Let's Start with Banana Cake

The Year of Food & Movement is helping me navigate the pandemic. Cooking gives me something positive to focus on, and I love it! Since the beginning of March, I’ve cooked all our meals at home.

Banana Cake + Greens

This week, I made banana bake with coffee cream cheese frosting. It’s a damn good sweet treat. It also pairs perfectly with my morning cup of coffee.

Currently, my go to lunch is a giant salad with nuts, eggs, and cheese on top. I'm a big fan of greens. I'm also obsessed with apples, so I usually have an apple with a spoonful of peanut butter on the side.

We are eating well, saving money, and doing our best to have fun at home.

Kettlebell Shred with Hannah

Last week, I signed up for a program called Kettlebell Shred with Coach Hannah. The programming is challenging, fun, and great for home workouts. I see myself having a lot of fun, at home, with kettlebells this year. Going to the gym and working out in groups is a risk, and I’ll be avoiding both for the foreseeable future.

Avoiding Risk

The Risks — Know Them — and Avoid Them,” by Dr. Erin S. Bromage, is a helpful article about COVID-19; especially in the context of “re-opening” the economy. Dr. Bromage translates science into layman terms, and the piece is sobering. The article helped me sort out the types of activities that I will engage in as things reopen. Dining-in at restaurants, going to the gym, and hanging out with large groups of humans are not on my to-do list.

Also, being married to a scientist is fun! When I have a science question, I have a real life expert who can explain complex topics to me. The Husband (otherwise known as Dr. Smith in professional settings) is an Assistant Professor who teaches classes on genetics, anatomy, and physiology.

Dr. Smith is smart, cute, and he's busy wrapping up this semester. This summer he will be doing research and planning courses for the fall term. Earlier this week, we found out that he'll be working from home in the fall.

I’ll be baking more banana cake to keep Dr. Smith fueled, and happy, as he navigates online instruction this fall.

Good Reads & Resources

And last but not least, here’s a list of books, podcasts, and articles that I enjoyed last week:


+ The Risks — Know Them — and Avoid Them

Documentary Video

+ Influenza 1918


+ Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

+ The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena


+ Elizabeth Gilbert’s Amazing Creative Toolkit: Saying No, Trusting Intuition, Seeking Awe, Bathing in Grief, and Index Cards.

+ What will college look like in the fall (and beyond)?

+ The Power of a Made-up Ritual

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With gratitude,

Tammy Strobel