Get your macaron on! {Recipe}

Once again, I totally didn’t mean to go ghost on you yesterday! Unfortunately I spent most of Tuesday night/Wednesday morning on the couch with a lovely case of false labor.

I’m telling you, there is no greater tease to a pregnant woman in her last weeks than false labor. I seriously felt like Mother Nature was laughing at me. There may have been a few angry tears shed too when everything came to a surprising halt around 4am. I really thought it might be the real deal!

Needless-to-say, I decided that my 5:30 alarm wasn’t happening, and went in to work a few hours late. Pregnancy perks.

But I’m back today (and still babyless) with a recap of a very fun event for you! A macaron-making class with my dear friend and fellow Fredericksburg blogger Aileen!

Macaron Class

Now if you’ve been around these parts for any length of time, then you’ll know that I am NOT a baker. Like, at all. I’m whatever the opposite of a baker is. A burner? That sounds about right.

Aileen, however, is like a magic baking goddess. Even more impressive, all the recipes on her blog are vegan! Also, how cute is she?

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So when she offered to show us her secret magic ways in the form of a macaron class, me and several of our friends immediately jumped at the chance! She even made us adorable little handouts!

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Now, I always knew that macarons were the little French-y cakes that always come in beautiful colors. But what I didn’t fully understand is that most of us actually say it wrong! These petite little cakes are actually pronounced maca-RON-s.

Maca-ROON-s are the little coconut ball things.

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Now you know!

But throughout the evening, Aileen showed us the ways of making these amazing little cakes of goodness. Well, mostly she demonstrated and we clumsily followed behind her. Can you tell which ones are her perfect circles and which ones are our weird lumpy ones?

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She even “whipped up” an almond buttercream to go in the middle. Ha! I wish I had those skillz.

But the great thing about macarons, she told us, is that you really can fill them with just about anything. The basic cookies themselves are a light almond flavor, so you can easily jazz it up with different flavors or fillings (or colors/sprinkles, like we did!)

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Another fun fact, see the little rim at the bottom of each cookie? Those are called the “feet”. Fancy baking terms right here, people! It’s like when you go wine tasting and comment on the tannins like you know what you’re talking about.

Those are some perfect macaron feet you’ve got there! …or something like that.

Overall they were the perfect lightly sweet two-bites of perfection. And honestly, a lot easier to make than I assumed they would be. Not that I’m going to be able to whip any up without some serious baking goddess supervision, but I think that’s more of a me issue.

Now you didn’t think I was going to leave you all without a recipe, did you? Aileen kindly agreed to let me share her recipe for Classic Almond Macarons. And then you should go check out her much fancier Raspberry and Elderflower Vegan Macarons!

Classic Almond Macarons

Classic Almond Macaron
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup + 6 tbsp blanched almond flour
  2. 1 cup + 1 tbsp powdered sugar
  3. 3 egg whites, at room temperature
  4. ½ cup + ½ tbsp. granulated sugar
  5. Gel food coloring, as needed
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees
  2. In a food processor, combine the almond flour and powdered sugar. Make sure everything is combined and processed thoroughly. Move this mixture to a sifter and discard any chunks.
  3. In a very clean stand mixing bowl, place your egg whites and whisk on medium until the eggs are frothy (1-2 minutes). Once they are frothy, add 1/3 of the granulated sugar, turning the whisk up to a 7 or 8. Add the rest of the sugar and food coloring, if applicable. Beat the eggs and sugar on high until stuff peaks form (5-8 minutes).
  4. Fold the almond/sugar mixture into the meringue. Once combined, the mixture should be thick and shiny, but not stiff.
  5. Place the mixture into a piping bag and pipe silver dollar-sized maracons onto a cookie sheet (Aileen recommends putting either a Silpat, silicone mat or parchment paper on the sheet to prevent sticking). Bang the tray on the counter a few times to get the macarons to smooth out. Let them dry on the counter for 15-20 minutes, or until they are dry to the touch (this is what creates the feet).
  6. Bake the macarons at 300 degrees for 15 minutes. Double the tray if you can, to help prevent burning.
  7. Enjoy!
Adapted from Maison Laduree
Adapted from Maison Laduree
My Freckled Life http://www.myfreckledlife.com/
Now we can all be fancy and get our macaron on!

So tell me: Are you as obsessed with these adorable mini cookies as I am? Anyone else made them before?

Pinspiration Tuesday

 

Don’t forget to check out my 38 Week Bumpdate and see my Maternity Photos over on Freckles & Fingerpaint!

 

Guys, I’ve been feeling very uninspired in the kitchen lately. I mean really, my poor husband has basically been stuck eating cereal and take out for the last few weeks. It’s bad. Really, really bad.

But the truth is, I have just not been in the mood to cook lately. I feel like 95% of my brain power is currently preoccupied with all things baby, and apparently there is no room left for recipe inspiration. Not sure if this is normal, but it’s reality. haha.

So since I have no new and exciting recipes to actually share with you, I thought I’d take to Pinterest and share with you some ideas that I’ve seen that DO look delicious and inspiring! We’ll just say were having a little Pinspiration Tuesday up in here. That’s a thing, right?

Well it is now!

Kale and Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Via Peanut Butter Fingers

Kale and Turkey Sausage Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Honestly, my breakfasts have been SUPER boring lately. We’re talking the same cereal every day for months kind of boring. Yup, it’s an exciting life I lead here, people.

So when I saw this kale and sausage breakfast casserole come across my Pinterest, I immediately put it on my “to make when I have kitchen inspiration again” list! How yummy does that look? Plus who doesnt love some quality greens first thing in the morning?

 

Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers

Via Spend with Pennies

Jalapeno Cheddar Burgers!  These are amazing with turkey or beef (I used turkey for these and it was delicious and juicy!)

 

You all probably know by now my love of all things spicy. Basically put the word “jalapeno” in the ingredient list, and I’m down. Add them to a burger, which is like the ultimate summer food, and I’m definitely in! 

I also love that she makes this recipe easy for both turkey or beef burgers, since I dont eat red meat. Sometimes burgers just aren’t the same with turkey, if you know what I mean, so I like that this is an option!

 

Lemon Ricotta Parmesan Pasta with Spinach and Grilled Chicken

Via Cooking Classy

Lemon Ricotta Parmesan Pasta with Spinach and Grilled Chicken | Cooking Class

Even though I’m actually not a huge citrus person, for some reason lemons just scream summertime to me. Maybe it’s too many years setting up lemonade stands to beat the heat. But whatever it is, this lemon and ricotta pasta seems so light and perfect for a summer evening! Plus it’s got some more awesome greens in it! Yay for greens! 

 

Amaretto Almond Butter

Via Erin’s Inside Job

amaretto almond butter

My dear friend Erin is seriously the almond butter MASTER (Mistress? That just sounds weird.) So when I saw this fancy amaretto almond butter on her blog, I’m pretty sure I started drooling on the spot. How delicious does that sound???

I actually still haven’t jumped on the almond butter making train yet, but it is on my list of things to do once I actually make my way into the kitchen for something that doesnt come out of the freezer. And this one is going to be first on my list of things to try!

Greek Yogurt Chocolate Brownies

Via The Big Man’s World

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You had me at brownies. But brownies that are slightly healthier (or at least, that’s what I’m claiming since they have greek yogurt in them)? Sign me up!

Plus, how pretty do they look??? Yum!

 

I do apologize that I’ve had no real recipe inspiration of my own, but I’m hoping that once Baby Freckle gets here and we’ve had time to settle into a new routine, my love of cooking will come back with a vengeance. Or at least, that’s what I keep promising Chris when I make him eat another bowl of the same cereal for dinner again. Whoops!

So tell me: What are some of your favorite recipes that I need to add to my “to make” list? Any pinspirations that you’d like to share?

The LAST Monday! {Weekend Recap}

Today is my LAST Monday at work! AHHH!!!!! Cue happy (super awkward pregnant white girl) dance here!

But seriously guys, this fact alone is getting me through the day. Knowing that even if I DO go past my due date, next Monday is Memorial Day which means an extra long weekend and NO WORK for me!

I know it sounds silly to be counting down the days at work, but I’ll be honest, right now I’m pretty much having to drag my butt there every morning. Since I will be officially leaving my job any second now when Baby Freckle decides to make his appearance, I have had all my turnover stuff ready to go since May 1st. Which basically means that I just twiddle my thumbs at work now. Definitely not the most exciting thing… especially when I would much rather be taking a nap. Or cleaning my house. haha.

So knowing that we are down to the last 2 weeks of thumb twiddling, and that this is the LAST MONDAY is a fun milestone!

Anyway, now that we are officially under the 10 day mark (whoa…) until my due date, life has obviously started to slow down. No crazy plans around here right now! So my weekend definitely wasn’t all that exciting… but at least it was fairly productive!

Friday

 Right after work on Friday I met up with a friend for dinner (Mexican food – I’m all about the spicy to get this baby moving!) before Bible Study. This may be our last Bible Study before Baby Freckle gets here, so it was great to see everyone for possibly the last time for awhile.

By the time we got home on Friday night, it was after 9:30pm, and you’d better believe I was ready for bed. #lame 

Saturday

Chris was actually up SUPER early on Saturday morning to head down to Blacksburg for his sister and step-sister’s college graduation. Sadly, I wasn’t allowed to attend since it was 4 hours away and the doc doesnt want me traveling that far, but I was cheering them on from afar!

But him waking up that early meant that I was pretty wide awake myself, and decided to use that to my advantage and hit up an early morning Body Pump class!

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I’m still LOVING this For Two Fitness top, and I highly recommend it to any of my preggo friends! Not only is it super cute, but it is also a great fit for the bump!

Post-workout I ran a few errands and did some more housework (nesting is still in full swing here!) before eventually crashing for an afternoon nap. I swear, I’ve never taken so many naps in my life!

Chris eventually made it back from graduation just in time to grab us dinner (more spicy food) and spend the rest of the evening catching up on some TV shows. 

Sunday

We both declared Sunday a “no alarm” day, and proceeded to sleep in until 10am! I can’t even remember the last time that happened! Clearly we both needed the sleep – and it was glorious!

Eventually I got my act together, because I had somewhere exciting to be!

No matter how soon this baby is coming, I was not going to pass up a chance to see Pitch Perfect 2 first! Priorities, people!

I met up with some of my girlfriends from book club for lunch and a movie, and it was SUCH a great way to spend my (possibly) last weekend sans baby! Also, it was an AWESOME movie, and I totally recommend everyone seeing it!

After the movie I decided to counteract all that sitting and took Laney on a leisurely walk (in the 90+ degree heat, mind you. Ew!) Gotta get this baby moving somehow!

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The rest of my evening was spent doing some more things around the house, cooking dinner, and bouncing on my exercise ball while watching Game of Thrones. Still trying anything to get this baby moving! I’m telling you, this wait is killing me!

All-in-all, not the most exciting of weekends, but I was definitely proud of all the walking and strength training I was able to get in. I’m really hoping that all of this helps when it comes to actually pushing this baby out!

I hope you all had a great weekend, and are having a terrific Monday! Just remember, if nothing else, next Monday is a holiday! Woop woop!

So tell me: What did you do this weekend? Anyone else see Pitch Perfect 2?

 

 

Kitten Overload! {Five Favorites Friday}

Once again, I managed to completely fail at getting up a post yesterday. I’m sorry guys!! I actually had one planned any everything, and then life/work got a little crazy and that didn’t end up happening. 

BUT I’m here now, and Baby Freckle is still quite cosy in there, apparently, so I dont think I’m going anywhere for a little bit.

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So let’s just jump right in to some of this week’s favorites, because I feel like I haven’t talked to you guys in forever!

As always, I’m linking up with the lovely Clare for Five on Friday and Katie for Friday Favorites!

 

Favorite Grocery Store Find: Sockeye Salmon

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Last weekend for mother’s day, it was my job to run by the seafood counter at the store to pick up some steamed shrimp for our picnic lunch. While I was there though, I saw that they were running wild Alaskan Sockeye Salmon on sale, and I immediately jumped on it! I LOVE salmon in general, but sockeye salmon is like the filet mignon of salmon and is usually hella expensive.

So this week I broiled it up with just a little bit of seasoning on top (because really, the fish can stand on its own), and it was AMAZING!

Favorite Baby Moment: Getting the car seat installed

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Some of you may have seen this on Instagram already, but on Tuesday I had the local sheriff’s department come out an install the carseat in my car (if you have kiddos or are preggo, I would HIGHLY recommend getting your local sheriff or fire department to check your seat. The deputy I talked to said in her entire career she had literally seen ONE carseat installed 100% correctly by parents. Yikes!).

So now I’m driving around with a carseat and it’s kind of crazy. Sh*t is getting real, people! 

Favorite Recent Craving: BLTs

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I totally went through a BLT phase early in my pregnancy, and apparently it’s found its way back for these last 2 (!!!!) weeks. No joke, I’ve had 3 BLTs in the last 4 days. I can’t stop myself. It’s a problem. 

Favorite New Experience: Making Macarons

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 My amazing baker friend Aileen held a macaron making class at her house earlier this week, after most of our book club begged her to teach us her baking-ways. I’m going to share more about the class next week (along with her recipe, WOOO!), but it was so much fun! Baking is still not my strong point, AT ALL, however I definitely felt very fancy when they all came out so beautiful. And pink! 

Favorite “Cheer Up” Moment: KITTENS!

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Unfortunately work has been really stressful lately, and Chris has actually been in Atlanta for the last few days for job interviews (thank goodness he’s back now – I was petrified that Baby Freckle would decide to come while he was 3 states away!), so when my sister texted me the other day asking if she could come by and cheer me up, I happily agreed. Especially because that cheering up meant that she brought her 3 kittens!

How adorable are they!?!?!! They literally weigh like a pound a piece. SO CUTE!! They had a great time exploring my house (although Laney was kind of a pain in the butt and wanted to get all up their business – she doesnt quite understand cats), and then eventually all crashed on top of each other for a nap. There is nothing more entertaining than a pile of kittens!

 

Well that’s all I’ve got for you this week! We’re still on Baby Freckle watch, and I’m really hoping he decides to make his appearance soon! Now that I’ve got the go-ahead from the doc to walk again (I wasn’t allowed to for the last week so that he wouldn’t come while Chris was away!), you’d better believe I’m walking every chance I get. And eating pineapple… and spicy food… and eggplant… and any other old wives tale I can think of! haha.

Have a great weekend!

So tell me: What is one thing you are loving this week?

WIAW: End of Pregnancy Edition

 

Don’t forget to check out my 37 Week Bumpdate and read about the things I’ve loved and hated about bring pregnant!

 

 

Sorry that I went totally MIA yesterday. I’ve been told that everytime I do at this point, people are going to assume it’s Baby Freckle time. Sorry guys, not yet! Believe me, I wish that day would hurry up too!

The truth is, I am running out of exciting things to talk about these days! Pretty much 95% of my thoughts right now revolve around this baby and the impending due date. And I have a feeling you guys would get bored very quickly if that was all I talked about!

But otherwise, my eats are boring, my workouts have been non-existent this past week (docs orders until tomorrow!), and the most exciting thing I’ve done in the kitchen is toast bread.

So yea… sorry bout it. I’ll try to come up with something more interesting to share soon!

On that note, how about we DO actually talk about something food related (what a concept!). After all, it is Wednesday and you all know what that means: it’s time for another edition of What I Ate Wednesday!

Linking up with the lovely Jenn. Go check out what others bloggers are eating too!!

Breakfast

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I’m still on a serious cereal kick. Frosted mini wheats, to be more specific. I’m not sure when this craving is going to fizzle out, but for now, I’m just rolling with it. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it makes Baby Freckle happy! haha. I’ve also been topping it with lots of fresh berries lately, including blackberries and strawberries from the farmers market. Yum!!

Yesterday was a bit of a weird day, and I ended up spending the morning at home. Normally my doctors appointments are first thing in the morning, but yesterday’s was the odd ball and wasn’t scheduled until 11:30am. Since I figured there was no point in going to the office for 3 hours, I ended up hanging out at home and getting stuff done!

By 11am, I had met with a termite inspector for our house sale, had a local deputy come to my house to install Baby Freckle’s car seat in my car, done a load of laundry, folded a load of laundry, cleaned the kitchen and got my oil changed. BAM! How is that for a productive Tuesday morning??

Lunch

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By the time I got out of my doctor’s appointment, it was 12:15 and I decided to go ahead and head into work for the second half of the day. I swung by my favorite local lunch place for taco rice and coffee. Taco rice is apparently a big thing in Asia (or at least, so I was told), which basically is taco fillings on top of steamed asian rice. Sounds weird, but I swear it’s delicious! I topped mine with lots of lettuce, tomatoes, salsa and sour cream. Plus chicken that’s hidden under all that veg.

Because I didn’t get to eat until nearly 1:30, I was STARVING and scarfed this sucker down. And then proceeded to be stuffed for literally the rest of the day. Whoops!

Dinner

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As I said, the taco rice seriously filled me up, even after a few extra hours at work and running a bunch of errands in the evening. Eventually around 9pm, I decided that I should PROBABLY eat something or I’d wake up at 2am starving, and I went with another completely random meal (that seems to be my MO lately…pregnancy cravings are bizarre).

I made myself a BLT with turkey bacon, and paired it with some tater tots. Because well, tater tots are little balls of potato magic.

All-in-all, today’s meals were pretty random and definitely more carb heavy than I would normally like. But again, at this point in pregnancy, half the time I’m just happy to find something that I’ll actually eat! Most things just don’t sound good anymore!

Also, no workout was had yesterday, because I’m still on a workout hiatus until this Friday. Doc wants to make sure Baby Freckle hangs in there for a few more days at least, and forbid me from doing anything that could jumpstart labor, including walking. Booooo! I’m going crazy!

I hope you all have a great Wednesday!

So tell me: What did your eats and workouts look like today?

A little France Flashback

Happy Monday!

Baby Freckle apparently wanted to party last night, and from about 6pm-11pm, would not stop moving around in here. Which would be cute, if it wasn’t for the fact that he’s seriously running out of space in there and movement is quite uncomfortable these days! I even texted my doula around 9pm, just to see if she had any suggestions!

Guys, there are only 2 more Mondays until my due date. Do you know how happy that makes me??? I’m literally counting down the days! Not only because I’m excited to meet him, but also because I’m kind of done being pregnant. Pain, I can handle. However, I dont really do well with being uncomfortable. And that’s kind of the phase I’m in. Large and uncomfortable! haha.

ANYWAY, before I get too whiny let’s bring it back to some happy thoughts! I had a great weekend, how about you?

Since we’re really not allowed to travel very far or do very much these days, it means that instead we’re getting a lot more done around the house (which is A-OK with this nesting preggo!)

Friday

 Chris was actually busy reffing soccer games on Friday night, which meant I had the house to myself for the evening. Which basically meant that I went a little nesting crazy – vacuuming, cleaning the kitchen, doing 2 loads of laundry, packing up stuff for the move… I was on a roll!

Eventually I reigned it in and plopped myself on the couch to watch some hockey (and the Caps lost in OT… booooo) before calling it bed time!

Saturday

Once again, I was all about the productivity on Saturday morning, including a trip to the farmers market and to the craft store to pick up some fabric for a headboard we’re making for my sister-in-law’s graduation present.

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Side note funny preggo story: Apparently I cut my foot while walking around JoAnn’s Fabric (don’t ask me how, I haven’t the slightest idea). When I was waiting to get my fabric cut, I looked down and saw my foot was literally bleeding EVERYWHERE. Not kidding. So I calmly asked the lady behind the counter if she had a tissue and a bandaid, which she gave me. When she saw me lean over to clean off my foot (it was the TINIEST little cut, btw. It just bled like I’d sliced my darn foot off), she walked around the counter and insisted that she clean it and put the bandaid on for me because, “I have a feeling that trying to get down there isn’t as comfortable as it used to be.” Preggo perks, I guess!

Anyway, we spent most of the morning and afternoon working on the headboard project, and eventually called it quits so that we could meet up with my dad and his girlfriend in old town Fredericksburg for dinner. I haven’t really seen them at all during this pregnancy, so I was glad that we were able to meet up before Baby Freckle makes his grand entrance in the next few weeks. 

Capital Ale House Black Bean Burger

I ended up getting the black bean burger at Capital Ale House and guys, I know this is a bold statement, but this may be one of the best black bean burgers that I’ve ever had. At least in the top 3. You can tell that they actually make it fresh, and there are whole chunks of veggies and black beans in there! SOOOO good! I paired it with some sweet potato fries because… well… they are delicious.

The rest of the evening was spent grabbing ice cream at our favorite local ice cream shoppe, finishing up the headboard, and catching up on some shows that are clogging up our DVR. And per usual, I was in bed early. That’s how I roll these days!  

Sunday

Sunday was the most exciting day of all though. Once again we were up early, but this time it was to catch and early church service because we had exciting mothers day plans!

After church we packed up 4 adults and 2 dogs into Chris’ car (which is not very large, mind you… we were quite cosy), and headed to Ingleside Vineyards about an hour east of us, for a mothers day picnic!

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We ended up with quite the spread: Old Bay shrimp, smoked salmon (which I just drooled over – not allowed for this preggo), farmers market hummus and pita, cheese, and grapes. Plus wine for all the non-preggos!

The winery was not only doing free wine tastings for all moms, but they also had this amazing crepe food truck that was serving both sweet and savory crepes!

After all that savory seafood and cheese, I was all about the sweet crepes, and ended up with this banana nutella peanut butter number that I literally devoured. 

Nutella Banana Crepe

It brought my right back to my days living in Paris in college, when my classmates and I used to grab nutella banane crepes almost every morning from a little crepe stand by our metro station on our way to class. Serious flashback moment. And worth every decadent bite!

Laney, however, decided the whole day was too much fun. Too many things to smell and people who wanted to pet her… after about 3 hours there, she decided she was done. 

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Puppy nap time!

She pretty much was like this the rest of the day. Pooped pup. So pathetic.

Once we got home on Sunday evening, things got really exciting. I changed into my PJs and watched hockey. And then went to bed at 10pm. Whoa. Happenin’ Sunday night at the Freckle household, I tell ya!;-P

All-in-all, it was a pretty awesome weekend. I’m sad I wasn’t able to fully participate in the wine and smoked salmon fun, but I just made everyone promise that in a few short weeks we’d have to have a repeat. :)

I hope you all have a great week!

So tell me: What did you do this weekend? Do anything exciting for mother’s day?

Linking up with the lovely Erin from Her Heartland Soul for some Weekend Snapshots!

Mexican food all day, err’day {Five Favorites Friday}

 It’s FRIDAY!!!

I went through half the day yesterday thinking (or maybe just subconsciously hoping) that it was Friday. Which is such a bummer when you realize that it’s not! So thank goodness today actually IS Friday, because I need a break!

Hopefully the weather is as beautiful for you as it is here in VA. Sunny and warm and springy – that’s my kind of Friday!

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Since I don’t have much else to share today (life is pretty boring these days waiting for Baby Freckle to get here), let’s just jump right on in to some favorites, shall we?

Linking up with Clare for Five on Friday and Katie for Friday Favorites!

Favorite Distraction: Hockey!

Guys, I think I’ve developed a bit of a hockey problem (<– totally wrote “hickey” at first… Whoops! That’s a TOTALLY different thing!).

I was never in to hockey until about 2 years ago, and even then I only watched it on occasion. Well guys, now I’m obsessed! Given, my team (go Caps!!!) is doing well in the playoffs, but still. My poor DVR is ridiculously full at the moment, because I’ve been neglecting all my other shows to watch hockey.

I guess there are worse things to be watching, right? I’m trying to get my hockey fill in before we move to Atlanta, where there is no hockey.

Favorite Cinco de Mayo Tradition: ALL THE MEXICAN FOOD!

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You all know I love me some Mexican food. So when there is a holiday that specifically calls for Mexican, you’d better believe that I’m ALLLLL over it. All week long too!

That’s right, we’ve literally been eating Mexican food non-stop this week, which is A-OK in my book. One day Chris made this chrorizo and jalapeno stuffed chicken with queso and the next day we had venison tacos.

I’m telling you, I could seriously eat Mexican food all day, err’day. 

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Favorite Exciting News: Chris has interviews!

I am not going to give any details yet because a) I do like to keep some things private to protect my family from the crazy world of the internet, and b) because I’m superstitious and don’t want to jinx anything, but guess what? Chris has some job interviews coming up!!! WOOHOO!!! 

Obviously that was a huge risk when I decided to accept the offer to move to Atlanta, knowing that we were not only going to have to sell our house, but Chris was going to have to find a new job. Well, our house is now under contract, so all we’re really waiting for is this job situation to get figured out. And thankfully, in the last week things really seem to be moving in the right direction!

So as if life isn’t going to be crazy enough for us in the next few weeks with Baby Freckle due to arrive any day now (ACK, I’m full term today!), we are also trying to figure out these interviews in the middle of it!

But still, it’s a good problem to have. So keep your fingers crossed for him that one of these is the right opportunity for him, and that Baby Freckle doesnt interrupt this process with too early of an arrival!

 Favorite Baby Moment: Getting our maternity pictures!

I know I showed you a sneak peak of some of our pictures in a previous Five Favorites Friday, but this week we got all of our pictures back and guys, I’m in LOVE! I know that maternity pictures are not some people’s thing, and that’s totally cool, but I really wanted a way to be able to remember this time. Our last months/weeks of being a family of two.

Plus who doesnt love the chance to get all cute and have someone take your pictures?! I LOVED working with Amy from Little Fredericksburg Photography and I can’t wait for the little guy to get here so we can have some newborn pictures done too!

I’m going to share a lot more of my pictures over on Freckles & Fingerpaint soon, but here are a few more shots that I’m in love with!

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Favorite Blog Insight: Reading your Survey responses

So far I have been loving reading your responses to my reader survey! It’s great to know what kinds of posts you all love reading (and which ones you don’t like as much), and is definitely helping me to figure where I want to go with this blog in the future Post-BF. Post-Baby Freckle, that is!

If you haven’t taken it already, PLEASE head over and take it. It seriously takes like 30 whole seconds. And it will really help me to figure out the future of this blog!

 

Well that’s all I’ve got for you today! After a rough day yesterday, I’m definitely in more of a chipper mood this morning. So I’m just going to ride this Friday high as long as I can. Hopefully into tonight so I can watch more hockey!!!

Yes, I have a problem.

So tell me: What are you loving this week? Any other hockey lovers out there? GO TAKE THE SURVEY! (Please?) :)

 

My Freckled Life Reader Survey

Guys, I dont know about you, but my Thursday is already starting off ROUGH. Like, in an “I need a do-over” kind of way!

It started off with an iffy night of sleep, that involved several dramatic attempts of me trying to flip myself over in the middle of the night. It’s not pretty. Then I got a late start this morning, and was slightly thrown off my typical morning routine because Chris was going in to work late. THEN I got stuck behind an oil truck going 15mph under the speed limit on my way to the train. So I missed my train, and had to wait 25 min for the next one. THEN I got to my office, only to find out that our water isn’t working properly and the toilets aren’t flushing. Umm, that’s going to be an issue for this preggo.

So yea… HAPPY THURSDAY! Can I hit the reset button and start back over in my bed, please? haha.

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The positive thing is that hopefully I have no where to go but up from here! Or at least that’s going to be my mantra for the day!

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Moving on…

One of the things that I’ve really been thinking a lot about lately is where I want to go with this blog. MFL has been around for more than 3 years (off and on) at this point, and thus far has been primarily focused on food, fitness, and my daily attempts at living a (mostly) healthy lifestyle.

And while I love writing about all of that stuff, I know that soon life is going to drastically change for me. Baby Freckle will be here within the next few weeks, we’ll be moving to a new city & state, AND I’ll be starting a new career path as a student again. So obviously MFL is probably going to go through some changes too!

That’s where you all come in! I would love to hear from you guys about what kinds of posts you like best (and what are your least favorites), and just get your general thoughts on the direction of this blog. I want to make sure that MFL is both a place where I love to come to write, but also that you all like to come and read.

So if you wouldn’t mind taking like 2 WHOLE MINUTES and filling out this survey, I would greatly appreciate it. It doesnt matter if you’re a long time reader or a first time guest, ALL opinions are welcome!   

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Again, thank you in advance for completing the survey and helping me figure out the future of My Freckled Life. I’ve LOVED writing about my life and my health goals here over the past few years, and I really hope to continue to be able to do that, even through all of these upcoming changes!

So tell me: What are your favorite kinds of posts to read on blogs? What makes you come back to a blog over and over again?

WIAW: Cinco de Mayo (ish) Edition

 Can I get a 3-cheers for Wednesday? Hooray!! We’re officially halfway through the week!

Thankfully this week has been flying by for me, and I am really crossing my fingers that it stays that way! Not only because I’m ready for the weekend, but because each day I’m getting one step closer to saying sayonara to my job and having this baby!

But I wanted to pop in this morning to share with you a What I Ate Wednesday! I know, I know… it’s been a little while since I’ve done one of these. Truth be told, my life has been seriously lame on the food front lately. I have had ZERO motivation in the kitchen, and if I could live (healthily) on mac and cheese and cereal, I would.

 So I was a little too embarrassed to show you the super pathetic meals I’ve been eating. BUT, I figured that it’s real life and I ought to be honest with you guys, so I’m jumping in today to participate with my (sort of) Cinco de Mayo meals.

You all know that Mexican is hands down my favorite food, yet somehow I still didn’t get super creative with it. See? I told you my eats were pathetic lately!

But let’s just jump right in. Thank you to Jenn and Laura for hosting (now head on over there to check out some more exciting eats from other bloggers!)

Breakfast

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Remember when I said I could eat cereal all the time? I should be more specific. I could eat frosted mini wheats ALL. THE. TIME. Sad part? I was seriously not really a cereal fan before this pregnancy. Now I pretty much eat a bowl a day. Hey, at least I topped it with some blackberries for some actual healthy food, right?

 Lunch

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Crappy photo, sorry about that! In honor of Cinco de Mayo, I did bring some delicious chicken enchiladas and rice from home. But don’t get too excited, they were leftovers from dinner that my MIL made Sunday night! I can’t even take credit for cooking them! They were nice and spicy though, just the way I like them (but hopefully not spicy enough to send me in to labor!)

 Snack

20150505_152833My sense of sweet and savory has been ALL over the place lately, and I’ve found that for whatever reason I have a really hard time eating my sweet greek yogurt in the afternoon these days. Instead I find myself craving savory snacks. So on a whim I picked up these crackers (holy yum!!!) and hummus from the store earlier this week and have been munching on them during the afternoon. So tasty! 

Dinner

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I had grand plans to make something Mexican for dinner… and then I got home and Chris was eating an egg sandwich. Which made ME want an egg sandwich. Pregnancy is weird like that.

So I ended up making a completely hodge-podge meal of all kinds of random things that sounded good at the time. We’ll call this “weird pregnancy breakfast for dinner”, which included an egg and cheese sandwich (with sriracha, of course), sauteed garlic spinach, and cottage cheese with a touch of strawberry jelly. Did I mention that pregnancy hunger is bizarre?

A few hours later, while catching up on Game of Thrones, Chris and I also ended up splitting a small slice of carrot cake leftover from his birthday last week. Yum! 

Workout

So I don’t have much to report on the workout front, and I probably wont have anything for the rest of the week. After my doctor’s appointment yesterday, my doc suggested that I take a week off from pretty much all exercise to make sure I dont go into labor until at least next week. That means limited walking, no lifting, and nothing else that could possibly cause labor to start (i.e. stress, spicy food – whoops, etc). Booo!! I’m antsy already! I hate not even being able to go for a walk!

But I guess if it’s what’s best for Baby Freckle, I’ll have to listen. But after next week, all bets are off and you can find me walking the hills to get this baby moving! :)

Well there you have it, my honest and completely pathetic random days worth of eats. At least it didn’t end up as 3 bowls of cereal!

So tell me: What did you eat today? What did your workouts look like? Let me live vicariously through you!

May Goals

 

Make sure to check out my 36 Week Bumpdate and thoughts on things to do in the last month of pregnancy.

 

I can’t believe that we’re already 5 days in to May (Happy Cinco de Mayo, by the way! Ole!) How did that even happen? This year is truly flying by. Can you believe that we’re almost halfway through 2015 already??? Seriously, how is that even possible.

Since we’re already several days into May, today I thought I’d talk about goals, even though truth be told, my goals for this month are a little on the lame side with Baby Freckle coming at any time this month.

But you all know that I’m a super type-A planner, so goals make me happy. Even lame ones :)

First though, here’s a quick recap of how I did on my April goals! 

Recapping April Goals

- Move at least 4 times a week – Eh, I’d give myself a B on this one. For the most part, I did pretty well, and got in a lot of walks during the week. However, I’m not going to lie, getting to the gym to do strength training has been getting harder and harder. A) We’ve been SUPER busy during the week lately and I’m lucky if I can make it to the gym 1x a week, and B) Honestly, it’s just getting HARD at this point in pregnancy.

- Prep some freezer meals – Done! Check out my post about it here!

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- Watch my sweets intake – Yea… that didn’t happen. If anything, my sweet tooth has gotten worse. Yikes! Need to be better about this one!

- Find a place to live in Atlanta – Still waiting on this, because Chris has a few interviews coming up and we kind of want to know where his job will be located before we nail down a place. But we have selected a few neighborhoods we like, so that’s at least something.

– Start packing – Just barely started this one. Definitely need to do more!

Get all of Baby Freckle’s clothes washed and stuff prepped – Yup! Little Man has more clothes than I do!

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– Pack hospital bags – Check!

 Overall, not too shabby. It was a really crazy month for us, and it felt like we pretty much had something every single night of the week most times. Add to that several baby showers (mine and other’s!), bridal showers, and birthdays and it was one heck of a month! But in general, I’m pretty happy with how I did!

May Goals

Health/Fitness Goals

- Move at least 4 times a week – Yup, I’m keeping this same goal this month. Since Baby Freckle could get here any day now I don’t want to set my goals too high, but I want to make sure I keep moving as much as possible (even if it’s just a walk). While I’m trying not to go too crazy with the strength training, I do want to make sure I get in plenty of squats, since I here those things are quite helpful in labor!

- Focus on stretching – With baby coming soon, I also want to focus on making sure my muscles (especially those baby-pushing muscles!) are nice and loose and ready to go. Even just 5 minutes a day can make a difference, I’ve been told.

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- Continue to make healthy food selections – I’m not going to lie, half the time all I want is mac and cheese or cereal for dinner. But I’m trying to make sure I get in as many fruits and veggies as possible, and limit the sugar as much as I can. Easier said than done some days!

Personal/Blog Goals

- Pack, pack, pack! - I know I’m not going to be much help with packing once Little Man gets here, so I want to try and do what I can now to get things packed up and make our lives a little bit easier in July!

- Prep posts for Baby Freckle’s arrival -  Obviously things are going to be a little busy, so I want to make sure that I have some blog posts ready to go so I don’t leave you guys totally hanging. If anyone would be interested in doing a guest post during that time too, please let me know (email me at myfreckledlifeblog@gmail.com)! I’m happy to take volunteers!

Baby Goals

- Have a healthy baby! – Pretty sure this one is self explanatory. :)

 

As I said, goals this month are a bit lame,  but considering this baby could come any day now, I dont want to get too crazy! Mostly my focus at this point is just going to be on that last goal – have a healthy baby. Who is totally allowed to make his appearance ANY TIME after next Thursday. :D

So tell me: What are some of your goals for May?