Our Month in Quarantine

picture of a trees and the sky

The sun is up, the birds are singing, and the days drag on in an endless cycle of repetition. Actually, right now, life kinda feels like that movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. Maybe that’s something I should watch again. What do you think?

Well, after I finish this episode of The Chef Show.

But, that’s besides the point. It’s time for our monthly chat!

So, I hope you’ve got a good cup of coffee and your favorite breakfast pastry because this one is a definitely gonna be a long one.


our overall life

stairs leading down a hiking trail

So, there’s no point in avoiding discussing it. In a time of social distancing and quarantining and not really being able to get out of the house, things have been a little crazy.

We see the numbers on the news, we see spikes and curves decreasing, we see the worst and best of humanity. It’s a lot to deal with and is definitely overwhelming. I hope all of us are doing everything we can to help keep ourselves and everyone around us safe.

But, I’m going to be real with you guys on how we’ve been feeling. Today, where every day feels the same and we’re in the thick of social distancing, this is what’s real:

  • I’m tired.
  • I’m sad.
  • I feel like we have even LESS time than we did before quarantine.
  • I’m hopeful and happy.
  • I’m hungry.
  • I am also not hungry but hey, a snack sounds good right now.
  • Showers, washing my hands, etc feels like a chore now rather than normal daily hygiene.
  • We’re missing a lot of key groceries (uh… milk?).
  • I actually MISS the grocery store.
  • I’m working out less.
  • We have completely re-binged Altered Carbon and are starting on Season 2.
  • We’ve gotten out to hike more.
  • I find myself looking outside more often.
  • Windows and doors stay open on warmer days.
  • I’m practically living off coffee.
  • I am grateful.

I guess the point of all of this is to truly say, “hey! we’re still here and going through it just like you”. It’s all a crazy thing that’s actually really just settling in for all of us. Like, this is actually happening. Life is changing so we need to play catch up and change along with it.

And, we’re trying. We’ve been getting a lot of requests to make pantry staple recipes, breads… You name it, we’ve probably been asked.

We hear you.

So, to try and accommodate the ever changing ways we live and cook, we are going to try and post a new recipe every single day.

Now, this might not always be possible because it’s really easy to get overwhelmed with all of this.

But we want to help in the only way we know how. To share our kitchen, our expertise, and our recipes with all of you.

Let us know in the comments what recipes you’d like to see on the blog in the very new future. Easy? Complex? Pastries? Breads? One pot dinners? Instant pot recipes?

Whatever you need or can imagine, we want to hear it!


getting outside

pink flowers against the sky

Like I said before, we’ve been getting outside more. Specifically hiking.

Well, one of the first few days of quarantine I decided to go get out for a while by myself and skateboard. This is something I’m good at, I know how to control my board on hills. What could go wrong?

Everything went wrong before I even stepped outside. I couldn’t find my Converse. So, I wore another favorite pair of shoes. These had good arch-support, were really comfy…

Hmph.

The arch support kept me from being able to feel the board up under my feet and, after few minutes outside, I was on the ground eating pavement.

Yep. The board snatched from out under me because, as I went to push, I couldn’t feel the wobble of the board. Next thing I know, I’m being hurdled forward.

My elbow, palms, and hip were not spared.

I was in such a state of shock that I couldn’t even feel the pain until I got into the bathroom as my mom helped me get cleaned up.

Oh, $&*#. That. Hurt.

I was barely able to walk, sit, and even lay down. Who knew a gash on your hip could cause so many problems?

I wasn’t able to work for a little over a week? Two weeks? I don’t even know anymore because it feels like a lifetime ago.

Now, I am fully healed and working. Got the scars to show it.

I learned my lesson for next time.


grow as we go

aerogarden growing plants

Not everything has been totally doom and gloom though. We ordered an AeroGarden and started our own little garden from seed! We have so many new lettuces, tomato plants, herbs.

I actually took this photo today to show you the progress because these have only been growing for 20 days.

It’s amazing!

Hydroponic’s is seriously fascinating and, thanks to Epcot, I understand what’s happening and why its working so well.

We don’t even have to do anything. It feeds and waters itself.

So. Cool.


something new

an outside pizza oven

We literally have an actual pizza oven! This is something we ordered back before Christmas but the weather hasn’t really been the best.

But, with Spring’s arrival, we did have some REALLY nice days (i even got outside and made myself a picnic 🧺).

So, we put together the pizza oven and I have never been more excited. We need to find some wood so we can use it, but once we do, I have a feeling there will be many more pizzas on our blog and on our Instagram stories.


so much baking!

a bowl of bread dough on a marble counter

Ever since the quarantine, I’m sure you’ve probably noticed a lot of people baking. Maybe you’re one of them.

We are no different. I have never SEEN so much bread in this house before. I think we could open a bread shop at this point.

And, coincidentally, one of our most popular recipes has been our Sourdough Hamburger Buns.

That’s one of my absolute favorite breads my mom makes so, you guys definitely have good taste. We actually just posted a recipe/article on How To Make A Sourdough Starter in 5 Days so even people who don’t have a sourdough starter can catch up on this baking trend! No yeast required!


a birthday is coming up in a few days 🎂

a picture of trees with mountains in the background and a cloudy sky

My mom’s birthday is on the 19th. We always try to do something for her but because of everything going on, that’s obviously not happening. We’re gonna try to make the most of it though!

The weather is supposed to be pretty so, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we can at least get outside.


So, all in all, things could be a lot worse. We have lots of cake to eat, lots of trails to go out and hike, and plenty of movies on Netflix and Disney+ to watch.

Are you an essential worker or are you having to work from home? How are you feeling through all of this? Is there anything we can do to make it better for you? Are you up all night or sleeping soundly (if the answer is the latter, please let me know how!!! I was up until 5am last night 😴)

Stay Safe, xox.

Caylie.

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