I cannot believe I’m saying this, but happy November 1st! WHERE is the time going? My blog turned 2 months old yesterday – how crazy is that?
Just like my first month of blogging, my second month was quite the whirlwind. I learned so much more than I thought was possible. It’s crazy how the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know! haha! I know I still have a ways to go, but I feel pretty good about the progress that has been made.
Anyone who has stopped by the blog in the past couple weeks has probably seen something new… One of the major things I did recently was build a newsletter, aka a mailer. I did some research on different methods for building mailers, and decided that mailchimp was the way to go.
Honestly, I was not familiar with mailchimp prior to starting my own blog. However, I have been a loyal subscriber to a ton of other blogs over the years. So I immediately recognized the mailchimp logo as soon as I saw it.
I’m fairly new to the technical side of blogging, so I had to teach myself how to navigate through the mailchimp site, html coding, etc when setting up the mailer. I played around in their site for a couple hours and eventually managed to grasp the nuts and bolts of building a mailer. Side note, mailers/newsletters are also called campaigns in mailchimp – who knew.
Visitors to my blog now have the opportunity to subscribe to my newsletter and receive new posts by email. :) As an avid reader of many blogs, I LOVE getting posts by email. It doesn’t necessarily replace going to the actual blog site. I still visit real sites for commenting purposes. But having posts delivered to my email means that I don’t miss a single thing. It is one of my favorite ways to keep up with all the blogs that I follow.
Anyway, if you choose to subscribe to the newsletter (do it, you’ll love it! haha), please let me know if there are any issues with how the post, photos, etc show up in the email :)
Oh, another thing I have learned a ton about over the past month is CODING! I never took a course on coding, so I am learning everything from scratch. Fortunately for me, I have some experience with programming language in general.
My field of work is data-heavy and writing code comes with the territory of statistical analyses. Although html coding is very different from statistical programming, there are similarities in principles. I still have a loooong way to go, but I am happy to at least be scratching the surface!
As far as my writing schedule, I thoroughly believe that the BEST thing I ever did was create a writing structure for myself. I’m enjoying posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. I’ve stuck to this schedule like glue! It has worked out great writing-wise. Getting to flex those writing muscles has been a lot of fun.
All right, let’s switch gears a little and talk about one of my go to snacks right now… TRAIL MIX! What brought this on? Well, one of the things I love to do is to keep a delicious snack and drink on hand when I’m working. For the entire month of October, the two things that have stayed within arms reach at all times are citrus-flavored seltzer and a bag of homemade trail mix. I’ve been on the seltzer wagon for years now and don’t see myself getting off any time soon!
I made a huge batch of this trail mix back in October, and it is going strong! I love the mix of sweet and salty kick in every bite.
Side note: Every time I eat trail mix, it reminds me of hiking! –> i guess that’s why “trail” is in the name… :) When I climbed Kilimanjaro back in high school, my friends and I brought tons of trail mix with us. Joel and I did a lot of hiking in college (we hiked a portion of the Appalachian trail), and we always brought trail mix with us.
It is easily portable in little bags, doesn’t get smooshed or broken if it’s tightly packed in backpacks, of course it is delicious, and the nice part is it gives a great boost of energy to keep you going.
To make my trail mix, all I did was buy 2 kinds of peanuts: honey roasted, and regular salted. We also got chopped dates, craisins, raisins, and of course M&M’s!
I’m not sure I can call this a REAL recipe because it’s so ridiculously simple, but here you go:
- 1 cup honey roasted peanuts
- 1 cup regular salted peanuts
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 1 cup M&M’s
- 1/2 cup craisins
- 1/2 cup raisins
I mixed everything up in a big bowl, then separated it all into sandwich-size baggies. The recipe makes a LOT of trail mix, so we are all stocked up for the long haul!
There are plenty of other recipes that call for all kinds of cool ingredients. There are a ridiculous number of cool things you could add to your trail mix.
Here are a few ideas:
- Different types of nuts (cashews, almonds, brazil nuts, pecans, etc)
- Honey roasted, salted, or cajun seasoned nuts
- Dried mango, pineapple, apple, blueberry
- Banana chips
- Coconut flakes
- Crunchy or salty bits
- Sunflower seeds
- Mini pretzels
- Chocolate covered pretzels
- Oyster crackers
- Crunchy chickpeas
- Sweet bits
- Chocolate chips
- Butterscotch chips
- Mini marshmallows
- Random bits
- Graham cracker bits
- chex cereal
- Wasabi peas
- Bits of jerky
- Chia seeds
Next time I’d love to try a savory-ish mix (jerky, oyster crackers, chex or cheerios cereal, coconut flakes, and sunflower seeds sounds like it would be a cool combination).
For now, I’m thoroughly enjoying my simple trail mix! I only made ONE change to the proportions for my bag that is by my desk… I added extra M&M’s! :)
Something random: When I eat trail mix, I must have one of each ingredient in every single bite. Am I weird? haha! I never really thought about it until Joel pointed out that I always combine ONE honey-roasted peanut, ONE salted peanut, ONE M&M, ONE raisin, etc in each bite! I don’t have a specific reason for this, it just kinda feels right. Joel just kinda gets a handful and tosses it back. haha.
What are your favorite types of blogs or blog posts to read? Do you eat your trail mix with one of each “thing” in every bite? What’s your fave thing to add to your trail mix?