I love things homemade; anything from blankets to chairs to baskets to signs…but mostly food.

Who would imagine?

Which is totally why I was super excited for my dinner…but I digress, there was more to my day.

I knew today was going to be hard with the survey we had in mind to do, so I made sure to bump up the amount of oats in my breakfast to have the adequate amount of energy I would need!

1/2C oats/ 2T PB/ huge apple


That, was a lot of PB for my mouth.  But it sure was delicious. :)

Our morning was rough.  We seriously were walking mountains.

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Ok, we didn’t really climb this (Mt. Whitney, the highest peak in the continuous continental US and only ~100 miles from me!) but it sure as heck did feel like it!  My legs were cramping and I was dying half the time…and don’t even remind me of the blisters I’ve got all over my feet.


And boy did it work me out as I was starving by the time lunch came around…and so freak’n thirsty to boot!

I packed a HUMMUS LOADED sandwich on my squaw bread for lunch and couldn’t have felt better afterwards…there is nothing like working in the field and coming back to something so fresh and crispy (the lettuce…I love crunch!)


And to make it that more refreshing…the last of my strawberries.


We finished up a bit more of the survey plot before my poor heals/toes couldn’t take it anymore and we headed home.  You can bet that I was famished by the time I got there!  I so badly wanted to take a nap as I was exhausted too, but um, food first of course!

What better than an afternoon yogurt mess?  And this one I sure did love…look at it, who wouldn’t?!


  • TJ’s Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Strawberry (I only had one left…haha)
  • Blackberries
  • Diced Pear
  • 1 Piece of TJ’s Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Talk about freak’n awesome…that bread?  I can’t wait to make French Toast or a PB and Banana sandwich out of it.  Yummers.

After getting more work done at home and picking up a few groceries for dinner, I was ready to get cookin; my tummy was growl’n again!

Black Bean and Rice Soup



  • Handful of diced onions
  • 1/3 Cut Zucchini
  • 1/2C Tomatoes and Green Chiles (I used Hunt’s Low Sodium)
  • Few Spoonfuls of Salsa (I used some Chunky variety)
  • 1/2C Brown Rice
  • 1/2C Black Beans
  • 1/2C Water
  • Handful of Fresh Cilantro
  • Squeeze of Fresh Lime Juice


  1. Sauté diced onions in a bit of olive oil, and add in zucchini until it softens a bit.
  2. Add in the salsa, tomatoes and chiles, brown rice, black beans and water to the pot.
  3. Cook on medium until the soup reaches your desired consistency.
  4. Squeeze a 1/3 of a lime’s juice on top after plating in your bowl.
  5. Chop up cilantro and place on top.


And some cinnamon heart to heart for dessert.  Wish a few blackberries.

Bed time!  I have some exciting and awesome news to share with all of you tomorrow!  I can’t wait!

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15 Responses to Homemade

  1. runsarah says:

    Your sandwich looks delicious, yum! That TJS bread sounds delicious too. Sounds like a crazy morning – blisters are the worst too :(

  2. Casey says:

    Ever since I've consciously tried to avoid and not eat meat, my sammiches always have hummus. It's SO good I don't even notice there's no meat. And that bean and rice salad looks so good. I want to give it a try next week!

  3. Casey says:

    p.s. I have a blog too. Kinda forgot to mention it since this is on blogger :)


  4. jewel@fit-and-fabulous-jewel says:

    Can't wait to hear your news!!! Driving me nuts now!!

    That dinner (and lunch too) looks so good. I love love love cilantro.

    So are your airboat skills coming in handy? LOL!

  5. pamplemousse21 says:

    dinner problems solved now I've seen that soup – it looks deeeelish! And so comforting!

  6. Living Free says:

    Yummy eats girlie! I am so excited to her what your news is. Glad to hear it's good-you deserve good news! Have a good one!

  7. Heather says:

    What a great idea to add bread to a bowl of yogurt!

    That soup looks amazing – very pretty presentation.

    Hopefully you got some rest – sounds like a tiring day.

  8. From Here to There. In Purple. says:

    The bread in yogurt kind of reminds me of a bread pudding! Yumm

  9. Gabriela says:

    Dang girl, sounds like a lot of work! I love hummus on sammies too- so refreshing. I'm craving some now!! Hope today goes well for you girl!!

  10. Krista says:

    I absolutely love how thick your soup is. Drool!

    You must sleep like a rock at night with the type of work you do. I get tired just reading about your day!!

  11. Amanda - RunToTheFinish says:

    I have been on a crazy hummus kick lately, so good and light for summer!

  12. biz319 says:

    Your soup looks great! I love the tomato/chiles in a can – totally kicks everything up a notch!

    I'll have to look for the low sodium version next time :D

    Hope your feet got rested!

  13. Faith @ LovelyAsCharged says:

    Yum! That soup sounds absolutely wonderful. I wonder how it would taste with liquid smoke…I'm a sucker for cajun style beans and rice!

  14. Jessica @ The Process of Healing says:

    That yogurt mess sounds amazing!!! I would never have thought to add bread, yum!

  15. whataboutsummer says:

    deep breath of nostalgia… looks so good

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