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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!

Day to Day Life: Week Thirteen

Here’s a look at the last week:

The last week was spring break. For the first time in awhile, we stuck around Ashland. Silas participated in a 3-day baseball camp hosted by the local collegiate team, the Medford Rogues.

Jalapeño cheese biscuits one morning.

We had some rainy days this week, which often makes for interesting skies.

Maybe my favorite part about spring…

S U N .

Our new blender arrived… this safety warning was perplexing. And funny.

The first smoothie out of said blender was this one.

Little League season opens this coming Saturday. Craig and Silas have been practicing often. This view is from the outfield where I stood, doing a piss-poor job of catching baseballs that flew towards me.

Probably because I was too busy taking iPhone photos of things like flower-weeds.

All sorts of homemade nut milk experiments going on these days in my kitchen laboratory.

And when one makes nut milk, the result are… nut balls. I made cookies out of these. The recipe needs some fine tuning before I post it here. But they’re good… and gluten/grain-free.

This week’s throwback is brought to you by 7 year old Julie. That was my favorite dress. Pardon my poorly hidden red comb (that was entirely useless on my braided hair, BTW).

The epitome of a good lazy day: eating spicy shoyu saimin in bed at 7:30, with zero need to get up out of bed until the next day.

My dad has been in Oklahoma this past week, visiting my brother, sister in law, and niece. My mom (she also lives in Oklahoma) sent me this photo.

Little bits of color.

These are my summer/fall/winter/spring slippers. Good in the sun, great in the rain, questionable in the snow… but year-round, nonetheless.

Miss Nikki at my feet, in the sun, carefully watching every movement with a side-eye glance.

I made an orange cashew tofu with roasted asparagus one night. I wasn’t certain of how this would go over, but it was a hit all the way around. Silas went and got himself seconds, which absolutely surprised me.

Patches of blue in the gray.

I’ve been feeling somewhat in a cooking rut when it comes to dinners, so I asked Vincent and Craig for ideas of new things to make that they’d eat. Calzones! So that’s what we had last night. Mediterranean calzones with sundried tomatoes, pesto, artichoke hearts, feta, olives, pepperoncinis, garlic, mozzarella and marinara. Pesto mushroom calzones with crimini mushrooms, garlic, mozzarella, and fresh spinach. Veggie pepperoni and cheese calzones. Vincent demolished four in a row. I’d say they were successful.

Day to Day Life: Week Eleven

Here’s a look at the last week:

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These bars were the best idea I had all week.

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Vincent has been staying with us during the school week.  He and Craig found some water polo game online, cracking up over its ridiculousness… V is sitting on the floor and nearly as tall as Craig, who is sitting on an actual chair. Terrifying. ;)

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Fancy bourbon with a side of tuna melt?


The Pacific Northwest is my favorite.

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Eskimo kitty kisses.

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A rambunctious walk to the park with Silas and Jojo.

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We had a dinner this week with the kids, Silas’ mom and sister, and my mother in-law. It was fun and filled with eggplant parmesan.

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Crusty cheese heart…

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On a big fat veggie cheeseburger.

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Clean sheets in spring hues.

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Boys absolutely being boys.

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Pesto rolls one night!

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I told you about Jumpy Cat a couple weeks ago… he came to visit again.

Talking to Jumpy Cat out one of my kitchen windows, because indeed – I am a crazy cat lady. He is a crazy every now and then visitor. I may or may not have opened our front door to also let him in for a visit…

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Daffodils are springing up all over town.

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Can we talk about how I brush my hair once a week if I’m lucky? The results are chaos and this mess. There are tangles and unknown objects embedded somewhere in there…

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A meeting over coffee on morning. Double Americano with a little cream? Yes, please.

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More blue skies around here…

photo 4My insomnia has been nuts this week. I may have, in a sleep deprived haze, put on two entirely different earrings before I went to that meeting-over-coffee… and didn’t notice for hours. Whoops.

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A little bit ‘o sunshine.


When a girl has too much bourbon, do you know what the remedy is? Surely a plate of jalapeno cheese fries with her husband around midnight?


Closing night for Cabaret happened today. Vincent was wonderful as always… and this production may have been my favorite so far at both the local high school and college!

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Waffles for breakfast with the husband, mother in law, and Silas.

Day to Day Life: Week Ten

The last week looked a little like this:


To the oven, little romas and bell peppers… we have sauce to conquer.

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Burrito bowl is easy dinner-ing.


When the sun comes out, these little birds flock into the trees and bushes around our house. They’re ready for Spring, too.

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Egg, toast, cheese, lotsa pepper. Still my favorite brunch these days. (Equally good with tortillas, no toast.)


An experiment with pizza dough: pesto twisted bread sticks.

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From this,

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to this. Soup for you, for Mondays.


Budding Springtime.

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We have been loving omelets around here this week. For my husband, just cheese. For me, a Greek-inspired concoction of spinach, feta, olives, artichoke hearts, and more cheese.

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I started brewing my first batch of jun this week with the scoby our friend John gave us. I was thoroughly amused by Vincent’s very serious question: “Is that thing on top actually called a scoby or did Julie just name him that!?”


Something for us to share next week.


Bean and cheese pupusas for dinner with Vincent one night.


Buzz, buzz… little bee butt.

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I’ve been enjoying this porter.


Another Ashland institution shut its doors this past week. Giseppi’s Pizza was one of my preferred spots in town to grab a pizza. Luckily I’ve figured out a good homemade pie, as we sure do eat a lot of pizza on pizza-night. These are three 16-inch pizzas. Gone in less than 24 hours.


Another round food I enjoy. Homemade chocolate chocolate glazed baked doughnuts.


Vincent’s high school theater is doing Cabaret as their production this term. We thoroughly enjoyed Vincent’s opening night performance. The whole play was so well put together. We’ll go again next weekend, I’m sure.


A totally-winging-things split pea curry one night with tofu, homemade garlic naan, and rice.

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So much for that approaching Spring sunshine we had early in the week… back to these heavy skies.

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This photo, accompanied by a soundtrack of,”it’s Silas boy! He’s not a bird, he’s not a plane! He’s Silas boy! Yes he is. Silas boy!”

Day to Day Life: Weeks 12, 13 & 14

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. I thought about skipping two weeks of Day-to-Day posts, but alas… I’m opting for this route instead. Three weeks worth of photos (while the number of them may seem overwhelming, they’re the careful pickings from over 1000 photos edited and navigated through!).

IMG_1651_zpsdd994457 A post-workout lunch. Beet/grapefruit/orange/celery/apple/grape juice; avocado-cheese toast, and more grapefruit.

IMG_1707_zpsf66ee3da This lady knows when we’re about to go out of town, always. She gets clingy. And turns into a 100 pound lap puppy.

IMG_3501_zpsf0b1ff1c Homemade enchiladas including homemade corn tortillas. Dinner for six.

IMG_3510_zpsae2d1120  The less obvious way to dress in order to scoop up dog crap in 30-degree weather.

IMG_3533_zpse8be5db1 Jack Kerouac Alley in San Francisco. Around the corner from one of my favorite bookstores to stop in.


IMG_1756_zps39df9788 If you’re ever in Santa Cruz, CA, do yourself a favor and visit Engfer Pizza Works. Tucked up in a local neighborhood, this low-key pizza spot was delicious. More later.

IMG_3552_zps9fa88e43 Also in Santa Cruz, these pupusas were phenomenal. Also more on that soon.

IMG_1747_zps1a17b4fd Santa Cruz Boardwalk. Sunshine, salt water, sailboats.

IMG_3562_zps8baecc89 Boardwalk shenanigans.

IMG_3665_zps3b10b503 We caught the elephant seals (January’s pups) at Piedras Blancas on Highway 1 while heading south.



IMG_1800_zps7ba29420 Ventura Beach greeted us with sunshine, blue skies, and warmer waters that reminded me of home.




IMG_1810_zps1e7f602d Beach-bound out of LA.

IMG_3845_zpsc29d7195 Legoland.



IMG_3736_zps3b69b200 Having a conversation with Lego Arnold Schwarzenegger.

IMG_2018_zpsf1376bcb For us, traveling usually means a LOT of burritos and pizza. This particular meal was needed when heading back home: southern tofu “chicken,” red beans, brown rice, steamed broccoli, carrots and cabbage, raw kale, and then house-made ranch and BBQ sauce. 


IMG_2059_zps86439820 One seven year old in particular loved hotel-offered breakfasts. I’ve never seen someone so little eat hash browns, bacon, a whole bagel, scrambled eggs, two pieces of french toast, and a bowl of cereal… only to claim  he’s hungry 30 minutes later.



IMG_2100_zpse78423bd After not cooking for a week, we got home to an empty refrigerator, hungry but not wanting to deal with the grocery store. Tuna melts for Easter, on bread found at the back of the freezer? Yes.

IMG_4548_zps2c8eeca8 This tart was to make up for not cooking over the last week. Not really. It was a tart born out of available ingredients and the desire for dessert. : )