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Everyday Life: Weeks 6 and 7

A little peek at the last couple weeks:

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Starting off a day right.

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When dad is off at a music rehearsal, this is how we study 6th grade algebra homework… (Yes, got it all done before dad got home.)

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Sometimes you accidentally pour the whole 16 ounce container of yogurt in your bowl…just add bananas. Eat on the way to the gym. ¯_(ツ)_/¯


We got caught in a big downpour about halfway home. (It was a fun walk. P.S. Percy doesn’t know what to think of overflowing storm drains and that produces quite a dramatic pull-on-the-leash dance.)

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Guess who’s avoiding going to bed in this photo op…

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Tried some new Indian recipes from Madhur Jaffrey’s vegetarian cookbook… DELICIOUS! I can’t wait to try more.

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Post-bath puppy.

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This beer was interesting, to say the least. Not my preferred flavors but fun to try! It was brewed with spices that are used to make scrapple and indeed, did taste weirdly breakfast-y.

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Comfort food… vegetarian (Quorn) chicken and dumplings.

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At least a couple days of the week, I pack my husband’s lunch for him to take to work. Toby’s tofu pâté is one we enjoy (especially the jalapeño version).

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This cat has the most awful blood-curdling meow. And his preferred times to vocalize said meow: between 1 o’clock and 5 o’clock in the morning. But at least he has pretty eyes and soft fur.

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Another new recipe experiment. A Moroccan sweet potato and lentil soup.

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Baby.


Some highlights from a couple of Silas’s recent basketball games. He’s number 54.

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Probably the best fettuccine alfredo I’ve made. Hooray!

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Pre-basketball game breakfast. Cranberry hazelnut french toast, hash browns, and some fresh mango and banana.

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All I ever want to do is lay around cuddling the dog. True story. She turned 11 months old this week!

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I got to have the entire spin room at the gym to myself. The quiet of the huge room was awesome.

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A vegetarian sheet pan dinner experiment with a side of steamed then sautéed broccoli.

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Handdrawn Valentine’s Day card.

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And since Valentine’s Day also fell on Taco Tuesday we went out for some margaritas, tacos and nachos. All day happy hour! Woo-hoo!

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Two days later, we shared MORE nachos. This time with beers, at the pub where some of my husband’s students had a poetry reading featuring a few songwriting students as well.

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Stripes and a cat squeeze.

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My husband and his band opened for Terrapin Flyer here in Ashland…

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Nearly two dozen cheese enchiladas (with un-photoed beans and rice) when we had a sleepover that included three extra kids Friday night… The nine year old kid asked me, “Do you make your own chicken?” I told him there was no chicken in the enchiladas, to which he replied, “OH. We don’t eat this stuff at my house. Do you HAVE any chicken? I like MEAT… Beef? Ribs…? I’m a beef guy. Or do you guys just eat… this stuff over here?” Bwahaha.

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Hope you’ve had a great couple of weeks!

Everyday Life: Weeks 4 and 5

Somehow last week escaped me before I had a chance to post anything here. So, here’s a look at the last two weeks. Weeks 4 and 5:

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We’ve had some beautiful late-winter days that are just warm enough to hint at spring.

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This guy drives me cuckoo. Sleeps all day. Then screams between 2 and 8 A.M. for food, cuddles, general attention.

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Buttermilk fried “chicken” (high-protein tofu) and buttermilk waffles one night!

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Intently watching folks drill into the street and sidewalk across from our house.

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We got a Vitamix for Christmas and it’s the best thing everrr. Vegan cashew pesto in there for a couple meals.

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Including this eggplant parmesan with homemade marinara as well, and caesar salads with garlic croutons and vegan caesar dressing (not homemade).

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Leftovers of the exact same meal the next night for meeee!

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Percy loves a big open field to run in. :)

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Watching the rain.

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At 11 years old, Silas is now 5 foot 6 inches. He’s a total badass on the basketball court; those games also take up the majority of our Saturdays (which is entirely alright!).

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Found this lovely dog statue on an afternoon walk…

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Morning company for drinking coffee.

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Pretty Chicken.

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Percy likes to squeeze in next to me on whatever chair I happen to sit in, in our living room. It’s the best.

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Biscuits. Light and fluffy!

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Post-bath buffet.

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Quorn brand vegetarian chik’n is my absolute favorite. It’s so similar in texture and flavor, to real chicken. And so easy to use in recipes to make them vegetarian friendly. This is teriyaki chik’n we had with rice (basmati for the kids, cauliflower rice for Craig and I) and some sautéed veggies.

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Secret buddies.

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Rain is coming… YES.

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Lazy Bones Jones, sleeping in like a champ!

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For the Super Bowl, we had a DIY nacho bar with homemade cheese sauce filled with green chiles, slow cooked refried beans, and other not-so-homemade nacho toppings…


A few clips of Silas (#54) in Saturday’s game.

Hope you’ve had a lovely couple of weeks!

Everyday Life: Week 3

The third week of this year has looked something like this:

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Winter skies in Southern Oregon.

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Sometimes you just need very chocolatey chocolate chunk cookies.

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Egg salad. With veggie bacon. Just do it.

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One of my favorite pizzas from pizza night. Potatoes with pesto, caramelized onions and goat cheese.

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Rain-watcher.

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A super easy dinner. Mashed potatoes, gravy, Trader Joe’s veggie chicken sausages, corn and peas.


Percy is learning new tricks!

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This dude is clocking in at just above 5’6″ at 11 1/2 years old. WHAT.

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Leftover mashed potatoes make good breakfast potatoes… with scrambled eggs and Quorn meatless sausage.

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Somebody trying REALLY hard to get a little bagel bite.

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Some days…

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Re-organizing.


Just steps from my house, the Women’s March that happened Saturday was inspiring.

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Sometimes you get two hours of sleep. And then use a cocoa avocado skin food mask…and it’s perfect camouflage for SnapChat’s deer filter.

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Dinner-prep helper.

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Veggie chicken and biscuits (filled with cheddar and rosemary!).

Hope you’ve had a lovely week!

Day to Day Life: Weeks 4 + 5

The last couple of weeks in some photos:

After a little rain…

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My favorite homemade pasta experiment yet! Creamy pesto with fettuccine.

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Oh, were you working on dinner? Let me have a nap right where you were standing.

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Enchiladas in the making.

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This photo of my niece is precisely the reason I am soooo stoked my brother had a kid! HEHEHE!

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These noodles!

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Silas won some hockey tickets at his orthodontist’s office… So we went to see the Southern Oregon Spartans play the Fresno Monsters. It was brutal! Ha!

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Cold skies.

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So maybe one day I made myself a LOT of cone sushi (inari sushi).

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Beer Thirty is one of my favorite hours.

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It goes well with pizza night. One of my favorite pies, ever. Fresh tomatoes, lots of fresh garlic, goat cheese, fresh basil, marinara, mozzarella and parmesan.

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Yumm Bowl. With black beans (mostly hiding under the toppings) and cilantro lime rice (also mostly hiding).

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Babies. Still kickin’…

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Vegetarian meatball subs and polenta fries one night. There will be many more polenta fries in our future (decided after this dinner).

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Night time happy place. And oops, too many bubbles. (Just kidding, no such thing.)

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An easy dinner. Creamy polenta, marinara I canned last summer, parmesan. And a quick sea salt and herb flat bread.

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The finest mid week adulting. Helping the hubby replace our broken kitchen sink faucet. It required two trips to the hardware store and no calls  to the plumber! Ha! And only two f-words out of my mouth…and maybe like 8 out of the hubby’s.

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I had to take a quick photo of this guy for his baseball registration…He’s going to be a super busy guy! He’s in the middle of basketball, was asked to play on a special competitive baseball league, and during that league, he’ll also start little league! Busy = staying out of trouble though. ;)

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Pre-game breakfast. Banana pancakes, cheesy scrambled eggs and veggie bacon.

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Calzones one night… the cashew pesto/fresh spinach/artichoke heart/feta/mozzarella were our favorite (Silas, too).

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Silas making the first basket in their first basketball game yesterday.

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And BOOM! Steal, basket!

 

I hope you’ve had a lovely week!

 

 

Day to Day Life: Week 3

A little look at the last week:

DOUGH!
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Which eventually turned into this garlic naan…
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Which eventually got eaten with these koftas…
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And rounded out a good Indian feast.
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We’ve had quite a bit of rain this week (hooray!).
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A little Lap Chicken.
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Perfection.
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A couple basketball games this weekend for Silas Henry…
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Scalloped potatoes, baked barbecue tofu, and salads one night.
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My buddy came to visit again!
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Rain, rain, rain…
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One of the best parts of January! Garden plotting and planning.
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I got to photograph the executive chef at a local restaurant one afternoon… a fun, new experience.
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A little spin on my husband’s favorite smoothie, which he has deemed “nectar of the gods.” Hahaha!
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Homemade blueberry syrup this morning for breakfast pancakes!
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Hope y’all have had a lovely week!