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Everyday Life: Week 3

The third week of this year has looked something like this:

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Winter skies in Southern Oregon.

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Sometimes you just need very chocolatey chocolate chunk cookies.

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Egg salad. With veggie bacon. Just do it.

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One of my favorite pizzas from pizza night. Potatoes with pesto, caramelized onions and goat cheese.

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Rain-watcher.

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A super easy dinner. Mashed potatoes, gravy, Trader Joe’s veggie chicken sausages, corn and peas.


Percy is learning new tricks!

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This dude is clocking in at just above 5’6″ at 11 1/2 years old. WHAT.

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Leftover mashed potatoes make good breakfast potatoes… with scrambled eggs and Quorn meatless sausage.

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Somebody trying REALLY hard to get a little bagel bite.

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Some days…

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Re-organizing.


Just steps from my house, the Women’s March that happened Saturday was inspiring.

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Sometimes you get two hours of sleep. And then use a cocoa avocado skin food mask…and it’s perfect camouflage for SnapChat’s deer filter.

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Dinner-prep helper.

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Veggie chicken and biscuits (filled with cheddar and rosemary!).

Hope you’ve had a lovely week!

Everyday Life: Week 2

Here’s a look at what week 2 of 2017 looked like:

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I am working on the art of vegetarian Chicago style deep dish pizza. This one’s 5-cheese with the crust made from whole wheat and hempseed flours.

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Lazy BOY.

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Sometimes your husband wants to eat oatmeal for dinner. So you eat a very simple cheese omelet and some toast for dinner.

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Future smoothies.

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Percy is the best snuggler. She sleeps in our bed nearly every night (in Silas’s when he’s here). In the morning, she tends to get up when my husband’s up (too goddamn early). Then! After an hour or so, she’ll climb back into our bed where I’m still asleep and snuggle up! My favorite.

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My husband used to run an open mic every Wednesday at a restaurant here in town. We’d both get dinner included with the job. My favorite thing to order off the menu? “Kitchen Guys Pasta.” Whatever pasta they had the most of, lots of garlic, parmesan, basil, tomatoes, chicken, andouille or chorizo sausage, prawns, lots of red chili flakes. The restaurant’s been closed for a few years, so I haven’t had my pasta… but! This homemade vegetarian version was the closest in flavor to the original, yet! I’m very excited about it.

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The creeks and rivers have been so full and so fast after the snow and rain we’ve had. LOVE it.

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On our afternoon walk, checking out the duck pond that’s currently frozen over!

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A snack of cinnamon raisin english muffin with a bit of macadamia nut butter. So good!

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On this day, Jumpy decided he really liked hanging out in the empty laundry basket…

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It soon led up to this apparent game I happened to find going on.

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Unplanned dinner date out with the husband.

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One of this week’s best Vitamix combos: frozen mangoes, frozen strawberries, frozen bananas and vanilla Siggi’s kefir. Simple and delicious!

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Percy likes to find the biggest stick possible and then carry it for the entirety of our walks… Haha.

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Silas had a sleepover the other night with one of his buddies and that buddy’s little brother. It made me realize that as I’m getting older, I increasingly think about what it must’ve been like for my mom to raise 4 kids (3 of us, barely a year apart). Sleepovers happened almost every weekend (usually my sister’s friends), which my mom handled very gracefully. I welcomed this weekend’s sleepover with lots of silent F-bombs and a couple tequila shots. Luckily, they’re good, well-behaving kids…so even if I wanted to pull out all my hair at the sound of “bruhhhh!” dropping every 2 minutes, or the sound of bottles flipping over and over and over again… I didn’t really mind the whole sleepover thing…

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10 months old this week and this is the attitude she gives about “Percy, it’s time to get up!”

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This was delicious. Quorn ‘naked cutlets’ baked with avocado oil, turmeric, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, sea salt and a bit of oregano. Slapped in a sammich with spinach/baby greens, tomato, avocado, mild cheddar, vegenaise and some spicy brown mustard on locally made whole wheat sourdough. Easy dinner!


Silas’s basketball season started this weekend… Here’s one of numerous baskets for the day!

I hope you had a good week! : )

Day to Day Life: Weeks 10 + 11

The last couple weeks in photos:

Spring means all the daffodils are popping open!
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This guy finished up basketball and went straight into baseball season! He’s currently playing on two separate teams!
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Got to do a little pitching…
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A flat bread experiment with merlot sea salt and herbs.
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Miss Nikki is enjoying the grass that has been coming in so nicely in the backyard! I cannot wait to plant some things, too!
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Speaking of… I refreshed the soil and nutrients in my baby lettuce tub this week! Hooray!
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My husband and some of his colleagues were part of an interactive art exhibition you can read more about here. ‪#‎dotjpgandfriends‬
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A beautifully successful homemade popcorn experiment!
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Early, early morning pre-baseball tournament breakfast. Store-bought crescent rolls wrapped around Field Roast breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese. Delicious success!
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I might’ve found chocolate Yan Yan like my childhood favorite… bought one, then discovered the ‘sticks’ now say things on them!
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Homemade fettuccine!
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To go with homemade creamy pesto and homemade bread, of course!
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Chicken, doing a little Instagramming. ;)
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One of my current favorite snacks. Maple yogurt, fresh blueberries, maple granola, shredded coconut and chia seeds.
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Cinnamon apple mixture for some sweet little turnovers…
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Spinach, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, garlic, feta, and parmesan cheese for savory turnovers…
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Savory turnovers!
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Chicken, doing a little dance! Haha.

Quick chili one night. With brown rice for me… smoked cheddar and green chile cornbread for the hubby.
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Lilies!
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One of my favorite one-person meals lately. Brown rice, furikake, shoyu, red chili flakes, and a 6-minute-soft boiled egg.
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A vegetarian spin on a club sandwich with a side of homemade baked onion rings!
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Blue spring skies.
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A St. Paddy’s meal of vegetarian Guinness Irish stew and Irish soda bread.
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Goof.
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Hope you’ve had a lovely couple weeks!

Day to Day Life: Weeks 8 + 9

The last couple of weeks:

Blue skies around Ashland… Spring weather is one of my favorites.
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The best thing about homemade Chinese food is by far, the leftovers for lunch the next day!
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A little mid-day tea wisdom.
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Love when the crocuses start popping up!
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Basketball season has wrapped up for this guy!
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“Everyone Eat What You Want” Dinner Night. Vincent’s pick: pizza and nachos. Husband’s pick: oatmeal with peanut butter and bananas. Julie’s pick: Hawai’i style maki sushi! (And I ate it ALL. Without sharing. HEHE!)
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Wet burritos another night!
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More spring colors arriving…
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The hubby and I went to the coast last weekend for both a belated Valentine’s Day celebration and a one night gig Craig played music for. I had missed the ocean…
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As soon as we rolled into town we got fish and chips, a fresh salmon sandwich, and clam chowder.
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Watching this guy and about 12 other seals play in the surf early one morning!
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While my husband napped one on our second day at the coast, I walked to the nearby creamery. On top of buying a lot of cheese, I also got this cranberry cheesecake ice cream. The checkout clerk suggested I get child-size because they were “super generous with portions” — SO. I did. And it was obviously served up for the largest child ever!
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Heading home from the coast!
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Some of the oddest fish tacos ever. Leftover smoked sturgeon, two different smoked salmons, blackened petrale sole, sautéed petrale sole. Honey lime slaw and homemade tortillas. Oddly delicious.
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Coming storm.
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Face swap terror with Silas.
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This fish sammich, with blackened sole, because it’s what looked freshest.
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Vincent is Oberon in Ashland High School’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which just opened this past week!
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Sometimes when a girl is home by herself, she wants french toast for lunch. So…she has french toast for lunch.
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Vegetarian ‘bacon’ chik’n ranch pizza. With homemade ranch.
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Mr. Chicken (who also got to go to the coast!).
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A late dinner after a workout that went longer than anticipated… Vegetarian BLTs with Tofurky. (Delicious, by the way!)
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Snack-lunch! Maple cream-top yogurt, maple granola with almonds and hazelnuts, fresh nectarine.
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I hope the last couple weeks have been lovely for you! : )

Day to Day Life: Weeks 6 + 7

A little glimpse at the last couple weeks:

One of my favorite creamy pestos.

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Did you know you can order a blood typing test online? I have been curious about my blood type for years… A-Positive.

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A vanilla white russian while making limoncello.

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Chicken in a basket.

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The finest lunch materials.

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Found Art. (This was in a women’s bathroom.)

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Pasta mess is my favorite mess!

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Margarita with fresh tangerine and pineapple juice.

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Pre-rain skies.

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Fat Tuesday happened somewhere in the last couple weeks… vegetarian jambalaya and homemade beignets!

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Small kid type (and lets be honest… adult type) pizzas.

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I always pick the spin bikes near the windows at the gym so I can watch the skies.

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Morning biscuit army.

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Basketball season is winding down for this fella.

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Sammich date one day!

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I’ve been curious about making a vegetarian bolognese for a few years… so I did. Along with homemade lasagna noodles. And a homemade bolognese lasagna.

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Valentines flowers from my husband and the kids.

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We postponed celebrating Valentine’s Day to this coming weekend, with a trip to the coast… consequently everyone was on their own for dinner. Mine:

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Udderly ridiculous park art.

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I left the room for 2 minutes to grab a cup of coffee downstairs. I come back up and Chicken has let himself out of his night-time cage and flown his little ass into my bed.

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The fine art of pre-hangover 2 am food. Hehe! Frozen Trader Joes hash browns, american cheese (organic, nonetheless), scrambled eggs with lots of pepper, ketchup and tapatio.

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When you need to keep your cubes of butter cold for the sauce you’re making, crack open the kitchen window because it’s 30 degrees outside! GENIUS.

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Our friends Janet and Ray gifted us with some fresh, locally caught rainbow trout. Having only eaten trout once that I ever liked, I took it as a challenge… and even taught myself how to fillet the dang things ala YouTube.

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Silas’s class had a Bingo fundraiser at school for their 5th grade overnight field trip to the coast in May… In 10 rounds I played, I won absolutely nothing. Hehe.

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One of my favorite pizzas lately. Creamy almond pesto, herbed ricotta and goat cheese, mozzarella and parmesan.

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Post-rain skies.

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Hope your last couple weeks have been lovely!