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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.

Two Month Hiatus?

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When I began this blog five years ago, I told myself I’d keep the writing, recipes and photos going, as long as it was fun for me. It’s not that for the last two months, blogging has been less fun — things have simply been busy. I am a step-parent to two busy kids. Baseball season, meaning games and practices, took up anywhere from 3-5 days of the week up until this past Saturday. Every damn week. He also just graduated from elementary school today and will be eleven on Monday! Shall we mention this fella is clocking in at 5’5″ and 120 pounds — both taller and heavier than me, despite our almost exact 20 year age difference?! And he’s got a weekend baseball tournament coming up Saturday and Sunday?

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And the other kid? He’s now graduated from high school. As life unfolds, he’s also headed off to college two months earlier than anticipated in order to train with the water polo team at Long Beach City College. (As in, he’s set to leave next week. We are driving him down, then coming back in a whirlwind trip in order to be in Oregon for a music gig my husband has booked.)

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Somewhere in there, we had to put down our two german shepherds. They both had degenerative myelopathy and towards the end of their lives, my days consisted of many doggy-diaper changes, constant attention and of course love–on top of the every day things that living within a family with kids entails. These pups were nearly 13 years old and I had known them just as long as I had known my husband (nearly a decade now).

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Dogs - DOD 5-18-16 (2 of 2)

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I’ve spent many days in our gardens, rebuilding, creating, planting, and not too long from now, there will be immense amounts of harvesting (which I am SO stoked about!). There are 7 types of tomatoes steadily growing, broccoli, collard greens, baby lettuce greens, gigantic spinach, leeks, beets, cucumbers, a few different types of peppers, eggplant, purple pole beans, basil, strawberries, numerous flowers and herbs. I’m excited about this year’s gardens. Mainly because I’ve put, and continue to put, lots of time into them and the potential harvest feels that much sweeter.

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Shall we add more to the chaos? YES! We knew we’d eventually get another dog. Ideally, a puppy. A lab puppy is what both my husband and I wanted, with the intention of Silas being key in raising her. We also intended to find said puppy after we’d moved Vincent to Long Beach. Then all of a sudden, locally, I found some border collie/chow chow pups who were 10 weeks old on Craigslist. We said we’d “go check them out.” NOTE: YOU CANNOT GO CHECK OUT A PUPPY AND NOT BRING ONE HOME. So, barely two weeks after losing both of our dogs, we found ourselves with a 10-week-old puppy. And… she’s the most mellow, sweet, easygoing puppy ever in the history of the world. Hands-down.

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Percy (2 of 3)

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I am turning 31 tomorrow. I’m not sure how that happened so quickly. While the next couple weeks will also be extremely busy, I figured I’d just stop in and say “hi!” And to also note this blog hasn’t gone dormant — I intend to get back to recipes, photos of recipes… so stay tuned.

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 Fifty

A look at the last week:

Winter creek.
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A still-in-nature-Christmas-tree.
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Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at blogging life.
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On a walk with my buddy Janet we happened upon this guy.
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And these guys.
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And then we lunched. At Sammich. Pastrami for me, tuna melt for her!
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My dudes.
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A terrible, terrible color for a finger! It STILL hurts.
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Enchilada mess!
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Pre-storm hitting skies! PINK.
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The utmost requested sandwich in this house: The Chop Chop.
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Vincent appeared super shocked to find me MAKING guacamole. I’m not sure if he thought it was just something you buy in the store… He still wouldn’t eat it. Hah!
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So shiny!
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And then there’s this bowling technique…
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Our power went out with the crazy storm we caught, traveling up from California… The benefit of having a gas stove though? I STILL GOT MY COFFEE.
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Someone gave himself a bath late one night.
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Some… okay, most… mornings.
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The very last of our summer tomatoes FINALLY ripened! They were green when I picked them before the first frost!
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Burrito fillings. Extra guac, extra hot sauce!
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Sunshine!
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Cheddar beer soup last night… Silas said, “Uhhh Julie. This tastes like beer and I’m pretty sure I don’t like it!” Then he made a PB&J.
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Hot chocolate and vegan marshmallows!
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I hope you’ve had a wonderful week!

Day to Day Life: Weeks 43 + 44

Here’s a peek at the last couple weeks:

It’s my favorite season…

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Post-bath and Chicken says, “That is not a chicken! Wait. I am not a chicken!”

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I found this kombucha earlier in the week… My new favorite.

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What do you eat when you’re alone? I apparently eat a lot of eggs. Well, singular egg. With brewers yeast, Bragg Liquid Aminos and Cholula.

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Veggie chili last week sometime.

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Fall in the creek.

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Southern-inspired chicken fried tofu, mashed potatoes, creamy gravy and greens for color. And health.

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A new healthy energy/protein cookie experiment.

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Made with these folks in mind. Vincent in the goal.

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Kenya about to score for the girls’ team.

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This pudding happened…

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I love when these colors are everywhere.

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A pesto-pizza-flatbread-thingy. With fresh tomatoes, sundried tomatoes, feta and fresh mozzarella.

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Veggie lasagna one night.

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Snuggle Chicken!

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Silas’ football team won last week and despite a loss during today’s game, they will play at Autzen Stadium (home of the Oregon Ducks) next weekend!

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Mama deer. She followed me home for half a block.

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To curb Halloween night bourbon. I am certain that last year, this was a go-to meal staple daily. For weeks. Charred homemade corn tortillas, organic American cheese, egg, Cholula.

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I have loved Vincent’s art as long as I’ve known him. There’s a uniqueness and originality to every endeavor… and this past week’s last minute art project consisting of puppets — two sets of baby twins — did not disappoint my apparent expectations.

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Miss Trick.

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A soup experiment that I shall share with you tomorrow!

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Duuuude.

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Happy Halloween from this 4th grade mobster.

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Downtown Ashland never disappoints when it comes to Halloween…

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Heading into the children’s parade.

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Saw this guy ( /these guys) downtown…

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And these creepy folks enjoying an early meal.

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As well as a conglomeration of undead, dancing in the street.

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Nana and Silas Henry.

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The Great 2014 Candy Sort.

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A treat, which may also be a trick.

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Happy November!

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I hope its been a good couple of weeks for you!