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Everyday Life: Weeks 10 and 11

Here’s a look at what the last couple weeks have included.

Everyday Life Weeks 10 and 11:


Winter basketball season wrapped up for Silas… on to baseball.


A nacho mess for dinner one night, including homemade chips.


Pick a door, any door…


My husband was part of a fun gig this past week, at a local winery.


During the break between sets, the chef who was cooking up food for the night walked over and handed me half a club sandwich. It was delicious and a nice surprise to follow my first glass of wine for the night. Kindness of strangers!


Evening play time for Percy.


Tried a new local taco truck… had, perhaps, the best fish tacos in all of the Rogue Valley.


Spring is here!


Lunch. Half my toast with smashed avocado, half with scrambled up eggs and cheese.


Baby nugget.


Walking home after grocery shopping. Love this time of year!


We had a week of sunshine and warmer weather (things have cooled off again for now).


Our friends Janet and Ray gifted us some fresh locally caught trout. I decided to fillet them, then cook the fish in harissa spices before turning them into tacos. Even Silas happily ate his trout tacos (a HUGE surprise, one I didn’t have high hopes for – usually he’s not a big fan of fish that isn’t salmon or canned tuna).


This little pup turned ONE. Seemed necessary to bake her a cake of her own…


A hummingbird cake with carrots, and a sweet potato cream cheese frosting!


My mom and Percy share the same birthday. This is still my favorite photo of my mom from her early 20’s. :)


Steel cut oats have been my preference lately.


In case you need a reminder…


Dinner sandwich with the best bubbly water kefir.


Don’t you hate when you run out? Hehe


French toast for lunch one day…because that’s what sounded good.


World’s best snuggler. I hope she’s a lap baby forever.


Easy sushi for just myself.


Finally running low on my homemade garlic basil marinara… but dang. I love carbs.


All the chickens ran up to the fence as I walked by with Percy. It was magnificent! ;)

Hope you’ve had a wonderful couple weeks!

Everyday Life: Weeks 6 and 7

A little peek at the last couple weeks:

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Starting off a day right.

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When dad is off at a music rehearsal, this is how we study 6th grade algebra homework… (Yes, got it all done before dad got home.)

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Sometimes you accidentally pour the whole 16 ounce container of yogurt in your bowl…just add bananas. Eat on the way to the gym. ¯_(ツ)_/¯


We got caught in a big downpour about halfway home. (It was a fun walk. P.S. Percy doesn’t know what to think of overflowing storm drains and that produces quite a dramatic pull-on-the-leash dance.)

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Guess who’s avoiding going to bed in this photo op…

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Tried some new Indian recipes from Madhur Jaffrey’s vegetarian cookbook… DELICIOUS! I can’t wait to try more.

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Post-bath puppy.

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This beer was interesting, to say the least. Not my preferred flavors but fun to try! It was brewed with spices that are used to make scrapple and indeed, did taste weirdly breakfast-y.

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Comfort food… vegetarian (Quorn) chicken and dumplings.

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At least a couple days of the week, I pack my husband’s lunch for him to take to work. Toby’s tofu pâté is one we enjoy (especially the jalapeño version).

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This cat has the most awful blood-curdling meow. And his preferred times to vocalize said meow: between 1 o’clock and 5 o’clock in the morning. But at least he has pretty eyes and soft fur.

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Another new recipe experiment. A Moroccan sweet potato and lentil soup.

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Baby.


Some highlights from a couple of Silas’s recent basketball games. He’s number 54.

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Probably the best fettuccine alfredo I’ve made. Hooray!

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Pre-basketball game breakfast. Cranberry hazelnut french toast, hash browns, and some fresh mango and banana.

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All I ever want to do is lay around cuddling the dog. True story. She turned 11 months old this week!

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I got to have the entire spin room at the gym to myself. The quiet of the huge room was awesome.

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A vegetarian sheet pan dinner experiment with a side of steamed then sautéed broccoli.

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Handdrawn Valentine’s Day card.

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And since Valentine’s Day also fell on Taco Tuesday we went out for some margaritas, tacos and nachos. All day happy hour! Woo-hoo!

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Two days later, we shared MORE nachos. This time with beers, at the pub where some of my husband’s students had a poetry reading featuring a few songwriting students as well.

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Stripes and a cat squeeze.

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My husband and his band opened for Terrapin Flyer here in Ashland…

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Nearly two dozen cheese enchiladas (with un-photoed beans and rice) when we had a sleepover that included three extra kids Friday night… The nine year old kid asked me, “Do you make your own chicken?” I told him there was no chicken in the enchiladas, to which he replied, “OH. We don’t eat this stuff at my house. Do you HAVE any chicken? I like MEAT… Beef? Ribs…? I’m a beef guy. Or do you guys just eat… this stuff over here?” Bwahaha.

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Hope you’ve had a great couple of weeks!

Everyday Life: Weeks 4 and 5

Somehow last week escaped me before I had a chance to post anything here. So, here’s a look at the last two weeks. Weeks 4 and 5:

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We’ve had some beautiful late-winter days that are just warm enough to hint at spring.

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This guy drives me cuckoo. Sleeps all day. Then screams between 2 and 8 A.M. for food, cuddles, general attention.

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Buttermilk fried “chicken” (high-protein tofu) and buttermilk waffles one night!

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Intently watching folks drill into the street and sidewalk across from our house.

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We got a Vitamix for Christmas and it’s the best thing everrr. Vegan cashew pesto in there for a couple meals.

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Including this eggplant parmesan with homemade marinara as well, and caesar salads with garlic croutons and vegan caesar dressing (not homemade).

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Leftovers of the exact same meal the next night for meeee!

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Percy loves a big open field to run in. :)

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Watching the rain.

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At 11 years old, Silas is now 5 foot 6 inches. He’s a total badass on the basketball court; those games also take up the majority of our Saturdays (which is entirely alright!).

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Found this lovely dog statue on an afternoon walk…

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Morning company for drinking coffee.

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Pretty Chicken.

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Percy likes to squeeze in next to me on whatever chair I happen to sit in, in our living room. It’s the best.

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Biscuits. Light and fluffy!

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Post-bath buffet.

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Quorn brand vegetarian chik’n is my absolute favorite. It’s so similar in texture and flavor, to real chicken. And so easy to use in recipes to make them vegetarian friendly. This is teriyaki chik’n we had with rice (basmati for the kids, cauliflower rice for Craig and I) and some sautéed veggies.

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Secret buddies.

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Rain is coming… YES.

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Lazy Bones Jones, sleeping in like a champ!

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For the Super Bowl, we had a DIY nacho bar with homemade cheese sauce filled with green chiles, slow cooked refried beans, and other not-so-homemade nacho toppings…


A few clips of Silas (#54) in Saturday’s game.

Hope you’ve had a lovely couple of weeks!

Day to Day Life: Week Thirty-Seven

A little peek at the last week:

Goodnight, sky.
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A thrown together dinner one night. Pan seared polenta, topped with fontina, homemade pesto, feta and fresh tomatoes. Trader Joe’s veggie chicken sausage and some caesar salad.
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My go-to happy place.
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Water polo season is absolutely in full effect… Vincent and Kenya (Silas’s sister) had a scrimmage game early in the week.
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Silas hung out at the game, too.
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Tuesdays. (Sorry… not so sorry.) And why everyone should download the Dubsmash App. Hah.

How to be a less grumpy person mid-week. ;) Salmon, tuna, shrimp, avocado, cucumber, and chili mayo.
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This guy came running out into the street one afternoon as we drove to Silas’s school.
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An end-of-the-summer flavored beer.
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This guy, always looking guilty.
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And this girl, always wanting to shake my hand or get as close as physically possible to me.
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A potato corn chowder one night.
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Here’s a throwback for you to perhaps the girliest outfit I wore between the ages of 5 and 16. Barefoot in Michigan, because I am always going to be an island girl.
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Enchilada casserole thinga-ma-bob.
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On Saturday there was a pick-up water polo game that both boys went to. Silas played with kids who were anywhere from 15 to nearly 20.
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Since there were some alumni players as well as current players, things got a little funny…
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Silas even attempted a shot on Vincent…
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And made a goal. Then nonchalantly turned around while Vincent smiled.
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Zucchini cake with cinnamon cream cheese frosting.
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Aaaand my favorite dinner night… ;)
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Day to Day Life: Week 6

A peek at the last week:

Lunch for one. A little egg white omelette with pesto and goat cheese on sourdough bread.
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Remember the time I put up the following photo and folks on my Instagram thought it was an ultrasound picture… That happened this week. Just eggplants here.
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Eggplants to make this beast of a moussaka! (With a salad dressed in a lemon vinaigrette.)
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Vincent tends to have lunch at home every other day, as he gets done with school around noon. This week’s chop-chop.
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Little Chicken’s favorite post-bath activity. Becoming a Chicken burrito on top of a heating pad.
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Some mornings require more coffee than others…
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Storm’s coming…
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I have been craving sushi for WEEKS. So I made some. Hawai’i-style. For lunch one day…
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Homemade seitan turned into homemade vegetarian BBQ.
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Remember that storm I told you was coming? It brought some lovely rain…
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And caused the creek and waterways around here to rage.
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I got a little carried away with the sushi making and made this for lunch one day… for myself. But I ended up sharing.
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Last minute enchiladas. Craig and Vincent said they were the best yet. Roasted green chiles and cheese… Silas said, “I don’t like these chiles. Not even the smell of them.” Hahaha
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Homemade english muffin making when I should’ve been going to bed…
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So that I could make pre-basketball game Julie’s egg McMuffins.
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Won a game, lost a game.
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Vincent and his girl, Izzy. Winter formal happened this weekend.
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Silas. Learning the hilarity of scanners.
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Breakfast huevos rancheros!
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Aaaand V’s preferred version, without the huevos.
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Cheers! Have a wonderful week-to-come! :)