Week 19: Vegan Chili and Music

One of the things I love doing the most is going to concerts…There is nothing better than geeking out to live music…It does not suck that we happen to live in an area where pretty much every music artist passes through…small acts to big acts. Usually we catch a few outdoor shows during the summer at our favorite venue…Wolftrap out in Vienna, Virginia…It is an awesome venue in the middle of the woods…in the summer the night sky and fireflies set the mood…You can sit on the lawn and enjoy a picnic or sit in the amphitheater that looks like it was made out of giant match sticks. We typically buy seats to sit in after we’ve had our picnic and wine…However, this summer we were deep in the first trimester and puking our guts out and by ours I mean the pregnant one was…and on one occasion I had to toss my cookies too…so no concerts did we see. But when Brandi Carlile announced the Pin Drop Tour at the Barns at Wolftrap…we planned a date night…not knowing how pregnancy would be treating us…And even though the show started at 8:00 PM and we’re typically asleep by 10:00 PM most nights…we rocked it out like pros.

I had never seen a show at the Barns…but the Barns are beautiful…I’m not sure if we were in the small or large barn…


We were originally seated in the balcony even though I was online at 10 AM the day tickets went on sale…but there is not a bad seat in the house and the house was packed!

View from our seats...

View from our seats…

There were pregnant women everywhere! There was a pregnant woman sitting on our row…Then as we were sitting there minding our own business then a dude named Gary walked up and asked if we would like to sit downstairs…DUH!  He took us down to the 5th row! Where we were seated next to another pregnant lady! Lisa was getting bump envy!  There were some impressive bumps everywhere…This was a great show for bumps! A night entirely of natural sound – not even a microphone in sight!


Guitars, Cellos and Bass, Oh my!

Brandi Carlile threw several picks which seemed to keep hitting Lisa and the pregnant lady next to her! It was extremely funny. However it was so dark in the theater…because it was only lit by the small lights you see on stage…we had no idea where they were landing. When the lights came up we were able to find two…but only kept one!


It was such an amazing show…every minute…they gifted us with music for almost two hours and it was awesome…New songs coming on a new album! I do not have any pictures from the show because I wanted to obey the no camera rule and be present. Brandi Carlile is a favorite of mine so I have seen her a half a dozen times. Definitely check her out if you have not…but unless you live under a rock you’ve heard the song The Story. For you baby making fans out there, she recently released a children’s books with the lyrics from Caroline.


Also she played a song in honor of marriage equality in Virginia! The video was filmed out at Wolftrap!

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I like to think I am influencing my child’s taste in music in utero…I am hoping it means less purple Dinosaur or whatever kids are listening to these days…I know I am about to find out. Week 19 is so close to week 20 that we spent some time marveling at how fast time is flying by and that we are nearly half way there! We also probably spent more time than we should looking at pictures of vernix caseosa…Our baby was the size of an heirloom tomato…October in Virginia is not a good time of year for heirloom tomatoes!


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Obviously, it was a good weekend to take our little tomato to a concert!

Your baby’s sensory development is exploding! Her brain is designating specialized areas for smell, taste, hearing, vision, and touch. Some research suggests that she may be able to hear your voice now, so don’t be shy about reading aloud, talking to her, or singing a happy tune if the mood strikes you.

We’ve been reading, talking and singing to the baby at night. We like to listen to the heartbeat while I talk to him/her. I get so excited about meeting our little person every day!

Since heirloom tomatoes are not at their prime and it is fall, I decided to share my vegan chili recipe with you all!!

Vegan Chili


  • 1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pack of Trader Joe’s Beefless crumbles (or the equivalent 1 lb. of meatless crumbles/TVP)
  • 2-3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 (15-oz) can of tomato sauce
  • 2 (14.5-oz) can diced tomatoes/sweet onions (undrained)
  • 1 (15-oz) can organic pinto beans (drained)
  • 1 (15-oz) can organic black beans (drained)


  1. Chop onion
  2. Preheat large saucepan on medium 2-3 minutes. Place beef less crumbles, and the onion in pan; cook 4-5 minutes or until onions are tender
  3. Add bell pepper, tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and beans
  4. Add seasoned salt, pepper and chili powder to taste
  5. Bring to a boil, stirring often
  6. Reduce heat to low; cook and stir 10 more minutes to blend flavors. Serve.

You can substitute on can of diced and fire roasted for a slightly different flavor.



TJ’s has the best beefless crumbles in my opinion! 


Shredded Cheddar Daiya and vegan sour cream make a great topping!

6 thoughts on “Week 19: Vegan Chili and Music

  1. Its the best to listen to their heartbeat when you talk/read/sing to them…i listen to the boys and their heart rates both go up! When i sing to them or Callie plays recordings of me singing, they start moving and kicking like crazy! Maybe i’ll try it at the ultrasound tomorrow! LOL! The Dr. will probably yell at me…and how awesome is that theatre!?!? Looks and sounds like it was a pretty awesome concert…and Brandi is amazing!

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    • I hope you sung at the ultrasound today! I wanted yo last time bc the baby wasnt cooperating and I thought it might help but I didn’t! Good luck today! Cant want to read all about it! Hope Callie is doing well!!!


  2. I love making chili, throw it in the slow cooker get the house smelling delicious all day. My chili is so didn’t from anything my mom made growing up (vegan and hearty v. Ground beef in tomato water!) so when I made it for my family they were all pretty adamant they would hate it, but they Loved it! Can I go have chili for breakfast now?!

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