Mostly cloudy skies and a balmy 40 degrees.. Isn't it supposed to be Spring? Well, we have had some very beautiful days and at the time of writing this, it's not one of those days. Which, in turn, makes things a little harder. Sunshine always makes it a little easier to get out of bed (or off the couch) every day. I miss the warm sunshine and picnics in the grass from last month.
But things haven't always been so down. We have had some great days this past month, but again, some not to great days. There's still a blur on what day it actually is..
In time, I know all of this will get better. Outside won't seem so unapproachable and inside will seem less threatening. A change of scenery sounds really good right now.
Maybe I'll go write this from my desk in my bedroom.
Well, it's different. I forgot my chair makes me sit up straight..
Anyways! How are you guys doing?
What's your month been like?
What's been getting you through all this?
A Very Happy Birthday!
With everything going on in the world right now, it's not like we could do very much for my mom's birthday last month. Her only request? To bake cookies. So, we did.
And they were delicious! Until... we dropped them on the floor a few days later.
Nonetheless, it was still a good day. Kinda gave us a break on focusing too much and allowed us to relax a little.
Bread, Bread, Bread, Bread..
If you remember in our last chat (if you haven't read our post, you can here), then you know we made a promise to (try to) post everyday. The requests we got the most were for sourdough recipes, healthy recipes, and easy recipes. So, that's pretty much all posted for an entire month. If you missed any, here's a quick list!
- How To Make A Sourdough Starter In 5 Days
- Classic Minestrone Soup
- Easy Vegetable Broth
- Buttermilk Sandwich Bread
- Fluffy Sourdough Pancakes
- Sourdough Biscuits
- Semi Naked Italian Cream Cake
- Homemade Tomato Soup
- Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies
- The Best Grilled Cheese
- How To Cook Bacon In The Oven
- No Knead Sourdough Bread
- Easy Cinnamon Rolls
- No Fail Cream Cheese Frosting
- Sourdough Whole Wheat Bread with Sunflower Seeds
- Chocolate Marble Pound Cake
- Sourdough English Muffins
- How To Make Chantilly Cream
- Sourdough Waffles
- Sweet and Salty Popcorn Snack Mix
That's 20 posts.. Half of them are a bread recipe. So, I like to think we accomplished what we set out to do. We managed to post almost every single day for an entire month.
Now, that might not seem like a lot of work but between the hours spent on recipe development, hours (or days) spent recipe testing, hours spent planning and taking photos, hours (or days) spent editing, and days spent writing a post.. It was a lot of work. The month of April and May, I think me and my mom got a total of 4 hours of sleep every night.
Actually, there was one night this month where I was up at 4am working on a post and my mom woke up to get some water. We talked, she made up a bread dough base, we talked some more, and 5am rolled around. She went back to bed for an hour and I finished the post.
It's kinda fun to look back on but.. man, I am exhausted!!!
So, we're going to go back to our 3 days a week of posting. Regular schedule. Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
That list up there, if we had continued with our normal schedule, is 7 weeks worth of content condensed down in less than a month.
I'm not complaining by any means. I'm very proud of what we accomplished and I hope that we were able to give you the recipes you needed/wanted.
Feel free to continue requesting recipes either in the comments below or on social media. We love hearing what you guys have to say!
Supporting Local Businesses
We are in a position fortunate enough to be able to help support a myriad of local businesses. We are even able to order our groceries from a local restaurant!
Most can't deliver to us (we live 4,000 feet up. Not shocking). So, about a week or so ago, we decided to order food from a restaurant downtown. We had to go into town to pick it up, but I have to admit, that was one of the best days we have had since quarantine started.
We drove down the Blue Ridge Parkway and there were SO many people out and about on the overlooks and just parked along the side of the road, enjoying to 78 degree weather.
What was even better, everyone was adhering to social distancing. We got to laugh as kids waved at us when we drove by, see elderly couples take picnics, and everything in between.
There were people even walking around the mostly closed downtown.
There was just something so uplifting about seeing other life, people continuing with their life, and seeing genuine smiles on peoples faces.
I can't wait for the weather to warm up again!
A New Path
Like I said earlier, not all days have been cold and gloomy. We have actually had a lot of good, pretty days! Hiking had become apart of our daily routine, but we were just hiking the same trail everyday for like a week. Not that the trail isn't pretty but, like everyone, we needed a change of scenery. So, we hiked a new trail!
It was totally different than the one we were used to hiking. This one went down to a creek but, while my shoes were waterproof, my mom's were... not. Getting across little streams was always a fun show to watch. Talk about a hop, skip, and a jump away.
There was plenty of clearings/spaces to take a moment and take pictures or catch a breather. Thankfully, the trail wasn't as hard as we thought it might be. It was actually easier to hike UP the mountain than going down to the creek.
Oh! And ironically enough, that trail reminded me of Endor. Ya'know? The planet with the cute little teddy bear things from Star Wars? (Just remembered they are called Ewoks. Point 1 for me!)
Yeah. That one.
But why was it ironic? Well, the day we hiked that trail, it was May the 4th (be with you!).
So, we couldn't have chosen a better trail to hike.
Okay, I'll spare you from seeing the terrible (although really funny) pictures.. We have had a Hummingbird!
And yes, I do mean A Hummingbird. As in, one. Singular.
This little guy ensures that the other 2 hummingbirds I've briefly seen don't get anywhere near our THREE feeders.
He sits on our balcony railing, day-in and day-out. Rain, sun, doesn't matter. He guards our feeders and won't let anyone but us near them.
He's a funny little guy and poses for pictures. I kinda wanna name him. Any suggestions?
Giant Plants and Hydroponics
You guys remember those tiny little plants in our AeroGarden from last month? Yeah.. Not so little anymore! Do you see those basil leaves?! What about those giant cilantro leaves right under my hand!
It's not in the picture but we even have giant lettuce trying to take over. AH!
We know we need to transfer this stuff to pots but, right now, we don't have enough pots and soil. Oh, and..
Mother Nature, what are you doing?
It's supposed to be spring. Warm weather, flowers blooming, sun shining, birds tweeting. Alas, we had that for maybe a week.
The cold weather has set in again and it feels like winter.
How is the weather where you are? Is it warm? Snowing? Perfect? Odd? Let me know! Also, check out our Instagram to keep in touch with all of our shenanigans from recipe testing, odd weather occurrences, and more!
I Tried Something New
You may or may not know this about me but I actually really like Kombucha. For years I was afraid of trying it but when I went to New York, I tried some and have since fallen in love. I keep shifting brands but, if you like kombucha, I highly recommend this one. It's sweet and a little floral and probably my main obsession right now.
*this is not a sponsored post. I just really like this drink and thought I'd share!
Keep Moving Forward
We still have lots to do but the plans on the house are moving forward! We got the first sketch/3D rendering of the kitchen.. because the house is actually going to be built around our kitchen. Priorities, you know?
I promise when things get a little more concrete, I'll explain the kitchen design and share some of the crazy appliances going in.
It's been a lot of fun so far and I can't wait for you all to see what's coming!
So, that's that. It's kinda hard to not ponder about what we would all be doing right now if all of this in the world wasn't happening. I'm sure that, like so many people, you had great plans for this summer. But, I have to say, I'm proud of us. All of us. This is a hard time. Emotionally, physically, heck.. it's hard on everything! But we are getting through it. Together. Maybe just barely hanging in there - BUT hey, it's good enough. And, while things look different for all of us, I believe we are all doing the best we can.
Hang in there, guys. Take things one day, one meal, and one nap at a time.
I am sending all my love and a remade batch of peanut butter cookies your way.