My Everyday Life: Week 50

Here’s what this past week looked like:

Big storm this week. It was nice to see a little piece of sun on Friday.

My Everyday Life: Week 50

Hey. It’s me. I’m in the puddle.

My Everyday Life: Week 50


My Everyday Life: Week 50

The sky was purple.

My Everyday Life: Week 50

Meal prep this week:

My Everyday Life: Week 50

I love lists, Friday!


  1. People from London label where things are in the US. Hilarious.
  2. This piece about motherhood is so real.
  3. The unhappiest people you’ll meet in the comment sections…
  4. Six Rules for Dining Out
  5. Williams-Sonoma Catalog REAL TALK.
  6. What Niagara Falls looked like without water.
  7. A great list of podcasts for you become obsessed with.
  8. Family Photos Gone WRONG.
  9. Ahh! All of my favorites from my childhood!
  10. These Citrus Cranberry Cinnamon Rolls are calling my name!
  11. SF neighborhoods explained through emojis. hahaha
  12. I love fireplaces.
  13. My email IS A MONSTER.
  14. Now THAT’S how you apply for a job. 
  15. Let’s talk about finances!
  16. This movie looks SO GOOD.
  17. Should I Wash My Hair Today?
  18. Fun project alert! Homemade Lip Gloss.
  19. On Rejection & Criticism
  20. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯



Sarcastic Cooking adapted my Cheddar Jalapeño Biscuits

Think Fruitful made my  Sausage & Kale Stuffed Shells

Pignoli Cookies

Pignoli Cookies // shutterbean

My Dad is one of those people who doesn’torder dessert yet… if YOU order dessert, he will attack your dessert with his spoon. I secretly like to watch this happen, so I make sure to order desserts he would enjoy. His dessert choices resemble mine…he likes banana bread, oatmeal raisin cookies, anything with peanut butter or bananas, coffee cakes and ALL Italian cookies. He goes nuts for biscotti, sfogliatelle and pignoli (pine nut cookies). I think anything that can be dunked into milky coffee is one of his prerequisites.

Pignoli Cookies // shutterbean

These cookies are an Italian classic. I made them a few years ago (never blogged about them though!) and I found this recipe in Martha Stewart’s Cookies cookbook recently. If you’ve never had pignoli cookies, they have an almond paste base which makes them wonderfully chewy. The pine nuts add a nice little crunch and give then cookies a little bit of depth.  What I love about them is that they’re not super sweet. I suppose my Dad would agree. He claims not to like sweets….

Pignoli Cookies // shutterbean

If you’re looking to put an unexpected cookie in your cookie tray this year, you should make these!  But keep my Dad away from your tray. You’ll have none left. My mom is probably nodding her head in agreement right now.

Give the Gift of Cookbooks Round 2!

Favorite Cookbooks of 2014 // shutterbean

I put together this roundup of all of my current favorite cookbooks because there’s bound to be someone in your life (maybe even yourself!) who deserves a good cookbook this time of year. Treat yo’self & others because there will no doubt be good food as a result.

We’ll start from the top:

Seriously Delish: 150 Recipes for People Who Totally Love Food- For the person who loves family get-togethers and making their coworkers a little thicker with baked goods. I mean…who doesn’t like to unwind after work with a baking session??!  This is the ticket! Jessica makes food fun and has some really awesome food combinations. I’ve made her Sour Cream & Onion Popcorn  from the book and we inhaled it!

Baked Occasions- For the person who bakes on ANY occasion, this one is great. I love ALL books by Matt Lewis & Renalto Poliafito.  They always inject quirkiness and humor into their recipes. There are many classic recipes in this book with wonderful/unexpected twists! A few savory recipes too– which I enjoy.  The photography & food styling in their books always captivates me.

Pickles, Pigs & Whiskey: Recipes from My Three Favorite Food Groups and Then Some  I think the title says it all. Would make a great gift with a bottle of whiskey, a nice jar of homemade pickle and…..a slab of bacon.  These are hearty recipes- ones that fill the belly. I’d totally buy this one for my brother-in-law and then make him invite us over for dinner.

Prune- Having been to Prune a few years ago, I was excited to get this one…since I’ll have to fly out to NYC to have another meal there. This is such a fascinating cookbook! The format is fun to look at; it’s like peeking right into the restaurant’s notebook.  There are handwritten notes by Chef Hamilton throughout the book that I find both charming and helpful. That lady is such a badass. Mad respect!

Jamie Oliver’s Comfort Food: The Ultimate Weekend Cookbook-  If you’re looking for inspiration for your weekend and want take things slow…with good food to boot, this one is for you. Jamie reminds us that time spent in the kitchen and around the table on the weekend is the ultimate way to recharge one’s batteries.  Amen, Jamie.  I love all of your books because you’re writing style makes me happy plus your food is always comfort food and I love that about you.

Eat: The Little Book of Fast Food – For someone who doesn’t have a lot of time in the kitchen, but loves fantastic ideas this book is amazing. I’ve been reading a few recipes each night before bed and am left feeling inspired. I got this little grilled panettone recipe idea from the book. The book is kinda like Canal House Cooks Every Day meets An Everlasting Meal: Cooking with Economy and Grace (two of my favorites!).

Joy the Baker Homemade Decadence: Irresistibly Sweet, Salty, Gooey, Sticky, Fluffy, Creamy, Crunchy Treats  If you’re the type of person who thinks MORE is MORE, get this book!  I can imagine a lot of people will be entering these recipes into baking contests… Joy is the master of the salty sweet combination I love so dearly. Totes maj. Proud of you, boo.

Easy Gourmet: Awesome Recipes Anyone Can Cook- Easy and Gourmet are two of my favorite words. This book will get you through a hellish work week and fancy yet uncomplicated weekend brunches. There are soooooo many recipes Casey wants me to make in this one. Oh and these fried chicken sliders went FAST at my house.

The Kitchn Cookbook: Recipes, Kitchens & Tips to Inspire Your Cooking- For the person who wants to learn more about cooking this book is a fabulous resource. I have a lot of family friends who are college students living in their first apartment and I wouldn’t think twice about gifting them this book with a few kitchen essentials.

Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen- For a loved one who enjoys beautiful food photography, classic baked goods, exceptional paper quality and a good story. I just made a persimmon cake from this book that I can’t wait to share with you!

Vibrant Food: Celebrating the Ingredients, Recipes, and Colors of Each Season- For the produce lover in your life who also loves photography and is curious about seasonal eating– gift them this!  Also make this Thai Chopped Tofu Salad. It’s INCREDIBLE.

Cranberry Brie Bruschetta

Cranberry Brie Bruschetta // shutterbean

I know I normally post snacks on a Thursday but I have my dad’s favorite cookies coming up on Thursday and I really wanted to get this little snack idea out to you! I made my own cranberry sauce this year for Thanksgiving and had some leftover so I made a little bruschetta with it. Toast some crusty bread with olive oil (I did this in the oven) add some soft cheese (like a Brie!) on top (I used Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam cheese (not a brie!)- but a favorite!) and top it with a big dollop of cranberry sauce.  It’s perfect pick me up for the afternoon in between lunch and dinner.  Actually… it could be eaten for breakfast/lunch/dinner!

Homemade Mulling Spice Mix

Homemade Mulling Spice Mix // shutterbean

The holidays are all about scents. Fresh cut pine, cinnamon, burning wood in the fireplace,  cloves, orange spice, hot apple cider are some of my favorites.  During this time of year I like to have a little mulling spice infusing something on the stove when we’re hanging out at home on a weekend. It really sets a mood—even if there’s no intention of mulling cider or wine, I still like the aromatherapy. Sometimes just having some lemon peels, orange peels and mulled spices is enough. Mix that smell with the scent of oatmeal raisin cookies and I am all yours.

Homemade Mulling Spice Mix // shutterbean

With the holidays coming up, I thought it would be nice to share a little recipe for DIY mulling spices. Most of the time I just eyeball it, but if I’m giving it as a gift, I make a large batch. In my version I add dried orange peel and a little candied ginger. It adds a nice spicy sweetness to whatever you are mulling (can we use this as a verb?). Let’s mull it over (had to).

And I Quote:

Dare to reach your hand into // shutterbean

In youth we learn // shutterbean

The best way to succeed // shutterbean

Wine is the sunlight // shutterbean

Breathe // shutterbean

My Everyday Life: Week 49

Here’s what this past week looked like:


My Everyday Life: Week 49

The tooth fairy is left handed.

My Everyday Life: Week 49


My Everyday Life: Week 49


My Everyday Life: Week 49

Before they all fell off.

My Everyday Life: Week 49