April 23, 2013

Shutterbean + Silk Soymilk (VIDEO!)

Inspiration.  Some days I’m tapped into it and other days I’m not. Like right now…what do I type? This big blank box in WordPress is giving me the ultimate stare down.

It ‘s definitely a challenge to balance being a creative food blogger and a working mom, but it’s in the little moments of My Everyday Life where I find the most inspiration.


When I took this photo of the reflection in my coffee cup, it had me wondering what a breakfast outside near the ocean would look like. Would there be breakfast sandwiches? What would I drink on such occasion? Who would be there?

Watching my son reach out for another handful of popcorn inspired me to make Mexican Popcorn days later because I wondered how one could possibly make homemade popcorn even more irresistible.

The flags at a gas station filled my head with thoughts of summer BBQs… with trays of hot dogs & hamburgers loaded with mustard & ketchup and metal buckets filled with ice cold beers.

The brilliant red of ripe strawberries with and their green leaves glistening in a bowl full of water reminded me of the time I mixed Lime with Strawberries to make an amazing dessert.

And that banana cupcake I scarfed down at Ad Hoc had me wondering if I could make a baked banana doughnut….

Little moments in my everyday life inspire me and remind me that my brain almost always goes back to FOOD.

I find the biggest challenge in blogging to be writing part. It’s not something that always comes naturally to me. It’s hard to have to come up with words to describe a flavor or a taste of something I’m all too familiar with. So, what do I do?

I sometimes turn to my 4 year old son, Cooper to help me out….

Silk is the only soymilk we drink at home. Cooper goes bonkers over both the chocolate & vanilla flavors.  I almost always use them as a base for our smoothies because it adds a nice sweetness and it saves me from having to pull out the bottles of honey, agave or maple syrup. It’s so convenient!  When I was approached to come up with a unique way to describe the new taste of Silk Soymilk, I said yes because it’s a product we love/believe in. Thank you Silk for sponsoring this video.  I’m excited to share a little snippet of my everyday life with you in video form!

And if you’re looking for a delicious smoothie recipe, this is one that Cooper & I made up together. It not only tastes like a Chocolate Vanilla Cloud…but has a little Neapolitan ice cream sandwich vibe with the strawberries, vanilla & chocolate. Enjoy!

Chocolate & Vanilla Cloud Smoothie

serves 2

  • 1 cup Chocolate Silk Soymilk
  • 1 cup Vanilla Silk Soymilk
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1 banana, halved
  • 3-4 cubes of ice

Add all ingredients into a blender and process until well combined. Divide between two glasses & serve!




This post is brought to you by Silk. Take the Tastemaker Challenge on facebook.com/silkUS 

  • Zoë

    For some reason this brought me to tears. You inspire me Tracy Shutterbean.

  • Julia

    You two are the cutest!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks

    That cupcake looks delish! And I love making smoothies with banana – so creamy. Yours sounds like a winner. And the WP compose screen giving you the blank stare, eh? We’ve all been there! 🙂

  • Christine

    Oh Tracy! I like the way you write a post. This video: it’s amazing. It’s good to know that I’m not the only one who has sometimes no inspiration.

    Cooper and you are so sweet – so glad that you share some part of your life.

  • Julia

    I love the video! You are gorgeous, your house is amazing and cooper is precious! In summary, you’re maj. 🙂

  • Shona

    Tracy, the video is great, and you look gorgeous as does Cooper. I imagine its a challenging road sustaining your blog. As a Kiwi your hard work gives me new insights into another food /life culture, and your photography is great. Many thanks xox

  • shana

    What a gorgeous video (everything – Cooper, your house, yard, your office!)

  • Jane M

    Your video was soooooo fun! That cupcake is a real show stopper.

  • Kali

    I was literally pouring Silk onto cereal when your website was loading. Great video!

  • Monica

    As a blogger, writing is hard for me too. Sometimes I just want to post dozens of pictures and call it a day, which is totally OK!

    Marshmallow stinker butt… now that’s too cute, haha. Cooper is adorable!

  • jo

    You have the loveliest voice and you are a great inspiration 😉

  • Evelyn

    Hi Tracy! Just wanted to say how much I enjoyed today’s post and video! I’ve read your blog for a while now, and seeing this video made me realize how authentically you post – you present “in person” exactly how I had always pictured you might when I read your other posts. So congrats on being consistently YOU in both typed word, photo, and live video! :)) Just wanted to pass along some encouragement. Enjoy your Tuesday! (Ps. The bloopers killed me.)

  • Sarah

    Loved this! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Michelle M

    Lovely. And the outtakes at the end are priceless 🙂

  • Freddi

    Yay for the video Tracy! Will look forward to you doing more, it’s so nice to see you at home with Cooper!

  • Natalia

    You’re a pro!!!! so authentic, so sweet… loved Cooper, he’s hilarious!!! and the bloopers are so good!!
    I’m also a blogger and find it so difficult at times to be inspired. And words do not come easy to me…
    Congratulations you’re an inspiration on writing, on photography and now on videos!!!!!

  • Hannah @ All-Purpose and Semi-Sweet

    Hi Tracy! I loved your video, even though I think your real voice shines through your writing in every single post you do! It was so sweet to see you and Cooper together, and I think this is the best sponsored post I’ve seen!

  • Jenny K

    Love Love Love!!! Such a great post. Such an awesome video! We are a diary free family due to my son’s allergy and we love our Silk too! Cant say enough good things…Tracy you knocked this post out of the park!

  • Candice

    Love it! Love your hair and Cooper looks infinitely huggable. Love your home and love the recipe! Awesome video 🙂

  • Lori

    Wonderful video Tracy! You and Cooper did a great job.

  • Melissa Marie

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who cried. I was not expecting that reaction from what is basically a commercial, but you guys are so sweet. (I love Silk’s Almond Milk).

    Thanks for the bloopers, too. Little boys (and girls for that matter) do love their poop talk. That’s real. 🙂

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    Ohmahgoodness, that video! Cooper! So adorable (love the outtakes :)).

    I really need to get a chocolate vanilla cloud smoothie in my life.

  • sarah

    Have you ever read this or heard this? I first heard it on Selected Shorts on NPR and died laughing.

    Anyone with kids in their lives should check it out.

    Great video! Keep ’em coming!

  • Winter

    This was such a fabulous video–yay for you and Cooper! I am a Silk drinking fool in my house, so yay for Silk!

  • Sarah R.

    hahaha! My favorite part is on the ‘outtake’ where your son says ‘Don’t tell Daddy”. Classic.

  • Nicole

    Adorable, Tracy! The video is just the cutest.

  • Heather Christo

    OMG. I loved that so much!!! What a great video.

  • Priscilla Basilio

    I love this and I love you and I love your blog and I just want to live in this blog. Make my bed underneath the “n” in Shutterbean.

  • selina

    Love this, Tracy! It’s so perfect (ly done that it brought tears to my eyes). More videos, please.

  • rachael

    go tracy! this is awesome. you and cooper look great. definitely want to try this smoothie. hope there are more videos like this in the future!

  • Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking

    Oh my God! Soooo cute! Cooper sure is a very disciplined actor! Calling you out on missing your lines!

  • nicola

    This made me well up. for real!

  • Marie

    That was awesome! Good video!

  • kylie

    What a lovely video! Such an awesome opportunity that you made look fabulous, as always. Love it!

  • Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar

    This video made me tear up!! So cute! And great quality too! 🙂

  • Denise

    LOVE IT! I got all teary when Cooper says chocolate clouds; adorable!!!

  • Ashley

    OH my word. As if this video wasn’t adorable enough the OUTTAKES!!! Marshmallow chocolate stinker butt…..don’t tell daddy. That kid kills me! 🙂

  • thenik

    This also brought me to tears. And that’s just kind of crazy to me because I make smoothies with my 3 yo every day. STILL, I’m totally wiping away tears. Thanks for sharing you stuff, Tracey.

  • Krystal

    Love this! A great little morning treat. Coincidentally I was drinking a smoothie with Silk while I watched it!

  • Stephie @ Eat Your Heart Out

    “I’m sorry…don’t tell Daddy…”

    Ohmygosh cutest video ever.

  • Tieghan

    Making smoothies with bananas is the best and OMG those cupcakes look so good!

  • Claire @Lemon Jelly Cake

    Silk needs to use your Cooper bloopers for a commercial on TV . . . they are the BEST! 🙂

  • Emily D.

    I never expected a video about soy milk to be so adorable.

  • Katy @ Katy's Kitchen

    Oh my gosh this is the most adorable video ever!! I hate those times where the photos/recipes don’t turn out and I can so relate to that blank screen just taunting you! I always love your recipes though, and mixing chocolate and vanilla soy milk is a really fantastic plan. Yes, a cloud is a perfect way to describe it. Way to go Cooper!!

  • Katie

    You were pretty cute, but I think Cooper stole the show. Well done Tracy.

  • Liz

    loved this, you both are fantastic. 🙂

  • Colleen

    Through all the food blog noise this confirms why you are my favorite.

  • Ashley

    While I love and adore the video, I love the outtakes of Cooper. But really, adorable video.

  • Nancy

    Very nice, Tracy!

    Takes a lot of courage to invite people into your home in the form of this video, and I’m glad you did!

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  • Amy

    Y’all are so super cute. Love the video!

  • Sarah

    So adorable! I love it.

  • Mary @ The Kitchen Paper

    Oh my goodness, you two are too cute!! I love it!

  • fusilliamy

    This is so sweet and the bloopers are hilarious. Now I want a smoothie and a 4 year old.

  • Meagan @ Scarletta Bakes

    Such a sweet, sweet video! I especially loved the bloopers at the end…

  • Laura

    Oh my gosh. So super cute!
    – and so weird to see your voice coming out of your person (if that even makes sense?) when I’m used to listening to your voice on the podcast and seeing your pictures separately.

  • Julie @ Forbidden Rice Blog

    Hehehe, Marshmallow Stinkerbutt! Little boys are so fun in the kitchen. My 7 year old stepson is a fan of similar names 🙂 Perhaps you should also know that he is also a huge fan of the JtB + Shutterbean podcast. Every Thursday he says, “Julie! It’s Thursday! That means it’s podcast day! Tracy Jordan Sugarbean! I wonder if Cooper’s gonna say something funny this week?” (He was a huge fan of the episode where you told a story of Joy coming to visit… wherein Cooper exclaimed “Joy the Baker has two nipples!” Love the video, too!

  • Stacey

    I was so dang excited to see video of you guys! You’re even better live! Then… the Cooper Bloopers show up! Best. Thing. Ever. I need to go get a kitten and name it Marshmallow Stinkerbutt.

  • Isabella

    If I wasn’t at school I probably would have cried. This was beautiful. You. Your son. Your smoothie. Your home. All of it!

  • Molly

    hahaa LOVE this!

  • Claire choudhry

    Oh I love love love this 🙂 just so sweet and funny. The bloopers are fab! Well done x

  • teri

    that was too cute!!

  • Gina @ So Lets Hang Out

    Marshmallow Stinker-Butt. HAH! I love kid humor. Really cute, Tracy!

  • Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    Very cute! I’ve definitely had that moment where I look at the shot on my camera just to let out a big sigh of disappointment.

  • Emily

    Man, oh man this is terribly cute! I love the real talk in the video + Cooper’s adorable outtakes! Also, your office (whole house really!) is beautiful!

  • Meredith

    Um, so, a couple of things…

    1. I love this video. Super cute!
    2. Your hair is amazing!
    3. I, too, have an obsession with black and white, especially stripes, and I am coveting your skirt.

    That is all. 🙂

  • Lee

    I read a lot of cooking and home blogs, but yours is especially calming to me. I love your photos and recipes.
    Today after I watched this video, I read the comments (which I don’t think I’ve ever done). It’s so encouraging to read so many kind, positive comments when most blog’s comments sections attract a lot of meanness.

  • Cookie and Kate

    Good gracious, Cooper is the cutest! I don’t know how you get any work done with so much cuteness around. Great video, Tracy. I’m used to reading your posts and listening to your podcasts but it’s fun to see you on video, too!

  • Jessica B.

    LOVE the video, and Blog! So inspiring and beautiful all the time!!!

  • Sarah

    I love this! It’s good to hear that even my favorite bloggers get stuck. And I love the video! Cooper is just the cutest thing. I hope we get to see more of these!!!

  • Pam

    Super sweet!

  • Kiki

    I love how even though the video was promoting a product, it still was so real and original. And those outtakes? Loved them. Cooper is so funny! 🙂

  • Angela

    Very cute! Hopefully the first of many.

  • pricila

    your baby is the freaking cutest thing ever!! loved the video. (:

  • Mandy

    Oh my goodness! Your hair! Your make-up! Cooper’s Bloopers! I’m dying over here!

  • Leslie

    Loved it! And you! So cute! You did great!

  • Clara

    Oh my goodness this MADE my night!! You guys are adorable, and you looked stunning, Tracy!!!

  • Maria Tadic

    This was such a great post. I was having a not so hot day and when your son wanted to call that smoothie a “marshmallow stinkerbutt” it just really made me smile! It was really awesome!

  • Jillian

    I have hated milk since I was a toddler but I love Silk vanilla soy milk in my cereal. It is so much better than milk.

    BTW you made me want to make mexican popcorn this weekend!!

  • Perber

    love this!! you did a great job on it.. its fun to see you on video, and Cooper of course, and what goes into your posts!

  • Jenny

    This was uber cute! I was at Trader Joes the other day and couldn’t decide on what brand of soymilk to buy. Silk sounds good because I don’t like it unsweetened and not when there is a ton of sugar in it either. I’ll have to see if TJs sells it. I loved the part where he correct you in the bloopers!

  • Jayne

    “Don’t tell daddy…” made me laugh out loud in office. hahaha… Cooper is so so cute! Glad that your family is enjoying soy milk. We can get very fresh ones here everywhere but sometimes it’s nice to have cartons in the fridge for times that call for smoothies. 🙂

  • Christina

    This was by far the best thing I’ve seen all day.

  • natalie@thesweetslife

    SERIOUSLY? seriously?! i didn’t think he could get any cuter and then you had to go and put him in a video!

    more videos!!! 🙂

    you’re pretty cute yourself! so fun!

  • Anna Robbins

    OMG Tracy this was too adorable. You and Cooper make a great team and the video was just precious. Looking forward to many more great collaborations.

  • Emily L

    this is so, so precious! LOVE this video (and ALL your recipes)!!

  • Andrea Merrigan

    OMG LOVE THE VIDEO! Cooper is so cute and love the out takes at the end. Great job.

  • SharonM.

    Sooo stinking cute! I’m glad you included the ‘out takes’, they made the video!
    Cooper is a natural…wow : )

  • Jenna

    Wow, Cooper is a natural! And super cute, loved the outtakes too!

  • Ronni

    “Don’t tell Daddy.”
    “I gotta go pee.”
    Cooper is the best! And I love your makeup.

  • Jenny


    Have you ever heard this quote, thought you would like.
    “If I could lick the sunset, I’ll bet it would taste like Neapolitan ice cream.” – Jared Kintz

  • Anna

    Obsessed!! Love this T-Shuts! You and Cooper are THE cutest.

  • Tami-TeacherGoesBackToSchool

    Just wanted to add I also got a little weepy. You and your boy shine.

  • Aeshna

    How are you both so dang cute? Adult cuteness and child cuteness conquered.

  • Kaitlin

    so cute! also, love your photography – your everyday life is very inspirational!

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  • Aimee @ Simple Bites

    Adorable. What a great video!! Tell Coop he’s a better bowler than I am. =)

  • Shellbelle

    Love, love, love this video!! Cooper is totes adorbs, and its so cool to get a sneak peak into your life. I hope you do many more vids and i think a chocolate cloud smoothie sounds divine 🙂

  • Beth

    LOVE this video! You look gorgeous and Cooper sounds like the kindest kid ever! Love this little peak into your world, filled with chocolate clouds!

  • jenny

    tracy! this is so darling. I know everyone has said so already, but I just wanted to add my voice to the choir. you two are such a sweet duo. and what a cool finished product!

  • elsie

    awe- i love it! SO good.

  • sophia

    Marshmellow Stinkerbutt? Sounds like an awesome flavor! 😛 Love the video – and outtakes!

  • Irma

    I did get a little weepy. Isn’t that weird that so much of us got that reaction? There’s something strong and so real in that video…

  • cindy

    so, stankin’ adorbs!!

  • JulieD

    So cute! I loved loved loved this video!! And Cooper is going to be a star! 😀

  • Victoria Sponge Pease Pudding

    Oh my gosh this was adorable, your son is the sweetest! Lovely vid 🙂

  • jami

    Please make more videos. Seriously. 🙂

  • jackie @ marin mama cooks

    Ok, this is the cutest ad ever! That little Cooper is ADORABLE and such a boy! I love the outtakes at the end when he calls the smoothie by another name, total boy! It’s something Eli would say and then giggle about all afternoon. Great job girl!
    xoxo, Jackie

  • Carolyn

    This video is so cute! I love seeing you and Cooper “live.” He’s too funny – “Don’t tell Daddy!” Hehe.

    The smoothie looks delish, too. 🙂

  • Sheila Towns

    Tracy! What a beautiful video! So well done…the casualness of the script and the easy conversational tone…haven’t seen pics of Cooper since he was a babe! His comments are priceless…reminds me of our grandkids (all 6 of them local bteween ages 6 and 14 months)…love the simple recipes, too!

  • Sini

    I love the video and seeing you two in action! Great job!

  • whoorl

    This was absolutely perfect. You and Cooper are naturals! xo

  • jenny

    WHAT?! I am blown away. this was such a great start to my morning.

  • Kristen

    Between you and Heidi I am so inspired to try this video thing… wow. Love what you did here, and your cute little source of inspiration!

  • Katya

    That video made me smile. Your little boy is the cutest and I love this video. Nicely done!!! Looking at your blog always inspires me!

  • Kirsty

    This video was just the cutest thing ever! Cooper is so lovely, you guys were great!

  • Krystina

    Haha!!! “Don’t tell Daddy … ” This video is fabulous, Tracy! And you are a total babe! Slam dunk.

  • Laura

    Oh, I love this video Tracy! Cooper is the cutest!

  • Alix

    Aw Tracy!!!! How cute are you??? This video is adorable…..and Mr. Coop did SUCH a great job!

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  • Lauren

    That video is the coolest ever! It’s so professional, I love it! Cooper is totally adorable too by the way 🙂

  • Gretta

    Beautiful! I want more videos – this was highly entertaining/cute

  • Fariha

    You are SO cute! Also I love your home/office/kid/everything!!!

  • Ada

    Oh my, you guys are too cute! Great video. I love your voice, Tracy! And the stripes 😉

  • Heidi Kenney

    Oh Tracy, I loved the video!! You and Cooper are just so adorable 🙂 You are a natural!!!! And it is such a professional job too! Totally amazed by you lady!

  • Holly Waterfall

    yes, this video also brought me to tears, and I’m not exactly sure why. The sweetness of little Cooper. The admiration for another blogger doing something fanTAStic with her talents. You’re awesome, and I cry a lot… but really, this was tear-worthy.

  • Jen

    Awesome. Your little guy is so cutie!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe

    Cute video Tracy! Loved the outtakes at the end too!
    I need to make myself a chocolate and vanilla cloud smoothie!

  • Christie

    Tracy! GREAT job on the Silk video! Very professional yet the point hits close to home in so many ways. Cooper is adorbs! Have a great weekend!

  • Katie @ Blonde Ambition

    He is totally a natural! Such a lovely video 🙂

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