Saturday Sites: Week Six

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1.) Are you right-brained or left-brained? I always thought I was super dominantly right-brained…this test made me nearly equal. 44% left, 56% right.

2.) I’ve got a love-hate relationship with autocorrect. (KARA!)

3.) New York style coffee cake crumb muffins. Need I say more?

4.) Thirty-five reasons people take medication for their mental health. No judgement here.

5.) Lets indulge before winter passes.

6.) Untranslatable words. I likey.

7.) If you’re lucky enough to find yourself a weirdo, never let them go

8.) Because you need more reasons to enjoy wine… Hehe!

9.) Mom’s drawing of ‘what’s on her mind’ is resonating with parents everywhere. Yes.

10.) These apple cakes sound yummy.

11.) I’ve watched this approximately 27 times.

12.) Why we sleep together.

13.) Jacques Pépin’s life advice for young cooks.

14.) This little space is lovely.

15.) I enjoyed the photos of this recipe as much as the recipe!

16.) I love this little black dress.

17.) This pie!

Day to Day Life: Weeks 4 + 5

The last couple of weeks in some photos:

After a little rain…

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My favorite homemade pasta experiment yet! Creamy pesto with fettuccine.

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Oh, were you working on dinner? Let me have a nap right where you were standing.

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Enchiladas in the making.

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This photo of my niece is precisely the reason I am soooo stoked my brother had a kid! HEHEHE!

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These noodles!

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Silas won some hockey tickets at his orthodontist’s office… So we went to see the Southern Oregon Spartans play the Fresno Monsters. It was brutal! Ha!

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Cold skies.

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So maybe one day I made myself a LOT of cone sushi (inari sushi).

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Beer Thirty is one of my favorite hours.

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It goes well with pizza night. One of my favorite pies, ever. Fresh tomatoes, lots of fresh garlic, goat cheese, fresh basil, marinara, mozzarella and parmesan.

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Yumm Bowl. With black beans (mostly hiding under the toppings) and cilantro lime rice (also mostly hiding).

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Babies. Still kickin’…

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Vegetarian meatball subs and polenta fries one night. There will be many more polenta fries in our future (decided after this dinner).

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Night time happy place. And oops, too many bubbles. (Just kidding, no such thing.)

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An easy dinner. Creamy polenta, marinara I canned last summer, parmesan. And a quick sea salt and herb flat bread.

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The finest mid week adulting. Helping the hubby replace our broken kitchen sink faucet. It required two trips to the hardware store and no calls  to the plumber! Ha! And only two f-words out of my mouth…and maybe like 8 out of the hubby’s.

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I had to take a quick photo of this guy for his baseball registration…He’s going to be a super busy guy! He’s in the middle of basketball, was asked to play on a special competitive baseball league, and during that league, he’ll also start little league! Busy = staying out of trouble though. ;)

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Pre-game breakfast. Banana pancakes, cheesy scrambled eggs and veggie bacon.

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Calzones one night… the cashew pesto/fresh spinach/artichoke heart/feta/mozzarella were our favorite (Silas, too).

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Silas making the first basket in their first basketball game yesterday.

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And BOOM! Steal, basket!

 

I hope you’ve had a lovely week!

 

 

Saturday Sites: Week Five

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1.) In case you missed Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Donald Trump (holy shit), don’t fear! You can read it here, wherein the highlights of such an endorsement are highlighted for your reading pleasure.

2.) Twenty-six veggie burgers to try!

3.) A love of sentences.

4.) Ohh, the joy of having siblings! ;)

5.) A good little read on vegan eating.

6.) I think this cutting board could certainly have a useful place in our kitchen!

7.) Constantly, I feel like my salad-game needs work. These sound good!

8.) How to get shit done even if you don’t feel like it. Noted.

9.) This buttermilk banana cake, please!

10.) This music video makes me happy.

11.) A reminder for those who have forgotten how amazing they are

12.) How to freeze basically everything.

13.) Some folks got mad about this piece, but I get it. From both perspectives – those who enjoyed and understood, as well as those who got mad about it.

14.) How to talk to your daughter about her body.

15.) 24 tweets about kids that are way too real for every parent. Ha!

16.) I love Mary Oliver so very much.

Bangkok Curry Noodle Bowls with Crisp Baked Tofu

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Some things I’ve enjoyed about the past few weeks: The stretches of days where we’ve had sunshine and weather warm enough to trick you into thinking Spring’s closer than it is. Slow walks through downtown, mostly to the grocery store. Our two old dogs, who are nearing the end of their days, following me around throughout the day then laying right under my feet later as I try to prepare dinner. Stretching homemade pizza dough into very OCD pizza rounds. Unintentional lazy weekend days (Sundays, after long sports-filled Saturdays). Not bothering to brush my every-growing-ridiculously-long hair for days at a time (messy buns to the rescue!). The rain we’ve suddenly been getting, with the threat of more rain and potential snow this weekend… Bowls of noodles.

Bowls of noodles of any sort are my go-to comfort food. Mac and cheese, ramen/saimin, cold udon or soba noodles… The following recipe is soup-like, but heavy on the noodle-to-soup ratio. The sauce is creamy, delicious, not overly spicy, but super flavorful. If you want things a little spicier, you can certainly add your desired amount of chili-garlic sauce!

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Bangkok Curry Noodles with Crisp Baked Tofu

Serves 8-10 people.

Ingredients:

For the Tofu:
15.5 ounces extra firm tofu
1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup light brown sugar
1/2 tsp gochujang (I prefer Mother in Law’s 00 Fermented Chili Paste)

For the Coconut Curry Sauce:
2 tablespoon oil
3 shallots, minced
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
4 tablespoons red curry paste
2 14-ounce cans regular coconut milk
1 cup No-Chicken (or vegetable broth)
4 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons gochujang
6 tablespoons soy sauce

For the Bowls:
12 ounces brown rice noodles
2 tablespoon oil
half an onion, chopped thinly
2 cups chopped broccoli florets
1 cup shredded carrots
2 cups chopped asparagus
2 cups shredded purple cabbage
black sesame seeds for topping
limes for serving
a handful of fresh thai basil for serving

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Directions:

Prepare the tofu: Drain tofu about an hour before you want to prepare your meal. Roll the tofu in an absorbent towel several times and then place something heavy on top to press. I use a pot on top of a cutting board and sometimes add something to the pot to add more weight. Do this for 30 minutes.

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Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. While the oven preheats, cut the tofu into bite size cubes. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sesame oil, minced garlic, soy sauce, brown sugar and gochujang. Gently toss the tofu in the mixture. Place the tofu on a nicely/generously oiled baking sheet, arranged in a single layer. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the tofu is nicely brown and crisp on the outside. Remove from the oven and set aside until needed.

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Prepare the noodles: soak the noodles in a bowl of cold water for at least 20 minutes, until they’re soft. Drain and rinse. Set aside until needed.

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Prepare the sauce: heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the shallots and ginger; stirring around for 3-5 minutes. Add the curry paste; cook for 1 minute. Add the coconut milk, sugar, gochujang, and soy sauce. Simmer for 15 minutes or so while you prep the rest of the ingredients – it should thicken slightly.

In a large skillet or wok, heat the remaining two tablespoons oil over high heat. Add the onion, carrots, broccoli, and asparagus. Stir fry for about 5 minutes until the broccoli and asparagus are bright green and just slightly tender. Add the noodles and baked tofu, tossing them around with the vegetables. Add the sauce and toss together until just combined (if you cook it too long at this point, the noodles can get overly sticky).

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Prepare the bowls: serve bowls topped with the purple cabbage and sesame seeds, along with a squeeze of lime and chopped basil leaves. Enjoy!

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Saturday Sites: Week Four

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1.) This is beautiful and incredible.

2.) Have you jumped on the ‘Making a Murderer’ bandwagon? We are almost through all the episodes… As I try to make sense of things, this theory is one of the best I’ve read yet!

3.) How to never make a mediocre salad again!

4.) The world’s most important hot sauces, by continent.

5.) 20 Ways To Subtly Mess With People That Everyone Should Try. (In case you need some suggestions! Number 15 cracked me up in a very nerdy way.)

6.) I would like to make these curried cauliflower fritters immediately.

7.) Kaaaaaa-zooooooo!

8.) Don’t call my daughter a tomboy.

9.) 57 small things to do for yourself this year. This is my favorite list like this yet!

10.) I love, love, love this apartment!

11.) Tips on organizing baking supplies. Seriously, I feel like I need to do this once a week…

12.) I knew I wasn’t just crazy, drinking a cup of coffee before going to the gym

13.) I don’t know why this alarm clock makes me laugh. Maybe because it’s called “Reggie?” Regardless, the idea is neat.

14.) Five things to do before leaving your house in the morning.

15.) There are some things about this that make my heart hurt a bit.

16.) How I turned my kid into a reader.

17.) This is my kind of happy meal!