I know that last month was difficult regarding the state of our global fight against Covid-19. I’m sure we’ve spent enough time worrying about the repercussions of this mess, and while I don’t want to sound casual, I also know that we need more positivity, things to expect and ideas about how to spend all that extra time at home. I will do my best to continue what I do regularly, but with the necessary adjustments due to the way some original plans are pending until the storm passes and how impossible it is to not recognize how much life has changed recently, starting with this quarantine edition of the monthly favorites which focuses on recipes and things to do, and more. Let’s have fun at home!
5 INGREDIENT COOKIES- Smitten Kitchen Salted Peanut Butter Cookies
This is the simplest cookie recipe that is very timely at the moment, since they do not require flour or the ingredients for baking butter are somewhat limited at this time in many areas, I hear you! I would describe them more as peanut butter fudge cookies. I highly doubt that this recipe works without peanut butter, so sorry if you are not a fan of the stuff or if you are allergic. I’ve heard that other nut butters work, and of course, you’re encouraged to make and test your own settings – I added chocolate chips to mine! These are so good and impressive for their simplicity.
BANANA BREAD Banana Bread with Chocolate Chips from the Butternut Bakery Blog
I always forget that because our bread pan is long and thin, it doesn’t need to bake as long as standard recipes require. So I ended up baking this too much, but even so, it was the most delicious and moistest chocolate chip banana bread. We ate on average about 3 slices a day each, it’s hard to stop. Simple ingredients, simple steps, I do it again.
BROWNIES- Studio Baked fudgy dark chocolate brownies with crackle crust
I decided from the name of the recipe that I was going to try it because that’s all I want from a brownie: dense and misty with a cracked top. The special feature of this recipe is that the eggs are beaten for 8 to 10 minutes, which gives a top layer similar to meringue which cracks and gives a nice texture contrast to the fondant brownie. The bonus is that we have found that these brownies improve with age.
COMFORT PANTRY FOOD- Spaghetti and meatballs
Meatballs are obviously not the pantry part, but if you can make them, they are tasty. We recently ended up like never before with a good amount of pasta in our pantry. We don’t eat it often, which is why when we do it, we really enjoy it and it feels more like comfort. It is a great simple recipe that has nourished us for days.
COMFORT FEEDING FOR CHILDREN Spam, egg and rice
This got a pretty big response when I shared it in IG stories. It brought back a lot of nostalgia for everyone who grew up on spam too. Spam, egg and rice were and still are one of my favorite breakfasts, and I’ve updated it a bit to increase the flavor and make it more like a Musubi Spam in a bowl. It consists of white rice, pan-fried spam, eggs on the sun side, soy sauce, Japanese mayo and furikake. The umami in this bowl is extremely good.
A SKILLET DISH Chicken and just about any vegetable you have
This dish has been part of our dinner rotation for quite some time, originally with artichokes, beets and olives depending on the recipe, but since we didn’t have them, we used what we had – carrots and potatoes. I like this version a lot more. It’s rich and juicy, the potatoes absorb all this flavor, and everything is done in one pan for easy cooking and cleaning.
BOARD GAME- Blokus
Hours of fun, I tell you. It’s for four players, but there is a way to adjust the board to work for two players, that’s how we played it. It is a strategy game so that all your pieces fill the board while preventing your opponent from reaching the same goal. At one point, I dreamed during my sleep of shapes because we played them so much and became so competitive.
We were ready to install new floors just when news of the severity of the coronavirus appeared. We decided that it was better to wait until things calm down, which means that our other interior projects are also on hold, because it makes more sense to move the floors before doing other changes. One thing I plan to do soon is to paint our bedroom, which I believe offers a curbside pickup service for painting at Home Depot. I am always wary of making trips outside our home that are not necessary. Oleg recently drove through The Home Depot and said it was packed. A little disturbing, but I also understand, we were also trying to get more things to work on the house.
Other ideas for residential projects have revived the dead patches on our lawn, which we started with this grass seed. We have spent most of our time outside doing general gardening work, and I plan to order a pressure washer to clean the exterior brick and perhaps lime, even if I wanted to paint the house first to get a better idea of the color of lime. For the moment, it seems a little ambitious to do during the shelter on site, but at least I’m starting to plan it!
WHAT YOU WATCH AND READ
A few weeks ago, I asked you to share via IG questions what you are watching and reading recently, then I tried to compile most of the answers to share via stories, then either IG was down or I was doing something wrong, but the list kept getting cut, so I’m sharing this list here too.
-The five dysfunctions of a team by Patrick Lencioni
-Know my name by Chanel Miller
-How to cook Pi by Eugenia Cheng
-The body by Bill Bryson
-A gestural life by Chang-Rae Lee
-Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentino
-Dear Girls by Ali Wong
-Tel a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
-A man called Ove by Fredrik Backman
-The end of the ocean by Maja Lunde
-The secret story of Donna Tartt
– Small lights everywhere by Celeste Ng
-Big little lies
-Just Precious Stones (if good)
-Next in fashion
– Grey’s anatomy
-Mad Men (I really liked this show)
-The trial of Gabriel Fernandez
-Crash landing on you
– Laws and order SVU
SONGS IN REPETITION
The 1975 – Someone Else
Goldroom, Love, Alexa- I can feel it
I shared this little timelapse on IG which basically sums up what home quarantine has been for us. The last half is.
Have you heard of Studio McGee’s multi-year partnership with Threshold at Target? I am so curious to discover the first collection on April 4!
Martha Stewart has put together this helpful resource on cooking ingredient substitutions.
I was swept away by the Tiger King tornado. 27 Tiger King Tweets now that we’ve had more time to process it
I love the finishes of this kitchen.
A list of games to play online with your friends.
25% discount on the whole site at Everlane until Friday! I recently bought this water resistant anorak in light taupe which is very cute, relaxed and oversized so that I can throw it on everything I wear.
Add these fluffy vegan pancakes to our quarantine menu.
I’m not sure I would consider this a “modern farm” at first glance, but I still like it a lot.
In my search for a puzzle, I came across piece work puzzles that make puzzles really collectable and very versatile. Expensive, but very unique and special.
I have just discovered that the Porto bakery offers nationwide delivery of their “Bake at Home” items. These are their uncooked and frozen pastries that you can bake fresh at home. Potato balls! Guava cheese rolls !! I’m saving it for a rainy day.
Do you see ads everywhere for this nail polish business? I look at the Coconut color, it looks perfect.