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Everyday Life: Week 2

Here’s a look at what week 2 of 2017 looked like:

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I am working on the art of vegetarian Chicago style deep dish pizza. This one’s 5-cheese with the crust made from whole wheat and hempseed flours.

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Lazy BOY.

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Sometimes your husband wants to eat oatmeal for dinner. So you eat a very simple cheese omelet and some toast for dinner.

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Future smoothies.

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Percy is the best snuggler. She sleeps in our bed nearly every night (in Silas’s when he’s here). In the morning, she tends to get up when my husband’s up (too goddamn early). Then! After an hour or so, she’ll climb back into our bed where I’m still asleep and snuggle up! My favorite.

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My husband used to run an open mic every Wednesday at a restaurant here in town. We’d both get dinner included with the job. My favorite thing to order off the menu? “Kitchen Guys Pasta.” Whatever pasta they had the most of, lots of garlic, parmesan, basil, tomatoes, chicken, andouille or chorizo sausage, prawns, lots of red chili flakes. The restaurant’s been closed for a few years, so I haven’t had my pasta… but! This homemade vegetarian version was the closest in flavor to the original, yet! I’m very excited about it.

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The creeks and rivers have been so full and so fast after the snow and rain we’ve had. LOVE it.

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On our afternoon walk, checking out the duck pond that’s currently frozen over!

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A snack of cinnamon raisin english muffin with a bit of macadamia nut butter. So good!

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On this day, Jumpy decided he really liked hanging out in the empty laundry basket…

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It soon led up to this apparent game I happened to find going on.

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Unplanned dinner date out with the husband.

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One of this week’s best Vitamix combos: frozen mangoes, frozen strawberries, frozen bananas and vanilla Siggi’s kefir. Simple and delicious!

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Percy likes to find the biggest stick possible and then carry it for the entirety of our walks… Haha.

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Silas had a sleepover the other night with one of his buddies and that buddy’s little brother. It made me realize that as I’m getting older, I increasingly think about what it must’ve been like for my mom to raise 4 kids (3 of us, barely a year apart). Sleepovers happened almost every weekend (usually my sister’s friends), which my mom handled very gracefully. I welcomed this weekend’s sleepover with lots of silent F-bombs and a couple tequila shots. Luckily, they’re good, well-behaving kids…so even if I wanted to pull out all my hair at the sound of “bruhhhh!” dropping every 2 minutes, or the sound of bottles flipping over and over and over again… I didn’t really mind the whole sleepover thing…

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10 months old this week and this is the attitude she gives about “Percy, it’s time to get up!”

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This was delicious. Quorn ‘naked cutlets’ baked with avocado oil, turmeric, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, sea salt and a bit of oregano. Slapped in a sammich with spinach/baby greens, tomato, avocado, mild cheddar, vegenaise and some spicy brown mustard on locally made whole wheat sourdough. Easy dinner!


Silas’s basketball season started this weekend… Here’s one of numerous baskets for the day!

I hope you had a good week! : )

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.

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: Week Fifty

The last week, in photographs:

A cookie-pie situation.
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This fella is taller than me these days… at the ripe ‘ole age of 10 1/2 (exactly, today). Damn.
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I love the color of beets… red beets, candy-striped beets, golden beets…
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A cozy sweater wearing Dudley Gunther Chicken after his bath.
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Thrown-together-pasta-mess is one of my favorite dinner types.
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Adulting in the finest sense! Fresh broccoli, steamed. Annie’s Mac and Cheese, extra cheesy.
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Craig and Vincent went down to Long Beach Thursday through Sunday, meaning Thursday I had a full 24 hours to myself. I went to Sammich with my buddy Janet and ordered this – the “Happy Birthday Ldubb” Special: house roasted turkey, provolone, sprouts, onions, black pepper herb mayo, dijon, pepperoncinis, on baguette. SO GOOD!
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While they were out of town, that also meant Friday until this evening, its just been Silas and I. Before his dad left town, Si informed us both “it’s MEAT WEEKEND!” To kick off said Meat Weekend, I cooked chicken for the first time in nearly 10 years. Panko-crusted buttermilk chicken tenders, mashed potatoes with chicken gravy, a big ‘ole salad and then homemade buttermilk ranch.
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We went to brunch the next morning with Nana, to a place around the corner from our house, Smithfields, a restaurant that specializes in sustainable “nose-to-tail” dining. I ordered the “Neil’s Brekkie,” which was delicious! Corned beef, duck fat fried potato cake, bacon-braised collard greens, a fried egg, stone mustard cream, rosemary cheddar, and house-made worcestershire sauce.
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A little Silas ice skating adventure in the cold, rain… then snow.

Followed by a pizza dinner date.
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This little boy crashed pretty hard both Friday and Saturday nights and didn’t once ask me the usual “can I stay up late?”
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We woke up to a town coated in snow this morning!
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In front of our house…
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I hope you’ve had a lovely week!

Day to Day Life: Week Twenty-One

Someday soon I will get back to sharing more recipes, rather than just these weekly photo posts. In the meantime, the last week:

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Early in the week, we were still in the hospital with Silas. There was a koi pond we visited frequently once Si was allowed to wander around outside, as we was essentially pain-free by the end of last week.
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The day before (Monday) Silas got released, we asked if he could leave the hospital in-between his IV medications to grab some dinner (and to get his restless self out of the hospital). We had 3 hours of freedom and the little dude requested enchiladas and time at the mall (haha).
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OUT! As of Tuesday late-morning!
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While we were at the hospital, our poppies started popping…
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And I absolutely missed cooking! And craved my own homemade pizza!
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An experiment pie with oyster mushrooms, pesto, garlic, smoked cheddar, rosemary and mozzarella. (YUM.)
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I also experimented with bath bomb making. I want to recipe-tweak more before I maybe share with you. ;)
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The stuff nightmares are made of!!! Where is the floor? COVERED in dirty laundry. UGHHHH.
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I had a lunch date with my buddy Janet… Sammich! And this special was outta this world! House brined and roasted turkey, crispy house roasted pork belly, swiss cheese, a spicy strawberry sauce, arugula and mayo! I could eat one (or four) of these every dang day.
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Vincent’s lady had a birthday this week! I made her a surprise birthday cake.
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Then she and Vincent baked another cake that was going to be for her birthday party the following day…
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I forgot to eat dinner last night and so at about 9:30 I decided to make cheese-filled crepes. (Silas agreed this was a good idea.)
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There was a mama black bear with two cubs hanging out in downtown Ashland yesterday… in this tree… in someone’s yard… right next to the local park.
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I hope you’ve had a good week!