Creamy Asparagus Bacon Soup

Smoky bacon and tangy creme fraiche combine forces with asparagus for this silky Creamy Asparagus & Bacon Soup. Find the recipe at!

Creamy Asparagus and Bacon Soup is here to brighten your Monday. Oh Monday....ooof.

My Everyday Life: Week 16

Whenever I see asparagus for a good price at the market, I stock up! Whenever I see asparagus I also think of the song from Alf. Here I found a clip for's all jacked up but you can see why I have it stuck in my head. Asparagus's good for your table...Asparagus Asparagus whenever you are able.... Oh gosh what have I done?

If you hadn't noticed, I bought too much asparagus this week. TWO POUNDS.

Creamy Asparagus & Bacon Soup // shutterbean

Smoky bacon is the real star in this soup. We crisp some up set it aside for your topping pleasure. Then we cook the onions, garlic and asparagus in the bacon fat and make a soup from it. Creme fraiche is added at the very end for the creamy component. Because creme fraiche is a little tart, it adds the perfect balance. Asparagus Asparagus (soup) whenever you are able. Oh man...I gotta show Cooper an episode of ALF now.

And I Quote:

The quickest way // shutterbean

The flower that blooms // shutterbean

My Everyday Life: Week 16

Here's what this past weed looked like:


My Everyday Life: Week 16

Grapefruits are so pretty.

My Everyday Life: Week 16

Thyme suspended.

My Everyday Life: Week 16

A pretty color palette.

My Everyday Life: Week 16

In between two buildings in SF.

My Everyday Life: Week 16

Matchy matchy.

My Everyday Life: Week 16

Driving through Tahoe.

My Everyday Life: Week 16

I love lists, Friday!



  1. I love that it's so easy to make homemade watercolors for kids.
  2. Some wise words from Jeni Britton. 
  3. Chicken & Dumplings going on the TO DO list.
  4. My friend Jen makes the coolest things. Love these mugs.
  5. I love reading what technology people use to manage their lives.
  6. A portrait in a portrait in a portrait in a portrait...
  8. Advice on how not to be rude- retail wise!
  9. What the White House looked like completely gutted.
  10. Photographic proof that we need to be better to the environment.
  11. If you're moving here are some tips to make the endeavor easier.
  12. 9 Rules of Swearing for My Children- thought this was really good.
  13. This 86 year old woman is getting some Instagram fame. :)
  14. MMMMM. Sesame Steak Salad.
  15. Why I love BLACK ROOMS.
  16. I know I've said this a bunch of times but I think I'm gonna finally make kombucha.
  17. A tasty recipe with strawberries. YUM.
  18. Things you will never get used to as an adult. This is all too real.
  19. Palm Springs love. Here and here.
    1. I wish my teacher knew:
  20. Time's 100 Most Influential People-- I love seeing who wrote the blurb for each person.
  21. Bon Appetit's very opinionated guide to weddings.

Pesto Egg + Avocado Sandwich

Pesto Egg & Avocado Sandwich // shutterbean

I had a few hard boiled eggs leftover from Easter so I decided to make an open faced sandwich! I toasted a small piece of bread, smashed 1/4 of an avocado on top with a little bit of salt. Then I placed a few slices of egg on top and drizzled them with pesto. I added a little cilantro for garnish and a little extra salt.  Deeeeeeelish! Just enough something something to get you through the afternoon before dinner.

For a good pesto, try this Arugula Pesto recipe. It's incredible.

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Grapefruit Thyme Cocktail

A magical combination of thyme simple syrup, fresh grapefruit and gin.  Check out this Grapefruit Thyme Cocktail on!

It recently dawned on me that don't have enough grapefruit in my life. It's probably because I spent so many years with a grapefruit aversion. I blame that one time my dad was on a diet and I tried eating a grapefruit for breakfast with him.  I didn't understand why anyone would want to have something so bitter.....and then I grew up.

Grapefruit Thyme Cocktail // shutterbean

I suppose I've turned into one of those adults who thinks things are TOO SWEET; hence my love newfound love for grapefruit. Plus the smell is just so intoxicating.

Grapefruit Thyme Cocktail // shutterbean

Here we have a citrusy/herbal cocktail with the combination of thyme simple syrup, fresh grapefruit juice and a spritz of sparking water. I added a grapefruit sugar rim for those moments when you're not so sure about the bitterness of grapefruit. Not only will it make your kitchen smell great, it will give you a nice refreshing buzz. Enjoy!

Baked Blueberry Crumb Doughnuts

A blueberry muffin doughnut hybrid. Look at that crumb topping!  Check out the recipe at !

When we got home from Idaho this weekend, I cleaned up my kitchen and then turned my oven on. No clothes were unpacked. No laundry was started and we still were using all of our toiletries out of our toiletry bags. Yet... I had fresh doughnuts for us to eat because my priorities are all about food (always).

Baked Blueberry Crumb Doughnuts // shutterbean

Being away from my kitchen from a week is not easy. On the car ride home I thought of all of the things I would make when I got home and then it dawned on me that the only way to feel like I was home was to measure out flour and sugar in measuring cups and grate fresh lemon peel. It's good to be home.

Baked Blueberry Crumb Doughnuts // shutterbean

These doughnuts are baked, not fried! I just use my trusty doughnut pan. If you don't have a muffin pan then you can make blueberry muffins. If you don't have a muffin pan then you should make a Blueberry Pudding Cake! If you don't have a cake pan then WE NEED TO TALK.   The blueberries make them moist (sorry about that word) and beautifully blue. The crumb topping is reminiscent of blueberry muffins...but yet we have a hole in the center because DOUGHNUTS.  I can't imagine a better way to thank my husband for driving the whole way up to and from Idaho than baking him his favorite treat. A blueberry muffin in doughnut form. Your week will be off in a good direction if you have a few of these hanging out on your kitchen counter.

And I Quote:

Change your thoughts // shutterbean

It is every man's obligation // shutterbean