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I love lists, Friday!

i love lists friday

  1. You had me at avocado...for REAL.
  2. Autocorrects make me giggle.
  3. Kelsey has a beautiful way with words. Also! DRINKS!
  4. 70 Little Ways You Can Tell Someone Loves You
  5. I thought I was a millennial, but I maybe I'm stuck in between that & gen-x
  6. This post made me teary & also serves as a good remember that life is SHORT.
  7. CTFD. It's the latest method in parenting. I'm on board!
  8. 6 Things Happy People Never Do.  I want to be happy!
  9. I love the new website design for Spoon Fork Bacon!
  10. This Hipster Wedding Infographic made me snort.
  11. 19 Signs You're Too Old for This Crap. HAHAHHAHA. Yes. Oof.
  12. I MUST make these Grilled Salmon Skewers. Look at how pretty they are!
  13. Awkward engagement photos are awkward. Outtakes are horrendous!
  14. I'll take two of these Golden Plum & Sage Cocktails!
  15. Mom Outfits Day to Night! I love how little tweaks make a huge impact.
  16. Would you press the button? If I had the vacation time, I would!


On episode 101-- Clearing the Air -- of the Joy the Baker Podcast, Joy & I talk about how we do our shopping. There's also a good story about farts, blazers & boys who want to tell you their feelings. Enjoy!

I also want to note that I'm taking some time off from my High Straightenence column on Homefries. I'm spending the time I would normally allocate for organizing towards summer time fun with Cooper. He's at Camp Shutterbean and we're loving it!  I'm also toying with the idea of bringing my High Straightenence posts over here to Shutterbean. Would you be interested in organizing posts?  Is there something else you'd like to see here? Let me know!

Also, thank you Tami for featuring Shutterbean on the blogs that you love series! 


Life in the Bell Cave made my Coconut Date Rolls

Scaredy Cat Kitchen adapted my Charred Corn Salad.

The Usual Bliss made my Charred Corn Salad with beans!

Just One More Row... made my Thai Beef Salad with Herbs

Diner Junkie made my Espresso Glazed Baked Doughnuts

Fabulously Frugal made my Freezer Burritos

The Art of Natural Living made my Arugula Salad with Caramelized Onions, Goat Cheese & Walnuts


I love lists, Friday!


  1. The internet can bring out ugliness in humanity. I appreciated this article.
  2. The price of invulnerability. Somewhat related to the link above.
  3. Success after 30. This gives me great hope.
  4. 32 Things Learned in 22 years. #32 made me laugh.
  5. Fried Chicken Waffle Sandwiches. My brain exploded. UM!  Lasagna Grilled Cheese. 
  6. I want these for dinner and to have this for dessert. Please/thank you.
  7. Coffee! Saucers! Whoa. Also- What your coffee says about you. (I'm Americano)
  8. Do you listen to This American Life? You should watch this.
  9. The Pros & Cons of Culinary School.  I've often wondered about this.
  10. Cinnamon Sugar Tortilla Ice Cream Bowls.  Cooper is gonna freak when we make these.
  11. I LOOOOOVE reading people's travel essentials. Don't you?
  12. If you're in the mood to make some necklaces, look at this!
  13. You may have already seen this, but how awesome is Dustin Hoffman??
  14. I love EVERYTHING about camp. Max has my dream birthday party. 
  15. Ryan Gosling Gets Embarrassed Over a Dish Towel. (So much YES)
  16. 27 Signs You're an Obsessive List Maker  (HAHAHAHA. ME)


On the latest Joy the Baker Podcast, we celebrate our 100th episode by talking about compliments! It's FUN-HUNDRED.

And for all of you that asked on Facebook & Instagram what brand my shoes are & my nail polish in this photo here you go!

Sanita Sandals I got from Amazon  They are SUPER comfy.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Slick Slate    I'm a huge fan of this line because I am super impatient when it comes to drying my nails-plus I love the extra wide brush.


Forbidden Rice Blog adapted my Malted Waffles

Wit & Vinegar  adapted my Greek French Bread Pizza

Hall Nesting adapted my Brussels Sprouts & Bacon Pizza

Elephant Eats made my Farro Salad

This Abundant Life made my Mom's Sour Cream Coffee Cake & Breakfast Pizza

Katie Lou Who made my Tuscan Kale Salad with Pecorino

Miss Vinagre adapted my Banh-Mi Sandwich

Flannel & Lace made my Artichoke & Tomato Penne Pasta

Martine Holston made my Kale Slaw with Cabbage & Carrots

I'll Have Seconds! made my Chicken Tostada Salad

The Night Baker was inspired by my Pimm's Cup Popsicles 


Orange Cream Floats

Orange Cream Floats // shutterbean

Orange Cream Floats. Three beautiful words. Three simple ingredients. Vanilla ice cream, orange juice & sparkling water. Sure, this recipe could easily be adapted (different sodas, ice creams!  juices!), fancied up (lavender? honey? rosemary?) or spiked (vodka, rum, gin!) but really---it's perfect just the way it is.

Orange Cream Floats // shutterbean

This is one of those drinks that will remind an adult of their childhood and will create a lasting impression on a kid who's still figuring out the crazy nuances of preschool and sharing toys with strangers.

Orange Cream Floats // shutterbean

It's a reminder (in a glass!) that it's Summer and we should keep things simple. Like ridiculously simple.

Am I right?

Out & About: Tomales Bay Oyster Company

Out & About: Tomales Bay Oyster Company // shutterbean

I think I might have mentioned that my husband Casey started a wine tasting group. Did I mention that? I think I was supposed to show you pictures of our first tasting party but I never did that. Must remedy that soon. Please forgive. Anyways! A few weeks ago we went to Tomales Bay Oyster Company for a white wine-themed get together/lunch with oysters & the like. As a person who doesn't care for white wine (I know! I KNOW. It doesn't matter what white wine I try, I still don't/won't like it), I chose to focus on the food for our little get-together; it's what I do best!  For those of you seeking fun/unique places to go in the Bay Area, I highly suggest checking out The Tomales Bay Oyster Company.

I love lists, Friday!


  1. 1o Reasons it's Not Worth Getting Upset Over What People Think.
  2. Book Titles with One Missing Letter  (ha!)
  3. If you're ever feeling stressed, watch this video. Cuz ...FOG!!
  4. Time to make some cherry syrup cuz I NEED THIS DRINK.
  5. I respect that this teacher wore the same thing in each of his yearbook photos.
  6. Kids getting sunscreen put on them. The horror!
  7. I suppose I'm a millennial girl.
  8. This looks like the perfect summer outfit, don't you agree?
  9. 27 Ways to be as American as Ron Swanson  (my husband LOVES/is him)
  10. This Blueberry Slab Pie looks like a gigantic Pop Tart that I would eat myself!
  11. Get obsessed with this milkshake. Cuz then we can be samies.
  12. This post about "Work Life Balance" and Other Lies was a good read!
  13. I'd probably eat a sleeve of Ritz in the making of these ice cream sandwiches. NBD.
  14. Let me park up next to this Strawberry Mascarpone Tart & I'll be just fine.
  15. Bust out your permanent marker and do some damage (in a good way!)

but wait theres more

There's a new Joy the Baker Podcast!  Episode #99 is called 99 Problems!   It's Summer Bucket List 2013 time!  Let's get excited about the summer and discuss me possibly taking up running (AHHH!).  There's also a new episode (#100!!!) coming out this weekend (stay tuned!)


Versatile Vegan made my Sticky Cranberry Gingerbread but with Peaches!

Wit & Vinegar used the blueberry compote this recipe to make an amazing Blueberry Pie Sundae!

Sarcastic Cooking made my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

My Windy City made a fantastic version of my Herbed Flatbread. Check it out!

Mis En Place made my Rigatoni with Marinara Ricotta (but without ricotta!)


Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Yogurt

Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Yogurt // shutterbean

When we were in Hawaii, we got into this crazy routine of going to frozen yogurt every night after dinner. We became regulars for a week and it was glorious. Casey's favorite flavor was Taro. He got it every night without fail. Mine? Peanut butter. Unfortunately, there were only two nights out of 6 where they had peanut butter and one of them was Peanut Butter Banana. It was EPIC.

Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Yogurt // shutterbean

And then we came home and I have craved that fro-yo since. I've dreamt about it... and here it is.

Peanut Butter Banana Frozen Yogurt // shutterbean

One thing I added (because I can!) was a swirl of peanut butter. I added a little bit of brown sugar in the swirl to make it a little sweet and slightly crunchy. It's sweet, slightly tangy and slightly salty. It's divine!

Now if you'll excuse me, I'm about to have one of those CALGON TAKE ME AWAY moments, but with fro-yo.

I love lists, Friday!


  1. I want this cocktail just on the name alone!
  2. ALL AMERICAN BEER BOTTLING PARTY! I styled this & ate all this food! YAY.
  3. Oatmeal French Toast & eating dinner together. Two important things.
  4. List of Common Misconceptions. Bookmark this!
  5. This post about the Balance of Blogging hit close to home.
  6. The internet is a great diversion, but we have to learn how to let it go.
  7. A Reminder that Glass Doors are the Biggest Threat to Humanity
  8. DIY Studded Sneakers. Let's do this!
  9. Got lemon peel? Use it!
  10. Vegan Espresso Fudgesicles! Strawberry Buttermilk Donuts! Cream Cheese Blueberry Galette!
  11. I'm not one who likes baths but I'm thinking this Detox Bath might be cool.
  12. How to make Boozy drinks less bad for you. Another one to bookmark!
  13. Lessons on fear from James Gandolfini. (sniff sniff)
  14. A timeline video of Peggy breaking through the glass ceiling! 
  15. Accounting for People Who Hate Accounting  (haha, YES and this is my JOB)
  16. No more Google Reader!! I'm moving to Feedly. Here's a HOW TO if you're looking for one! There's also Bloglovin!


Figs In My Belly made my Grilled Greek Panzanella  

The Adventures of PC & J made my Curry Coconut Chicken & Rice

Grub with Love made my Three Cheese & Herb Tomato Tart

Creativity Blueprint made my Milk & Cookies Smoothie

The Night Bakery made my Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Sandwiches

Thank you to thekitchn for featuring my whipped cream in a jar trick!

Spicy Lemonade

Spicy Lemonade // shutterbean

My husband almost always stops at Lemonade stands when we're out driving. He will also buy magazines or chocolate from anyone who comes to our door. Although I'm kind of bah-humbug about buying stuff when I'm no in no mood to be interrupted, I find this quality in him to be so endearing.

Spicy Lemonade // shutterbean

He's like a magnet to a kid who is eager to make a dollar. He's been there. I've been there. I don't want to talk about how I was traumatized selling frozen pizzas to the creepy neighbors on my block as a kid. I get a mild panic attack when I think about walking up to the doors of some of the houses...I should remember how it feels to be on the other end when I'm passing by a lemonade stand...Ok. I just worked out my own lesson there.

Spicy Lemonade // shutterbean

Today we have some grown-up lemonade. It's got a kick -- thanks to a few dashes of Tabasco.  At first you don't taste the spice...just sweet, refreshing lemonade and then it hits the back of your throat. Hello, spicy kick!  It's just as exhilarating as seeing a customer walk up to your lemonade stand with a $5 bill!