Shutterbean http://www.shutterbean.com food, photography & pretty things Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:00:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.3 I love lists Friday! http://www.shutterbean.com/2016/i-love-lists-friday-199/ http://www.shutterbean.com/2016/i-love-lists-friday-199/#comments Fri, 12 Feb 2016 08:00:58 +0000 http://www.shutterbean.com/?p=38578 Welcome to I Love Lists Friday. Let’s surf the internet together! The Earth is made of two planets? What. Magnified sand is pretty amazing. Are you addicted to your phone? Maybe you’re even reading this on your phone…. This is a cute way to surprise your valentine. I would like to make this vegan cheese. […]

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

  1. The Earth is made of two planets? What.
  2. Magnified sand is pretty amazing.
  3. Are you addicted to your phone? Maybe you’re even reading this on your phone….
  4. This is a cute way to surprise your valentine.
  5. I would like to make this vegan cheese.
  6. How to Snapchat like Teens. Good grief.
  7. Etsy love: this plate, this print , this mug, this vase, these earrings, this bag
  8. Can you imagine being on the Titanic II?!
  9. What Marcia Clark thinks of the People vs. OJ Simpson series.
  10. You’ll never look at chopsticks the same.
  11. This color infographic is pretty neat.
  12. What do women want on Valentine’s Day? I love a good card.
  13. Starbucks food in other countries. Interesting.
  14. Who killed sriracha?  Wait. It’s dead?
  15. The work & craftsmanship behind a Steinway Grand Piano is amazing.
  16. Work Sleep Family Fitness. Pick three!
  17. Release the stress!
  18. What happens to your Facebook after you die?  #morbidcuriosity.
  19. If you love planners….you’ll love seeing this.
  20. Most romantic movies on Netflix (for your Valentine’s Day!)

 

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Spiked Coffee Milkshakes http://www.shutterbean.com/2016/spiked-coffee-milkshake/ http://www.shutterbean.com/2016/spiked-coffee-milkshake/#comments Thu, 11 Feb 2016 08:00:35 +0000 http://www.shutterbean.com/?p=38610 Spiked Coffee Milkshakes 2 servings 5 large scoops Humboldt Creamery Organic Coffee Ice Cream 1 cup milk 2 shots espresso 2 oz. Kahlúa 18 dark chocolate covered espresso beans, plus more for topping Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Divide between two tall glasses and finish with chopped chocolate covered espresso beans and […]

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Here’s the thing about Valentine’s Day. Casey and I always bypass going out to dinner and we make a special dinner at home. I don’t know why I typed WE because I’m the one that makes the dinner. He’s the one that picks out the wine/does the dishes/puts the boy to bed.  It’s a guarantee that we’ll always eat too much dinner and then we’ll end up in food comas. We’re usually so tired that we can barely watch a movie. It got me thinking…why don’t I just make dessert with espresso in it so we can get a jolt of energy?  Let’s make it so that we can actually Netflix & Chill.  Did I use that term right? I dunno. You know what I’m saying 😉

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This milkshake has three coffee additions. First we start with a base of Humboldt Creamery Organic Coffee Ice Cream (which is so good btw!), we mix it in the blender with chocolate covered espresso beans AND Kahlúa because we’re grown ups.

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We top with additional chopped chocolate covered espresso beans and ENJOY that little surge of energy. Now what are we going to have for dinner?  How about some steaks and some twice baked potatoes?!

Let’s gather our ingredients:

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The foundation to any milkshake is quality ice cream!  Humboldt Creamery also makes delicious flavors like strawberry, vanilla mint chocolate chip & chocolate.

Btw- I’m obsessed with this scooper.  It works so well.

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Ice cream goes into the blender.

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Followed by espresso, chocolate covered espresso beans, milk & Kahlua!

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Blended! Look at those little bits of espresso beans.

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You could add some boozy whipped cream to the top…

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But make your life simple and add chocolate covered espresso beans.

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One for you. One for your boo!

Spiked Coffee Milkshakes made with Humboldt Creamery Ice Cream. Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Milkshake/Netfix/Back massage that lasts more than 1 minute/Chill

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Enjoy!

This post was produced in partnership with Humboldt Creamery. As always, all opinions are my own.  Humboldt Creamery products are now currently available in Whole Foods Markets across California.   You can see their whole line of products on their website.  If you’re interested in their commitment to sustainable practices, you can read about that here.

 

Spiked Coffee Milkshakes

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2 servings

Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Divide between two tall glasses and finish with chopped chocolate covered espresso beans and enjoy.

 

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Around the House: Kitchen AFTER http://www.shutterbean.com/2016/around-the-house-kitchen-after/ http://www.shutterbean.com/2016/around-the-house-kitchen-after/#comments Wed, 10 Feb 2016 08:00:19 +0000 http://www.shutterbean.com/?p=38372 Let’s look at where we started from: More before photos here! And this is where we are now. What a difference, right?! Let’s look at the process.  Doors were taken off.  Insides were painted white because I wanted a clean slate. I may paint them a color or put a fun pattern in there one […]

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Let’s look at where we started from:

kitchen BEFORE photos

More before photos here!

And this is where we are now. What a difference, right?!

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Let’s look at the process.  Doors were taken off.  Insides were painted white because I wanted a clean slate. I may paint them a color or put a fun pattern in there one day but for now, WHITE!

Took about 3 coats to make the plywood interior totally white.

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We lived like this for a week.

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Frames painted black. Doors were taken off-site and painted in our painter’s garage.

They were sprayed and the hinges were painted too.

We opted out of replacing all the hinges because it was going to be such a pain to match all the holes up and line everything up perfectly.

Seeing it at this stage really excited me.

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In case you didn’t notice, I have a sign on my fridge that says:

I’m dented. Please Help. God Bless.

When our fridge was delivered, it arrived dented (a couple of years ago) and the delivery company refused to make good and we were on the phone for a million years and SIGH. Totally awesome, right?  So, now I have that sign up and maybe one day I’ll motivate to research how the heck to get a new face for my freezer. Until then, we must live with my humor. I could have photoshopped it out but I’m lazy.

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Doors go on!! This happened on a Saturday. The project started on a Monday. I was so excited.  I spent the whole week staring at the insides of the cabinets…imagining what would go where.

I’ll do another post on the organization of the inside of my cabinets because I really worked hard on it and I’m proud of how they ended up. Makes me love working in my kitchen now that there’s a proper place for everything.

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Besides taking off the old hardware, we decided to put drawer pulls on the drawers instead of knobs. It was kind of a pain, but Casey powered through and put them in like a champ.  I love how it looks. I rearranged some things in the drawers so I’m always crazy happy to open them now. That’s such a weird thing to say.

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And here we are…..AHHHH.

This is where I work!

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We used Fine Paints of Europe like we did in our last kitchen. My mother-in-law highly recommended we use their paint for the quality, pigment concentration & durability.  We’ve used their on our garage door, front door, Cooper’s bedroom and several rooms in our last house.  In our last house, we had our island painted a shiny black which I loved BUT you could see every single fingerprint and speck of dust from certain angles. We changed the finish to a silky smooth satin finish and I love how the cabinets subtly reflect the light.

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Now that the cabinets are black, I want to add a little wallpaper to the wall in between the  Corian backsplash and cabinets. I’m on the hunt for something good. I’ve been stalking this Etsy shop for some removable wallpaper options. Might take the plunge soon. We’ll see.

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I was hoping that the black would make the white counters POP and it happened!

The counters reflect more light now and they’re way more noticeable than before.

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That’s my little chopping area with some of my favorite cookbooks.

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Before we had the cabinets painted, I spray painted the old light fixtures black, took out the lamp shades and replaced them with big old bulbs I bought at Rejuvenation. The look works really well now that the cabinets are black.

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The doors of the pantry also black! I had no idea that there were some dents in there until they got painted. Oh well.  We have brass hardware on order that will match the knobs & drawer pulls.

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Here’s the angle from the pantry area.  You can see that the kitchen is apart of one big family room. We have a fireplace, couch, tv and our dinner table in that room.

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View from the sink. I think Cooper is watching the Power Rangers?

I sit and work on my laptop over in that bookshelf area at our table.

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There used to be florescent  lighting above the kitchen island, so we replaced that with some non-offensive looking track lighting. I think we’ll most likely add a few pendants over the island in the next phase. I just have to search for the right ones!

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Hardware from the side.

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Drawer pull action!

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Just a little reminder of what the cabinets/knobs looked like before.

Around the House - Shutterbean BEFORE kitchen photos

One more shot….Can’t wait to show you my cereal cabinet & my broom closet!

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The view to the left…

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Fridge in the corner next to our espresso machine.

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Flour, sugar, plant, kombucha on top of the fridge.

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The color of the cabinets in the morning light. You can see that they look gray in the bright sunlight.

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The sun floods in and the contrast is exceptional. The white countertops GLOW.

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There we have it!  My new favorite room of the house.

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I absolutely LOVE my new kitchen space because finally feels like MY kitchen. I mean… look at my website. You can see how into black & white I am 😉

Paint used: Fine Paints of Europe Hollandlac Satin, (British Standard Colors – Night – BSC-642 )

Hardware:  Knobs/ Drawer Pulls

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Shutterbean Meal Prep – Week 2 http://www.shutterbean.com/2016/meal-prep-week-2/ http://www.shutterbean.com/2016/meal-prep-week-2/#comments Mon, 08 Feb 2016 08:00:44 +0000 http://www.shutterbean.com/?p=38563 Back on the meal prep train. I was  out of my normal schedule with the kitchen painting stuff. Don’t worry, I am editing photos and should post pictures of my kitchen sometime this week. Stay tuned on that! This week was a really busy week. I shot recipes for One Potato, which meant we had a […]

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Back on the meal prep train. I was  out of my normal schedule with the kitchen painting stuff. Don’t worry, I am editing photos and should post pictures of my kitchen sometime this week. Stay tuned on that! This week was a really busy week. I shot recipes for One Potato, which meant we had a ton of food in the house. But I wanted to create a foundation so that I could make some things on the fly.

Let’s look at the week:

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THIS WEEK’S MEAL PREP:

MEAL PREP IN ACTION:

Here we have kale caesar (used the dressing!) with rice & roasted sausage.

All three of us ate the same thing which made me super happy.

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Peso on fettuccine with Caesar salads! BOOM.

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I got a lot of use out of the pesto this week. Here’s a breakfast with pesto toast, cheesy eggs & broccoli.  I turned it all into an open-faced sandwich.

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Work from home lunch meant grated zucchini sautéed with rice and pesto. Lots of red pepper flakes and a fried egg on the side. Delicious.

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A few weeks ago, Cooper and I wrapped up some bananas and put them in the freezer. Pulled them out and made a blueberry banana smoothie with them.

Love having frozen bananas in our arsenal.

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Casey and I were working from home so I made us a gigantic salad with the potato salad, lettuce I prepped, caesar salad dressing & croutons. There’s also broccoli cheddar soup with croutons.

Grilled cheese for Casey… He’s so lucky.

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This was another awesome breakfast. I sautéed asparagus and red peppers in a spoon full of the Caesar dressing and finished with a scoop of pesto. Served with eggs and toast. Amen.

I liked how the garlic and vinegar brought out the sweetness of the peppers in the mix. It had such a good umami flavor.

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Pesto + Arugula + Chopped Almonds + Chicken = Happy Tracy

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OTHER NOTES:

Cooper and Casey plowed right through the banana bread, like I knew they would. I’m glad we had carrots & red peppers in the house because I got through the Monday munchies unscathed thanks them. I’m notorious for eating well on Monday during the day and then the second I get home from work I’m like GIVE ME ANYTHING and GIVE ME IT NOW.  Carrots helped while I made dinner.

I’m so glad I thought to make Caesar dressing because Cooper ate a TON of salads during the week and that made me happy.

Casey enjoyed the limeade with a few cocktails this week. It’s great with rum.

I made a batch of Kombucha– flavor = Pineapple Mango

Week 2 was a success. I didn’t have any leftovers!

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Hope this inspires you to do some meal prep this week.

If you need more inspiration, follow my #shutterbeanmealprep hashtag on Instagram.

Curious about meal prep? Read my post here! 

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My Everyday Life: Week 5 http://www.shutterbean.com/2016/my-everyday-life-week-5-4/ http://www.shutterbean.com/2016/my-everyday-life-week-5-4/#comments Sun, 07 Feb 2016 07:05:59 +0000 http://www.shutterbean.com/?p=38503 Here’s what My Everyday Life Week 5 looked like: We made a smoothie together. After we bought a butter croissant. Agreed. Don’t talk to me before I’ve had mine. 456 JOY spotting #1 Too soon? B A C O N The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich with bacon!   I took him to CB2 to pick something […]

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Here’s what My Everyday Life Week 5 looked like:

We made a smoothie together.

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After we bought a butter croissant.

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Agreed. Don’t talk to me before I’ve had mine.

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456

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JOY spotting #1

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Too soon?

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B A C O N

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The Ultimate Breakfast Sandwich with bacon!

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I took him to CB2 to pick something up and he immediately found the chess set.

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And then he played…. while several couples admired the table.

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“Mom! The water is pink!”

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JOY spotting #2

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We errand. The parking meter looks like another head.

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Casey put these hairpin legs on our ikea bookshelf. I love it.

He’ll probably get mad because I took a picture before he put all the records back.

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We went out to lunch. He was mesmerized by the basketball game on TV and I was so fascinated by the family behind him. They didn’t talk to each other for 30 minutes.

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Blue Steel.

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She’s still got fight left in her.

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He goes right into the mix.

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Pot Pie.

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This room is becoming one of my favorite parts of the house.

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I put this together from a breakfast/salad bar.

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Legit dinner.

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Oh HEY.

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This soup is back in the mix. So good if you want to get rid of a bunch of broccoli.

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Afternoon chai for two.

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This MAPS book is our favorite.

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Little piles.

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Pinky orange yellow sunrise.

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This breakfast was awesome.

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He mixes cereal. He can’t not do it.

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Moving onto bigger bowls of cereal and a new size of pants…and SHOES.

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Dinner for 3.

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Little scores at Salvation Army.

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Beet/kale/apple juice at Whole Foods while I wait for emails to come in.

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COME INTO THIS VAN, TRACY.

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I made overnight oats and mixed sunflower seed butter & raspberry jam in.

Goodness!

(I heat the oats in the microwave for like 40 seconds before I add the other stuff in)

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Loves to people watch. Takes after me.

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Lost a tooth.

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When you realize their feet have grown.

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Doughnut crumbs and dollar bills.

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More dinners like this please.

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HELLO BEAUTIFUL.

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My favorite movie theater candy:

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Casey has been pulling all the weight on our puzzle.

I sort and make piles.

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Late morning light.

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have a great weekend!

Week 5 in 2015

Week 5 in 2014

Week 5 in 2013

Week 5 in 2012

Week 5 in 2011

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