hearty four bean chili

for all those cold fall and winter nights, this chili hits the SPOT. it’s super filling and only gets better with time. the flavors blend and it’s…..*sigh*….so good. its like healthy comfort food. not to over sell it, but it’s amazing.

let’s just get right to it then, shall we? here we go:

INGREDIENTS:

1 yellow or white onion, diced

3 bell peppers, different colors

1-2 jalapeno, seeded and diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1-2 tbs olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste

2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

1 large can petitie diced tomatoes, unstrained

1 can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed

1 can vegetarian chili beans

1 cup carrots, diced

1 46 fl oz. container of V8 juice

2 vegetarian bouillon cubes

1/2 cup (3 packages) taco seasoning

Optional Garnishes:

diced avocado

chopped cilantro

tortilla chips

vegan sour cream

HOW TO:

In a large pot, saute onions, peppers, jalapenos, and garlic cloves in olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste.  Saute until onions are translucent, and peppers start to soften. Add the sweet potato, tomatoes, beans, carrots, V8 juice, bouillon cubes, and taco seasoning. Bring all ingredients to a boil, then cover and simmer for at least 2 hours. Serve with your favorite corn bread (i use Trader Joe’s brand). Top with whatever garnishes you like, and serve hot!

happy fall everyone!

happy fall, indeed.

happy fall, indeed.

house update: the final countdown

we are officially 9 days away from our close date!! SINGLE DIGITS Y’ALL!!! the house is pretty much finished on the inside, too. we will do a walk through this friday and make a list of any dings or marks or little fixes that need to happen before close, and then we are home free! just landscaping and TRIM FINISHES (*COUGH COUGH**) that need to happen!

my parents and sissiebear and brosef come in this weekend to help us move, and they are bringing the dining table we ordered! i can’t wait to see it.  you KNOW i’ll be posting like a fiend the next few weeks!

also a guarantee is that the amount of work that needs to be done will be increasingly inversely proportional to my motivation, so that means lots of blog posts and picture taking instead :) i told myself, “just pack one box each night, and by the time you move you’ll be golden”……and then college leah decided to roll around again, and i was like “naaahhh  girl ….it’ll work out….i’ll just pack a TON on the day of and it will be fiiiiiiiiiiine.” so instead of proactively packing, i lay around on my phone and computer trying to distract myself from how much work needs to be done/how stressed i am about it.  oh and food and i have looooooong talks about it too. so there’s that.

okay here are the finished products from the kitchen and living/dining rooms! can’t wait to furnish!

we decided on pocket doors for our pantry and i am SO glad we did. it frees up a whole extra wall of space in there! (credit to pauly on that one.)

we decided on a pocket door for our pantry and i am SO glad we did. it frees up an entire additional wall of space in there! (credit to pauly on that one.)

not gonna lie. i am a little too excited about having pantry space. i sense an insane amount of chalkboard paint and ikea jars in my future....

not gonna lie. i am a little too excited about having pantry space. i sense an insane amount of chalkboard paint and ikea jars in my future….thank you pinterest…

the kitch in done!

the kitch is done!

here's a close up of the subway tile and granite

here’s a close up of the subway tile and granite

 

and more granite and stove top. also: we have always had electric stove tops and i feel nervous about having this gas one and accidentally leaving the gas running and then lighting a candle upstairs and blowing our house to pieces....these are the things that keep me up at night...

and more granite and stove top. also: we have always had electric stove tops and i feel nervous about having this gas one… and accidentally leaving the gas running… and then lighting a candle upstairs or something, and blowing our house to pieces….these are the things that keep me up at night…

looking from dining room to living room

looking from dining room to living room

and living room to dining room. (all one big room, if you didn't see that..) also: that door leads to our deck! which i am also excited about and glad to have extra "freezer space" in the winter ;)

and living room to dining room. (all one big room, if you didn’t see that..) also: that door leads to our deck! which i am excited about and glad to have extra “freezer space” in the winter ;)

house update: the kitchen is almost done!

12 more days!!! 12 more days until we close on our house and officially become home owners! (cue mild heart attack: here.) so far, (minus the big trim debacle of 2013) everything has gone well and i am really liking our choices. it so hard to know if the tiiiiiiiiny sample piece you chose from will actually look good in your house, but so far so good. (knock on wood. toss some salt over my shoulder.)

here are a couple new pics! the kitchen was the room i was the most nervous about in this whole process… it’s my favorite room of the house, and we are in the kitchen all the time, so i wanted it to be…well…perfect… i am really thankful it has come together like we hoped it would.

oh!….the carpet is in now too so i will try to get some good pics of that up soon as well!

thanks for caring about our house :)

the kitchen in almost done! all the water is hooked up. waiting for the stove top to come in. and i can't WAIT for the paper to be removed from the floors!

the kitchen in almost done! all the water is hooked up, and we are just waiting for the stove top to come in. also,  i can’t WAIT for the paper to be removed from the floors!

we decided on a white, matte subway tile with sightly darker grout for the backsplash. i LOVE it.

we decided on a white, matte subway tile with sightly darker grout for the backsplash. i LOVE it. (unfortunately, these pics turned out yellow-tinged..not sure why..) fyi: giant hole = still waiting on that stove top…

these puppies arrived yesterday! our washer/dryer is on our upper level with all the bedrooms...making my cinderella work a little easier :)

these puppies arrived yesterday! the laundry room is on our upper level where all the bedrooms are…making my cinderella work a little easier :)