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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.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
This guy drives me cuckoo. Sleeps all day. Then screams between 2 and 8 A.M. for food, cuddles, general attention.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Buttermilk fried “chicken” (high-protein tofu) and buttermilk waffles one night!

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Intently watching folks drill into the street and sidewalk across from our house.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
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!

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Percy loves a big open field to run in. :)

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Watching the rain.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
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!).

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Found this lovely dog statue on an afternoon walk…

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Morning company for drinking coffee.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Pretty Chicken.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Percy likes to squeeze in next to me on whatever chair I happen to sit in, in our living room. It’s the best.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Biscuits. Light and fluffy!

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Post-bath buffet.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
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.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Secret buddies.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Rain is coming… YES.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
Lazy Bones Jones, sleeping in like a champ!

Forbidden Rice Blog: Every Day Life Weeks 4 and 5
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.

Forbidden Rice Blog: Everyday Life Week 3

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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: Week 45

The last week, looking a bit like this:

Still egg-xactly obsessed with eggs, apparently. Whole wheat sourdough toast, over-easy egg, sharp cheddar, thyme, salt and pepper.
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When I got this beer, the checkout clerk said, “Oh hey, look! They put you on the bottle!” I decided it was probably good that it takes some real effort to offend me.
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Homemade Chinese food for dinner one night, on a whim… Sweet sour tofu, veggie fried rice, and spinach rangoon.
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Having a food blog means this happens often: make something, photograph it, write about it, eat it.
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Breakfast overload. Homemade biscuits, veggie sausage gravy, cheesy scrambled eggs.
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What to do when you serve a dinner that you aren’t sure should be on a plate or in a bowl? Present both options. Hah.
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Homemade pizza night is still one of my favorite nights. I couldn’t remember the last time I made a round pizza. So… sourdough crust for the win.
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Creamy grits with veggie chicken étouffée.
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At the last minute we drove up to Corvallis for the state-qualifying water polo tournament that both Vincent and Kenya had games in. Both the girls and boys made it to State, so we’ll be traveling up there again this coming week.
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These dudes.
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Veggie burritos for lunch and for dinner, because that is how we roll around here…
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We then traveled south to Eugene because Silas’ Junior Pee Wee Pop Warner team won the chance to play at Autzen Stadium, home of the University of Oregon Ducks. Lunch one day at the 5th Street Public Market food court. A cheeseburger and fries for Silas Henry, a lemongrass chicken bahn mi sammich for myself, and a breakfast burrito for Craig.
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Voodoo Donut surprise. A dirty ‘ole bastard first thing in the morning.
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Also a foggy, cold riverside walk.
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We found a neat arcade in downtown Eugene Friday night.
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And what arcade bathroom would be complete without hand-drawn Tetris graffiti in the bathroom?
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Silas Henry on the big screen at Autzen after a 50-19 win for Ashland, placing them third in state for their football league.
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Duck Bowl Champions.
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Day to Day Life: Week Five

Shall we have a look at the last week? Wanted or not, here it is!

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This bowl was my favorite a few times this week: maple yogurt, honey oat granola, toasted coconut flakes and a homemade blueberry spice sauce. I am grateful that a girl cannot OD on yogurt…

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While walking to the grocery store one morning, I passed this little truck. The driver made me laugh for the remainder of my walk, mostly because it caught me so off guard.

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Totally necessary when cooking dinner some nights. Here’s Lookin’ Atcha!

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That hairy eyeball was good company for homemade pad thai.

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Chocolate chunks and chips because there were certainly COOKIES this week.

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These dudes were singing at the top of their lungs driving down the road on our way for a lunch date.

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I love broccoli. Raw, plain, steamed, roasted, in soup…

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The best brunch ever, always. Two corn tortillas charred, then sammiched with cheese, topped with an egg, avocado, and tapatio.

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My husband played a few new songs at a tribute this week for the owners of Alex’s restaurant here in town, which recently shut down.

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Necessary.

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Guess who… from the days of old wherein I actually looked part Asian!

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Little Miss.

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Homemade pizza in the making.

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And more pizza in the making…

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Homemade black bean burritos for dinner one night with roasted peppers and corn salsa.

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Do you know what is wrong with this photo? The jeans on the right belong to me. The ones on the left belong to 8 year old Silas. Perhaps I am shrinking at the ripe old age of 28?

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Broccoli cheddar beer soup. For you, tomorrow.

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I adapted Tracy Shutterbean‘s recipe for no-knead pizza dough and made these cheesy/garlic/herb bread stick rolls to go with our soup. Super easy: make the dough, roll into a rectangle, brush the top with olive oil or butter. Sprinkle on some dried herbs of your choosing – I used basil, thyme and oregano. Sprinkle on some sea salt and cayenne pepper, some parmesan cheese and red chili flakes. Roll up the rectangle, flatten it a bit, cut into strips that are about 1-inch wide. Place on a baking sheet, brush the tops with heavy cream/melted butter/oil/buttermilk (whatever of those you have handy). Sprinkle with more parmesan. Let the dough rise again for 25-30 minutes. Then bake at 425 degrees until golden brown (15-20 minutes). Great for soup-dipping. Or marinara sauce dunking. Or plain eating.

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Little dude pre-game breakfast. (Apparently I still cut up the pancakes.)

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Silas’ team had two games in a row on Saturday. One footed-one handed shot.

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We’ve been having a lot of sleepovers and kid-time recently. These dudes rearranged the living room for themselves then had a breakfast of cinnamon vanilla raisin french toast sticks and fresh fruit.

Day to Day Life: Week Forty-Six

It’s Sunday… Shall we? Okay, here’s a look at the last week:

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I have not yet perfected the art of making cream puffs. These are chocolate cream puffs with a cinnamon coconut cream, topped with chocolate and toasted coconut. Almost a fail, but I salvaged a half dozen.

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Cold, cloudy days make everyone lazy, apparently.

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Adios to the last of our tomatoes! Tomato Basil Soup.

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This is all I was craving for brunch for a good four days straight (okay, five but I resisted the last one): scrambled eggs with salsa and black coffee.

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I had to go to the dentist twice. The benefit of having half your mouth numb? It makes you smile like a total douchebag and/or creep.

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We used this homemade salsa on many, many things this week… Roasted poblano, anaheim, jalapeno and piquillo peppers, onion, garlic, lime, salt. YUM.

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Skate park shenanigans in 40-degree weather.

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Fish burritos one night. (I might’ve had burritos three nights in a row. Apparently this week has been a week of obsession.)

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See, another day of scrambled eggs, salsa, and black coffee. A friend asked if this means I’m pregnant? I assured her it was more likely that it’s just because I’m a weirdo.

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Homemade horchata is the best.

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I’m participating in a foodie pen pal exchange this month… I’m totally stoked. This was the box I sent my pen pal in Virginia. More about this later.

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Bean pot mirages.

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Sometimes a girl’s day requires a bourbon and ginger.

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Fall time is all sorts of shades.

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