My Everyday Life: Week 40

Here’s what this past week looked like:

This is 8am light in our front yard.

Mantle has an Autumnal vibe.

Breakfast before the sun comes up.

Sunday dinner.

Blue Angels show at my parent’s house.

Where we drank an exorbitant amount of wine.

Morning bun for Cooper.

We went out to breakfast at Sweet Life in San Anselmo. Cute place! Excellent pastries & bread.

Great service as well. How cool are these chairs?

Afternoon light in our dining room.

Weekly fruit & vegetable delivery from Full Circle. Casey was stoked to have green peppers.

Hers & His salads.

Steamy Rigatoni action.

Pink ears.

Someone got into my cheese. Cooper told me he wanted Parmesan cheese for his 5th birthday. SILLY.

Pumpkins on our coffee table.

6:30am looked like this the other day. I was happy to be awake to see it.

Steamy waffles.

Waffles on weekends are the best.

New phone. Old phone. The cover for the new phone didn’t work out.

Sun going down.

Cooper wanted pizza for his birthday party.

He also wanted a chocolate batman cake.

This was what I came up with. I colored marzipan, rolled it out and made a batman logo.

So I had a black layer & a yellow layer.

Not something easily done when it’s 88F out. I had to keep putting it in the freezer.

Also! I colored the cream cheese frosting gray by adding a little black food dye.

The cake was SCRUMPTIOUS.

Three pizzas. All made with no knead dough.

Sausage, mushroom, pepper & onions.

Fig, prosciutto, red onions & arugula–topped with balsamic glaze at the end.

Pepperoni pizza for the birthday boy.

Ahhhhh. Done.

Birthday table.

Birthday boy with his BFF, Henry.

Thank you for all of your birthday wishes the other day. Your love & support means the world to me!

Cooper had a fantastic birthday.



  • Diane

    Cheese sounds like a fantastic birthday present to me. I get you, Cooper.

  • Jane M

    Batman Cake = AWESOME!!!!! Yummmmmmy!

  • Elise Martinez

    Where did you get your dining room chairs?

  • Amy

    Is it weird that I wish I could have Cooper’s birthday party? Those pizzas and cake look amazing!

  • Sarah

    I love the light in your kitchen. Lovely!

  • Amanda B

    what a great week… those waffles look delish. im thinking its time for some pumpkin waffles for us really soon. also, you deserve the cool mom of the year award, that cake!!! cooper must have been over the moon! I love that pic of him with the hat and the cake- what a sweetheart! and that fig pizza… get in my belly!!!

  • Anne

    What a cool cake! Those pizzas look amazing, I am going have to try the fig and prosciutto pizza, it sounds delicious!

  • dawnb

    Aww happy birthday Cooper! Those pizzas looked awesome, and now I’m wondering if my other half might appreciate a batman birthday cake for his next birthday 🙂 I also have envy for your pumpkins! You seem to have such a great variety in the US, in colours and size, here in the UK it is just seem to be your average orange pumpkin, which makes me so sad as I just love pumpkins, to look at and eat!

  • jenny

    yay! so glad we finally got to see the cake. I’ve been looking forward to that. also, after looking at your photos, I now have a mad craving for pizza. 🙂

  • Lynn

    Really enjoy these posts. It looks like E.T. is standing next to you in the first picture. 🙂

  • Ann

    Those pizzas look amazing! You’ve inspired to me to make a prosciutto and fig pizza tonight. I love your waffle maker, too. What brand is it? We’ve been searching for a vintage waffle maker (one without nonstick coating), but haven’t found one that works yet.

  • Sera

    haha I love that you can see the teeth marks in the cheese…. what a champ!

  • Ronni

    I have all the ingredients to make turkey chili for dinner tonight, but seeing those pizzas (CARBS! CHEESE!) is making me doubt my choice.
    Definitely having pizza tomorrow.
    I love these posts. Thanks for sharing little pieces of your life.

  • Heidi - Apples Under My Bed

    Awesome cake! The party looks great, such fun. I too want parmesan cheese for my next birthday.
    Heidi xo

  • helyn

    hey tracy, i’m in high school and i haven’t checked your blog in a while because of schoolwork. I’m a creative person and have liked your photography and the podcast for a while. over the summer i bought a nicer camera and have been getting more and more into both baking and photography. and looking at this photo roundup made me happy, especially because i’m slighty inclined to take photos of shadows and the sky too, also i’ve been contemplating whether to start a blog or start taking pictures when i bake. soooo yeah, thanks for all the inspiration!

  • Kirsty

    Another pretty week of photos! Love that you get a veg box delivery.
    Happy belated birthday to Cooper!

  • Holly

    Love that last picture of Cooper with his cake and those pizzas lined up on the counter. He definitely looks like he had a fantastic birthday.

  • Michelle

    You have the best plates! What a wonderful birthday!

  • bethany

    UMMM that cake looks amazing!!! I also want that pizza in my belly stat!!

  • Audrey Howitt

    This looks like a wonderful day–I am just a hop skip and jump from you in Alameda

  • Emily @

    Looks like a fabulous weekend!

  • Nicole @ The Dirty Oven

    Pink sky, batman, pumpkins, pizza, birthdays…good week. Darling, good week! Loves.

  • Ellen

    Dang! Cooper sure had a delectable birthday.
    I like the steamed up shot too.

  • Hilary

    Tracy, I made a batman birthday cake for my sister this weekend! Great minds think alike? 🙂

  • Erica

    What a beautiful week!!! That cake looks gorgeous and the smile Cooper had with his bff, Henry? Priceless! Have a great everyday week ahead!

  • Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    So weird fact… People’s hairlines… At the bottom of their neck, if it points down in a little triangle, it means you would have another child the opposite sex of the child you currently have. If its a straight hairline at the neck it means its the same sex as the child you have. Just in case you wanna have more babes… Not that this is true with everybody…. Just true for my family and my in laws.

  • Mira C

    I absolutely love the first photo. And from the glimpses you show us, your new house looks gorgeous!

    Fantastic batman cake for Cooper – I bet he loved it!

  • joy the baker

    i love your week this week! cheese bite. chomp!!

  • Kate @ Eat, Recycle, Repeat

    Love the sunday dinner, his & hers salads, and that cake is AMAZE! major props to you

  • Lara

    The sky pictures are fabulous! Happy belated Birthday to Cooper. 🙂
    BTW, my daughter picked out a pink phone cover for my phone with her Dad as a gift for my birthday. Not my style either but now it is very easy to locate my frequently misplaced phone. Cheers.

  • ileana

    That cake is awesome! The pizzas look wonderful, too. 🙂

  • ileana

    p.s. My little sister is also obsessed with cheese. I walked into the kitchen once to find a mountain of parmesan cheese on a plate. She said it was dinner.

  • alyssa

    I want fig that fig and arugula pizza now! 🙂 yum!

    Awesome job on the cake! I’ve been there with the warm weather/cake decorating thing. I make marshmallow fondant. Tastes amazing, but is super stretchy.

    Is that a bite mark in the cheese?

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    Umm that looks like the best birthday cake + pizza ever! I just turned 20 years older than him a couple weeks back, but I feel like I would have loved your 4 year old’s party 🙂

  • heather @ chiknpastry

    i went by that sweet life place on the way to a backpackign trip in point reyes. good tasting food, but i was creeped out by this way. too. fancy. lady. she had a plaid shirt and her twin boys were dressed in the same and they somehow ate croissants without getting a crumb on them. then they drove off in their giant SUV. it was just too perfect. and creepy, like i said 🙂

  • Mel@TheDizzyMom

    You have such a beautiful home. The light is inspiring and refreshing. I’m trying to convince my husband to move to SF just so I can bask in that beautiful light.

  • Leah

    fantastic job on the cake!!

  • pricila

    I wish my week looked that beautiful. You are seriously blessed to live in such a beautiful place! I live in California as well, but its not the bay area.

  • Jay

    Cooper’s cake looks delish, also the shadow of your camera in the 8am light photo looks like E.T.

  • Mary

    Coolest cake EVER. Seriously! How cute! And I totally just fan-girled like hardcore when I saw you and I had/have the same HTC.

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