I love lists, Friday!

I LOVE LISTS FRIDAY

  1. Deep fried gadgets anyone?
  2. Why you should spend money on experiences, not things.
  3. Junk food turned gourmet!
  4. You wanna be buried HOW?
  5. The 12 types of photographs you'll find on Instagram. HAHA
  6. I'm curious to see how season 2 of True Detective will be.
  7. 10 Commandments to a Clutter Free House.
  8. You know how much I love mesmerizing animated gifs...
  9. Salad craving like crazy.
  10. Recycling turned art!
  11. Beautiful portraits of mothers on their first day of parenthood. 
  12. Ooooh I can't wait for the next season of Orange is the New Black!
  13. Fruity Pebble Meringues...that first shot is bonkers.
  14. Decorate your office with POST-ITS!
  15. What a cute outfit. This one too!
  16. I would do anything for a bite of this cake.
  17. What Beyonce's vegan meal plan is really like.
  18. NEVER NEVER read the comments. <----- Except read these!
  19. Mom knows best . She does!
  20. I love Marie Forleo
  21. What part of No Totally don't you understand?

Yogurt Waffles

Add a new waffle recipe to your repertoire! Don't have buttermilk? No problem. Use yogurt! Find the recipe at Shutterbean.com !

Now that we have our strawberry chia jam, let's put it on some waffles!  That's what I did last weekend.

Yogurt Waffles // shutterbean

I really really really miss Everyday Food (the cute little Martha Stewart magazine!)  I still have every single issue on my cookbook shelf and wonder what the recipes would look like now in the year 2015. I refer to them from time to time when I need a little inspiration or find myself in a food rut (I found these yogurt waffles from April 2010 to make last weekend!). I loved that they were season driven so they always served as great reminders of what you should be eating this time of year.

But let's be real. Waffles all year round...allll the time.... but now with berry additions!

Yogurt Waffles // shutterbean

Cooper and I loved these waffles. I loved the addition of oats because every now and then you get a nice crunch. I liked the brown sugar because there's a little bit of sweetness in the waffle...meaning you need a little less maple syrup. Cooper was in it for the carb + maple syrup component-- as per usual. The ingredients are basic enough so that I'll be able to make these over and over again. Let's make the toppings seasonal!

Strawberry Chia Jam

You can whip up a quick strawberry jam (it's raw!)  in no time! The chia seeds make the strawberries jammy. No cooking required! Check out the recipe at Shutterbean.com!

One of the reasons why I’ve kept this blog up for so long (YOU GUYS I THINK I JUST PAST MY 8 YEAR ANNIVERSARY HERE) is my undeniable quest to try new things. I am constantly looking for something to add to my cooking arsenal/weekly meal prep. And since I have a somewhat hectic life in addition to blogging, a recipe that requires little effort with few ingredients is totally in my wheelhouse (haha! wheelhouse!). I also love when simple ingredients can combine forces to make something new and different. And let’s be real, it’s nice to have homemade things in my fridge.... I love any excuse to label mason jars & containers with washi tape & a sharpie.

Strawberry Chia Jam // shutterbean

I peeped this recipe in the My New Roots cookbook and knew I had to try it because I was a little overzealous buying strawberries this past weekend. It helps that there aren't that many other ingredients required. I even found a rogue vanilla bean in the back of my cabinet (I totally need to clean out my spice cabinet--perhaps a High Straightenance post soon?).

Strawberry Chia Jam // shutterbean

The two main ingredients are strawberries + chia seeds. When you combine the two, the pureed strawberries thicken up and gel without having to be cooked in a pot over the stove. I am not entirely sure how to describe the taste but the jam is the essence of strawberries and less like a jam. I mean, the thickness and consistency is there but it's pure strawberries, not a condensed/concentrated version of strawberries. You'll be wanting to eat it directly from the jar. Promise.

And I Quote:

Happiness is // shutterbean

Time you enjoy wasting // shutterbean

My Everyday Life: Week 14

Here's what this past week looked like:

MY BROTHER GOT MARRIED!!!

My Everyday Life: Week 14

It was beautiful!

My Everyday Life: Week 14

They had the wedding at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles. We drove down for it.

My Everyday Life: Week 14

Allison + Ryan

My Everyday Life: Week 14

Right before cocktail time.

My Everyday Life: Week 14

The bridesmaids dresses. Mine is the dark chocolate one on the left.

My Everyday Life: Week 14

My sister-in-law looked amazing.

My Everyday Life: Week 14

Love these two.

My Everyday Life: Week 14

My niece & I.

My Everyday Life: Week 14

 

I love lists, Friday!

I LOVE LISTS FRIDAY

  1. Would love to stumble upon one of these sculptures.
  2. Some ideas for next year's April Fools' Jokes.
  3. I just bought myself one of these planners. SO excited.
  4. I'd wear this outfit in a heartbeat. Except...these legs can't do skinny jeans.
  5. Whoa. Holy stain fighter!
  6. Beautiful flowers made from egg cartons!
  7. Books that will change your life.
  8. We're gonna need some gorgeous wallpaper in my house.
  9. Love these mini mason jar cheesecakes.
  10. What do you think of Amazon's new Dash Button?
  11. Added two cookbooks to my arsenal this week: My New Roots: Inspired Plant-Based Recipes for Every Season & The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon: Simple and Inspired Whole Foods Recipes to Savor and Share
  12. Speaking of...check out this dessert. The photos are gorgeous.
  13. I love Chuck Close portraits. Check out these celebs.
  14. Waves are beautiful.  Especially when they're long exposure waves.
  15. Might have to make this cake for Easter.
  16. Also Shot on an iPhone 6
  17. This print is darling.
  18. Would love a giant roll of paper in my kitchen.
  19. Things you'll never hear me say...
  20. Taking passive aggressive notes taken to a whole new level!

 

Single Serving Nachos

Single Serving Nachos // shutterbean

We don't always have the time to make nachos from scratch...and sometimes we lack all of the ingredients. But! If you have a microwave (or oven/toaster oven), tortilla chips and cheese you can make single serving nachos in less than a minute. I wanted a snack yesterday so I stuck 5 tortilla chips in the microwave in a circle and popped them in the microwave for about 2o seconds. Once the cheese was melted and topped each chip with a dollop of salsa and pickled jalapeño. A little cilantro leaf to make it fancy!  The toppings are all up to you and based on what you have.  I would have put sour cream or Greek yogurt on top..or maybe even a sliver of avocado. Next time!   The trick is to not make them more than a single serving. Good luck with that.

If you love nachos, make your own nacho sauce OR check out these breakfast potato nachos.

To see more of my Thursday Snack Ideas, follow my Pinterest Board

Spicy Coconut Noodles

A tasty weeknight meal is only 20 minutes away. Check out the recipe for this Spicy Coconut Noodle dish on Shutterbean.com !

Just when I thought I tackled all my stacks of rogue recipes ripped out from magazines, I went through one of my old purses and found a treasure trove. For the record, this is how I organize some of my recipes to make. So, this recipe is something I've had in my possession for almost 9 years. You should have seen how discolored it was! And as I was meal planning for last week, I thought this one would go really well with the Sambal Chicken Skewers I grilled. I love when things magically work out like that.

Spicy Coconut Noodles || Shutterbean

I took a big risk with those two recipes in the fact that my husband isn't into chicken as much as I am and I wasn't really sure how he feels about coconut in noodles. I don't really have a history of making us dishes with rice noodles, so  I was pleasantly surprised that my risk paid off because he told me the combination was "REALLY GOOD."  Then he proceeded to get a second helping and then told me I should make it again. Hallelujah!

Spicy Coconut Noodles || Shutterbean

I suspect he loved the creamy sauce on the noodles...the spice...the basil (although I should have used Thai Basil!) and the fish sauce. He's a sucker for fish sauce. It's like a creamy Thai alfredo. Winner winner chicken dinner. Literally.