (http://cookinfanatic.com/2011/08/buffalo-bleu-cheese-quinoa-cakes/) or a fresh quinoa salad like this Asian Quinoa Salad w/ Roasted Green Beans & Chickpeas (http://cookinfanatic.com/2011/07/asian-quinoa-salad-w-roasted-green-beans-and-chickpeas/) — love quinoa!

  13. Samantha on September 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm

    LOVE spicy! Anytime we go for Thai I get a 7/8 on a 1 scale. YUM!

    Check out Garth Stevenson for playlist potential. He was featured in Yoga at Home a month or so ago and his album “Flying” is beautiful.

  14. Kate on September 15, 2011 at 10:39 pm

    If you have leftover soup, try it again over the next day or two. I’ve found that sometimes the heat from over-chipotle-ing (a frequent food crime in our house) stuff abates over time. I love spicy stuff, especially the smoky chipotle heat. We are planning a move out of the country for work reasons to a place hot peppers are hard to find and I may end up bringing a whole suitcase of chipotles if I get my way…

  15. Victoria @ The Pursuit of Hippieness on September 16, 2011 at 1:25 am

    I’m seasonal about my love for spiciness… I LOVE it in the winter, not so crazy about it when it’s warmer out!

  16. Nicole on September 17, 2011 at 12:31 am

    I love spicy food! The spicier the better!

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