My Everyday Life: Week 29

Here’s what this past week looked like:

I taught a Food Styling class with Joy Saturday at Tea House Studios.

It was a success! We are hoping to do more soon!

Joy made her toasted marshmallow milkshakes during the class. They were bonkers.

This is the 4th mouse that Pinot has caught. I wish she would just eat them.

Basil chopping!

A corner of our house. This is the area where all my parent’s stuff lives.

Goodie bags for the food styling class. Made me feel like a kid planning my birthday party.

Out to dinner. If we order something for Cooper at a restaurant, he most likely won’t eat it.

This small little cone made me mom of the year…or hour.

Someone got into my drink umbrella stash during breakfast time.

Roasted cauliflower with raisins & parsley. This week I slowly worked my way back to real food after juice cleansing.

I’ve been really good this week. It feels great.

Caprese with special oil.

Shooting two different posts in one day.

Snipping green beans by hand. It’s a good stress reliever.


I turned my salad into a taco. TACO-FY.

Dinner at 123 Bolinas with Cassidy 🙂

A grin because I’m catching him using his hands to eat a waffle.

Going in for the kill…

RAWR! Sometimes he uses his other hand to guide food in and he ends up biting his fingers.

It’s the saddest thing…yet ridiculously cute.




  • Megan

    What a good-lookin’ week! I totally agree about green bean snipping. Reminds me of when I was a kid!

  • brandi

    i love the waffle-eating cooper! i’m going to start attacking food like that when i’m eating (at home).

  • Hannah

    My 2 year old son does the same thing in restaurants, he always ends up with half of my dinner.

  • Kayla

    Cooper is so cute… love his face in the picture with the umbrellas!

  • Rachel

    I wish I could have been at that food styling class – it sounded amazing!

  • Nicole @ The Dirty Oven

    Waffles are awesome. Thanks for the swag bag. Calvin has already gotten into the umbrellas. Enjoy the coffee. Verve is right down the street from our house. Totally off the hook!

  • jackie @ marin mama cooks

    Awesome workshop Tracy! Thank you so much for organizing it. You were such an amazing and patient teacher. I would totally recommend taking Tracy and Joy’s class to any of you thinking about it. You both made all of us feel so comfortable and relaxed and I learned so much. I can’t wait to start applying all the new techniques.

    Tracy, I’m guessing from the restaurant photo that you went to Taco Janes? Did I get it right? Love that place. The owner and staff are so nice. Eli always gets the kids burrito and it’s so huge! It’s more like an adult burrito. I love their salmon tacos.


  • Victoria

    Tracy, this looks like such a great week! Love the pics of Cooper trying to eat that waffle.

    I am always turning my food into tacos. I just can’t get enough of those things!

    We have a cat that brings dead or mostly dead things to the door, but then, we have another cat who gladly eats these discarded “treasures”. It’s a beautiful buddy system!

  • Sasha

    I hear you about the mouse but my cat used to kill red robins like crazy. I mean every few days there would be a new dead robin by our BBQ! It was so gross! I was so happy when winter came bc she never ventured outside 🙂

  • Diane

    Snipping green beans! Yes! I totally zen out when I do that too. Also mincing garlic.

  • Karly W

    Haha that last picture is a winner! Cooper inspires my mischievous little-kid side to come out, even at 22 🙂 Also – what is that awesome thing you used to chop basil & where can I get one? I’m stocking my first real kitchen & would love to get my hands on one!

  • Maggie

    I cannot WAIT for your post about those granola-rocky-road-I-can’t-tell-exactly-what-they-are-but-they-look-delicious bars!!

    I love those photo sequences where you see someone or something in action (i.e., your son and waffle)!

  • Amy

    Please tell me about this basil-cutting knife.

    I’m hoping I’ll be able to make it to the next food-styling class or HomefriesU! Looks super awesome.

    P.S. Cooper is so cute! Those eyes!

    • Tracy

      It’s a mezzaluna. I LOOOVE it. I hope you can come next time too. I can’t wait to meet you.

  • Jane M

    That mouse picture made me laugh out loud but happy I’m not there! Mice scare me. I’m a big baby! Fun week you had. Wish I lived in Cali to attend your class.

  • Ellen

    Hehe, just noticed your cat’s name is Pinot. Makes me feel more normal for naming my cat Java. I got him before discovering wine otherwise he’d have to deal with being named Tempranillo or something.
    But Pinot is nice. Gris or noir?

    • Tracy

      Noir of course!! She’s a black cat 🙂

      • Ellen

        Perfect, being a black cat is why Java got his name-it is how I take my coffee. Weird, our cats are related somehow, in the black beverage cats family:)

  • Noli

    ahhhh baby green eyes are so much better than baby blue eyes! TACO-FY. That little Cooper anecdote made me so happy, unbelievably adorable.

  • Kate

    Hey-just an FYI, since your new look your site has been crashing my computer! Just thought you should know-none of the other sites I visit have this effect.

  • Seriously Sassy Mama

    I need you cat to travel to Texas to kill a mouse.

  • joy the baker

    looking so good mamafriend! cooper is using the tiny forks i sent!

  • laura k

    I love this feature on your blog; it’s so fun to see glimpses into someone else’s life.

    The workshop this weekend was awesome sauce. Thanks for an inspiring, beautiful, and creative day! It was just what I needed.

    • Tracy

      Thanks Laura!!!! I am so glad I finally got to meet you. You did a fantastic job with your stylings during class. Keep it up!!!

  • Holly

    I finally got back home tonight from my trip to Berkeley for your workshop. It gave me a lot more confidence and many techniques to play around with, and you and Joy were such fun teachers. I can’t wait to start experimenting with black boards, LiveView, new angles, etc. I also loved those goody bags, especially the napkins from Picking Daisies, even though I know I won’t be using them for the shots of Japanese food we’ll be working on for our new menu.

    • Tracy

      That makes me SOOO happy! Thank you soo much for coming. It was such a pleasure having you!

  • Ashley

    I was so tempted to fly to LA just to take that class with you and Joy – one day!! Your week looked super, and that kid of yours is some cuteness!

  • Erica

    I am OBSESSED with that picture of the roasted s’mores! I wish I could take a food styling class (alas I am only in highschool). One day maybe 🙂

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