Hi friends! Today we’re back at it with another Life Lately post. While I love creating recipes for you all, I secretly think I just like talking about my life on the Internet a bit too much.
I love sharing these monthly recap posts to keep you in the loop, and even more, I would love to hear how your September has been. Let me know in the comments below!
I’m also switching up the format a bit today—I have been reading through Alexa Peduzzi’s blog Fooduzzi, and I love the style she uses for her ‘Lately’ posts. I thought I would try out something similar, so let me know if you like it.
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.
You know how you get to the end of a month and realize you have no idea what you did at all? That’s how I feel when I write these posts. I always have to browse through my photos from each week to recall what I got up to.
Between working at the restaurant and working on the blog, I feel like I’ve been stretched a little thin this month. I kind of hate the word hustling, but man, I feel like I’ve been hustling.
On my days off work, I spend my time developing recipes for The Baker’s Almanac, filming videos, writing posts, and going through courses to always step up my blogging game. I love to do it all, but it can get tiring sometimes!
Because of that, I’ve really been trying to fit in some relaxing/me time in the margins. I’ve been really enjoying listening to podcasts while running in Central Park, as well as watching Youtube videos in my downtime.
Kyle and I have also been going to trivia with some friends each week, and it’s so fun! I love that feeling when you are able to answer the one question your team is struggling with. We went to The Office-themed trivia the other day, and it was awesome. Putting all that knowledge to good use!
All the fall-related things! Now that the temperatures are kind of starting to drop in NYC, I am eagerly planning out the rest of my year. Once the leaves start to change, I want to do a day trip out of the city—maybe to the Hudson Valley?
I know it seems super far out, but I am also planning to do a special series in December here on The Baker’s Almanac. I’m going to call it the 12 Days of Bakemas, and it will be twelve brand new recipes for the first twelve days of December. Sounds cool, right? But logistically… kind of a nightmare.
I planned out all the recipes I want to do for it, but I need to start testing/shooting/filming/writing ASAP. I know that if I keep putting it off, November will roll around, and I’ll be hating myself for not doing more earlier. Don’t you love some good old-fashioned self-induced stress?
This month, Kyle and I have been really killing it with the cooking game. Every week, we sit down together and plan out our meals for the week, and then I usually buy everything we need at Trader Joe’s. For the longest time, I never planned my meals like this, and because of that it always felt so difficult to cook at home.
These have been some of our favorite meals lately:
- Bibimbap with Flank Steak – I’m slowly getting into eating more Korean food (and increasing my tolerance to spicy foods).
- Brown Butter Scallops with Parmesan Risotto – Read more about this one in my latest What’s On My Plate post. So, so delicious!
- Homemade Pizza – We love to buy the pizza dough from Trader Joe’s, throw on some tomato sauce, and go to town with the toppings. Such an easy and fun meal to customize!
- Sheet Pan Cashew Chicken – Super easy to make and a cheaper option than ordering takeout.
This month, I have been obsessed with the Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew at Starbucks. I don’t know what kind of sorcery is involved, but it is the most addicting drink I’ve ever tried. I found myself buying it way too often, so I figured out a way to recreate it at home. Make sure to check out my Homemade Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew recipe!
I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this series in an earlier post, but I cannot stop reading the Maeve Kerrigan series lately. There are tons of books in the series, but I have almost caught up with all the ones that have been released, and I’m sad about it. If you’re into crime novels or thrillers, these books are perfect for you. Here’s a link to the first book* if you are interested.
On that note, let me know if you have any other recommendations in this genre! It’s definitely my favorite to read.
Three cheers for football season!
It’s funny because a few years ago, I hated football. I thought it was the stupidest sport, and I couldn’t understand why people were tackling each other for fun.
Then, Kyle and I got together, and he managed to do the impossible: he made me genuinely love football. As a diehard Patriots fan, he would turn the game on every week, and I guess I slowly started to pay attention. Now, I look forward to Sundays, and I’ll watch any game, regardless of the team. Who am I?
On an unrelated note, earlier this month, Kyle and I also watched Princess Mononoke* (he’s seen it several times, but it was the first time for me), and what. a. movie.
For some reason, I thought it was going to be a lighthearted, kid-friendly movie, and it most certainly was not. It’s kind of hard to explain the plot of the movie, but I highly, highly recommend it! It’s very well-done, and it touches on some important issues like environmentalism.
For the past few months, I have been pretty relaxed when it comes to working out. Between moving and everything else on my plate, I definitely wasn’t making it a priority, and I wanted to change that.
Once September rolled around, I made a vow to myself to work out five times each week, and I’ve actually been sticking to it! This is how I’ve managed to stay on top of it:
- I only do workouts that I really love. For me, this means biking and running. Now that I live closer to Central Park, I love to run there after work most nights. If I’m not feeling up to running that day, I’ll bike home from work or bike a loop of Central Park. Find what you love doing and stick to it!
- I made my workouts non-negotiable. This lesson took me a long time to learn, and it’s still challenging some days. When it comes to working out, the motivation is not always going to be there. So many days, I wake up and would give anything to not do it, but I remember that I made a promise to myself. Plus, I think about how good I’ll feel once I finish working out.
I also started using Strava this month to track my runs and bike rides, and I am loving it so far! The app tracks your workouts with GPS, and you can share them with your friends.
The restaurant I work for is doing a challenge right now for all the employees to collectively run 500 miles in 5 weeks. It’s been really fun to track my runs on Strava and see what my coworkers are doing as well. Honestly, a challenge like this is super motivating! I highly recommend setting something up like it for yourself if you need an extra push.
I started using Strava on September 9th, and these are all my stats since then. Seeing that I’ve ran/biked over 56 miles is really cool, and it definitely motivates me to keep going.
Nighttime snuggles with my cats, breezy nights, homemade pork buns, binge-watching Youtube videos, thrifting, new apartment decor, propagating plants, fall candles, farmers’ market finds, and the beginning of my favorite season.
Check out the latest recipes and articles this month:
- A Day in the Life of a Pastry Cook: Brunch Edition
- Homemade Strawberry Pop Tarts
- Vegan Puppy Chow
- Earl Grey Lavender Cupcakes
- What’s On My Plate: September 2019
- Apple Cardamom Galette
- Homemade Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew