My Everyday Life: Week 33

Here’s what this past week looked like:

It was my birthday on Saturday!

We spent the weekend with our good friends Amanda & Matthew in Carmel.

I’ll tell you more about that soon, but let me just say there was a lot of wine…

There are some cute signs in Carmel. A lot of the houses look like they’re from a fairytale.

We saw one that read  ONCE UPON A TIME.

These owners obviously love Citizen Kane.

We went to the Monterey Aquarium on my birthday. AMAZE. I have SOO many pics to share.

My birthday was filled with gorgeous skies. You know how much I love clouds.

Just a regular ole salad. Casey requested this the other night.


Breakfast for dinner! I made a curry zucchini corn hash with an egg & avocado toast. Nom.

Oh yeah. I got my hair cut. This is just a peek. I’m sitting in MAJOR traffic here.

I found this on my camera. Casey took this.

A very good night.

Cooper helped me make flatbread. I can’t wait to share that recipe with you!

Quick Jam from the SPROUTED KITCHEN COOKBOOK! Amazing. I’ll share it with you soon too!

Cooper making a road. He insisted I keep a sticker on his back. It was his batman shield.

Morning clouds at breakfast time.

Maldon Sea Salt makes EVERYTHING better.

We spent last weekend in Calistoga. This is the tail end of that trip.

We had a wine tasting at the house with JZ Wines. Mobile wine tasting! As in…they come to you!

It was soo much fun and so nice to not have to worry about driving. The kids were in the other room playing together. A dream!

I cooked in the kitchen with my brother-in-law, James. I made like 5 lbs. of mashed potatoes.

There was an OBSCENE amount of butter involved.

We demolished 2 lbs. of barbequed padron peppers.

Cooper played in the pool. I need to get this boy some swim lessons.


It was so nice to be around a pool all day long.

  • Nicole @ The Dirty Oven

    So glad you had fun! Looks like you had an amazing week and I am so glad that Carmel was fun. Can’t wait to hear about the flatbread!

  • katielicht

    Carmel is my FAVORITE. Can’t wait to hear more about your trip. The last time I was there I was like 5 weeks pregnant & super sad I was missing out on wine-y fun.

    I love these weekly recaps of yours. You capture the everyday so beautifully.

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    Happy Birthday! Looks like a fabulous bday weekend – great friends, fam, Carmel – can’t go wrong!

  • Diane

    That skylight!

  • anna

    I must say that I look forward to this picture recap every week! It’s my favorite part of your blog right next to the I love lists Friday 🙂

    I really admire you consistency and high quality in blogging 🙂

    Happiest Birthday to you! May it truly be your best year yet.

    Best, Anna

  • Victoria

    Love the pool pictures! Oooh, and the mashed potatoes….I love them but there are two days I never make them: Thanksgiving and Christmas. Way too many people, way too much peeling, and don’t even get me started on the butter. You are a trooper!

  • Emily S

    I’d love to know how you prepared those padron peppers–I just got a bunch in my CSA!

  • Aeshna

    Happy belated birthday! You get more awesome as you age 🙂

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Happy birthday! So pumped about that jam. The pictures of the clouds, the salad being chopped and cooper making a road make me particularly happy 🙂
    Heidi xo

  • jenny

    happiest of birthdays, tracy! so glad you got to celebrate in carmel. that place is just magical, isn’t it? also, I’m sooooooo jealous of your apricots! my grandma had a ranch outside san jose when I was a kid and the apricots on the trees there were pure ambrosia. have never found such exquisite apricots since…especially not here on the east coast. I miss them!

  • Christina

    Wine + cute Cooper pics + breakfast for dinner = best birthday!! Hope it was an amazing one!

  • Natalie

    Happy Birthday!! I love your site, you live your life beautifully.
    Do you know if JZ Wines travels all over the Bay Area. I’m from the East Bay and think that a travel wine tasting is the most amazing idea I’ve ever heard of. Are they reasonably priced?

    • Tracy

      All over California! I think they are about $30 a person. You should contact them! Highly recommend.

  • Becca @ The Dabblist

    Happy Happy Birthday Miss Tracy! Another revolution around the sun 🙂

  • kickpleat

    Happy birthday, Tracy!!! Looks like it was the best 🙂

  • Perber

    happy birthday, tracy!! I’m going to be making your bacon brussel sprout pizza for dinner tonight!

  • Maci

    Looks like a fantastic week!! Carmel is the best…. one of my very favorite things to do there is walk down the streets off Scenic Road and look at all of the amazing houses 🙂

  • Jennifer

    Happy Birthday! (Love the haircut.)

  • Kate @eatrecyclerepeat

    Oooo Monterrey Bay looks so amazing! Please do share more pictures!

  • Kelly

    So much fun! My husband and I just moved to Carmel and LOVE it. The houses are totally amazing –> this architect is in heaven! Any good restaurant suggestions to try?

    • Casey

      In Monterey, “La Sala’s Bi-Rite Market” has yummy BBQ tri-tip sandwiches, our friends Matthew and Amanda turned us on to it.

      Also The Monterey Fish House, have had two excellent simple meals there.

  • Sini

    Whoa! Is that a glass ceiling?

    I found your blog through your podcast (which, by the way, is super duper AWESOME) and love it. And you Tracy are kind of cool. You and Joy are real role models. I meant it. I really do.

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