Day to Day Life: Week Thirty-Seven

The last week:

The final supermoon of 2014, the Harvest Moon, made a lovely appearance this week.

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One little Chicken trying to eat one giant cornflake.

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We drove up to Portland to pick up my husband’s dad and stepmom… and the same cornflake eating Chicken came along for the car ride and hotel-stay. (Oh-em-gee I am the crazy bird lady at the ripe ‘ole age of 29!)

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On the night we arrived in town, we had Mexican food.. including the strongest dang margaritas EVER. Mine had a little tinge of green, my husband’s? Almost clear, indicating a drink almost entirely made of tequila.

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When we picked up my in-laws, we trekked into downtown Portland because they hadn’t ever been there. Of course Voodoo Doughnuts was a necessary stop. We opted for the voodoo dozen.

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We also decided to explore the food trucks along 10th and Alder for lunch. I share my Khao Man Gai with Pops and Mimi. (DELICIOUS!)

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My husband got an order of Kargi Gogo’s Khachapuri — a Georgian cheese bread, which was also very tasty!

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Vincent (AHS water polo varsity goalie) had a water polo scrimmage this week. Both the boys and girls teams won by quite a large number of points!

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Although I generally don’t buy green grapes because they tend to be more tart than sweet, these locally grown green grapes were superb!

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Oregon albacore! 

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We went wine tasting with Mimi and Pops one afternoon (or late morning, if we need to get technical).

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Afterwards we had a late lunch… I love the jerk chicken sandwich at Jasper’s.

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Craig’s dad brought me some flowers from the Ashland farmer’s market one morning.

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Pizza night! My father-in-law tried this BBQ Chik’n pizza and said he really didn’t know it wasn’t chicken. He ate a few more slices the next day, too.

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Yep, crazy bird lady. Hi, stairs Chicken.

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Silas had an evening football game under the stadium lights last night.

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Whole wheat peach galettes for a late morning breakfast today!

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Saturday Sites: Week Thirty-Seven

First of all, my apologies for the lack of any recipes this week. We’ve had a whirlwind week of kids, then running up to Portland to pick up my father-in-law and his wife, bringing them back to Ashland with us, then spending much of our time enjoying their visit. That said, I thought I’d at least share these links and tomorrow, some photos, for this week. Here are some of my favorite places around the inter-webs this week:

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  1. I don’t typically like to dwell on thoughts like this, wherein I wonder what I would’ve done differently at XX year of my life. However… if you could go back and re-live being 18, what would you have done different?

  2. The summer I turned 21, I almost died from bacterial spinal meningitis. I was in the hospital for nearly two weeks, much of that time in the ICU. If I had hospital meals like some of these, that would have been a HUGE step up from my weird combinations of dry chicken, rice, flavorless broth, over-steamed vegetables, jello, flavorless tea and black coffee, and other shenanigans.

  3. Although rum tends to get me in more trouble than any other kind of liquor, these popsicles sound delicious!

  4. I’m not a huge fan of the ALS bucket challenge floating around the internet, let’s be real. I fully support making donations as you feel inclined and don’t think some public display of dumping ice water over your head has any real selfless purpose. These folks… perhaps they should have shied away from the ice bucket challenge.

  5. This man has been one of my favorite musicians over the last decade. New album release, woohoo!

  6. One of my favorite flavors of potato chips, turned into crispy little chickpeas. Recipe bookmarked.

  7. If I had daughters, or a daughter, I would share most of these things with her.

  8. Hah! I love that I can text our kids and they all fully appreciate some dry, inappropriate, sarcastic humor.

  9. I do wish that my parents could text… I think it’d be highly entertaining much of the time!

  10. Alrighty, this made me laugh.

  11. Oh-em-gee. WHY is this a thing?!

  12. Hey YOU, yeah YOU, I want to know what’s on YOUR nectar list!

  13. The differences in what’s available to you for $1500/month rent in different states is crazy.

  14. Let’s make … let’s  eatlet’s make and eat this bread, it sounds tasty!

  15. Hahahaha… WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE?! I want to meet Doo Doo Dan.

  16. I’d also like these pants, please.

  17. We could also make this bread, but I might eat it all.

  18. These homemade lunches are inspiring. I’ll be honest. We just finished the second week of school and I am totally OVER the idea of packing kid lunches. Don’t tell.

  19. I would like some of this, maybe now, okay?

  20. Let’s have these Mexican corn croquettes in our future.

Day to Day Life: Week Thirty-Six

The last week, looking something like this:

Homemade veggie burgers one night. With a non-homemade side of tots.

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School started this week for the kids (woo hoo!). The complicated recess politics around 4th grade two-square are mind-boggling.

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The view from my crouched down, weed-pulling stance in the garden.

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Also, this view…

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Taco night is always a popular dinner theme around here.

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And this time of year, it totally requires fresh sweet corn salsa!

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Can you find my husband amidst this game Silas came up with at Nana’s house?

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Silas and Nana play of game of “army guys.” complete with multiplication problems in order to move any guys on the table. Guess which one of them came up with using math as a game… (Hint: it wasn’t the 9 year old.)

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These two! The steal my just-picked vegetables when I’m not looking!

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Fresh Oregon albacore is in season and I couldn’t be more stoked! I made this tuna salad for dinner one night.

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Somebody celebrated their 16th birthday around here this week! He got a giant before-school hot chocolate with homemade vanilla whipped cream.

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And although I didn’t get a single photo of the birthday  meal for 9 of us, we had Vincent’s favorite Mexican dishes, including red and green cheese enchiladas, a few different homemade salsas, spanish rice, slow cooked pinto beans… and for dessert, a delicious strawberry cream cake plus the blueberry lavender ice cream V also requested nearly 3 months ago. Here are some photos from the birthday celebration:

Opening gifts with help from his two brothers…

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Little Red Riding Hood made an appearance.

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Grandma Gail was happy to meet Chicken, who willingly let her pick her up! (Generally she grunts and pecks at, then flies away from most folks who aren’t me, who are trying to pick her up!)

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Cake for the boy. With candles and a sparkler.

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Ice cream!

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Vincent and his mama.

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Happy 16, Vincent Love!

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Although I didn’t photograph any food other than the cake and ice cream, I did photograph the enormous bowl of leftovers I had the next night for dinner!

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Mr. Silas Henry had his first Pop Warner game today.

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They played one of the toughest teams in the league… and won 13-0!

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When you are totally burnt out on Mexican food, but the rest of your family is happy to have it again, it’s necessary to gather handfuls of basil from the garden, make some pesto, then cook some penne and toss the two together…

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Chicken says, “Dear Julie: thank you so very much for washing all the laundry, folding it so nicely, and not getting mad at me when I fly into the room and land on the clean sheets, blankets, towels, underwear, piles of teenage boy clothes, little boy clothes… I’m much obliged!”

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I hope you’ve had an excellent week! The upcoming one here is going to be crazy, but hopefully we see each other before next Sunday! : )

Saturday Sites: Week Thirty-Six

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  1. Holy crap, I was feeling this at the beginning of the week, too!

  2. Nine months of video footage condensed into one Vine video… and it’s a beautiful one.

  3. Yummy, this strata from Deb at Smitten Kitchen sounds tasty!

  4. Hmmm… My twenties are almost over! How did that happen?

  5. I’d really like someone to make me these pancakes, please.

  6. This version of Sara Bareilles’ song, “Uncharted.

  7. Just yes, this. This is good.

  8. Every state’s most notable chain restaurant, in map form.

  9. Let’s all put more love into the world.

  10. Okay, I feel like I need to apologize for this being amongst this list… but I laughed so hard I teared up and couldn’t breathe. (P.S. I am obviously 2 years old.)

  11. This cake is intriguing to me.

  12. The response this mom had for a problem on her kid’s math homework is EXACTLY my feeling and thoughts when I tried helping Silas with math homework last year. Let’s see how this year goes…

  13. Hahaha, IT’S TRUE.

  14. I need a little Cards Against Humanity in my life.

  15. The truth is, I have been both shy and introverted my entire life thus far.

  16. This week, my back and shoulders have been killing me. I may even try these moves. Yoga ain’t my thang.

  17. These words are important and honest.

  18. This photo project, You Are My Wild is frickin’ beautiful and so very lovely (seriously).

  19. The ingredients in this oatmeal certainly have me curious!

Fresh Peach Buckle

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The season creeps in slowly. In early summer, I find an abundance of different melons, strawberries, plums, apricots, grapes, citrus fruits in our food co-op. Then all of a sudden it seems peaches are in full-blown abundance. I wait all year for local Rolling Hills Farm peaches to arrive. These organic beauties are grown locally — they have been, equally as long as I’ve been alive. It’s true that these peaches will be around well into October, and later in the season they’re even sweeter and larger than they already are, but I cannot wait that long. It’s hard enough to wait for them to ripen perfectly after I’ve purchased a couple!

Of course when I found myself with a large number of peaches on hand, I knew I wanted to make a cobbler. Or at least a cobbler-like thingie for dessert that night. There are a number of dishes that resemble similar things… Cobbler, tart, pie, slump, buckle, crisp… When I saw the following recipe for a raspberry peach buckle, my first inclined response was, what the hell is a buckle?! 

Turns out a buckle is essentially a one layer cake that usually has berries or fruit mixed in. Sometimes it has a streusel-like topping. While the original recipe included raspberries, I decided to leave them out. The peaches in this cake leave a deliriously moist, tender cake that is equally delicious nearly just out of the oven, or at room temperature the next morning!

 

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Fresh Peach Buckle

Recipe adapted slightly from Tracy Benjamin [Shutterbean]

Ingredients:
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 stick unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg, room temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 teaspoons almond extract
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
3-4 large peaches, pits removed then each cut into 8-10 wedges
2/3 cup sliced almonds

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Directions:
Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl, then set it aside.

In a separate bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, 2 – 3 minutes. Beat in the egg, vanilla, and almond extract, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

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Reduce mixer speed to low. Add half the flour mixture, then the yogurt, and then the remaining flour mixture, mixing well in-between each addition. Fold in the peaches. This will seem a little haphazard, but all is well…

Butter the bottom and sides of a 2-quart baking dish. Spoon the batter into the pan, trying to evenly distribute the peaches. Sprinkle the top with the almonds. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean (45 minutes to 1 hour). Let cool slightly.

Serve while warm for best results.

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