A photo of a dog on a balcony overlooking a lush backyard.


Last month, I headed north to southern Washington state to a beautiful beach cabin (complete with an epic balcony, hot tub, and private access to the beach) to spend a three day holiday weekend with some friends. It was the first vacation/non-family-related or work travel I’d taken since January 2020 and it did NOT disappoint. We spent the weekend hot tubbing, drinking bottles of wine, and eating boxes of Girl Scout cookies. And for some reason I made everybody watch the Lindsay Lohan Parent Trap movie (lol), which I thoroughly enjoyed.

This month, I’m headed north again for a longer week vacation in Vancouver, Canada. I’ve furiously texted my friend Amy (the talented @constellationinspiration, if you want to give her a follow) for all her Vancouver restaurant, bakery, and boba recommendations. I’ve got reservations at Kissa Tanto, Vij’s, Published On Main, and I just cannot wait! Be sure to follow along on Instagram (or maybe even my fledgling TikTok?) to watch my adventure fold in real time.

In Case You Missed It: New Recipes and Posts on Hummingbird High

And in case you missed it, I published the following new recipes and posts on Hummingbird High. Last month, I did a bake-off between my brownie recipe and some of my favorite recipe developers’ brownie recipes! Here’s a round-up of all the recipes I baked, including my round-up/conclusion of the bake off:

Below are pictures of the two most popular recipes from the month—Stella Parks’ Brownie Recipe and My Best Fudgy Brownies Recipe—to inspire you:

A photo of brownies on a wire rack.
my best fudgy brownies recipe

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’s a list of all the cooking resources and recipes I saved for myself this month:

Follow Me On TikTok

@hummingbirdhigh found this amazing gem at @Costco!!! #baking #costcofinds #costcobuys #cooking #bakingrecipe ♬ Love You So – The King Khan & BBQ Show

Speaking of TikTok, did you guys know I quietly started a TikTok account? I’ve been experimenting with different types of posts—sharing books from my cookbook collection, giving quick reviews of snacks at Trader Joe’s, and even a handful of videos featuring my cat and dog. So far my most successful video is the one up top showing what I did with a jar of pistachio cream from Costco. It blew up so much that I’m planning on sharing the recipe on Hummingbird High next week!

Finally, On A Lighthearted Note

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.