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Day to Day Life: Weeks 1 + 2

I wasn’t sure that I was going to keep this series going, but in retrospect, it’s sort of fun at the end of the year, to look back on these posts and see some of the daily things that happen throughout the year. With that in mind, here’s a glimpse at the first couple weeks of the new year:

Little kid(s) snack plate. (Except I’d eat the same snack plate.)
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This cake experiment! Flourless, slightly boozy, plenty chocolatey.
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A New Year’s feast, southern style. Black eyed peas, smoky collard greens, buttermilk cornbread… bourbon for good measure.
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I very much love greens… leftover collards for lunch the following day, topped with an over easy egg. And my favorite hot sauce.
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This dude.
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A fancy-happy bread experiment.
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First batch of homemade noodles with the pasta rollers I received for Christmas, for our KitchenAid.
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Second batch of noodles a few days later was homemade spaghetti… with a simple homemade marinara and veggie meatballs. My husband said to me, “I hope these noodles come out good because last time you said they didn’t, and then you got drunk and went to bed!” HEHE! Real Life-Real talk.
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Beer-Thirty.
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Little winter treasures.
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I’ve decided that I really like cheese enchiladas on flour tortillas… and not just because it means I don’t have to make corn tortillas! ;)
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Pretty produce… pre-eggplant parmesan.
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I’ve been making salads that I really enjoy eating lately! WOOHOO!
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Buttermilk waffles one morning, with fresh strawberries.
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Still some of my favorite sky-scapes this time of year!
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Brunch for the hubby and I one afternoon. Chilaquiles! (SO GOOD!)
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My friend Janet and I finally got to squeeze in a Sammich lunch date. I got this, “Capone’s Paper Boy,” a special consisting of house roasted beef, salami, provolone, sprouts, Chicago mustard + mayo, plus added spicy giardiniera! I ate half… then got home and immediately at the remainder. My “leftovers” didn’t even make it to the fridge!
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Nana got me a pizza stone for Christmas, which replaced our broken stone. We christened it with homemade pizzas last night.
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Sometimes you just gotta buy yourself a papaya for lunch.
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Basketball has officially started for this fella!
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I hope your 2016 is off to a great start!

Day to Day Life: Week Forty-One

A peek at the last week:

Fall colors everywhere!
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Vegetarian chik’n noodle soup for the plague-ridden folks around here early in the week…
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My 3-year-old niece’s Halloween costume… Teehee!
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Somebody likes to hang out on my bed at bedtime…
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A tiny door to a tiny home in large, large tree on a walk home…
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Selfie with a little Kaua’i love.
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The saddest moment in homemade pizza night — when you attempt to pull your cheese pizza out of the oven and discover that your pizza stone mysteriously broke in half.
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A miscellaneous, thrown together dinner of orzo, lots of cheeses, sundries tomatoes and slow oven roasted tomatoes.
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My dad came to visit on a quick 24 hour trip. Post-dinner conversation his first night.
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Silas then taught him how to play Speed this morning.
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We went to the Harvest Festival at a nearby farm… Child of the corn.
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My dad had never seen this part of Oregon.
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Pear-launching.
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Hubby.
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We got so damn lost in the corn maze. We finally made our own exit! Bwahaha!
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Here’s the “map” they kindly told us we could take a picture of… totally useless.
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Moody skies around the valley…
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Hope you had a lovely week!

Day to Day Life: Week Thirty-Four

Here’s a peek at the last week:

Blue skies.
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One trouble…
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And one trick…
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Mr. Silas Henry (#15) at football practice one afternoon.
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These teddy bear sunflowers showed up in the garden this year. They’re so fluffy!
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There are lots of eggplants in the garden, too. So… eggplant sammiches one night with caramelized onions, smoked gouda and garlic basil vegenaise.
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Silas’s sister Kenya celebrated a birthday recently. We had she, her mom, Silas, Vincent, and Nana over one night for pizza and birthday cake. This dark chocolate cake with fresh blueberry swiss meringue actually turned out okay!
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Dudes hanging out on the front porch one morning, eating some oatmeal.
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A quick dinner for five one night. Creamy polenta, marinara, mozzarella stuffed homemade sourdough rolls, grilled zucchini and grilled Trader Joe’s chicken-less sausage.
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I finally cooked one of the 5-pound Sasquashes from out of our garden. Half went to the above dinner and the remaining half got baked into a loaf of zucchini bread and a dozen chocolate zucchini muffins.
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A lunch picnic stop enroute to Redmond for an overnight trip to see Vincent and Kenya play water polo.
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Green and blue. My favorite color scheme.
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We stopped to check out the Natural Bridge along the Rogue River.
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Being in and near water is always my happy place.
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Vincent, just about to run around camp with that Ashland flag.
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And then Vincent, Ashland High School’s water polo goalie, completely submerging an opposing team member to keep him from scoring on Ashland’s goal…
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Kenya also kicked some serious ass all weekend and made more goals than I could keep up with.
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Pizza and beer. Pizza and beer. YES please.
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What happens when you don’t sleep well? Grumpy early morning selfies. (Apparently.)
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Two of my favorite things about taquerias: pickled carrots and homemade salsas.
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Heading-home-creek-stop.
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Who is that wrapping up the quarterback for the opposing team? #14 Silas Henry Wright. First games happened today and that little boy did wonderfully despite scorching temperatures and artificial turf radiating even more heat!
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Day to Day Life: Week Thirty-Three

The last week looked something like this:

So many sunflowers all over the yard right now…!
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Water polo season is about to start… Vincent’s been working his ass off as goalie already this summer.
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Lots of magical skies this week.
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Saucy!
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Necessary for taco night…
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I like watching how the colors of these hills change with the seasons.
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After Chicken (who is in fact a pigeon, yes…) gets a bath, her favorite time is towel time.
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Taco leftovers means taco lunching!
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More Ashland hills.
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Vegetarian pepperoni pizza mac and cheese!
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Apples to Apples Junior with the whole fam-damly.
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Goodbye, sun.
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Chicken friend.
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I was so excited to find this dude! It means the beans are a-comin! : )
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Nothing but trouble!
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Boys being boys. Shooting things.
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I made vegetarian manapua! And they came out tasty!
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Late summer sunsets are the best.
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A post workout brunch featuring eggs, fresh spinach, chopped tomatoes from the garden and goat cheese.
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My husband was part of a literary event at Barking Moon Farm. The garlic hanging to dry in the barn was lovely!
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Day to Day Life: Week Twenty-One

A look at the last week:

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All the roses in our yard are blooming right now!

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Corn chowder for a cold, rainy day.

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As well as a hot toddy…

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Leftover chowder with pesto-cheese stuffed rolls one night.

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Pistachio coconut granola for the week. This was my favorite granola yet.

Silas essentially didn’t go to school this week because he was home with impetigo. By the end of the week, he seemed to be going NUTS. This video is the epitome of living in a house full of boys.

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I’m a self-proclaimed tortilla snob. Can’t/won’t happily eat homemade tacos or enchiladas unless I also make the tortillas!

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Garden time! Everything is growing well again this year thus far… Except the strawberries our dogs trampled (insert sad face emoji here). Baby lettuces, sugar snap peas, pole beans, broccoli, zucchini, various peppers, beets (a first for me and I am excited!), tomatillos…

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Yellow summer squash (do you see the little baby in the top picture?), chives and other herbs, basil, a handful of different tomato types, eggplant… I am looking forward to harvest time.

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Joy the Baker paired up with King Arthur Flour for Baking Bootcamp. The first recipe to try was this triple berry cinnamon swirl bread. It’s SO DANG GOOD.

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Blue spring skies.

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Buzz buzz…

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Many of our poppies are looking pretty scruffy this year… This may have been one exception.

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That berry bread was so good I had to make another version two days later. This one has brown sugar, strawberries, dark chocolate and coconut flakes. HOLY YES.

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Weekend accidental nap.

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My little friend HeyBird didn’t make it – he died sometime between 1 and 7 AM today. I’m totally bummed about it; he had seemed to be doing better, gaining energy and strength even though he was completely blind. He’d learned how to climb from my hand, feeling with his beak up my arm until he would sit on my shoulder. It’s weird not having to check on him every couple hours to give him water and food. I guess being an indoor blind bird whose wings worked entirely well would be pretty soul-crushing. Hopefully he enjoyed the last 11 days.