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December 3, 2020

Homemade Edible Gifts

Homemade Edible Gift Ideas- Shutterbean

I am trying to get myself in the holiday spirit!

Our tree has lights on it.

No ornaments yet.

Last year our cat, Huggy was a kitten and locked out of the room with the tree, and this year he is a full-blown monster cat who likes to climb up the tree. I am slooooowwwwwly decorating it. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed making holiday treats for my friends/family. With the extra time at home on the weekends and a tight eye on the budget, I believe making edible treats is a good route to go.  It’s one of the best ways to make holiday magic. Putting love and care into something for someone else.

We all need a reminder of how loved we are. This year more than ever.

Let’s open up my filing cabinet of fun and find some recipes to inspire your Homemade Edible Gifts this season! 

Classic Gingerbread Cookies

A fun activity to do with kiddos!

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December 2, 2020

Currently November 2020

Currently November 2020

November came and went.  November marked the three year anniversary of my Mom’s death. Her death changed our holiday(s) and then COVID changed our holiday(s) even more. My homework in therapy was to consider how I want to spend Thanksgiving. “Have you thought about how you want to spend your Thanksgiving? What does your ideal Thanksgiving look like?

I used my Currently Workbook to make notes! 

Here’s what I wrote!

I thought a lot about our holidays growing up. My Mom always made them special and invited family over. She’d work really hard, making things magical, and then the day would be done and the next few days she would be absolutely exhausted and annoyed with people who didn’t help or contribute to the day. Resentment built up and then she questioned what she did it for.  Now that our matriarch is gone, it’s my turn to figure out how I want to spend my holidays with my family.  This is what I want!

All the good things that happened this month:

November was made up of all of this.

Let’s break it down!

Inspired By:

The light. I feel grateful to have such a better appreciation for the light in my house after spending SO MUCH TIME in it this year. This new season brings new light to parts of our house that didn’t get as much light during the summer and I’m pretty happy about that.

Watching:

Queen’s Gambit- finished. Loved. So sad it’s over. I spent a bunch of time looking at youtube videos of the show after just for more information. I LOVED the costume/set design.

Weekend at Bernies- We watched with Cooper. Loved reliving parts of my childhood with him. He thought it was silly. 

Goonies- We’ve already seen it with Cooper, we all just wanted to watch it again!

Challenger: Final Flight – brought up a lot of  feelings from my childhood for some reason. I think I remembered my Mom being glued to the TV all week long watching the coverage and trying to figure out what happened. It’s so weird 

The Other Guys- so dumb. I don’t know why I agreed to watch it.

Dolly Parton- Here I Am – loved it/love her. Was so fascinated with her life story. 

Social Dilemma- Watched this first before we watch it with Cooper. I already knew a lot of stuff since I work online, but I am pretty frightened for the future. Technology is making childhood so different.

Night Crawler– kinda creepy and weird. 

Bloodline (just started!)- so happy to see Coach Taylor again 🙂

 

Reading:

Post Modern Magic

Thriving as an Empath

 My currently workbook from 2019. 

Fire Cider Recipes

Thinking About:

  • My Mom
  • 2021
  • Time
  • Holidays
  • Routine… and how much it’s changed over the year
  • My word for 2021 (hmmmmm)

Listening To:

Love this one lately.

Cooper and I enjoy this one.

OBSESSED with this whole Plantasia album.

I found out it was made in 1976 to help plants grow!

Listenting to this one over and over again.

 

Cooper’s favorite song rn:

I listened to this song SO MANY TIMES this month.

 

Dream Life:

Takes place in old buildings…searching for property? Going through buildings of my childhood maybe? I had a dream that I pulled out a puffer jacket from my high school locker room. I think it’s because I saw something online the night before. That’s really only the REAL dream I remember. There were two dreams I had this month where I was crying and in the dream I was like YES THIS IS THE BEST, GET ALL OF THE TOXINS OUT OF YOUR BODY THROUGH CRYING.  I dunno. I think I was lucid.

Eating/Drinking:

Biggest meal of the month? Thanksgiving (for FOUR).

Made it all myself!

 Shared my Sausage & Mushroom Stuffing and was so happy to hear that a lot of you tried it and loved it for your Thanksgiving.

I love the power of recipes!

Cranberry Rosemary Bars were a real hit. I made them twice and ate SO MANY OF THEM.

Cooper had been craving doughnuts all month so I caved and made him my buttermilk doughnuts. 

I loved looking back on that post and seeing little Cooper! He got a kick out of it too.

Comfort food….

Sausage, peppers & onions on crusty french bread, please and thank you.

Made the boys happy with fresh rolls.

Had black miso cod at home thanks to Fishmonger Don.

I’ve been enjoying a milky tea in the afternoon.

Persimmon season is celebrated (only by me!) in this house.

Cooper has found a love for Matcha Lattes.

On my Autumn Bucket List, I had a goal to make pies and I made two this month. One apple and one pumpkin. YAY!

Grateful For:

  • Being able to see the potential in people & things
  • My creativity
  • Being ALIVE + WELL
  • My health
  • ALL OF THE ORDERS I GOT!!!!

THANK YOU FOR SUPPORTING MY WORK! I AM EXCITED TO BE WORKING WITH YOU ON THE CURRENTLY WORKBOOK in 2021!

Self Portrait for November

I hope you have a wonderful December! See you back here at the end of the month.

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November 30, 2020

Intentions for the Week

Looking to get your head in the game? Tracy from Shutterbean makes a weekly TO DO LIST called her Intentions for the Week. Here's what this week looks like:

Intentions for the Week – Week 49 of 2020

Happy Monday, friends!

We had an introvert weekend in the Benjamin household. Didn’t really leave the house and stayed in pajamas most of the day. Spent some time cleaning up the kitchen and getting rid of clutter.  I put together this new produce basket shelf for our kitchen and put all bananas, apples, lemons, and limes in it and feel so much happier that I freed up counter space.  Other than that, I was pretty wiped out all weekend. That’s what happens after putting together Thanksgiving. All the energy goes into making magic and then it’s done and I am absolutely depleted!  I found a pocket of time to get another batch of orders out this weekend. We also took some time and went for a drive into the city to watch the sunset this weekend. It was nice!  This week I am packaging up more Currently Workbook orders. THANK YOU!!!  You are keeping me busy!  Let’s figure out what we are doing this week by making a few lists. Here are my Intentions for the Week!

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November 29, 2020

My Everyday Life Week 48

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 48

Our Thanksgiving table for 4!

We had my Dad over and I cooked for all of us. It was so weird not having a potluck!

I also set this table. I put a goat plate out for my Mom (she was a Capricorn).

Her absence in the kitchen is the greatest grief trigger. We used to be such a good team. 

Now it’s just me.

I felt her sparkle though. I’m glad we got to spend so many holidays together.

I mapped out my plan of attack.

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November 27, 2020

I LOVE LISTS

I LOVE LISTS

  1. How much money can you make on YouTube?
  2. What to look for when buying olive oil.
  3. Why do we have so many turkeys in the Bay Area.
  4. Worst day ever for these people.
  5. British business puns!
  6. What the US looked like in the 1950s.
  7. Manhattan made of legos.
  8. What will the future of cities be like?
  9. Indigenous people’s portraits are beautiful.
  10. This kitchen cupboard is a work of art.
  11. Bart Simpson’s chalkboard gags.
  12. If 2020 was…
  13. What a book cover can do.
  14. A candid interview with David Chang.
  15. These ice formations are bonkers.
  16. Celebrities who had COVID share their experiences.
  17. Loved reading this article about Deb!
  18. Blanket love:  one / two / three / four
  19. Don’t miss my Favorite Things 2020 Guide!
  20. I always love looking at Oprah’s Favorite Things too.
  21. You should make this sandwich with your leftovers.

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November 25, 2020

Favorite Things Gift Guide 2020

Continuing my yearly tradition of sharing my Favorite Things Gift Guide (Oprah style!).

Here’s a roundup of things that brought a lot of value to my life this year. 

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November 23, 2020

Intentions for the Week

Looking to get your head in the game? Tracy from Shutterbean makes a weekly TO DO LIST called her Intentions for the Week. Here's what this week looks like:

Intentions for the Week- Week 48 of 2020

Happy Monday, friends!  This week is a busy one. We have Thanksgiving ahead of us. So many TO-DO lists swirling around in my head! Time to write it down.

Cooper has the week off of school so I am putting him to work. Our Thanksgiving is going to be just us three and my Dad. We decided to stay up here & stay put for the holidays. 

Our weekend was nice.  We went on a family driving adventure to Pt. Reyes and I made buttermilk doughnuts this weekend and they were delicious. 

I am slowly going through some of my old recipes and reshooting pictures because I can!   Let’s figure out what we need to get done this week. Here are my Intentions for the Week!

Intentions for the Week:

  • STAY HEALTHY
  • EAT HEALTHY
  • DRINK WATER
  • MOVE MY BODY
  • mend my overalls
  • pick up rx
  • laundry
  • therapy
  • do something to honor my Mom’s death
  • pay medical bills
  • go for a long walk
  • cut down caffeine consumption
  • do some meal prep for Thanksgiving
  • straighten up the deck
  • get rid of clutter around the house
  • fill out my Intentions for the Week printable
  • make a grocery list/grocery shop
  • package/ship for The Handwriting Club 
  • track my steps on my fitbit
  • paint my nails
  • do a facemask
  • send snail mail to friends
  • catch up on writing
  • catch up on social media
  • track what I eat in my food journal this week
  • facetime with family + friends
  • return a few orders by mail
  • go to Post Office
  • read horoscope
  • ask for help when I need it
  • pull cards and write in my sketchbook
  • water indoor plants
  • work in the yard
  • edit photos
  • make artwork for post
  • build some time in to meditate
  • get good sleep
  • go on a driving adventure with my family
  • watch how much time I spend on the phone
  • find some time to do some leisure reading

Last Week’s Intentions:

  • STAY HEALTHY
  • get covid tests for the whole family (our plans changed!)
  • EAT HEALTHY
  • DRINK WATER
  • MOVE MY BODY
  • research jewelry repair
  • mend my overalls
  • laundry
  • therapy
  • pull out fall/winter clothes
  • pay medical bills
  • make fresh rolls
  • get packaging & shipping ready
  • cut down caffeine consumption
  • do some meal prep
  • clean out the fridge
  • straighten up the deck
  • place Imperfect Produce order
  • get rid of clutter around the house
  • fill out my Intentions for the Week printable
  • make a grocery list/grocery shop
  • recipe testing
  • post new recipe/work on post
  • bookkeeping work
  • make kombucha
  • package/ship food journals The Handwriting Club 
  • track my steps on my fitbit
  • work on holiday offerings in my Etsy shop
  • paint my nails
  • do a facemask
  • send snail mail to friends
  • catch up on writing
  • catch up on social media
  • track what I eat in my food journal this week
  • facetime with friends
  • go to Post Office
  • read horoscope
  • ask for help when I need it
  • pull cards and write in my sketchbook
  • water indoor plants
  • work in the yard
  • harvest the rest of the tomatoes (I still have more!!!)
  • edit photos
  • make artwork for post
  • build some time in to meditate
  • get good sleep
  • watch how much time I spend on the phone

 

Recipes to Try:

How to Make an Epic Cheeseboard with items from Trader Joe's! See more on Shutterbean.com

How to make a fancy pants cheeseboard!

Turkey Cranberry Sandwich

Turkey Cranberry Meatballs

Pecan Topped Sweet Potatoes for a traditional Thanksgiving Feast! Find the recipe on Shutterbean.com

Pecan Topped Sweet Potatoes

Brussels Sprouts Salad

The Best Creamed Spinach

Cranberry Rosemary Bars

Cranberry Rosemary Spritzers

No-Knead Cloverleaf Rolls

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

If you make a recipe from Shutterbean, tag me on Instagram! I’d love to see your creations! 

Pump Jam for the Week:


 

Mantra for the week!

 

Feeling stuck? Make a list! Write down your intentions for the week to help hold you accountable for action.

My Intentions for the Week template is available for purchase if you’re interested in joining me!

 

I’m rooting for you!

Sending sparkles,