Most Popular Posts of 2014:

Shutterbean 2014 Recap

Can you believe that 2014 is almost over? The year went by so fast.  I’ve been thinking about my intentions for 2015 for both my personal & work life (here are last year’s) but I feel like I can’t do so until I see what this year looked like. I went through and found all of my most popular posts from 2014 and here they are!

Let’s look back!

And I Quote:

Fear is excitement // shutterbean

A lie has speed // shutterbean

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Here’s what the last week of 2014 looked like:

Our tree this year. We’ve had it for 7 years (?) now.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Half of my house was in white/blue/green.  The other half was a red/green combination.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

My dad digging into the pate on Christmas Eve.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Remind me to use glitter more often…and to be more careful next time.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

A little piece of my table.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

It was a super mellow Christmas this year. My brother & his fiancee came up from Los Angeles and my parents came from the city. We had a sleepover and a sit down dinner.  Normally we have Casey’s family over for dinner, but family members have moved and things have shifted a little bit. We’re in the in between…figuring out new traditions. Life is like that, you know?  I did really miss all of the cousins. I know Cooper did too.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

I made this herbed beef tenderloin  with an impromptu mushroom sauce.

We had roasted potatoes & sweet potatoes and a side of my creamed spinach.

Of course we started with my Mom’s Green Salad :)

My Everyday Life: Week 52

I’m working on a project with Patron Tequila and they sent me bottles that have SHUTTERBEAN engraved in them. How cool is that??! It was nice to see my dad take a few shots of tequila. Good sign, good sign.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Opening presents.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Leisurely morning with my parents. My mom and I were team egg/bacon/toast.

Everyone else just dipped into my mom’s coffee cake. 

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Cooper was busy putting together legos ALL DAY.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Sunny morning in our family room.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Seeing my dad read a book on his phone… on my couch made me happy.  It meant he was relaxed.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

My cat was more friendly with less people around. It was weird!

My Everyday Life: Week 52

On Christmas day we ventured into the city for dim sum at Yank Sing. 

My Everyday Life: Week 52

We went for a long walk afterward.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Checking out the tree in Union Square.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

It was weird to be in the city when all of the stores were closed.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

We popped into hotels looking for cocktails.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Hot toddy adventure!

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Steamy windows.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

My parents watched Cooper this week and we had a one day stay-cation.

I made us hot toddies with Apple Infused Bourbon.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Foggy morning hike.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Day date in the city!

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Day dates remind me how nice it is to hold hands with my husband.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Banh mi sandwiches at Bun-Mee.  I had this fried catfish situation with salt & pepper fries.

BONKERS.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

A little detour into Jonathan Adler…my happy place!

My Everyday Life: Week 52

I want Christmas lights up YEAR ROUND. I’ve been enjoying coffee on the couch in the mornings with this view.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Dinner at Delarosa with my family. This kid got a haircut after I saw this pic.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Black, white, red & blue.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

I helped put together a puzzle this week. IT WAS AWESOME. More puzzles in 2015. Please/thank you.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Testing out light with Joel.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Above.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Below.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Photo by Joel Aron.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Proof of my first kayak experience. Thanks for the pep-talk, Joel. I really thought I was gonna fall in.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

My brain makes the water animate.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Testing out emotions.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

If I have a sharpie and your foot is near me…be careful.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

A moment of calm.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Master builder on his new Lego table (thank you NINI!)

Also…watching A Christmas Story because THAT’S WHAT YOU DO ON CHRISTMAS!!!!!!!

My Everyday Life: Week 52

A grouping of my favorite things.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Take your boo to work day ONE.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Take your boo to work DAY TWO.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Retox Detox recipes in the making.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Party nail.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

Blue yellow orange.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

One last JOY shot. Bonus N.

My Everyday Life: Week 52

LAST WEEK OF THE YEAR!!!!!!!!!  I can’t believe how fast that went.

I’ll be continuing this series in 2015 because I really love looking back and seeing both the little/BIG moments throughout the years.

I love lists, Friday!

I LOVE LISTS FRIDAY

  1. Hilarious SNL Serial spoof.
  2. My mom will get a kick out of this.
  3. These photos are so pretty.
  4. And check out these rice fields. WOW.
  5. How to retain information better.
  6. Mini bread puddings. That means I can have three, right?
  7. Why is this dad related? I’m a mom who loves puns.
  8. I have a lot more to experience here in the US.
  9. Chicken + Waffles = TRUE LOVE
  10. I like seeing how people’s moleskines have faired throughout this year.
  11. What 2000 calories looks like.
  12. Total JOB ENVY.
  13. Wasting Time on the Internet 101 (it’s an actual class!).
  14. I am so fasciated with Tiny Houses.
  15. A cocktail with coconut milk. Sign me up.
  16. I’m starting to understand what it’s like to be a person who loves baths.
  17. This snack mix looks sooooo dangerous. GIMME.
  18. Pen snobs! This one is for you!
  19. Currently reading this this & this  (both are great!)
  20. The Chemistry of Cookies.
  21. What I’ll be eating after this week is over……RESET BUTTON SALAD!

butwait

There’s a new Joy the Baker podcast!  Our last one of the year. This week we {real} talk about entertaining, the holiday season & the Serial Podcast. Check out episode #133 –That OJ wasn’t FREE.

Persimmon Spice Cake

Persimmon Spice Cake // shutterbean

I always make big plans for special breakfasts on holidays.  Last year I made Breakfast Tacos (I spiced it up with soyrizo) for Christmas morning and this year I was thinking of making a ton of bacon, scrambled eggs, mushrooms and grilled sourdough but who am I kidding?!!  We’re all just gonna eat my mom’s sour cream coffee cake for breakfast.  Well…FIRST breakfast…

Persimmon Spice Cake // shutterbean

Coffee cake is always a great addition to your breakfast game lineup.  It’s nice to have out in the morning when people do that I’m hungover/up too early zombie shuffle into your kitchen looking for coffee.  Hand them a mug and serve them up a slice. First breakfast is for those of us who wake up EARLY with the kids. We’re a special breed.

Persimmon Spice Cake // shutterbean

Casey and I picked at this cake for a whole week. One slice turned into two…and then a few slivers here and there and suddenly it was gone. It’s slightly dense, super moist (sorry!), studded with juicy raisins, sweet dates and toasted walnuts.  It’s not too sweet. It’s perfect. It’s definitely going in the coffee cake rotation!

And I Quote:

Forgiveness is the sweetest // shutterbean

We wander for distraction // shutterbean

Never ruin an apology // shutterbean

Half the fun of travel // shutterbean

You can't depend // shutterbean

My Everyday Day Life: Week 51

Here’s what this past week looked like:

My life’s mantra.  I am so glad I found this.

My Everyday Life: Week 51

Always look in puddles. You’ll never know what you’ll find.

My Everyday Life: Week 51

In between rain.

My Everyday Life: Week 51

What does that accomplish?

My Everyday Life: Week 51

Following my dad in Fisherman’s Wharf.

My Everyday Life: Week 51

CRAB SEASON!!!

My Everyday Life: Week 51

I love lists, Friday!

I LOVE LISTS FRIDAY

  1. 31 Days of Pie has been awesome. Faves so far: One Two Three Four
  2. This makes me want eggnog.
  3. I’ve always been on the toast train. Never got off.
  4. I think I’d work well on a 10-6 schedule if I didn’t have a kid.
  5. Time Travel.
  6. Hilariously Similar. My brain enjoys these.
  7. Marriage lasts longer when you do these things.
  8. White Chocolate Almond Butter Cups (YUM!!)
  9. I’d love to see this one day.
  10. She has my dream job.
  11. Serial- What We Don’t Know.
  12. These photos are incredible.
  13. I suppose I should get on with reading this book.
  14. What an EPIC CHEESE PLATE!
  15. This is what I’ve been thinking about a lot.
  16. Why we hate seeing photos of ourselves.
  17. Animal migration is beautiful.
  18. Creating a Logo from Scratch. LOVED this.
  19. This hot chocolate intrigues me.
  20. I plan on reading this this in the new year.

Thank you to EVERYONE who entered my giveaway! A lot of you love my favorite scents- vanilla, lemon and lavender are my go-tos!  I’ll be emailing the winners soon:

winners