While At Home
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
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
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For the art lover
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For the single
For the soulful
Make your own memories
FUN AT HOME LEARNING
How champagne is made
• 2 oz. orange juice
• 4 oz. brut champagne
• 2 parts Prosecco
• 1 part fresh white peach purée
• Guinness stout
• brut champagne
THE PERFECT CUP OF TEA
What you will need
Tea ball, tea strainer or infuser
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
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
"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
1 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
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for all household items
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.
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.
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.