Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Quesadillas

Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Quesadillas with pepperjack cheese & arugula. A perfect, hearty vegetarian dinner. Find the recipe at!

Sweet dreams are made of these. Who am I to disagree?

Mushroom & Caramelized Onion  Quesadillas // shutterbean

That song is currently playing while Casey's upstairs getting Cooper ready for his bath. Oh wait. Now the Red Sox game is on. Dang. I was just getting into the groove here. It's nighttime while I type this. I'm eating what's left of these quesadillas. They're actually cold because I made them earlier. Still delicious and I'd say it's a few steps up from eating popcorn for dinner.  No judgement on that. Seriously.  You can taste the sweetness of the caramelized onions, the pepperiness from the arugula, and the meatiness of the portobello mushrooms in this cold quesadilla I'm eating.  My only regret is that I skimped on the pepperjack in this particular quesadilla. Dang it. Oh well.

Mushroom & Caramelized Onion Quesadillas // shutterbean

I did eat my fair share this afternoon, and they were hot then.  This recipe comes from the new cookbook What Katie Ate on the Weekend. Boy, is this book one heck of a cookbook. The paper quality is supreme and so are the photos. If you want to daydream and have serious wanderlust, then get yourself a copy. The recipes are just as wonderful as the pictures! Bravo, Katie! Now excuse me, I have a Red Sox game to lower the volume on and a few last bites of quesadilla to eat.

Cheddar Chive Cornmeal Pancakes

Cheddar Chive Cornmeal Pancakes made with yogurt!  A perfect weekday dinner or fancy weekend breakfast. Just add an egg! Recipe on

I've never had breakfast in bed. I've also never had a surprise birthday party thrown for me.

Parts of me feel slighted by this....

Cheddar Chive Cornmeal Pancakes // shutterbean

And then I feel cool about it. Because having crumbs in my bed...and spilling coffee all over my sheets (which HELLO! that's a given for a klutz like me) while trying to read the paper that I don't normally read is not my idea of a good time. Also, if I'm not wearing the cutest outfit or have good makeup during this hypothetical surprise birthday party situation, you best believe my attitude is going to ruin the night. Not in a diva way, it's just that you might not get the satisfaction you desire from throwing a surprise birthday party from me.

Cheddar Chive Cornmeal Pancakes // shutterbean

I made these cornmeal pancakes on Saturday for my blog and we had leftovers for Mother's Day breakfast. No, I'm definitely not bitter that I didn't get breakfast in bed. But maybe I am a little bitter I had to make my own coffee ;)  However, my boys did spoil me with plants + planters and that's all this crazy plant lady needs. These savory cornmeal pancakes were one of the best things about Mother's Day (besides spending the day with my Mama!). Waking up to cheesy, chivey, crispy and DELICIOUS cornmeal pancakes with bacon, Greek yogurt (I used full fat!) and smashed avocado & egg was sheer perfection. And! I didn't even have to worry about getting food on/in/between my sheets.

And I Quote

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My Everyday Life: Week 19

Here's what this past week looked like:

Thank you for your peonies, Trader Joe's

My Everyday Life: Week 19

They've turned into my favorite flower.

My Everyday Life: Week 19

So much depth. I love their scalloped petals.

My Everyday Life: Week 19

And I even love when they're on their way out and the color is gone.

My Everyday Life: Week 19

Last weekend I went on a wine tasting with moms from Kindergarten! Limo! Wine! Cheese! Moms!

My Everyday Life: Week 19

Followed by a wonderful dinner at Kendall Jackson in their culinary garden with Lauren Kelp!

Lauren is a gem!

My Everyday Life: Week 19

Beautiful oyster leaves (grown by culinary gardner Tucker Taylor) with caviar & a mignonette gel.


My Everyday Life: Week 19

I love lists, Friday!



  1. A shark (named Mary Lee) is now internet famous. This is 2015.
  2. Ferris Bueller, you're my hero
  3. For those of you who  don't like sharing food....
  4. A few tips for a clutter free kitchen
  5. Don Draper could stare blankly at me any day.
  6. Are you ready for the end of Mad Men? I'm not. Listen to this though!
  7. Don't be a dick. Seriously. Stop that.
  8. These summer cocktail illustrations are adorable.
  9. Good news for those who love Whole Paycheck!
  10. A very interesting article about PTSD
  11. Sweetened Condensed COCONUT MILK!! I hafta make this.
  12. So according to my cereal preference, I strive for balance AND I'm a DIY kinda lady. True
  13. Life's minor differences. *snort*
  14. Hiccup!
  15. Where I was last week. Oh and here too! 
  16. Some of these ad fails made me snort
  17. Love this DIY Spa Kit
  18. How are these places even real?!!
  19. Do you have any fake memories? I think I do.
  20. These are the CUTEST illustrations...and they're  filled with puns!
  21. If you ever have to do video conference calls, here are some good tips ;)
  22. There's a new Joy the Baker Podcast! We're back ON THE LINE.


Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls

Peanut Butter Oatmeal Balls // shutterbean

Raise your hands if you hand peanut butter oatmeal balls when you were growing up!  I did and so did my husband...but I can tell you this, and salt and chia seeds were NOT in the mix. I think we had a combination that included milk powder. Hmm!  These peanut butter oatmeal balls have chocolate chips in them (which is absolutely thrilling to Cooper) and are made sweet/savory with a heavy pinch of kosher salt. It's been awhile since I've made them but I'm putting them back into the rotation because two of them give me a tremendous amount of energy and keep my candy bar cravings at bay. Plus it gives me a good reason to say the word balls.

To see more of my Thursday Snack Ideas, follow my Pinterest Board!

Brown Sugar Meringues w/ Strawberries + Cream

Meringues made with Brown Sugar! They're crispy and chewy and taste like caramel. Pair them with whipped cream and Pimm's infused strawberries. Find the recipe on!

I saw this recipe for Brown Sugar Meringues in the new cookbook A Modern Way to Eat (which I looooove BTW!) and was immediately intrigued because they looked like chocolate.... but they're made with brown sugar. Have you ever had a Violet Crumble? These kinda taste like that. They're chewy, crispy and have a hint of burnt caramel to them. I'm obsessed.

Brown Sugar Meringues with Strawberries & Cream // shutterbean

I whipped cream....

Brown Sugar Meringues with Strawberries & Cream // shutterbean

And tossed strawberries in honey, lime zest and Pimm's and the rest is history. I immediately ate three...and this is coming a person who isn't really a meringue lover. THEY ARE BONKERS. Fluffy, puffy, crunchy, chewy, carmel-like meringues! Did I mention that I put Pimm's in the strawberries?!?!

Beet + Avocado Poke Bowls

Love Ahi Poke but can't find good raw ahi? Make it with BEETS & AVOCADO instead. Find the recipe on!

The Ahi Tuna Poke Bowl recipe in Sprouted Kitchen's new cookbook  Bowl + Spoon caught my eye recently. I'm still looking for a good local source for sushi grade ahi tuna, so in the meantime I thought I'd try out the recipe but substitute the ahi for the beets I had in my fridge.

I mean...chioggia beets kinda look like fish! Right?!


I threw a regular beet in the mixture and the bright red juice beautifully colored the lighter beets.

Beet & Avocado Poke // shutterbean

My experiment definitely paid off! The wasabi sriracha dressing and the sweetness of the beets, the crunch of the cucumber, the creaminess of the avocado, the sesame seeds and the nori create the most amazing "sushi bowl."  Btw- this sushi salad bowl is pretty amazing too!

Beet & Avocado Poke // shutterbean

It made for the perfect lunch when we worked from home last week. Beets for the win!!!!