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Day to Day Life: Week Twenty-Two

The last week looked a bit like this:

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DTD22-7Climbing roses in the rain. One of my favorite spring (or summer) scents.

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A cinnamon-sugar topped crumpet. A brilliant decision.

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A new cheesy, savory waffle experiment that I’m excited to share. It’s good for waffle pizzas, it’s great on its own, it’s DELICIOUS for chicken and waffles – Julie style. Coming atcha soon.

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My hairs needed a serious hippie deep conditioning. Did you know that adding coconut oil, eggs, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil and lavender oil to your head smells absolutely awful (though certainly better than chemicals that offer the same sort of treatment). The only redeeming factor (other than soft hairs on your head) is the height potential dried raw egg-crusted hair can offer.

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I love when the skies look like the oceans.

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This was another recipe experiment winning situation. Jamaican jerk seitan. The texture was so close to “real” meat it was ridiculous. The flavors? Spicy, sweet, robust, tasty. A combination of fresh peppers and sweet mango in the sauce was spot-on. Coming soonish.

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Frisbee-ing with this little boy has left me feeling really old for the last couple days. My body hurts in ways I didn’t know possible! Certainly not your every day workout.

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I am sad to announce the unexpected demise of my juicer. When that’s precisely what I discovered when I wanted to make a fresh watermelon-strawberry juice for this margarita with Meyer lemon, I opted for the next option – the food processor. May I not suggest it to you. While this cocktail was worth it, “juicing” in the food processor is RIDICULOUSLY messy.

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Fresh arugula, baby romaine, and the first radishes out of the garden. YUM.

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Homemade yogurt in the crockpot. I’m also excited to share this with you. It’s so good. And so inexpensive compared to buying the same organic product in the grocery store!

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Do yourself a favor and make these waffles. Do yourself another favor and check out one of my favorite blogs, where the recipe originally came from.

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Everything in the garden is growing so well right now. I’m excited about these little bush bean babies (and everything else planted).

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Can I leave you with this picture of my mama when she was younger than I am now? Because she lives in Oklahoma City and when the tornadoes hit last week and this week, its had me worried sick. And mostly I miss my mom. And love this photo.

Day to Day Life: Week Twenty

For the first time in well over a year, a week has passed since I posted anything here. I have been b-u-s-y. My in-laws are here visiting.  A week or so before they arrived, we decided to do a full house revamping. Meaning getting rid of my husband’s music studio and turning it into a teenager’s room. Moving the 7 year old into a bigger bedroom. Putting in an office mainly for writing and music business. Adding yet another garden to the yard. Various painting jobs and many hours of cleaning and rearranging. Its been hectic. I have recipes for you, they just haven’t made it here yet. Soon. Sorry for the delay. In the meantime, there’s slight evidence of the chaos. The past week, in part:

 

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I am always so happy to receive photos of this little lady. My niece is almost one. That is completely crazy to me.  I still remember when she was born.

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A book mess.

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The welcoming committee. Roses out of the yard.

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I love storm threatening skies. They’re magical around here.

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Shenanigans.

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Can we discuss the hilarity of finding photos of your 17 year old self, when you decided to chop off all your hair… and over-pluck your eyebrows so they’re barely there? Let’s not, actually. Let’s discuss that udder.

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The last things to take out of Silas’s old room… Space.

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Jojos at 1 o’clock in the morning as sustenance to keep cleaning? Heck YES

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This is real life. Mass laundry piles… and leftover Thai food straight out of the box for lunch.

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Silas’s new space.

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Avocado smash bang.

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At least I’m taller than the 7 year old… for the next 3 or so more months.

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This week’s reading material when there is a second leftover to breathe.

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There will be sourdough doughnuts for a Sunday breakfast.

Day to Day Life: Week Eighteen

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One more week has come and gone, and it looked a bit like this:

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Clothesline accessories.

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Sometimes one must bake cookies at 10:30 PM. Hopefully macadamia nut-white chocolate chip-cranberry and cherry cookies. Sorry, no recipe because  I  we ate all the cookies before I got a better picture than the above i-Phone shot, to post on Le’Blog.

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We’ve had weird eating schedules. Okay, I’ve had weird eating schedules. This dinner-for-one was so dang good. I recently discovered acini de pepe, which is a tiny pasta (literally “peppercorns” in Italian, for their little pearl-like size). This pepe was cooked in a sauce of pesto, lots of fresh basil, sun-dried tomatoes, lots of black pepper, cream, and Parmesan cheese. Yum.

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Farmer’s Market vegetable starts (plus marigolds).

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I planted said veggie starts in the new garden we were digging last week. Baby leaf lettuces, arugula, radishes, carrots, strawberries, leeks, chives, Anaheim/Poblano/Jalapeno/Sweet peppers, cauliflower, broccoli, collards, eggplant of two varieties, tomatoes, basil, beans, snap peas, summer zucchini and crookneck squash, cucumbers, herbs of various types… I hope it all grows. If only for the sake of being able to say I don’t kill everything I plant… and the whole part about having a garden filled with food this summer, of course.

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When your dough consists of cream cheese, butter, flour, and salt… Really, what could go wrong?

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I’ll tell you what goes right – empanadas. Lots of empanadas.

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These particular empanadas were a variation of this recipe. I included potatoes in them this time. With coconut milk black beans and toasted coconut rice.

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These have been enjoyable this week.

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Sideline shenanigans.

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On-the-field shenanigans.

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Shall we discuss the second meal of the week topped with chopped olives and fresh basil? Hah. Creamy bleu cheese polenta with a spicy vegetarian chorizo Spanish sauce… This recipe will show up sooner or later.

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Baby tomatoes from my mother-in-law, enjoying some windowsill sunshine.

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Cinnamon banana pancakes are good weekend food.

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I always enjoy the first iris that shows up in our front yard… Usually I go to bed with only buds on the stems, but by morning, POP! The first bloom arrives. Spring time nature present.

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I wrote about some Cinco de Mayo recipes the other day. A recipe for molletes was included… While sounding pretty fancy, really this dish is toast topped with beans and melted cheese. I added a tomatillo guacamole, sour cream, cilantro, and hot sauce. This may be my new favorite food. Certainly it’s my new favorite way to use leftover beans!