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My day started with a walk to the park.  Coe was pretty adamant.  Now that it is cooler and wetter, she’s in heaven.  A true Oregonian she is.  If she weren’t so darn pesky, I would have been very happy to stay snug in bed until the very last minute.

We bottled Gin 3 today.  For you who don’t know, it a beautiful bright gin.  All the while we were bottling, I kept thinking about the grapefruit, lemon and lime juice in my fridge.  I squeezed it on Sunday when the girls were over for my non-alcoholic option.  More on this in a minute…

When I got home and started thinking about dinner, I’ve been wanting to make the Homesick Texan’s Basic Black Bean recipe.  I checked the recipe and the pantry and there were a few holes.  I started with 11 ounces of dry black beans, her recipe called for 16, so I scaled.  Since it was 3pm, clearly I didn’t do the overnight soak.  I did as she suggested and covered with water, brought to a boil and shut off.

Coe and I set off on walk #2, this time it included the gro-sto.  Home again, home again, jiggety jig.  I sauteed my onions, carrots and garlic.  Added the beans, omitted the epazote, added only 2 chipotles in adobo (now wish I had added 3) and added 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro.  Realized at this point she mentions later in the recipe to add remaining, but there’s no such thing as too much cilantro, so I added another huge handful at the end as well.  I scaled the liquid as well, but think I could have used less.  I let it reduce quite at bit at the end.

Where’s the workout of this Wednesday you keep asking?  Well, after I started the pot of beans, I went off for my Take it Outside ass-kicking.  New month, new classes.  Real Women Train with Balls! (hehehehehe balls)  We trained on exercise balls doing push-ups, butt lifts and lots of arm work with weights.  I love Kristin and I’m so gonna hurt tomorrow.

Dinner was mostly ready when I got home.  I served these yummy beans over cheesy grits with a dollop of Darigold Mexican sour cream.  Ain’t terribly pretty, but it was pretty tasty!

Now back to Gin 3.  Dessert is served.  I wasn’t positive grapefruit and gin would work.  But Gin 3 works beautifully with citrus and this didn’t disappoint.  The  sharp grapefruit was calmed by the gin and they married nicely.

Happy hump day!

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