Baking in Quarantine

I was bitten by the baking bug during quarantine and I’ve made a few things to satisfy some cravings I’ve had over the lock down. Here’s what I’ve made (other dishes included):

Dinner Party!

One weekend I had an urge to cook a 3 course meal… from scratch! And I wanted to make it sort of like a dinner party for the four of us.

This is the invitation I made and sent out:

Sadly, at that time, peaches weren’t in season, so we settled on an apple cobbler. But not even settling because this apple cobbler was BOMB!

To start us off, I made a bean dip from a recipe I found on Pinterest. It was cheesy, bean-y goodness.

And for the main course: homemade margarita pizza!!! It was made with a no-yeast dough (ya girl doesn’t have time for rising yeast) and the marinara sauce was made from scratch. Ugh it was so good. I ended up making it again later that week, since there were enough ingredients left over.

My sister also made us a cucumber vodka cocktail that was perfect for the first warmth of summer we were getting. (Sadly, no picture.)


One morning, my sister and I were craving French toast. So I whipped up these bad boys:

No joke, we were full for the rest of the day. We could’ve skipped dinner later that night but we felt like we had to have something healthy to balance it out.

Banana Bread… CHEESECAKE

You read that right! I made a cheesecake that used banana bread as the crust. This was also my first time ever making cheesecake. If I were to make it again, I would do some things differently, but I’d 100% keep the nut and caramel topping.

That little banana was how I felt eating it.


Every summer I get a craving for s’mores. I like to find a creative way to combine the graham cracker, chocolate and marshmallows rather than make a traditional s’more. This year it was cookies!

I wanted the cookies BIG with LOTS of chocolate chips. I like to think I succeeded.

Peach Come Back

Don’t worry, the peaches had their day! Finally we are now in peach season and I was able to make… not a cobbler this time, but a PIE!! I completely forgot about a pie recipe book my cousin gave me for Christmas until I was staring randomly at my bookshelf and saw it. This recipe is from Sister Pie, a bakery in Michigan and they had a Ginger Peach Biscuit Pie. It. Was. Perfect.

Got nice and cozy with vanilla ice cream.

So that’s it for now! I have a few things I want to make still and I definitely want to try another pie recipe from that book. (I made the Vote Mustard Dressing for a salad I prepped for lunch and it was so good!)

Have you been making anything yummy during quarantine?

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I Solemnly Swear That I am Up to No Good

At the beginning of 2020, I was thinking about what books I wanted to read this year and I thought, “It’s about time I reread Harry Potter again”. Because folks, it has actually been awhile!

So I started reading the first one and towards the end, I had a brilliant idea. I have read these books in order sooooo many times that I thought it would be way more interesting to read them in order of my most favorite to my least favorite!

And people, that’s what I did.

So I thought I’d share with you what that order is. (Btw, in this list I placed the first book where I would have read it if I hadn’t picked it up first.)

  1. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
  4. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  5. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows
  6. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
  7. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

If you’re up to no good as well, what order would you put your favorites in?

My Favorite Things to do During the Holidays and Winter Time

  • Listening to Christmas music. These songs MUST be played:
    • All I Want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey
    • The Christmas Song by Whitney Houston
    • Christmas in America by Melissa Etheridge
    • What Christmas Means to Me by Hanson
    • Th Nutcracker Suite by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
    • Away in the Manger by The Tom Kubis Big Band
    • Happy Xmas (War Is Over) by John Lennon
    • Wonderful Christmastime by Paul McCartney
    • Like It’s Christmas by the Jonas Brothers (new fave)
  • Getting to wear my Harry Potter pajamas and wearing slippers around the house.
  • Time to bring out the hot chocolate and tea!
  • Making tamales. On my dad’s side we have a family tradition of making (and eating) our own tamales. My favorite are the mole. I absolutely can’t wait.
  • Putting up the Christmas tree and decorations! Last year we got our first real tree, so I can’t wait to do that again!
  • Watching Elf!!! Kick off is Thanksgiving after dinner. My sister, cousin and I go to a Street Food Cinema showing of it as well. So many yummy food trucks to choose from and we watch the movie under the stars, bundled up under blankets.
  • Baking Christmas cookies and decorating them.
  • Being able to pair a scarf with my outfit and breaking out my jackets and sweaters.
  • My sister is home from school and we can hang out and watch the cheesy romantic Christmas movies on Netflix and secretly love them.
  • Other Christmas movies I like to watch:
    • Miracle on 34th Street
    • A Christmas Story
    • It’s a Wonderful Life
  • Seeing all the shops and stores have their own Christmas decorations.
  • When the fireplace is on and it makes the house feel cozy.

What are some of your favorite things to do this time of year?

What I’m Thankful For

Because this is Thanksgiving week in the U.S., here is a list of things I’m thankful for this year:

  • My parents, for always giving me the push I need, while always being supportive in anything I do. And their total, unconditional love.
  • My sister, for being someone I could talk to. I’m so glad we get along and we can catch up easily.
  • My best friend, for being an inspiration. And I’m glad that as each year has gone by, we’ve gotten closer.
  • The people I work with, for creating an environment to help me grow.
  • For the opportunities that have come my way this year. But also that I’ve taken advantage of those opportunities.
  • For having a chance to being open to love again, for others and for myself.
  • For my health, because it give me the ability to experience life without limits.

What are you thankful for this year?