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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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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: Weeks 10 + 11

The last couple weeks in photos:

Spring means all the daffodils are popping open!
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This guy finished up basketball and went straight into baseball season! He’s currently playing on two separate teams!
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Got to do a little pitching…
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A flat bread experiment with merlot sea salt and herbs.
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Miss Nikki is enjoying the grass that has been coming in so nicely in the backyard! I cannot wait to plant some things, too!
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Speaking of… I refreshed the soil and nutrients in my baby lettuce tub this week! Hooray!
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My husband and some of his colleagues were part of an interactive art exhibition you can read more about here. ‪#‎dotjpgandfriends‬
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A beautifully successful homemade popcorn experiment!
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Early, early morning pre-baseball tournament breakfast. Store-bought crescent rolls wrapped around Field Roast breakfast sausage, scrambled eggs, and cheddar cheese. Delicious success!
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I might’ve found chocolate Yan Yan like my childhood favorite… bought one, then discovered the ‘sticks’ now say things on them!
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Homemade fettuccine!
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To go with homemade creamy pesto and homemade bread, of course!
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Chicken, doing a little Instagramming. ;)
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One of my current favorite snacks. Maple yogurt, fresh blueberries, maple granola, shredded coconut and chia seeds.
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Cinnamon apple mixture for some sweet little turnovers…
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Spinach, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, garlic, feta, and parmesan cheese for savory turnovers…
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Savory turnovers!
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Chicken, doing a little dance! Haha.

Quick chili one night. With brown rice for me… smoked cheddar and green chile cornbread for the hubby.
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Lilies!
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One of my favorite one-person meals lately. Brown rice, furikake, shoyu, red chili flakes, and a 6-minute-soft boiled egg.
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A vegetarian spin on a club sandwich with a side of homemade baked onion rings!
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Blue spring skies.
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A St. Paddy’s meal of vegetarian Guinness Irish stew and Irish soda bread.
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Goof.
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Hope you’ve had a lovely couple weeks!

Day to Day Life: Weeks 4 + 5

The last couple of weeks in some photos:

After a little rain…

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My favorite homemade pasta experiment yet! Creamy pesto with fettuccine.

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Oh, were you working on dinner? Let me have a nap right where you were standing.

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Enchiladas in the making.

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This photo of my niece is precisely the reason I am soooo stoked my brother had a kid! HEHEHE!

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These noodles!

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Silas won some hockey tickets at his orthodontist’s office… So we went to see the Southern Oregon Spartans play the Fresno Monsters. It was brutal! Ha!

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Cold skies.

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So maybe one day I made myself a LOT of cone sushi (inari sushi).

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Beer Thirty is one of my favorite hours.

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It goes well with pizza night. One of my favorite pies, ever. Fresh tomatoes, lots of fresh garlic, goat cheese, fresh basil, marinara, mozzarella and parmesan.

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Yumm Bowl. With black beans (mostly hiding under the toppings) and cilantro lime rice (also mostly hiding).

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Babies. Still kickin’…

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Vegetarian meatball subs and polenta fries one night. There will be many more polenta fries in our future (decided after this dinner).

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Night time happy place. And oops, too many bubbles. (Just kidding, no such thing.)

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An easy dinner. Creamy polenta, marinara I canned last summer, parmesan. And a quick sea salt and herb flat bread.

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The finest mid week adulting. Helping the hubby replace our broken kitchen sink faucet. It required two trips to the hardware store and no calls  to the plumber! Ha! And only two f-words out of my mouth…and maybe like 8 out of the hubby’s.

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I had to take a quick photo of this guy for his baseball registration…He’s going to be a super busy guy! He’s in the middle of basketball, was asked to play on a special competitive baseball league, and during that league, he’ll also start little league! Busy = staying out of trouble though. ;)

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Pre-game breakfast. Banana pancakes, cheesy scrambled eggs and veggie bacon.

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Calzones one night… the cashew pesto/fresh spinach/artichoke heart/feta/mozzarella were our favorite (Silas, too).

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Silas making the first basket in their first basketball game yesterday.

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And BOOM! Steal, basket!

 

I hope you’ve had a lovely week!

 

 

Day to Day Life: Week 3

A little look at the last week:

DOUGH!
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Which eventually turned into this garlic naan…
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Which eventually got eaten with these koftas…
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And rounded out a good Indian feast.
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We’ve had quite a bit of rain this week (hooray!).
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A little Lap Chicken.
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Perfection.
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A couple basketball games this weekend for Silas Henry…
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Scalloped potatoes, baked barbecue tofu, and salads one night.
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My buddy came to visit again!
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Rain, rain, rain…
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One of the best parts of January! Garden plotting and planning.
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I got to photograph the executive chef at a local restaurant one afternoon… a fun, new experience.
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A little spin on my husband’s favorite smoothie, which he has deemed “nectar of the gods.” Hahaha!
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Homemade blueberry syrup this morning for breakfast pancakes!
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Hope y’all have had a lovely week!