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April 26, 2019

I LOVE LISTS

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I LOVE LISTS

  1. Chimp uses a smartphone. God help us all.
  2. Companies with the best work/life balance. 
  3. Look! You can stay in a giant potato. 
  4. Chicken Sliders need to go back into my rotation.
  5. The universe is expanding faster than expected.   I had no idea.
  6. My creative type is DREAMER.
  7. Instagrammers are abandoning the Instagram look.
  8. Just a reminder of how easy it is to fake a life online. 
  9. Interesting read about The Affluent Homeless. 
  10. OMG KIDS.
  11. Are calorie counts on menus making us healthier? 
  12. Let’s relax and look at NYC from above.
  13. Cooper’s dentist informed us of this many years ago!
  14. Ina’s Last Meal
  15. How to Help Someone with Depression.
  16. Such a sweet Mother’s Day gift- custom cutting board with recipe engraved. 
  17. I’ve always wondered about John Belushi.
  18. When can we finally get rid of passwords?
  19. Dinner for one: egg rice avocado bowl
  20. Why you should write what you know. 
  21. The 10 Greatest Films of all time according to 358 filmmakers. 
  22. What if tech was designed to bring out the best in us?
  23. Weekend baking: rhubarb coffee cake / strawberry crumble  / polenta cornbread

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April 22, 2019

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:

Happy Monday, friends!

Cooper is on his Spring break this week, so we are spending time with my family on vacation. Even when I’m on holiday, I like to make an Intentions list! It helps to have something to refer to when you’re not sure what you want to do! Here are my Intentions for the Week.

Intentions for the Week:

  • work on Etsy shop update
  • unpack from trip
  • LAUNDRY like a mofo
  • go on walks with family
  • spend time away from screens
  • make some art/do some painting
  • work on photography course for Santa Fe (there’s a spot left if you’re interested!)
  • book plane tickets
  • work on passport stuff
  • find inspiration in photography
  • get caught up on social media/work
  • drink enough water (keep up this water bottle filling routine up)
  • track my steps with my Fitbit
  • pull cards and work in sketchbook
  • keep organized with my bullet journal
  • track what I eat in my  food journal
  • write in journal/make vision board
  • read for fun
  • meditate

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • laundry
  • keep the house clean
  • eat healthy foods (TRIED!)
  • grocery shop/get some cat food
  • drink enough water (keep up this water bottle filling routine up)
  • track my steps with my Fitbit
  • clean out fridge/use what’s left
  • clean out the back of my car
  • bookkeeping work
  • package/ship  food journals
  • pull cards and work in sketchbook
  • keep organized with my bullet journal
  • track what I eat in my  food journal
  • try to meditate
  • post new recipe
  • make a new recipe
  • catchup on social media
  • paint toenails
  • drop off library books
  • work on the yard
  • exercise three times this week
  • decompress during spring break with family
  • go for walks with my family
  • spend time working on my vision board
  • write in my journal
  • take photos
  • read for fun

 

Pump Jam for the Week:

 

 

Recipes to Inspire:

The most delicious & simple Apricot Glazed Chicken Thigh recipe can be found at Shutterbean.com!

APRICOT GLAZED CHICKEN

THAI BASIL BEEF

SWEET PEAS SHELLS & ALFREDO

CHOPPED SALAD WITH SPICED CHICKPEAS

Thai Chopped Salad with Tofu

PIZZA WAFFLES

EVERYDAY PANCAKES

 

 

Mantra for the Week:

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Don’t forget to write down your own Intentions for the Week!  It will help hold you accountable to ACTION.

I’m rooting for you!

xo

Tracy

 

 

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April 21, 2019

My Everyday Life: Week 16

Here’s what this past week looked like: My Everyday Life Week 16

I get excited about planting things in the garden during Spring. It reminds me of my grandparents.

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LOVE EVERYBODY with Sabrina.

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Car pressed flower in the pavement.

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My clematis is popping!

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Light play!

Speaking of, come join me in Santa Fe next month for my food photography workshop!

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My friend Lisa is a pixie.

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My office these days.

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Yes, you are.

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Thai Basil Beef in the rotation almost always.

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The wisteria is exploding on our deck. I am in love. I wish my Mom could see!

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I took a detour while I waited for the grocery store to open.

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I stumbled upon a field of wild fennel and it reminded me of being with my Dad in the garden when I was young.

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April 19, 2019

I LOVE LISTS

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I LOVE LISTS

  1. Signs that need proofreading. Lol.
  2. I’m curious to see how pickle chips taste!
  3. My biggest flaw is that I double dip at parties. HAHA
  4. The food at Coachella looks pretty gourmet. Still not going.  (I hate crowds)
  5. Stanley Kubrick was quite a photographer. I loved looking at these photos. 
  6. Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019!
  7. This makes me want to paint my bathroom cabinets so bad!
  8. How the Vietnam War shaped Classic Rock.
  9. A guide to feeding your picky eater. 
  10. California poppy blooms!
  11. Urban deer in Japan!!!
  12. Flowy Summer dress daydreaming: one/ two / three / four
  13. Wisteria tunnels in Japan look enchanting.
  14. NYC from above is so cool. 
  15. Non-alcoholic bars are a new thing.
  16. Most powerful press photos of 2019.
  17. Whoaaaa. This is an airport!
  18. I always pay attention to what people eat in movies. 
  19. Molly’s Spring/Summer Bucket List is cute.
  20. Some strawberry snacks for your weekend. Also make these ricotta pancakes!

There are two open spots in my Santa Fe Food Photography Workshop next month. Come play with us!

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April 16, 2019

5 Simple Strawberry Snack Ideas

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One of the best things about living in California is access to AMAZING STRAWBERRIES. Every year I go crazy and buy a whole bunch the second they are in season (NOW!) and then all of a sudden I have to figure out how to a million ways to use them all up.  It’s cool. I like a challenge!

This month, California Strawberries is searching for the Strawberry Snack of Summer and is hosting a #GetSnackingChallenge on Instagram. You can enter by tagging your strawberry snack ideas with #GetSnackingChallenge – grand prize is $1000!  

Challenge accepted!

Thanks to my partnership with California Strawberries, I am going to show you 5 Simple Strawberry Snack Ideas for those of us who love strawberries and have to put them in EVERYTHING this time of year.

When I have a lot of strawberries in my kitchen, I like to:

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Make a jam.

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Roast them.

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Make Snacks!

One of the simplest ways to make strawberries fun is to turn them into hearts!

Here’s a little instructional video if you want to see how it’s done.

It’s a really fun way to serve a strawberry. Kids love it!  Heck, I LOVE IT.

Did you know that ONE serving of 8 strawberries has more Vitamin C than an orange?!  One serving provides 110% of your daily Vitamin C needs! That’s great news for us parents!

OK! Here are 5 Simple Strawberry Snack ideas for the #GetSnackingChallenge.

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The first simple recipe is Strawberry Milk!  This is a great afternoon snack or in addition to breakfast in the morning.  The pink color makes it FUN!  You can adapt this recipe with whatever milk you drink at home. Adjust proportions to taste. In the end, you get a frothy pink milk that tastes like a milkshake but without having to use ice cream.

Strawberry Milk

makes enough for 2

  • 2 ½ cups whole milk
  • 8 strawberries, hulled and stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Blend ingredients in a blender until well combined. Divide into two cups. Serve each with a straw.

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Have you ever had Strawberry Cream Cheese? It takes a little like strawberry cheesecake!  It’s a fun way to switch up your bagel and cream cheese snack/lunch routine.  You might find me dipping graham crackers in the bowl of strawberry cream cheese. Instant cheesecake 🙂

Strawberry Cream Cheese

makes about 1 ½ cups

  • 8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 fresh strawberries, hulls and stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Mix cream cheese, strawberries and maple syrup in a mini food processor until well combined. Add more maple syrup if needed. Enjoy on toasted bagels or with graham crackers.

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When the weather is right, we turn the grill on and toast crostini for bruschetta. A simple snack of toasted bread with goat cheese and balsamic glazed strawberries with basil can turn into a fancy appetizer, a whole dinner or an afternoon treat.

Strawberry Bruschetta

serves 3-4

  • ½  French baguette, thinly sliced on the bias
  • 1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ pint strawberries, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 4 oz. goat cheese, at room temperature
  • 3-4 fresh basil leaves, julienned for serving

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Put bread slices on a baking sheet and brush slices with oil on both sides. Season lightly with salt and pepper, bake until pale golden, about 10-15 minutes. If you are grilling the crostini, heat over medium-high heat and grill each side for 3-4 minutes.

Put cut strawberries in a bowl with balsamic vinegar and let sit for 10 minutes. Spread 1 tablespoon of goat cheese on each crostini, top with a few basil shreds and then place a spoonful of strawberries on top. Sprinkle salt on top of the crostini & serve.

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If you have any leftover angel food cake (or any cake for that matter!) toast it up and make fruit kebabs with it. Melted some milk chocolate in the microwave and do the dip!

Strawberry Kebabs

serves 2

  • 8 strawberries, cut into hearts
  • 8 cubes toasted angel food cake
  • ⅓ cup milk chocolate chips

Assemble strawberries and angel food cake on wooden skewers, two strawberries and two pieces of angel food cake to each skewer. Place chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, cooking on HIGH for 30 seconds, stir and cook for another 30 seconds or until chocolate is melted. Serve with strawberry kebabs.

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Want to put some homemade strawberry jam into a dessert? Make portable trifles in jars. You are going to love digging through layers of pound cake, whipped cream and fresh strawberries with a spoon! It’s a great treat to bring on a picnic. Make sure you bring a cooler. Don’t forget the spoons!

Strawberry Trifle

makes enough for 4

  • 2 cups sliced strawberries
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 tablespoons fresh strawberry jam
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ store-bought pound cake, cut into small cubes
  • fresh mint, for garnish

Toss strawberries with sugar in a medium bowl and let sit for 10 minutes.  Line the bottom of 4 smalls jars with a scoop of strawberry preserves.

In a medium bowl, whip the cream with vanilla with a hand mixer until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

Top with a few pieces of pound cake. Top pound cake with a dollop of whipped cream followed by a heaping spoonful of strawberries.  Follow with another layer of pound cake and whipped cream. Cover and chill in the fridge for 2-4 hours before serving. To serve, top with a few sliced strawberries and mint for garnish.

More strawberry snacks to enjoy:

Thank you to  California Strawberries for sponsoring this post and fortifying our life with strawberries this week.  Don’t forget to enter the #GetSnackingChallenge with California Strawberries on Instagram. Let’s see your strawberry snack concoctions!

 

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April 15, 2019

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:

Happy Monday, friends!

We are on week 16 of 2019. This weekend was filled with baseball and also socializing.  I spent time last week doing some spring cleaning and it feels so good to welcome friends into my home. It has me excited for eating dinner outdoors in the next few months. Although the BUGS. I forgot about the bugs.

I need to make more plans for BBQs soon.

This week we have a lot of work to get done before Cooper goes on break. I hope by the end of the week to be finished with my TO -DO lists so I can spend some time recharging. I’ve been sick with a cold this week and all of the time out & about and working has worn me down. I’m ready for a break from the school and work routine for a bit.  A reset and a fresh perspective are much needed right now.

Now that we know what’s up with our taxes, I feel like I can breathe.

The news isn’t great, but I know it’s one less thing to worry about.  Knowing what we’re up against makes all the difference.

It’s WEEK 16. Let’s do this.

One thing at a time. First, let’s figure out our intentions for the week!

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April 14, 2019

My Everyday Life: Week 15

Here’s what this past week looked like – My Everyday Life Week 15

A week ago I was teaching a handwriting workshop for our school auction!

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Nothing makes me happier than putting together an assembly line.

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Teaching outfit!

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All my stuff!  I totally brought a disco ball.

We wrote some of our family’s favorite recipes together.

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This is my sample recipe for the students to be inspired by.

Mom’s lemon chicken is a winner.

My Everyday Life: Week 15 on Shutterbean.com My friend Sonia hosted the party and put together this beautiful spread with her family’s empanada recipe.

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