Everyday Life: Week 1

Long time no see… Since we’ve hit a new year (the last one was a whirlwind!) I’ve decided to give this another go. I also hope to get back here with recipes, food photographs, and not simply a weekly photo recap of the week, so stay tuned… (And thanks, if you’ve been tuned in, even in my absence in this space!)

Happy New Year! My husband and I went out for some celebratory drinks. I think we were possibly some of the oldest folks in the bar and midnight is way too close to my bedtime!
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A southern style New Year’s Day meal. Black eyed peas, collard greens, buttermilk cornbread, rice.
Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Week 1

Winter skies are always some of my favorite canvases.
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Nap time for these girls.
Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Week 1

For Christmas, Silas requested one thing: a new bed. “A queen-size bed because I’m like too tall for my current bed and my feet hang off!” We had some run-around with the folks delivering both the mattress and the frame (which I single-handedly built!) but it finally arrived this week. Hooray! New bed, new sheets, new blankets. Silas is stoked!
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Veggie tacos.
Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Week 1

Southern Oregon is pretty damn gorgeous.
Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Week 1

This is Wrigby, the runt of our three kittens. He’s half devil, half cuddle-buns. When he’s the latter of those things, he likes to run up into our bed, wait until I lift the covers and say, “come on!” He then proceeds to fling his body in, turn around, rest his head on my pillow or arm and go to sleep. It’s the best.
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Huevos rancheros for brunch.
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Silas brings his lunch every day. Most days its been a fun challenge, trying to pack things he’ll actually eat. The hardest part is waking up early to cook or pack said lunch, as I tend to go to bed/fall asleep late and am very much NOT a morning person. This week there were baked chicken strips one day — his favorite lunch of the week.
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The best way to get mundane computer work done.
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Pizza and salad for the husband and I one night.
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Silas has started another basketball league. The first games were this weekend. (This will be our Saturdays for the next two months, as well as Monday and Wednesday nights consisting of practices followed by late dinners!)
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Morning magic.
Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Week 1

Here’s the last year, in one second a day (well, almost every day).

Hope you’ve had a lovely week!

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Everyday Life: Weeks 34-39

It has been quite some time… Here’s a look at the last 6 weeks, which have been a giant whirlwind. A peek:

There was a total solar eclipse that happened…

I absolutely love BLT season. The freshest tomatoes make all the difference.

Garden goodies!

Fish burgers one night.

Millie had her kittens on August 22nd and they’ve been a fun addition since! This is Rigby (Silas’s kitten) at a few days old.

Fried vegetarian chicken, mashed potatoes and peas.

THIS salad. A crunchy detox type of thing with a gingery dressing. Delicious.

The pigeon I went and picked up as mentioned in the last post I did here healed up just fine and was able to be let free.

We also had many days filled with smoky skies…to the point where the air was deemed hazardous for breathing.

Silas has started seventh grade. So far he seems to be enjoying his teachers and classes.

Sometimes his and hers dinners feature a certain ingredient but prepared in different ways. Pasta for me, grilled cheese and tomato for him.

Babies!

Fried rice with cashew vegetarian chicken one night.

Percy picked herself a cucumber from the garden…

I found a new tomato pie recipe, which also included fresh sweet corn and a crust made of biscuit dough. A win with Silas and Craig, a not-great-win with myself (mainly because the double crust felt a little hefty for me).

Banana army, to the freezer.

Percy Jean!

All the smoke around here meant there were many days without the super strong sunshine that usually helps our tomatoes ripen up. I’ve had enough ripe tomatoes to enjoy for most of the summer, and jarred up 6 quarts so far for the fall, winter and spring, although I’m hoping the abundance of green tomatoes will ripen and allow me enough produce to can up.

Mama Millie

Pizza rolls one morning for Silas’s lunch box.

Just as soon as we got the first rescue pigeon released, I found this fella under my tomato plants one afternoon. I didn’t think it’d survive even the first night, but now its been three weeks and s/he lives and thrives. Hoping for an outdoor release in the next couple weeks.

Vegetarian chik’n parmigiana with fresh tomato sauce on garlic parmesan capellini. Some dark chocolate chip cookies for fun.

Not even slightly sorry for this cat carrier pic! Haha

Wet burritos one night for dinner.

Everyone prepares dinner with a box filled with baby bird, right? Ha.

Pizza night is still one of my favorites.

Taco night or burrito bowl night isn’t too shabby either.

My buddy, Opie.

Enchilada night, including homemade mole enchiladas. Red ones filled with potatoes, corn and cheese. The mole ones were filled with monterey jack and cotija cheese.

Garden-grown.

Late breakfast/snack date with a friend at the new coffeeshop/cafe that opened 35 footsteps from my house.

Five week old babies.

Homemade pesto.

Still the best baby.

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