Tag Archives: Mt. Ashland

Day to Day Life: Weeks 1 + 2

I hope your year is off to a good start! Here is a peek at the last couple weeks around here:

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This is the saddest tree ever. While trying to take down 9 foot tree by myself, I decided it may be easier to just chop it up, limb by limb…
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A New Year’s message brought to you by Silas Henry.

Family Scrabble night!
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My favorite little Chicken accessory.
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We rearranged nearly our entire downstairs… I like the openness that our kitchen currently has.
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Veggie pepperonis getting spiced up for pizza making.
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P I Z Z A N I G H T .
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Old dogs, cold dogs!
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Homemade pad thai with tofu one night…
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Lunch date with this guy.
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Note to self, pay attention when your phone is set to Celsius instead of Farenheit so you don’t freak out first thing in the morning about “how cold it is.”
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An adventure with my buddy Janet.
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More adventure time pictures…
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We stopped at Sammich after our hike/walk. I got the “Michael,” one of their specials that day. It was an Italian roll filled with slow cooked pulled BBQ beef smothered with house BBQ sauce, then topped with slaw… and it was damn delicious!
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Homemade Cheez It crackers one day!
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YES.
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Vincent’s girlfriend, Izzy, went to France over winter break and brought back some raclette cheese (and chocolate!). We enjoyed the cheese over boiled potatoes one evening.
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Lunch for this girl one day… Sautéed kale, spinach and chard with feta cheese and eggs. So good.
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Vincent had a dude-sleepover… breakfast the next morning consisted of black pepper cheddar biscuits and gravy.
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Silas had his first ‘real’ basketball game this weekend.
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A red coconut curry with tofu and vegetables one night, which was a winner all the way around.
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A January Adventure

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I tend to have a lot going on, all the time. Were I to give you a rundown of the long list of miscellaneous things that accumulate and devour all the hours in my days, everyday, any sane person would probably deem me completely looney-tunes.

The above quote is one I remind myself of often. It’s easy to get lost in the chaos of being someone who willingly takes care of the needs of others before her own. Time to myself is NEEDED for my sanity. As a full-fledged introvert (and half-crazy person), when I don’t have that space, it’s easy to feel completely disconnected from everything around me–including things and people I both love and care deeply about. Forcing myself to make the time to get outside, to do something active is often an easy way to reevaluate my senses, feelings, and generally offers a reset button, leaving me feeling connected again.

That said, today included an outdoor adventure that ended up being precisely what I needed. Here are a few snapshots from the day:

Mount Shasta in the distance.
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Incredible.
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My buddy Janet hanging out on the out-of-commision-ski-lift.
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Janet asked to “borrow” my camera.
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RUNNING down the bunny slope that we hiked up…
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The view from Mt. Ashland is overwhelmingly beautiful.
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Plus the sunshine came out… and required this get-up so I could see my camera screen (apparently) and keep my face from burning off. :D
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Magic skies.
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After our trekking around in the snow, we found ourselves at Sammich, wherein I demolished this incredible sammich special, which featured slow cooked pulled BBQ beef, smothered in house BBQ sauce and topped off with housemade slaw and onions.
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Cheers to a new year, filled with new adventuring… :)

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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