me showing off my vaccine card!


After all the drama of the last few months, I’m happy to report that April was somewhat more “chill.” No natural disasters, no car fires, less internet abuse, and more. I also received my second shot of the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine a few days ago. Thankfully, I didn’t experience any major side effects beyond a sore arm and some chills the next day. I did also feel sluggish and lethargic, but it wasn’t too debilitating—instead, it almost felt like being jetlagged? I was able to do an intense HIIT workout only 2 days later.

And in any case, I’ll take any side effects any day if it allows me the freedom to return to “normal”. Because I’m not gonna lie—these last few weeks have really tested my resolve! In the last year, I’ve been pretty good about living within the pandemic’s restrictions. I can still only count the number of times I’ve seen friends IRL (yes, even outdoors) on just one hand. I haven’t stepped foot inside a restaurant, a mall, a gym, a plane, and whatever else since early 2020 (or, in some cases, 2019!).

The only reason I haven’t lost my sanity is because I keep to a strict schedule of developing recipes for this blog and working out at home. Although both has kept me fairly busy, I’ve definitely started to lose motivation. I’ve seen some articles describe the behavior as “languishing”; others have likened it to “pandemic senioritis.” I can especially see it with my workouts: I’ve started slacking on my daily routine. Instead, I find excuses to procrastinate the work for as long as possible, and spend a lot of time daydreaming and counting down the days until I can go to a physical gym again (I know, I’m a psychopath who actually enjoys going to the gym, lol).

But oh well. I have another nine days or so until I can count myself as “fully vaccinated.” What’s another nine days of languishing? I’m cutting myself some slack—and I hope you do, too! Tell me: have you been vaccinated yet? If so, how are you handling these final days?

In Case You Missed It: New Recipes on Hummingbird High

And in case you missed it, I published and updated a handful of new recipes on both Hummingbird High and other websites in the past month. Here’s a round-up of everything new:

Below are pictures of the two most popular recipes from the month—Chewy Lemon Sugar Cookies and Small Batch Triple Threat Brownies—to inspire you:

chewy lemon sugar cookies
small batch triple threat brownies

Food For Thought

This past month, I also spent a LOT of time thinking and reading about food beyond the baking recipes you see on this blog. Here are the ideas and issues that resonated with me:

Recipes and Resources To Save

And here are the recipes and cooking-related resources I saved these last few weeks:

  • “Putting The Chips Back In Chocolate Chip Cookies.” in Taste Cooking. Okay, okay, this article is technically from last month, but yours truly is quoted in it! You know how I’m always advising you guys to skip chocolate chips in cookie recipes and use chopped chocolate and/or baking discs and wafers instead? This article validates my VERY GOOD (ehem) points, but also talks about the growing backlash against my advice, encouraging folks to use chips. LOL—what do you guys think? Where do y’all land?!

  • Rosana’s Chocoflan Impossible Cake has me all hot and bothered. Look at it—it’s beautiful!

  • “Wait, Are Eggs Dairy?” in Food52. Confused about whether or not eggs count as dairy? This article breaks it down. But TL/DR: no, eggs are not dairy. They’re their own thing!

Finally, On A Lighthearted Note

Okay, whew! That’s all for now, folks. I hope you all are staying safe and healthy! Please let me know how you’re doing in the comments below, and feel free to share the ideas and issues that are floating around in your heads, too.


Michelle holding Weeknight Baking cookbook covering her face.

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Weeknight Baking:
Recipes to Fit your Schedule

Over the past several years of running Hummingbird High, I kept a crucial aspect of my life hidden from my readers: I had a full-time, extremely demanding job in the tech world. In my debut cookbook, Weeknight Baking, I finally reveal the secrets to baking delicious desserts on a tight schedule.