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Day to Day Life: Week Twenty-Four (Three/Two)

Perhaps you’ve noticed I’ve been pretty neglectful of this little blog the last couple weeks… Here’s a little catch-up from the last few weeks:

My mom’s banana bread recipe is still my go-to.
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Sugar Bob, the infamous deer resident at the Applegate Lodge, where my husband played two nights in a row with his band, Cast of Clowns…
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Dinner at the Lodge was delicious. Fresh salmon, rice pilaf and sautéed veggies, eaten amongst the gorgeous Applegate River.
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My husband’s band played two nights in the Applegate, then in Portland, Eugene and Ashland. Chicken got to come along for the car rides and hotel-stays.
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Early morning Applegate River.
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Mid-show at the Aladdin Theater in Portland.
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A burrito from one of my favorite stops along the freeway.
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After being gone for four nights, coming home to piles of laundry like this is nauseating.
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Nachos for dinner! (AKA chips for dinner!)
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Before the ridiculous heat we’ve been getting, we had a lot of rain… which left all of our roses blooming like crazy. Love this color.
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I call this a thousand pieces of complete, utter procrastination. ;)
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The week after we got back from my husband’s shows, the school year finished up for Vincent and Silas. Then that weekend Vincent played in a water polo tournament up in Eugene. Face block.
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Pretty crazy that this dude is going into his senior year come September.
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We had dinner at Cornbread Cafe one of the nights we were in town. Gotta love a Eugenewich.
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And the next afternoon we had Off the Waffle, as per Vincent’s request. My waffle was tasty, topped with goat cheese, basil, smoked paprika, and over easy eggs.
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Blue skies that weekend.
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A delicious experimental curry one evening.
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I turned 30 this week. My husband’s sentiments were lovely to wake up to…
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We had dinner without the kids at Lark’s, here in town. We opted for drinks and a number of shareable appetizers. I drank an Oregon Mule (cinnamon apple vodka, lime and ginger beer) while my husband had a fresh plum margarita. For eating, we shared spring pea hush puppies with lemon basil aioli, New Orleans style bbq prawns with smoked brie grits, dungeness crab and 5 cheese fondue with grilled rosemary bread! It was all so damn delicious!
an oregon mule (cinnamon apple vodka, lime and ginger beer); spring pea hush puppies with lemon basil aioli; new orleans style bbq prawns with smoked brie grits; dungeness crab + 5 cheese fondue with grilled rosemary bread!

Silas also had a birthday this week and is officially in double-digits now. He asked for a s’mores cake this year, so I did my best to accommodate his wishes… Perhaps the tallest birthday cake I’ve made yet.
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Apparently I am a gen-u-wine crazy bird lady. I was sitting on our porch on my birthday enjoying a cup of coffee when this little half-gray scrub jay came flying up and landed 6 inches from my feet. It just looked at me. I went in the house and got some crumbs of bread… the scrub jay happily ate every piece I’d throw, and then began hiding each new piece in different places around the yard. Once all the bread was hidden, the jay went back to each spot and ate the crumbs one at a time! This little bird has been back everyday since, multiple times each day… This afternoon it even ate out of my hand! (And gently nibbled my finger tips and gave my hand a little bird lick!) We’ve always chased off the scrub jays because they tend to mess with our resident pigeons… but this one’s pretty sweet so far. (I told Craig I was going to be able to hold her — I’m guessing it’s female because of the coloring –by the end of the week!) (I also call her/it Blue Chicken.) Hehehehe!
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Hope the last few weeks have been enjoyable for you!

Day to Day Life: Weeks 51 + 52

We are at the last week of December and 2014! How can that be? Here is a glimpse at the last couple weeks:

My husband played at the Applegate Lodge one night. This guy was carved into one of the lamps in the room we stayed in. So jolly! ;)

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Christmas Boy, sleeping under the Christmas tree.

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Homemade pizza with veggie chicken, herbed ricotta, goat cheese and mozzarella.

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Silas’s class had a Solstice party before going on winter break. Craig played “Here Comes the Sun” along with the kids.

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We had a dessert party with our new neighbors. I brought these whoopie pies as per request.

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A winter vacation tradition – water polo pick up game with alumni players.

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Our friends Janet and Ray gave us this piece of this Oregon-caught king salmon. Craig and I finally got to enjoy it, pan seared then topped with a little homemade barbeque sauce, and cabbage with microgreens tossed in a lemon garlic vinaigrette. SO DAMN GOOD!

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Silas is playing in a more competitive basketball league this year. He had his first pre-season game recently.

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Swoosh!

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This was a busy baking Cookie Monster kind of day…

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Crazy beautiful winter skies around here lately…

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Cuddle party of two while trying to figure out the kids’ early Christmas present — an XBox I and new TV to go with it.

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Family sugar cookie decorating can get a little iffy around here…

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For Christmas Eve-Eve, Silas asked if I would make pigs in a blanket… So that’s what we had, with veggie dogs and cheese stuffed in the crescent rolls. Baked beans and potato salad on the side. Classy. :)

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Christmas Eve featured homemade pizza. Green and red.

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We went with Nana and the kids to look at Christmas lights around Southern Oregon after dinner that night.

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There were forecasts for snow on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day… but alas, all we got was cold and rain. (That’s not a real complaint; I love cold and rain.)

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First one up on Christmas morning… enjoying the quiet.

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Of course I don’t wake up early unless there’s a reason. My reason was to make these from start to finish… A seven year tradition now.

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Apparently I forgot/simply didn’t take any pictures on Christmas day. Sometimes I think that’s a good sign. I did get this photo of the veggie shepherd’s pie and veggie chick’n pot pie we ate for Christmas dinner…

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My mother-in-law’s birthday is the day after Christmas. We took her out for brunch at Morning Glory here in Ashland, which was incredibly delicious!

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A Christmas Chicken!

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A second water polo pick up game…

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Yesterday we did a little bit of exploring up near Mt. Ashland. The view is breathtaking, always.

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It took approximately 15 tries before Silas and I got a “selfie” with both of us in the picture frame.

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Snow boys.

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Homemade Indian food tonight! Palak paneer, veggie chicken tikka masala with potatoes, cauliflower pakoras, homemade naan, and matar pulao (rice with peas).

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A boy and his dog.

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