May 5, 2012


I thought about going strawberry picking this afternoon.

I thought about going to mall for some new maternity shorts.

I thought about running some errands, walking to get an ice cream, accompanying Matt to beer run.

But instead, we napped.

After just an hour, I woke up thinking it was a new morning!

I then snacked, we hung out on the porch, and I made beans.


Our neighbors at the farmer’s market are very nice, and Matt traded them loaves of bread for lettuce and radishes on one side and organic black beans on the other! These beans hail from Steadfast Farm in Red Hill, VA. I soaked them last night so they’d be ready for cookin’ on Cinco de Mayo!


I was all excited to make the Frijoles Negros recipe from my Ultimate Rice Cooker cookbook. I just KNEW this recipe was going to turn out perfectly with a thick soupy porridge of perfectly tender beans. However, it didn’t quite turn out like that. Perhaps my rice cooker setting was off? The book says to use “Regular” but mine doesn’t have a regular setting, so I used “Mixed.” Guessing that’s the problem. Anyways, we ended up just reducing them on the stove-top after they were cooked and all turned out fine in the end.

I also picked up a pound of locally produced Mexican chorizo from The Rock Barn today, which we browned and stirred into our frijoles. Topped with greek yogurt, lime and cilantro from the garden! I love summer!


Scooped up with Food Should Taste Good Lime!

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Consumed during a warm rainstorm!


My greatest fear about napping is that I won’t be able to fall asleep at night, but I think I’ll be fine tonight!

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1 Angela @ Health, Happiness and Harmony May 5, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Looks like a fresh and delicious dinner! Nothing beats local, home grown foods! :)


2 Jen May 5, 2012 at 9:26 pm

Please tell me you’re not eating beans + cheerios in that turquoise mug! Or is that some pregnancy craving I’ve never heard of? :)


3 KathEats May 5, 2012 at 9:31 pm

Heavens no, those were almonds in there.


4 Sana May 5, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Lol, I like the saying “heavens no”. Hahah, it’s just fun to say :)


5 Kimberly May 5, 2012 at 9:57 pm

I was actually thinking the same thing! I was pretty sure that you wouldn’t eat Cheerios and beans but that’s what it looked like to me too!


6 Roxanne May 6, 2012 at 1:23 am

So did I! Beans with cheerios… LOL


7 Kavi @ Lab to Fab! May 6, 2012 at 6:01 am

I thought the same thing, lol! Glad to hear they were almonds 😉


8 Jen May 5, 2012 at 11:08 pm

Yeah, I figured you would have mentioned something about a beans + cheerios craving! Almonds sound better.


9 Rachel May 6, 2012 at 3:35 pm

I had the same question! Then I read Kath’s reply and still sat here and wondered…beans and almonds?! That doesn’t sound very good, either. It took me going back to the picture to get it. Whew. In all fairness, I’ve been up since 4:30 this morning!


10 Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) May 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I have the same rice cooker and I think (not sure, though) that the “regular” setting is the white/sushi. Worth trying!


11 KathEats May 5, 2012 at 9:39 pm

Oh good, thanks! Wish they said that somewhere :)


12 Stephanie @ Legally Blinde May 5, 2012 at 9:35 pm

I think it is so cool that Matt traded bread for other local food – it doesn’t get much better than that.


13 Jen May 5, 2012 at 10:05 pm

Kath, I’m loving your more laid-back writing style lately. You seem more relaxed and just going with the flow.


14 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 5, 2012 at 11:34 pm

Great beans! Makes me wanna make some…or eat yours :)


15 Annette @FitnessPerks May 5, 2012 at 11:50 pm

I LOVE beans, lime, and cilantro.YUMM!


16 madison @ toldinvain May 6, 2012 at 1:36 am

So are the Food Should Taste Good chips as good as they advertise themselves to be? I’m always so dubious and I stand in the chip aisle forever!


17 KathEats May 6, 2012 at 6:22 am



18 Lynn @ the actor's diet May 6, 2012 at 2:00 am

I totally forgot to eat cinco de mayo foods!


19 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats May 6, 2012 at 2:31 am

A nap sounds like a great idea after your long morning! I tried to nap today, after barely sleeping due to shouting outside (I live in downtown Chicago) and then getting up at 5am, but I just can’t fall asleep during the day!


20 Zoe @ loseweightandgainhealth May 6, 2012 at 4:07 am

Trading goods for goods with no cash is wonderful – how societies used to live and a great way to forge new friendships and pass on produce you have no need for but someone else does. Love it :-)


21 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 6, 2012 at 7:02 am

The beans look great but of course, I’d leave out the chorizo. Although I’ve seen that there is a “soy-rizo” available. I need to look for that!


22 Simply Life May 6, 2012 at 7:12 am

i love that he traded food – I’m sure it was a win-win-win! :)


23 Andie May 6, 2012 at 7:58 am

Hi! I’ve been a reader since your very first posts back in 2008! (I was reading them all until I FINALLY caught up to present day posts just yesterday!). I just wanted to say I really admire your healthy attitude and lifestyle. I’ve struggled eating healthily for a year now, but since I began reading your blog, I have really learned to appreciate food, both the good and the “once in a while” (no such thing as “bad!”). Thanks to your examples, I no longer have bad or guilty thoughts about what I eat and recently I was finally able to gain back the weight I lost due to an eating disorder and now I finally feel like I can enjoy life.

I just wanted to say thank you for changing my life and good luck on your journey to becoming a mother! :)


24 KathEats May 6, 2012 at 8:06 am

Thanks Andie!


25 Molly @ RDexposed May 6, 2012 at 8:28 am

Same fear here!
And way to change up the monetary system of trading with beans and bread!


26 Nadiya @ Milk and Honey May 6, 2012 at 11:22 pm

Those beans look delicious :) Love the barter system you’ve got going on there ^^


27 Angel7 May 9, 2012 at 1:23 pm

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