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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!

A January Adventure


I tend to have a lot going on, all the time. Were I to give you a rundown of the long list of miscellaneous things that accumulate and devour all the hours in my days, everyday, any sane person would probably deem me completely looney-tunes.

The above quote is one I remind myself of often. It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of being someone who willingly takes care of the needs of others before her own. Time to myself is NEEDED for my sanity. As a full-fledged introvert (and half-crazy person), when I don’t have that space, it’s easy to feel completely disconnected from everything around me–including things and people I both love and care deeply about. Forcing myself to make the time to get outside, to do something active is often an easy way to reevaluate my senses, feelings, and generally offers a reset button, leaving me feeling connected again.

That said, today included an outdoor adventure that ended up being precisely what I needed. Here are a few snapshots from the day:

Mount Shasta in the distance.


My buddy Janet hanging out on the out-of-commision-ski-lift.


Janet asked to “borrow” my camera.

RUNNING down the bunny slope that we hiked up…

The view from Mt. Ashland is overwhelmingly beautiful.

Plus the sunshine came out… and required this get-up so I could see my camera screen (apparently) and keep my face from burning off. :D

Magic skies.

After our trekking around in the snow, we found ourselves at Sammich, wherein I demolished this incredible sammich special, which featured slow cooked pulled BBQ beef, smothered in house BBQ sauce and topped off with housemade slaw and onions.

Cheers to a new year, filled with new adventuring… :)

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: Week Fifty

A look at the last week:

Winter creek.

A still-in-nature-Christmas-tree.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at blogging life.

On a walk with my buddy Janet we happened upon this guy.

And these guys.

And then we lunched. At Sammich. Pastrami for me, tuna melt for her!

My dudes.

A terrible, terrible color for a finger! It STILL hurts.

Enchilada mess!

Pre-storm hitting skies! PINK.

The utmost requested sandwich in this house: The Chop Chop.

Vincent appeared super shocked to find me MAKING guacamole. I’m not sure if he thought it was just something you buy in the store… He still wouldn’t eat it. Hah!

So shiny!

And then there’s this bowling technique…

Our power went out with the crazy storm we caught, traveling up from California… The benefit of having a gas stove though? I STILL GOT MY COFFEE.

Someone gave himself a bath late one night.

Some… okay, most… mornings.

The very last of our summer tomatoes FINALLY ripened! They were green when I picked them before the first frost!

Burrito fillings. Extra guac, extra hot sauce!


Cheddar beer soup last night… Silas said, “Uhhh Julie. This tastes like beer and I’m pretty sure I don’t like it!” Then he made a PB&J.

Hot chocolate and vegan marshmallows!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week!