16 Pick-Me-Up Purchases We Bought During the Pandemic
Our staff has been spending more time in our homes than ever before. These are some of our favorite items we've bought in 2020 to make life just a little more comforting—and delicious.
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“To make the most of staying indoors, I took to baking! Especially during the early days, it seemed like there was always a layer cake or loaf of banana bread on my kitchen counter. This cake stand helped me preserve my bakes and acted as a chic little piece of décor, even when not in use. The best bit is that the glass dome serves as a barrier—it prevents me from taking nibble of dessert every time I walk by.”
“Since I’m baking more bread than ever, I’m now buying way more yeast. I’ve said goodbye to the packets and now go straight for the jars. To make measuring the right amount of yeast (1/4 ounce or 2-1/4 teaspoons), I bought a measuring spoon that measures that perfectly. It sounds silly, but it’s a nice little tool to have.”
“Like many others, I’ve spent a lot of time baking bread these past months. I find mixing, kneading and shaping the dough to be very comforting and there’s nothing like pulling that glorious loaf out of the oven. And the house smells great, to boot!
In my quest to conquer a perfect sourdough loaf and develop a tangy starter, I purchased these Wek canning jars for my starter. I love the way they look and I use them without the rubber gasket or clips so that the lids fit loosely on my starter which allows natural yeast in the air to get in. I also purchased these bannetons in different sizes to give my sourdough loaves the classic ring pattern on the crust.”
“I’ve stocked my kitchen recently with real plants! I’ve been picking up smaller vases at thrift shops and giving them a makeover for a fresh, new look. (Thank you, TikTok.) I plant herbs like basil, chives and parsley in them and keep them on the countertop.”
“I am buying nicer Cabernet Sauvignons these days. My COVID grocery store wine splurges mean I give myself permission to go up from the very bottom shelf to the higher priced bottles—no more than $20! I tend to prefer California wines, especially those from the Napa Valley region. The Napa soil, weather patterns and exposure to the hillsides are pretty ideal for grapes.”
“One of my favorite things pre-quarantine was stopping to grab coffee in the mornings. Without a commute, I’m not stopping as frequently, so it’s nice to replicate a comforting routine at home. I bought this Mason Jar cold brew maker back in April and haven’t stopped using it since! It’s super easy to use. I put one cup of course coffee grounds in, top it off with water and let it sit 48 hours and boom: cold brew! Plus, I like how I can have one brewing and another Mason jar full of coffee.”