My Everyday Life: Week 38

Here’s what this past week looked like: My Everyday Life Week 38

This week we had guests! Casey’s cousin Josh and my brother-in-law James spent the night with us.

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I made baked spaghetti and salad.

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James brought me this gigantic box of produce from his garden. I put it to work!

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Made fresh tortilla chips. They’re so easy and addictive.

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The start of roasted tomato salsa.

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Pan roasted shishito peppers!

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Travel baseball! Up early watching games.

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You wouldn’t believe the sound that came from this hot tub.

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This is a helicopter.

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This week I got to meet my internet friend, Tammi in person!

You can check out her daily gratitude practice workbook here

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Tammi’s September.

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We talked so much, we didn’t get a picture of us.

We met up in Pt. Reyes and stumbled upon Mary.

There’s Something About Mary.

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An orange butterfly passed by and it felt like my Mom.

Tammi and I had been talking about our own experiences with grief together.

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And had some desserts to share.

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Another big thing that happened this week is that I met my dad’s girlfriend.

I made my Mom’s lemon chicken and her salad for the dinner.

I mostly made it because I met a reader (hello April!) in line at Trader Joe’s  She told me that she was making the lemon chicken (even had the ingredients in her cart!) that night. I didn’t know what I was going to make and then I just knew what I had to make!

We had a nice time. Having a piece of my mom through the experience helped.

Grief is weird.

I am so happy to be able to continue to have meals with my Dad.  I am so lucky he is alive!

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Food is such a good way to connect the past with the present.

It feels like a magic spell, really.

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A dog named Rose.

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Working in public and listening to a man’s loud conference call.

Sat next to a lady who was working hard on her calendar.

Saw her again later in the day and we said hello.

She mentioned the guy on the phone.

“Did you hear him too??”

We agreed it was the worst.

Unfortunately, he didn’t catch a glimpse of her stinkeye.

She told me that she remembered me by my nose.

She liked my profile.

It was sweet.

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I had these flowers at our old house.

I want them at our house now.

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Friday night burritos.

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Crispy Italian Fries! 

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Office in use.

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A reminder while prop sourcing.

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Family breakfast.

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Thank you for the thank you note, Grey!

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A small meal prep this week while I was making dinner.

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Letter cookies from Trader Joe’s are a real hit in my house.

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I am thankful for plant lady friends who surprise me with plants on my doorstep.

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You should see how much it costs to put gumballs on froyo.

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Sunday afternoon in bed watching the Amy Winehouse documentary with Rosie.

We thought it was good.

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Took a bread making class at The Civic Kitchen in SF with my sister-in-law yesterday.

CHECK OUT THEIR COOKBOOK COLLECTION.

Goals, right?

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The cutest name tags for our class.

They’re magnetic and chalkboard so they’re easy to reuse.

These are them.

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Measuring station.

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DOUGH

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YES

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We made bread and had lunch! It was so fun!

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And then I hung out at my parent’s house and ate some focaccia my brother brought home.

BREAD CENTRAL.

So much for eating less carbs this week 😉

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  • Evelyn Paul

    Hi Tracy! I love your website and now I love your Instagram too

    I’m an American living in Germany, so Shutterbean is a little bit of home for me.

    Love all your recipes. Made that delicious pasta fagiole soup last week. Sublime!

    I was a big fan of your podcast from beginning to end.

    Writing about your mom was particularly moving for me. My dad passed away two years ago and I miss him every single day.

    Evie

    • Tracy

      Thank you, Evie! I am so glad you are here. And I am sorry to hear about your Dad. I am glad that sharing my vulnerability through the process of my mother’s death helps others. Remember to take good care of yourself.
      Much love,
      Tracy

  • Sina

    Another wonderful week in pictures!
    I loved the one with the fresh vegetables. And Tammi’s hands on the desserts-to-share-picture! Hands seem to tell quite a bit about a person. There often are hands in your food photography 🙂 I like that.
    And, oh: Cooper’s homework on mesurements! <3 His cursive is beautiful, especially the capital letters.

    • Tracy

      Yes!
      Hands give life to food. Without them, who the heck is eating it??

      Cooper’s capital S in Science makes me swoon. 🙂

  • Jane M

    You’ve gotta baking Smitten’s focaccia – no really it’s AWESOME! I baked it for a big Labor Day party we had. It was a Big hit. Nice week you had. Oh and cooking classes are the funnest!

    • Tracy

      noted!!!

    • Kelly

      I also made SK’s focaccia the other day and DAMN it was delicious! It would be great with that lemon chicken….

      Tracy, I have been a reader for many, many years and I’ve never commented. Thank you for your weekly inspiration and sharing so many honest moments.

      Sending peace and happy thoughts. Kelly x

  • Jenna

    Loved this week’s post, it made me inwardly chuckle (I’m not so much of a laugh-out-loud person). Sending you a virtual hug for meeting your dad’s new girlfriend, as much as you might be happy that your dad is happy I’m sure that was still a bit weird/ rough! Loved the helicopter drawing & hand, so cute!

  • Alicia A

    Carbs are good.
    You inspire me on Mondays….Tuesdays…..Wednesdays…Thurs….all week long.

  • Andrea

    Wonderful photos. I too noticed the hands! Amazing. Thank you for sharing with us!

  • Dayna Mailach

    Hey Trace,
    I was wondering what that cake was in your meal prep? Great post as usual!! I was wondering, what’s the best way for your followers to support you? Is it reading the blog regularly? Clicking on posts? Commenting? I’d love to know!

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