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January 17, 2018

Orzo with Pancetta and Pine Nuts

Orzo with Pancetta and Pine Nuts - a delicious/easy to prepare dinner! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.comMy mother’s recipe binder is one of the most treasured items I have of hers. It was one of the first things I brought home with me.  I’ve been pouring through it whenever I feel like I need to be close to her. It’s filled with food stains and notes. A lot of recipes are written out in her handwriting that I had such a hard time forging (always).  There are quite a few recipes clipped from old newspapers, now yellowed with age.  The most trusted recipes seem to be the ones where my mom put those sticker reinforcements around the fraying binder paper holes. My mother always taught us to mend what we had, not immediately seek out its replacement.

Orzo with Pancetta and Pine Nuts - a delicious/easy to prepare dinner! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

When I saw this recipe for Orzo with Pancetta and Pine Nuts, I was transported back in time.  It was a dish my mom made for their company a few times.  I know exactly where I was sitting at the table eating a big bowl of this orzo. YOUNG TRACY FREAKING LOVED IT.

It wasn’t part of our regular meal routine (my dad was always watching carbs) so I always looked forward to this orzo dish coming up when my parents were entertaining.

The only thing I feel sad about is that I don’t remember what she served it with… Whatever it was, it was definitely overshadowed by the orzo.

Orzo with Pancetta and Pine Nuts - a delicious/easy to prepare dinner! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Here’s something I definitely learned from my mom–

Entertaining doesn’t always have to mean you have to attempt something super complicated and fancy. Sometimes simple recipes that have stood the test of time are enough. That and a good conversation can help whoever you share a table with. 

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January 15, 2018

Intentions for the Week

Looking to get your head in the game? Tracy from Shutterbean makes a weekly TO DO LIST called her Intentions for the Week. Here's what this week looks like:

Hello friends! Happy Monday.

This weekend we:

  • had an amazing dinner at my parent’s house with cousins
  • straightened up the house/cleaned
  • took down the Christmas tree (YAAAY!)
  • washed car (thanks, Casey!)
  • rocked out on laundry

I’m starting to feel like I’m getting my routine back and I’m so happy about that. I think I’ll celebrate by doing some meal prep this week too. It’s been FOREVER and I’d like to get myself back on track with that. It saves time during the week and it’s also a really good way for us to control what we put into our bodies when we’re armed with good options. Anyone currently on the Whole30? How’s it going?! I think I’m going to ease into it soon. It depends on how many social engagements we have coming up soon. That’s always the kicker!

And here we have it— My Intentions for the Week:

Intentions for the Week

  • accounting work
  • conquer laundry pile
  • hang out with Leslie
  • sort through letters/enter addresses in my holiday card spreadsheet
  • post Intentions for the Year (probably tomorrow!)
  • eat more salads
  • work on printer
  • delete surplus of photos on computer
  • send out letters/stuff for The Handwriting Club
  • make lemon ginger elixir
  • clean out fridge/keep it clean
  • have a long date with my calendar
  • figure out Easter vacation plans
  • order a kit from ThredUp to clean out closet
  • make a list of things I want to do around the house this year
  • make a new recipe for the blog
  • get outside & move body go to yoga
  • dip toes in the ocean

 

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • start taking down the Christmas tree
  • write my Intentions for the Year
  • tackle laundry (it’s not pretty)
  • go to a yoga class + hike (went to dance class & yoga class)
  • spend quality time with cousins in town from NY!
  • mail thank you cards
  • share art on my blog (here it is!)
  • get printer situation figured out
  • continue to get my house in order
  • photograph recipe for One Potato
  • take stuff to Salvation Army
  • catch up on social media/blogging
  • do some meal prepping (made banana bread & chili)
  • clean computer screen (it’s so gross right now)
  • finish up hand lettering project for a client (!!!)
  • send out some zines! Check out The Handwriting Club on etsy
  • take good care of myself (I tried!)
  • limit carbs (oops)

Mantra for the Week:

Every week, Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com types up her TO DO list with her Intentions for the Week post. Check out this week's post!

What about you? Need to get your head in the game? Write your Intentions for the Week down!

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January 14, 2018

My Everyday Life: Week 2

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 2

I feel like I finally got some of my photo mojo back this week. I think it’s because I set out some extra time to make it happen.

 

My Everyday Life: Week 2 on Shutterbean.com

I got lost in a bamboo forest with my friend Jerry!

My Everyday Life: Week 2 on Shutterbean.com

We had our own 20 year high school reunion.  Jerry was visiting from New York!

My Everyday Life: Week 2 on Shutterbean.com

Adventuring in Mill Valley.

My Everyday Life: Week 2 on Shutterbean.com 

The trees are very good for the soul.

My Everyday Life: Week 2 on Shutterbean.com

ADVENTURE!

My Everyday Life: Week 2 on Shutterbean.com

Leaf pile.

My Everyday Life: Week 2 on Shutterbean.com

Breakfasting.

My Everyday Life: Week 2 on Shutterbean.com

YES!

My Everyday Life: Week 2 on Shutterbean.com

Flowers from Barbara + Tim.

My Everyday Life: Week 2 on Shutterbean.com

Flowers from Elaine & Sharon.

My Everyday Life: Week 2 on Shutterbean.com

 

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January 12, 2018

I LOVE LISTS

I LOVE LISTS // a collection of links from the 'net on Shutterbean.com

Welcome to I LOVE LISTS! It’s Friday. Let’s see what’s up on the internet this week:

  1. Here’s a feel good food plan if you’re looking for one this month.
  2. I suppose the photos from drones are sometimes worth how annoying they are.
  3. Millenials are not grocery shopping anymore.
  4. What’s hurting kids.
  5. No gifts, please.
  6. Get your finances in order.
  7. Here’s a Bob Ross rabbit hole for you.
  8. Grieving in the New Year.
  9. Whoa, Ikea.
  10. Nut’nola looks like something I’d enjoy for sure.
  11. WHOOOOAAAAA. 
  12. This dress makes me miss summer
  13. These vegetarian Swedish meatballs look awesome.
  14. Whole Foods looks empty
  15. I found this amusing.
  16. We all die eventually. This is true.
  17. This makes me want to redo our master bathroom SO BAD.
  18. How you see the world if you’re colorblind.
  19. Epic kitchen fails.
  20. Weekend reading: Wisdom of Sundays
  21. We’re improving ourselves to death.
  22. This makes me pretty happy we moved out of Silicon Valley
  23. Simple Valentine’s Day Ideas from yours truly.

have a great weekend!

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January 9, 2018

Make More Art in 2018

Make More Art in 2018 with Skillshare! See more on Shutterbean.com

One of my goals last year was to Make More Time for Art and I’m happy to say I did that–mostly with the help of Skillshare!

If you’re not familiar with Skillshare, it’s an online community for learning & teaching creative skills. Skillshare connects expert practitioners with students around the world who collaborate on everyday skills from culinary arts to photography to design.

Right now they have a GREAT promo- 3 months of PREMIUM MEMBERSHIP for 99 Cents! 

That’s such a really good deal. You should totally get on that.

Last year I took quite a few watercolor classes- I wrote about that here! 

Here’s what my work has been looking like lately:

My Everyday Life: Week 46 on Shutterbean.com

My hand lettering has improved greatly with classes + practice.

My Everyday Life: Week 42 on Shutterbean.com

I love being able to introduce things I love into my food styling work!

Spiced Pineapple Rum Toddies from Shutterbean.com!

This week Cooper is still on winter break from school, so I carved time out for us to do some Skillshare classes. It’s a great way to fill the downtime when the kids are on vacation and you’re at home with them.

Make more time for art with Skillshare! See more on Shutterbean.com

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January 8, 2018

Intentions for the Week

Looking to get your head in the game? Tracy from Shutterbean makes a weekly TO DO LIST called her Intentions for the Week. Here's what this week looks like:

Hello Friends! Happy Monday. Cooper is back in school. This is my first list of the new year. I am excited to type those two things I looking forward to getting back into a rhythm/routine. I abandoned my bullet journal after my mom died (grief) and it really threw me off.  All of my TO-DO lists have been written on random pieces of paper and index cards. I’VE BEEN SO DISORGANIZED!!!

I spent all Sunday cleaning up my studio space, getting rid of paper piles and cleaning out the inside of my car. WHAT A GREAT FEELING!  Ok, so here we are my first Intentions for the Week list of 2018.

Intentions for the Week:

  • start taking down the Christmas tree
  • write my Intentions for the Year
  • tackle laundry (it’s not pretty)
  • go to a yoga class + hike
  • spend quality time with cousins in town from NY!
  • mail thank you cards
  • share art on my blog
  • get printer situation figured out
  • continue to get my house in order
  • photograph recipe for One Potato
  • take stuff to Salvation Army
  • catch up on social media/blogging
  • do some meal prepping
  • clean computer screen (it’s so gross right now)
  • finish up hand lettering project for a client (!!!)
  • send out some zines! Check out The Handwriting Club on etsy :)
  • take good care of myself
  • limit carbs

Mantra for the week:

Welcome to I LOVE LISTS. It's Friday and Tracy of Shutterbean.com shares her finds from the internet on a weekly list called I LOVE LISTS!

Whatever you’re up to this week, have a great one! 

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January 7, 2018

My Everyday Life: Week 1

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 1

You guys! This is the EIGHTH year of doing this series. EIGHT YEARS!!!!

Uncle Ryan is in town this week!

My Everyday Life: Week 1 on Shutterbean.com

Self-care is hanging out with friends + painting.

 

My Everyday Life: Week 1 on Shutterbean.com

 

I actually did some cooking this week.

My Everyday Life: Week 1 on Shutterbean.com

Nothing for the blog. Trying to figure out what to do next to tell you the truth.

I can’t wait to settle into my routine when Cooper goes back to school.

This week I spent a lot of time gardening.

I made a few arrangements in abalone shells.

My Everyday Life: Week 1 on Shutterbean.com

It makes a great gift!

My Everyday Life: Week 1 on Shutterbean.com

 

Current state of the dining room.

My Everyday Life: Week 1 on Shutterbean.com

Florist’s handwriting sample.

My Everyday Life: Week 1 on Shutterbean.com

 

LADIES

My Everyday Life: Week 1 on Shutterbean.com

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