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Everyday Life : Week 1

Here’s a look at what the first week of 2017 looked like:

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We got a lovely dumping of snow this week!

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New Year’s ‘good luck’ food, Southern style.

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This little love nugget is almost 10 months old and experienced snow for the first time this winter (she’s an eager fan!).

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Obvious appropriate snow day attire for an 11 year old. Within a couple hours, there was an additional 7 1/2 inches of snow accumulated on the ground.

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Recently lunch is made up of whatever happens to need to be consumed. Toast topped with hummus, spinach, goat cheese, avocado and an egg.

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Baby.

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Note the “feels like” temperature.

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Kitchen buddy, watching every move.

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We bought a Vitamix as a Christmas present to ourselves. Favorite concoction almost daily: frozen bananas, unsweetened cocoa powder, whole milk (or vanilla soy milk), and peanut butter. So damn good!

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Morning working. With a side of coffee and cat.

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My healthy adult dinner of mac and cheese from a box plus freshly steamed green beans then sautéed with a lot of garlic and pepper.

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Icicles.

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I love this time of year.

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Favorite morning routine. Snuggle.

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Winter storm weather calls for soup, and this vegetarian udon noodle soup was no joke.

Two Month Hiatus?

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When I began this blog five years ago, I told myself I’d keep the writing, recipes and photos going, as long as it was fun for me. It’s not that for the last two months, blogging has been less fun — things have simply been busy. I am a step-parent to two busy kids. Baseball season, meaning games and practices, took up anywhere from 3-5 days of the week up until this past Saturday. Every damn week. He also just graduated from elementary school today and will be eleven on Monday! Shall we mention this fella is clocking in at 5’5″ and 120 pounds — both taller and heavier than me, despite our almost exact 20 year age difference?! And he’s got a weekend baseball tournament coming up Saturday and Sunday?

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And the other kid? He’s now graduated from high school. As life unfolds, he’s also headed off to college two months earlier than anticipated in order to train with the water polo team at Long Beach City College. (As in, he’s set to leave next week. We are driving him down, then coming back in a whirlwind trip in order to be in Oregon for a music gig my husband has booked.)

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Somewhere in there, we had to put down our two german shepherds. They both had degenerative myelopathy and towards the end of their lives, my days consisted of many doggy-diaper changes, constant attention and of course love–on top of the every day things that living within a family with kids entails. These pups were nearly 13 years old and I had known them just as long as I had known my husband (nearly a decade now).

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I’ve spent many days in our gardens, rebuilding, creating, planting, and not too long from now, there will be immense amounts of harvesting (which I am SO stoked about!). There are 7 types of tomatoes steadily growing, broccoli, collard greens, baby lettuce greens, gigantic spinach, leeks, beets, cucumbers, a few different types of peppers, eggplant, purple pole beans, basil, strawberries, numerous flowers and herbs. I’m excited about this year’s gardens. Mainly because I’ve put, and continue to put, lots of time into them and the potential harvest feels that much sweeter.

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Shall we add more to the chaos? YES! We knew we’d eventually get another dog. Ideally, a puppy. A lab puppy is what both my husband and I wanted, with the intention of Silas being key in raising her. We also intended to find said puppy after we’d moved Vincent to Long Beach. Then all of a sudden, locally, I found some border collie/chow chow pups who were 10 weeks old on Craigslist. We said we’d “go check them out.” NOTE: YOU CANNOT GO CHECK OUT A PUPPY AND NOT BRING ONE HOME. So, barely two weeks after losing both of our dogs, we found ourselves with a 10-week-old puppy. And… she’s the most mellow, sweet, easygoing puppy ever in the history of the world. Hands-down.

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I am turning 31 tomorrow. I’m not sure how that happened so quickly. While the next couple weeks will also be extremely busy, I figured I’d just stop in and say “hi!” And to also note this blog hasn’t gone dormant — I intend to get back to recipes, photos of recipes… so stay tuned.

Day to Day Life: Weeks 10 + 11

The last couple weeks in photos:

Spring means all the daffodils are popping open!
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This guy finished up basketball and went straight into baseball season! He’s currently playing on two separate teams!
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Got to do a little pitching…
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A flat bread experiment with merlot sea salt and herbs.
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Miss Nikki is enjoying the grass that has been coming in so nicely in the backyard! I cannot wait to plant some things, too!
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Speaking of… I refreshed the soil and nutrients in my baby lettuce tub this week! Hooray!
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My husband and some of his colleagues were part of an interactive art exhibition you can read more about here. ‪#‎dotjpgandfriends‬
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A beautifully successful homemade popcorn experiment!
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Early, early morning pre-baseball tournament breakfast. Store-bought crescent rolls wrapped around Field Roast breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese. Delicious success!
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I might’ve found chocolate Yan Yan like my childhood favorite… bought one, then discovered the ‘sticks’ now say things on them!
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Homemade fettuccine!
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To go with homemade creamy pesto and homemade bread, of course!
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Chicken, doing a little Instagramming. ;)
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One of my current favorite snacks. Maple yogurt, fresh blueberries, maple granola, shredded coconut and chia seeds.
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Cinnamon apple mixture for some sweet little turnovers…
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Spinach, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, garlic, feta, and parmesan cheese for savory turnovers…
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Savory turnovers!
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Chicken, doing a little dance! Haha.

Quick chili one night. With brown rice for me… smoked cheddar and green chile cornbread for the hubby.
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Lilies!
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One of my favorite one-person meals lately. Brown rice, furikake, shoyu, red chili flakes, and a 6-minute-soft boiled egg.
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A vegetarian spin on a club sandwich with a side of homemade baked onion rings!
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Blue spring skies.
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A St. Paddy’s meal of vegetarian Guinness Irish stew and Irish soda bread.
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Goof.
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Hope you’ve had a lovely couple weeks!

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!