I remember watching some kid devour shrimp cocktail at a restaurant a few years ago and someone commented, “KIDS GO CRAZY FOR SHRIMP!”


Not mine. 

But then something happened a few weeks ago. My son tried some buffalo wing style shrimp (oof) and loved it. Now he wants shrimp when we’re out to eat and hogs all the shrimp tempura. Be careful what you wish for

But we’re into shrimp right now. I am not getting overly excited but












and everyone will eat it.

If you think I’m overreacting, I just sat here and thought about it.

It’s been 9 years since I’ve been able to make a shrimp dish for my whole family.

I suppose this is when I chime in with a Better late than never.

My Mom used to make this dish. Of course, she did, it was one of the simplest recipes from her beloved Ina Garten!  I love that food can sometimes feel like a hug from your Mom. I...

Happy Monday!

I had a pretty busy weekend doing stuff around the house, packing up gifts for the Rincon Valley Little League  & meal prepping. I don’t think I even left the house this weekend. I didn’t even realize that until now! My brain might have been kickstarted in Spring cleaning mode and I’m totally OK with that. Over the weekend I cleaned up my makeup drawer and I feel like I got a whole new lease on life (semi-dramatic). I also cleaned out the inside of the car because it was looking like a garbage can.

Oh, and I did some meal prep. I’d say we’re getting the week off to a good start!



Intentions for the Week:
  • change all the clocks in our house to the right time!
  • edit/upload One Potato photos
  • invoices
  • laundry
  • prep for meeting this week
  • prep for taxes
  • catch up on social media
  • work on the handwriting club
  • repot plants
  • finally paint nails
  • ship out orders for The Handwriting Club
  • work in the kitchen (lemon shrimp & french onion soup maybe!)
  • work on office photos
  • post pictures from Cavallo Point?
  • drink...

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 10:

Happy Birthday, Casey!!!!!!!!! 41 years!! YAY!

Obligatory linguine & clams with garlic bread & salad dinner.

Waking my child up. Some days he wakes me up.

Thank you, Karin. You are a light!

I really needed a cup of comfort.

I am blown away by your kindness.



Outgoing orders! More on the way out soon too!

Thank youuuuuuuu.

The Handwriting Club on Etsy

Morning light.

Lunch at Belcampo with my Dad. I helped him pick out new patio furniture.

It was a good day.

It was one of those days.

I use my Instant Pot for a few things.

Hard boiled eggs (omg the shell comes off so easily)

Apple sauce (because we always have leftover apples and I love making applesauce)

Chicken Broth (with bones I stash in the freezer- that sounds creepy!)

Pulled Pork (tacos & pulled pork sandwiches)

I made rice a few times but cannot give up my rice cooker. The rice stuck to the bottom a few times and that’s enough for me to not try that again. If you have any tips that don’t include putting a ton of oil in the rice, I am all ears.

I experimented with chicken wings once and the meat was so tender that they became boneless chicken wings.

Womp womp

I mean I love my Instant Pot, but I don’t always have the time and the money to...


There were so many times my mom rushed me off the phone because she was having a chocolate making date with her friend Sandy and she needed to get her house ready. It was something they did together every year (I think?) during Valentine’s Day.  My mom was known as the “Candy Lady” to my old high school, the Godmother’s Club she belonged to and many friends and family who were the lucky recipients of her chocolate lollipops.  She spent her time and money spreading happiness throughout the year with chocolates.  She was always amazed at how much people appreciated her gesture.

After my Mom’s funeral, her neighbor told me how he always looked forward to finding a chocolate lollipop in his mailbox during Valentine’s Day. I know what he meant because we’d get chocolate suckers in the mail every year from my Mom. COOPER WAS ALWAYS SO EXCITED. She’d include a card and send them off in a bubble mailer.

This is the first year we won’t get one

I brought my mom’s candy making supplies home with me because I wanted to add a few in...

Hello, MONDAY! Fancy meeting you again! This weekend was pretty fun. Went up to St. Helena and did a Sip & Paint class with my friend Helen Jane! We got to make Georgia O’Keefe paintings while we drank wine. Got home yesterday afternoon in time for the Super Bowl. My boys are pretty unhappy right now since the Pats lost   We will probably be eating our feelings this week. Definitely going to try to make this Thai Basil Beef happen and maybe a Baked Pasta situation. We’ll see!

I’m ready to get back into the swing of our routine, do some meal prep, clean out the fridge and get my head in the game. The weather is supposed to be really nice here in the Bay Area this week so I can’t wait to open the windows and let fresh air in.  One of the biggest things I’m working on this week is going through all the books in my office/studio and getting rid of all the magazines I’ve saved and never looked through. My friend Jessica is coming down from Oregon to help! I cannot wait to get my space organized enough to show you. YAY!


Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 6

This week my Jessica flew down from Oregon to help me put my much-neglected office space back together.

I needed help finding balance in my life and she was willing to do the work. Good things happen when you ask for help!

I now have a space I love to work in.

We worked super hard this week getting rid of ANYTHING that does not serve a purpose and finding a good home for things we need to keep after sorting through it all. It was a long process and exhausting but we made it through the end and I am so THANKFUL for friendship and organization!

The best part is that I don’t feel paralyzed in my workspace anymore. Having surfaces to work on that don’t have piles is GIVING ME LIFE.

I’ll share more about it soon!

Taking a pause in the nursery while we had 5 minutes to pick out a plant of my dreams.

In between buildings detour turned into a Hello, I love you giant plant situation. 

I’d like to work in a place like this.

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 5

Making chocolate with my mom’s candy molds! 

Tea at Heather’s house.

Somehow convinced him to hold hands and he didn’t let go.

Having a chat with a pigeon.

Ella found a new spot.

Working in the playroom.

Working on a new zine for The Handwriting Club! 


Making beats.

San Francisco always has good windows to look in.

Dinner with Dad at Tartine Manufactory.


We went before the crowd came and it was awesome!

Currently January 2018

The first month of the year is down.

Eleven more to go.

Does this year feel different to you?

Everything feels different to me.

I missed the November and December Currently post and part of me feels let down because I was sooo close to having a whole FULL year of posts to look back on.  I just didn’t have the drive to push through my trauma and write after my mom died. I wasn’t ready to evaluate my months.  It felt like I was in a coma. I had so much to do in a little amount of time and then I went through Christmas and it’s allll such a blur to me now.

The IDEA of a new year and a having fresh/intentional start have helped me to return to a somewhat “normal” work life. I’ve been shooting a lot for One Potato (I style/shoot all of their recipe cards). That got me back in the grocery shopping mode. In December, I used a lot of Door Dash for takeout (didn’t feel like cooking AT ALL). I also became a big fan of Instacart and had groceries delivered a few times. That’s a luxury!  I’m finally enjoying cooking again. Honestly, I didn’t want to clean. I also wanted someone else to take care of me. So, I did.

I’ll have more recipes to offer soon,...

Hello there LAST MONDAY OF JANUARY. I can’t believe we’re about to hit February soon. Last week was pretty productive! I did a lot of things that WEREN’T on my list like cleaning out my garage!  I also got my car fixed/oil changed. That’s something I’ve been putting off for awhile. I always dread car appointments because I don’t know how much time I’ll be without my car. Feels good to have that done.

This week I have quite a few things happening. The one thing that I am really excited for is taking a brush lettering class. My mother-in-law gifted me with it for Christmas. It will be a nice way to close out the week of hard work!   Here are my Intentions for the Week!

Intentions for the Week:
  • laundry
  • salvation army + target+ library
  • exercise dance/yoga/walk
  • finish Currently post for January
  • meetup with Sonia
  • get supplies for art class
  • straighten up pantry
  • mail packages to camden & erin
  • take a skillshare class for my Ipad Pro 
  • try a new recipe
  • accounting work
  • free up space on phone
  • post pictures from Wilbur Hot Springs
  • drink more water (this is helping)
Last Week’s Intentions:
  • finish laundry
  • bring in car for service
  • oil change on car
  • return library books
  • edit photos/upload/invoice
  • add new zine to The Handwriting Club (take photos/post)
  • get outside and...

Here’s what this past week looked like: My Everyday Life Week 4

This week I spent a good portion of my time packing up orders from The Handwriting Club!

I’ll be adding more stuff soon!

Handwritten additions to my packages…

Simple touches.

Decorating the envelopes has been a lot of fun.

My friend Cindy sent me a stamp that says MAGIC and I’ve been putting it to good use.

Thanks, Cindy!

Sun dog.

Nourishing breakfast.

I find little things laying around the house… Cooper set up an obstacle course for his cars.

Today in the Bay. WOW.

This week has had quite a few warm days. It’s been refreshing.

Hike with my friend Lisa.

Time machine at Salvation Army.

Now that we’re almost at the end of January (WHOA THAT FLEW BY), I think it’s time I post my Intentions for the Year. I’ve had a moment to really digest the new year and I’m ready to tackle it.

Intentions for the Year 2018

more art – Because it keeps me sane. That’s obviously why I am still blogging 10 years later. I’ve been keeping honest with that through my new Etsy shop/Instagram project @TheHandwritingClub. Thank you for your orders and thank you for following along on my journey. Let’s see where it goes!

more sleepovers/dinners with friends/ladies craft weekend – I want to have people over and feed them. Mostly because my family eats the same things all the time and it would be a good way to shake things up. My mom had a lot of dinner parties and I think it’s time for me to start making that a priority.  Also, sleepovers are awesome.

teach a meal prep class- I’ve been wanting to do this for awhile. I just need to find a venue that has a kitchen. Anyone local wanna direct me to a place? Might be a good way for me to test some things so I can keep working on my future book.

take better care of myself- I haven’t been so good about this lately. I need to get back on track with better...

It’s Monday and we’re back in the mix! All it takes is a couple of days away from home and I get the urge to REBOOT everything in my life. There’s something about being away that makes you appreciate/miss your routines at home. Since my Mom died, things have been thrown off but right now, at this moment, I’m starting to feel more like myself again. Time to get my Intentions for the Week out!

Oh!  I did some Meal Prep! this week, so that’s exciting.

Meal Prep includes:

potato salad / a riff off these chocolate energy bars / mom’s green salad vinagrette/ lemon ginger elixir/pasta salad/hard-boiled eggs in an Instant Pot


Intentions for the Week:
  • finish laundry
  • bring in car for service
  • oil change on car
  • return library books
  • edit photos/upload/invoice
  • add new zine to The Handwriting Club (take photos/post)
  • get outside and go for a walk
  • YOGA
  • make more dinners at home
  • work on a new recipe
  • post pictures from the weekend
  • figure out when I’m going to do a workshop & where
  • get...

Here’s what this past week looked like- My Everyday Life Week 3

More adventures in 2018!

We took Cooper to Scandia. I try really hard not to think of how many people have touched all the things. Gimme the hand sanitizer please!

Cousin Elaine & Sharon made dinner at my parent’s house!

Ladies begging me to be fed.

Robe club! He’s wearing the robe I bought my mom. It’s the same one as mine.

Mornings are extra cozy now.

Thinking of my mom at Trader Joe’s.

Always grocery shopping.

Gonna start getting the bread out of my diet soon.

If I can’t do a whole30, at least I can do baby steps to help me.

I’ve definitely been on a bread kick for months…

Met a kindred spirit while wine tasting.

I get the cutest mail.