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Day to Day Life: Week 45

The last week, looking a bit like this:

Still egg-xactly obsessed with eggs, apparently. Whole wheat sourdough toast, over-easy egg, sharp cheddar, thyme, salt and pepper.
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When I got this beer, the checkout clerk said, “Oh hey, look! They put you on the bottle!” I decided it was probably good that it takes some real effort to offend me.
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Homemade Chinese food for dinner one night, on a whim… Sweet sour tofu, veggie fried rice, and spinach rangoon.
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Having a food blog means this happens often: make something, photograph it, write about it, eat it.
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Breakfast overload. Homemade biscuits, veggie sausage gravy, cheesy scrambled eggs.
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What to do when you serve a dinner that you aren’t sure should be on a plate or in a bowl? Present both options. Hah.
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Homemade pizza night is still one of my favorite nights. I couldn’t remember the last time I made a round pizza. So… sourdough crust for the win.
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Creamy grits with veggie chicken étouffée.
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At the last minute we drove up to Corvallis for the state-qualifying water polo tournament that both Vincent and Kenya had games in. Both the girls and boys made it to State, so we’ll be traveling up there again this coming week.
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These dudes.
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Veggie burritos for lunch and for dinner, because that is how we roll around here…
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We then traveled south to Eugene because Silas’ Junior Pee Wee Pop Warner team won the chance to play at Autzen Stadium, home of the University of Oregon Ducks. Lunch one day at the 5th Street Public Market food court. A cheeseburger and fries for Silas Henry, a lemongrass chicken bahn mi sammich for myself, and a breakfast burrito for Craig.
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Voodoo Donut surprise. A dirty ‘ole bastard first thing in the morning.
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Also a foggy, cold riverside walk.
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We found a neat arcade in downtown Eugene Friday night.
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And what arcade bathroom would be complete without hand-drawn Tetris graffiti in the bathroom?
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Silas Henry on the big screen at Autzen after a 50-19 win for Ashland, placing them third in state for their football league.
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Duck Bowl Champions.
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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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Day to Day Life: Week Thirty

A look at the last week:

While a California water park isn’t exactly island-living, the sunshine, warmth and water were nice.
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Complimentary hotel breakfast-ing… Huevos rancheros on sopes.
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“C’mere and gimme a kee-se!”
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A very, very spicy, nearly non-edible burrito.
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North-bound on the I-5.
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Little bird hanging out, doing what little birdies do before bedtime…

Ashland got bombarded with a bit of rain right before we pulled back into town. This is what rain in the garden does:
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It delivers Sa-squash, which is bigger than my arm and just about 5 pounds.
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One of my favorite cocktails for this week.
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Summer colors.
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Eggplant sammiches one night with the first eggplants harvested out of my garden.
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I spy pizza a-coming.
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Yes, most certainly so.
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Fish tacos another evening. With homemade blue corn tortillas and locally made “Irish Salsa.”
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And when you have leftovers from pizza night, salmon from taco night, and eggplant from sammich night… Smash-bang them all together for lunch. Salmon-tomato pie, eggplant-tomato pie.
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Somebody slept in one morning… I heard him talking and thought he was awake, only to find him in this position fast asleep.
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Day to Day Life: Week Nine

The last week looked a bit like this:

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Blue skies in Southern Oregon early in the week.

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Our living room couch is a place of accidental naps.

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We spent the majority of the week out of town for AWP. Travelling typically means cleaning out the refrigerator, down to bare necessities that won’t expire while we’re gone. This was a thrown together dinner of mashed potatoes, baked chicken-style tofu, green peas and creamy herb gravy for Vincent, Craig and I the night before we left.

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Our first stop was Portland for a night. This boy is the self proclaimed king of hotel-ing. Armed with phone, headphones, stuffed animals, bathrobe, granola bars, blankets from home, and a banana – duh.

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We all managed to wake up around 4:30 the morning we’d have to drive into Seattle. It’s no secret that I  am not a morning person. Not in the least bit. However, being able to see the sun come up over the city wasn’t half bad…

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We got to Seattle too early to check in, so we explored and happened up on Piroshky Piroshky while walking around Pike Place Market. I had read about this little spot about a month previous, so I knew the smoked salmon pâté piroshky was going to be in our future. There was no line at all and the elusive salmon piroshky? Fresh out of the oven. We devoured it before I could take a picture. Then went back for dessert. This Oscar’s Star, featuring sweet dough, sweetened cream cheese, chocolate, and hazelnuts.

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Again with the king of hotel-ing.

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We went to Serious Pie for dinner one night. I think I’ve turned into a pizza snob over the last couple years… I wasn’t impressed with the pizzas considering the prices. We got a buffalo mozzarella, red sauce, fresh basil pie and a roasted seasonal mushroom with truffle cheese pie. The pitcher of Georgetown porter was delicious.

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Silas and I shared some fish and chips at the market while Craig was busy with some conference-related working.

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Silas’ friend Sydney was up in Washington, too… We managed to get the kids together for an out-of-town play date.

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One of the off-site conference events was Writers Who Play, which features a number of writers who also happen to be musicians. My husband has joined this event for a number of years now. While Syd’s mom watched the kids we made it into a quick date night.

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The Seattle waterfront and a moment of silence and reflection for Leo, whose life was being celebrated back in Oregon within those moments.

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Although we had an 8 hour drive looming, we spent our last day in Seattle doing things Silas wanted. Our lunch stop was in Pike Place Market as well – Market Grill, where the three of us shared a grilled salmon sandwich and a grilled halibut sandwich. There will be a homemade version of both soon enough…

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Dessert featured a cinnamon pull apart from Cinnamon Works. This photo is deceiving; that pull-apart bread was bigger than Silas’ face.

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Mr. Silas Henry also requested a ferris wheel ride before leaving Seattle. Good thing his papa would ride with him, because you will certainly not find me on any ferris wheel.

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Again, no Julie up in that little box… ever.

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He he he.

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Sunset ala I-5, southbound.

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Some of the swag we picked up at AWP included sweatbands from some literary press. Silas insisted he needed his hair buzzed short before his last basketball game… specifically so he could wear said sweatband.

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I started a batch of limoncello the day Leo passed away.  Technically I should’ve waited until next Wednesday to add the simple syrup, but I finished it a handful of days early so we could share it with his family after the second memorial service yesterday. I have a feeling he’d understand the necessity and knows it was out of love.

Day to Day Life: Week Fifty

How is this the 50th week of the year? And the start of winter break around here, coming up this Friday? Christmas next week? 2013, time has come and gone… Seems quicker every single year. We won’t approach my neurotic near-middle age thoughts until 2014. (You’re welcome.) In the meantime, here’s a peek at the last week:

9The Pacific Northwest is simply chock full of pretty this time of year.

1Buttermilk Belgian waffles one morning.

5Things around here have been super snowy, then super icy, then super snowy… Needless to say, I should’ve put these shoes on once I got into the gym rather than before. Baby-steps all the way across the parking lot…

2Snow beasts!

4A tuna melt-on-a-bagel type of post workout late lunch/early dinner.

18Impromptu “Hey, take my picture!” moment.

3I made my first vegetarian chicken pot pie this week. It was delicious. I’ve learned to appreciate leftovers more and more – these leftovers were particularly delicious. Plus salad. And beer.

16Snowy fur babies.

8A delicious pasta mess (my favorite, after pizza… carb whore).

7Ashland puffy sky.

6Late night food cravings… At least Koyo Ramen offers a less guilty option than Top Ramen.

20My husband recently had a story published in Fourteen Hills, San Francisco State University’s literary journal. He was invited to participate in a reading during the book release, so we spent a few days in the city.

12The name of this store next to the gallery my husband’s reading was in cracked me up… Yeah Yeah! Pony Prince.

10Late night pizza at the amazing Golden Boy Pizza in North Beach. I will figure out how to make this pizza… Or at least something passable. We shared a slice of cheese and a slice of their notorious garlic-clam pizza. Then went back the next day for a slice of cheese and a slice of pesto veggie.

24San Francisco offers some gorgeous views, too…

23Holiday evidence in Cafe Trieste.

22Carousel Consignment was a new stop in the Mission… So many excellent goodies…

19When we’re in the city, my husband and I often like to share meals so we can try a larger array of foods without getting overly full. We shared a burrito from Taqueria Cancun then walked around the Mission. Despite the vast number of times we’ve been in the area, we came across the Mission Market Food Mall, which we (stupidly) passed by hundreds of times without scoping out. This time we wandered into the open-air “mall” and came across Antojitos Salvadorenos Aminta – a Salvadorian restaurant. We quickly noticed pupusas on the menu and ordered two jalapeno-cheese pupusas to share. While our order took a bit of time, they were the best pupusas I’ve ever had. The wait was absolutely worth it.

11A quick first breakfast (treat) for two. The pain aux raisins was delicious, but the caramel apple croissant was even better…

14One can never eat enough veggie burritos while traveling in California… (Seriously.)

15Skies and waters. My fascination forever.

13We had to make a quick stop in Fairfax. I loved all the random art around town… including this.

21Heading home.