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Day to Day Life: Weeks 51 + 52

We are at the last week of December and 2014! How can that be? Here is a glimpse at the last couple weeks:

My husband played at the Applegate Lodge one night. This guy was carved into one of the lamps in the room we stayed in. So jolly! ;)

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Christmas Boy, sleeping under the Christmas tree.

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Homemade pizza with veggie chicken, herbed ricotta, goat cheese and mozzarella.

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Silas’s class had a Solstice party before going on winter break. Craig played “Here Comes the Sun” along with the kids.

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We had a dessert party with our new neighbors. I brought these whoopie pies as per request.

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A winter vacation tradition – water polo pick up game with alumni players.

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Our friends Janet and Ray gave us this piece of this Oregon-caught king salmon. Craig and I finally got to enjoy it, pan seared then topped with a little homemade barbeque sauce, and cabbage with microgreens tossed in a lemon garlic vinaigrette. SO DAMN GOOD!

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Silas is playing in a more competitive basketball league this year. He had his first pre-season game recently.

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Swoosh!

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This was a busy baking Cookie Monster kind of day…

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Crazy beautiful winter skies around here lately…

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Cuddle party of two while trying to figure out the kids’ early Christmas present — an XBox I and new TV to go with it.

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Family sugar cookie decorating can get a little iffy around here…

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For Christmas Eve-Eve, Silas asked if I would make pigs in a blanket… So that’s what we had, with veggie dogs and cheese stuffed in the crescent rolls. Baked beans and potato salad on the side. Classy. :)

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Christmas Eve featured homemade pizza. Green and red.

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We went with Nana and the kids to look at Christmas lights around Southern Oregon after dinner that night.

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There were forecasts for snow on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day… but alas, all we got was cold and rain. (That’s not a real complaint; I love cold and rain.)

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First one up on Christmas morning… enjoying the quiet.

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Of course I don’t wake up early unless there’s a reason. My reason was to make these from start to finish… A seven year tradition now.

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Apparently I forgot/simply didn’t take any pictures on Christmas day. Sometimes I think that’s a good sign. I did get this photo of the veggie shepherd’s pie and veggie chick’n pot pie we ate for Christmas dinner…

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My mother-in-law’s birthday is the day after Christmas. We took her out for brunch at Morning Glory here in Ashland, which was incredibly delicious!

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A Christmas Chicken!

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A second water polo pick up game…

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Yesterday we did a little bit of exploring up near Mt. Ashland. The view is breathtaking, always.

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It took approximately 15 tries before Silas and I got a “selfie” with both of us in the picture frame.

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Snow boys.

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Homemade Indian food tonight! Palak paneer, veggie chicken tikka masala with potatoes, cauliflower pakoras, homemade naan, and matar pulao (rice with peas).

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A boy and his dog.

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Day to Day Life: Weeks 39, 40, 41, 42!

I cringed when I just looked back to see how many weeks of these particular posts I’ve skipped… Four weeks! Life has been busy. Here’s a glimpse of the craziness:

One morning my mother in law invited me to go grape and plum picking with her… The result was 35.5 pounds of grapes and 11 pounds of plums!
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And what does a girl do with all of that produce? Make 13 pints of grape jelly infused with orange zest and lavender. And then also make fresh grape juice, apple plum jam, and lots of marinara sauce (from the unpictured MASS quantities of tomatoes out of our garden).
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A pretty rose for an early morning walk to the grocery store.
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We’ve been out of town often for water polo… Vincent’s been killing it as the varsity goalie! He is also one of the captains for their team — a role generally reserved for senior players… which he won’t be until next year (!).
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Silas’ sister also plays water polo for Ashland High School. She, too, has been a great asset for the team.
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You know who else gets to go out of town for water polo? This dude.
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And this dude/dudette.
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My favorite food group… NOODLES.
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A tiny, tiny vertical rainbow in there… Up north, near Eugene.
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I went on an adventure with my friend Janet one day… Evidence of the drought we’ve been experiencing around here — the lake is essentially nonexistent at the moment.
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Janet, right smack in the middle of the “lake.”
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Looking like a southern Oregon photographing hippie… Photo by Jazzy Renteria (Jazzy Photography)
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There’s something beautiful in this sad dried landscape (including the fact that it’ll likely be full again come spring time).
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Midweek margaritas, don’t mind if I do!
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Like I said… favorite food group! Noodles! Enjoying the last of our basil as homemade pesto.
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A random, last minute dinner one night — red lentil coconut curry with tofu and garbanzo beans.
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Chicken likes when I wear dangly earrings…
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A big ‘ole southern style dinner.
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Despite losing yesterday’s game, and feeling really sad about it, this boy shared a smile with his grandmother.
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One of my favorite snacks. Smashed avocado on toast with lots of black pepper and flaky salt.
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Hope the last few weeks have been good for you! :)