My Everyday Life: Week 30

Here’s what this past week looked like:

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My Everyday Life: Week 30

I love lists, Friday!

I LOVE LISTS FRIDAY

  1. I started a new Pinterest Board to hone in on my future style vision.
  2. Summer Crostini Party!
  3. 10 Things Women Like to do Alone.  Yup. Yup.
  4. Anderson Cooper is Sassy as F.
  5. Sincere.
  6. A podcast listener suggested this site. It’s addictive!
  7. I Miss the Village (I do too)
  8. He definitely has a point…
  9. Stretches to do before getting out of bed.
  10. Oh anthro….  I love you but COME ON.
  11. This is kinda gross but I can’t stop looking at it.
  12. I never really think about adding extensions to my web browser. Maybe I should.
  13. What happens to your Facebook when you die.
  14. I really loved listening to Jessica on the Jess Lively Show
  15. Seeing all my gray hairs is fascinating to me, so I appreciate what you’re doing, Tsh!
  16. Thoughts on Working from Home
  17. Why it’s harder to be a Work-at-Home-Mom (YES)
  18. How to stop overthinking!   (I’m trying!!)
  19. A tree that produces 40 different fruits.
  20. ALL OF THESE THINGS ARE SO SATISFYING.

 

 

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I did a fun interview with Mom.me as apart of their Cooks We Love Series. Check it out here.

 

 

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The Little Big Blog made my Bacon Pea Pizza

Hey! If you make a Shutterbean recipe and you post it to Instagram, will you hashtag it #shutterbean  so I can see?  THANK YOU!! I seriously LOVE to seeing one of my recipes in your kitchen. It makes me so happy.

Yogurt “Banana Split”

Yogurt Banana Split // shutterbean

I saw this “breakfast banana split” on thekitchn a few years ago and it left an impression somewhere in the depths of my crazy brain. It’s kind of funny how changing the way you slice something (like a banana!) can trick your brain into thinking it’s something entirely different altogether. On this banana “split,” I added a mound of Greek yogurt, fresh strawberries, slivered almonds, toasted walnuts, coconut and finished it with a drizzle of honey. I can imagine that if we want it to be a little more indulgent, we could had a drizzle of chocolate and or chocolate chips, a dollop of strawberry jam and some toasted peanuts- sundae style. Either way… a simple tweak can make something relatively healthy feel super indulgent. Enjoy!

 

Lemon Cake with Raspberries & Pistachios

Lemon Cake with Raspberries & Pistachios // shutterebean

My default dessert for the Summer is some kind of cake studded with berries that can be served warm with vanilla ice cream. If I’m gonna turn my oven on during the summer, the cake also should be something I can easily eat for breakfast.  I mean…cake can always be eaten for breakfast, but sometimes you want a little fruit mixed in. You know what I mean?

Lemon Cake with Raspberries & Pistachios // shutterebean

This is the second time I’m going to tell you that it’s impossible for me to have raspberries in the house for a recipe because I end up eating them before I get a chance to make a recipe. Then I’m like grreeeeeeeeeat let’s do this whole thing over again.  With that said, it took me awhile to get around to making this cake. I swear the recipe I ripped out from Bon Appetit has lived in EVERY single room of my house for the past month or so…hounding me…telling me to PUT BERRIES IN A CAKE not just into your face.

Lemon Cake with Raspberries & Pistachios // shutterebean

And it happened. And it was good. A lemon cake flavored with olive oil with juicy berries nestled in on top. The cake part isn’t too sweet and then the topping is, so it’s got that save-the-muffin-top- for- last quality to it. Does that make sense? Are you also a person who saves the best part for last? Did we just get a visual of a muffin top jean situation? Sorry.

My Favorite Summer Salads

My Favorite Summer Salads // shutterbean

I love salads but I love them even more when it’s SUMMER TIME! The fresh produce gets me!  I went through my archives, and today I’m sharing with you some of my summer salad favorites. Most of them would be great at a picnic or dinner party and you’ll even find some inspiration for lunches throughout the work week.  Enjoy!

GRILLED GREEK PANZANELLA

Bread that’s been grilled and turned into a salad. Need I say more??!

Vegan Taco Salad // shutterbean

VEGAN TACO SALAD

A great salad to take to work!

Spicy Corn Tomato Avocado Salad // shutterbean

SPICY CORN TOMATO AVOCADO SALAD

A salad that would be perfect served with a bag of tortilla chips. And sometimes tortilla chips can pass as dinner during the summertime. Am I right??

COUNTRY ITALIAN SALAD

A hearty Italian number. When you want a SUBSTANTIAL salad for dinner, chicken or tuna are welcome.

Nectarine Caprese Salad // shutterbean

NECTARINE CAPRESE SALAD

Summer bounty mixed with creamy burrata. What could go wrong?

FARRO SALAD

THE BEST SALAD to bring on a picnic.

CHICKEN TOSTADA SALAD

There’s a tostada under that mound of lettuce. Get in there! Have two while you’re at it.

VIETNAMESE NOODLE SALAD W/ GRILLED TOFU

A dish that makes you feel light…and exploits your grill!

Broccoli Kale Slaw // shutterbean

BROCCOLI KALE SLAW

When you’re in need of serious crunch! Another Trader Joe’s recreation of mine.

ORZO SALAD

This is what I like to call a BASE salad because you can put a scoop in your other salads for the rest of the week.

Great picnic salad too!

SUPER SPINACH SALAD

There’s so much to love about this one. That carrot ginger dressing is great! Also it’s another Trader Joe’s recreation!

ARUGULA SALAD WITH STRAWBERRIES

If you have a surplus of strawberries, put them in a salad. They go well with arugula, goat cheese & pecans.

CHARRED CORN SALAD

Get your corn fix in with this charred corn salad. Another really good base salad for the week.

THAI WATERMELON SALAD

I could seriously drink this dressing. You’ll love how well it balances with the watermelon & spicy arugula.

SALT & VINEGAR POTATO SALAD

My favorite potato salad EVER.  If you’re not a fan of mayo, this one is for you.

It’s got a nice dose of Old Bay Seasoning. I can’t get enough of it.

TOMATO & WATERMELON SALAD

The dressing is incredible and you’re gonna love the goat cheese & cashew additions.

SHREDDED RAINBOW SALAD

Eat the rainbow! This “slaw” is full of crunch. It’s so pretty too!

SIMPLE GREEK SALAD

My GO-TO Summer dinner. Any excuse to eat a grilled pita is fine with me…

We usually add grilled chicken to ours!

THAI BEEF SALAD WITH HERBS

My husband loved this one probably because of the meat, mint & cilantro combination.

apple avocado arugula salad

AVOCADO APPLE & ARUGULA SALAD

Since apples aren’t a summer fruit, I make this one with nectarines or plums. Still incredible.

sushi roll edamame salad

SUSHI ROLL EDAMAME SALAD

When you want sushi but you also want a salad…

kale slaw

KALE SLAW WITH RED CABBAGE & CARROTS

Holy FIBER, Batman.

TOMATOES WITH CORIANDER VINAIGRETTE

Enhancing sliced tomatoes like nobody’s business.

MANGO APPLE SALAD W/ SUGARED LIME ZEST

I love offering guests a fruit option for dessert. This fruit salad/dessert definitely passes the test! The lime zest is incredible on mangoes and apples. If you don’t have apples, try pineapple.

Melon & Mint Salad

MELON & MINT SALAD

Light and refreshing. Best served cold. It’s a palette cleanser for sure which means it’s a great end to a wonderful meal. If you have any leftover it would be great in a cocktail…or how about make a spiked slushy??!

Thai Corn Coconut Soup

Thai Corn Coconut Soup // shutterbean

I spent about 4 years working in a cubicle, so I know how it feels to be stuck at work while you see your friends living it up in the summer. I can imagine it’s even worse since we all check in to what other people are doing on Instagram.  Summer seems so out of reach when you’re sitting under florescent lighting, working on spreadsheets and trying to STAY WARM from the incessant air conditioner. It’s like… SUMMER??! WHAT SUMMER?  I’d give anything to be a bored 9 year old, playing bank with old Monopoly money on our summer vacations in Tahoe.

Thai Corn Coconut Soup // shutterbean

Here’s a soup that will help get you through the week at work. We exploit SUMMER CORN and make a beautiful Thai coconut soup with it. It’s both sweet and spicy as well as light and hearty. I’m pretty sure it would be great with an addition of rice (if you’d like to stretch it out even more) and some cold avocado. I might go crazy and serve it over rice with grilled shrimp on top! What do you say about that?

Thai Corn Coconut Soup // shutterbean

So if you’re stuck in cubicle land, you can bring the summer INTO your workspace with this soup. It’s sure to warm you up and make you appreciate the season’s best even if you’re sitting behind a desk with a view of your coworker’s crazy origami collection.

My Everyday Life: Week 29

Here’s what this past week looked like:

We spent the weekend in Napa.

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I love lists, Friday!

I LOVE LISTS FRIDAY!!!

 

  1. I adore Matt. I really really do. And of course…Gaby too!
  2. How colors play tricks with your mind {grapes}
  3. Let’s get our draaaaank on.
  4. Babies are masters of crime.  It’s true.
  5. I wonder if Pinot would like a cat tower
  6. Who doesn’t love a good Before & After roundup??
  7. That kid from Little People Big World is a great photographer.
  8. Raspberry Ripple Buckwheat Porridge looks good and is fun to say!
  9. I want to do this nail art with golden & black.
  10. This is the ice cream of my dreams! 
  11. Love reading these My Beauty Uniform Posts.
  12. I bet Cooper would go nuts for one of these.
  13. More lifehacks!   I’ve been employing that banana trick since I listened to Uhh Yeah Dude. 
  14. AMEN.
  15. Airbnb logos….  If you don’t know about the controversy here’s some info. :)
  16. Now THIS is a birthday party!
  17. 8 Things I Will Teach My Children (some good ones there)
  18. Photos that show what hasn’t changed about motherhood in 50 years.
  19. A food stylist’s secrets to creating a sexy burger.

 

 

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There’s a new Joy the Baker Podcast! ONE SMART FELLOW….. While you’re on Homefries, check out the new site!

Thank you Mom.me for including me as one of your Top 50 Mom Food Bloggers!!