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Day to Day Life: Week 6

A peek at the last week:

Lunch for one. A little egg white omelette with pesto and goat cheese on sourdough bread.
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Remember the time I put up the following photo and folks on my Instagram thought it was an ultrasound picture… That happened this week. Just eggplants here.
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Eggplants to make this beast of a moussaka! (With a salad dressed in a lemon vinaigrette.)
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Vincent tends to have lunch at home every other day, as he gets done with school around noon. This week’s chop-chop.
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Little Chicken’s favorite post-bath activity. Becoming a Chicken burrito on top of a heating pad.
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Some mornings require more coffee than others…
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Storm’s coming…
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I have been craving sushi for WEEKS. So I made some. Hawai’i-style. For lunch one day…
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Homemade seitan turned into homemade vegetarian BBQ.
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Remember that storm I told you was coming? It brought some lovely rain…
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And caused the creek and waterways around here to rage.
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I got a little carried away with the sushi making and made this for lunch one day… for myself. But I ended up sharing.
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Last minute enchiladas. Craig and Vincent said they were the best yet. Roasted green chiles and cheese… Silas said, “I don’t like these chiles. Not even the smell of them.” Hahaha
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Homemade english muffin making when I should’ve been going to bed…
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So that I could make pre-basketball game Julie’s egg McMuffins.
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Won a game, lost a game.
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Vincent and his girl, Izzy. Winter formal happened this weekend.
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Silas. Learning the hilarity of scanners.
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Breakfast huevos rancheros!
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Aaaand V’s preferred version, without the huevos.
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Cheers! Have a wonderful week-to-come! :)

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!

Day to Day Life: Week Eleven

Here’s a look at the last week:

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These bars were the best idea I had all week.

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Vincent has been staying with us during the school week.  He and Craig found some water polo game online, cracking up over its ridiculousness… V is sitting on the floor and nearly as tall as Craig, who is sitting on an actual chair. Terrifying. ;)

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Fancy bourbon with a side of tuna melt?

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The Pacific Northwest is my favorite.

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Eskimo kitty kisses.

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A rambunctious walk to the park with Silas and Jojo.

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We had a dinner this week with the kids, Silas’ mom and sister, and my mother in-law. It was fun and filled with eggplant parmesan.

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Crusty cheese heart…

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On a big fat veggie cheeseburger.

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Clean sheets in spring hues.

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Boys absolutely being boys.

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Pesto rolls one night!

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I told you about Jumpy Cat a couple weeks ago… he came to visit again.

Talking to Jumpy Cat out one of my kitchen windows, because indeed – I am a crazy cat lady. He is a crazy every now and then visitor. I may or may not have opened our front door to also let him in for a visit…

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Daffodils are springing up all over town.

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Can we talk about how I brush my hair once a week if I’m lucky? The results are chaos and this mess. There are tangles and unknown objects embedded somewhere in there…

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A meeting over coffee on morning. Double Americano with a little cream? Yes, please.

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More blue skies around here…

photo 4My insomnia has been nuts this week. I may have, in a sleep deprived haze, put on two entirely different earrings before I went to that meeting-over-coffee… and didn’t notice for hours. Whoops.

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A little bit ‘o sunshine.

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When a girl has too much bourbon, do you know what the remedy is? Surely a plate of jalapeno cheese fries with her husband around midnight?

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Closing night for Cabaret happened today. Vincent was wonderful as always… and this production may have been my favorite so far at both the local high school and college!

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Waffles for breakfast with the husband, mother in law, and Silas.

Day to Day Life: Week Two

Here is a glimpse at the last week! Are we really approaching the middle of January? 2014 is well on its way…

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Lithia Park is pretty any time of year…

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Made a batch of this salad… but this time I added some homemade spicy dill squash pickles I canned over the summer. (Yum!)

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Homemade veggie burgers one night… with homemade honey wheat buns. (Recipe next week.)

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Since I had leftover dough while making the rolls, I turned it into apple cinnamon rolls.

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This week’s reading!

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I had been craving hamburger stroganoff like my mom used to make when I was growing up, for over a month. So I finally gave in and made this vegetarian version.

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I’d forgotten how good fresh juice is. This one was exactly what I’ve been craving.

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Silas and I had a date night. First, there was pizza…

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And then we met up with some friends to go ice skating. Silas and I got there a bit earlier than our company and I royally busted my ass on the ice three times, the last of which I landed with both hips flat on the ice, hands sprawled out, and face almost in the side of the rink. I was reminded quickly that I am an old lady. Luckily our friends showed up then and Silas still had folks to skate with as I watched. Like a cold, beaten up, little old woman in need of a stiff drink.

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Since I am an old woman and also nowhere near a “morning person,” my preferred method of making breakfast is either at dinner time, or the night before. I made these apple cinnamon almond protein muffins for the kids one night, for my husband to feed them for breakfast the following morning.

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TAMALES were made this week. I want to perfect this recipe… so close.

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Sometimes mid-week is difficult. And it requires a good margarita.

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I also made dark chocolate ice cream that had to be hidden in the freezer until I could take this photograph.

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We finally saw some rain this week, after the skies had threatened for a while. I missed that sound.

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Silas had his friend Sydney here for a sleepover last night. There was a pancake feast this morning.

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They were very sweet.

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We’ve been eating a lot of paninis around here. My husband and I shared a couple the other night. We split one filled with cheese and basil, then split another filled with Wild Friends’ cinnamon raisin peanut butter and sliced bananas. It was so damn delicious.

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I cannot even tell you how many nights and days we ate tamales this week. I call them hapa haole tamales, as they were certainly not traditional by any means. I made spinach/crimini mushroom/feta, jalapeno-cheese, and fresh pineapple with vanilla bean. While tasty, the last dozen are going into the freezer.

Day to Day Life: Week Forty-Three


The last week, in photos, looked something like this:

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Fall colors in Oregon are the best.

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This sauce. I’ll share it next week, it’s a win-win situation.

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My husband’s aunt was still here visiting in the earlier part of the week. She informed me that she had never had fish tacos, so I fixed that. Spicy seared cod, homemade tortillas, roasted ancho chili sauce, cumin and sweet pepper rice, honey cumin lime slaw, creamy guacamole… Flavor explosions of the happiest kind.

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Nana and Phyllis.

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Magic.

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When I posted a #throwbackthursday photo on Instagram, it was this. Silas at almost 2 years old not long after I’d met him. Curly blonde hair and all. I was 22 and just finishing college.

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Homemade pizza night! (My favorite, always.) Whole wheat sourdough. Jalapeno + poblano + fresh pineapple. Vegetarian sausage + peppers + red onion. Spinach + goat cheese + fresh tomatoes.

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Sassy dog.

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Burrito bowl with sprouts because I can.

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Lazy girl saimin for lunch one day.

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Many many cookies and cream whoopie pies for Silas’s football team.

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My husband and a band made up of other Dads played a fundraiser show for the Ashland High Water Polo team. It was a costume party and at the last minute, we went this route. I may incorporate this makeup styling in my daily life from here on out.

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Gluten free french toast experiment for lunch another day. Recipe next week (or soon).

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I spotted this guy yesterday morning hiding in the longer blades of grass, then popping up whenever any birds landed near him.

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These colors never cease to amaze me.

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Nor will the flight patterns of these guys.