Hi there ♡
Today, I’m back with another one of my life recap posts! While I love sharing delicious recipes and baking tips, I also love sharing bits and pieces of my life with you. And with COVID-19 and quarantining right now, life has been nothing but unique lately.
A quick note before we get into it: this post contains referral links for products I love and use myself. The Baker’s Almanac earns a small commission on these links at no cost to you, and the links will always be marked with an asterisk.
A bit better about everything.
In my last monthly recap, I expressed how much everything was affecting me. Now that we are six weeks into quarantine, I am definitely feeling a bit more adjusted to this new reality. Unlike so many others, I am fortunate enough to be working from home during this time, but my heart goes out to everyone working on the front lines or facing unemployment.
Here are a few things that have been helping me feel better lately:
- Getting dressed and ready for the day–even when I have nowhere to go. For the first few weeks, I didn’t really think much about my appearance. However, I’ve been focusing a bit more on my outfits lately, as well as my hair, and it’s really been making me feel better.
- Going on long walks and calling my family. After wrapping up work for the day, I usually like to go for a walk in Central Park and call my parents. It’s a great way to clear my head and catch up with them, and I enjoy getting outdoors for a bit.
- Finding ways to switch up my routine. The other weekend, I biked down to Murray’s Bagels and got my favorite bagel in the entire city. Think of ways to do something out of the ordinary (while still being safe of course)!
- Letting myself relax and take a break. At first, I viewed the quarantine as a time to double down on my blog and knock out a lot of content. While I did get a lot done at first, I started to feel burnt out. Now, I’m trying to be kinder to myself and take a break when I need it.
With my new camera lens!
A few weeks ago, I took the plunge and ordered a 50mm lens* for my camera. I have been using the same Canon EOS Rebel T3* since 2013, and I wanted to take my photos to the next level. I wasn’t quite ready purchase a new camera, so upgrading my lens seemed like the next best step.
So far, I have really enjoyed playing around with the lens, and I think my photos have been improving. Let me know what you think!
With everything going on, Kyle and I have been focusing on cooking delicious meals at home, and we have been trying lots of new recipes. For the most part, we treat ourselves to takeout on the weekend while focusing on cooking during the week.
Here’s what we have been eating lately:
- Spicy Shrimp Tacos with Garlic Cilantro Lime Slaw — In my opinion, any recipe from Pinch of Yum is delicious in my book, and this recipe is no exception. These tacos are so unique and pretty easy to make! And words can’t even describe how good the sauce is.
- General Tso’s Tofu — I shared this recipe in a previous post, and it is still one of our favorites. We make it at least once a week, and I’m absolutely obsessed. I am planning on typing the recipe up soon, so stay tuned for that.
- Single Layer Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting — After baking carrot cake scones a few weeks ago, I was really craving carrot cake. I decided to try this recipe, and it turned out great! I also realized that it was the first time I had baked something just for fun in a long time, and I really enjoyed it.
I will be the first to admit that I get addicted to things really easily. And this month, my latest addiction has been Avatar: The Last Airbender.
Kyle first watched this show when it came out years ago, but I had never seen a single episode. Over the past few weeks, we binge-watched all three seasons, and I actually re-watched it all over again. Like I said—I’m a bit obsessed.
Though it’s technically a kid’s show, it deals with so many intense topics and really shows tremendous character development. If you’re looking for a show to watch while stuck at home, I highly recommend it! I also heard it’s coming to Netflix on May 15th, so now is a great time to check it out.
Since finishing the last episode, we have moved onto The Legend of Korra, the follow-up series to the original show. So far, I’m enjoying it, but it’s definitely not as good as the original.
Honestly, the quarantine has affected my reading quite a bit (and not in the best way). Normally, I like to read on my commute to work, so I end up reading for a little over an hour each day. Without my commute, I’ve definitely been going through less books, but I’m trying to make more of an effort to read at home.
Here’s what I read this month:
- Sorry I’m Late, I Didn’t Want to Come: An Introvert’s Year of Living Dangerously* — As possibly the world’s biggest introvert, I adored this book. I’m a big fan of the ‘person tries something new for a year and documents it’ book format, and this one was really enjoyable. If you struggle with making friends and putting yourself out there, I definitely recommend this book.
- The Idea of You* — Oh my god, you guys. This book. Kyle made fun of me mercilessly for reading this novel, but I enjoyed every last minute of it. It’s about a 39-year-old woman who gets involved with a member of a boy band, and it is every bit as ridiculous as it sounds. And I loved it.
- The Cutting Place* — I have been waiting months for this book to come out, and I read it as soon as possible. It’s the ninth book in the Maeve Kerrigan series, which follow a London detective as she solves crimes. If you’re looking for something to read while stuck at home, I can’t recommend these books enough. And, this latest book was honestly one of my favorites in the series yet!
Also on the topic of books—did you know you can download Kindle for your phone? I love buying books on Amazon and getting them delivered immediately to my phone. Since I can’t go to the library or buy books in stores right now, this has been my preferred way of reading lately.
Last but not least, I have been trying to make an effort to support local independent bookstores during this time. If you love reading like I do, consider buying merchandise like these adorable mugs to show your support!
…to far too much Harry Styles. Who am I?
I never really jumped on the One Direction bandwagon, but I can’t stop listening to Harry Styles lately. I have had Falling on repeat for days now, and I don’t see myself stopping soon. Please send help.
Also back to my obsession with ATLA–I found this amazing compilation of songs from the soundtrack, and it has been my favorite thing to listen to lately. I love putting it on in the background while I work, and I get so lost in the music. I think I’ve replayed it over ten times at this point!
Virtual happy hours, carrot cake, tulips, online window shopping, homemade iced coffees, Insanity workouts, kitten snuggles, early nights, testing new recipes, and long bike rides.