2020 Goals, Are We Still Doing This?

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I had 5 goals for 2020 and I honestly forgot what they were (oops). I think the pandemic just cancelled everything for 2020? That’s what we’re doing right? All joking aside, I thought it would be a good time to check in again since we’re now closer to the end of the year than the start, and see if I am tracking towards those goals or not, and maybe re-evaluate the goals I did set.

  1. Save money by becoming a more mindful consumer. Well, I can say I’m halfway tracking toward this. I am becoming a more mindful consumer as I’m learning more about sustainability and thrifting, but I haven’t stopped spending money. I have been saving money since I’ve been thrifting and not paying full price for new things, but in regards to saving 25% of my income, yeah, next question.
  2.  Read more. My goal was 30 books for the year and I am currently at 33 books and counting. I want to increase this goal to 60 books for 2020. Let’s go!
  3. Make Friends. Hah, no comment. I do have a new book club I’m joining that will be meeting this weekend. Doubt I’ll make any friends BUT I am trying and putting myself out there. Huzzah for some-ish-kind of effort!
  4. Make 5 difficult recipes. Hm, I haven’t actually ventured down to difficult recipes town since I roasted that chicken (its little cold body was so traumatizing to hold). I can try harder here. I’m thinking spaghetti or tiered cake from scratch. Any good recipes out there?
  5. Be Present. I removed social media apps from my phone for the month of June and I haven’t yet re-installed them. I do still have them on my iPad and I can easily access from my laptop as well, but I do feel like I’ve made strides here, choosing to do things during the weekend days, rather than lay around scrolling through all my feeds.

Is anyone still tracking their 2020 goals, or has everyone else written off this year due to the pandemic and starting new in 2021?

I think I’m planning on making Ina Garten’s Spaghetti next weekend, will keep you posted how that goes…

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

How’s the Year Going?

For New Year’s I made some goals for myself to work towards in 2020. If you need a refresher, they can be found here. Since I don’t have much going on, I thought it might be a good time to check in and reset if needed.

  1. Save money– still not going well. There’s always something I need to buy, or correctly, want to buy.  It’s a sickness, but I have been trying to think through purchases a bit more before I make them. Baby steps, right? Since quarantine, I’ve been worse at purchasing things that aren’t exactly necessary (like loads of books, outdoor furniture…), but I did put my tax refund and stimulus check towards my debt, so here’s to trying! I think my savings goal was a bit over adventurous, best to work on my debt before I start saving too much.
  2. Read more- I’ve read 17 books so far this year, I would say I’m doing fairly well with this one! Might go above my goal?
  3. Make friends– hah, nope. I was trying to be friendlier at work to people I don’t necessarily work with, and I tried to join a book group on MeetUp but then pandemic happened so haven’t made any progress here. Since in quarantine, I’ve been trying to facetime with those people who are my friends?
  4. Make 5 difficult recipes– I made a roast chicken! It was SUPER gross and I almost vomited like twice, but it was super rewarding in the end. And tasty! I tried a new cinnamon roll recipe but haven’t done much cooking other than instant pot and easy meals. It’s hard to be adventurous in the kitchen when only half the grocery store is stocked.
  5. Be present– I was doing fairly well with this one, but quarantine and tik tok happened and my screen report makes me cringe every Sunday morning (can we just agree Apple should stop doing that until this is over?).

Did you make goals for the year? If so, how are they going? Is quarantine impacting them, either positively or negatively? I’ve love to hear about it in the comments below!

Sincerely,

Sara Ann

 

Sincerely Bakes: Mexican Chocolate Cinnamon Rolls

Do you love cinnamon rolls? Do you love chocolate? Yes? YES? Then you’ll be obsessed with these tasty chocolate cinnamon rolls from Bake From Scratch. The recipe was pretty simple if you’re familiar with yeast doughs; if unfamiliar, it can be daunting, but don’t worry! Yeast can be scary but it’s really not that hard to work with, especially if you give it patience and a lot of love. I watched my dough like a hawk as my mixer kneaded it, and was constantly poking and tearing off pieces to check if the gluten had developed, but I admit that was probably overboard. This dough came together really well on it’s own.  

The best part of these rolls is the filling. A combo of butter, cocoa, cinnamon, salt and sugar, it makes a yummy spread that I wanted to eat on its own. Topped with Mexican cinnamon flavored chocolate makes for the perfect combination. For reference, I got the mexican chocolate at Whole Foods, it wasn’t with the rest of their chocolates, it was over by the wine on a small display. At least, it was in my LA location. 

I’ve made several kinds of doughs, especially for cinnamon rolls, as I feel it part of my destiny to find the best cinnamon roll recipe. Weird, I know, but every recipe is so different and I found a lovely dough in this recipe. It was simple, easy to work with and gave for a great rise and bake.

I took these to work and everyone that had one was like, WHAT are these? It was rave reviews all around. The melty chocolate filling combined with the grainy mexican chocolate bits is a flavor explosion in your mouth. Also, the SMELL right out of the oven was heavenly.

If you want to try making this yourself, please check out Bake From Scratch’s recipe. As a note, I used the cream cheese frosting that can be found in The Jo Baker’s cinnamon roll recipe; I used a different frosting because the one provided by Bake From Scratch seemed like a cream cheese glaze, whereas I wanted a thick cream cheese-buttery frosting. I haven’t tried Jo’s brioche dough rolls, but they’re on my list, especially after how tasty the cream cheese frosting was! 

Would Paul* Shake My Hand: 10/10

Have you made cinnamon rolls before? What’s your favorite thing to bake? 

Sincerely, 

Sara Ann

 

*If you’re all like, ‘Who’s Paul?” then you obviously haven’t spent hours watching the Great British Baking Show, like myself. Paul Hollywood is a judge who gives handshakes to the best bakes of the season, and I judge all my baking based on whether or not he would shake my hand after eating it. Video here for visual understanding of how important his handshakes are to contestants.