While At Home 

SHANCES
 

Shances presents:

The While at Home Experience! 

Fun activities and practical advice for staying happy at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 Below are great resources that are posted on any Ap store.

 

I HAVE AN AP FOR THAT

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The below information is from the United States Department of Agriculture.

"You can freeze almost any food. Some exceptions are canned food or eggs in shells. However, once the food (such as a ham) is out of the can, you may freeze it."

"Being able to freeze food and being pleased with the quality after defrosting are two different things. Some foods simply don't freeze well. Examples are mayonnaise, cream sauce and lettuce. Raw meat and poultry maintain their quality longer than their cooked counterparts because moisture is lost during cooking."

​Freezer Storage Chart (0 °F)

FREEZING FOOD 101

 

COOK BOOKS THAT ROCK

Shances Top Cook Books - Let Your Inner Chef Fly

Click on the book cover if you want to know more about it. 

For the art lover

For the vintage lovers

(for childern)

BBQ

Baking

For the single

For teens

Asian

Baking

For the soulful

For childern

Make your own memories

Baking

 

FUN AT HOME LEARNING 

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COCKTAILS

How champagne is made

MIMOSA

Ingredients

• 2 oz. orange juice
• 4 oz. brut champagne

BELLINI

Ingredients
• 2 parts Prosecco 
• 1 part fresh white peach purée

BLACK VELVET

• Guinness stout
• brut champagne

 

HIGH TEA

THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA

What you will need

  •   Kettle

  •   Teapot

  •   Tea leaves 

  •   Measuring spoon

  •   Tea ball, tea strainer or infuser

  •   teacup

  •   Milk

  •   Sugar

  •   Llemon  

  
How to make

1. Boil water
     
2. Warm pot by pouring some of the boiling water into the teapot swirl it around and then pour it out.  

3. Place tea leaves or bag into the teapot. Note: you may also put the leaves into a tea ball or infuser, which is then dropped into the pot.

 
4. Let tea steep for approximately 2-5 minutes depending on the tea. 

5. Pour tea into a teacup using a tea strainer to avoid tea leaves entering the cup.  


6. Add milk, sugar, or lemon to taste.

 

7. Video "call" a friend or two and enjoy a chat and some tea toghter.
    

IF YOU ARE AT HOME TREAT YOURSELF TO A HIGH TEA

TEA CULTURE

There are many countries and people that embrace tea as a central part of the their food culture: China, Japan, India, Russia, France, Kenya, Malawi, Morocco, North America and the United Kingdom to name a few.

TEA DOs and DON'Ts

Do follow tea brewing instructions.

Do use sugar cubes when possible.

Do not raise or stick your pinky finger out when drinking tea.

Do not blow on hot tea.

Do not put a wet teaspoon back into the sugar container. 

Do call friends and have them join you for an on-line tea party

SANDWICHES

"For afternoon tea, cut the sandwiches into four triangles or three long fingers, and cut off the crusts first, to give a more elegant finish. Small, bite-sized sandwiches look best served alongside scones, mini tarts and slices of cake."-Mary Berry

Apple and cucumber sandwiches

  • ½ lemon, juice only

  • apple, core removed, chopped into small pieces

  • ¼ cucumber, finely sliced

  • 200g/7oz cream cheese

  • ½ bunch mint, chopped

  • ¼ bunch flatleaf parsley, chopped

  • 1 thin baguette, halved horizontally and lightly buttered

Smoked salmon, caper and cream cheese

  • 150g/5½oz cream cheese

  • ½ red onion, finely chopped

  • 1 tbsp capers, drained, finely chopped

  • 8 slices wholemeal bread, lightly buttered

  • 8 slices smoked salmon

Egg and caper mayonnaise sandwiches

  • 4 eggs, hard-boiled, peeled, chopped

  • 3-4 tbsp mayonnaise

  • 1 tbsp capers, drained, finely chopped

  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 8 slices bread, lightly buttered

  • small punnet cress, watercress or parsley 

 

CLASSES

 

 

Take  look at our classes.

If you are interested in a particular class  we can try to formulate an on-line version for you, your family or friends.  Just send us a note and we'll get back to you soon.

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REPURPOSING IDEAS

for all household items

Toliet Paper

What to do with the cardboard roll

There are plenty of things you can do with the empty cardboard toilet paper roll. Some of my favorites are (1) Use the empty roll to keep your electrical cords from tangling, (2) Use the rolls to keep your socks, scarves or underwear organized, (3) Make a holder by sealing one end of the roll and decorating the outside.

Bottles

Bottoms up

Bottles piling up?

Try making candle holders, vases, cute planters, or light features with your empty bottles.

CANS

With all of the fun things you can do with empty cans, the old fashion 'telephone" is both nastalic and fun. How it works: (1) Pull the string taut (2) Talk into the can. Your voice makes the string vibrate. (3) The vibrations travel through the string and into the air inside the receiving can becoming audible sound waves.

Jars

Ideas for what to do with extra empty baby food, jelly and condiment jars.

(1) Have the people in your household write down their ideas for things to do after the pandemic.  Keep the sticks and at a later date randomly pull one every weekend and set out on an adventure.

 

(2) Write your to do list items on sticks. After all of your chore sticks are in the jar pick

a stick at random and "do" a chore. When the chore is completed place the chore stick into the "done" jar.

 

(3) Make a gift boxes.

 

(4) Yummy simple homemade popsicles!  Take an empty ice tray and fill it with your favorite juice. Cover the tray with cling wrap.  Place the popsicle sticks in the cling wrap so that the sticks remain upright. Freeze.

 

(5) Make and then decorate a wishing well.