November 13, 2020



  1. I love seeing an outsider’s perspective of the United States
  2. This whole house is made of shipping containers and it’s dreamy.
  3. What a beautiful moment.
  4. Mildly vandalized.
  5. What people wore in the 1950s.
  6. The next decade could be even worse… grrrreeeaat.
  7. These starlings must be incredible to experience in person.
  8. I like a lot of mushrooms in my green bean casserole!
  9. 10 ways parents have grown during the pandemic.
  10. Vintage color photos of life in Venice in the 60s.
  11. Mushrooms are pretty/weird.
  12. What I would have worn to my mother’s funeral.
  13. The Oracle of Britney Spears
  14. A neuroscientist made a playlist of all the happiest songs.
  15. Interesting comparison examples.
  16. Realities of living in a tiny home.
  17. These stuffing muffins look delicious.
  18. How the Beach Boys created their pop masterpieces.
  19. Cute masks:  one / two / three / four 
  20. Weekend baking: cranberry rosemary bars/ pumpkin pudding cake
  21. If you need any Thanksgiving Menu Ideas, I have you covered.

November 12, 2020

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas

How’s your Thanksgiving looking this year? We are having a very small get together with family (possibly outside!) and I know what I’m making. If you’re wanting to make something new/different for your feast, let me help.  Let’s looking into the Shutterbean archives for some Thanksgiving Menu Ideas!


November 11, 2020

Cranberry Rosemary Bars

These Cranberry Rosemary Bars didn’t last long in my house because they were so good and I couldn’t stop eating them.  In the course of a week, I made two batches. The second batch was packed up IMMEDIATELY after I took photos because I CANNOT BE TRUSTED.

A rosemary shortbread crust with bits of orange zest for complexity pairs so well with the sweet/tart cranberry filling. I love the walnut bits in the crumb topping. 

The fact that they are sweet, tangy, and savory triggered my brain to want MORE.

The perfect treat to bring out on the holidays.  Make a batch and you’ll see why I am obsessed.


November 9, 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 46 of 2020

Happy Monday, Friday!

This weekend Casey and Cooper were out of town and I got to introvert! I also went for a walk with a friend, hit up the farmer’s market with another friend, and checked out the French Antique sale here in town. It almost felt like a normal weekend with friends, but with masks and safety precautions of course. What I really miss is going out to breakfast at a diner on the weekend with my family. Sigh!  This week I am starting to get all my ducks in a row to sell my Currently Workbook for 2021. I’ll be selling it from my Etsy shop this year. I’ll let you know when they’re in stock!  Time to figure out my Intentions for the Week! 


November 8, 2020

My Everyday Life Week 45

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 45

We do this together!! 

Spent the afternoon with my oldest brother in Berkeley.

We went to the Butcher’s Son for brunch.

Everything is vegan and it was delicious. Here’s my breakfast sandwich.

I wish I got my brother’s doughnut pancake! It was amazing!

Think about it!

I wonder what those symbols mean.

Paint me like one of your french girls, Huggy.

Recipe testing mushroom soup!

In Berkeley.

So many fun things to look at and read.


Look up.

Halloween leftovers.

You may scratch the belly.

Miso black cod from the oven.


Cooper sorted his lollipops I bought for Halloween. That’s my boy!

Fresh rolls for the boys!  Their favorite!

Daily TO DO lists.

Avocado toast cuz I got a good avocado this week.

Tea break.


With Walter!

Boys had tacos and I had a burrito bowl.

Zen garden this time of year.

I put a makeshift shelf up above the kitchen counter and I am stupidly excited to style it.

I think of my grandma every time I make sausage & peppers.

I love how kids draw suns.

Killer granola is a real treat when I have Greek yogurt.

Getting to the end of my food journal this month. I think it’s my 6th?

Woodsy dining room vibe.

On my desk… all the sparkly things.

Watching TV with his “food pillow.”

My mom’s words in a book!! YAY!!!!

Went for a walk with Angela! YAYYYYYY!!!!

For a second it felt like we were in Italy.

A disco ball in the kitchen is a good idea.


We had a good cloud day.

Weekend plans.

A reminder for me and YOU!



My Everyday Life Week 45 in 2019

My Everyday Life Week 45 in 2018

My Everyday Life Week 45 in 2017

My Everyday Life Week 45 in 2016

My Everyday Life Week 45 in 2015

My Everyday Life Week 45 in 2014

My Everyday Life Week 45 in 2013

My Everyday Life Week 45 in 2012

My Everyday Life Week 45 in 2011


November 6, 2020

I love lists


  1. I have been this person a few times before. 
  2. Cat bed logic.
  3. The best cheese to eat if you are lactose intolerant.
  4. This will make you feel paranoid.
  5. Do you give your kids money for good grades?
  6. Weather Photographer of the year. 
  7. I love looking at old restaurant photos. 
  8. We are currently watching The Queen’s Gambit.
  9. Butter sales are booming right now.
  10. A good resource for egg substitutes. 
  11. I didn’t know that Trader Joe’s has that many ravioli. 
  12. Awww. I loved the Mondrian house in SF. 
  13. How to carve out “me time” when work doesn’t seem to end.
  14. This must be fun to photograph. 
  15. Some of these photos made me giggle. 
  16. Inside the cockpit of the Blue Angels. 
  17. What a 9.25 million dollar home in SF Presidio looks like. 
  18. A sign for my kitchen. Lol.
  19. The eerie limbo of remote-school learning. 
  20. Hoards & buried treasure troves. 
  21. Yummy: creamy balsamic chicken / pizza bowls

November 4, 2020

Currently October 2020

Currently October 2020

Well, here we are in November already.  The next week here in the U.S. is going to be a bit chaotic. I spent a lot of yesterday off of my phone and tried to write this post. 

Focusing on the positives during this time is what has kept me going and will continue to keep me going.  

In October, Cooper went back to school in person.  It was very nerve-wracking at first but everything seems to be running well so far.  As much as I enjoyed our quality time together at home,  I didn’t realize how impossible it felt to get anything done. I had a hard time settling into my work while managing his schoolwork, breaks, lunch,  and activities. With him back at school, I finally felt like I got some of my kitchen mojo back (YAY!). Making three meals a day for three people who have different tastes has been pretty exhausting. I realized that I  was spending way over an hour+ each day cleaning up the kitchen and I had no energy to add more work for myself.  Having the space really helps.

Another big thing is that Cooper and Casey traveled to Oregon (safely by car) this month to compete in a baseball tournament (THEY WON!!!). It gave me the opportunity to be at home by myself for three days and I was able to RECHARGE MY INTROVERT BATTERY and clean/organize the house.   I spent a lot of time purging stuff from the house and put Cooper’s closet back into shape.  As much as this staying at home situation sucks, I love my home more than ever because I have worked hard at making it comfortable and run more efficiently during this time. 

Let’s take a look at my Currently Workbook spread for October…