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Triple Berry Terrine

Triple Berry Terrine // shutterbean

Hello, September. I’m glad you’re here because you prove that I somehow made it through August.  Thank heavens for that. But! I’m not ready to quit Summer. I still have a few more things I want to accomplish…like EATING ALL THE BERRIES before berry season is kaput. I can see the prices of berries creeping up which means…HURRY UP AND EAT THEM.

Triple Berry Terrine // shutterbean

I’ve been getting good use out of my bread pans this summer…but not because I’ve been making my favorite banana bread. Nope. I’ve been using them to make some ice cream concoctions like this one and this one here.  Pumpkin bread is on the horizon and maybe something with cranberries  or pears  but for now I’m still in Summer mode and here’s this cute little terrine situation.

Triple Berry Terrine // shutterbean

A pomegranate juice gelatin mixture marries three different berries. There’s a slight tang with lemon but it’s basically ALL BERRY suspended in gelatin. There’s something so satisfying about cutting into gelatin. I secretly have day dreams of cutting into a 10lb. gummy bear one day… This is just practice. Add a little whipped cream to the top of this terrine for a little decadence. Or maybe add some Prosecco to the gelatin mixture?

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APPLES + LIME JUICE

Apples + Lime Juice // shutterbean

I think I may have said this once or twice before but fresh cut apples with lime juice squeezed on top is my favorite snack ever. If you haven’t tried it before, DO IT.  Chili powder is a great addition to this wonderful combo….but I like it just with just these two things.

Avocado & Banana Chocolate Pudding

Avocado Banana Chocolate Pudding // shutterbean

We just survived Cooper’s first day of Kindergarten!!!  It’s funny how a date can sit on your calendar for MONTHS and then JUST LIKE THAT it comes and goes! New beginnings. New friends. New routines. New clothes. New teachers. New routes to school. New lunchbox. New haircut.  New backpack. EVERYTHING IS NEW.

Avocado Banana Chocolate Pudding // shutterbean

As someone who loves change (when I have some semblance of control!) it’s been nice to be able to say that we made it through! There were no tears (including me!) and Cooper DID NOT want to go home from Kindergarten. In fact, he was like, “Waaaaaaaait. Why are you picking me up so early? I was just getting to know my new best friend.”  I did have a mild panic attack when I thought I left my dang checkbook at home and didn’t have a sweatshirt for him like I was supposed to.  We made it through and that’s all that matters!

Avocado Banana Chocolate Pudding // shutterbean

One of the main things that’s new for us this year is school lunches. At Cooper’s preschool they served the children hot meals each day so I didn’t have to pack lunches for him. It was NICE not having that stress every evening.  This means I have to beef up my school & after school snack game!  I think I might add this Avocado Banana Chocolate Pudding recipe to our rotation because I got Cooper to eat AVOCADOS without a fuss.  To fancy it up, I added coconut whipped cream and a sprinkle of chopped roasted peanuts. It’s creamy, chocolatey and DECADENT!  It’s the perfect recipe to make when you have a few too many avocados and bananas lying around…and we always have too many cuz I love both with a passion.

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10 Ways to Enhance Annie’s Mac & Cheese

10 Ways to Enhance Annie's Mac & Cheese // shutterbean

So, here’s the thing. My son, Cooper doesn’t like Mac & Cheese. ISN’T THAT CRAZY??!  There’s something about pasta he doesn’t like (are we even related?!!) and he’s kinda finicky about melted cheese (only on pizza and sometimes quesadillas).  I’m hoping/praying it’s just a phase. We shall see. BUT!!  Casey, on the other hand loves pasta in ANY form.  Whenever he’s is working late and Cooper has already eaten dinner and gone to bed, I usually whip up a box of Annie’s Mac & Cheese for us adults.  It’s very rare that I make a box on its own because I love the challenge of coming up with new additions. I think Casey definitely appreciates the effort!

Every Monday Annie’s shares a new creative Mix-In idea on their twitter, Instagram & Facebook pages. Today I teamed up with Annie’s to show you some of MY favorite Mix-Ins (I created 10 recipes total!) on this fine MONDAY.  Let’s get into it!

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Grilled Steak Avocado Flatbread

Grilled Steak & Avocado Flatbread // shutterbean

There’s been a subtle shift in the weather the past few days here in the Bay Area. It’s taking longer for the fog to burn off in the morning and there’s a slight chill in the air.  I’m not ready for this shift. I  want to hold onto to Summer for as LONG AS POSSIBLE. I feel like I didn’t have enough outdoor eating time the past few months What gives??!

Grilled Steak & Avocado Flatbread // shutterbean

I was gifted a gigantic flat of avocados by the California Avocado Commission (THANK YOU!!) last week and couldn’t imagine a better way to celebrate other than having a leisurely Sunday BBQ at my house.  The stars aligned and my friend Gaby (author of Absolutely Avocados) stopped by with her husband for a late lunch this past weekend and I made this Grilled Steak & Avocado Flatbread with my Apple Avocado Salad and Spiked Blueberry Lemonade.  I also made an awesome dairy-free chocolate pudding (with avocados!) that I’ll share next week.  As you can imagine, it’s avocado central in my house right now.

Grilled Steak & Avocado Flatbread // shutterbean

For this flatbread, I used my favorite no-knead pizza dough.  The dough gets grilled, avocado gets smashed on top followed by grilled steak, charred onions and juicy roasted tomatoes rest on top. I finished with a healthy squeeze of fresh lime juice to add a nice tang.  It’s like avocado toast meets pizza meets fajitas. In other words, it was GOOD.  I felt good to impress such an avocado aficionado ;)

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Spiked Blueberry Lemonade

Spiked Blueberry Lemonade //shutterbean

Today is my birthday. August 18th!  AND IT’S MONDAY AND I HAVE TO WORK.

I think that give me a pass to not write a long winded post about this drink.

Spiked Blueberry Lemonade //shutterbean

This is the last cocktail I had as a 34 year old.  It’s lemonade spiked with gin and finished with fizzy blueberry soda. It’s been one of my favorite drinks this summer. I’m gonna be craving this come winter. But that’s cool, I’m gonna step up my toddy game this year.

Spiked Blueberry Lemonade //shutterbean

What will 35 year old Tracy enjoy? WHO KNOWS. I hope it involves bourbon because….

***HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME****

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TURKEY + LETTUCE SANDWICHES

Turkey + Lettuce Sandwiches // shutterbean

This is a perfect snack for when you feel like having a sandwich but you’re currently in between meals.  It’s enough to tide you over to the next meal because it has protein, crunch and a little mustard.  You could add a little cheese if you feel so inclined :)  Now…. what are we having for dinner?

S’mores Cupcakes

S'mores Cupcakes // shutterbean

Let’s just say this together. S’mores Cupcakes.  SAAAAAAHMORES CUP-CAAAAKES.

S'mores Cupcakes // shutterbean

You might need to sit down for this.  Wait, why are you not sitting? Standing in line for the train? Cool.

I’ll wait.

S'mores Cupcakes // shutterbean

Graham crackers are mixed into buttery cake batter to form an amazing cupcake base. The cupcake is then topped with a rich ganache and jeweled with a toasted marshmallow crown on top of that.

Hummina hummina hummina. Yes please, thank you, OMG I CAN’T STOP EATING THEM GET THEM OUT OF MY FACE, The end.

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