Archive | January, 2013

One Whole Year!

31 Jan

Happy Thursday friends!

Today is a very special Thursday here at My Freckled Life, because we are celebrating a BLOGIVERSARY!

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That’s right, MFL is officially 1 year old today!

I had been reading blogs for several years before I really decided give creating my own blog a shot. You can read my super embarrassing and awkward first post here (and see pictures of baby Laney!).

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When I first started I didn’t tell ANYONE about it – not even Chris for a good month or two. I had no readers and it was solely a blog for me. See, I have this known habit of starting something and never actually following through – so I had to make sure I was actually going to keep it up before I shared it. But slowly it’s grown and morphed and grown some more. It’s like a teenager now!

2012 was a huge year for me (which I recaped at the beginning of the year) and I’m so happy that I was able to document and share everything with you all!

So instead of looking back through the year (since I just did that), I thought instead I’d share with you all a few fun facts about My Freckled Life!

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After the Home Page and the About Me page, MFL most popular post was on called Driving the Struggle Bus from last May, where I discussed My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding (amongst other things).

The second most popular post was WIAW: Kryptonite Edition which included a lively discussion on cheeze-its. You should check it out.

One of my favorite posts from early on which I feel like lots of new readers missed out on was the time that I became Country and spent the afternoon at a dairy farm. Anyone who knows this city girl knows that this was an EXPERIENCE. Let’s just say I didn’t know what a baby cow was called before this. It’s a calf, just FYI. I’m country now.

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Most Popular Country

What I like about using wordpress is that it lets me see statistics – who came to my page, where they came from, if they left comments, etc.

But one of the things that I find most interesting is the country list, where it tells me what country my readers are from. While 4 of my top 5 might be expected (The US, Canada, UK, and Australia), my #4 totally took  me by surprise! Germany!

I guess they enjoy hearing about my German husband!

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Most Popular Google Search

The other best thing to look at is the google searches that lead people to my blog. Sometimes I don’t quite understand how google leads them here, but it does… Check out some of these:

* Face Licking (Why yes, I do enjoy a good face lick every now and again?)

* Being blind sucks (That is accurate, it probably does suck)

* Freckled Booty (Pretty sure I’ve never commented on my rear end here on MFL, but in case you want to know, yes my booty is freckled too.)

* I Hate Pink (I am actually pretty pro pink. Sorry google searcher, the almighty google lead you astray)

* Eat My Arm (…no thank you?)

* Yay, I’m a champion (Ok, I’m kind of glad this one lead you here)

And my personal favorite:

* dominican dj mowing lawn (I don’t even have any guesses as to how this got you here…)

 

But the all time leading google search, hands down? Struggle Bus

I’m glad all you who are struggling come to seek guidance from me. Because I am the master struggle bus operator, thank you very much!

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So where are we going from here?

Over the past year MFL has definitely gone through a lot of growth and changes. I’m happy to say that I’ve gotten much more involved in the blogging community (wonderful people!) and in social media.

But I have a lot of new ideas for this blog, so don’t be surprised to see some a-changes coming! Some probably in the very near future!

I wont spoil the fun and ruin the surprise, but let’s just say that I’m working to turn my little teenage blog into a young adult. Complete with a facelift and some new connections in the blog world.

I’m both excited and terrified.

But here’s to you, My Freckled Life – Happy Blogiversary and may year 2 be even better than year 1!

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WIAW: King Edition

30 Jan

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I have to admit, I’m kind of glad that it’s Wednesday. We’re halfway through the work week and just a few short days away from the weekend. It’s taken me a little bit to get back to the swing of things this week after a very weird last week, but I’m finally feeling like I’m in a good place.

Now if only I could add more hours in the day to get stuff done! I’ve been stretching myself a BIT too thin lately.

But anyway, yesterday ended up being a pretty decent day all around. Especially my eats. And it’s it’s What I Ate Wednesday, you guys actually get to see them all! YAY! (<—Can you tell it’s early in the morning??)

For anyone not familiar with the idea of WIAW, please check Jenn’s blog for a very eloquent explanation about how WIAW was designed to share and celebrate food, free from judgment or comparison.  

Let’s get started!

Breakfast

I have been on a serious oatmeal kick and have basically been eating the same thing for breakfast for like an entire month. Oatmeal with peanut butter, jelly, cinnamon, and mixed berries. Simple, quick and delicious.

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Snack

My boss is from New Orleans originally, so she brought in Starbucks and a faux King Cake to celebrate the start of the Mardi Gras season.

For those Non-New Orleaners (myself included), here is the basic idea:

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I ended up just having a few bites of cake, but the gesture was appreciated. And I definitely took advantage of the free Starbucks coffee.

Lunch

Lunch, per usual, was leftovers from the fridge. I had some of our Southwestern stuffed peppers from Monday night (recipe coming) which definitely do not photograph very well, and a clementine for some vitamin C!

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Snack #2

I’ve gotten into this 2 snack a day habit recently! I don’t know what that’s about… Anyway, I ended up eating a Blood Orange Chobani (one of my favorites!) and a mini babybell light. Still obsessed with these things!

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Dinner

After the gym I headed home to put together a super quick dinner. Turkey burgers (mixed with Worchester sauce, TJs everyday seasoning, garlic salt, and grill seasoning) topped with a Colby Jack thin, a side salad with light caesar, and some roasted rosemary red potatoes (x2). Simple and amazing.

Also, this picture is before I slathered it all in ketsup. #noshame

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Workout

Today’s workout from Best Body Bootcamp called for a cardio day. When I got to the gym I wasn’t really feeling it, but I decided to hit up the treadmill (aka dreadmill) for a run. Ever since I started running outside, I just despise treadmills. And to think I used to ONLY ever run on treadmills!

Anyway, I ended up doing about 3.5 miles while watching Castle on my kindle (thank goodness for gym wifi!) before my right quad started to get a little tight and I decided not to push it too hard. But I was still a sweaty mess by the end!

I have to admit it though, I am definitely turning into more of a strength girl than a cardio girl. Never thought that would happen! But I definitely look forward to strength days a lot more now. Maybe it’s time to change up my cardio routine a little bit. Put some spunk back into it!

Well there you have it! What I ate on Wednesday (AND what I sweated – like a two for one!)!

So tell me: What did you eat today?

From Pin to Plate: Crock Pot Indian Chicken and Chickpeas

29 Jan

Happy Tuesday guys!

I don’t know about you all, but I’m pretty happy that this week is turning out to be fairly normal in comparison to the insanity of last week. Even though Mondays are definitely not my favorite, it is reassuring to get back into a normal routine. Gym included!

After work yesterday I headed to the gym for the first time in what felt like FOREVER. Ok, it was really only like 6 days. But I honestly had someone say “Hey, I havent seen you around here in awhile!” (no joke), so I was definitely happy to be back.

I completed a workout from Tina’s Best Body Bootcamp, and hands down I think this was one of my favorite workouts! It was more of a AMRAP style, in that there were 3 moves and you had to complete as many rounds as possible in 12-15 minutes. Then you rested before moving on to another set of 3 exercises. Honestly guys, I think I’ve found the style of workout I like best! The competitive nature in me came out and I just kept pushing through the time. I was a sweaty beast by the end but I LOVED it! Thanks Tina!

But I do have to tell you all about the craziest thing that happened when I got home from work. Chris and I were sitting down to dinner when we got a text from our neighbor that she was hearing really weird noises from her basement, and asked Chris to come take a look at it. We ended up both going over and searching through her basement (carrying a knife, JUST in case!) and checking around the house. We didn’t find anything, but given some of the other scary stuff that’s happened in our neighborhood recently, she ended up calling the cops just in case. Luckily they didn’t find anything either, but it certainly made me double check that all the doors were locked last night!

Has something like this ever happened to you?

From Pin to Plate: Crock Pot Indian Chicken and Chickpeas

Last week Julie talked about how she’s trying to use her crock pot more. Since Chris now has class on Wednesday nights, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to start using the crock pot so we can both grab dinner when it’s convenient for us.

For the first week, I ended up pinning one of Julie’s crock pot recipes, but making a few adjustments based on what we had in the house.

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Crock Pot Indian Chicken and Chickpeas

Adapted from Peanut Butter Finger’s Crock Pot Garam Masala Chicken and Chickpeas

Ingredients

  • 2 (15-ounce) cans chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 large onion, chopped
  • 3 red potatoes, chopped
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons garam masala
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets (I used frozen because I’m cheap)
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt (sour cream also works)

Directions

  1. Combine chickpeas, onion, potatoes, garam masala, tomatoes, and cauliflower together in crockpot.
  2. Place chicken on top of  mixture and spoon some mixture over the chicken to cover.
  3. Allow everything to cook on low for 6 – 8 hours.
  4. Garnish with cilantro and a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.

 

Seriously guys, this was SO easy and delicious! Plus it made a TON of food! Chris and I love Indian food, but I don’t play around with Indian spices all that often because they can be so complicated. But this is a great way to dip your feet in to Indian spices if you’re an Indian food fan. And for anyone that’s worried, it’s really not spicy at all.

Well that’s all I have for you this morning!

So tell me: What is your favorite thing to make in the crock pot?

I love making chili or spaghetti sauce in the crock pot, but I’m just starting to branch out and try other things!