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November 1, 2020

My Everyday Life: Week 44

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 44

Halloween looked a bit different this year! We stayed home and ate candy!

We ordered a bunch of sushi-grade fish from Fishmonger Don and had a feast.

Cooper ate a lot and that made me soooo happy! YAY.  We also watched Hubie Halloween. It was very mellow! 

Halloween altar to honor the dead. 

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October 30, 2020

I LOVE LISTS

I LOVE LISTS 

  1. I always have extra scallions to use up.
  2. Want: cheesy sausage biscuit rolls.
  3. Home projects to your winter TO-DO list
  4. New obsession: Scrub Daddy
  5. Bathroom dreams.
  6. I always wanted Julia Robert’s curly hair when I was young.
  7. Plants inspiration & outdoor shower goals.
  8. Ways to hide all the eyesores around the house.
  9. Technology doesn’t age well. 
  10. Elephants smash squash at the Oregon Zoo. CUTE!
  11. Dog  vs. leafblower
  12. I love tunics: one/two/three/four
  13. Times people really failed in the kitchen. Omg sausage rolls.
  14. Norway is a fascinating place.
  15. Also, in Norway- a beautiful whale watching museum.
  16. If the Simpson’s interiors were done by Wes Anderson.
  17. People are so creative with their spooky party treats.
  18.  Edward Gorey talking set/costume design for Dracula.
  19. 1891 advice on marriage. 
  20. Reasons why you are tired all the time.

 

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October 29, 2020

Crustless Pumpkin Pie

When we were growing up, my Mom always made an additional pumpkin pie during our Thanksgiving holiday to bring to St. Vincent de Paul’s soup kitchen. She somehow always ended up with too much filling and would portion out some of it into ramekins and bake them alongside of the pumpkin pies for us kids. We were so desperate to break into the pies the night before Thanksgiving that she appeased us with these little cups of Crustless Pumpkin Pie. I remember eating them in our dark kitchen the night before Thanksgiving with nothing but the glow of the oven to light the way. 

I haven’t made pumpkin pie since my mom died. I’ve actually had a hard time eating it. When my Dad found my Mom dying in the kitchen a day before Thanksgiving, she was in the process of making pumpkin pies for the family & the soup kitchen. Her pies were never finished. She made the filling and that was it. She died while doing something out of pure love for her family so it’s hard to not feel emotional about it. 

The holidays are unfortunately a time when food and grief are intertwined.  As a way to help process grief,  I thought it might be nice to recreate that crustless pumpkin pie my Mom used to make for us. 

I made a dairy/egg free on a whim and OH MY GOD it is hard to taste the difference. Pure alchemy!  I almost ate half of it on my own. I am happy that I found a recipe that would please my anti-carb Dad and my oldest brother who is vegan. My Mom was always so accomodating of anyone’s dietary needs and I’m happy to be that person in our family now.  If someone was gluten-free in the family, they would be covered too!  Pumpkin pie without all of the crust fuss. Everyone wins. 

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October 26, 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 44 of 2020

It’s MONDAY! We made it to another week. This weekend was restorative! I got a bunch of stuff done around the house including:

  • organizing Cooper’s closet
  • cleaning out our utensil drawer & kitchen tool drawer
  • did gardening
  • decorated the mantle for Halloween (I need to take photos!)
  • got to ground zero with laundry (YAY)
  • cleaned out the freezer

oh and I did MEAL PREP!

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Cleaned out the fridge and filled it back up with #mealprep ✨ Here’s what we are starting the week with! #shutterbeanmealprep

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Meal Prep this week includes:

Let’s get our Intentions for the Week down, shall we?

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October 25, 2020

My Everyday Life Week 43

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 43

Taking him for errands after school. He’s getting TALL.

Added one of my Mom’s paintings (she bought) in my kitchen makes me happy. I’m also using the ceramic bowl she made in 1977 (it’s dated!) for my garlic.

On the agenda this weekend.

Proud plant Mama! I can’t wait to see what this looks like this time next year. 

Purple morning.

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October 23, 2020

I LOVE LISTS

I LOVE LISTS

  1. What happens if?
  2. Squirrels!
  3. Common kitchen organizing mistakes.
  4. Pictures of the streets of Florence in the 1960s.
  5. Accidental coffee art. 
  6. Before/After Covid
  7. I bet Cooper would love a hot chocolate bomb.
  8. Artifacts from schools in the 90s.
  9. The importance of hugs- especially now.
  10. No memory is ever alone.
  11. Cleaning hacks pulled from TikTok.
  12. I’ve never tried the frozen pasta from TJs. Maybe I should!
  13. This sand art is incredible.
  14. Tile stencil research: one/ two / three 
  15. Dad makes a zoom costume for his daughter.
  16. Casey and I used to spend a lot of time at the Metreon. 
  17. 52 stages of insomnia. 
  18. The spirit of Halloween, 2020.
  19. Adam Savage destigmatizes hearing aids. 
  20. Culinary school student cooking hacks.
  21. Weekend eats:  Pumpkin Pecan BiscottiBrown Sugar Pecan Sticky Buns

 

Grab yourself a goodie from my Etsy Shop! 

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October 22, 2020

Curry Zucchini Soup (dairy-free!)

In 2007, I posted the recipe for my Mom’s Curry Zucchini Soup.  My blog wasn’t even a year old yet. The soup was something my Mom made every year to start our Christmas Eve dinner. It’s a soup that I’ve been making since I called her up for the recipe one night in college. If you do the math, it’s been about 2 decades of making THIS SOUP that I never grow tired of.

Fast forward many years later and LOOK, MOM, YOUR SOUP IS IN A MAGAZINE.

Better Homes & Gardens is running a special Meal Prep issue right now and your girl has her own spread in it!

You can order a copy here if you can’t find it at your local newsstand.

My Mom would have probably shown my meal prep spread to all of the clerks and baggers while buying the issue in the grocery store. It was no secret how proud of me she was. She dropped my business cards wherever/whenever she could.

So, here we are. It’s 2020. Colder weather is upon us and I want soup. My oldest brother is vegan and I’m starting to cut down my dairy consumption waaaaaaaay down,  so I adapted her curry zucchini soup recipe to accommodate us! 

With the help of cashew cream, you wouldn’t really have any idea that it’s not heavy cream in the soup. 

I don’t have to take a lactose pill to eat this soup anymore. YAY.

Life is all about adapting & adjusting to help keep the magic alive. Hooray for old + new recipes.

I love that my Mom’s recipes live on in other people’s kitchens. Her hard work making traditions in the kitchen has sure paid off!  

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