I love lists, Friday!


  1. Texting in movies. I’m intrigued by this concept.
  2. Beauty names products make no sense.  I didn’t even think about this!
  3. Let’s trip out for a second.
  4. Ohhhh the life of a foodie.
  5. I’m in it for the cheese and sausage…
  6. I now want to make ketchup & steak sauce.
  7. It’s always fun to see other people’s favorite typefaces.
  8. Casey needs to make me Opraccino.
  9. Do you think Cooper would like these? I really want him to!!
  10. Be careful what you like on Facebook.
  11. Oh, fruit…sigh…
  12. My favorite dress this summer is HUGELY DISCOUNTED!!!  It’s so comfy/flattering.
  13. I love this dude on Vine. I’m glad they made a little round up of his puns.
  14. Speaking of puns…check out this Pool PAWTY.
  15. I’m interested in how they’re gonna end True Blood. IT’S TIME (but I still watch!)
  16. A little insight on the Mad Men ending. I’m chomping at the bit!
  17. Yessss…. except I’m NOT down with the word panties. *cringe*
  18. I just bought this book about Willpower and I wonder how long it will take me to start it…
  19. Oh My God.
  20. She definitely HAS A POINT. Amen.




I share a tale of how I lied to an anesthesiologist about my weight on the latest Joy the Baker Podcast.

Check out episode #127 The Wisdom of Our Wisdom Teeth 




Thanks for entering my GIVEAWAY!  I loved reading your responses. A lot of you loved grilled meats, corn and pineapple!

The winner is:



avocado winner


I’ll be emailing you shortly! Congrats and I hope your fiancé loses his mind!




Just wanted to say THANK  YOU for those of you who tagged Shutterbean recipes on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!  If you find yourself making one of my recipes and you post it to Instagram, will you tag it with #shutterbean?  I’d love to see what you’re up too. Thank you!!!

Yogurt + Lemon Curd + Banana

Yogurt + Lemon Curd + Banana // shutterbean

I usually put jam or honey into my Greek yogurt but I saw this jar of leftover lemon curd in fridge the other day and thought HMMMM Let’s try it!  It’s tart and sweet  with the addition of the sliced banana. That little bit of shredded coconut it feels like a tropical banana cream pie!  I’m really into it because it reminds me of the lemon custard yogurt my brother and I used to fight over when we were kids.

Grilled Steak Avocado Flatbread

Grilled Steak & Avocado Flatbread // shutterbean

There’s been a subtle shift in the weather the past few days here in the Bay Area. It’s taking longer for the fog to burn off in the morning and there’s a slight chill in the air.  I’m not ready for this shift. I  want to hold onto to Summer for as LONG AS POSSIBLE. I feel like I didn’t have enough outdoor eating time the past few months What gives??!

Grilled Steak & Avocado Flatbread // shutterbean

I was gifted a gigantic flat of avocados by the California Avocado Commission (THANK YOU!!) last week and couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate other than having a leisurely Sunday BBQ at my house.  The stars aligned and my friend Gaby (author of Absolutely Avocados) stopped by with her husband for a late lunch this past weekend and I made this Grilled Steak & Avocado Flatbread with my Apple Avocado Salad and Spiked Blueberry Lemonade.  I also made an awesome dairy-free chocolate pudding (with avocados!) that I’ll share next week.  As you can imagine, it’s avocado central in my house right now.

Grilled Steak & Avocado Flatbread // shutterbean

For this flatbread, I used my favorite no-knead pizza dough.  The dough gets grilled, avocado gets smashed on top followed by grilled steak, charred onions and juicy roasted tomatoes rest on top. I finished with a healthy squeeze of fresh lime juice to add a nice tang.  It’s like avocado toast meets pizza meets fajitas. In other words, it was GOOD.  I felt good to impress such an avocado aficionado ;)

Spiked Blueberry Lemonade

Spiked Blueberry Lemonade //shutterbean

Today is my birthday. August 18th!  AND IT’S MONDAY AND I HAVE TO WORK.

I think that give me a pass to not write a long winded post about this drink.

Spiked Blueberry Lemonade //shutterbean

This is the last cocktail I had as a 34 year old.  It’s lemonade spiked with gin and finished with fizzy blueberry soda. It’s been one of my favorite drinks this summer. I’m gonna be craving this come winter. But that’s cool, I’m gonna step up my toddy game this year.

Spiked Blueberry Lemonade //shutterbean

What will 35 year old Tracy enjoy? WHO KNOWS. I hope it involves bourbon because….


And I Quote:

I have a lot of photos on my computer. It’s time I do something with them:

Find Something You're Passionate About //shutterbean

It's Never Too Late // shutterbean

You Can Have it All // shutterbean

Work // shutterbean

Great Art Picks Up // shutterbean

My Everyday Life: Week 33

Here’s what this past week looked like:

I need this print.

My Everyday Life: Week 33

I love lists, Friday!


  1. How to be Polite.  Love.
  2. The gym can be annoying. Here’s proof.
  3. I can’t look away. What is all this stuff??
  4. These brownies. YUM.
  5. Here are some sandwich stereotypes for you.
  6. This salad is on my TO MAKE list
  7. Craving: CUPCAKES!
  8. Cobbler for two….more like ONE, if I’m eating it. :)
  9. If you’ve ever waited in line for that new thing, these are the people you encounter.
  10. Why it’s so hard to remember people’s names.
  11. This made me laugh. I totally ghost sometimes. You just gotta.
  12. Been thinking about making my own kombucha. I mean…it’s probably worth it.
  13. I forgot how much I love to make ghee.
  14. Things I need to do include: organize freezer  (it’s kinda bad right now)
  15. This ice cream sounds really good.
  16. Guilty as charged! 
  17. What a good son! This made me teary.
  18. Who was there to be Robin Williams for Robin Williams?
  19. 13 Things No One Tells You About Being a Woman  (amen)
  20. 30 is NOT the new 20.




On the latest episode of the Joy the Baker podcast, we chit chat about having a cast (and getting things stuck in it), Minnie Riperton, calligraphy, eyelashes, style blogs AKA RANDOMNESS!

Check it out here.





Gimme Some Oven made my Chocolate Sour Cream Bundt Cake with Greek Yogurt.


Turkey + Lettuce Sandwiches // shutterbean

This is a perfect snack for when you feel like having a sandwich but you’re currently in between meals.  It’s enough to tide you over to the next meal because it has protein, crunch and a little mustard.  You could add a little cheese if you feel so inclined :)  Now…. what are we having for dinner?