My Everyday Life: Week 39

Here’s what this past week looked like:

My Everyday Life: Week 39

I love lists, Friday!


  1. If you’re looking for your life’s purpose, read this.
  2. Surviving jet lag WITH KIDS.
  3. Some healthy tips for real food newbies.
  4. Note to Self: Take Care of Yourself
  5. I believe that a home is not a home unless it’s full of books.
  6. OMG. Yes to #14
  7. This makes me sad.
  8. On the TO DO LIST: Maple Pumpkin Latte Syrup
  9. Taco Commandments. Yes someone wrote them.
  10. I think I just spent an hour looking at clogs. 
  11. Lena Dunham is my favorite. I can’t wait to read Not That Kind of Girl
  12. Let’s test your knowledge on Kitchen Superstitions. 
  13. Just downloaded Eleanor & Park on my kindle. Excited to read it!
  14. Oh man. This photo series is TOO GOOD.
  15. Cheez-Its are my gateway drug.
  16. I follow this Mom & Son on Vine. They make me so happy.
  17. This & this both make me wanna go on a road trip so bad.
  18. Plants vs. Concrete
  19. I have dining room envy.
  20. I’ve been daydreaming about this sandwich lately.




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Taste Testers Kitchen made my Turkey & Pepper Panini 

About a Boy made my Vanilla Walnut “Shortbread” Cookies 

Thoroughly Nourished Life adapted my  Spicy Corn Tomato Avocado Salad

The Muffin Myth adapted my Banana Walnut Granola

Peanut Butter + Cinnamon Raisin Toast

Peanut Butter + Cinnamon Raisin Toast // shutterbean

Last year I fell deep into a crumpet phase. CRUMPETS for breakfast everyday for like a month or so. Right now I’m in a cinnamon raisin toast phase. I either get a loaf from Trader Joe’s (it makes excellent french toast btw!) or I grab a loaf of Ezekiel Cinnamon Raisin Bread if I’m feeling like I need to balance out. I usually put coconut butter on top for breakfast but in the afternoons I smear a little bit of peanut butter on top. There’s something so good about the peanut butter, cinnamon and raisin combination. It feels like a decadent snack if you ask me.

Masala Kale Chips

Masala Kale Chips // shutterbean

Kale chips are on the list of Things I Will Never Buy at a Store.  I don’t care how good they are, they’re EXPENSIVE and I can just make my own dang kale chips, thank you very much. But maybe if I’m on a road trip and I’ve eaten too many of my obligatory road trip red vines & beef jerky THEN I’ll buy kale chips.  If the rest stop has kale chips, I’m also getting a kombucha. Just so you know.

Masala Kale Chips // shutterbean

It’s really the special flavoring that commands the price. I mean… $7 for a bag of cheesy kale chips?  There’s not even a whole bunch of kale in that little air filled bag. You’re ultimately paying for cheesy flavoring.  These Masala Kale Chips, though? I’d pay the premium if I had to. Fortunately, I can make them myself WHENEVER I feel like it. All I really need is kale and access to my kitchen pantry.

Masala Kale Chips // shutterbean

The recipe comes from Aarti Paarti: An American Kitchen with an Indian Soul.  To say these kale chips are fabulous is an UNDERSTATEMENT.  You combine curry, ground cashews, maple syrup and nutritional yeast with oil and you saturate the kale with it. Then you bake until the kale is crispy and the topping is nice and golden and OMG YOU CANNOT STOP EATING THEM.  I have this weird pet peeve about people drinking their food (you know… tipping a bowl or a bag of chips and funneling food into their mouths) but I would totally understand if you funneled every last crumb from the bottom of the bowl into your mouth. I totally forgive you…just don’t let me hear you doing it. I may or may not have my eyes closed.

Outfitting: Huckleberry

Outfit Inspired by the Huckleberry Cookbook! //shutterbean


Now that it’s officially Autumn, I’ve been daydreaming about scarf weather, fireplace living, and coffee dates with baked goods. I kinda can’t wait to hibernate.  You feeling it too?? I’ve had a copy of the Huckleberry: Stories, Secrets, and Recipes From Our Kitchen by Zoe Nathan sitting on my coffee table this week and I’m so excited to start baking from it this Fall! The book itself is absolutely beautiful.  The graphic design/layout is equally breathtaking as the photographs (shot by my friend Matt Armendariz!).  Wait til you see the spine of the book! It’s yellow & white polka dotted!!!!

I’m using this cookbook as inspiration for my fall wardrobe because LOOK AT THAT COVER. Gorgeous, right?  I put together an outfit that has a base of black, a hint of stripe (to be layered under the dress), pops of plum and I’ve added little bit of yellow to add some visual interest. I bet it would be cute with a pair of bright colored tights or maybe a cute cardigan for layering when the weather gets chilly.

Stracciatella Soup

Stracciatella Soup // shutterbean

With the colder weather coming up, my brain is craving childhood comfort foods like whoa- hence the Pizza Bagels and now this soup. Before I left for college many many MANY years ago, my grandmother taught me how to make her Stracciatella Soup.  It was always something she made me when I was over at her house and HUNGRY (which was all the time). She’d give me extra cheese because she is my grandma and that’s what grandmothers do.  I ended up eating this soup a lot in college because it rained so much in Oregon and it was CHEEEEEAAAAP. Also it’s ridiculously easy. So, basically this soup wins.

Stracciatella Soup // shutterbean

Four simple ingredients— chicken broth, spinach, eggs and Parmesan combine forces and turn into this amazing soup. It’s ALLLL about the Parmesan if you ask me. The more, the merrier.

Stracciatella Soup // shutterbean

Thanks for the life skills and the extra cheese (always), Grandma!

And I Quote:

I eat // shutterbean

No Snooze Button // shutterbean

Be Kind // shutterbean

Find Something Good // shutterbean

The Greatest Gift // shutterbean

My Everyday Life: Week 38

Here’s what this past week looked like:

I traveled to Arizona (briefly!) this week.
My Everyday Life: Week 38