My Friday Coffee Dates might turn into just random coffee dates at this point. I don’t know where my head is. Actually, that’s a lie. It has been in the kitchen. Surprise, surprise.
With two occasions planned for the long weekend (Valentine’s Day and my mothers’ group celebration for all the babies turning one year old), I spent Friday and Saturday baking. I swear, I do other stuff. Really. But the social events all seem to be packed together lately. Not that I mind. I do like a good bake-off, even if it’s just me I’m competing against 🙂
First up was a super decadent Rice Krispie and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Brownies. I made them for our V-Day dessert and took all the leftovers to the birthday party. They are bananas. Bananas in a super fun devilishly bad way. One brownie was more than enough. These would go well at a winter holiday party. Warm weather would melt these bad boys fast so serving at a summer picnic would be no bueno.
Also for the party I made a cinnamon salted caramel macaron.
Since moving back to the States I had yet to make a successful batch of macs. These were my third try, using the Italian meringue method, and it proved promising. Half the batch came out looking and having a different texture than the other half. That just means I have to keep trying until I get them mostly right (I think there’s always a few rogues shells that refuse to come out well).
In sewing news, I am giving the Sketchbook shirt pattern a go. My birthdays have always felt really special to me. Because of that I really want to start a tradition of making something for Ollie to wear on his birthday (of course, until he tells me he no longer wants me to). I chose this happy fabric. Isn’t it the cutest?!
Working on it will get me prepared to finally tackle the Archer shirt. I cut and graded that pattern when it was first released. Making one is so overdue.
In other news, we basked in the sunshine. After four days of rain, we happily went on walks and couldn’t believe how bad things were in the east coast when it was so darn warm in California. Now I know why real estate comes at a premium here. You pay for the amazing weather.
In other other news, I’ve been thinking about one of my new year goals. In the beginning of the year I decided to decrease my online activity. I spend far too much time on my smartphone or on the computer. In order to decrease my addiction (yes, I definitely look at my phone far more than needed), I decided to abstain from the internet on Tuesdays. At first I felt so free. Sure, I thought about all the blogs I was missing, or all the emails that were going unread, but I didn’t mind. I was appreciating reading a book, knitting, or just playing a bit extra with my son. I thought I would slowly, hopefully, start not wanting to go online.
This past Tuesday I felt particularly silly, not going online when all I wanted to do was read my blog subscriptions. I wondered, what am I getting out of this experience? I still want to indulge in social media and not going online feels like I’m on a horrible diet. So yeah, that’s what I’m feeling and I am considering giving up on my goal. I just don’t see the point in doing without because I’m not seeing a change in my need to be online. Ugh. So disappointing. I really want to not want to be so connected.
*Edit* My husband gently suggested that perhaps my approach on trying to decrease my online time was a bit off. That maybe I should try limiting myself to a few hours a day. Hmmm…I might have to give that some thought. I like the idea of turning off the phone and computer for the day at dinner time.
Anyone else out there going coo coo over all the time they
waste spend online?