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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.

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! : )