Wow…. it’s been almost a week since I blogged.  Last week was pretty rough, and instead of writing one depressing post after another I decided to not blog.  I didn’t stop reading all of your blogs, but I just didn’t have it in me to sit and write.  I didn’t have it any me to care or keep track of what I ate.  I hit my bottom last week.  The bottom where you realize your not going to continue waking up every morning unhappy.  Only you have control of your happiness.  No one else is going to care that you’re sitting at home crying every night.  No one else is going to make you happy, but you.  You have the power to be happy, and that’s what I had to realize.

This morning I woke up to a green monster.

I got Unsweetened Coconut Milk at the store last time I was there, so I needed to a little something to sweeten it up just a bit.

Coconut Nectar

I just used a little of the nectar, which doesn’t taste like coconut at all, and it sweetened my green smoothie right up.  Yum!  I had never seen Coconut nectar before, but wanted to try something a little different. 

My snack today was a little of the same…

Plain greek yogurt, banana, and glazed walnuts

And for lunch… I made the cookinfanatic’s Black Bean and Chorizo Stew (  WordPress isn’t letting me insert a link into the post, so I’m just adding the address.

I began by sauteing an onion.  The recipe also called for green peppers, but since I didn’t have any I made the recipe without.  I’m trying to use up the ingredients I have on hand, and not buy too many other things right now.

Next up…

Add the chorizo and garlic.  I removed the casings from the chorizo and crumbled it before adding it the pan.  Do you know I think this is my first time removing the casing from anything… I felt a little bit proud when I did it.  🙂

Then add a can of drained black beans, cumin, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper.

Add the chicken stock and cook for 20 minutes.

I had some soup and leftover tortilla chips for lunch.  It was the perfect combination.

The weather was beautiful this morning, but is now looking like the sky is going to open up in a down pour at any moment.  I love thunderstorms… how about you??


9 Responses to “Mondaaayyyyy”

  1. lauravirginia Says:

    I missed you around blog world this week! I was just about to send you a message and make sure everything was ok when I saw your post! 🙂 That stew looks delish!

  2. Thetreadmilldiaries Says:

    My husband is such a huge fan of storms that they’ve grown on me over the years. Hope this week is better for you Kristi.

  3. lowandbhold Says:

    You’re right – only we can make ourselves happy. I’ve been reminding myself of that over and over lately as well 🙂

  4. Laura Says:

    Glad you’re back but also that you took the time you needed to! That coconut nectar is so intriguing… I wonder what else you could use it in?

  5. Kat Says:

    I’m definitely a fan of Thunderstorms 🙂

    Welcome back to blog-world, lady! I’m glad that you had the chance to do a bit of R&R and focus on you this last week.

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