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Day to Day Life: Weeks Twenty-Five and Six

Since I missed last week’s post, here are the last two weeks in photographs:

If you’ve been following along on the ever-growing pigeon adventure around here… Even though these are pigeons, we’ve taken to calling them chickens. There’s Mean Chicken and Dudley Guenther Chicken.
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An ice cold coconut matcha latte is my current favorite summertime beverage.
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Garden goodies that turned into a broccoli chowder with potatoes from the local farmer’s market.
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Chik’n pot hand-pies and cinnamon peach pop tarts using the same dough!
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Picking good avocados is a small, triumphant happiness every time.
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Oregon in the summer is lovely. P.S. Lake swimming is NOT at the top of my list of favorite things… I am and will always be an ocean girl. I’ve tried to keep an open mind, but that muck at the bottom of lakes… the jagged rocks… eww.
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Zucchini and herbs from the garden…
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Turned into zucchini-potato cakes. With homemade BBQ sauce and a sunny side up egg. THUMBS UP for this impromptu, “I’m hungry – oh hey we don’t have kids to feed – oh wait my husband ate multiple bowls of homemade dark chocolate peanut butter granola for dinner” kind of dinner.
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This is Dudley. S/he has a splayed leg that may or may not grow the way it needs to… If not, she will be our pet pigeon. Her papa more or less attacked her and kicked her out of the nest, so she gets hand-fed and handled frequently. Her brother, Mean Chicken is right about the age where he’ll leave the nest.
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Good morning, cloudy day, from my bed, under the covers.
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Living with three dudes, especially when it’s summer, means A LOT OF FOOD is needed. Pizza galore! (BBQ chik’n pizza for the win that night!)
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Dinner another night. Don’t judge me. :)
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Silas Henry bowling a strike without any bumpers!
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While I usually don’t gloat, I had to take a picture of the final scores… because I beat my champ-bowler-husband. 1.) That NEVER happens 2.) My bowling “skills” are so ridiculous it’s not even funny 3.) This game must’ve been rigged somehow…
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Miss Nikki.
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Silas excavating some kind of craziness with his Nana.
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Blue and puffy.
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Roasted strawberry blondie experiment…
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The rain that hit us for a couple days off and on allowed our lilies to pop open! Usually the deer come and eat the buds before they ever get to flower… This is the first time this plant has had actual flowers in at least three years!
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Two birds, one stone… Beans and vegetable broth.
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Said beans, used alongside sweet corn and cheese enchiladas (with homemade enchilada sauce).
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Teri beef and shoyu chicken are common, delicious, dishes found in my Hawaii home. I made a vegetarian, seitan version that more or less combined both dishes… Served with Hawaii style mac salad, of course.
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Freeing these dudes that hitched a ride in the house on some broccoli and corn.
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Mama bird coming to check on her baby birds.
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A quick pesto made from basil in the garden, made into a sourdough pesto-cheese flatbread.
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Buzz, buzz, buzz.
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Day to Day Life: Week Nineteen

The last week looked a bit like this:

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So many pretty spring blooms everywhere.

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Monday was Cinco de Mayo. There was a lot of citrus involved…

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Because a lot of fresh citrus means really good fresh margaritas!

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Perhaps another good bad, or bad good, or bad bad idea for Cinco de Mayo — queso fundido (which is actually more greasy than fun, but delicious nonetheless…).

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Baked tofu “fish” sticks.

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Love these colors.

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More spring-time blooming…

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Lots of Mexi-meals this past week… two different homemade sauces that were favorites thus far.

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I used the same sauces with homemade tortillas to make enchiladas one night.

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Boys having some brother time before Silas’s bed time one night.

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These two are always filled with shenanigans.

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Pasta and salad one night… one of my favorite kinds of meals.

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I made this granola for the week. One of my favorites thus far.

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Miss Thang.

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A ridiculous pizza. We can share next week, perhaps…

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Two Louisiana musicians rehearsing in the house…

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Miso mushroom udon with tempura veggies!

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Leftover plain noodles were a great excuse to make homemade drunken noodles on a whim.

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Vincent and his mom came by for a visit today and brought Mr. Teddy! How does a person say no to this face?! P.S. Crazy dog lady… I know.

Day to Day Life: Week Four

A look at the last week:

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Since the kids didn’t have school on Monday, Silas had a sleepover Sunday night. I don’t know how my parents had four kids, three of whom were only a year apart from the next… We’ve been having sleepovers here every weekend for the last few weeks – I actually don’t mind the chaos so much.

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Grilled cheese paninis are the best. I am not sure where the craving for olives and artichokes came from, but they were good additions…

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Little dude has been requesting deodorant for months now (because that’s “what athletes use”). This is his post-shower, personally picked attire. If you’re wondering where his pants are – I wondered, too.

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The miracle of this photo is it’s nearly midnight and I’ve washed all the dishes, put most of them away, cleansed the stove and counters, and set the coffee for the morning. Usually I leave all the dishes until the next morning, then wake up dreading having to go clean the kitchen.

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Lunch and bills.

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I went to my friend Janet’s house to cook this week. We made macaroni and cheese with poblano peppers, a giant salad with a balsamic lime vinaigrette and garlic cheese sourdough rolls.

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This was the best junk mail I have received in quite some time.

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I most certainly ate, every day, two corn tortillas that were charred then sandwiched together with cheese, topped with an egg and hot sauce. Then I ran out of tortillas and cried. The end.

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Seitan pot pie – and a recipe for you tomorrow.

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Practice break.

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This week’s reading materials.

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A pear custard tart I will share with you this coming week as well.

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We went to the craziest SOU basketball game. Double overtime, although Ashland lost… This dude kept hanging with us.

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Southern Oregon winter sun.

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These oats went over well!

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Veggie meatballs in the making.

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Silas’s pre-game breakfast included pancakes, buttery grits and orange juice.

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He had his first basketball game of the season on Saturday. Apparently they start keeping score for the combined third/fourth grade teams – Silas’s team won 38 – 4.

Day to Day Life: Week Three

The last week has been a blur. Even so, here’s a look at what the blur included:

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Homemade cookies and cream ice cream! Newman O’s make organic cookies and cream a delicious possibility.

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This girl agreed with me that the cold is totally going to have to take a break. We’re ready for warmth and sunshine.

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This is my favorite aisle in the food co-op. I visit often.

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I did a shocking thing outside of my comfort zone and enjoyed company in my kitchen this week. My friend Janet came over to make enchiladas and spanish rice. These are tofu-laden. Her’s were chicken (and delicious).

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Our uniform colors as a household are so very dark. I’m certain the only color comes from that shirt in the bottom right and maybe some un-pictured underwear.

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A torta panini for the win! Naan pressed with black beans, guacamole, fresh tomatoes, cheese, corn, olives… YUM.

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Mid-week margaritas! Because why not?

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This was my throwback post for the week. It makes me laugh.

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Waffle pizzas as per Vincent Love’s request. Tracy Shutterbean, your malted waffle recipe is magic.

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Having this boy in the house again for the first half of the week was enjoyable. Staying up to help with homework well into late night hours reminded me of how much I do not miss high school.

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Drinking kombucha makes me feel like a good ‘ole hippie. This is the best I have ever tried. I got the spiced apple kava, hoping to alleviate a three-day stomachache. I cannot wait to try the other flavors, too! I would also like to experiment with making my own booch.

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An easy brunch for one lady. Scrambled eggs, chipotle salsa, cotija cheese, guacamole, and corn tortillas.

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Dude.

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Crock pot vegetarian chili. With rice, because I’m from Hawaii. With guacamole because I had leftover guacamole that had to go somewhere. 

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We finally had some warmth (with the cold) and sun.

Day to Day Life: Week Fifty-Two {5 2}

It’s crazy to think this is the last week of these posts for the year. Next week will be January. It’ll be 2014. This has been a fun project, initially begun so I could include some posts that weren’t just food oriented. I am planning to continue this next year, along with some other new projects in this little space in the interwebs. With that, here’s a look at the last week:

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A Christmas morning tradition for six years now. Nutmeg-gy cinnamon rolls with cream cheese icing. (This is the only food picture I took on Christmas, mostly because I was flustered cooking. Christmas Eve we had barbecue salmon, mashed potatoes and a salad. For Christmas day, we had a large, early lunch that consisted of mashed potatoes, mushroom gravy, Tofurky with delicata squash, sweet potatoes and carrots basted with homemade barbecue sauce, herbed sourdough stuffing, cranberry-apple-strawberry sauce, fresh green beans with mushrooms and garlic butter, and homemade mac and cheese. There was also a decent amount of bourbon.

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We didn’t get a tree this year, as we had been doing a lot of out of town travel well into the holidays. My mother in law gets a tree each year, so we just brought gifts over to place under her tree, then spent Christmas Eve at her house so the kids could wake up there Christmas morning and open their presents.

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Since Vincent is now 15, he’s aware that Santa isn’t showing up once he goes to bed. And seeing as he doesn’t go to bed until 2 or 3 in the morning (hopefully), I told him he could be Santa for Silas and eat the cookies and fruit that had been left out. He left this note for his brother: “Om nom nom COOKIES and FRUIT    love ~ S   P.S.Vincent is my ‘Favorite.’ You are good. Ew marshmallows.”  I doctored up the note early in the morning before Vincent got up, adding “I love you more,” under Vincent’s “you are good.” Hah

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Silas’s friend Sydney and her mother gifted him a snowboard, which was crazy but thoroughly appreciated by this little boy…

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Homemade kid-gifts are always fun.

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Vincent and his mom gifted me this awesome Mexican wrestling mask. I am trying to think of ways to incorporate it into my everyday-wear.

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Fun hanging out with dude. He and his brother are so different in the best ways.

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Cold days around here… Accompanied by sunshine and fog.

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My mother in law’s birthday is the day after Christmas. I had told her weeks ago I’d make her the fried shrimp she loves so very much… So for her birthday dinner we had fried shrimp, creamy grits, and then cheesecake for dessert.

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Our post-Christmas lunch consisted of fish tacos and veggie burritos. Unbeatable.

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Crazy child.

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I got a panini press… This was the first sammich off the press: locally made ciabatta bread stuffed with ranch, veggie chick’n, fresh spinach, artichoke hearts, fontina and mozzarella cheeses, and basil. I cannot wait to use this gift more frequently.

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Poor little Euclid hates the remote control helicopter Silas got. Especially after it crashed into his head.

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More blue, fog, and sun.

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Whole wheat biscuits and gravy.

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Apples to Apples Junior. Since I know my husband, who judged this round, “dead fish,” was the obvious (winning) response to “healthy.” I have just been informed about Cards Against Humanity and am convinced it should live in our shelves of games…

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Burrito bowl!