Thursday, April 30

Go-To Baking Recipes For When You've Lost Your Mind But Found Some Flour

Like nearly everyone, being kept in quarantine for an indefinite amount of time has ignited a weird baking fire in me. If you've been experiencing a flour shortage in your area, I'm sorry, but that might be my fault. So far I've made two types of bread, two types of cookies, lemon drizzle, banana bread, oreo brownies, cornish pasties, pies and pizza. Here are some of the recipes that made the cut.

Friday, April 10

Podcasts and Playlists: For When Anything Is Better Than Having To Listen To Your Neighbours

One of my good friends said to me recently that the thing she's finding really hard about being at home is the lack of social contact time. Obviously, we can all Zoom and Houseparty (although hello, who were they three weeks ago - also, are they verbs yet?), but with work obligations or whatever else in the way, it's not realistic to Skype from dusk until dawn.

I work from home for half the week anyway, so pottering away chained to my couch in solitary confinement is something that I'm used to by now - but even so it still comes with its pitfalls. One thing I've found helpful is a bit of background buzz; to help keep track of the time and also to stop from getting distracted by local disputes/dog-walker chit-chat/the endless ticking of the clock (note to self: get a digital clock).

Thursday, April 9

What To Watch When You've Watched Everything

After you've exhausted all your crafty projects (or before - or during! I'm not judging), you may want something on in the background. I like to go for something soothing, repetitive and kind of inspiring but in a nonconfrontational way - not sure about you, but when I'm sat in my pjs monging out I don't really want to watch someone scaling Kilimanjaro. Let me be inadequate in my own home in peace.

Wednesday, April 8

"1971 - Rock's Golden Year" & "Open" - Two Book Picks

One of the things that can be hard about boredom is that it's so easy to spend two minutes checking your DMs and then black out and realise you've been scrolling for seven hours. I've got Screentime on my phone to try and curb my obsessive Instagram tendencies, but sometimes the best way is to go cold turkey and a book can be just the ticket. They can offer escapism, a new point of view, or even publisher-approved lifehacks (no slicing up t-shirts with scissors required). Here are some recent picks for helping prevent square eyes:

Tuesday, April 7

Things To Do When You Just Don't Want To Bake Banana Bread Anymore

Hi everyone - how are you holding up? I've had an influx of new followers recently which says to me there are a lot of people at home right now looking for things to do! Like it or lump it, we're all in this together at the moment, so I thought I'd throw my hat in the ring with my picks for some things to do to help keep away cobwebs.