Bananas + Cinnamon + Honey

Banana + Honey + Cinnamon //shutterbean

Why eat a plain banana when you can eat a banana with cinnamon & honey??!  There’s something so satisfying about slicing up a banana, drizzling a small amount of honey on top and finishing with heavy dose of cinnamon.  I find that when I make food bite sized and I serve it on a plate, my impulse to scarf it down all at once subsides.  Bananas deserve a little more reverence, you know?

Brown Butter Kettle Corn

Brown Butter Kettle Corn // shutterbean

Thoughts while driving home from work:

Why don’t people use turn signals? Will they stop making them in cars one day because they’re deemed unnecessary?  I have all that butter in the fridge. Thank heavens they sell Kerrygold  at Costco. There isn’t enough browned butter in my life.  Wait. When was the last time I had kettle corn? Does that mean I haven’t been to a Farmer’s Market in awhile?  Can I have popcorn for dinner? Why is that guy brushing his teeth while driving? How can you not text but you can brush your teeth while driving? Another person not using a turn signal. WHAT IS UP, PEOPLE?!!  Is it time to listen to Marky Mark yet? I think it’s been an hour. Popcorn in my future. Please and thank you.

Brown Butter Kettle Corn // shutterbean

Popcorn kernels get popped. A nutty brown butter mixture gets a brown sugar treatment and coats the hot popcorn. Sea salt makes an appearance and we have the most lovely salty sweet crunchy combination.

Brown Butter Kettle Corn // shutterbean

Just when you think you think there hasn’t been enough sweetness in a handful or popcorn, a caramelized crunchy bit makes its way into your mouth. There it is. Just what you’ve been looking for. Then you get a bite of a salty buttery popcorn kernel and all is right with the world. Back and forth…forever…




Hello hello! A few weeks ago I bought a pair of boyfriend jeans (the GAP ones are my favorite so far) and am slowly working them into my everyday wardrobe. I really love how you can see a hint of ankle (the smallest part of my legs!) with a boyfriend jean.  I also love that they are a bit baggy because…really…who likes tight pants?

In this look, I channeled the “hippie” vibe that I’m currently loving. You can see that mostly in the accessories I picked. I wanted to keep the clothing part a little more neutral so there was a good base to play off of.  If I was going for a more polished look, I’d pick that white tunic top and for something casual (hanging out with friends, kids, etc.) I’d pick that graphic tee (isn’t it cute??!).  Since it’s summer, I also included my favorite blush- Dallas by Benefit.  The only drawback to always slathering sunblock on my face is that the skin on my face is lighter than the rest of my body.  That’s why I like this bronzer/blush.  It gives you a good bronzed/I just hung out on a beach all day glow.  Try it and watch the “Whoa! You got some color! You’re glowing!” comments flow.

My Everyday Life: Week 31

Here’s what this past week in TAHOE (!!) looked like:

Happy hour at our rental house.

My Everyday Life: Week 31

I love lists, Friday!


  1. When You’re in a Good Relationship, You Learn These Things.
  2. What I want from a restaurant website. YES.
  3. Man-ternity photos.
  4. I want ALL OF THIS CAKE.
  5. Airplane passengers as described by their pants   (HILARIOUS)
  6. Rice Krispie Treats 5 WAYS!! 
  7. One of my mottos.
  8. Putting these on the TO MAKE list. This too! Oh and THIS!
  9. Currently Reading: Beautiful Ruins: A Novel
  10. When you want to cry….
  11. Doctors talk about their dumbest patients (ooof)
  12. How to get rich being a blogger!
  13. Putting this top on my birthday wish list.
  14. This cheesecake made my brain explode….in a good way!
  15. Are you fluent in Emoji?  (I’m an emoji whisperer)
  16. One of my kitchen hacks is on Buzzfeed this week. Boom!
  17. I’ll take two, please.
  18. Thank you for your kind words, Tess! I appreciate you.
  19. I’m looking forward to listening to this. 
  20. 10 Rules of Writing. YES.





There’s a new Joy the Baker Podcast!  On Daily Afflecktions, we talk about How to Stay Positive, Ben Affleck, Real World & other general randomness. Enjoy!


Three Meals and a Cookie adapted my Thai Corn Coconut Soup 


Bananas + Peanut Butter + Chocolate

Banana Peanut Butter Chocolate // shutterbean

When I’m looking for a sweet/satisfying snack, THIS IS IT.  If you’re looking for justifications for this indulgent snack, peanut butter has protein, banana is a fruit and chocolate has antioxidants.  I may or may not use a bowl when I’m having this snack….a spoon is all you need.

Raspberry Mango Ice Cream Cake

Raspberry Mango Ice Cream Cake // shutterbean

Oops, I did it again. I got lost in the {ice cream cake} game.

They’re just so darn easy, I couldn’t resist.

Raspberry Mango Ice Cream Cake // shutterbean

This time I went for COLOR. I wanted the ice cream cake to be fruity and have a topping instead of fun stuffed inside. So, I went with mango sorbet, raspberry sorbet and topped it with vanilla ice cream and a big handful of toasted coconut.

Raspberry Mango Ice Cream Cake // shutterbean

Oh my word, what a glorious combination! Just that little bit of vanilla ice cream in there makes it feel super decadent. The mango & raspberry are tart so it’s a nice balance. Then you have the crispy coconut!  It’s dangerous how simple it is to make…

Fresh Spring Rolls

Fresh Spring Rolls // shutterbean

When I was young I absolutely loved Taco Night and Hamburger Night. You know why? It was all about customizing and getting EXACTLY what I wanted for dinner. I’ve learned that as a parent, these types of dinners are so nice when you have picky eaters to feed. 

Fresh Spring Rolls // shutterbean

Not into shrimp on your spring roll? Don’t worry, I’ll make you one with out.

Want a lot of mint? I’ve got you covered. Noodles only? Let’s try that. And weird!

Fresh Spring Rolls // shutterbean

I’m the one that goes for the avocado in my spring roll. Casey goes classic and Cooper does it all sans avocado & shrimp. We all get exactly what we want. There’s so much comfort in that.