Chocolate Dipped Bananas with Smoked Almonds

Chocolate Dipped Bananas with Smoked Almonds // shutterbean

The other day I had some leftover melted chocolate (such an awful problem to have!) so I cut up some bananas, poked a few striped straws through them and dipped them in the chocolate. I didn’t have any peanuts so I chopped up smoked almonds. I ate one on the spot and the froze the rest. ALL INCREDIBLE! Salty sweet smokey goodness. The dangerous part is that you can create this snack in less than a minute if you’ve got a microwave at your disposal…which means you could totally make this at work. ;)

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HS: Creating a Purse Organizing System

Feel like you can never keep your purse organized? This post is for YOU! Check out a new way of thinking about organizing your purses so you don't have to waste time organizing your stuff. More on!

One of the words I’m focusing on in 2015 is foundation. I’ve been really trying to evaluate what’s helpful in my life and what’s not. This book has really inspired me and it started me down the road of weeding out things I don’t want/need. I used to have a purse compulsion. Oh gosh, I don’t even want to think of how many purses I’ve bought in my lifetime!  I’m definitely a sucker for a well organized bag but the problem is that I have different needs at different times. It’s taken me a long time to figure that out!  I would have a system going in one bag and when I went to move things over, I came up with so many different organizing systems that I could never keep anything organized.  I also had repeat items in each bag because it was such a pain in the butt to not have what I needed when I needed it.  The key to it all is having a place for everything and sticking to it. Creating more ways to organize and changing my system constantly is what prevents me from ultimately being organized so I decided to create my FOUNDATION.  Here we go!

Sidekick Tomato Soup

Sidekick Tomato Soup from Cowgirl Creamery- check out the recipe on!

I’ve had this recipe taped next to my computer since 2013. Sidekick Tomato Soup from Cowgirl Creamery, featured in Sunset magazine. I’ve wanted to make tomato soup for ages and I figured that if you’re going to have an ahhhhhhmazing cheese shop/restaurant, you must know a few things about tomato soup.

Sidekick Tomato Soup // shutterbean

The only I regret I have is taking two years to make this recipe. What heck is wrong with me?!

Sidekick Tomato Soup // shutterbean

There’s sweetness in the soup thanks to the carrots. There’s spiciness thanks to the red pepper flakes. There’s creaminess thanks to the crème fraîche and the cool part about it is that you can adjust the creaminess to your taste! Of course I added croutons because how could you not?!! I’d pair it with one of my famous (to my family) sourdough grilled cheese sandwiches. Comfort and a half!

And I Quote:

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My Everyday Life: Week 7

Here’s what this past week looked like:

Happy Valentine’s Day from Cooper!

My Everyday Life: Week 7

We made our Valentine’s again this year because the ones I bought FELL APART when we took them out.

My Everyday Life: Week 7

We have the best time making art together.

My Everyday Life: Week 7

He gets really into it!

My Everyday Life: Week 7

And of course he’s always in it for the chocolate…

My Everyday Life: Week 7

I love lists, Friday!


  1. Ahhhh sweet perfection.
  2. I’ve been staring at this photo for awhile.
  3. Made this Magic Mushroom Powder this week and it’s BONKERS!
  4.  This salad looks amazing. Especially with that avocado on the side…
  5. Detours. I’m gonna check out some of these walking tours in SF.
  6. Owl photos!
  7. Loved looking through some of these old photos backstage at SNL
  8. Some more thoughts on capsule wardrobe.  I’ve been playing around with StyleBook app (love it!)
  9. Amazon reviews for food are so helpful :)
  10. This makes me wanna stop working and start watercoloring.
  11. Food animated gifs. You’re speaking my love language, Buzzfeed.
  12. I should make Cooper some Fairy Toast
  13. Congrats, Deb!! Also your sticky buns look amaze.
  14. Oh man… this is a funny Instagram account.
  15. Loved watching these Hand Lettering Tips!
  16. Something to practice during your next layover at the airport.
  17. Shrimp, rice, black beans, guac, on a steamed tortilla and sometimes SUPER if I’m feeling it.
  18. OMG YOU GOTTA WATCH THESE VIDEOS!  So flipping sweet. His reaction!

Quick Pickled Cucumber Salad

Quick Pickled Cucumber Salad // shutterbean

Today’s snack is something I’ve been eating all week. What I do is cut up two Persian cucumbers, drizzle them with some rice wine vinegar, add a splash of sesame oil and give it a good stir. I let it sit for about 5 minutes, then I add toasted black and white sesame seeds on top. The tangy crunch is kind of addictive. The sesame oil gives it a little oomph. I’m happy to report that Cooper’s super into it too….as long as I let him put allllllll the sesame seeds he wants on his cucumbers(which is a ton).

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Valentine’s Day Menus

Valentine's Day Dinner Menu ideas from!

While everyone is giving you templates for Valentine’s Day Cards ( Oh gosh how I love them!), I’m here to give you templates for Valentine’s Meals you can cook at home. Valentine’s Day is on a Saturday and that means you can take the time and put love into the food you make. You can save a ton of money and not have to worry about parking. There also isn’t a restaurant pushing you out so they can get the next group of lovers/diners in. Take your time…light a candle…make things romantic and watch a movie while you’re at it.

I’m pairing food with movies. It gets weird. Just go with it.