A Slice of My Life – Week 21

May 22, 2012

Dear Friends,
Thank you for understanding why my Slice of Life post is appearing today.  I aim for Sunday.  This week it’s Tuesday.

Dear Friends,
Oh!  And thank you for being patient with me as the days stretch between posts and the amount of food being written about dwindles to almost nothing.

Dear Instagram,
I am totally hooked on you.  I was late coming to this party but I’m a total believer now.  I use you for almost all my Slice of Life posts.  (Want to follow me?  I’m @danatreat.)

Dear Uncertainty,
I’m trying to not let you get the best of me, but living in this place, not knowing what our future looks like, is starting to get to me.

Dear San Francisco,
We are coming to visit you this weekend.  I am simultaneously excited and terrified.  What if I could imagine myself living there?  What if I couldn’t?

In better news, Alice Medrich, queen of amazing baking books, came to visit us at Book Larder this week.  I along with three other local bloggers, baked goodies for her and the crowd that came to see her.  She was lovely and delightful and I got to go to dinner with afterward.  Swoon!

The spread.  I made the mousse.

Every Wednesday, I spend the day with just Spencer.  He is my little buddy.  Inevitably, we end up running errands for a class or an event and he comes along willingly.  He is great company.

Last Wednesday was early dismissal day for Graham.  In our house, that means a special treat.  This is the hot dog place near our house which also serves frozen yogurt.

Thursday I taught a Spring Seasonal Feast class.  This was the prep.

I cook for a lot of people.  Not that many people cook for me.  My lovely friend Julie invited us over for dinner, I looked forward to it all week, and then she totally spoiled us by making three different pizzas, a huge and beautiful salad, and then making Nutella filled donuts to order.

Saturday was about as beautiful as it gets here.  We took the boys down to the little lake near our house and rented a paddle boat.  We knew rain was coming so we tried to soak up the sunshine as much as possible.

Found in a neighbor’s garden.  This poppy was almost the same size as Spencer’s head.

These two ducks live in the parking lot of my grocery store.  Actually, I can’t imagine that they live there, but I see them there every time I go.  People always take pictures of them.

Strawberry Rhubarb Galette, made to celebrate one of our favorite friends’ birthday.  Recipe coming…one of these days.


  1. First, I barely have time to blog either. It’s a bummer and a relief at the same time. I’m trying to be ok with it and work on other projects. Easier said than done. Second, I’m sorry about Randy’s job. There is no word to use that it appropriate here. Bummer would be a total understatement. However, I met you just after quitting my job, remember? Life leads us in strange ways. I’m not all about fate, but I do think doors open at mysterious times. And, SF? It’s a cool city. I grew up there, you know?! If you need any hints for kiddo stuff, let me know. I’m not totally up to date, but there’s a few things you shouldn’t miss! Best to you and yours, Dana! xoxoxoxo

    Comment by achowlife — May 22, 2012 @ 4:18 pm

  2. well now i don’t feel so bad
    my computer died right in the middle of switching over to a mac, so my luster for blogging is gone
    i squeezed in 2 posts, but am pooped
    our weather has been your weather lately; we’ve had rain mon-thurs for 4 weeks now. i’m convinced i have SAD. sat & sun we get outside as long as we can–recharging the old batteries.
    love the shoelaces dana. you’re very hip ;-)

    Comment by vanillasugarblog — May 22, 2012 @ 5:05 pm

  3. Dana – I moved to Seattle from San Francisco. We lived right in the center and I had two of my kids there. It is a truly amazing city in every way and a terrific place to be a vegetarian! There are so many people who will share your interest in food and yoga. And Californians (by this I mean people in the Bay Area) are so friendly (in a good way) Seattle is a great place to raise kids and be a family but San Francisco is not at all bad for families… I do understand the horror of having to navigate two great choices. Sometimes that’s the worst! But what if it were Fargo North Dakota?! Or somewhere in Missouri?! To toy with moving to San Francisco from Seattle is a pretty great thing!

    Comment by Sarah — May 22, 2012 @ 5:15 pm

  4. Sending you every ounce of whatever it was it took for me to go through this myself last year. Keeping you in my thoughts! :-) If it helps, it’s 70 and sunny all week here ;-)

    Comment by Lindsey — May 22, 2012 @ 6:09 pm

  5. If you were going to live in a place besides Washington, San Francisco would be a good alternative. It has similarities in both climate and beauty.

    Comment by Kathy — May 22, 2012 @ 6:53 pm

  6. My stomach turned into a bit of a knot reading this. I feel for you. The uncertainty of those situations is always really hard on me, too. And I must admit that I was sad for our family, too. There are two little boys in this house who will really miss two little boys in your house!

    Comment by Kathleen — May 22, 2012 @ 8:19 pm

  7. Dana – hang in there. A lot of people are rooting for you and your family – something good will come! And the sunshine also. Best to you, Katy

    Comment by Katy Gilmore — May 22, 2012 @ 8:22 pm

  8. Actually I could totally see you living in San Francisco. If I weren’t utterly devoted to NYC, then I would move there myself. (by which I mean, if I ever thought that I could get my parents to move to the west coast, then I would move there myself).

    Comment by Joanne — May 23, 2012 @ 12:51 am

  9. Loved this post, love those adorable sneakers! Looking forward to catching up in person next weekend. Good luck in San Fran!xo

    Comment by Liz Cheney — May 23, 2012 @ 1:04 am

  10. Nutella filled donuts… swoon! I’d like to have dinner at Julie’s! Don’t fret about the posting- it happens to all of us. And all of us will always be here waiting for more Dana food :).

    Comment by Clara — May 23, 2012 @ 2:48 am

  11. SF is a great, great city (and I confess to liking it a whole lot more than Seattle) – It’s a walking city and I like that. If you moved, I’m sure you’d love it. Exciting times and awesome shoes :)

    Comment by kickpleat — May 23, 2012 @ 4:44 am

  12. I’m with the others. I enjoy whatever and whenever you post. Enjoy the sunshine and the rain and I keep my fingers crossed that all will work out for your family – I’m sure it will. I have poppys like that in my garden – I never thought of them in those terms tho” – mine are probably that big as well. And how awesome to have friends who make nutella donuts.

    Comment by Charlotte — May 23, 2012 @ 5:25 am

  13. Dana,
    As much as I’d hate to see you move… if you had to move anywhere I it would be SF! :) I LOVE the bay area and would give anything to go back there! Such a great community and you would fit right in there with your interests. I’ll be thinking of you. Please keep us posted on how you enjoy the area!

    Comment by Deborah — May 23, 2012 @ 4:28 pm

  14. I don’t even know you but because I used to live in San Francisco and because, coincidentally I got this bucket list of things to do with kids in the Bay Area, many of which I did with mine, I thought I would pass it along! It is a blast to parent in Northern California. http://blog.sfgate.com/sfmoms/2012/05/22/103-things-all-s-f-kids-should-do-in-the-city-before-they-grow-up-2/#5215-65

    Comment by Sarah — May 23, 2012 @ 5:38 pm

  15. sending you goooood vibes. i would love it if you lived near me!!!! That would be FANTASTIC. You should be hitting some good weather here. And! The Golden Gate Bridge Anniversary.

    love to you and your family. i totally feel you on the uncertainty. xoxo

    Comment by tracy — May 25, 2012 @ 9:21 pm

  16. Nutella donuts?! What a teeeeease you are! :P

    Comment by Natasha — June 30, 2012 @ 12:52 am

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