Day to Day Life: Week Twenty

We have had quite the week as you’re about to get a peek at. If you remember last week, we had an emergency visit to the ER with Silas. Well, on Monday we received a phone call saying his blood had tested positive for bacteria, so we should return to the hospital. That afternoon, more blood was drawn but the doctor concluded that it was likely Silas simply had a viral infection that would go away on its own. On Tuesday we received another phone call from a different doctor saying Silas’s blood tested positive for bacteria again and we needed to take him to a larger hospital in the next town over. We have been in the hospital since (still here as I type this). He’s been an incredible trooper through this whole ordeal, withstanding blood tests, excruciating pain, narcotics to alleviate said pain, an MRI, x-rays, ultrasounds, multiple IV insertions… At least we have an official diagnosis of a deep bone infection in his leg. He is on the mend and we are hopefully going home on Tuesday! That said, here’s that glimpse:

The day Silas got admitted to the hospital, all I could get him to eat at home was the following…

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And I think this was the last meal I’ve cooked in a week…

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Day One.

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Si and his Mama.

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HOSPITAL FOOD.

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Silas’s mom spent a couple nights in the hospital with him, giving Craig and I a chance to run home and sleep in our own bed. We got to catch Vincent’s play at the high school on one of those nights.

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And I got the chance to visit with Chicken, who hasn’t had much love over the last few days (this is the third night in a row Craig and I have slept here in the hospital).

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Silas and his dad.

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Board games helped the time pass a little more quickly…

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Morning shenanigans.

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A friend of ours gave Silas an activity book where you build pom pom monsters. Here are our creations (and the pink one belongs to Silas’s sister).

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Baseball buddies visiting today!

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Our friend Janet also came to visit…

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And a much needed break outside of the hospital… (Photo credit to Janet)

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Let’s hope next week is filled with more locations, a healthy boy, and much more home cooking!

Saturday Sites: Week Twenty

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1.)  A list of 75 things to think about when you’re having a bad day.

2.)  It’s almost silly how “grown up ice cubes” blew my mind!

3.)  This is a good habit to form.

4.)  The top 100 restaurants in the Bay Area in 2015 (thus far).

5.)  I know Mother’s Day passed last weekend… but this was one of my favorite videos to come across.

6.)  Let’s eat all the cupcakes!

7.)  This made me laugh… a lot.

8.)  These may make an appearance come summer time

9.)  Some tips for how to get a beach body. Heh.

10.)  Ballet has always fascinated me. This continues my enamored fascination.

11.) Fifty of the best sandwiches in America. Shall we try them all?

12.)  This might actually be a green smoothie I’d enjoy!

13.)  Girls Night In: Real Life vs Instagram.

14.)  Breakfast waffle nachos?!

15.)  Since I need more things to do, I shall take up a new hobby

Day to Day Life: Week Nineteen

The last week looked something like this:

Chicken has a love/hate relationship with bath time.
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We had a baseball game on actual-Cinco-de-Mayo and didn’t get home until 8pm… so I made Cinco de Mayo dinner on the 6th. No bigs. Fish tacos with the chile de arbol salsa from a new local taqueria, Taqueria Picaro.
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Fish for those tacos! Nicely crisp on the outside, still juicy and flavorful on the inside.
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This guy, creeping near my husband’s office…
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All our irises are officially popped open!
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Neon skies this week.
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I don’t know what Neptuna is, but the name cracked me up.
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Our garden space is officially bigger than it was last week!
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One night Craig and Vincent had tortas for dinner and I made myself breakfast-dinner, migas.
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A risotto I forgot to photograph other than this one picture, so no recipe. Hah.
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Prom happened this weekend and I managed to agree on making dinner for Vincent and his girlfriend, as well as another couple before the dance. I even made them a menu, hehe.
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Dinner.
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Chocolate cake!
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While the older kids were at the prom, we ended up having to take Silas to the emergency room when he spiked a fever of 104.2… They put in an IV and in his state of semi-delirium, Si asked the nurse, “Hey! Why you stealing my blood!?” Hahaha.
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After some blood work and an abdominal ultrasound, most of the more intense diagnosis possibilities were ruled out and we were sent home. Today the fever has been better and for the most part he seems to be on the mend, so hopefully it was just a passing virus.
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My mama, in honor of Mother’s Day.
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Vincent walked to the store and came home with flowers for me, Silas made the card below. Apparently I am kind, epic, swag, boss, and I can pay the rent! Haha
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I made my mother-in-law fried shrimp po boys, including homemade bread, which seemed to go over well.
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And we also had white chocolate mousse for dessert!
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I hope you’ve had a wonderful week and Happy Mother’s Day to all you mamas! :)

Meatless Monday: Cinco de Mayo Recipes

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It’s no secret that we eat a lot of Mexican food, year-round. While some folks seem to wait until Cinco de Mayo rolls around to indulge in their favorite Mexican-inspired dishes, I prefer to enjoy them whenever the hell I feel inclined.

If you’re looking for some vegetarian-friendly recipes (with the inclusion of a couple fish recipes) to celebrate, here are some ideas:

Forbidden Rice Blog | Meatless Monday: Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Appetizers and Sides
Toasted Coconut, Cilantro and Lime Rice
Avocado Green Tomato Salsa
Roasted Poblano Guacamole
Green Chile and Tomatillo Enchilada Sauce
Cheesy Anaheim and Poblano Pepper Rice
Summer Corn Salad
Ancho Chili and Pepita Mole
Chile Colorado Sauce (Basic Red Chile Sauce)
Spanish Red Rice
Easy Salsa Verde
Cilantro Lime Rice
Slow Cooked Black Beans

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Main Dishes
Tofu and Cheese Enchiladas
Vegetarian Tamale Casserole
Jalapeno and Cheese Tamales
Homemade Seitan Carnitas
Spicy Fish Tacos
Chorizo and Cheese Enchiladas
Spicy Citrus Fish Tacos with Creamy Avocado Sauce
Crispy Tofu Tacos with Creamy Roasted Poblano Sauce and Grilled Cotija Cheese
Roasted Poblano Chilaquiles with Fried Eggs
Frychos
Corn and Poblano Pizza with Cilantro Pesto
Vegetarian Posole with Roasted Peppers, Pinto Beans and Soyrizo
Rajas de Poblano con Elote y Crema Tacos

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Beverages
Horchata
Apricot and Berry Sangria
Spicy Bloody Mary
Mangorita
Classic Margarita
Watermelon Margaritas

Day to Day Life: Week Eighteen

The last week looked something like this:

Our first iris of the season popped open this week!
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The rhododendrons have been going crazy, too…
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Chicken’s parents have been attempting to make their way into the house and nest-build again
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This is Papa Chicken flying into the house, thinking no one was looking… Hehe.
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Whenever I walk up this alley past our house, this cat comes running out to visit.
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Two separate visits in one week!
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A couple baseball games this week… Silas’s team won both games.
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Burrito bowls one night… with “chip sprinkles,” a.k.a. the crumbs left at the bottom of the chip bag once the kids eat all the chips and put said crumb-filled bag back in the cupboard.
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Lots of sunny blue skies this week!
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Snickerdoodles… because… why not?
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Apparently when your 30th birthday approaches, you get gifts like this in the mail! Bwahaha.
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Homemade Chinese food one night.
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And Mexican food another night.
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Beer:Thirty.
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Homemade bread gets increasingly easier the more you experiment with it…
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Those loaves were Lousiana-style po boy bread for these crispy eggplant po boys, filled with goat cheese, spinach, fresh basil, tomatoes, and a garlic basil aioli.
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A lunch date with my friend Janet at a new taqueria in town. The tacos were delicious! And a margarita before noon? Why not.
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English muffin pizzas… transporting me back to being approximately 7 years old.
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I hope you’ve had a wonderful week!