The difference between this post and posts from prior years about backyard inspiration is that now we actually have a backyard that we want to design and this is a sort of rough and preliminary mood board of our vision for it, including the house exterior!! Originally we wanted to start working on it this Spring and have at least a first phase done by the end of this summer, which is now looking like that timeline is not going to happen because of the pandemic. Still, I’m sitting at home daydreaming about the “one day” and spending some of this time planning for things like our finished backyard. So in a way, it feels like this is all too soon to share, but that’s all this is: a rough cut rambling on our initial thoughts on things we’d like to do for our backyard and exterior.
It could be because we rarely eat French toast and when we do, it’ll be a special treat yourself moment at a brunch spot and we eat it while thinking yea it’s good it’s French toast, and then never think about it again until the next menu has it and we’re so tempted to order it because we almost can’t remember what it tastes like and need a refresher. Then we made it at home recently and for the first time ever thought oh my God THIS is French toast. Was it that we’d never had it this fresh before? Was it the brioche? Is it because we’re in isolation and miss everything that once felt effortlessly accessible? How could it be this easy? I don’t use this word lightly, so I really mean it when I say this is the best French toast we’ve ever had.
A classic Korean rice dish that I love and wasn’t planning to post on the blog until I shared it on IG stories a couple days ago and my DMs blew up from everyone asking for the recipe. Stories is where I’ve been sharing our quarantine cooking adventures since it’s quick and off the cuff, plus video is always the best way to convey all the elements and techniques that go into a dish. So if you want to get a better idea of how this recipe is made, check it out towards the end of my “Recipes” highlights since I wasn’t at all prepared for taking enough photos to portray it all in a blog post ha.
I know last month was challenging regarding the state of our world fighting 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 come across as flippant, I also know that we need some more positivity, things to look forward to, and ideas on how to spend all this extra time at home. I will do my best continuing with what I regularly do but with some necessary adjustments due to how some original plans are on hold until this storm passes and how it’s impossible not to acknowledge how much life has changed recently, starting with this quarantine edition of monthly favorites that has a heavy focus on recipes to make and things to do, and some other stuff. Let’s have some fun at home!
My chocolate chip cookie making obsession started not only because who doesn’t like a good chocolate chip cookie, but because I got fed up with how every time I made cookies at home they all turned out the same no matter what the recipe: hard, a little dry, and they never spread. Was it me or was it the recipe? In almost 2 years now of trying all kinds of cc cookie recipes, some multiple times to make recipe tweaks and adjust my technique, I found out the problem was both. There are some not so great recipes out there and some incredible + foolproof ones, and I was making some technical mistakes that were sabotaging my cookies. Through this exploration, I learned what my favorite cc cookie recipes are and what to do to make sure I get the best results every time. This post is finally here to share all of that with you.
The long term plan still is to make the garage my workspace/studio, but as we’ve seen over the months since the move, the garage for a while is going to be a holding area for all our extra stuff we aren’t sure yet where to put, items from the initial work on our house that we still need to dump, and a few last boxes we have yet to open up and unpack. On top of that, organizing and designing that space to both provide the storage we need and look beautiful to be an environment I enjoy working in will understandably take time to make happen. So in the meantime, we have this bedroom that had also turned into a dumping ground for stuff we haven’t designated homes for yet, and all of that got moved to (yup) the garage so I could make this a temporary office and man… I love it so so much and kind of wish this wasn’t a temporary situation!