I love lists, Friday!

I LOVE LISTS FRIDAY

  1. Guaranteed to annoy your OCD brain.
  2. The origin of ALRIGHT ALRIGHT ALRIGHT. (really?)
  3. Interiors, Mad Men style.  Victoria inspires as per!
  4. I do things like this…I just never record it. Maybe I should.
  5. Arugula + Mushrooms = my heaven
  6. I wish mirror fences were standard in the USA.
  7. Who doesn’t love a good lifehacks for your kitchen post?
  8. Photobomb. Jon Hamm. I’m so jealous of those people.
  9. Lisa’s home/office is gorgeous. I love all the pops of color.
  10. Inside a Woman’s Mind at TARGET. OMG. This is so good.
  11. I watched this Vegan Chai Ice Cream video while on the treadmill this week. hehe
  12. I Went to the Oscars and Nobody Cared- an enjoyable read.
  13. For those of you who like to watch people trip…
  14. Oh She Glows- New blog crush. All of her recipes look SO GOOD.
  15. This cookbook came in the mail yesterday. I’m excited to try out the recipes.
  16. Hoping to do some kind of Typographic Print in our home.

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There’s a new Joy the Baker Podcast! It’s called Piddle Pad (sorry/not sorry).

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Make Great veganized my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake

Celebrating Sweets made my Banana Walnut Granola

From the Gorski’s made my Goat Cheese & Arugula Pizza

The Usual Bliss made my Lemon Chicken

 

French Quarter Cocktails

French Quarter Cocktails // shutterbean

I’ve been thinking about Louisiana A LOT lately. With my True Detective obsession and my best friend moving to New Orleans it’s activated my wanderlust for a trip to the South. I flew all the way out to Louisiana in October to see how Tabasco is made on Avery Island but never made my way into New Orleans. How rude is that?  Can you believe I’ve never had a beignet at Cafe du Monde??!

Time to change that.

French Quarter Cocktails // shutterbean

I hope to make it to NOLA before the Fall, but for now I’m going to welcome my maj in her new home with a cocktail made all the way over here in her home state of California. I was cleaning out a stack of papers in my office last week and a little recipe card from Martha Stewart Living March 2004 for this drink popped out. It’s like Martha KNOWS and Martha wants us to get our buzz on.

French Quarter Cocktails // shutterbean

With the two hour time difference, Joy can get started on Happy Hour a little sooner than I can. Perhaps we can share a skype cocktail session and drink these French Quarter Cocktails while she’s living in the French Quarter? {META} They taste like a sunny/tropical vacation in a glass. What will they taste like when you’re a full time resident of the French Quarter? Water?

Sausage & Kale Stuffed Shells


Sausage & Kale Stuffed Shells // shutterbean

Monday. Let’s do this. We will probably be eating these stuffed shells for dinner tonight since I had bright idea to freeze half of the batch and tuck them into our freezer last week. Three cheers for thinking ahead! I love when I do that.  God knows I didn’t have energy to do any meal prep yesterday because I was too busy watching the SEASON FINALE of True Detective.

Sausage & Kale Stuffed Shells // shutterbean

Stuffed shells always seem like a real treat, don’t they? My grandma made them for us on special occasions. We left our plates clean!  I really wish I could get Cooper to try them so he could have the same childhood experience, but I’ll just continue making large batches and freezing half for Casey and I. We’re big fans and my coworkers sure enjoyed the leftovers.

Sausage & Kale Stuffed Shells // shutterbean

Stuffed shells are for those who like lasagna but don’t want to commit having to cut gooey/messy squares and while fighting for edge pieces. Shells are scoopable! One? Two? Four? Easy. I’m not sure why we didn’t have these more when I was a kid. They honestly don’t take that long to make. Once you have a rhythm going it’s smooth sailing. These shells  in particular are fortified with sausage & kale. You can easily omit the sausage if you desire. The kale tastes just like spinach and nicely mixes with the cheesy ricotta filling. I think you’ll like it. I think you’ll like the stash you put in your freezer for future Mondays even more.

My Everyday Life: Week 10

Here’e what this past week looked like:

I love blossom season.

My Everyday Life: Week 10

I love lists, Friday!

I LOVE LISTS FRIDAY

  1. I’m so glad Claire introduced Pipe Cleaner Crowns into my life last weekend!
  2. This photo series is everything I love.
  3. Umm. This APP is called SPRITZ. I’m so fascinated by the idea it.
  4. You had me at BOURBON.
  5. If you love all the Wes Anderson soundtracks like I do,you’ll like this. 
  6. 10 Painfully Obvious Truths Everyone Forgets Too Soon. Oh dear. YES.
  7. I respect this kitchen tweak SO MUCH.
  8. This is my brain while meditating.
  9. These DIY Peanut Butter Chips look so good.
  10. Emily’s powder room is gorgeous. How beautiful is that wallpaper??!
  11. I enjoyed reading this post about being Addicted to Criticism. 
  12. What You Learn In Your 40s.   I love this so much.
  13. Japanese man becomes a turkey by using a sweater. Umm. Terrifying.
  14. I wish I could sniff this soap!
  15. Can you imagine lugging mannequins over 10,000 miles?
  16. Mars is in retrograde. Welllll THAT explains a lot.
  17. Say Something….that song gives me the feels too, kid!

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A Bushel & A Peck adapted my Vegan Banana Nut Waffles

Lemon Jelly Cake made my Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Ready to Salivate made my Addictive Brussels Sprouts Salad

Killer Bunnies, Inc. made my Pizza Waffles vegan!

Big Sis Little Dish adapted my Kale Salad with Coconut & Sesame Oil

Lizy Tish Knits made my Lemon Chicken

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars // shutterbean

An energy bar that tastes like a chocolate chip cookie. A chocolate chip cookie that tastes like an energy bar. Which one would you choose?

I say an energy bar that tastes like a chocolate chip cookie!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars // shutterbean

I had a hard time naming these treats because they taste like cookie/cookie dough but they’re not baked, contain no butter, eggs and oil and they’re filled with health. Energy bars? Totally!  They’re inspired by the chocolate chip cookie dough Larabar but even better because they’ve got some oats up in. There’s a little more bite to them and less dates.

Chocolate Chip Cookie Energy Bars // shutterbean

They give you energy. I mean…a real cookie gives you energy but it’s fleeting energy. This is the read deal kinda energy. They’re also vegan! They are a great after-school treat or a 3PM where’s my chocolate I NEED CHOCOLATE treat. Also great for after dinner…I’m thinking it would be good to sandwich some ice cream between two squares. What do you think about that? I think yes.