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Just a Spoonful of Sugar (and Cinnamon)


It has been 21 days since I arrived in Fort Lauderdale to spend spring break with my sister and 13 days since shutting myself in her apartment to abide by the rules of social distancing due to COVID-19. At this point, Florida is now my home and I am my sister's roommate. Surprisingly, Bri is one of the best roommates I've ever had: she cleans, she lets me borrow her clothes, she cooks for me every night and let's me pet her dog. This experience has definitely made up for her more questionable housemate tendencies when we were kids growing up in our parents' house.


Bri has noted a few times that I have yet to fully contribute in the kitchen when it comes to our meals, and she's completely right to do so. I've chalked it up to feeling uncomfortable cooking in a kitchen I'm unfamiliar with — which is true — but I think another part of me just likes being taken care of. While her cooking skills intimidate me a little, I knew I'd be able to bake her something equally as delicious, so I whipped up some apple cinnamon muffins for us based on a recipe from Taste & Tell. I may have messed up a little by not making enough of the crumb topping, but even so, Bri loved them enough to request more. It wasn't a big gesture, but it was my small way of thanking her for taking me in during an extremely uncertain and isolating time. Before leaving Chapel Hill for spring break, I had been monitoring the COVID-19 situation closely and contemplated cancelling my trip to Florida all together. I've been away for some time and the situation has changed so drastically that I am scared what I will find when I return in a couple weeks, but for now, I'm happy to be with my sister. Sitting in her apartment, playing card games while watching Netflix shows and snacking on apple cinnamon muffins in between it all.


Click here for the full recipe from Taste & Tell. 

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