Some Things You May Not Know About Me v.5

Some Things You May Not Know About Me | Freckled Italian

It can take me half a day to finish a cup of coffee, especially an iced one. 

I used to be absolutely terrified to stay in the apartment or house alone, but now that I've been doing it for two months I don't mind it and sometimes actually like it.

I can eat almost anything for breakfast--it doesn't have to be breakfast-y. I regularly eat soup for breakfast and sometimes I'll even have a salad.

I don't really like wearing shorts that much. Or skirts--they have to be pretty perfect, which for me means it has a high waist (both) and is long enough (skirts). I'm excited that jean season is upon us!

Ender and I regularly share snacks--an apple, cucumber slices, a banana. I don't know why I love it so much but he is so cute sitting on the couch next to me waiting politely for a piece of whatever fruit or veggie I'm eating.

I go back and forth between wanting to travel the world and feeling content to stay in one place. I guess I'm equal parts adventurous and boring/scared.

Recipe: Paleo Tuna Veggie Bowls

Paleo Tuna Veggie Bowls | Freckled Italian

I have a pretty strict no-cooking-when-it's-over-90-degrees rule, so this summer I've been eating a lot of quick and easy salads that come together in a pinch. The problem with salads, as I'm sure you know, is that they can get really boring. This one is different--I put just a little lettuce in a bowl and then load it with sliced radishes, julienned cucumbers, sugar snap peas, cucumber noodles, and any other fresh veggies I might have in my fridge before topping the whole thing with a can of tuna. 

You could serve this salad with my Paleo sesame vinaigrette, but I also like it with just a drizzle of sesame oil and a teaspoon of Thai chili garlic paste--pretty much the same ingredients without taking the extra minute or two to mix them together first.

And I always use Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore in Water--Bumble Bee offers responsibly wild caught Albacore that is delicious, versatile, high in protein, and absolutely perfect as the main ingredient in any meal--see their website for full nutritional facts.

Paleo Tuna Veggie Bowls | Freckled Italian
Paleo Tuna Veggie Bowls | Freckled Italian


  • 1 5-ounce can of Bumble Bee Solid White Albacore Tuna
  • 1 cup of lettuce, chopped
  • 1-2 radishes, sliced thinly
  • 1/2 of a large cucumber, spiralized or julienned
  • 1 medium carrot, julienned
  • 5-6 sugar snap peas, sliced
  • 1-2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1-2 slices or wedges of fresh lime
  • 1/4 of an avocado, sliced
  • A drizzle of sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon (more or less depending on heat preference) of Thai chil garlici paste
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. In a bowl, layer veggies over lettuce and top with drained tuna.
  2. Season with salt and pepper, then dress the salad with a little sesame oil.
  3. Serve with a small spoonful of Thai chili garlic paste and top with avocado, cilantro, and sesame seeds. Serve with fresh lime wedges.
Paleo Tuna Veggie Bowls | Freckled Italian
Paleo Tuna Veggie Bowls | Freckled Italian

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Some Things I Believe Right Now (#5)

Some Things I Believe Right Now | Freckled Italian

Right now, I believe...

that some things really are meant to be.

in empathy, even when it's too much.

that you can truly feel two (or more) conflicting feelings at one time:

Your heart has a lot of space for a lot of feelings, all at once. And great joy doesn’t erase great pain. It’s okay to feel the hard stuff.
— Nora McInerny Purmort

in eating toast even if it's going to make you sick because you're out of town and it's bread, dammit.

in sitting on the back porch with my dog every morning.

that we'd all be better off without mosquitos.

in crock pot dinners.


What are some things that are true for you these days?