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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!

 

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!

 

 

The Top 15 Posts of 2015

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To say so long to 2015, here’s a quick roundup of this little blog’s most popular recipes throughout the year!  Thank you all for your continued support of this endeavor. May the new year be filled with new recipes, full bellies, copious amounts of laughter and some new adventures in this blog space! Happy End-of-2015!

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Top 15 Posts in 2015

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#15:   Vegan Chicken and Herb Dumplings

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#14:  Creamy Jalapeño Mac and Cheese

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#13:   Creamy Sweet Corn Risotto

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#12:  Chocolate Ice Cream

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#11:  Ethiopian Mesir Wat

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#10:  Panko Crusted Tempura Shrimp

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#9:  Homemade Falafels

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#8:  Malted Waffles

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#7:  Barbecue “Pulled” Seitan

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#6:  Cowboy Caviar

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#5:  Lavender Vanilla Bourbon Cocktail

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#4:  Miso Mushroom Ramen with Vegetarian Wontons and Crispy Tofu

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#3:  Purple Sweet Potato Pie

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#2:  Baked Barbecue Panko Tofu
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#1:  Leo’s Limoncello

 

Happiest New Year to YOU!

Day to Day Life: Week Fifty

The last week, in photographs:

A cookie-pie situation.
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This fella is taller than me these days… at the ripe ‘ole age of 10 1/2 (exactly, today). Damn.
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I love the color of beets… red beets, candy-striped beets, golden beets…
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A cozy sweater wearing Dudley Gunther Chicken after his bath.
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Thrown-together-pasta-mess is one of my favorite dinner types.
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Adulting in the finest sense! Fresh broccoli, steamed. Annie’s Mac and Cheese, extra cheesy.
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Craig and Vincent went down to Long Beach Thursday through Sunday, meaning Thursday I had a full 24 hours to myself. I went to Sammich with my buddy Janet and ordered this – the “Happy Birthday Ldubb” Special: house roasted turkey, provolone, sprouts, onions, black pepper herb mayo, dijon, pepperoncinis, on baguette. SO GOOD!
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While they were out of town, that also meant Friday until this evening, its just been Silas and I. Before his dad left town, Si informed us both “it’s MEAT WEEKEND!” To kick off said Meat Weekend, I cooked chicken for the first time in nearly 10 years. Panko-crusted buttermilk chicken tenders, mashed potatoes with chicken gravy, a big ‘ole salad and then homemade buttermilk ranch.
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We went to brunch the next morning with Nana, to a place around the corner from our house, Smithfields, a restaurant that specializes in sustainable “nose-to-tail” dining. I ordered the “Neil’s Brekkie,” which was delicious! Corned beef, duck fat fried potato cake, bacon-braised collard greens, a fried egg, stone mustard cream, rosemary cheddar, and house-made worcestershire sauce.
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A little Silas ice skating adventure in the cold, rain… then snow.

Followed by a pizza dinner date.
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This little boy crashed pretty hard both Friday and Saturday nights and didn’t once ask me the usual “can I stay up late?”
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We woke up to a town coated in snow this morning!
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In front of our house…
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I hope you’ve had a lovely week!