Good evening everyone! Does anybody feel like it’s Thursday or something?? Surely it can’t only be Tuesday, can it? Rats – it is!

Ok, I have a serious problem. The problem is…I can’t stop making chipotle rice!!! I find myself thinking about dishes I can create just so I can have it!! It least I’m making it with brown rice so that’s good, right? Right?!

To satisfy my need for this delicious rice, tonight I made Spiced Black Bean and Rice Bowls for dinner.


My rice bowl had:

  • 1/4 cup cooked, chipotle rice
  • 1/4 cup black beans, spiced with cumin, oregano, chili powder and cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup leftover barley salad
  • cherry tomatoes
  • avocado


Ahhh…I’ve had my fix…this rice SERIOUSLY did not disappoint!


This actually tasted a lot like a real Chipotle Burrito Bowl – which, by the way, is the last straw that got Ben and I to move back to Iowa! We became obsessed with Chipotle while living in Minneapolis and when we found out they got one here, we decided it was finally ok to move back!! That’s actually kind of sad…whatevs, Chipotle rocks!


All mixed up…


For dessert, there’s something sweet and delicious waiting for me in the freezer…bet you can’t guess what it is! If you really can’t, I’ll let you know tomorrow ;)

I also updated my half marathon training schedule – scroll down to the end of the page to see week 5’s schedule. For those of you new to the blog, first of all, HI!!! Second of all, back in May I decided that I needed a workout schedule I could follow, instead of randomly deciding to run 5 miles here…4 miles there…etc (read about it here.) So, I busted out the schedule I used to train for my half marathon in the Fall of 2008 and have been following it ever since!

I haven’t been following the schedule with a race in mind, but running the Dam to Dam 5K with my Dad and seeing all the 20K people come in and cross the finish line, really gave me an itch to run a longer race again. I’ll probably regret writing that, but maybe it’s the motivation I need to sign up…we shall see!


Do you guys work out in “work out” clothes? ie moisture wicking, supportive, specific workout clothes? Or do you workout in random T’s and shorts?

IF I could afford it, I would totally rock the cute tanks and running shorts…but my stash of old t-shirts and sofie shorts is just too big to justify spending money on real clothes…here’s my ideal outfit. Isn’t it cute?!

View Workout!