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Day to Day Life: Week 48 and 49

A look at the last couple weeks:

Lunch at Sammich with my Mother-in-Law one afternoon… I got the turkey – their house-brined roasted turkey, house-made cranberry sauce, mayo & lettuce on an italian loaf. So consistently good.
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Nana got the “Nagurski Melt” special – house smoked pork loin, havarti, cheddar, arugula, green sriracha mayo, and grilled onions on italian loaf. Looked tasty!
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Rose petals post-4-year-anniversary-roses drying.
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Enchiladas one night. Wright Family staple.
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Thanksgiving prep! Homemade cranberry apple sauce, Field Roast chorizo and ciabatta stuffing, sweet potatoes pureed with bourbon and spices, vanilla cheesecake with a gingersnap crust and mushrooms that eventually made it into vegetarian gravy.
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All the veggie roasts. One Quorn roast, one Field Roast and one Tofurky roast.
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A no-turkey feast.
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The last of the Thanksgiving leftovers later in the week in one of the weirdest dinners I’ve made in a while. Pan fried mashed potato cakes with cheddar and ketchup, all the leftover roasted veggies pan fried with the remaining stuffing and roast, sweet potato casserole.
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The Sunday after Thanksgiving was Craig’s birthday. He made a real complicated birthday meal request of veggie dogs, slaw, and potato salad. And a chocolate sheet cake with dark chocolate frosting.
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Late fall/winter skies are some of my favorites.
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The water polo banquet happened, wrapping up the season and Vincent’s high school water polo career. These are some great kids, all seniors this year.
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Vincent received the “Best Defensive Player” award from his coaches.
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There was a night I didn’t have to make dinner for anyone but myself. So I did. And I made a lot of sushi (and ate it all, hehe!).
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This is how we wait for dinner in the oven…
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Especially when dinner is vegetarian Chik’n and Biscuits.
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These chicken tenders at the venue my husband played music at were quite tasty!
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Hubby.
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Aaaand after a night of gin and tonics, a better-for-you (ME) lunch.
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Day to Day Life: Week Thirty-Two

A look at the last week:

Our garden is apparently quite happy… it’s dumping out a supply of veggies daily.
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Soyrizo fried rice for brunch one morning.
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One of my pet peeves: packing the wrong shoes to put on after working out + showering at the gym. Hellooo so many stripes…
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Went to listen to my husband read a short story he had published recently and perform a newly written song as part of a local literary event.
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We waited really patiently for this mango to ripen just right… so worth the wait.
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Zucchini “noodles” aren’t new, but I had never made them before. While the flavor of this “pasta” was impeccable, the consistency didn’t work for me. Things got soupy. I haven’t given up yet…
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Family scrabble night with Nana. Silas and I were a team (and whopped everyone, hah… P.S. I inherited competitiveness from all sides…). YOU tell me what “girltax” is other than a term that comes from your creative writing teacher husband. And ahem pardon the term slut that a certain 9-year-old was eager to play.
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This is how we hang out.
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Hi, bird! We let our crippled pigeon fly around the house throughout the day. She likes to fly into whatever room I am in… sometimes that is more hazardous than other times. Today she has landed on my head twice and needed a quick mid-air detour from the kitchen twice.
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What do these spices…
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And these ingredients have in common?
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Homemade Ethiopian food one night.
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When you walk to the grocery store early in the morning, you see a number of things… Like deer grazing in a neighbor’s yard…
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And weird objects in a “FREE” box.
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More goodies from another day in the garden.
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Those eggplants inspired an eggplant parmesan pizza.
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And the abundance of pesto is always a good excuse for this pesto mushroom pie.
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Sunnies.
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Side salads for three.
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Late summer Ashland evenings…
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My pole bean plants have been climbing straight into the sky and I’ve yet to harvest a single bean!
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A small abundance of apricots that were leaning towards being too ripe meant apricot + pecan scones this morning.
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Hope you’ve had a good week!

Day to Day Life: Week Thirty

A look at the last week:

While a California water park isn’t exactly island-living, the sunshine, warmth and water were nice.
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Complimentary hotel breakfast-ing… Huevos rancheros on sopes.
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“C’mere and gimme a kee-se!”
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A very, very spicy, nearly non-edible burrito.
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North-bound on the I-5.
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Little bird hanging out, doing what little birdies do before bedtime…

Ashland got bombarded with a bit of rain right before we pulled back into town. This is what rain in the garden does:
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It delivers Sa-squash, which is bigger than my arm and just about 5 pounds.
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One of my favorite cocktails for this week.
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Summer colors.
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Eggplant sammiches one night with the first eggplants harvested out of my garden.
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I spy pizza a-coming.
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Yes, most certainly so.
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Fish tacos another evening. With homemade blue corn tortillas and locally made “Irish Salsa.”
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And when you have leftovers from pizza night, salmon from taco night, and eggplant from sammich night… Smash-bang them all together for lunch. Salmon-tomato pie, eggplant-tomato pie.
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Somebody slept in one morning… I heard him talking and thought he was awake, only to find him in this position fast asleep.
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Day to Day Life: Week Twenty-Nine

The last week looked a little like this:

Looking up…
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Homemade ravioli one night, stuffed with ricotta, spinach, crimini mushrooms and topped with a homemade spicy marinara.

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Salmon tacos for my husband and I one night…

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My mother in law is watching Teddy while his mama, who is also Vincent’s mama, is on Kauai for the week. Teddy is the best little guy. Especially when he lays like this without moving for 4-8 minutes.

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What to do when you have a crap ton of zucchini growing? Make zucchini parmesan on a bed of garlic basil parmesan pasta.

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I had the opportunity to participate in an online honey webinar this week, which included some tasting samples. Nothing like receiving little spoons and little pots of honey ala FedEx!

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Bourbon-thirty.

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Overloaded quesadillas for lunch one day. Rice, black beans, cheese, soyrizo, salsa and jalapenos stuffed in those tortillas!

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Mt. Shasta from the I-5, southbound with Silas Henry for a few days.

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Golden hills are one of my favorite things to pass in northern California…

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Did I pack a margarita making kit for the trip? Absolutely.

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We went to the Oakland A’s game this afternoon…

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A moment on the BART.

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Burrito time…!

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Happy Hour for 3. One minus the booze.

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Silas met 3 boys from China who spoke almost no English… it didn’t keep them from playing together.

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Happy weekend, friends!

Day to Day Life: Week Twenty-Eight

Here’s a look at the last week:

This has been one of my favorite trees in Ashland since I moved here in September of 2003.
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A BBQ seitan mushroom burger experiment. With garden-harvested zucchini [fries].
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We’ve had lots of lily blooms this year that the deer didn’t eat!
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Little Miss Sassy Bird, who very much loves her whole wheat, oat, barley, quinoa, millet “cheerios.”

Post-workout dinner sammich.
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I tagged along with my hubby when he had to go to the local newspaper headquarters to be photographed and recorded for a music video one morning.
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We got burritos afterwards from one of my favorite ladies/food trucks.
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Thunder, lightning and rain early one morning… as experienced with one eye open, from bed, under covers.
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Hi, bird.
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Mid-week cocktail.
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Texture.
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Sometimes you just have to make baked doughnuts…
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This dude, hanging out in the park one evening.
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Found this little creeper hanging out on one of my tomato plants while pulling weeds.
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Nature perspective.
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Creamy polenta, veggie chicken sausage, baked zucchini and homemade pesto one night.
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Because of her crazy leg, Dudley Chicken Pigeon likes to sit propped up… This monkey nest worked well. ;)
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Four sheets of peanut butter coconut granola that will hopefully last more than one week around here…
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C played a gig here in town last night…
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Since the gig was at a pub, beer was obviously necessary.
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Dad and son, hanging out.
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Hope you’re having a great weekend!