May 5, 2017


I love lists // shutterbean

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

  1. Cat owners are guilty of a few things….
  2. A new Wes Anderson movie! YAY
  3. I could use some mini mottos around my house.
  4. What do Chefs notice in restaurants?
  5. What I Needed to Hear
  6. Very cool black out shades.
  7. This doesn’t seem like a good idea. 
  8. What happens if you get shot and how to survive it. I suppose this is helpful?
  9. Are meal kits cheaper than buying groceries?
  10. I wish I knew more about her. I love her smile.
  11. This looks amazing. Too bad it’s sold out!
  12. How old should kids be to get cell phones?
  13. Anthony Bourdain’s favorite airport foods.
  14. Mirrors reflecting on a lake. This is so beautiful.
  15. Apparently, I am 42, and they got my height correct! 5’7″!
  16. The history of McDonald’s uniforms (I love stuff like this)
  17. Muji hut for the backyard. Yes, please.
  18. Passwords….ugh…they are the death of me.
  19. If you need help creating a cleaning schedule.
  20. See ya later, June! I’m gonna binge watch House of Cards!
  21. People who work in hospitals are miracle workers.
  22. The backfire effect <—– good read!
May 2, 2017

Currently: April 2017

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I almost wrote 2016 when I typed April 2017. I’m also annoyed at myself that this is being posted in May and not in April. But, I’m trying to get over that. I think that sums up where my head is at right now!

The flowers here in California start popping off in April. We’ve had quite a show. The leaves are on most of the trees now and the birds are out chirping. The turkeys are chatting and the jackrabbits are running around on our hill.

April was a travel month for me! There was a lot of traveling which through my schedule off quite a bit. I haven’t been in the kitchen as much as I wanted, but I got to recharge, rest and regroup. Travel is the best way for me to keep my creativity alive.

So, let’s see. How was April?

Currently April 2017

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Inspired By:

Travel always inspires me.  I really need to see new surroundings or else my creativity suffers. Also, my MIND SUFFERS. I feel cagey when I haven’t had an adventure. It’s a byproduct of living in the house I grew up in. I want to GOOOOOOOOO EXPLORE!

This April I went to Monterey with my family for Easter and then flew to Nashville (to visit Joy!)  and road-tripped to her house in New Orleans. There was a lot of movement in April!  I’m normally not away from home for that long, so April kind of went by in a blur. It was great to be with family near the beach. We did something new and it was FUN!!!!!!!!

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During my trip to Nashville, I made an effort to talk to strangers.

I convinced Marguerite from Montreal at the airport bar in Denver to try ginger beer. She loved it.  I also found out that I went to the same art school as a bartender named Nick who served me a few “Punch Drunk” cocktails in New Orleans.

The world is small even though it doesn’t feel that way sometimes. These are the things I like about travel.


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During this trip, I used a new backpack and my roller suitcase for my flights.


How did I ever travel without a backpack? My shoulders were like WHAAAAAAAAT IS THIS??? We’re not sore???!!  The best part about this backpack is that I knew where everything was when I needed to get items out. The straps didn’t cut into my shoulders.  It cut down so much travel anxiety!

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Pen-pals– you guys!!! I am so touched by all of your postcards and letters. THANK YOU! I am so honored that you have all taken time out of your schedule to do something nice for someone else (me!). A lot of you have mentioned that you started writing more letters to other people as a result. <— AMAZING!

I’ve been getting letters from Norway! New Zealand! France! England!!!  Honestly, that is just unreal to me. There are also so many awesome people from all over the US that have written me too.  A big should out to all of the readers from the Bay Area who have written!  I think we should probably figure out a get together soon. How does that sound?

Here’s my address:

Tracy Shutterbean

P.O. Box 604

San Anselmo, CA 94979

I occasionally share some of the cool letters I get on my Instagram Stories.

You can follow me @shutterbean

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Big Little Lies. Did you watch it?!!??  It haunted me for a few weeks. I really love the soundtrack. We went to Monterey (where it’s filmed) a few days after we finished watching the series.

I’m behind on The Feud & Girls.  Again…TRAVEL.


I checked out too many books at the library this month. I also didn’t return a lot. DANGIT. I’d like to get better at what I check out…I mean, actually reading things on time instead of having to renew too many time before it’s too late.

Currently on my nightstand:

Mindful Games

Do the Work

Trader Vic’s Kitchen Kibitzer

I Hate to Housekeep 

I’m super excited about this new David Sedaris book that comes out this month. I love when he reads from his diaries on his book tours. His observations are comic gold.

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Thinking About:

My head’s in the clouds for Summer. We go to Tahoe every year with my family. I CANNOT WAIT FOR THAT. I think we’ll try to go to Santa Cruz and LA. Can I make it up to Oregon or Idaho in the Summer? That’s the question I’m figuring out. I’m also anxious to start working out in my front yard garden.

Thinking about doing some Instagram Live/Facebook live sessions.

(what would you want to see?)

I’ve been experimenting with Instagram Live. I randomly turned it on one morning recently and had people tell me their names and spent about 30 minutes writing them live (with commentary).  People asked questions. I told people what associations I had with their names. It was fun! I did it standing up which was weird, so I have to figure out a better setup. That picture above there shows all of the names I wrote on my first session and here’s my second session:

(press play)


Listening To:

Agnes Obel. September Song (is my fave) is from the show Big Little Lies and it’s a good one! I’ve had her on non-stop for the past few weeks.

Also— love her songs Familiar and Stone.

Also if you are having writer’s block, I suggest listening to a little Harry Belafonte. It puts my brain in a good mood.

Finished listening to S-Town!!!! SO good. Did you finish it too? Can we talk about it??

Also- Listening to George Carlin (checked out from the library). It’s amazing to see how much his stuff still stands up after t


Dream Life:

I had a dream when I was on my Nashville trip that a tree fell down on our hill. It hit nothing….but it came out of nowhere. Like, I didn’t even remember a tree being there to fall down in that spot. Dreams are weird. I also woke up that night to a gigantic thunderstorm, so maybe that had something to do with it. There’s definitely some Oregon streets in my dream life. Sometimes my subconscious gets stuck in old college stories.

I went through a few nights with some crazy night sweats. Whoa, dude. 37-year-old hormones are interesting. Is this TMI? I don’t know. Can’t we just be real and not pretend like our bodies don’t age?  Also, will someone please tell me if electrolysis is something worth doing? K, thanks, BYE.

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I ate/drank too much on my trips but you know what? THAT’S COOL. YOLO.

Asparagus season!!!!!!  My favorite way to eat asparagus is simple! Roasted…with parmesan and a squeeze of lemon. But maybe I’ll make an asparagus soup when I have a surplus and I need to make something fast with them.

I’m starting to switch to gin in my cocktails. Bourbon is taking second place.


GRILL SEASON HAS BEGUN. Time to grill some pizza. 

Here’s a page from my bullet journal:

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A self-portrait for April:

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SO! Tell me what’s up with you! 

How was your April?

What do you want to do in May?

May 1, 2017

Intentions for the Week:

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It’s Monday! It’s a new month. HELLO, MAY!! How are we feeling about May?  I like that the first day of the month is on a Monday. Doesn’t seem like that happens often enough.

Today I am going to be getting my brain in the game for May by working on my Intentions for the Week. I can’t believe we are almost halfway through the year. WHERE DOES THE TIME GO????!!!

I have to finish drawing up my April spread in my bullet journal and then I’ll be able to post my April currently post.  All of the traveling in April threw off my schedule (in a good way!), so I am working hard to get myself back on track/catch up. Stay tuned for that.

Let’s see what’s in store for this week…..

This Week’s Intentions:

  • keep working on the 100 days project
  • return library books
  • return Old Navy dress
  • grocery shop
  • kick ass at laundry and get to ground ZERO
  • make a new recipe/map out May calendar
  • send out letters
  • research more garden stuff
  • put all of my books away (I have so many stacks around the house!)
  • order more bags from ThredUp
  • catch up on emails
  • catch up on bookkeeping
  • catch up on social media
  • finish vision board
  • put away winter clothes
  • packaging supplies for Etsy
  • yoga  x 2
  • baseball x 2
  • plan for BBQ/sleepover? on Saturday
  • post my April 2017 currently post/share April drawing

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • get home safely from trip to Nashville/New Orleans (I’m here! safe!)
  • laundry (always) (working on currently)
  • unpack suitcase  (my rest of my family still needs to unpack from Monterey!)
  • yoga x 2  (once in NOLA and once at home and a hike too!)
  • water plants
  • work on garden/trip to the nursery
  • send out letters (got thrown off course, catching up soon!)
  • art class on Friday (I TOTALLY SPACED AND FORGOT OMG)
  • make a recipe (I haven’t been home much, just making eggs. Fixing that!)
  • write a Currently post for April
  • draw a spread for April in my journal
  • baseball games x 2
  • finish vision board (almost done)
  • catch up on emails (must carve out more time)
  • clean out the fridge 
  • post pancake recipe    posted!
  • drop off library books (dropped off half. have like 5 more to go back)
  • get packaging supplies for prints (back on the to do list for this week)

What about you? What are you up to this week?

Share your intentions in the comments! 

April 30, 2017

My Everyday Life: Week 17

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 17


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Trip to Nashville to visit Joy and see her give a demo and host a book signing at the Country Living Magazine fair.

That night we went to a fancy pop-up dinner for an upcoming restaurant– Henley.

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Tequila shots behind the bar.

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Food that looked like art. Art that looked like food.

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Followed by too many drinks. I drank beer??! WTF. At least I didn’t eat late at night…

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My new friend Brian, giving a kissy face to his husband Mikey!

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Five Guys in Alabama. ROAD TRIP!

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I finally got to see Joy’s house in New Orleans!!! The light is exquisite.

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Night time spirits.

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Morning light.

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April 28, 2017


I love lists // shutterbean]

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

  1. Hello, iceberg. So nice of you to stop by.
  2. Cute jacket for spring.
  3. Apparently I’m very mature according to my candy bar choices. haha, try again.
  4. A good way to surprise someone.
  5. All of these paintings excite me.
  6. I heart Jeffrey Tambor.  Lol, debut.
  7. There’s fiber in coke now….sigh.
  8. Is this too much tech??
  9. You know you’re an adult when….
  10. Tahini in a milkshake? Color me intrigued.
  11. How to build resilient kids even after a loss. 
  12. A campy camp!!! Too bad it sold out so fast. IT LOOKS AMAZING.
  13. For when you need to cure an artist block. 
  14. Want to be happy?
  15. True that.
  16. The cheapest cities to live in. (there goes the neighborhood!)
  17. The prettiest cake I’ve seen in awhile!
  18. To stay married, embrace change.
  19. Moms with a sense of humor (IT ME-#8)
  20. Btw- Unicorn is not a flavor.
  21. This makes me want to watch the movie again. (old fave!)
April 26, 2017

Ricotta Pancakes with Roasted Strawberries

Light and Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes with Roasted Strawberries- find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Cooper has been begging me to make pancakes and I always end up making waffles because I don’t want to be hovering over the stove manning a griddle. But you know, sometimes we have to push ourselves out of our comfort zones 😉

Light and Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes with Roasted Strawberries- find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

I had ricotta from my baked ziti recipe to use up and when I looked through new/beautiful Simple Fare cookbook, I knew exactly what to do with it!! PANCAKES!

Here we have the lightest/fluffiest Ricotta Pancakes with Roasted Strawberries.

Light and Fluffy Ricotta Pancakes with Roasted Strawberries- find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Each stack is topped with a sweetened creme fraiche, roasted strawberries and maple syrup added in for good measure. I can’t wait for the weekend, what about you?


April 24, 2017

Intentions for the Week

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Hello hello! I’m currently in New Orleans visiting my maj Joy. We’ve been having a great time. There was a road trip from Nashville to New Orleans thrown in the mix and I’ve met a few cats along the way!!!!

As I write this, I know I have a bunch of things to do when I get home (trying not to stress out about it).  I’m not at home so I can’t sit here on my laptop and stare at my house and figure out what to do. So, I am going to wing it and try to figure out what my week will be like when I get back tomorrow.

Intentions for this week:

  • get home safely from trip to Nashville/New Orleans
  • laundry (always)
  • unpack suitcase
  • yoga x 2
  • trip to the nursery
  • water plants
  • work on garden/trip to nursery
  • send out letters
  • art class on Friday
  • make a recipe
  • write a Currently post for April
  • draw a spread for April in my journal
  • baseball games x 2
  • finish vision board
  • catch up on emails
  • clean out the fridge
  • post pancake recipe
  • drop off library books
  • get packaging supplies for prints
  • continue working on

Last Week’s Intentions

  • hang out with family
  • ask my parents as many questions as possible (I tried! there are so many!)
  • write in journal/continue the #100daysmusiclyrics project
  • post penne recipe
  • unpack car from road trip
  • water plants
  • research plants for the front yard (worked on my pinterest board!)
  • finish vision board (almost done!)
  • grocery shopping
  • deal with RX/health insurance (UGGGH)
  • return library books (I FORGOT)
  • figure out what to do with old clothes (they are in the garage now so that’s something)
  • catch up on writing letters
  • post items on etsy/think of better name (gotta get that done!!)
  • get caught up on social media 
  • make some good food for boys to eat while I’m gone
  • work on two recipes 
  • exercise/go for a long walk or 2  (went on 1)
  • pack for Nashville trip (going to visit Joy!)
  • find white denim jacket (thrifted a white sweater!)
  • straighten up house
  • deep clean kitchen

WHAT ABOUT YOU??? What are you up to this week? Share your intentions in the comments!