Hi, friends! I hope you’re all well during this crazy time. I haven’t updated the blog since February, which feels like a lifetime ago at this point. It’s so hard to articulate my feelings or know what to say about the current state of things, so I’ll skip that for now. In the meantime, here’s a big virtual, socially-distanced *hug* + a recipe for fluffy, whipped Dalgona coffee, Instagram’s unofficial mascot for quarantine caffeination.
We closed the flower shop for the month under Florida’s stay-at-home order, so I’m puttering around the house with lots of time on my hands. Chad and I are adjusting to our quarantine routines: he works from his home office; and I try to stay busy/distracted with chores, organization projects, and lots of cooking. (Also plenty of Instagram, YouTube and Bravo; don’t let me mislead you into thinking it’s all productivity over here.) By keeping our space tidy and our bellies full, I feel like I’m doing my part in our little isolation station, which helps me feel more calm and in control. Which, in turn, keeps me from doing questionable things like cutting my own bangs. Again. lol.
Slowed-down weekday mornings are my bright spot in this lockdown. My AM struggles are well-documented on this blog (see this, this and this) so I’m enjoying the break from my harried morning routine. I wake up, cook breakfast for C and me — a healthy departure from my daily fast-food habit that I hope sticks post-quarantine — and make myself a coffee.
My morning java of choice is typically cold brew and milk, poured into a Corkcicle tumbler* with ice before I run out the door. Now that I’m home with all this extra time, whipped coffee is my new favorite way to start the day. This Buzzfeed video introduced me to Dalgona coffee, the viral coffee trend taking over Instagram and Tiktok. It’s the sensory-satisfying isolation comfort we all need right now, and you just need 4 simple ingredients to make it happen: instant coffee (I like this one*), granulated sugar, hot water and milk.
A few notes:
1 – To get the fluffiest results, you need an equal ratio of sugar, coffee and hot water. I did that for my Instagram photo, but most mornings I reduce the sugar to 1 tablespoon.
2 – You can use an electric mixer or whisk by hand, and I actually prefer the latter. I can’t explain it — it just tastes better when you work for it.
3 – This $25 electric kettle* is one of my best Amazon purchases. I’ve used it every day for the last two weeks: for the hot water in this coffee; to brew big batches of this English breakfast tea* to store in the fridge for iced tea; and to boil water quickly for instant oatmeal or other recipes.
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