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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!

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: Week Eighteen

The last week looked something like this:

Our first iris of the season popped open this week!
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The rhododendrons have been going crazy, too…
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Chicken’s parents have been attempting to make their way into the house and nest-build again
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This is Papa Chicken flying into the house, thinking no one was looking… Hehe.
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Whenever I walk up this alley past our house, this cat comes running out to visit.
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Two separate visits in one week!
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A couple baseball games this week… Silas’s team won both games.
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Burrito bowls one night… with “chip sprinkles,” a.k.a. the crumbs left at the bottom of the chip bag once the kids eat all the chips and put said crumb-filled bag back in the cupboard.
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Lots of sunny blue skies this week!
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Snickerdoodles… because… why not?
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Apparently when your 30th birthday approaches, you get gifts like this in the mail! Bwahaha.
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Homemade Chinese food one night.
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And Mexican food another night.
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Beer:Thirty.
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Homemade bread gets increasingly easier the more you experiment with it…
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Those loaves were Lousiana-style po boy bread for these crispy eggplant po boys, filled with goat cheese, spinach, fresh basil, tomatoes, and a garlic basil aioli.
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A lunch date with my friend Janet at a new taqueria in town. The tacos were delicious! And a margarita before noon? Why not.
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English muffin pizzas… transporting me back to being approximately 7 years old.
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I hope you’ve had a wonderful week!

Day to Day Life: Week Seventeen

The last week looked a little like this:

Spring time around here… So bright!
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Homemade Chicken-grub.
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Southern Oregon dogwoods are blooming everywhere. (My favorite and a definite sign of Spring.)
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Afternoon smoothie snack. Açaí berry purée, blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, vanilla yogurt, coconut milk, and Aloha green juice powder.
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Chicken’s parents had more babies (OUTSIDE! Like normal pigeons!) yet they seem to be managing to find their way into the house whenever the hell they want. This is one of Chicken’s new siblings. Vincent’s named her/him New Vincent Chicken.
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Homemade spanakopita, crispy Greek potatoes with lemon and parmesan cheese, and a Greek salad with the kalamata olives on the side, since my husband refers to them as “little nasties.”
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A midweek baseball game this past week…
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When I saw this kite out of the corner of my eye, I most certainly thought it was a real bird.
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Did you take Google’s Earth Day quiz? Apparently I am a woolly mammoth.
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A late afternoon snack for the purpose of curing hangry-lady-syndrome.
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Our white dogwood tree blooms once a year. ‘Tis that time of the year.
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Pizza night.
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Flowers everywhere…
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Including on the French lavender plant I planted last year.
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Some days require stovetop espresso.
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Wisteria.
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Crazy skies with approaching rain.
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Blueberry pancakes!
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Yesterday included an impromptu adventure to the acid castles in Ashland.
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This little town…
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