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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: 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.

Misadventures.

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!

Day to Day Life: Weeks Twenty-Six and Twenty-Seven

Little Blue Chicken!
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I had a really weird 48 hour bug that included strep throat, a fever and a chill despite 100+ degree weather around here! After 48 hours the only thing that sounded good to eat aside from popsicles was mac and cheese from a box. Ha.
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Pie necessity.
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A mama deer trying to camouflage herself next door. (Nice try, mama.)
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Since we got back from a whirlwind trip to the Bay Area, Blue Chicken has been acting somewhat skittish (although I’ve gotten him/her back to sitting on my hand for little amounts of time). The day before our trip, s/he was happy to perch like this.
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Salads for 4.
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Lunch for one Julie.
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Last Saturday we left Ashland around 12:30, booked it down to Santa Clara with the kids to get to the Grateful Dead show. We pulled up, found a free parking space immediately (saving us $70!), got 4 tickets together for half the face-value cost, and made it into the show with only one mishap: I had to throw away my damn purse after emptying the contents into a plastic bag! So I remained purse-less for the remainder of the weekend. Wah-wah.
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Crazy stage lighting!
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And around 8:30pm this incredible rainbow showed up. With just the slightest drizzle of rain.
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The next day we drove into San Francisco for the Giants’ game. Some sweet woman walked up and handed us 4 tickets for free!
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Staying in SF meant eating at some of our favorite places… Golden Boy Pizza! A garlic-clam slice and a cheese slice!
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One of my favorite music shops across the street from the pizza place…
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Also a seized opportunity for cheesiness.
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Hello and goodbye, City! (It was a full-packed 48 hours!)
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On the drive home. Silas calls these “the boob hills.”
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We made it back to town just in time for Silas’s scrimmage game pre-All Stars tournament.
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My brother posted this photo of my niece. I wish she really was coming to visit Aunty Julie! She’s getting so dang big (3 in August!).
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Dinner for just my hubby and I one evening! Fresh halibut pan seared then topped with a beurre blanc sauce, homemade rice-a-roni and fresh local green beans with lemon zest and garlic. So dang good!
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TACO NIGHT.
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And leftovers made a good bad lunch the next day.
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Summer Face.
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On the run.
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Silas’s All-Star baseball team had their first tournament game yesterday and won 14-9.
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Ashland skies on the night of the 4th!
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Hope you’ve had a good week!

Day to Day Life: Week Fifty

How is this the 50th week of the year? And the start of winter break around here, coming up this Friday? Christmas next week? 2013, time has come and gone… Seems quicker every single year. We won’t approach my neurotic near-middle age thoughts until 2014. (You’re welcome.) In the meantime, here’s a peek at the last week:

9The Pacific Northwest is simply chock full of pretty this time of year.

1Buttermilk Belgian waffles one morning.

5Things around here have been super snowy, then super icy, then super snowy… Needless to say, I should’ve put these shoes on once I got into the gym rather than before. Baby-steps all the way across the parking lot…

2Snow beasts!

4A tuna melt-on-a-bagel type of post workout late lunch/early dinner.

18Impromptu “Hey, take my picture!” moment.

3I made my first vegetarian chicken pot pie this week. It was delicious. I’ve learned to appreciate leftovers more and more – these leftovers were particularly delicious. Plus salad. And beer.

16Snowy fur babies.

8A delicious pasta mess (my favorite, after pizza… carb whore).

7Ashland puffy sky.

6Late night food cravings… At least Koyo Ramen offers a less guilty option than Top Ramen.

20My husband recently had a story published in Fourteen Hills, San Francisco State University’s literary journal. He was invited to participate in a reading during the book release, so we spent a few days in the city.

12The name of this store next to the gallery my husband’s reading was in cracked me up… Yeah Yeah! Pony Prince.

10Late night pizza at the amazing Golden Boy Pizza in North Beach. I will figure out how to make this pizza… Or at least something passable. We shared a slice of cheese and a slice of their notorious garlic-clam pizza. Then went back the next day for a slice of cheese and a slice of pesto veggie.

24San Francisco offers some gorgeous views, too…

23Holiday evidence in Cafe Trieste.

22Carousel Consignment was a new stop in the Mission… So many excellent goodies…

19When we’re in the city, my husband and I often like to share meals so we can try a larger array of foods without getting overly full. We shared a burrito from Taqueria Cancun then walked around the Mission. Despite the vast number of times we’ve been in the area, we came across the Mission Market Food Mall, which we (stupidly) passed by hundreds of times without scoping out. This time we wandered into the open-air “mall” and came across Antojitos Salvadorenos Aminta – a Salvadorian restaurant. We quickly noticed pupusas on the menu and ordered two jalapeno-cheese pupusas to share. While our order took a bit of time, they were the best pupusas I’ve ever had. The wait was absolutely worth it.

11A quick first breakfast (treat) for two. The pain aux raisins was delicious, but the caramel apple croissant was even better…

14One can never eat enough veggie burritos while traveling in California… (Seriously.)

15Skies and waters. My fascination forever.

13We had to make a quick stop in Fairfax. I loved all the random art around town… including this.

21Heading home.

Day to Day Life: Week Twenty-Seven

Shall we take a peek at the last week? It looked something like this:

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Vincent went to an intensive 3 day water polo camp at Stanford. I’m constantly impressed by this young man.

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We happened upon the California Avenue Farmer’s Market around lunch time in Palo Alto. My husband and I found Oaxacan Kitchen, promptly ordering the memela, which featured a thick handmade tortilla, black bean puree, mole negro, queso fresco, cabbage, guacamole, and salsa. It was INCREDIBLE. We also ordered a vegetarian empanada, which was filled with squash, mole amarillo, and queso. I could eat both of these things daily, for every meal. SO GOOD.

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Obviously California warmth and sunshine makes for difficult mornings.

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On our last ride through San Francisco,  we had to stop at Taqueria Cancun in the Mission. Their veggie burritos are to die for.

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A collection of Mission graffiti.

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San Francisco is also home to Musée Mécanique, one of the world’s largest privately owned collections of coin-operated arcade machines. This guy’s one of my favorites.

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I made friends with this lovely animal by letting it nibble on my fingers. Hah.

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Mt. Shasta in the distance.

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When we got home from traveling early in the week, the garden was FILLED with goodies.

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Baby girl.

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The day before the fourth, I found this bony, chewed up, remarkably friendly boy. He hasn’t been claimed by anyone, so currently he’s living with my mother in law, since our dogs don’t allow us to have kitties…

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Patriotic sunsets.

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Pop Pop!

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I made a tuna melt bar one night. Topping-free-for-all! This was mine. Avocado, jalapenos, micro greens, tomatoes, arugula, baby lettuce.

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These scones are coming atcha soon.

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The fourth required tequila cocktails.

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This friend.

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Buttermilk Basil Blueberry waffles! Waffle weekends are the best.