Soup’s On, Locked Out


Despite feeling extra extra zonked today, it was a cozy rainy day and I was generally productive. Thanks to my space heater, rainy days no longer mean I’m freezing at my desk. I’ve loved the warm weather, but it’s also nice to have colder days during the holidays. I’ve found myself thinking of Boston often lately, as I have fond memories of snow flurries, festive lights and Christmas trees, and holiday shopping on bustling Newbury St.

Needless to say, I was in the mood for warm comfort food by dinner time and I found a great way to use up some extra pumpkin: pumpkin bean soup.


This soup was so easy to throw together, I had it simmering in no time. Then I went to put in a load of laundry, forgot my keys, and found myself locked out of my apartment with no phone [Matt was deep in a meeting anyway], money, or relevant contact information. I ran to the leasing office, but it was closed. My biggest concern was my soup! A twist of fate led me to one of the leasing agents at the bar within the restaurant in my complex. I was saved; and I was hungry!


Whew. After that moment, this hearty soup with melted pepper-jack and spicy corn chips was truly a comforting food.


  • Lauren
    November 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm

    You were so lucky to find someone to help, and just in tine! I just did the.same thing last week, the night before Thanksgiving. I put my laundry in and found myself stuck in the hall without my keys or phone… and with side dishes to make. Got to keep things interesting I guess 🙂

    • Laura
      November 30, 2011 at 8:56 am

      Oh wow, I would have totally panicked!

  • kelli h
    November 30, 2011 at 12:22 am

    I hate getting locked out! That used to happen at my parents house a lot and they live out in the country. It sucked!! I love pumpkin black bean soup!

  • Kristina
    November 30, 2011 at 8:55 am

    Just printed out the soup recipe and I’m looking forward to trying it this weekend!

  • Elizabeth
    November 30, 2011 at 10:08 am

    1st of all I can’t imagine not having laundry in my own place. Yes I now think I am spoiled!
    2nd – my grandma once locked herself out of her house in just a towel and had to knock on her neighbors door to see if they could help her get back in. 🙂 What I am trying to say, is at least you weren’t naked. LOL

    • Laura
      November 30, 2011 at 10:17 am

      I used to have laundry in my kitchen and it’s been a tough adjustment:( And I’m very glad I wasn’t naked!!!

  • Mom
    November 30, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Love the towel story! Getting locked out is the pits. Glad it ended so well!

  • Kat
    November 30, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    Thank goodness you were able to get in! I had a girlfriend once who had to climb into a house she was housesitting through window. Horror. Since we live in a split-level, I would be completely SOL if I were to lock myself out.

  • Allison
    November 30, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    The can of pumpkin in my fridge needs to be used- I’m thinking of making a pumpkin soup tonight!

  • Shelley
    November 30, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    Hi Laura,

    First time commenter, but routine reader here. I am in dire need of a haircut! I feel like my dead ends are just weighing me down. Your shining and beautiful picture has inspired me, must get that appointment in soon!

    • Laura
      December 1, 2011 at 10:01 am

      Go get one!!! I feel soo much better. Thanks for the comment:)