Now, who doesn’t love food, photography, and pretty things? On the Shutterbean blog, you’ll find inspiring ideas for around the house, mouth-watering recipes, and gorgeous photos to inspire and capture your imagination. Tracy does life with flair, but she is totally unpretentious and completely relatable. And her Friday List? Well, I’ve come to look forward to it every week. Things to make me laugh, cry, think, and bake. Read on to find out more about Tracy, and then head on over to Shutterbean—but don’t blame me if you get stuck on her blog for hours—you’ve been warned.
Tracy, your blog is filled with a lot of different creative and domestic endeavors. What is your first love that prompted you to start this blog? Cooking? Photography? Decorating?
Photography. Hands down. When I started my blog, I just wanted a place online to post my photos after I got out of art school. After my husband and I got married and bought our first house, my blog morphed into a place where I post recipes, lists, and photos of my everyday life. I always loved cooking, graphic design, and working on projects around the house, so it’s been really fun to keep my creativity flowing through this medium.
What does a typical day-in-the-life-of-Tracy look like? Is there a typical day? How do you balance everything?
Well…every day always starts with coffee.
There’s no typical day! Every day/week/month is a constant juggling act. One thing I learned from having a kid is that I just have to go with the flow, because as much as I plan, something will always come up! For the past three years, I really struggled with trying to balance everything in my life, but now I am at the point where I am finally coming to terms that I can’t balance it all. I ask for help when I can, and most importantly, I have a very supportive husband by my side. I also give myself permission to slow down and try not to get mad at myself for not doing all the things I want to do. It’s a work in progress!
What’s your favorite thing to create in the kitchen? Are you more of a chef or a baker?
I love love LOVE cocktails. They’re simple and fun, and when done right, they can really change the course of a day!
I love to bake because it helps me clear my head. There’s something very therapeutic about measuring flour and sugar. But cooking is where I feel my strength lies. I love coming up with new things in my kitchen or trying to recreate something I had in a restaurant. That makes me happiest…but also makes my kitchen a disaster area. So I would say that being a cook and a “bartender” are my favorite roles.
If you could spend one day with anyone—dead or alive—who would you hang with?
Martha Stewart. But like…at her house as a house guest…waking up to one of her fancy cappuccinos in her all gray kitchen. When she wasn’t looking, I’d snoop in her drawers to check out her wicked organization. She would make me the best herbed omelet, and we’d talk about how to fold fitted sheets. It would be grand…
Tell me about your podcasts with Joy The Baker. How did that start, and what do you love about it?
Joy and I met at BlogHer Food conference way back in 2009. There was something really special/magnetic/fun about our ,and after spending awhile texting back and forth and meeting up at other conferences, our podcast seemed like the logical next step. We really wanted to work on something together! I love that I get to talk to/catch up with my best friend each week, and it just so happens to be recorded. It’s ALWAYS fun, and the best part is that it never feels like work.
I’m not a list maker in terms of “to-do” lists, but I adore your Friday lists. They’re packed full of entertaining and informative content. Where does your inspiration for these lists come from, and do you have a typical format you try to stick to?
Thank you! There’s actually no typical format for my I LOVE LISTS, FRIDAY post. Every week I post links that inspire me, provoke thought, or make me laugh. I spend a lot of time on the computer, so I figured it would be nice if I somehow put it to good use! It’s been a fun feature on my blog, and I’ve found it to be a good way for my readers to get an understanding of how weird/random I am.
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