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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

women's bean project

Happy Tuesday! Today I want to share with you a very special organization that supports a truly wonderful cause. The Women's Bean Project, based in Denver, Colorado, employs unemployed and impoverished women in a transitional job to help them earn the job readiness, interpersonal and life skills needed to move into a career. More information and the history of the Women's Bean Project can be found here

I was first introduced to this project by my mom, who gave Richard and I a box of the chili and cornbread for Christmas. I have been looking forward to making the chili for two months now and with the terribly cold temperatures of last week, I thought this past weekend was the perfect time for a cold weather comfort food. The package my mom purchased for us had two different chili mixes and one cornbread mix. I chose the "old fashion" mix for the dinner, but I am very much looking forward to the spicy mix next time! Richard is not a huge fan of cornbread, but I thought I would ask to see if he would try a slice. To my surprise, he said yes. {I didn't want to be stuck with a whole loaf of cornbread for myself because I would eat the entire thing!} When the cornbread came out of the oven, it looked and smelled absolutely delicious! And you won't believe this...Richard had three slices! I thought he didn't like cornbread?! ;) 

And the chili did not disappoint. I usually use canned beans when making my own chili, so this was my first time using real beans. It does take some time with the soaking and simmering, but totally worth it in the end...the beans were so much more tender than the kind you buy in the canned food section. Overall, this was a fabulous meal that was the perfect choice for a chilly weekend that supports an even more fabulous cause. I know that I will be ordering more products from the Women's Bean Project as soon as we finish the next chili packet up! And it's not just chili either! Oatmeal cookies, chocolate brownies and even dog cookies are also for sale --- I think Ella would definitely enjoy those! 

If you are interested, you can browse and purchase the products here

I also have included a few photos of the cooking process below :)





























Have a wonderful day and thanks for dropping by!

6 comments:

  1. Looks delicious!! I'll be sure to try this! :)

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  2. that looks really interesting! :)

    xx Daisy
    The Mandarine Girl

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  3. This sounds like such a great cause! Homelessness in the US is a problem that's usually overlooked. The chili looks like it came out deliciously :)

    Mili

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    1. Thanks so much, Mili! It's such a great cause, I wanted to share! And the chili was delicious :) xo

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