As you may know, I had a life changing experience at the LA Flower Mart last week. I like to think I’m always obsessed with flowers, but the obsession I feel for them right now is quite beyond that which I once felt. There may or may not have been an excessive amount of floral pictures in my instagram feed before last week, but last week was the first time I took notice and began screen-shotting like a mad woman. I could go on, but I feel like you came here to see some amazing floral inspiration, and I would hate to hold you up.
I’ve lived LA-adjacent all my life, but somehow, against all odds, have managed to never make it to the LA Flower Mart. I’m not entirely sure how this happened, but that all changed one fateful day last week when I threw on my new eShakti floral dress and skipped (drove) off to the flower mart. It was magnificent. All of these sunflowers for $2.50, is that unreal or is that unreal? It’s unreal.
So, obviously I’ve made the very important decision to go to the flower mart at least once a week in order to bring massive floods of joy into my life. The magic encompassed in this warehouse filled to the brim with every flower, basically every created, was just…have I used the word unreal yet? You get the picture, unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of the flower mart because I was too excited. Next time, though, I promise.
Now, I bought these sunflowers for three reasons. (1) Because I love sunflowers, (2) Because they were so cheap, and (3) Because they matched my dress too perfectly not to get them. And as long as we’re talking about my dress, I have a fun story for you. I was approached by the awesome people at eShakti to pick out a piece from their site to review. With similar vibes to Modcloth, I was super excited, and then I realized what made eShakti so cool. Every piece is made to order with your measurements and various other customizations that tailor your piece specifically for you. Considering how many people complain they can never find the right x, y, and x to fit them, this is perfection.
Any magical discoveries this week, either fashionable, floral, or otherwise? You know what to do!
I’m going through this weird phase right now where sometimes I want to make everything from scratch and sometimes I just want McDonalds. Since I’m working on giving myself healthier options, I bought dried beans one day at the market in hopes of eventually feeling inspired to make something with them. When I got home, I just wanted to go for it so I did some bean googling and got the general idea of what I had to do. Put the beans in a container, pour in water, put lid on, pop in fridge overnight, then do whatever you want with them.
If you were wondering what I did with them, I forgot about them for four days. At some point, I opened the fridge to find my beans, green peppers and corn that needed a plan of action for consumption. The rest is bean soup history. Now I know what you’re thinking, it’s 90 degrees out, why are you making soup? That is a solid question. This week, it’s so hot my fingers are swelling, but last week by the time 6 pm rolled around, there was a light breeze, and I’m telling you, it was perfect sit-outside-and-eat-soup weather. Anyhow, just save this recipe for next week when the weather decides to switch it up again.
What you’ll need:
1 cup dried beans (use whatever beans you like but I used a variety mix for fun)
1 cob of corn
2 green peppers
salt, pepper, and garlic salt to season
Let’s get started:
You’ll need to soak the beans overnight before starting the soup. Pour 1 cup of beans into a container that has a lid, then fill up to an inch above the beans with water. Store in the refrigerator overnight. 12 hours or more is great but you can store them for at least up to 4 days because I forgot about them and did that. The soup was still delicious. Don’t judge me.
Once it’s been at least 12 hours, grab a strainer and strain the beans and rinse them. Put them into a medium sized pot, and fill pot with water, just a bit above the beans. The more water, the thinner the soup and vice versa so do what you want.
Turn on the stove and put the pot with the beans on high. Once the beans are boiling, let them boil for one minute or so, then turn stove down to low. The beans should be simmering. Put the lid on the pot and let them cook for around an hour.
Once the beans are as soft as you want them, chop up your onion and green pepper as tiny as you want and take the corn off the cob. Throw corn, green pepper, onion, salt, pepper, and garlic salt into the beans and stir on medium for a few minutes. Then put the lid back on and go back to a simmer on low. Let cook for 30 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so.
Now your soup should be done. Add more salt and pepper to taste and you can either let cool plop it into a bowl and garnish with fresh chopped green pepper, or keep it on the stove if you want it to stay warm longer. This soup can cook forever and just gets better.
The best part is it can easily be stored in the fridge and reheated for lunch the next day if you have extra or feel like saving time. I did that too…it’s actually good two days later… Have you ever made beans before? I’d love some tips from pros and/or people who have made beans more than once.
I am a lot of things, and one of those things is a collector of quotes. I can’t help but scroll through my instagram a few times a day, it’s a problem, and when I do, I’m constantly screen-shotting my truly favorite things. Since I just uploaded all my images from my phone to my computer, this seemed like an opportune time to give you a little mid-week inspiration. May you leave today feeling totally pumped and ready to rock today and the rest of forever. Dream big or go home right?
This one’s just a glorious bonus piece of summer advice
Are you feeling inspired to win at life now? Be honest, but don’t hurt my feelings. Oh, and if you have a favorite inspiring quote, you should probably take a second to tell me, thanks for being cool about this.
Hi, I'm Sarah, the loser behind Loser Girl Wins. If you're a fashion lover, word enthusiast, nail polish collector, cooking pretender and/or a mermaid and unicorn aficionado, you've come to the right place. if you hate all those things, I don't know what to tell you. Stick around, I'll be back in a second to do stuff!