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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! ;)


Christmas Boy, sleeping under the Christmas tree.


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


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


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


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


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!


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




This was a busy baking Cookie Monster kind of day…


Crazy beautiful winter skies around here lately…



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


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


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. :)


Christmas Eve featured homemade pizza. Green and red.


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


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.)


First one up on Christmas morning… enjoying the quiet.


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.


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…


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!


A Christmas Chicken!


A second water polo pick up game…



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


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


Snow boys.


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


A boy and his dog.


Day to Day Life: Weeks 46 + 47

Here is a peek at the last couple weeks:

Ashland in the fall (before windy wet weather came in and rendered most of the trees leafless).


On an impromptu hike with our buddy Janet on a day Silas didn’t have any school.


Helping grade papers late one night.




Little Nugget.


A thrown-together mess meal of deliciousness. Veggie chick’n stew with parmesan herb biscuits!


Goodbyeee summer garden!


Heading north in rainy fall weather, to the State Water Polo Tournament.


The Ashland High School girls placed third in state. Miss Kenya Mickey about to make a goal.


The Ashland High School boys also placed third in state. Vincent made an incredible number of blocks all weekend.


This has been an incredible team all year!


Bacon veggie cheeseburger night…


Sometimes you need to get to the outskirts of town to appreciate Ashland…


And certainly when you get back into town, you shouldn’t be shocked by sites like this guy, walking his three goats on a leash along with his dog.


Bandera enchilada night with Vincent and his girlfriend. Also, so much tastier than appearance would probably lead you to believe…


One large bottle, two baby bottles…


Silas Henry also received a trophy at his football awards banquet after a tough, well earned season.


This lovely girl asked me to take her senior pictures… Seeing as I had never done anything like that before, I was hesitant… but it was a lot of fun. And nowhere near as stressful as my crazy-brain thought it’d be.

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Pizza night.


Flowers on our third wedding anniversary.


Looking so old suddenly.


Hi, Chicken.


Homemade roasted tomato soup with optimum-cheese-stretch grilled cheese sammiches.


I hope you’ve had an excellent couple of weeks!

Day to Day Life: Week Thirty-Seven

The last week:

The final supermoon of 2014, the Harvest Moon, made a lovely appearance this week.


One little Chicken trying to eat one giant cornflake.


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!)


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.


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.


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!)


My husband got an order of Kargi Gogo’s Khachapuri — a Georgian cheese bread, which was also very tasty!


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!


Although I generally don’t buy green grapes because they tend to be more tart than sweet, these locally grown green grapes were superb!


Oregon albacore! 


We went wine tasting with Mimi and Pops one afternoon (or late morning, if we need to get technical).





Afterwards we had a late lunch… I love the jerk chicken sandwich at Jasper’s.


Craig’s dad brought me some flowers from the Ashland farmer’s market one morning.


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.


Yep, crazy bird lady. Hi, stairs Chicken.


Silas had an evening football game under the stadium lights last night.


Whole wheat peach galettes for a late morning breakfast today!



Day to Day Life: Weeks Forty + Forty-One

Last week was a little crazy. Then Sunday came and I was not feeling well, so this type of post didn’t happen. I was going to forego a Day to Day post for last week (week 40) all together, but I’ve decided to combine the last two weeks. Here’s a glimpse:


After working out one afternoon, stepping out of the gym revealed this gorgeous sky.


Two little puppy dogs who like the cold weather we’ve been having because they get to be in the house whenever they want.


Last week I made you (and us) these muffins. They are so damn good.


Two weeks ago we were in Eugene for a water polo tournament. VooDoo Doughnuts‘ third shop is in Eugene… A dozen VooDoo-Pick was necessary.


The old dirty bastard is one of my favorites. A yeast doughnut with chocolate frosting, oreo cookies, and peanut butter.


The pool Vincent had some of his first polo games for the weekend was ghastly looking in the latter part of the evening – you couldn’t see anything. The 40-degree weather wasn’t helpful either. As the goalie for his team, I don’t know how V does it. Treading water constantly with balls flying at your face when you can barely see two feet in front of you? I’d die out there.


We found a new taqueria/restaurant in Roseburg when heading home to Ashland. Burrito Vaquero is located close to the freeway, making getting there then back on the road super easy. We called in our order for three wet vegetarian burritos to-go when 10 miles away from the exit. This burrito was huge and delicious – don’t go by my blurry iphone-in-the-car-oh-hey-its-dark-out photo.


I pulled the last of our dragon carrots from the garden.


Our amount of traveling and junk food eating left me feeling like making this soup was necessary.


My mother-in-law, smiling in some cold, cold, football weather…


Because she comes to watch her grandson’s football games whenever possible.


This girl likes to get as close as she can, whenever she can.


I call this a fine example of my preferred meal genre to cook: CaucasianAsiaCan . May I introduce the waffleada – a tostada on a homemade chile and cheese waffle? Superb!


Blue and sunshine – a quickly fading thing around this little valley.


Vincent‘s the starting goalie for the Ashland High School water polo team. As a sophomore, he is absolutely kicking ass! We happily watched many games over the last two weeks.


Silas’s sister, Kenya, is also playing water polo this year. She’s kicking some ass, too! This is her, making the last goal for her team in this particular game.


Silas didn’t have school this Thursday or Friday. Playdates galore (oh, you call it “hanging out,” not “playdates” once you reach 8). This little girl is a basketful of ridiculousness. Pair that with a rambunctious Silas Henry and my sanity was gone within 2 minutes. But… they are hilarious and fun to hang out with.


Found this guy sitting behind me at a winery my husband played a gig at tonight…


At the same gig there was a food truck I had seen before but never tried, Blue Toba. First things first – the owners were super approachable and sweet. As I looked through the menu (three separate times) I couldn’t decide what to order because everything sounded delicious and my knowledge of Indonesian cuisine is basically non-existent. I ended up ordering the special – an Indonesian fried chicken served on a bed of turmeric, coconut, and lime leaf rice. The chicken had been marinated overnight in coconut milk, ginger, and some other spices (I think that’s what I remember…) and let me tell you – while I don’t eat it often, this was the best chicken I’ve had in quite some time. The flavor was incredible. Served with a side of Indonesian red chili sauce that was a perfect balance of sweet and spicy, I could have easily ordered a second plate. I did order a second – the Gulai with tofu and vegetables – for my husband. This mildly spicy curry was also incredible, packed with flavor, and certainly delicious. Should you find yourself anywhere Blue Toba happens to be (check their website and Facebook for locations) I couldn’t recommend them more highly than I already do.