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Everyday Life: Weeks 34-39

It has been quite some time… Here’s a look at the last 6 weeks, which have been a giant whirlwind. A peek:

There was a total solar eclipse that happened…

I absolutely love BLT season. The freshest tomatoes make all the difference.

Garden goodies!

Fish burgers one night.

Millie had her kittens on August 22nd and they’ve been a fun addition since! This is Rigby (Silas’s kitten) at a few days old.

Fried vegetarian chicken, mashed potatoes and peas.

THIS salad. A crunchy detox type of thing with a gingery dressing. Delicious.

The pigeon I went and picked up as mentioned in the last post I did here healed up just fine and was able to be let free.

We also had many days filled with smoky skies…to the point where the air was deemed hazardous for breathing.

Silas has started seventh grade. So far he seems to be enjoying his teachers and classes.

Sometimes his and hers dinners feature a certain ingredient but prepared in different ways. Pasta for me, grilled cheese and tomato for him.


Fried rice with cashew vegetarian chicken one night.

Percy picked herself a cucumber from the garden…

I found a new tomato pie recipe, which also included fresh sweet corn and a crust made of biscuit dough. A win with Silas and Craig, a not-great-win with myself (mainly because the double crust felt a little hefty for me).

Banana army, to the freezer.

Percy Jean!

All the smoke around here meant there were many days without the super strong sunshine that usually helps our tomatoes ripen up. I’ve had enough ripe tomatoes to enjoy for most of the summer, and jarred up 6 quarts so far for the fall, winter and spring, although I’m hoping the abundance of green tomatoes will ripen and allow me enough produce to can up.

Mama Millie

Pizza rolls one morning for Silas’s lunch box.

Just as soon as we got the first rescue pigeon released, I found this fella under my tomato plants one afternoon. I didn’t think it’d survive even the first night, but now its been three weeks and s/he lives and thrives. Hoping for an outdoor release in the next couple weeks.

Vegetarian chik’n parmigiana with fresh tomato sauce on garlic parmesan capellini. Some dark chocolate chip cookies for fun.

Not even slightly sorry for this cat carrier pic! Haha

Wet burritos one night for dinner.

Everyone prepares dinner with a box filled with baby bird, right? Ha.

Pizza night is still one of my favorites.

Taco night or burrito bowl night isn’t too shabby either.

My buddy, Opie.

Enchilada night, including homemade mole enchiladas. Red ones filled with potatoes, corn and cheese. The mole ones were filled with monterey jack and cotija cheese.


Late breakfast/snack date with a friend at the new coffeeshop/cafe that opened 35 footsteps from my house.

Five week old babies.

Homemade pesto.

Still the best baby.

Everyday Life: Weeks 30-33

The last few weeks in photographs:

Numerous days of thunderstorms lacking rain, meaning lots of fires.
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Jalapeno mac and cheese plus salad.
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Aloha puppy.
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Pizza night!
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Summertime means blended peppermint matcha lattes.
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Fresh blueberry buttermilk pancakes with huckleberry syrup.
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A few weeks ago, this cat showed up at our house. We realized she was living under the house and were pretty sure she was pregnant…
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After about a week, we got her into the house, named her Millie, decided she is most definitely pregnant… and it’s a current adventure.
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Garden goodies!
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Silas asked for “real” fried chicken one night, so we made fried chicken strips.
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My sun sparkler sedum bloomed :)
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Veggie bacon, egg, cheese and avocado on sourdough.
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Veggie tacos — yaaaas!
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Silas had his first ever week-long camping experience. He went to a basketball camp about 4 1/2 hours from home.
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Every day living around here includes things like regularly cutting pigeon toenails.
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Traditional eggplant parmesan with homegrown eggplants and homemade marinara.
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She seems to be enjoying indoor living. (And after a week of hellish litter box training, she’s much more enjoyable to have indoors!)
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Teriyaki vegetarian (Quorn) chicken one night.
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I love the color of these tomatoes — they make me happy every time I pick some!
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A little bit of Hawai’i in my backyard.
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“Wicked Tuna” at Sammich, with house-poached Oregon albacore, jalapeños, housemade bacon, sprouts and avocado. SO GOOD.
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Making friends.
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A late night dinner. Marinated + grilled eggplant topped with basil, fresh tomatoes, feta, and olives.
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Early morning in Southern Oregon.
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Brunch! Sourdough french toast with fresh bananas.
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Vegetarian friend chicken sammiches.
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Shakshuka with garden tomatoes for brunch one day.
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My garden makes me happy.
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Eggplant sammiches garlic basil vegenaise, fresh spinach, tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, caramelized onions, and balsamic reduction.
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Homemade Indian food.
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Out in the middle of nowhere.
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Burrito bowls.
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Well, I saw a post on a local community/discussion board Friday afternoon. Then Silas’s sister tagged me in said post, inquiring whether or not I wanted another pigeon. The post described an injured pigeon that was downtown on a staircase, bloody and unable to fly. It also mentioned that the local wildlife rehabilitation center didn’t accept pigeons (though they’d readily come euthanize if necessary…) and no vets would accept it. I recognized the stairs immediately in the photo attached to the post, and knew it was just around the corner from our house. So here we are, a second pigeon to add to the animal circus we are steadily growing… My hope is it’ll heal fully and I’ll be able to release it one day.
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First homemade tomato pie of the year. Hooray!
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Hope you’ve had a wonderful few weeks!

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.


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.


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: Weeks 14, 15, 16 and 17

Oh jeez. Where did the entire month of April go? It’s been a little quiet over here… but here’s a little peek at the last four weeks:

Everyday Life: Weeks 14, 15, 16 and 17:

Wanting to be let back into the house after digging up my (still unplanted) garden.

When Silas has sleepovers here, pizza is an easy dinner option. Even easier when I just make two cheese pies – one pesto and one marinara.


Percy’s favorite part about bath time. Post-bath snuggle.

Some days.

Vegetarian sopes!

We are in full-swing (no pun intended) with baseball season right now. That means at least 4 days a week center around practices or games.

Its also meant I have to pretend to be a morning person, which is made easier by toting hot coffee and a fat breakfast burrito to the cold baseball field at 9am.

My husband’s also had pretty regularly scheduled rehearsals… sometimes I make food. This was jalapeño mac and cheese and a kale salad with a pinot noir vinaigrette.

When you wake up to this face right in your face…

A vegetarian take on a fried chicken sandwich for dinner one night.

Easter happened sometime in the last four weeks… I made hot cross buns!

And also Easter lunchtime pizza. ;)

Double rainbow one evening when we took Percy to go play.

Pre-baseball breakfast. Strawberry banana smoothies, fluffy pancakes, cara cara oranges (my current favorite).

Silas has been pitching some again this year… fun to watch!

Our friends Janet and Ray gave us some locally caught rainbow trout. I deboned then filleted them, then turned them into tacos.

Homemade rosemary garlic bread…

To go along with salads and this creamy vegan potato leek soup.

Jumpy will walk the entire length of the fence along our backyard, then jump down and shimmy under the gate to come into the house.

Breakfast rolls. Because some Sundays just require them.

His and Hers dinners.

Definitely “hers.” MINE. Fentimans Rose Lemonade with Hendrick’s Gin. YASSS.

While he’s mainly the first baseman, Silas’s coach has put him in as catcher a few times as well. He hasn’t played that position in a couple years.

Simple shoyu saimin. Comfort food.

My husband played a gig at a local pub that specializes in pot pies. This was the pork shank pie with kale, smokey bleu cheese, and thyme. And chips because… CARBS.

Getting in our walk/run/chase.

Taco bar.

Percy’s the best snuggler in the world.

Another comfort food: fried rice. For breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Jalapeño cheddar biscuits this morning!

Hope you’ve had a lovely few weeks! I also hope I will not be so MIA… ;)

Everyday Life: Weeks 12 and 13

Here is a little peek at the last couple weeks.

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Homemade Indian food! Palak paneer, paneer makhani, garlic naan, steamed basmati rice and Punjabi spiced cauliflower.

The next night I experimented with leftovers and turned them into calzones, each stuffed with rice and either palak paneer or leftover paneer makhani.

We drove south to California… Forgot to check the weather for the drive… oops. Snow flurries off and on for the first two hours of driving.

Guess who else got to go on our road trip? (Note all the toys behind her.)

Craig, Silas, Silas’s mom and I went to the Bay Area at the start of Spring Break. First off, our first Golden State Warriors game. It was a lot more fun than I’d anticipated!

We stopped by Lake Merritt in Oakland to walk Percy the next morning.

Craig and I also decided to check out an international aquarium shop we drove past while also on a hunt for a good burrito. This fella caught my eye. And tried to attack my face.

Silas and his mom went to Six Flags so Craig and I ventured into San Francisco for a night.

An unplanned trek up to Coit Tower.

We walked past Liguria Bakery and I instantly thought of Tracy Shutterbean. Though I wanted some raisin focaccia, they were closed. All we found were these perma-dogs on the side of the building.

After walking all over North Beach and Chinatown in the wee morning hours, we stopped by Sam Wo near our hotel for 2AM vegetable chow fun.

The next day we met up with Silas and his mom for lunch at Mi Pueblo, which we discovered a few years ago. I ordered 3 sopes (photo is just one of the three)…little did I know they’d be big enough to leave me with two plates of food. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

After lunch, we decided to venture to the Redwoods near San Geronimo.

Silas amidst the redwoods…

You know who also enjoyed the forest and little streams.


After the redwood adventure we decided to drive on to Tomales Bay. It was rainy, windy and cold when we got there, but c’est la vie. Get me near any body of water and I am happy.

I always enjoy getting back in my own kitchen when we get home. His and Hers dinner sammiches. His: tempeh bacon, tofurky, pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato, avocado, garlic basil mayonnaise. Hers/MINE: thick cut roasted chicken, muenster cheese, avocado, tomato, lettuce, curry vegenaise. Both on local made buttermilk bread.

I left the room for – literally 1 minute – came back and guess who’d cuddled up with my shirt? Haha

Still cold enough for soup around here… corn chowder with tempeh bacon.

Totally necessary. Puff pastry morning bun experiment.

Reunited after our road trip. They’d both freak out if they were awake, realizing they were touching each other.

I had been craving crab cakes for weeks. Soooo. I made Dungeness crab cakes, curry aioli, pink lady apple salad and a Vitamix whole fruit frozen margarita.

Surprise daffodils from the husband.

A recipe that was surprisingly good! Brown rice, Quorn chik’n skewers (marinated in a garlic ginger soy sauce), and spicy peanut sauce.

Always a staple meal around here, even when/especially when we have surprise extra kids in the house for dinner. EVERY WEEKEND: “Can I have a sleepover with __________ tonight?” Cheese enchiladas, beans, rice. These chips.

When you’re working in the yard, then realize the dog’s gotten awfully quiet for the last half hour…

Organic strawberries were on sale… so, strawberry shortcake tonight. With sweet biscuits, like how my mom would make it when I was a kid.

You’re welcome. (This is how I feel like I look when I sleep, too.)

Hope you’ve had a lovely couple of weeks!