I was having a particularly challenging day yesterday so I came home and made applesauce. There’s something so therapeutic about stirring a large pot of stewed apples. Plus my house always smells amazing in the process. For a few days after I make a batch, I can be found eating applesauce from the tupperware container. I like it cold. I usually eat it standing up RIGHT IN FRONT OF THE FRIDGE. It’s rare that I put it in a serving bowl. To stretch out the last bit of applesauce, I add it to small curd cottage cheese (or Greek yogurt!) and sprinkle a little bit of cinnamon on top. It feels like dessert and could pass as breakfast.  It’s a favorite of mine when it’s apple season.

Around the House: Guest Bedroom {AFTER}

Guest Bedroom Makeover with Valspar Paint // shutterbean


Wait for it… WAIT FOR IT.

Wait. We should look at the Before real quick.

Outfitting: Homemade Decadence

An Outfit Inspired by the Homemade Decadence Cookbook by Joy the Baker // shutterbean


Today the Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence cookbook is out into the world!!! Wahoo! Go MAJ GO!

I was pretty excited to put an outfit together around this Joy’s cover design. That cake up there? I’ve had it…it’s so freaking dreamy.  Chocolate, peanut butter AND pretzels?? Oh my word.  I didn’t want to just mimic the color scheme of this cover, I wanted to pick some things that I know Joy would like wearing. She loves a good clutch, she looks great in glasses, an unexpected lace situation is her favorite, she wears wedges like nobody’s business, and she loves her some gold.  I should also mention she looks great in tight pants. I may have leg envy…  My maj is always mixing some crazy patterns together, so that’s why I decided to pattern clash with the cardigan, scarf and clutch. Hope you love it, maj.

HAPPY BOOK RELEASE DAY!!!!  YOU DID IT!! Proud of you, boo!

Can’t wait to see you when you get to the Bay Area on your book tour! xo




Little Gem Lettuce Salad with Beets & Walnuts

Little Gem Lettuce Salad with Beets & Walnuts // shutterbean

This weekend I survived an epic playdate, a party to watch the Blue Angels, and a fundraiser at school. In between all of that, I made two dozen cupcakes, a batch of blondies for dessert  and this salad for you.  I am falling asleep just typing that last sentence. Whew.

Little Gem Lettuce Salad with Beets & Walnuts // shutterbean

I also had an epic eating weekend which means this week I’m trying to start off on the right foot. What better way to balance the fact that I had two cheeseburgers in less than 24 hours? Salad for dinner— but not like a light salad. A hearty salad. A salad that uses the Honey Candied Walnuts I made last week. A salad that gives me the reset I need.

Little Gem Lettuce Salad with Beets & Walnuts // shutterbean

A salad that has tang, supple lettuce leaves, bits of chives, roasted beets and crunchy walnuts with a dijon vinaigrette .  A salad for the beet lover in your life!  That would be my mom :)

And I Quote:

Time is Limited // shutterbean

A person often meets his destiny // shutterbean

Gratitude is // shutterbean

Everything Comes to Pass // shutterbean

Our only Security // shutterbean

My Everyday Life: Week 41

Here’s what this past week looked like.

The three musketeers.

My Everyday Life: Week 41

I love lists, Friday!

I love lists, Friday!


  1. This lake house.…. deep sigh…..
  2. These pumpkin pie tartlets look dang good. I like the coconut cream addition.
  3. I wonder how this pumpkin bread would taste with my honey candied walnuts.
  4. 75 Iconic photos that will define the 21st century (so far!)
  5. This restaurant encourages 1 star yelp reviews.
  6. Make an Ordinary Day HAPPY.
  7. Her version is just as good as the original.
  8. Learning to Love Criticism.
  9. This necklace would be so fun to make for lady craft night at my house.
  10. I’m really not sure why this Beyonce video made me teary. 
  11. People you see at the grocery store... I almost always get behind the person writing the check.
  12. Victoria makes LA look super pretty.  Love this Palm Springs guide too!
  13. Someone make me a breakfast sandwich with these.
  14. I have cheese platter envy.
  15. Oooh a new Bill Murray movie!
  16. I fell down a rabbit hole researching The Automat my dad told me about when I was a kid.
  17. Kangaroos fighting…I cannot stop watching.
  18. This is my life. 
  19. Elise and Jen have me intrigued on this whole capsule wardrobe thing. Here’s a podcast about it.


My friends Shauna & Danny are working hard to get their gluten free flour out into the world. Here’s more info on their kickstarter. I’m so proud of them for working so hard to make their dream come true!


Once Upon a Recipe made my Cornflake Marshmallow Cookies into a COOKIE SKILLET.

Life in Limbo digs my fried egg technique.

Add a Little adapted my Kale Salad with Coconut & Rice


Greek Salad Bites

Greek Salad Bites // shutterbean

Well, I made Caprese Bites, why not make a Greek Salad Bite?  A chunk of cucumber, a bit of feta (it’s kinda hard to poke on something thicker than a toothpick!) a little grape tomato and an olive to finish it off.  They’re incredibly satisfying. Go ahead, see for yourself!