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August 29, 2016

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Happy Monday! Let’s get into it. What are we making for dinner? How about something with corn? Let’s blow it out with the corn until Summer ends, OK?

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

This recipe for Creamy Corn Basil Pasta is extremely simple. Perfect for a Monday. We cook bacon and then we cook corn in the bacon fat. Then we add some cream to the mixture along with pesto and we stir that into hot spaghetti. We top the spaghetti with the crispy bacon and all is right with the world.

Creamy Corn Basil Pasta studded with crispy bacon. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Wait. I forgot to say that there’s also a ton of Parmesan in the mix because MORE IS MORE!  This is the dish I’ll be thinking fondly of when we’re in the dead of winter and there’s no sunshine to be found. If you want to push it over the edge and exploit all of summer’s bounty, add is some fresh chopped tomatoes while you can!

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August 27, 2016

My Everyday Life: Week 34

Here’s what My Everyday Life- Week 34 looked like:

HELLO NEW YORK!

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Traveling alone….but also with my parents for my grandma’s funeral service.

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Clean your windshield.

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His pants caught my eye.

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I love people watching while I’m sitting in a cab.

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I’m always so amazed by how many people live stacked on top of each other in NYC.

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Also there’s so much stone/brick.

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And so many air conditioners!

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The one with the light on.

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The best thing I ate was at Momason. This coconut curry ramen was bonkers.

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August 26, 2016

I love lists

I love lists // shutterbean

Welcome to I Love Lists! Let’s surf the internet together:

  1. Breakfast on Instagram is insanely popular.
  2. A very good read.
  3. I kinda geek out on back to school supplies. Can’t help it.
  4. Stories of meeting celebs while at work. Robin Williams used to be a regular where I worked. I have some funny stories.
  5. For the avocado lovers.
  6. A 100 year old TO DO LIST hack is still holding up.
  7. This wall is RAD.
  8. BEES!
  9. I can’t believe dorm rooms look like this now….
  10. This print would be so pretty over my bed.
  11. Love this- The Truth Behind Instagram Photos of Ideal Food
  12. This cocktail looks supreme
  13. But really…how do you pronounce La Croix?
  14. Some thought provoking political cartoons.
  15. The Hippest Internet Cafe of 1995
  16. Remind me never to fall asleep in public.
  17. These architecture watercolors are incredible.
  18. The Great Rooms of Children’s Literature.
  19. We just had a discussion about how much money is put into the Olympics
  20. Complaining is no good for you. That’s a fact.
  21. How common is your birthday?
  22. Here’s your Fashion Color Trend Report according to Pantone.
  23. The most hippy towns in all of USA.
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August 24, 2016

Books to Inspire

 

A collection of Books to Inspire put together by Tracy of Shutterbean.com!

I just finished Rosie Project (FINALLY) last week and really loved it and I’m on the hunt for something new to read. Got any recommendations? Did anyone read The Rosie Effect? Should I go for it?

So, here’s the deal. I have two plane flights this week to fly back east for my grandmother’s funeral and I’m sitting here staring at my bookshelf in our bedroom…..packing my journal & reading material.  What to take? WHAT TO TAKE?!  I’m feeling like I need something in the self-help realm. But I also kinda wanna get lost and spark some creativity. Here’s what I’m staring at on my bookshelf….wondering how many will fit in my bag

 

The Little Book of Confidence– I bought this because I need a good pep-talk every now and then. And when I say every now and then, I mean always.

Read This if You Want to Take Photographs of People – I bought this because I don’t take that many portraits and I want to get better at it. I think that’s what happens when you spend time photographing food all day.

The Illustrated Compendium of Amazing Animal Facts– I love facts. Don’t you? I also love facts when they’re illustrated. This one just came last week and I can’t wait to go through it with Cooper. Maybe I’ll leave it at home for him.

The Book of Awesome– This book is full of reminders of things that are awesome. I also refer to this one when I need to remind myself of the good things. Also good—Just Little Things.

Henri Cartier Bresson- The Decisive Moment – A beautiful book of one of my favorite photographers. If only I could fit it in my suitcase…..

The Wander Society– I bought this book for creative prompts. I can’t wait to dip into it.

The Lost Art of Reading Nature Signs– Maybe this is the one! I freaking LOVE learning about nature and what to look out for.  My brain is part Virgo so I’m always collecting information like this. I can’t help it!

The Book of the Zodiac– This is one of my FAVORITE astrology books. It’s tiny….and looking at it right now reminds me that I want to read a little more about Virgos.

You Can Find Inner Peace– GUESS WHY I BOUGHT THIS?!! Because I wrestle with my inner jerk a lot. This is another book I turn to when I need a little pep talk.

If you’re looking for even more ideas, check out my past list.

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August 21, 2016

My Everyday Life: Week 33

Here’s what My Everyday Life- Week 33 looked like:

My grandmother passed away this week.  She was an incredible woman. She will be greatly missed.

I’ll be heading to NYC next week for her service so things will be a little sporadic around here.

Thanks for understanding!

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I found out that my great grandmother’s name was Rosie.

My grandma’s name was Josephine and she went by Josie.

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Coffee and to do lists.

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Organizing.

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Spot the cat.

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Loves.

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Packing for our trip to Tahoe.

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TWO CATS cuddled up against me!!!

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Epic breakfast with favorite women.

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The view where we are staying in Tahoe.

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August 19, 2016

I love lists

I LOVE LISTS // SHUTTERBEAN

Welcome to I Love Lists! Let’s surf the internet together:

  1. I love my new shower curtain.
  2. For the next ladies craft night!
  3. Flowers + Ice = heart eye emoji
  4. Ooooh. This looks so fun + easy- DIY Temporary Tattoos.
  5. Glowy Shrimp in Japan– whoa.
  6. I got lavender :)
  7. Enamel Pins for the ladies.
  8. Do you travel alone? I actually kind of love it.
  9. Man, I sure am glad I know how to cook.
  10. For all the cat owners out there….
  11. What it’s like to have high functioning anxiety
  12. This photo pleases me.
  13. How to fold bedding. ALL OF IT. Still can’t do a fitted sheet…oh well.
  14. I’m so curious to find out what an everything bagel donut tastes like.
  15. The coolest tree house!
  16. Rainbow smoothie bowls look amazing.
  17. A very good read.
  18. This made me laugh.
  19. Some parenting advice that’s actually pretty good.
  20. I want to host my own ice cream social!
  21. I have a crush on this dress.
  22. Got insomnia? Apparently positive thinking can change that.
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August 17, 2016

Ladies Craft Night : Coloring Book Edition

Ever wanted to host your own Ladies Craft Night? Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how she put together a coloring book party!

There was a 3-year period in my late 20s when my friends and I would have weekly Ladies Craft Night that coincided with the TV show, Project Runway. Oh, and I think we watched the first three seasons of Glee together too. Our Ladies Craft Nights involved dinner, cocktails, ladies chats, and some sort of paper craft. Us introverts were so talked out by the end of the night that it took us the rest of the week to regain our strength for next week’s craft night. It was awesome and it truly filled my heart to be around like-minded women. I feel fortunate that the three of us were dedicated to keep that routine going.

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What I loved about these craft nights was that everyone shows up with something to offer.  If it’s not a technique, it’s a good story, it’s a hug when you need one, it’s the support of people who are on your same wave length. It’s those moments of vulnerability when you’re laughing so hard and you’re not sure your bladder can handle it. Maybe you had a little whiskey? Maybe you’re just living? Maybe you just feel better when you’re coloring a drawing while talking.

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In the back of my brain I’ve been daydreaming about hosting creative workshops in the Bay Area (and maybe BEYOND!). I want it to be similar to the ladies craft nights I used to have with my lady friends. Food + crafts + drinks. There’s a lot to work out, and I’m not sure how many people I would want to come for a workshop (ahem, introvert who prefers intimate gatherings). But there’s no way to figure out all of those things unless I actually do it.

Last week, I hosted a Ladies Craft Night at my friend’s shop Neve + Hawk in San Anselmo. It was 4 hour chunk of time with creative ladies and I think it went pretty well!

Let me show you what was involved:

Ever wanted to host your own Ladies Craft Night? Tracy from Shutterbean shows you how she put together a coloring book party!

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