Sunday spectacular: Sometimes you get locked out of the house

You know, stuff happens. This week was full of stuff and then before I knew it the week was over. A couple of things did stand out from the rest and it just so happened that I got pictures of them.

And, yes. We got locked out of the house. But it was okay, really.

The tot continued exploring her tape obsession…

I roasted a whole duck. It took almost four hours, and the picture doesn’t look very tasty, but I think it might have been the best thing I’ve ever made in my kitchen. They were on sale at the store and we went back and bought three more, and then spent almost an hour trying to figure out how to fit them in the freezer (and suffered a head injury from a falling vase from atop the fridge (don’t ask)).

In honor of National Waffle Day, which was on Friday, we whipped up a batch of peanut butter and jelly waffles and my tot ate them all. And they were super easy. I just followed the waffle directions of that big box of mix stuff and then folded in a big spoonful of peanut butter along with a few big dollops of our favorite strawberry jelly.

Yum.

(I now realize after looking at this picture that my tot wore this dress over several days last week. Oh well.)

We got the tot her first haircut and we ALL SURVIVED. I’ll share more about that over on LilSugar in a couple of days.

After going for a walk the tot and I found ourselves locked out but made the best of it by having a grape picnic in the yard with our happy wine grapes that are weaving their way through our fence. Don’t worry, the husband came home within and hour and things went back to normal (mommy I wanna watch TV!).

And we rounded things off with an awesome visit to the local farmers market.

How was your week? I hope it was lovely!

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Sunday stuff

It was  a good and bad weekend. It’s not a big deal or anything, so don’t freak out. Things have been a bit hectic for the last couple of weeks and I’ve scrambled to hold everything together. I’ve also been really determined to do it all “on my own” and am not so good about “asking others for help.”

Yeah.

So it all came out in a big breakdown the other night, which was pretty unfair to the husband. He already does so much – and not so fair for me to do the total female crying-wailing-drama thing.

But the salvation of it all was our new thing.

This thing.

This radio.

Since its amazing arrival we’ve been listening to it. LISTENING to it. The TV has been off, us adults have been a bit more attentive to the tot, and the husband and I are having good and beneficial conversations. We also spent most of the weekend outdoors. Seriously, who can resist the smiles of a toddler in a tutu swimsuit on a play horse?

We also had an amazing meal of grilled chicken thighs alongside grilled salad.

Yum.

So, all in all, things turned out just fine. Sometimes you have to deal with the bad to get to the good, right?

 

 

Sunday spectacular: Spring garden

It’s been a long time since I’ve shared a Sunday spectacular. Things have been busy, but today, due to my new iPhone, I had a camera handy to document our wonderful day full of gardening. The tot is finally old enough to (kinda) understand what we’re doing out there in the yard, and really gets into checking the plants for buds, pulling weeds (and sometimes other stuff that I have to go back and re-plant), and excitedly awaiting the strawberries to turn red.

This is the third summer we’ll be at our house and we are finally figuring out what does well where. Today I dug up a few trees and found them new homes, purchased native plants to add to our hillside, and even put together a few hanging baskets.

It was an awesome day.

So, do you garden with the family? What are your favorite garden goodies?

 

 

Sunday spectacular: The Pine Cone Diner

Last night we had an overnight guest and, after staying up a bit later than normal, decided going out for breakfast would be quite nice. We headed to one of our favorite restaurants in the area, The Pine Cone Diner, and enjoyed the drive there and back. The food is really good (just a bit pricey) and service comes with a bit of snark. The inside is warm and cozy with tons of fun stuff to check out while waiting for your food.

And they’ve got a couple of buckets of goodies to occupy the kids.

Perfect.

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Monday spectacular: Fall in Marin

Rain showed up today. It’s unavoidable – welcome to fall in Marin.

The thing is we have a flat roof and it’s in need of some help. The hubs went up and did some tarring and caring and loving… But, today, when we got a bit of a sprinkle, we had a few leaks.

Nothing big.

But.

A leaky roof is a leaky roof.

We also had our first fire of the season.

As you can see – one of our cats wasn’t fazed by any of it.

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Sunday spectacular: Anniversary

It just so happens it was our anniversary this week. And when there’s some sort of special occasion, we jump in the car and head to one of our most-favorite-fancy-smancy-celebration restaurants.

Bouchon.

We headed off with tot in tow and hoped for the best.

Amazingly the babe was fairly well behaved and enjoyed her fabulous macaroni gratin while the hubs and I stuffed our faces.

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Monday spectacular: What to do on a holiday

My husband had the day off today, as did many others in the out-of-home work world. As a mostly stay at home (work from home) mama, there are never days off. So, when the husband said he was ready for an adventure, we loaded up the car and made the decision to drive toward the water in hopes of clear skies and empty roads.

That’s a big wish for where we live.

You see the weather around Northern California can be interesting. While one area is nice and toasty with sun, 5 miles in any direction can lead to fog, cold, and drizzle – especially near the ocean. And, we all forget that fog is there, so the minute our little microclimate is cloud-free, we load up in our cars and head to the beach, only to find it’s cold and windy.

Not beach weather.

We opted for skirting the beach and heading up curvalicious Highway 1 to a spot we’d driven by a couple of times in the past to check it out.

Tony’s.

Sure, the prices were a bit steep ($8 and up – average about $15 per person for lunch and $20+ for dinner), and pretty much everything is fried, but the oysters are amazing. I ordered the hot oyster sandwich and when it arrived, was a bit disappointed by the buttered toasted white bread and skimp-o leaf of lettuce holding five plump and fried oysters topped with another toasted slice of white bread.

But simplicity won on this one.

There was barely any coating on those barely fried oysters resulting in an amazing pop and slurp of fresh oyster flavor in every bite. We also opted to sit in the back of the restaurant right next to the stack of fresh oysters and the grill master who filled the orders as he got them and delivering the steaming goodies on paper plates.

The clam chowder was really tasty and we had to wrestle it away from the tot to even get a few spoonfuls for ourselves. I would’ve gotten some pics of the food, but really, it wasn’t much to look at – and we were too busy savoring every bite.

Just as we finished lunch the fog burned off and we found the perfect spot to sit and enjoy the sun before driving back home.

How was your Labor Day?

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Sunday spectacular: Summer in the city

Yesterday the husband wanted to run some errands in San Francisco. We live just a touch north of  the city, and the hubs works there during the week, so I was a bit surprised he wanted to head back into the dreariness over the weekend when at our house it was toasty and sunny. While driving about going from here to there, I grabbed the hub’s phone and got some pictures. By the time we found the perfect lunch spot, the sun had pushed its way through that fog and everyone came out to bask in its glory.

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Sunday spectacular: Train Town

This weekend was all about doing stuff with the tot, which made the hubs and I both really feel like parents. Yeah, we do things all the time with our daughter, but it’s mostly going here and there while shuffling her with us. She enjoys it, or at least tolerates it. So, for the last couple of days, we celebrated our daughter and put aside our regular errands to bask in the wonders of a toddler exploring new things for the first time.

There’s this place called Train Town not too far from our house. We’ve been there before, but our daughter was pretty young and we were with some wonderful friends, so everything was a bit of a blur. We headed back for another go around, and let me just say, the smile on her face was precious.

As we stuffed her kicking and screaming back into the car, we knew a fantastic time was had by all.

(Thankfully, she fell asleep quite promptly after we started the drive home.)

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