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Day to Day Life: Week Seven

Here’s a quick glimpse at the last week:

I had a lunch date with my mother-in-law early in the week, at one of my favorite lunch/food spots in Ashland. Sammich pastrami never ever disappoints!
Forbidden Rice Blog | Sammich Ashland

My Aunt sent me a handful of photos that she found in my late Grandma’s collection. This is my 5th and 6th grade school photos. Aren’t they ridiculous? VESTS AND BANGS FOREVER (NEVER).
Forbidden Rice Blog |Kapa'a Elementary 5th and 6th Grade

We had Vincent’s girlfriend and his mom both over for dinner one night. Dinner included bourbon in the Old Fashions. I had never made one before. And couldn’t find maraschino cherries at our Co-op (plus I don’t like them) so I got these organic Oregon cherries. An excellent, tasty non-waxy substitute!
Forbidden Rice Blog | Old Fashion

Pizza dough on the rise.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Pizza Dough

For these pizza concoctions.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Pizza Concoctions

A post-bath Chicken looks like this! Complete with crazy “hair,” heating pad and knitted scarf.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Chicken Bath Hair

Yogi Tea wisdom.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Yogi Tea Wisdom

Wet veggie burritos one night!
Forbidden Rice Blog | Wet Veggie Burrito

My husband and I went out for an early Valentine’s Day lunch…
Forbidden Rice Blog | Larks Ashland

I got fried chicken…
Forbidden Rice Blog | Larks Ashland Fried Chicken

What are siblings for? Butt pillows, duh.
Forbidden Rice Blog | German Shepherds

Pink lilies from my Valentine.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Pink Lilies

Breakfast ‘taters!
Forbidden Rice Blog | Breakfast Potatoes

Silas made the All-Star Basketball Team, along with three of his teammates. They got to play in a special game this weekend.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Manny League Basketball Medford

Forbidden Rice Blog | Waffles

And a topping bar to make waffle pizzas.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Topping Bar Pizza

Spring weather around here… warmth in the day, blue skies… I keep waiting for snow!
Forbidden Rice Blog | Ashland Oregon

Little Chicken.
Forbidden Rice Blog | Chicken Pigeon

I hope you’ve had a good week!

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:

These waffles!IMG_7855

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…

A New Year’s message brought to you by Silas Henry.

Family Scrabble night!

My favorite little Chicken accessory.

We rearranged nearly our entire downstairs… I like the openness that our kitchen currently has.

Veggie pepperonis getting spiced up for pizza making.

P I Z Z A N I G H T .

Old dogs, cold dogs!

Homemade pad thai with tofu one night…

Lunch date with this guy.

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.”

An adventure with my buddy Janet.

More adventure time pictures…

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!

Homemade Cheez It crackers one day!


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.

Lunch for this girl one day… Sautéed kale, spinach and chard with feta cheese and eggs. So good.

Vincent had a dude-sleepover… breakfast the next morning consisted of black pepper cheddar biscuits and gravy.

Silas had his first ‘real’ basketball game this weekend.

A red coconut curry with tofu and vegetables one night, which was a winner all the way around.

A January Adventure


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.


My buddy Janet hanging out on the out-of-commision-ski-lift.


Janet asked to “borrow” my camera.

RUNNING down the bunny slope that we hiked up…

The view from Mt. Ashland is overwhelmingly beautiful.

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

Magic skies.

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.

Cheers to a new year, filled with new adventuring… :)

Day to Day Life: Week Fifty

A look at the last week:

Winter creek.

A still-in-nature-Christmas-tree.

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at blogging life.

On a walk with my buddy Janet we happened upon this guy.

And these guys.

And then we lunched. At Sammich. Pastrami for me, tuna melt for her!

My dudes.

A terrible, terrible color for a finger! It STILL hurts.

Enchilada mess!

Pre-storm hitting skies! PINK.

The utmost requested sandwich in this house: The Chop Chop.

Vincent appeared super shocked to find me MAKING guacamole. I’m not sure if he thought it was just something you buy in the store… He still wouldn’t eat it. Hah!

So shiny!

And then there’s this bowling technique…

Our power went out with the crazy storm we caught, traveling up from California… The benefit of having a gas stove though? I STILL GOT MY COFFEE.

Someone gave himself a bath late one night.

Some… okay, most… mornings.

The very last of our summer tomatoes FINALLY ripened! They were green when I picked them before the first frost!

Burrito fillings. Extra guac, extra hot sauce!


Cheddar beer soup last night… Silas said, “Uhhh Julie. This tastes like beer and I’m pretty sure I don’t like it!” Then he made a PB&J.

Hot chocolate and vegan marshmallows!

I hope you’ve had a wonderful week!

Day to Day Life: Week Forty-Seven

Where’d the last week go? I don’t know… But here’s a glimpse of it:


Homemade pizza is always a winning situation… This Thai chick’n was a new idea. Recipe soon.


The skies around here are so moody this time of year… Gray, dark, blue, sunny…


This bread was also an experiment early this week. A new, tasty twist on banana bread.


Butter and brown sugar creamed together is one of the best things I put into this mixing bowl.


I overflowed my stand mixer’s bowl while making the batter for 14 dozen whoopie pie cakes and consequently had to hand mix the last flour/buttermilk incorporations. V-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y.


Batter and buttercream.


My husband and I had a lunch date at Sammich one day. I’d go every day if I could. We had the freshly shucked clam chowder (phenomenal!) and Alaskan cod sammich with arugula pecan pesto, pickled red onions and apple slaw! Melissa also brought us some of the butternut squash soup and a taste of the house-cured turkey with homemade cranberry sauce. YUM! I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again – if you’re in Ashland, or close by, do yourself a favor and stop in for a sammich.


Silas had his buddy Ray over one day after school. Cornstarch and water was a good-bad decision. Luckily I’ve mastered the art of cleaning up messes and cooking dinner for five simultaneously.


The result of all that butter, buttercream, sugar, batter… a LOT of dark chocolate peanut butter whoopie pies for the high school water polo dinner banquet.


Things are getting cold around here… like the neighbor’s rooftop, which has been frosted almost every morning.


Curry lime pumpkin seeds…


And curried pumpkin soup.


Little dog girlfriend.


Found these two playing checkers after having a sleepover in the living room the previous night.