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Everyday Life: Weeks 18, 19, 20 and 21

I keep saying I’ll come back to this space and share tea number of recipes…yet the days seem to escape me, and here I am, 4 weeks since the last post…

A look at the last few weeks:

The garden is a-growing!

The downside to an approaching summer is knowing that I’ll be less inclined to heat our oven to 550 degrees in order to make homemade pizza.

Tricks.

Best photo of Percy. Haha

Homemade vegan BBQ!

From around the garden :)

When you provide food for your husband’s band rehearsal, after an afternoon of Little League… dips! Baguettes! Likened accessory foods!

When our german shepherds were getting older and sicker, these washable dog diapers helped us prolong having them with us. Who knew they’d come in handy when Miss Percy wasn’t feeling well and decided it was easier to wet the bed than go outside to use the bathroom…

My favorite…blueberry pie.

Even better, blueberry pie for dinner the next night.

This has been my favorite bread to make recently – garlic rosemary!

My dad came into town for a short 3-day visit.

Playing a game with Silas that my grandma taught me 20+ years ago.

Biscuits!

We made a slightly impromptu trip to the Bay Area last weekend… Percy’s preferred car riding position (yes, please).

Both kids also came along.

Silas and I had chicken and waffles for dinner (bourbon ginger for me, strawberry lemonade for him) the first night.

Craig and I got up early the next morning to indulge in some straight-out-of-the-oven egg custard tarts in Chinatown.

This little snugglebutt is an indulgent fan of hotel room living.

Just as Silas was scanning the horizon, a handful of seals came out to play in San Francisco Bay.

Saturday morning finds in the city.

This boy is clocking in at nearly 5’7″ and 134 pounds. He’ll be 12 in just a couple weeks!

Golden Boy Pizza and a drive through the city for lunch.

Percy got to have her first beach experience. She wasn’t so sure about the water, but loved the sand-digging and running.

Vincent, Silas and Percy. The Golden Gate in the distance.

On the road home.

We brought home some Boudin Bakery sourdough…french toast was totally necessary for dinner ASAP.

While we were gone, the first of our poppies popped!

Little baby.

Homemade falafel night. With homemade hummus and tzatziki.

Sassy cat. “PET ME.”

Our gardens are coming along slowly…

How to prepare for hosting middle schoolers’ sleepovers. Ha.

Lazy bones.

My husband’s band played a fun show here in town!

That’s a wrap for now… hope you’re all well!

Everyday Life: Weeks 14, 15, 16 and 17

Oh jeez. Where did the entire month of April go? It’s been a little quiet over here… but here’s a little peek at the last four weeks:

Everyday Life: Weeks 14, 15, 16 and 17:


Wanting to be let back into the house after digging up my (still unplanted) garden.


When Silas has sleepovers here, pizza is an easy dinner option. Even easier when I just make two cheese pies – one pesto and one marinara.


Pop!


Percy’s favorite part about bath time. Post-bath snuggle.


Some days.


Vegetarian sopes!


We are in full-swing (no pun intended) with baseball season right now. That means at least 4 days a week center around practices or games.


Its also meant I have to pretend to be a morning person, which is made easier by toting hot coffee and a fat breakfast burrito to the cold baseball field at 9am.


My husband’s also had pretty regularly scheduled rehearsals… sometimes I make food. This was jalapeño mac and cheese and a kale salad with a pinot noir vinaigrette.


When you wake up to this face right in your face…


A vegetarian take on a fried chicken sandwich for dinner one night.


Easter happened sometime in the last four weeks… I made hot cross buns!


And also Easter lunchtime pizza. ;)


Double rainbow one evening when we took Percy to go play.


Pre-baseball breakfast. Strawberry banana smoothies, fluffy pancakes, cara cara oranges (my current favorite).


Silas has been pitching some again this year… fun to watch!


Our friends Janet and Ray gave us some locally caught rainbow trout. I deboned then filleted them, then turned them into tacos.


Homemade rosemary garlic bread…


To go along with salads and this creamy vegan potato leek soup.


Jumpy will walk the entire length of the fence along our backyard, then jump down and shimmy under the gate to come into the house.


Breakfast rolls. Because some Sundays just require them.


His and Hers dinners.


Definitely “hers.” MINE. Fentimans Rose Lemonade with Hendrick’s Gin. YASSS.


While he’s mainly the first baseman, Silas’s coach has put him in as catcher a few times as well. He hasn’t played that position in a couple years.


Simple shoyu saimin. Comfort food.


My husband played a gig at a local pub that specializes in pot pies. This was the pork shank pie with kale, smokey bleu cheese, and thyme. And chips because… CARBS.


Getting in our walk/run/chase.


Taco bar.


Percy’s the best snuggler in the world.


Another comfort food: fried rice. For breakfast, lunch or dinner.


Jalapeño cheddar biscuits this morning!

Hope you’ve had a lovely few weeks! I also hope I will not be so MIA… ;)

Everyday Life: Weeks 10 and 11

Here’s a look at what the last couple weeks have included.

Everyday Life Weeks 10 and 11:


Winter basketball season wrapped up for Silas… on to baseball.


A nacho mess for dinner one night, including homemade chips.


Pick a door, any door…


My husband was part of a fun gig this past week, at a local winery.


During the break between sets, the chef who was cooking up food for the night walked over and handed me half a club sandwich. It was delicious and a nice surprise to follow my first glass of wine for the night. Kindness of strangers!


Evening play time for Percy.


Tried a new local taco truck… had, perhaps, the best fish tacos in all of the Rogue Valley.


Spring is here!


Lunch. Half my toast with smashed avocado, half with scrambled up eggs and cheese.


Baby nugget.


Walking home after grocery shopping. Love this time of year!


We had a week of sunshine and warmer weather (things have cooled off again for now).


Our friends Janet and Ray gifted us some fresh locally caught trout. I decided to fillet them, then cook the fish in harissa spices before turning them into tacos. Even Silas happily ate his trout tacos (a HUGE surprise, one I didn’t have high hopes for – usually he’s not a big fan of fish that isn’t salmon or canned tuna).


This little pup turned ONE. Seemed necessary to bake her a cake of her own…


A hummingbird cake with carrots, and a sweet potato cream cheese frosting!


My mom and Percy share the same birthday. This is still my favorite photo of my mom from her early 20’s. :)


Steel cut oats have been my preference lately.


In case you need a reminder…


Dinner sandwich with the best bubbly water kefir.


Don’t you hate when you run out? Hehe


French toast for lunch one day…because that’s what sounded good.


World’s best snuggler. I hope she’s a lap baby forever.


Easy sushi for just myself.


Finally running low on my homemade garlic basil marinara… but dang. I love carbs.


All the chickens ran up to the fence as I walked by with Percy. It was magnificent! ;)

Hope you’ve had a wonderful couple weeks!

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! : )

Two Month Hiatus?

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When I began this blog five years ago, I told myself I’d keep the writing, recipes and photos going, as long as it was fun for me. It’s not that for the last two months, blogging has been less fun — things have simply been busy. I am a step-parent to two busy kids. Baseball season, meaning games and practices, took up anywhere from 3-5 days of the week up until this past Saturday. Every damn week. He also just graduated from elementary school today and will be eleven on Monday! Shall we mention this fella is clocking in at 5’5″ and 120 pounds — both taller and heavier than me, despite our almost exact 20 year age difference?! And he’s got a weekend baseball tournament coming up Saturday and Sunday?

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And the other kid? He’s now graduated from high school. As life unfolds, he’s also headed off to college two months earlier than anticipated in order to train with the water polo team at Long Beach City College. (As in, he’s set to leave next week. We are driving him down, then coming back in a whirlwind trip in order to be in Oregon for a music gig my husband has booked.)

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Somewhere in there, we had to put down our two german shepherds. They both had degenerative myelopathy and towards the end of their lives, my days consisted of many doggy-diaper changes, constant attention and of course love–on top of the every day things that living within a family with kids entails. These pups were nearly 13 years old and I had known them just as long as I had known my husband (nearly a decade now).

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I’ve spent many days in our gardens, rebuilding, creating, planting, and not too long from now, there will be immense amounts of harvesting (which I am SO stoked about!). There are 7 types of tomatoes steadily growing, broccoli, collard greens, baby lettuce greens, gigantic spinach, leeks, beets, cucumbers, a few different types of peppers, eggplant, purple pole beans, basil, strawberries, numerous flowers and herbs. I’m excited about this year’s gardens. Mainly because I’ve put, and continue to put, lots of time into them and the potential harvest feels that much sweeter.

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Shall we add more to the chaos? YES! We knew we’d eventually get another dog. Ideally, a puppy. A lab puppy is what both my husband and I wanted, with the intention of Silas being key in raising her. We also intended to find said puppy after we’d moved Vincent to Long Beach. Then all of a sudden, locally, I found some border collie/chow chow pups who were 10 weeks old on Craigslist. We said we’d “go check them out.” NOTE: YOU CANNOT GO CHECK OUT A PUPPY AND NOT BRING ONE HOME. So, barely two weeks after losing both of our dogs, we found ourselves with a 10-week-old puppy. And… she’s the most mellow, sweet, easygoing puppy ever in the history of the world. Hands-down.

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I am turning 31 tomorrow. I’m not sure how that happened so quickly. While the next couple weeks will also be extremely busy, I figured I’d just stop in and say “hi!” And to also note this blog hasn’t gone dormant — I intend to get back to recipes, photos of recipes… so stay tuned.