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March 18, 2018

My Everyday Life: Week 11

Here’s what this past week looked like:

Growing all kinds of things this Spring.

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I see you.

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It rained most of the week.

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Cooper also stayed home from school because he was sick.

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Our friend Melissa is in town. We went out to eat!

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I also made corned beef & cabbage from  The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook.

Turned out great!

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Saturday rainy afternoon.

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March 16, 2018

I LOVE LISTS

 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!

HEY, I LOVE LISTS!

  1. How to an artist according to Georgia O’Keefe
  2. Your horoscope affirmations for March.
  3. Summer dresses to daydream about: one / two / three 
  4. This is so dang clever.
  5. Oh nooooo Necco!
  6. I don’t think I’d mind living in a 175 square foot apt.
  7. 19 kinds of reading you’ve done– I loved this.
  8. When in doubt, swear it out.
  9. The Milky Way is beautiful.
  10. Why does this sound super gross to me?
  11. No, I will not try platypus milk. 
  12. This is the way introverts pick their person.
  13. Most Underrated/Overrated things from Trader Joe’s
  14. 10 Most Famous Bookstores in the World
  15. People doing awesome things with their computer wallpaper.
  16. New music by Leon Bridges! YES.
  17. Omg online shopping fails.
  18. Nail inspiration!
  19. What Stage IV Cancer Taught Me
  20. Molly makes everything beautiful. Check out her dining room.
  21. Instagram is not turning back into a chronological feed. Boo
  22. I think my mother-in-law would love this.
  23. How did I know I’d get Rowlf??
  24. How people kicked some of their bad habits.
  25. Stephen Hawkings was funny.
  26. You won’t look like Sharon Stone at 59.

 

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My pre-release copy of Pretty Dish. Very excited about this cookbook! Jessica does not disappoint.

Finding my mom’s nail polish and wearing it.

The light outside at night!! Thank you daylight savings….even though it’s so dark in the mornings.

Listening to Kenny Loggins on Spotify

have a great weekend!

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March 14, 2018

Lemon Garlic Roasted Shrimp

Lemon Garlic Roasted Shrimp makes weeknight dinner making EASY. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

I remember watching some kid devour shrimp cocktail at a restaurant a few years ago and someone commented, “KIDS GO CRAZY FOR SHRIMP!”

um.

Not mine. 

But then something happened a few weeks ago. My son tried some buffalo wing style shrimp (oof) and loved it. Now he wants shrimp when we’re out to eat and hogs all the shrimp tempura. Be careful what you wish for 😉

Lemon Garlic Roasted Shrimp makes weeknight dinner making EASY. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

But we’re into shrimp right now. I am not getting overly excited but

OH

MY

GOD

I

CAN

MAKE

SHRIMP

FOR

MY

FAMILY

NOW

and everyone will eat it.

If you think I’m overreacting, I just sat here and thought about it.

It’s been 9 years since I’ve been able to make a shrimp dish for my whole family.

I suppose this is when I chime in with a Better late than never.

Lemon Garlic Roasted Shrimp makes weeknight dinner making EASY. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com!

My Mom used to make this dish. Of course, she did, it was one of the simplest recipes from her beloved Ina Garten!  I love that food can sometimes feel like a hug from your Mom. I sure needed it the past few weeks.

Oh, and did I mention this sauce on this dish? It’s lemon buttery garlicky goodness. You’re going to want to sop up every last bit with bread. Promise. CONTINUE READING

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March 12, 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:

Happy Monday!

I had a pretty busy weekend doing stuff around the house, packing up gifts for the Rincon Valley Little League  & meal prepping. I don’t think I even left the house this weekend. I didn’t even realize that until now! My brain might have been kickstarted in Spring cleaning mode and I’m totally OK with that. Over the weekend I cleaned up my makeup drawer and I feel like I got a whole new lease on life (semi-dramatic). I also cleaned out the inside of the car because it was looking like a garbage can.

Oh, and I did some meal prep. I’d say we’re getting the week off to a good start!

Intentions for the Week is a weekly TO DO list on Shutterbean.com!

 

 

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March 11, 2018

My Everyday Life: Week 10

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 10:

Happy Birthday, Casey!!!!!!!!! 41 years!! YAY!

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Obligatory linguine & clams with garlic bread & salad dinner.

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Waking my child up. Some days he wakes me up.

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Thank you, Karin. You are a light!

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I really needed a cup of comfort.

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I am blown away by your kindness.

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March 9, 2018

I LOVE LISTS

I love lists - a collection of links from Shutterbean.com

I LOVE LISTS, so here’s one for you:

  1. A better way to compliment someone is to acknowledge what they’ve done.
  2. Juuling is a thing and don’t let your kid use the internet. Like EVER.
  3. This is food for the soul oh gosh and this too!!
  4. My Enneagram number is 2.
  5. I had no idea there were so many Oreo flavors.
  6. Five signs your kid might be an artist
  7. Thoughts on double dipping?
  8. They never really grow up, do they?
  9. How it feels to be a Mom.
  10. This is mind-blowing.
  11. An interesting read on class differences between parents & children.
  12. I wish they had this in our typing class in high school.
  13. What brands did for International Women’s Day
  14. I’d like to have a neon sign some day.
  15. How to feed yourself when you’re really depressed.
  16. How to Be Anxious
  17. I’ve been wanting a black house for 20 years now. YES.
  18. Adults are living in dorm-like housing in San Francisco now. 
  19. Reading about diabetes in this way is so much easier on my visual brain.
  20. Just lovely: buddha head planter / lady painting / delicate temporary tattoos
  21. This pleases me.
  22. Has this happened to you with your Alexa?  That is so creepy!
  23. Let’s make some breakfast cookies, ok?

 

Currently Loving- Shutterbean

 

The change in light in the afternoons right now. Spring is arriving.

Sweet & Spicy Tea  in the afternoon with a bit of vanilla almond milk.

Turkey White Bean Chili on a chilly Thursday night after baseball.

Having a few brownies stashed in our freezer right now.

All the notes you write on your orders from my shop!  You’re all so sweet.

Reliving my high school brain by listening to Portishead.

Imperfect Produce. I’m on my third week of using them for produce delivery.  Ours comes on a Friday so it’s fun to enter the weekend with a few new things in my toolbox. I like that I can expect produce that has marks on it. It would infuriate me when I would order produce from other companies, pay a fortune for it and then have damaged produce. So far I haven’t received anything treacherous and the price is pretty great for all the organic produce you get. I had a raccoon get into one of my boxes. Turns out raccoons like apples. Lesson learned. 🙂  Check them out if they’re in your area- Here’s a $10 off code for your first order!

 

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March 7, 2018

Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Cabbage


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I use my Instant Pot for a few things.

Hard boiled eggs (omg the shell comes off so easily)

Apple sauce (because we always have leftover apples and I love making applesauce)

Chicken Broth (with bones I stash in the freezer- that sounds creepy!)

Pulled Pork (tacos & pulled pork sandwiches)

I made rice a few times but cannot give up my rice cooker. The rice stuck to the bottom a few times and that’s enough for me to not try that again. If you have any tips that don’t include putting a ton of oil in the rice, I am all ears.

I experimented with chicken wings once and the meat was so tender that they became boneless chicken wings.

Womp womp

I mean I love my Instant Pot, but I don’t always have the time and the money to play around, you know?

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I bought myself The Essential Instant Pot Cookbook. It’s by my friend Coco Morante. She’s done so much work figuring out the Instant Pot so I don’t have to!  Thanks, friend!

First recipe- Instant Pot Sweet and Sour Cabbage!

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I thought that with the month being all St. Patrick’s Day, it would be good to throw some cabbage in the recipe rotation. We never really have it, so I thought I’d try something new and branch out from my Instant Pot ways.

My only addition is a little goat cheese on top. I used to have the braised cabbage at Hillstone (Houston’s) on the Farmer’s Market plate (anyone?) and could never get enough of it. Now I can make at home!

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