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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! : )

Day to Day Life: Week 21

The last week looked a bit like this:

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Some weeks certainly require doughnuts.

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We dug out our front yard last fall and in the process, took out many of the poppies that have always bloomed in abundance this time of year… I was happy to discover that a good portion of the bright orange perennials came back this year… This is the first little guy of the season.

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My favorite girlfriend.

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I’ve got about 50 more tomato babies that eventually need transferring to the garden, or to be passed along to friends. All of the seeds we planted this year are from Leo’s tomatoes. I’m excited – these are Brandywine tomatoes – a variety we haven’t planted before.

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Early in the week, while my in-laws were still here, the three of us went out to lunch while C was working. I had heard of Jasper’s Cafe before and it seemed like a good opportunity to drop by the well known burger joint around here. While the menu consists of well over 40 types of burgers, including wild boar, elk, kangaroo, and kobe beef, I opted for the above Jamaican jerk chicken sandwich. It was perfectly spicy with complex flavors, balanced with mango. I got a chai milkshake to go along with my sandwich… I would certainly recommend Jasper’s to anyone looking for a good meal. I am looking forward to experimenting with a vegetarian version of this sandwich.

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This cocktail was a winning situation this week.

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Snow topped hillsides mid-week… because this is Ashland Oregon in the Spring and the weather never can decide what it wants…

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Just a bit of waffle math.

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Because waffles for dinner two nights in a row was necessary.

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Maybe chocolate waffles for dessert, too? With chocolate and peanut butter sauce? And fresh strawberries and bananas?

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The Spice and Tea Exchange recently opened in Ashland. It was a fun little place to explore.

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Personally picked strawberry loot.

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Lettuce bucket’s starting to produce some baby lettuces.

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Our roses are blooming like crazy these days.

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A thrown together meal that will come your way soon… I love unplanned meals that turn out better than expected.

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Green and white.

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Hide and seek. That was the sweetest strawberry yet.

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Breakfast for dinner. (Again.) (Still a win-win.)

Day to Day Life: Weeks 12, 13 & 14

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The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. I thought about skipping two weeks of Day-to-Day posts, but alas… I’m opting for this route instead. Three weeks worth of photos (while the number of them may seem overwhelming, they’re the careful pickings from over 1000 photos edited and navigated through!).

IMG_1651_zpsdd994457 A post-workout lunch. Beet/grapefruit/orange/celery/apple/grape juice; avocado-cheese toast, and more grapefruit.

IMG_1707_zpsf66ee3da This lady knows when we’re about to go out of town, always. She gets clingy. And turns into a 100 pound lap puppy.

IMG_3501_zpsf0b1ff1c Homemade enchiladas including homemade corn tortillas. Dinner for six.

IMG_3510_zpsae2d1120  The less obvious way to dress in order to scoop up dog crap in 30-degree weather.

IMG_3533_zpse8be5db1 Jack Kerouac Alley in San Francisco. Around the corner from one of my favorite bookstores to stop in.

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IMG_1756_zps39df9788 If you’re ever in Santa Cruz, CA, do yourself a favor and visit Engfer Pizza Works. Tucked up in a local neighborhood, this low-key pizza spot was delicious. More later.

IMG_3552_zps9fa88e43 Also in Santa Cruz, these pupusas were phenomenal. Also more on that soon.

IMG_1747_zps1a17b4fd Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Sunshine, salt water, sailboats.

IMG_3562_zps8baecc89 Boardwalk shenanigans.

IMG_3665_zps3b10b503 We caught the elephant seals (January’s pups) at Piedras Blancas on Highway 1 while heading south.

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IMG_1800_zps7ba29420 Ventura Beach greeted us with sunshine, blue skies, and warmer waters that reminded me of home.

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IMG_1810_zps1e7f602d Beach-bound out of LA.

IMG_3845_zpsc29d7195 Legoland.

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IMG_3736_zps3b69b200 Having a conversation with Lego Arnold Schwarzenegger.

IMG_2018_zpsf1376bcb For us, traveling usually means a LOT of burritos and pizza. This particular meal was needed when heading back home: southern tofu “chicken,” red beans, brown rice, steamed broccoli, carrots and cabbage, raw kale, and then house-made ranch and BBQ sauce. 

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IMG_2059_zps86439820 One seven year old in particular loved hotel-offered breakfasts. I’ve never seen someone so little eat hash browns, bacon, a whole bagel, scrambled eggs, two pieces of french toast, and a bowl of cereal… only to claim  he’s hungry 30 minutes later.

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IMG_2100_zpse78423bd After not cooking for a week, we got home to an empty refrigerator, hungry but not wanting to deal with the grocery store. Tuna melts for Easter, on bread found at the back of the freezer? Yes.

IMG_4548_zps2c8eeca8 This tart was to make up for not cooking over the last week. Not really. It was a tart born out of available ingredients and the desire for dessert. : )