While I love testing recipes and sharing baking tips here on the blog, I have to admit these monthly recap posts are pretty fun to write. I’m a pretty avid reader of other blogs, and I love reading posts like these! I also love hearing what you all have been up to lately.
For a shorter month, February has felt especially long. I’m definitely looking forward to warmer weather soon, as well as more daylight! I know I’ll probably feel miserable once the summer temperatures roll around, but they sound pretty dreamy right now.
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Since the beginning of the year, I have been going through arguably one of the most stressful processes in life: searching for a new job. Granted, it feels a bit more manageable when you’re currently employed, but it’s never a fun experience.
After several weeks of applying for jobs, I accepted a new position a few weeks ago. I start the new role on Monday, and I’m excited to get back on a 9-5 schedule. I’ll share more once I get settled and everything, so stay tuned for that.
At Frugal February.
I started off the month really strong, but I lost a bit of momentum with the job search process. I have such respect for everyone who can stay on top of the challenge throughout the entire month!
Since I was so focused on finding a new job, I slacked off a bit when it came to meal planning. I definitely found food to be the hardest part—when I got distracted, I didn’t buy enough groceries, and I felt tempted to eat out.
I might give Frugal February another try next year, but we’ll see! I’m also realizing that everything in life is better in moderation, and I don’t function very well with extremes. With Frugal February, I felt kind of like I wasn’t able to hang out with my friends, and I didn’t like having that much restriction.
At least runs in Central Park are free!
Earlier this month, Kyle and I went to see Knives Out with some friends, and we absolutely loved it. From Daniel Craig’s hysterical Southern accent to all the plot twists, it was enjoyable on so many levels. If you haven’t seen it yet, I highly recommend checking it out!
I also had a minor freak-out on Oscars night when Parasite won Best Picture (and Best Director… and Best Original Screenplay… and Best International Feature Film). If you still haven’t seen it, make sure to avoid all spoilers and go in blind. And go watch it ASAP!
Somehow, I have also fallen down the rabbit hole on rewatching Hart of Dixie on Netflix. I watched the entire series several years ago, but it’s just as enjoyable the second time around. If you like somewhat-cheesy rom-coms, it’s definitely worth a watch.
While I should have been cooking more at home, I have to admit it’s been a pretty good month when it comes to food. Here were some of the highlights:
- Bibimbap at Mill — Kyle and I are obsessed with this Korean restaurant, and their bibimbap served in a hot stone pot is absolutely delicious. If you’re around the Columbia area, I recommend checking it out!
- Cubanos from Floridita — A few weeks ago, I ran five miles up to Washington Heights, and I treated myself to a cubano and maduros from Floridita. Everything was so delicious, and I know I’ll be going back at some point.
- Pierogis at Veselka — An oldie but a goodie. I used to go to Veselka all the time during my NYU days, but it had been ages since I’d eaten there. If you’re going, make sure to give the blintzes a try as well!
I’m not sure what I’m doing differently, but I have been on such a reading kick this year. I decided to increase my Goodreads challenge to 50 books, and I’m already ahead of schedule!
Personally, I like to read a mix of fiction and self-help books, but I’ve definitely been reading more fiction lately. Here’s what I read this month:
- Normal People* — this one gave me feel all. the. feels.
- The Royal We* — basically a glorified Will/Kate fan fiction piece. But still somewhat kind of enjoyable? Can’t decide.
- Evvie Drake Starts Over* — I absolutely loved this one! It wasn’t quite what I expected going in, but I was pleasantly surprised.
- The Proposal* — fluffy and predictable, but a fun read nonetheless.
Forward to so much!
Next week, Kyle and I are headed to New Orleans for the first time for a wedding. I am so excited for the food, so definitely send any recommendations you have my way. I’ve already been dreaming about the beignets!
Then, we are headed to another wedding in Philadelphia at the end of March. I’ve had a bit too much fun shopping for wedding guest dresses, and I’ll definitely take pictures to share with you next month.
Finally, now that Kyle and I are going to be on the same work schedule, I am excited to get into a new routine. We plan to cook most of our weeknight meals together, and it will be nice to try out new recipes. We have also been loving lifting weights at the gym, so we are going to try and incorporate gym sessions into our weekday mornings.
Excited to make more meals at home like this ratatouille!
Runs along the Hudson, homemade oat milk iced coffee, Jeopardy, fresh flowers, winning at trivia, kitten snuggles, trying new recipes, long conversations with Kyle, lifting weights, and new beginnings.
Check out the latest recipes and articles this month:
- Frugal February — A Month of Saving Money
- Rose Cardamom Shortbread Cookies
- The Baker’s Almanac Turns One!