Recent Eats & The Good Bean {Giveaway}

Yesterday I had the intention of posting my race recap.  I started writing in the morning, uploaded pictures during lunch, and planned to publish when I got home but that last part didn’t happen.  The past few weeks I’ve been starring at my computer screen at work for too many hours – inputting data, updating spreadsheets, confirming contracts, etc. – so by the time I get home the only screen that I wanna stare at is the TV.

Side note: have y’all watched ABC Family lately?  I haven’t in ages but last night I caught a few minutes of Pretty Little Liars and the sneak preview of Twisted.  Holy heck, those girls are much more mature than Sabrina the Teenage Witch ever was…  Er, or I’m just getting older?


I thought I’d sandwich my race recap between my recent eats [ba-dum-bum! get it? sandwich cause it’s WIAW] but then I realized that this post would be a million miles long so I’ll save it for another day.  Don’t expect anything groundbreaking, just some of my pre-, during, and post-race thoughts.  Today I’m sticking with tradition and sharing a few of my recent eats and surprising y’all with a good giveaway – whoop whoop!

Ryan is traveling for work this week so that means that I’ve been cooking for one – uno, solo, nada one else, single gal – and that has translated into easy and convenient comfort food.  Charlie always gets mopey when his partner in crime is MIA so I’ve been trying my best to fill the void.  But I evidently I’m just not as cool as dad…  Charlie’s mind: daddy = play pal // momma = couch cuddler.

3:19:20Charlie Camp

A few of my recent eats photo dump style.  All were tasty with the exception of not so tasty green goop…  Although it does fit in perfectly with this months theme ;)

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!






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The Good Bean Review & Giveaway

A few months ago when I was perusing the aisles of Whole Foods, I stumbled upon The Good Bean chickpeas.  I’d seen a few bloggers post recipes for roasted chickpeas but my semi-homemade loving self opted to buy the snacks versus baking the beans myself.  And I am so glad that I did, they were amazingly delicious!

The store by me only had the Cracked Pepper flavor so that’s what I tried first.  I’m a big fan of pepper so I had high hopes…  They were sprinkled with black pepper, a touch of salt, weren’t overly spicy, and were super crunchy – two thumbs up in my opinion!

Bummed that I couldn’t find any of the other flavors around me, I contacted The Good Bean and they were happy to send me a sample of their 4 chickpea snacks and 3 fruit and no-nut bars.

A little bit about the products as seen on The Good Bean website :

Chickpea Snacks

Healthy!  Our chickpeas are naturally packed with intense nutrition – for a healthy heart, a healthy waistline, and for sustained energy.  Tasty!  They’re also intensely delicious.  Dry roasted sloooowly, and then tossed with tasty spices.  Yum!  Gluten-free, nut-free, cholesterol-free, low fat, low in carbohydrates, nothing over-engineered, nothing artificial.

Fruit & No-Nut Bars

Fruit & nut bars are the ideal healthy snack any time of day, and the growing popularity of this category is testament how much people love them.  Here’s a bar with all the textures, flavors, and wholesomeness of fruit & nut bars, but without the fat and allergens of nuts!  Our bars – packed with seeds, fruits, and chocolate – are truly delicious, and pack a nutritious wallop.

After tasting each of these products, I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed each and every one of them – I didn’t dislike any but I did have a few favorites…  Sweet Cinnamon and Cracked Peppercorn were my top two favorite chickpea snacks and Apricot Coconut was my favorite fruit and no-nut bar.

Lucky, lucky you because The Good Bean has graciously offered to give 2 lucky winners each:

  • [2] Chickpea Snacks
  • [3] Fruit & No-Nut Bars

The giveaway will end Sunday, March 24th at 11:59PM EST.  I will randomly select the winner and announce her or him on Monday!  To enter, please leave a separate comment for each of the following:

*Please note: you must leave a separate comment for each to receive multiple entries – you can enter once, twice, or all 7 possible ways – the more entries, the better your chances!*

— Allison


WIAW: Inspiration from Julia

I truly enjoy being in the kitchen, chopping and dicing, tasting and testing.  Cooking calms me…  When I have time.  During the week 30-minute and semi-homemade meals are more my style.  Just because something takes hardly any time to make or uses no more than 3 ingredients does not mean it isn’t tasty!

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty What I Ate Wednesday link-up :)

Comforting. Convenient. Healthy. Hearty. Simple. Satisfying. Scrumptious.


Folgers vanilla biscotti cappuccino, frozen berries, & a pumpkin pie spice waffle topped with pain yogurt + peanut butter frosting + pistachios + raisins

“You don’t have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces – just good food from fresh ingredients.” ~Julia Child

Mid-Morning Snack

sugar-free Starbucks peppermint coffee

“Drama is very important in life: You have to come on with a bang. You never want to go out with a whimper.” ~Julia Child


simple spinach salad, red Anjou pear, & acorn squash + baked chicken tenders + slivered almonds

“One of the secrets, and pleasures, of cooking is to learn to correct something if it goes awry; and one of the lessons is to grin and bear it if it cannot be fixed.” ~Julia Child

Afternoon Snack

green apple, light mozzarella string cheese, & Kashi Go Lean + Peanut Butter Puffins

“You’ll never know everything about anything, especially something you love.” ~Julia Child


cauliflower loaded salad, sunny eggs with parm cheese, & cranberry walnut bread with a schmear of peanut butter

“The only real stumbling block is fear of failure. In cooking you’ve got to have a what-the-hell attitude.” ~Julia Child


[unpictured] Deep Chocolate VitaTop & popcorn

“It’s so beautifully arranged on the plate – you know someone’s fingers have been all over it.” ~Julia Child

Yesterday…  #elf4Health 11/27 Day 2:  Send a card or handwritten note to a friend.

“Remember, ‘No one’s more important than people’!  In other words, friendship is the most important thing–not career or housework, or one’s fatigue–and it needs to be tended and nurtured.” ~Julia Child

Today…  #elf4Health 11/28 Day 3:  Try a new workout today!

Tomorrow…  #elf4Health 11/29 Day 4:  Get up 15 minutes early to meditate and reflect.

Question:  Cooking- yay or nay?  *Regardless of whether you think you’re good or not!*

Question:  How do you take your eggs?  Sunny and runny, hard boiled, over easy, poached, or scrambled?  Sunny or hard boiled for me please!

— Allison


WIAW: Spinning Out of Control

This morning around 4AM I woke up sweating from a bad dream.  What I remember is that I was driving in a car [with no passengers] and was stopped at an intersection.  After looking both ways and didn’t see anyone coming, I proceeded to cross.  All of a sudden, I looked to my left and there was a car coming.  It plowed into the backside of my car and my car started spinning out of control.  I immediately woke up, shot up in bed, and couldn’t get back to sleep.

I’m guessing that dream stemmed from the worries I’m having about Ryan’s surgery this afternoon.  I know that it’s on his ankle and they’re not going anywhere near any vital organs, but there is always risk involved in surgery and I don’t like that.  I don’t like when things are out of my control [i.e. spinning out of control] and welp, surgery is certainly out of my control.

frozen berries & peanut butter pancakes topped with cinnamon Chobani + walnuts + fresh sweetened cranberries + maple syrup

I’m beginning to think that hospital visits are becoming a holiday tradition in our family.  Last year Ryan had an appendicitis and this year it’s his ankle.  Next year I told him it’s my turn but for happier reasons- hellooo parenthood.  Read: I am KIDDING!  Absolutely and totally JOKING!  Just trying to lighten ze mood!  Sorry momma and Ryan if I caused you a slight, momentary scare :P   That’s still a few years away.

Moving onto yummier thoughts, What I Ate Wednesday [WIAW].  I’ve been feeling snacky and loving cranberries + walnuts lately…

Thanks Jenn for hosting another tasty link-up!

apples, turkey bacon, & cinnamon pancakes topped with cinnamon Chobani + fresh sweetened cranberries + walnuts + maple syrup

mid-morning Starbucks coffee break & a sweet birthday note for Ryan

broccoli, grapefruit, Siggi’s Icelandic yogurt, turkey + cheese rice cakes, & Healthy Bites

pear & Peanut Butter Balls + Peanut Butter Puffins + pistachios

shopping for Thanksgiving fixin’s at TJ’s but got a little sidetracked

veggie-filled salad topped with an egg & a bagel with PB + apple butter

always gotta end the day on a sweet note *holy cranberry, these. cookies. are. awesome!*

Ryan’s surgery isn’t until this afternoon so we’re about to head out to Target for some retail therapy.  I’m planning to pack a lunch and bring my computer for some blog reading while his ankle is getting all fixed up.  I hope all y’all traveling today stay safe and out of traffic.  And most likely I won’t be on the computer tomorrow so I hope y’all also have a wonderful and HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

Question:  What’s your favorite holiday combo?  I was all about pumpkin this fall but chocolate + peppermint and cranberries + walnuts are tasting mighty fine nowadays!

Question:  When you’re stressed or worried, do you get bad dreams?

— Allison