February 17, 2017

I love lists

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Welcome to I love lists! It’s Friday. Let’s surf the internet together!

  1. Vacation. Maine. 1960s.
  2. A big bowl of this vegan caesar plz.
  3. Sriracha Stix. Definitely curious about those.
  4. I’m a fine artist.
  5. I’ve always wanted to go to a Wegman’s.
  6. I’d like to be in japan during cherry blossom season
  7. Tom Brady’s Diet is like…whoa.
  8. Kids, man.
  9. Pinterest searches: 1950s / Irish soda bread / a line bob
  10. How to avoid becoming a hermit when you work from home.
  11. Note to self: put coffee in my waffles
  12. Loved reading this list on 50 Lessons for Feeding Kids
  13. This makes me excited/uncomfortable.
  14. Romantic movies set in SF.
  15. Teas you can make from your pantry.
  16. If you are working on a media kit/one sheet, my friend Amy can help!
  17. Imagine a whole wall like this in your house.
  18. If you ever want to know if mercury is in retrograde. (I always think it is)
  19. Things that are cute: cat dish /  stained glass cacticoffee donations
  20. Apparently, there’s a lot of pressure to sell girl scout cookies!

illustration above by Helen Jane!

February 14, 2017

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes


I love baking. I love baked goods. Who doesn’t?

What’s the problem?

Ummm. I dunno….maybe SELF CONTROL?

No one can trusted with full batch of anything in my house.

As a result, I don’t bake much. My dessert section has been suffering!

One cupcake turns into two and then I’m like:

Sweet & Simple- Dessert for Two, solves my baking needs.

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting. Recipe makes only 4! Check out more on Shutterbean.com

Christina has figured out all of the formulas to downsize most baked goods into portions that serve 2-3. Small batch lifestyling!

There are 3 of us in my house.

This recipe makes 4 cupcakes.

Does that mean somebody gets two?

Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting. Recipe makes only 4! Check out more on Shutterbean.com

Either way, we all get one!  This recipe reminds me a little of that moment in Bridesmaids when Kristen Wiig makes that single cupcake. Wasn’t that scene kind of the best??

But here, there are four!  My whole family is taken care of with these Small Batch Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Bean Frosting. Perfect for a last minute Valentine’s day baking session or a whip up a batch because it’s Tuesday and that’s how we live situation!


February 13, 2017

Simple Valentine’s Day Ideas

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There are little things you can do throughout the year to show the people you love that you care but on Valentine’s Day, we amp up that love!!!!!!!

If you want some last minute ideas on how to celebrate, here are a few Simple Valentine’s Day Ideas we employ at my house.

On Valentine’s day, we try to make all of our food shaped like hearts.

Strawberries can easily be turned into hearts. Toast too!

French toast can cut into heart shapes with a cookie cutter.

You can make heart shaped pancakes too!

The Cinnamon Sugar Tortillas  here are cut into heart shapes.  They’re crispy and they’d be a great snack in a lunch box or a simple dessert idea with ice cream and strawberries.

They’re ridiculously good. Watch out.

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Make a cake. Cut into a shape of a heart. Frost/decorate. ENJOY!

Valentine’s Day is the day when we have chocolate dipped strawberries, right?

I melted chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave and dipped the strawberries into the melted goodness. Pretty, huh?  Took less than 5 minutes.


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Another really quick dessert idea- Raspberry Brulee. You can pick up some pound cake at the store and put this dessert together in no time.

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Also! Drinks! Don’t forget about the blood orange.

They can really enhance your cocktails/mocktails.

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Cherry Vanilla Hot Chocolate is also niiiiiice.

Cherry Vanilla Hot Chocolate // shutterbean

Let’s talk about ambiance now.

Here are things we do around my house to set the mood!

Balloons. They go a long way. Both adults and children get a kick out of them.

The best part is that they are super inexpensive!

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Better yet….put some in a bath tub. Who needs bubbles?

Also, maybe draw a bath. Romantic baths are fun. Just make sure you have enough towels.

Also remember that two bodies in a bathtub will displace water.

Lessons learned. 

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Get yourself a red light.  You can pick one up at a grocery store.

(It reminds me of my days in the darkroom)

(I never made out with anyone in a darkroom)

(I see a roleplaying opportunity in my future)


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Anyways…red lights! They really set the mood. Cats not included.

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What’s a Valentine’s Day without a love note???!!

I like to leave them around the house. You can put them on mirrors, hide some in my your loved one’s car. Maybe see if you can change the wallpaper on their phone to something naughty?!

Life is an adventure!

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Put hearts on your windows.

Leave them up all month and let the love in!

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Make your own Valentine’s cards.

It’s fun and unexpected!

Definitely not store bought!

Bonus points if you make one that matches your boo’s shirt.

Draw hearts with chalk on your driveway. It’s a nice surprise when someone is getting into their car.

Leave a note on your lover’s windshield. Tell them something nice like….you got the oil changed for them so they didn’t have to.

(this is my dream Valentine scenario)

Whatever you do tomorrow, just remember that you can do simple/little things to make sure that someone feels special. All the small things add up!  Don’t forget to tell someone how much you love them and WHY!!