I tried 3 quarantine trends including whipped coffee. Here’s what happened.

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Quarantine made me do it! Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now.

Quarantine turned me into a baker and self-proclaimed fashion designer. Who would’ve thought? Not me! But here we are and let’s just say banana bread has become a major food group in my diet. Here are three easy quarantine activities to spice up your new daily routine as well as where you can find them in Birmingham.

1. First Up—Banana Bread…DUH

You know you’ve really settled into the quarantine routine when you whip up banana bread. I swore to myself I wouldn’t cave into the baking trend. But after my Instagram feed became loaded with bread and cookies, the baking mits were on.

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Watch out Rachel Ray. This was my first try. Photo by Chaise Sanders for BhamNow.


  • 3 ripened bananas (peeled)
  • 1 stick butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 1 pinch salt


  • Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
  • Soften 1 stick of butter in microwave.
  • Add ripened bananas to the bowl with softened butter. Smash with fork.
  • Add sugar, flour, baking soda, vanilla extract, egg and salt to bowl.
  • Mix ingredients. I added walnuts and chocolate chips. Let’s just say it was the best decision I’ve made.
  • Spray a bread loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Pour mix into the pan and place in over for 45-50 minutes.

Where to find banana bread/muffins in Birmingham

Church Street Coffee & Books

Filter-Coffee Parlor


The 60’s fashion trend is back. Tie-dye is everywhere—in major brands, local boutiques and, of course, on our Instagram feeds.

Believe it or not, most tie-dye kits have been selling out like hotcakes on Amazon. So I used a common household item—Clorox.

Where to find tie-dye clothes in Birmingham

Poppy & Rose Clothing

Eleven Eleven

Club Duquette

3. Whipped Coffee

I have to give credit to Tik Tok for this one. I’ll take any excuse to spice up my daily coffee routine, and let’s just say, it’s a thorough workout as well.

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My arm is tired just looking at this picture. Photo by Chaise Sanders for Bham Now.

In a perfect world, I would have used an electric whisk for a thicker consistency, but this is what came from 10 minutes of hard manual labor.

Here’s what you need to make your own:

  • Put equal parts instant coffee, water and sugar into a bowl/cup.
  • Whisk until the mixture is whipped (it took me about 10 minutes).
  • Scoop over your choice of milk.
  • Take a few artsy pictures and enjoy!

Where to find whipped coffee in Birmingham

Homewood Bagel Co.

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