Tag Archives: photography

Everyday Life: Weeks 18, 19, 20 and 21

I keep saying I’ll come back to this space and share tea number of recipes…yet the days seem to escape me, and here I am, 4 weeks since the last post…

A look at the last few weeks:

The garden is a-growing!

The downside to an approaching summer is knowing that I’ll be less inclined to heat our oven to 550 degrees in order to make homemade pizza.

Tricks.

Best photo of Percy. Haha

Homemade vegan BBQ!

From around the garden :)

When you provide food for your husband’s band rehearsal, after an afternoon of Little League… dips! Baguettes! Likened accessory foods!

When our german shepherds were getting older and sicker, these washable dog diapers helped us prolong having them with us. Who knew they’d come in handy when Miss Percy wasn’t feeling well and decided it was easier to wet the bed than go outside to use the bathroom…

My favorite…blueberry pie.

Even better, blueberry pie for dinner the next night.

This has been my favorite bread to make recently – garlic rosemary!

My dad came into town for a short 3-day visit.

Playing a game with Silas that my grandma taught me 20+ years ago.

Biscuits!

We made a slightly impromptu trip to the Bay Area last weekend… Percy’s preferred car riding position (yes, please).

Both kids also came along.

Silas and I had chicken and waffles for dinner (bourbon ginger for me, strawberry lemonade for him) the first night.

Craig and I got up early the next morning to indulge in some straight-out-of-the-oven egg custard tarts in Chinatown.

This little snugglebutt is an indulgent fan of hotel room living.

Just as Silas was scanning the horizon, a handful of seals came out to play in San Francisco Bay.

Saturday morning finds in the city.

This boy is clocking in at nearly 5’7″ and 134 pounds. He’ll be 12 in just a couple weeks!

Golden Boy Pizza and a drive through the city for lunch.

Percy got to have her first beach experience. She wasn’t so sure about the water, but loved the sand-digging and running.

Vincent, Silas and Percy. The Golden Gate in the distance.

On the road home.

We brought home some Boudin Bakery sourdough…french toast was totally necessary for dinner ASAP.

While we were gone, the first of our poppies popped!

Little baby.

Homemade falafel night. With homemade hummus and tzatziki.

Sassy cat. “PET ME.”

Our gardens are coming along slowly…

How to prepare for hosting middle schoolers’ sleepovers. Ha.

Lazy bones.

My husband’s band played a fun show here in town!

That’s a wrap for now… hope you’re all well!

Everyday Life: Week 2

Here’s a look at what week 2 of 2017 looked like:

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

I am working on the art of vegetarian Chicago style deep dish pizza. This one’s 5-cheese with the crust made from whole wheat and hempseed flours.

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

Lazy BOY.

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

Sometimes your husband wants to eat oatmeal for dinner. So you eat a very simple cheese omelet and some toast for dinner.

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

Future smoothies.

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

Percy is the best snuggler. She sleeps in our bed nearly every night (in Silas’s when he’s here). In the morning, she tends to get up when my husband’s up (too goddamn early). Then! After an hour or so, she’ll climb back into our bed where I’m still asleep and snuggle up! My favorite.

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

My husband used to run an open mic every Wednesday at a restaurant here in town. We’d both get dinner included with the job. My favorite thing to order off the menu? “Kitchen Guys Pasta.” Whatever pasta they had the most of, lots of garlic, parmesan, basil, tomatoes, chicken, andouille or chorizo sausage, prawns, lots of red chili flakes. The restaurant’s been closed for a few years, so I haven’t had my pasta… but! This homemade vegetarian version was the closest in flavor to the original, yet! I’m very excited about it.

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

The creeks and rivers have been so full and so fast after the snow and rain we’ve had. LOVE it.

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

On our afternoon walk, checking out the duck pond that’s currently frozen over!

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

A snack of cinnamon raisin english muffin with a bit of macadamia nut butter. So good!

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

On this day, Jumpy decided he really liked hanging out in the empty laundry basket…

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

It soon led up to this apparent game I happened to find going on.

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

Unplanned dinner date out with the husband.

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

One of this week’s best Vitamix combos: frozen mangoes, frozen strawberries, frozen bananas and vanilla Siggi’s kefir. Simple and delicious!

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

Percy likes to find the biggest stick possible and then carry it for the entirety of our walks… Haha.

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

Silas had a sleepover the other night with one of his buddies and that buddy’s little brother. It made me realize that as I’m getting older, I increasingly think about what it must’ve been like for my mom to raise 4 kids (3 of us, barely a year apart). Sleepovers happened almost every weekend (usually my sister’s friends), which my mom handled very gracefully. I welcomed this weekend’s sleepover with lots of silent F-bombs and a couple tequila shots. Luckily, they’re good, well-behaving kids…so even if I wanted to pull out all my hair at the sound of “bruhhhh!” dropping every 2 minutes, or the sound of bottles flipping over and over and over again… I didn’t really mind the whole sleepover thing…

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

10 months old this week and this is the attitude she gives about “Percy, it’s time to get up!”

Forbidden Rice Blog, Photos, Photographs, Everyday Life, Everyday Photos, Photography, Ashland, Ashland Oregon

This was delicious. Quorn ‘naked cutlets’ baked with avocado oil, turmeric, black pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, sea salt and a bit of oregano. Slapped in a sammich with spinach/baby greens, tomato, avocado, mild cheddar, vegenaise and some spicy brown mustard on locally made whole wheat sourdough. Easy dinner!


Silas’s basketball season started this weekend… Here’s one of numerous baskets for the day!

I hope you had a good week! : )

Day to Day Life: Weeks 6 + 7

A little glimpse at the last couple weeks:

One of my favorite creamy pestos.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (3 of 30)

Did you know you can order a blood typing test online? I have been curious about my blood type for years… A-Positive.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (10 of 30)

A vanilla white russian while making limoncello.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (2 of 30)

Chicken in a basket.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (5 of 30)

The finest lunch materials.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (4 of 30)

Found Art. (This was in a women’s bathroom.)

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (22 of 30)

Pasta mess is my favorite mess!

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (1 of 30)

Margarita with fresh tangerine and pineapple juice.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (8 of 30)

Pre-rain skies.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (25 of 30)

 

Fat Tuesday happened somewhere in the last couple weeks… vegetarian jambalaya and homemade beignets!

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (7 of 30)

Small kid type (and lets be honest… adult type) pizzas.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (6 of 30)

I always pick the spin bikes near the windows at the gym so I can watch the skies.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (9 of 30)

Morning biscuit army.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (11 of 30)

Basketball season is winding down for this fella.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (24 of 30)

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (23 of 30)

Sammich date one day!

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (15 of 30)

I’ve been curious about making a vegetarian bolognese for a few years… so I did. Along with homemade lasagna noodles. And a homemade bolognese lasagna.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (14 of 30)

Valentines flowers from my husband and the kids.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (12 of 30)

We postponed celebrating Valentine’s Day to this coming weekend, with a trip to the coast… consequently everyone was on their own for dinner. Mine:

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (13 of 30)

Udderly ridiculous park art.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (29 of 30)

I left the room for 2 minutes to grab a cup of coffee downstairs. I come back up and Chicken has let himself out of his night-time cage and flown his little ass into my bed.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (17 of 30)

The fine art of pre-hangover 2 am food. Hehe! Frozen Trader Joes hash browns, american cheese (organic, nonetheless), scrambled eggs with lots of pepper, ketchup and tapatio.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (16 of 30)

When you need to keep your cubes of butter cold for the sauce you’re making, crack open the kitchen window because it’s 30 degrees outside! GENIUS.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (18 of 30)

Our friends Janet and Ray gifted us with some fresh, locally caught rainbow trout. Having only eaten trout once that I ever liked, I took it as a challenge… and even taught myself how to fillet the dang things ala YouTube.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (19 of 30)

Silas’s class had a Bingo fundraiser at school for their 5th grade overnight field trip to the coast in May… In 10 rounds I played, I won absolutely nothing. Hehe.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (20 of 30)

One of my favorite pizzas lately. Creamy almond pesto, herbed ricotta and goat cheese, mozzarella and parmesan.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (27 of 30)

Post-rain skies.

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 6 + 7 (26 of 30)

Hope your last couple weeks have been lovely!

 

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.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (1 of 20)

Nana got the “Nagurski Melt” special – house smoked pork loin, havarti, cheddar, arugula, green sriracha mayo, and grilled onions on italian loaf. Looked tasty!
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (2 of 20)

Rose petals post-4-year-anniversary-roses drying.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (10 of 20)

Enchiladas one night. Wright Family staple.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (3 of 20)

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.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (4 of 20)

All the veggie roasts. One Quorn roast, one Field Roast and one Tofurky roast.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (5 of 20)

A no-turkey feast.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (6 of 20)

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.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (7 of 20)

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.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (8 of 20)

Late fall/winter skies are some of my favorites.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (9 of 20)

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.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (12 of 20)

Vincent received the “Best Defensive Player” award from his coaches.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (13 of 20)

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!).
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (14 of 20)

This is how we wait for dinner in the oven…
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (17 of 20)

Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (18 of 20)

Especially when dinner is vegetarian Chik’n and Biscuits.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (19 of 20)

These chicken tenders at the venue my husband played music at were quite tasty!
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (15 of 20)

Hubby.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (20 of 20)

Aaaand after a night of gin and tonics, a better-for-you (ME) lunch.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Weeks 48-49 (16 of 20)

Day to Day Life: Week Thirty-Two

A little peek at the last week:

Copious amounts of cold brew chicory coffee, please!
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Week 32 2015

I’m thoroughly enjoying our kitchen island. Dough-ball-island…
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Week 32 2015 (1 of 14)

For homemade pizza night. Cheese pizza for the win!
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Week 32 2015 (3 of 14)

And a fresh pineapple/pickled jalapeño pizza for the runner-up.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Week 32 2015 (2 of 14)

Vincent’s parakeets have moved in with us. A week and a half or so ago, they’d angrily chirp if my hand entered the cage. While Roger [Chicken] hasn’t warmed up much, little green Cora [Chicken] will happily plop herself on my finger most of the time.

Silas has been asking to have a lemonade stand for years… and finally did it.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Week 32 2015 (11 of 14)

I over-estimated my font size.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Week 32 2015 (8 of 14)

A teriyaki chik’n experiment one night.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Week 32 2015 (4 of 14)

This bourbon caramel peach upside-down cake was a good-bad decision.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Week 32 2015 (6 of 14)

Color-pop on the way to the grocery store!
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Week 32 2015 (5 of 14)

Bourbon:Thirty.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Week 32 2015 (12 of 14)

Oh, you know, no big deal… just some bucks hanging out at the park. Playing a little basketball?
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Week 32 2015 (10 of 14)

Perfectly crisp and tender buttermilk belgian waffles.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Week 32 2015 (7 of 14)

A little garden bounty for one night.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Week 32 2015 (9 of 14)

Hello good sir.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Day to Day Life Week 32 2015 (13 of 14)

Hope y’all have had a lovely week! :)