Five Things Friday #257 - Erin's Inside Job

Five Things Friday #257

Happy...Friday? Monday? Who knows anymore 🙂

I hope all of you are hanging in there during this time. I haven't gotten a Friday post up in a couple weeks because initially the backend of my site was being weird and I just didn't have the energy to figure it out, then we got sheltered in place and that whole week was just weird and I didn't want to do anything, and now here we are. So thanks for bearing with me. I figured that these types of posts might be good now -- more lighthearted and a way for you to see and hear what's been going on over here while we are all being kept in place.

I'm grateful that Neil has been able to work from home (and me from here) given the current state of the job market right now. My heart hurts for those who lost their jobs so unexpectedly. It's an uncertain and unprecedented time, and I hope that we can all find the help we need. I'm also concerned for those in early recovery (or any stage really) who may not have the resources and tools available to navigate these tough times. I found out that an old friend overdosed and passed away this week after losing her job. She left behind a young son, which obviously hits close to home for me as well. Please stay safe and ask for help if you need it; we are all in this together.

On the physical front, we are adjusting to having our gym close by doing some at-home workouts and I've been rediscovering my appreciation for running after we took a break from each other a couple years ago. Now I'm just trying to do so without nearing other runners so we can all be responsible and keep our distance. It's definitely been an adventure. Let me know how you guys are coping and some of the things that you've been doing to pass the time in the comments below.

Stay safe friends. 🙂

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1. Homemade Sweet Cream

If you follow me on Instagram, you know that one of the daily things that brought me joy was my vanilla sweet cream cold brew from Starbucks. It allowed me to take a short walk by myself while Neil watched the baby and at the end of my journey was a delicious coffee drink. It was a part of my morning routine that I really enjoyed.

Since we've been staying home and most Starbucks have closed, I had to find a way to make it at home. My morning walk to the store may be no more, but thanks to wonderful followers who also happen to work at Starbucks, I now have the recipe for the elusive sweet cream and can share it with you:

  • 16 oz heavy whipping cream
  • 8 oz 2% milk
  • 8 pumps vanilla syrup

Effectively, this works out to a 2:1 ratio of heavy cream : milk if you want to make any other quantity than what's above. I also don't have a pump, so I just added syrup until it tasted like a delicious vanilla milkshake.

You can buy or make cold brew, or what happens here is Neil makes me espresso + water (Americano), and I add ice and sweet cream. The drink at Starbucks also starts with a few pumps of vanilla syrup before adding the sweet cream, so you'll likely have to do that as well.

I keep my sweet cream in a large shaker bottle so that before I use it I can give it a good shake because leaving it for a couple days tends to lead to minor separation of ingredients. I'm happy to report that it tastes exactly like my Starbucks one, so hopefully you can save some money now too!

2. Dalgona Whipped Coffee

Continuing the coffee trend, this whipped coffee (actual name = dalgona coffee) has been fun to play around with during quarantine. Originally from South Korea, dalgona coffee seems to have taken off on social media and I am here for it.

Super easy to make, the recipe is:

  • 2 Tbsp instant coffee
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp water

If you have a hand mixer, simply mix on high for a couple minutes until you get the consistency you see in the picture. You can then scoop it out and put it on top of a glass of milk (kind of like a reverse cappuccino).

I ended up mixing it together with the milk and it was great.

Sidenote: I had others make it and report back that simply using ground coffee doesn't work, so you'll need to find instant! 

3. Baking

I usually do most of my baking in the fall, but I've found that it's a good thing to do with Miles around because it keeps him interested and occupied while we find things to do inside. I've also discovered that he really likes muffins, so I've been making more of those to help him eat more real foods as we get closer to weaning him off his bottle.

I always like making recipes from my friend Ashley's site, so first I made these chocolate ones because I had a ton of overripe bananas, and then I made these pumpkin ones because I found a giant can of pumpkin in the pantry. Miles (and the rest of us) love them.

I feel like a deep clean of the cabinets is coming up, so I'm excited to see what kinds of ingredients I have hidden away for more baking adventures. Are you guys making anything at home?

4. Small Picture Frame

I wanted to get a small picture frame to hold a couple shots I had from when Miles first started crawling. My nightstand is really just a small table, so I didn't want anything big and cumbersome. I found this frame on Amazon, printed out wallet-sized images at Walgreens, and voila!

I really love it and think it goes really well with the rest of the decor in our bedroom.

5. Ultra High Rise Elation Tight by Athleta

I recently bought these tights in this color, which was a departure from my normal "black or variations of black" workout wardrobe, and I'm really loving them. They're definitely ultra high rise which I LOVE, and just always a flattering fit and feel like the other elation tights I own from them. 

My one gripe is that they don't have a side pocket, which is something I really value in a pair of tights, but I still like them a lot.

According the website, you can get 25% off as well with the code GOODVIBES, but it ends on 3/30. Enjoy!

That's all for this week friends! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

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