Even the rain can’t stop us! {Weekend Recap}

Hello and Happy Monday!

I’m not going to lie, Mondays don’t have the same horrible feeling when you’re at home all day every day! Which I guess is a good thing? I hope all of you who had to go back to work today though are having a good Monday (if there is such a thing!)

This weekend was a fairly busy one for us, despite the crappy weather on Saturday. We got some CRAZY storms around here, that resulted in some serious flash flood problems! Needless-to-say, we stayed indoors as much as possible!

Saturday

Despite the rain on Saturday morning, we were still up bright and early because we had some exciting plans. Well, exciting when you’re used to being stuck in the house for a good chunk of the day! We packed the baby in the car and headed up to Potomac Mills, a giant mall about an hour away from us.

We had two reasons for heading up that far. First of all, we were picking up a used MamaRoo from craigslist. Colton LOVES movement, so we are hoping that he’ll love all the different movement patterns in the MamaRoo. But we did not love the pricetag of a brand new one (in case he hates it), so thank goodness for Craigslist!

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He was not so sure at first, but so far he seems to enjoy it!

The second thing on our agenda was to pick up a birthday gift for my Sister-in-law. Kate Spade was having a HUGE sale, so what is normally totally out of my price range was suddenly affordable. And let me tell you, it took everything in my power to just buy something for her. SO MANY CUTE THINGS!!!

Anyway, after doing some birthday shopping, we also hit up a few stores to try on clothes. Sadly I’m still in that SUPER awkward post-partum stage where nothing fits quite right at all, so I walked away with nothing but a hat for Colton.

Thanks to the rain and several accidents, it took us over an hour and a half to get home, so when we finally did make it back to Fredericksburg, we spent the rest of the afternoon just relaxing!

Eventually we pulled ourselves together enough to head back up to my MIL’s house to celebrate my SIL’s birthday, including a seafood feast, presents, and of course a couple of selfies. Sadly Colton didn’t want to cooperate!

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By the time we got home it was way past our bedtime and we ALL crashed hard!

Sunday

We originally had plans for a lazy Sunday morning/afternoon, but around 11:30 we got a call that someone wanted to come see our house, which meant that we had to frantically throw all of our stuff in the car and head out for a bit. Oh the joys of having a house on the market!

Thankfully our awesome friends Charlie and Lindsay let us come hang out at their place for a bit. Which also meant that we got to introduce Colton to cats. He didn’t seem to care. The cats, however, were not so sure about this little human!

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Eventually we made it back home with just enough time to relax for a bit before we had to head out for the usual Sunday night routine – church and dinner with my in-laws. This was Colton’s 3rd church service, and the first time he actually managed to sleep through the entire service! Woohoo! We’re still working on figuring out his timing, so this was a major success!

Dinner was equally as delicious – chicken curry over rice with naan and roasted asparagus and brussels sprouts. Yum!

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We made it home in time to start Colton’s usual nighttime routine, but sadly he was having none of it last night. I ended up hanging out on the couch with him until after midnight because he was just fighting sleep like crazy. So I am one tired mama today!

All-in-all, not too shabby for a weekend! Since we’re moving in just a few weeks, our weekends are starting to fill up fast, so this might be our last relaxing weekend before the big move. Yikes!

Hope you all have a great week!

So tell me: What did you do this weekend? Any delicious meals or great workouts?

What’s not to love about wine and dance? {Five Favorites Friday}

It’s FRIDAY!!! Hooray!!

To be honest, I’ve actually thought all morning that it’s Monday. Chris stayed home from work yesterday, so it felt like a Sunday all day, which has really thrown me off!

But I’m definitely glad he stayed home yesterday. Unfortunately the offer on our house fell through, which means that in less than 24 hours we had to get our house ready to show again. Meaning super deep cleaning everything, organizing all of our newborn stuff, and putting all of our moving boxes in the basement, so that our house will be ready to show at the drop of a hat.

Not the easiest thing to do when you have a 3.5 week old and a dog!

Definitely not the best news considering we’re supposed to be moving in 6 weeks, but sometimes life just throws you curveballs so we’re trying to make the best of it!

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Anyway, how about some HAPPY things? It’s Friday (despite what I think), which means that it’s time for another round of Five Favorites Friday! It’s been a hot minute since I’ve done one of these, so let’s get to it!

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

 

Favorite Wegmans Find: Plum Chobani

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I picked up this new-to-me flavor at Wegmans last weekend, and guys, I’m in love. And I’m not even usually that much of a plum fan!

But I love that this flavor has actual chunks of plum in it, so it doesn’t have that fake fruity flavor that you can sometimes get in yogurts. It actually tastes like real plum!

If you can find this flavor, I would highly recommend it. Even if you’re not naturally a huge plum fan.

 

Favorite Summer Show: SYTYCD

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Anyone else a SYTYCD addict? I seriously look forward to it every year and I’m SO happy it’s back. I can’t dance to save my life, but I sure do love watching other people dance! I think this year is especially interesting since they are going to do a stage vs. street competition. Both styles are so different, so I can’t wait to see what happens!

 

Favorite Pictures to Look At: Colton’s Newborn Photos

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We just got Colton’s newborn photos (done by Amy at Little Fredericksburg Photography) and I’m seriously in love! Now we just have to decide which ones to buy. Or just cover my house in cute, naked baby photos!

I’m going to share more of them next week on Freckles & Fingerpaint, so stay tuned for that!

 

Favorite Outing This Week: Book Club/Girls Night

On Wednesday night, Colton and I managed to get out of the house to make it to Book Club/Girls Night. We even managed to make it through the whole evening without any meltdowns. Success!! Even better? I got a glass of wine out of the deal! That definitely makes for a good evening in my book!

Mostly it was just really nice to get out of the house for a bit and catch up with my friends. Since we only have a few weeks left here, it was especially nice to be able to get in some quality girl time.

 

Favorite Hangout Buddy: This Guy!

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Ok, this one is a bit of a cop-out, but I just can’t help myself! I’ve been loving hanging out with him all day!

It’s definitely not always easy, don’t get me wrong. Some days I feel like all I do is sit on the couch and feed him, and by the time 5pm rolls around I haven’t even touched my to-do list! But it’s 100% worth it to see this cute face all day long, and I wouldn’t change it for the world!

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Well I hope you all have a great weekend! We don’t have too many plans over here, other than celebrating my sister-in-laws birthday and MAYBE getting some shopping done. Otherwise we’re just hopeful that we’re going to have some people come through our house now that it’s back on the market! Cross your fingers for us!

So tell me: What are you doing this weekend? Any other SYTYCD fans out there?

Easy Green Enchilada Casserole {Thirty Minute Thursday}

What is this… a recipe??

I know. What is the world coming to.

Truth is, I haven’t really done much cooking since Colton was born. Scratch that. Other than lactation cookies, I’ve done NO cooking since Colton was born. Just keepin’ it real here. We’ve been lucky enough to have friends and family who have loaded us up with hot meals and freezer bags worth of goodies to hold us over, meaning that I’ve been able to spend my free time with the baby instead of the kitchen.

Truth #2? I actually made this meal before I had Colton, but I’m just now getting around to sharing it.

I’m just full of honesty today!

And honestly (<— HA! see what I did there?), this Green Enchilada Casserole is not only super simple, it’s also super delicious. Even more importantly, if you’re a Mexican food fan you probably have almost all the ingredients on hand already!

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Easy Green Encilada Casserole
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Cook Time
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 onion, chopped
  2. 1 green pepper, chopped
  3. 1 red pepper, chopped
  4. 1.5 cups frozen corn
  5. 1 can black beans
  6. 1 can diced tomatoes (or Rotel for a spicier dish)
  7. 10 corn tortillas
  8. 1 jar green salsa
  9. 1.5 cups shredded mexican cheese
  10. 1 Tbsp olive oil
  11. 3 cups brown rice
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook brown rice according to package.
  2. Heat olive oil in large pan over medium heat. Add in onions and green peppers, and sautee until onions are translucent.
  3. Add in frozen corn and black beans and cook until corn is heated through (approximately 3 minutes). Add in can of tomatoes and continue cooking for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  4. While these are cooking, slice up corn tortillas into triangles or strips.
  5. Remove mixture from heat, and mix in brown rice, green salsa, tortillas and cheese. Transfer to casserole dish and top with additional cheese if preferred. Cook for 25-30 minutes.
  6. Serve and enjoy!
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Tips for Bringing “Baby Meals” to New Mamas {Guest Post}

How are we already halfway through the week?

I swear, days seem to fly by when you’re living life in 2-3 hour windows thanks to newborn feeding time! I feel like I blink and 3 hours have gone by, I still haven’t eaten lunch, and nothing has gotten checked off my to-so list. Sigh… that seems to be life with a 3 week old!

I thought about doing a WIAW post for you all, but the truth is, eats around here are still super hodge-podge. We have some awesome friends who brought us a bunch of food and freezer meals, so we’ve pretty much just been eating our way through those for the past week. Leftovers are definitely not the most exciting things to photograph! haha.

So instead, I thought I’d bring you a guest post from my dear friend Lindsay, who is one of those great friends who brought us meals last week! And she’s writing today about that exact topic! Thanks for sharing your tips, Linsday!

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Hi, MFL readers! Lindsay here from Typically Late. I am so excited to be guest-posting today for Stephanie while she spends tons of QT with that sweet new baby of hers. I’ve gotten to snuggle him myself a couple of times now, and I can definitely vouch for his cuteness. Off the charts!

In addition to Stephanie, I’ve had several friends & family members welcome new babies in the last few months. All these new tiny humans call for something very important: baby meals! I’m a huge believer in bringing a hot meal to someone who is spending all their time getting to know their new baby. It’s easy to do, delicious for the new parents, and a “gift” that comes straight from the heart. What could be better?

Since I’ve got several solid experiences with baby meals under my belt, I thought I’d provide some handy hints for how to put together the best meal ever, delivered with a smile. It’s a win-win situation: mom and dad get a hot meal with no effort, and you get newborn snuggles for a few minutes since you’re there anyway. Yay!

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1. Use disposable / don’t-need-returning containers

I’m a big believer in Tupperware and reusable containers, but a baby meal is not the time for them. The last thing a new mama needs is to be responsible for trying to figure out which lid goes with which dish and what belongs to who so she can return them. Unnecessary! I either use foil containers with lids and Ziplocs, or I use some of the random collection of old Tupperwares I’ve acquired from my mother-in-law and such over the years. I pack everything up and emphasize several times that nothing needs to be returned. Keep it, trash it, or pass it along!

2. Utilize a sign-up list

This is especially useful if you have several friends or family members who all want to provide meals for the newly-expanded family. In Stephanie’s case, it was all the girls from our book club who wanted to be involved, but obviously we don’t want to duplicate days or dishes! Designate one person to put together a spreadsheet or a Google Drive doc, or use a website like MealBaby or Meal Train. That way, everyone knows which days are taken and which are available, and can see what others are providing so that the new mama doesn’t get five days in a row of tuna noodle casserole.

3. Ask about food restrictions / allergies

This seems obvious, but is easily forgotten – always ask about food restrictions or allergies before prepping your meal! Heaven forbid you slave away preparing a big batch of your homemade spaghetti sauce, only to find out that the new dad is allergic to tomatoes. The horror! Easy to avoid.

4. Think outside the casserole

Casseroles are obviously very easy and very versatile, and I’m sure that every single one that is delivered is welcomed. However, there are plenty of meals that can be prepped in advance and delivered that don’t consist of a casserole. I recently made a big batch of BBQ pulled chicken in my crockpot, then delivered it to a friend along with fresh buns for sandwiches and a side of coleslaw. Took almost no effort on my end, and was something out-of-the-box for her and her family. Other ideas for non-casserole dishes are a taco bar, a salad bar, build-your-own-sub sandwiches, or a pot of soup with some crusty bread.

5. Include sides and dessert

There is more to a baby meal that just the main entrée! I have no doubt that a single casserole would be welcomed by new parents, but put yourself in their shoes, and imagine getting an entire meal that you don’t have to think about: instead of a pan of enchiladas, you get enchiladas with rice and beans! Instead of a pot of spaghetti, you get spaghetti with a bag of salad and garlic bread! A few more things thrown in the bag can complete the meal and make for super happy friends. I also usually include dessert of some kind – cookies, brownies, whatever – because everyone loves to finish a meal with a little treat.

6. Breakfast items

If you want to go truly above and beyond for your friend, think about including something for her to eat at a time other than dinner. Breakfast and lunch are important meals, too! Try few muffins for the next morning, or a bag of pancake mix that just requires water – they won’t require much to prepare, but they will mean something other than leftover pasta salad for breakfast for mama. Some yogurts, a fruit salad, and cereal bars are all items that can be eaten (with minimal effort from the parents) while hanging out with the new baby.

Any other tips or tricks for putting together the world’s best baby meal? I usually include a notecard with some well wishes and instructions for the meal, as well as writing on baggies or foil if anything needs additional ingredients or to be cooked / prepared in any way. Some people go above and beyond with color-coordinated ribbons and wrapping, but I generally don’t have time for that. I load everything into a shopping bag and call it a day!

 

I can vouch for the fact that Lindsay is becoming quite the expert on bringing Baby Meals! I would have never thought to bring extra things like breakfast to new parents, but boy was it a huge help!! Definitely going to have to do that next time I bring meals to friends!

Thanks again to Lindsay for sharing her tips and tricks!

So tell me: Do you have any tips or tricks for bringing meals to friends?

Baby Freckle’s Birth Story {Part 2}

Guess what? I’m back today to share Part 2 of Baby Freckle’s Birth Story!

And if you read Part 1, you know that I kind of left you hanging after we decided to head to the hospital. After 50 hours of labor. Yikes.

Well, Part 2 is just as much of a doozy. I warned you that this was pretty much the longest labor of all time!

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But just like last time, I know that birth stories are totally not everyone’s thing. Especially since the second half gets a little… messy.

So instead of sharing here, I’m sharing Part 2 over on my Baby Blog – Freckles & Fingerpaint! Head on over to check it out!

And just like last time, I’ll be back tomorrow with more of the usual, non-birth related content! Thank you everyone for hanging in there with me as I get through these first few weeks with a newborn!

Diaper changes by flashlight

Happy Monday!

Honestly, if it wasn’t for the fact that Chris has gone back to work, I’m pretty sure I would have no idea what day it is. I’m not sure how full-time SAHM do it! I feel like I need to walk around with a calendar just to remember what day of the week it is!

This weekend was one of the first ones since we had Colton that I finally felt like we got the hang of things. After my first week alone at home with the baby (and the dog!), it was really nice to have Chris back home to help. We’re still trying to learn Colton’s schedule (or at least as much of a schedule as a 3 week old has), and figure out how we can fit in everything around that.

So let’s take a look back at our weekend!

Saturday

Thankfully Colton is sleeping pretty well at night, for a newborn. We are usually up for the day around 7:30ish, and spent some quality time hanging out. Colton is probably the most awake in the mornings, so it’s the perfect time to get in some tummy time and make faces at each other.

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So serious.

During the day we mostly did stuff around the house and ran a few errands (including Colton’s first Wegmans trip!) We had a bit of a meltdown in Wegmans, but I’m finally getting the hang of changing diapers out in public and we managed to finish our trip without having to drop our stuff and leave.

In the afternoon I also ended up making a batch of lactation cookies, following Becky’s recipe. They came out pretty well, although later in the afternoon I ended up with a stomach ache. I’m not sure if they are related (apparently brewers yeast can cause stomach issues in some people), so I’m going to take a day before I test them again.

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Our Saturday evening got interesting though, thanks to a serious storm that came through our area. Right as we were finishing up dinner, the power went out completely and the winds outside got scarily strong. We decided to play it safe and took our flashlights and candles to the basement to hang out for the evening, hoping that that power would be back on soon.

However, 3 hours later – still no power. Turns out a huge tree right outside our neighborhood went down and took a power line with it, meaning that there was not really a timeline on when power would be restored.

Let me tell you, trying to change a diaper via flashlight is an interesting experience… and definitely a two person job!

Sunday

I was really hoping to wake up to power on Sunday morning, but sadly that wasn’t the case. You don’t realize how much you use electricity until you have to go awhile without it! It’s such habit to try and turn on the lights when you walk in a room, or grab something out of the fridge. But instead we tried to avoid opening up the fridge at all costs to keep the cool in!

We ended up grabbing breakfast at Dunkin Donuts on our way to church (Chris’ choice for Father’s Day), and then meeting up with Chris’ family after service for lunch at a new brewery that just opened up near us – Spencer Devon Brewing.

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They were serving brunch, so instead of a beer I decided to go with a  Bloody Mary. Boy did I miss those during pregnancy!

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I paired it with the “Southern Eggs Benedict”, which were poached eggs, ham and hollandaise on top of a grit cake. SUPER rich, but seriously delicious. Sometimes you just have to splurge a little bit!

Our power didn’t end up coming back on until nearly 3:30pm! And thank goodness it finally did, because at that point our house had already gotten up to like 83 degrees. It was toasty!

The rest of the evening was really chill after our busy Father’s Day morning/afternoon. We spent some time hanging out at home, went out to the dog park with Laney, and had some serious Daddy-Colton snuggle time. My heart just bursts every time I see these two together!

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Overall I think it was a great first Father’s Day for Chris and a great weekend. We managed to get out of the house several times (which is a huge feat with a newborn!), got a few house things done, AND managed to survive 20+ hours without power or AC in the middle of summer. I call that Winning!

I hope you all have a great Monday and a great first week of summer!

So tell me: What did you do this weekend? Anything you’re especially looking forward to now that it’s summer?

Baby Freckle’s Birth Story {Part 1}

AKA “The longest labor of all time”, but I thought that might scare people away a little bit.

While I feel so blessed because I got Colton out of the whole thing, I’m not going to lie, my labor was probably one of those “I know someone who…” kind of stories that people love to tell pregnant women to scare them. Because it was not exactly the quick and easy labor out of a movie. Not that I would trade it for anything (but boy do I hope that things go a little bit better with my next kiddo!)

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Oh how happy I was in the first few hours!

But I know that birth stories are not everyone’s thing, and I totally respect that. I went back and forth about whether to share Colton’s birth story here on My Freckled Life, but in the end decided that I wanted to respect those that really don’t care to read about all the intimate details of my ridiculously long labor.

HOWEVER, I know that some people love birth stories (I am totally one of those people), and I really wanted a way to document Colton’s birth so that I could look back and read about it again in the future.

So instead I’m sharing his full birth story over on my other blog, Freckles & Fingerpaint! If that’s your thing, head on over there to read Part 1. If that’s not your thing, then come back tomorrow for some non-birth related content!

Happy Thursday! (<—truth time: I totally just typed Wednesday and had to go back and edit after I published this post. Apparently I have no clue what day it is…)

So tell me: Are you the kind of person that likes reading birth stories?

Natural “Green” Recipes {Guest Post}

Hey guys!

Today I’m letting one of my dear friends take over the blog and share with you some awesome “green” recipes! Aileen and I actually became friends in person before she even started her blog, and now she has become my resident baking expert! Seriously, she can bake just about anything (which you all know is NOT a talent that I possess). Basically, she is awesome, and I am so excited to share some of her ideas today!

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Greetings, My Freckled Life readers!

I’m thrilled to be posting for Stephanie today as she gets to know her new little boy. Although you may know this from reading this blog, Stephanie is a wonderful, driven person who will make a great mom! (<—Awww, thanks Aileen!)

Stephanie asked me to share something related to health or fitness on her blog today. My blog’s all about dessert and natural ingredients, but I do share natural health tips from time to time. Today, I want to share natural “green” recipes with you!

Avocado Face Mask

A few months ago, my friend Rebecca and her sister Rachel turned me on to this natural face mask.  It’s brilliant!

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I have a ripe avocado (or three) and I don’t know how to use them all.  This mask helps with that problem!  It’s quick and easy to make.  It’s so natural that you can eat it.

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You may be skeptical of this recipe, but you shouldn’t be.  It’s amazing how effective this is.  The apple cider vinegar and lemon juice really cleanse and revitalize the face.  The original recipe calls for honey, but you can replace it with maple syrup for a vegan option; I think it helps to stick it to your face!

Avocado Face Mask
Adapted from Nutrition Stripped

1/2 avocado
1/4 c. oatmeal, uncooked
1 T. apple cider vinegar (preferably raw)
2 T. pure maple syrup (or honey for non-vegans)
1 tsp. lemon juice

Mix and wipe it on your face.  Leave the mask on for 20 minutes and then rinse it with warm water.  I think you will notice a difference ;-)

Dehydrated Kale Chips with Nacho Cheese Seasoning

You guys – this is my favorite snack right now!  You may have seen those prepackaged kale chips at the stores, but they don’t have anything on these homemade goodies.  Like I can eat a whole bag of dehydrated kale…in one sitting.

There are several tricks.  First, I like to use my dehydrator.  My dehydrator was about $40 from Target and it’s not fancy at all; there are no settings – you just plug it in.  I don’t have to worry about the kale chips burning or having soggy parts mixed with crunchy parts.  The dehydrator solves all of these problems.

Next, when you clean and rip your kale, make sure they are torn in bigger pieces.  Kale chips will shrink in the dehydrator/oven, so you want them to be at least the size of a silver dollar.  This won’t happen all of the time, but it’s a good goal.  I don’t like the thick kale stems, so I usually tear around them.

The most important part: the seasoning sprinkle! This recipe is directly from Fork & Beans.  Cara makes her own Doritos seasoning, which is where this recipe comes from.  

Nacho “Cheese” Seasoning for Kale Chips
Recipe from Fork & Beans

1/4 c. nutritional yeast, like Bob’s Red Mill brand
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. sea salt

I spray the chips with a little bit of coconut oil (or olive oil) and then toss them in the seasoning.  Then I pop them into the dehydrator for a few hours.

Pesto Flatbread – Gluten-free Recipe

A week or two ago, I had a crazy craving for pizza.  It needed to happen ASAP.  But my homemade pizzas with gluten-free experimentations had failed.  I found the recipe below on Pinterest and it’s become my go-to flatbread pizza recipe.

The nice thing about this recipe?  There’s no waiting for the dough to rise.  It’s quick and you can have it in the oven in 10 minutes.  This recipe below makes one very generously-sized flatbread.

Gluten-free Flatbread Crust
Adapted from Brittany Angell

1 1/2 c. almond flour
3.5 T. starch (corn, tapioca, arrowroot, etc.)
1 tsp. baking powder, aluminum-free
pinch of sea salt
2 tsp. oregano
1/3 c. flax seed meal
1/2 c. warm water
1/2 T. olive oil

Directions
Preheat the oven to 375°.  Have a baking sheet ready to go.

In a small container, stir the ground flax seed with the warm water and oil.  Allow it to thicken for 5 minutes.

In a medium-sized bowl, combine the dry ingredients: almond flour, starch, baking powder, salt and oregano.  When the flax mixture is thick, pour it into the larger bowl and work it into the dry ingredients.  It should take you a minute or two to get everything combined.

Once you have dough, roll it out thinly between two pieces of oiled parchment.  It should be about a 1/4 inch in thickness.  Move the rolled out dough to a baking sheet and par-bake the dough for about 20-22 minutes.

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When it’s done, add your favorite toppings – pesto, olives, cheese – you name it!  Bake it for another 15-20 minutes.

Slice it into long, artisan slices and you have yourself a gourmet pizza!

I hope that you enjoy my green recipes; let me know how they turn out! And be sure to stop by Morsels and Moonshine to say hello!

Cheers,
-Aileen

 

Thanks Aileen for sharing some of your natural “green” recipes! And seriously guys, you need to go check out her blog. She is a baking goddess!

So tell me: What are some of your favorite natural “green” recipes? Ever tried making your own face masks or other DIY face/bath products?

Weekending – Newborn Style

Well hello there! We’re attempting to get back to a (somewhat) semblance of a schedule around here, which means that I’m trying to actually make time to get back to the blog! Hooray!!!

This is actually Chris’ last day home on paternity leave, so I’m soaking up as much time (and help) with him as possible before it’s just me and Colton holding down the fort all day. I’m not going to lie, I’m a bit scared with how tomorrow will go! But I’m sure we’ll figure it out… it’ll just take a few days of adjustment and practice!

It’s hard to believe that Baby Freckle is already 2 weeks old! How did that even happen??? I swear, it feels like we just got home from the hospital yesterday. I guess that’s what happens when you spend all day every day hanging out at home – you lose track of days!

This weekend we actually managed to get out of the house a few times though, which felt glorious after spending so much time hanging out at home. I am not good at spending all day on the couch, so I felt like a whole new person getting out and about. I even put on makeup and did my hair. WOOOO! That’s excitement around here, people!

Oh, how things change once you have a baby! haha.

Let’s take a quick look at our first real weekend with a newborn (that wasn’t spent taking naps and staring at him all day)!

Friday

Unfortunately we did learn that Colton has a bit of a sensitive stomach, and we got our first parental scare when he had a giant throw up after eating. Like, it was EVERYWHERE. Not pretty.

Obviously it meant lots of momma snuggles afterwards, because I was too scared to put him down! Thankfully, we’ve (mostly) figured out a system to help him keep food down, but it was definitely our first real scary moment as parents!

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Poor sick baby!

Saturday

My mom was actually in town all last week, but headed back to Florida super early Saturday morning. We woke up and said a half-asleep goodbye, before heading back to bed to get a few more hours of shut-eye before Colton decided it was time to wake up for the day.

While I fed Baby Freckle, Chris made us breakfast, including eggs, pork sausage, and english muffins. I could get used to this (too bad he goes back to work tomorrow!)

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Colton was pretty awake in the morning, but we decided to brave it anyway and head to downtown Fredericksburg to hit up the farmers market. It was our first real outing with him besides Target, but thankfully it went quite well! He fell asleep from all the walking around, so I was even able to stop by a local coffee shop for an iced (half-caf) americano!

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It’s the little things, people.

The rest of the day was spent hanging out with this guy! We’re going through our 2 week growth spurt, which means that sometimes we like to eat every hour. Aka, momma gets stuck on the couch watching hours of HGTV.

Good thing he’s cute!

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We decided to pull out some of our freezer meal staples for dinner, and topped some stir-fry veggies and rice with these Costco chicken teriyaki meatballs and soyaki sauce. Quick, easy, and quite delicious! Plus a beer on the side because they say it helps with milk production. And apparently I have a future chunky football player on my hands to feed!

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Sunday

Sunday morning was another relaxed morning around these parts. With lots of time watching over this wiggle worm.

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After all of our success going to the farmers market on Saturday, we were feeling pretty brave and decided to attempt church and Sunday night dinner at my in-laws. Sadly, church didn’t go quite as planned, as Colton got the hiccups soon after we arrived which meant he refused to sleep. I spent most of the service hanging out in the narthex rocking him while he fought sleep.

We survived though, and it was definitely a learning experience for us! I’m sure it wont be the last time we deal with a fussy baby in public!

All-in-all, I’d say it was a pretty successful weekend. We got out of the house several times, had our first “scary” parenting experience, and figured out how to deal with a fussy baby in public. Plus lots and lots of baby snuggles! Not too shabby for week 2!

I’m hoping to actually get on a real blogging schedule this week, and maybe even get my birth story out to you guys! But please forgive me if I do accidently disappear. I’m still trying to figure this whole new mom thing out!

So tell me: What did you do this weekend? Any exciting plans as we’re getting into the beginning of summer?

Breastfeeding Foods {Guest Post}

Checking in again! We’re still hanging out over here, trying to figure out this whole eating-sleeping-pooping schedule. It’s definitely a learning process, let me tell ya, but we’re having fun trying to figure it out. Thankfully he’s a pretty decent sleeper at night, but during the day? HA! Apparently there are too many exciting things going on.

Since I am still trying to get a hang of things and have absolutely NOTHING exciting to share on the food or fitness front (unless you count the obscene amount of water and toast I’ve been consuming in the last week), I thought I’d let someone else share some fun ideas with you!

Here is my dear blog friend Katy, who blogs over at Have You Hurd, who is going to share some great ideas for breastfeeding foods. Even better? Even if you’re not breastfeeding right now, these are some great ideas! Thanks Katy!

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Hi My Freckled Life readers! I want to start out by saying THANK YOU to Stephanie for allowing me to take over her blog for a little while she’s away playing with her new baby boy!

I know from personal experience how time consuming an infant can be since I just had my second child on April 20th!

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Stephanie and I met through blogging and were fortunate enough to have each other to vent to and ask questions during our pregnancies.

When Stephanie asked me to provide a guest post I knew exactly what I would write about – a topic near and dear to my heart – FOOD. I breastfed my son and I’m currently breastfeeding my daughter and if you were wondering – the ravenous hunger of a breastfeeding mommy is a REAL thing.  

Having a newborn and a two year old means I have very little time to make or eat food, so I need my meals and snacks to be quick and easy and to keep me full for a long time. I thought I’d share some of my favorite breakfasts, snacks, and lunches that keep me fueled throughout today. This information is not only helpful to those who are breastfeeding, but to anyone who is looking for yummy ideas to curb their hunger.

Breakfast:

  • Greek Yogurt + Granola + Fruit

Yogurt Bowl

Such a classic combo, but delicious nonetheless. The protein from the yogurt and the granola will ensure you’re tummy stays satisfied!

  • Avocado Toast + Bacon + Eggs

Avocado Egg Toast

Top wheat toast with an avocado mash (avocado, salt and pepper), a couple of slices of your favorite bacon, and eggs anyway you like ‘em! I love topping the toast with a couple of scrambled eggs, but an over easy egg would be delicious too.

  • Oatmeal + Peanut Butter

I just use instant oatmeal and plop a dollop of peanut butter on top. Oatmeal itself is filling, but when you add a little peanut butter it keeps me full even longer! Oh and it’s freaking delicious.

  • Quinoa Yogurt Parfait

Quinoa Parfait

I got this idea from Brittany at Eating Bird Food and I love it. Layer Greek yogurt and a sweetened quinoa mixture (quinoa, almond milk and maple syrup) and top with your favorite fruit!

 

Snacks:

  • Nuts

A handful of unsalted or lightly salted nuts is a savory snack that is super filling. My favorite nuts are almonds, cashews, and peanuts!

  • Smoothies

You can do SO MUCH with a smoothie! Also, what better way to keep cool during the summer than with a cold, creamy drink? I use this base for mostly all of my smoothies:

Greek Yogurt + Frozen Banana + Vanilla Protein Powder + Almond Milk + Ice

And here are my favorite add-ins:

- Peanut Butter

- Strawberries

- Pineapple

- Peaches

  • Apple + Peanut Butter + Granola

We all know that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, and most of us know adding peanut butter makes that apple even more delicious. But if you want to REALLY take things to the next level, roll that peanut butter apple in some homemade granola and SH*T GETS REAL! (Two of my favorite granola recipes can be found here and here).

Apple Granola

Lunch

For lunches, my favorite thing to do is to prepare a big bowl of pasta or quinoa salad at the beginning of the week so all I have to do is scoop it out into a bowl and dive in during lunch! Here are a couple of my favorites:

Chicken Caesar Salad

Quinoa Salad

If you’re looking to stay full during the day, another thing to make sure you’re doing is staying HYDRATED! Especially if you’re a breastfeeding momma!

What are your favorite filling meals/snacks MFL readers?

Thanks again to Stephanie for letting me take over MFL for a day and CONGRATULATIONS on your new baby boy! You’re going to be a fabulous mother :)