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…


November 2, 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 45 of 2020

Happy Monday, friends! 

We had a pretty mellow weekend. Order some fish delivery and spent our Halloween at home, ate candy, and watched movies.  I went out to Brunch with my brother and did some house cleaning and watched a little Schitt’s Creek with the family. It’s really starting to feel like fall and I am loving it. I’m gonna cut this short so I can get onto enjoying every last second of this Sunday. Here are my Intentions for the Week!


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. 


October 30, 2020



  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.


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. 


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?