January 15, 2020

Top 10 Posts from 2019

Hello friends! I’m taking a quick moment to go through all of my posts from 2019 to get an idea of what I want to focus on in 2020. Let’s take a look back and see what my Top 10 Posts from 2019 were, shall we?

Need a quick/simple dinner? Make Roasted Broccoli with White Bean with Lemon. Put an egg on it! Recipe on Shutterbean.com!

Roasted Broccoli with White Beans

This one was a hit!!! So many of you sent me pictures of your dishes from home. THANK YOU!

I loved seeing how you adapted this recipe with cauliflower, chickpeas, and some of you added sausage.


Mango Turmeric Smoothie is a great/healthy way to start the day. Coconut milk is the base, making it completely vegan! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Mango Turmeric Smoothie

Turmeric was pretty big in 2019. Here it is in one of my favorite smoothies.

Sausage Bread

2019 was the second year of grieving over my family’s loss of my Mom. I kind of lost my way with food after she died. I started dipping into my family archives and made a few things from my childhood to work my way back into the kitchen. Cooking old recipes is 100% magical.  This was my Grandma Josie’s recipe.

Creamy Mushroom Sausage Orecchiette is the ultimate comfort food. Make it for your guests! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Creamy Mushroom Sausage Orecchiette

My cousin Elaine makes this orecciette dish. I have always loved that she shares her recipes freely.

I found so many of her handwritten recipes in my Mom’s cooking binder.

Thank you Mom for asking for the recipes and thank you Cousin Elaine for giving them with love!

Polenta Cornbread

My husband loves cornbread. I started adding it to my meal prep because it’s pretty easy to make.

He has it mostly for breakfast with coffee but I do like to pair it with my turkey chili and he enjoys it that way too.

Spicy Chicken with Chickpeas is an easy dinner to pull together on a weeknight. Find this healthy recipe on Shutterbean.com

Spiced Chicken with Chickpeas

Was looking to share a recipe that could be made with one of my favorite pantry staples- CHICKPEAS! 

This was a good one. I just wish my husband liked eating chicken as much as I do.

Chocolate Banana Bread

Was on the hunt for another banana recipe. One that I knew Cooper would be excited about eating.

I mean, he LOOOOVES my maple olive oil banana bread just fine but THIS ONE has now replaced it as his favorite.

Carry On Bag Essentials- See what Tracy Benjamin from Shutterbean.com packs on her carry on bag.

My Carry-On Bag Essentials

2019 was the year I started getting super organized and deliberate in my packing. I did a lot of traveling so I took some time to make myself a cheat sheet of what I like to pack in my carry-on backpack.

I also shared my Day Pack Travel Gear Too!

Putting together the graphics for those posts was really fun!

What's In My Bag? Tracy Benjamin of Shutterbean.com shares what's in her bag and how she stays organized!

What’s in My Bag?

Also very popular! I guess people really like looking into bags, huh?

I like seeing  what I carry changes from year to year.

Do you need to figure out How to Work Your Way out of a Food Rut? Tracy Benjamin shows you how. See some creative ways to shake things up on Shutterbean.com!

How to Work Your Way Out of a Food Rut!

I wrote this for myself, with the intention that it would help you too if you’re in a food rut. I am glad I am not the only one!

That’s it for my top 10 posts of 2019!

If you look too far into the future without reflecting on the past, you don’t have the opportunity to give yourself credit for all of the hard work you put in last year.  Remember to do that!!  You’ve come so far!

If there’s anything you’d like to see more of/any suggestions here on Shutterbean, let me know.

Thank you for your support all of these years. 

Wishing you all the best in 2020, 



  • Maureen

    Happy New Year’s Tracy! I love seeing what is in people’s bags. It is so interesting. Also I would love to see more art work that you either do by yourself or with your son. I also love your Currently especially what movies you watched that were good. I just love your blog! It is one of my favorites! Hope you have a wonderful year ahead and that all your hopes and dreams come true in the new year.

    • Marilyn

      I can’t find the post that I’m thinking of, but I really liked the post you did about how to just get started with activities that feed and generate creativity. You talked about you and Cooper working on your sketch books together. You also linked to the Draw 500 Everyday Things sketchbook. I’d love more posts like that because that post was so helpful, practical and doable. Thanks for all the great ideas. I really appreciate it.

  • janelle

    found your blog and instagram this year and its quickly become a favorite. i also enjoy seeing others’ routines, what they pack, etc. Your sharing the small joys from your day on instagram has me looking for them in mine. And the zucchini cake with cream cheese frosting recipe is in my permanent rotation. Happy 2020 and keep doing what you’re doing.

  • Lucky Ibeakanma

    Hi Tracy, I love what you are doing here. I would love to see more articles on food and recipes. The ones on artworks are nice too.

  • Stacy

    Funny – I’ve made quite a bit from the Top 10. The crowd favorite in our house is the Chocolate Banana Bread (freaking amazing) and Creamy Mushroom Sausage Pasta dish (we usually use any pasta we have).

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