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December 7, 2018

I LOVE LISTS

I LOVE LISTS

  1. People really didn’t think things through, did they?
  2. Tim’s holiday gift guides are always my favorite.  
  3. I find #17 to be extremely satisfying.
  4. Let’s transport ourselves into another time.
  5. I wish my mom could see this.
  6. How do we have so much time to watch TV these days?
  7. 2019 is all about coral
  8. What a pretty cocktail!
  9. A thought-provoking photography project of a father with Alzheimer’s 
  10. How to collaborate with people you don’t like.
  11. I liked reading through these gifting philosophies. 
  12. People will do anything for free cheesecake
  13. When the holidays are hard.
  14. Little moments when you are hit by grief.
  15. Selfies are ruining cool things.
  16. I gotta find me a mellotron to play with.
  17. Lasagna pizza. Whoa.
  18. I didn’t know this iPhone cursor trick. Did you?
  19. Why Accepting Help Makes Us Happier
  20. The beauty of waterways from above. Wow.
  21. I love the idea of making landscapes out of thread
  22. The best animal photos of 2018 are pretty cool.
  23. Some food storage tips. 
  24. Oprah’s favorite things + My favorite things
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December 6, 2018

Cranberry Nut Bread

Cranberry Nut Bread is a recipe to pull out during cranberry season! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

I made my Mom’s Cranberry Nut Bread the other day because I missed her and I wanted my house to smell like it did when I was a kid during Christmas time. My house is the one I grew up in, so the holidays are a real trip to experience as an adult with my own family.  What I remember about my childhood in this house is that my mom would get on these all-night benders of making holiday treats or gifts for family. The house would be in disarray. Counters start piling up with incoming and outgoing things. The dining room table was set up to wrap presents and address holiday cards.

So yeah, not much has changed over the years 😉

Cranberry Nut Bread is a recipe to pull out during cranberry season! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

8Three things were heavy in her tradition rotation- Rocky Road Fudge (I remember the red tin lined with wax paper she’d use) Cranberry Nut Bread (always wrapped in aluminum foil and a bow) and of course, her Sour Cream Coffee Cake (that my Dad would pick at before she served it spurring her “It looks like there’s a mouse in the house!” rant). When she got into a really good rhythm with the cranberry bread bake-fest, she would wrap up loaves and stash them in the freezer so she could have something to bring to whatever party she was invited to. I always thought that was weird until I started baking on my own and learned the beauty of pulling out something at a moment’s notice.  With all of the treats though,  I held out for all of the coffee cake.

Cranberry Nut Bread is a recipe to pull out during cranberry season! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

I wish I could thank her for her traditions and consistency. These treats became pillars around our holiday season. They helped mark the time of year. With everything recipe I make of hers, I keep her spirit going.  Her recipes help bring the magic of the season alive on our house.

I’m lucky I have them.

Cranberry Nut Bread is a recipe to pull out during cranberry season! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

This is a nice sweet/tart bread. The cranberries are chopped instead of left whole. It means there are bits of cranberries throughout and you won’t have that “oh my goodness I just bit into a big tangy cranberry make it stop!” feeling that can repel a small child.  My child won’t eat bread with nuts so I couldn’t even test the chopped cranberry trick on him. If he had his choice I’d make nothing but maple olive oil banana bread (with chocolate chips). Maybe he’ll make it one day on his own and think of me? One can only hope.

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December 5, 2018

Currently: November 2018

Currently November 2018 on Shutterbean.com, a monthly wrap up!

Currently November 2018

November is over! November was a tough one. November marked the year anniversary of my Mom’s death. I really cannot believe that it’s been a year since I talked to her. The first year of grief and the transition of being the only female in my family has made it a very confusing year for me. I think I’ll write a whole post about it someday.  My brain is in holiday mode as I type this in December. Oof.

My Everyday Life: Week 46 on Shutterbean.com

November was also weird because we had fires here in California and we were stuck indoors for a week. School was canceled because of it!  Cooper had a long Thanksgiving break. We had Thanksgiving at my parent’s house.  My dad’s ladyfriend joined us and it made what would have been a sad day nice and different.  It’s crazy how much can happen in a year. November brought some adventures though!

Currently November 2018 on Shutterbean.com, a monthly wrap up!

Inspired By:

Host a Homemade Holiday Gift Party with the help of Nugget Markets! Find the recipes to sugar scrubs, infused vodka and vanilla extract on Shutterbean.com!

This month I had a Homemade Holiday Gift Party at my house. It reminded me that I love opening up my house to friends. I really like when my dining room table gets to be put to good use. MORE OF THIS PLEASE.

I went on an adventure down the coast with my friend Larkin!

My Everyday Life: Week 45 on Shutterbean.com

And we went to Big Sur during Thanksgiving break. That was fun!

My Everyday Life: Week 47 on Shutterbean.com

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