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?


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.


October 23, 2020



  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! 

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!  


October 19, 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 43 of 2020

Happy Monday, friends!

This weekend was a busy one. My brother-in-law came over to help us with our sprinkler system. I am excited to have some of my morning watering be automated. I’ve been doing a lot of it by hand for the past year and I CANNOT wait to see how things unfold. Cooper and I watched a lot of the new Home Edit show on Netflix and it gave me a boost of energy to organize.  I tackled a major paper pile this weekend and I’ve been slowly cleaning out drawers around the house and I reorganized our homework station.   I hope to continue the momentum this week. Here are my Intentions for the Week!


October 18, 2020

My Everyday Life Week 42

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 42

Decorating for the season on my dining room table!

Golden hour.

My tomato plants are producing!

This meal never gets old.


October 16, 2020



  1. Life underwater is so weird. 
  2. I want to make spooky mansions!
  3. Creative costume ideas.
  4. 10,000 vintage cookbooks digitized! 
  5. Why America has more roads than it needs. 
  6. I wish they still made tv bars.
  7. What causes panic attacks?
  8. Cheetah shoes I love: one / two / three 
  9. Hello, dream home.
  10. This teal is the popular color of the year for Benjamin Moore
  11. A whole bunch of iPad productivity tips. 
  12. How to throw yourself a middle-age reveal party. haha
  13. Why you should still take vacation time during the pandemic. 
  14. How to reboot your sleep cycle. 
  15. These murals of butterflies are incredible.
  16. Be the Light!
  17. How to talk to your kids about S E X
  18. The tradition of matchbooks at restaurants.
  19. I want to make some digital collages.
  20. Weekend baking: pumpkin pudding cake + simple drop biscuits