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    I'm assuming we are all still practicing self-isolation. Are you tackling projects long left undone or unfinished? Resuming or learning new hobbies? How are you getting your kids through this in a sane manner?

    I'm still working remotely about 10-15 hours a week with my students. In the meantime, we are in the midst of a deep clean. Right now we are cleaning carpets and vacuuming out furniture as we move it. Who knew so much could be under a couch cushion!?!

    I thought some of you might like to share this with some un-informed friends, neighbors, relatives:

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    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    We decided to take our spring break this week as opposed to next. The normal spring slump was starting to kick in a bit, and I really just needed to do mindless tasks this week, because I feel (like most of us) a bit frazzled.

    We've been working on our yard mostly. But this week, we'll tackle a room a day to clean. I Marie Kondo-ed the house a few years back, so spring cleaning is much easier these days.

    I did have to venture out today to get supplies for Passover. I have scoured the internet and they are no where to be found, so I finally caved. I went to Whole Foods and was fairly impressed - they were wiping off the carts before handing them to customers and enforcing the spacing rules. Also, the store was pretty empty. I felt validated when I saw other people buying stuff for Passover who said they couldn't find what they needed online either.

    The kids are ok - a bit bored. They dug the Wii Sports out a few days ago. They've been enjoying more screens than usual. My mom gifted DD a bunch of her craft supplies, which has been really nice because craft supplies (esp paint) seem suddenly hard to find too. The swim coaches are sending daily workouts for the kids. DS cleaned out the garage this weekend and got the weight equipment ready to go so he can start lifting again (it is too cold in there during the winter to use it). We are lucky because we live in an area where there is lots of open space right outside our door, so we've been starting each day with a really long walk.

    We also treated ourselves to takeout green chile cheeseburgers from a local joint this weekend. It was a tasty morale booster. It made me feel a little more normal and connected to the outside world.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RTB View Post
    We also treated ourselves to takeout green chile cheeseburgers from a local joint this weekend. It was a tasty moral booster. It made me feel a little more normal and connected to the outside world.
    It seems you are finding some focus in this mess, so that's good.

    I read your sentence about the green chile cheeseburgers out loud to my husband. He is so very envious! He's managed to track down a place that sells Hatch chile seeds to plant. We'll see if they like the environment in NW Indiana.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Our life is much the same. My work has not changed at all, homeschool has not changed (except the being stuck at home part). The major change is the no after school activities to drop the kids at and no volunteering at therapy horse riding. So it is hard to get time to myself.

    I still have the same long list of things I need to do (curtains to make before winter etc.) that I had pre-coronavirus, but now I have less of an ability to do them. For example, the curtains, I am changing the heading type and rail and I took down the old ones and got rid of them when I was making the new ones as it was warm and summery and we did not need them. Now it has rapidly changed to autumn colder mornings and nights but I cannot buy the rail for the new curtain because the stores are all shut.

    The kids are more bothered by the fact the dog will die soon than the virus as they do not really comprehend the magnitude of it (we don't get the newspaper or watch TV news so they have no exposure to the media). I am not going to sit down and explain it to them any more in-depth than they need to know for instilling good hygiene practice (must say the whole virus thing has worked very effectively at getting DD6 to stop chewing on everything all the time!). They are enjoying time each day playing a computer game with my mum (Stardew Valley) to keep her occupied because she has been home even longer than us and lives on her own and can have no visitors as an over 70.

    Not sure when we will get the dog euthanized. We have spent about $1800 so far (a lot of that unnecessary treatment when they were like oh its his teeth ($1200), its his kidneys or Cushing's ($350), and then oh no actually he has an untreatable tumor). Currently the vet is operating a closed clinic so no non-staff are allowed in. Even with how much of a pain in the butt this dog has been at times (we adopted him at 6 years old and he was not house trained and had anxiety and fear aggression), even I think it is rather mean to send him off in there to be euthanized with no one he knows near him. But then medicating him until the lockdown is over (at least another 3 weeks, maybe longe) may not be viable. It is expensive, we don't have endless $$$ for vet treatment, and the pain meds are not really working that great right now. It does not help that every time I ring to get a re-prescription of meds he is already on, they charge us a recheck consult fee (for a < 5 min telephone conversation), which is way more than the cost meds themselves.
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    We cannot get food to take away from anywhere (we don't usually anyway as its a lot more expensive in NZ than the US for various reasons), but we have been eating well.

    DD6 is enjoying doing lots of baking and cooking. She has made us cookies one day and omelettes for dinner another.

    I made spiced fruit buns today and German apple pancake yesterday (and the day before).

    I will probably make Dutch apple cake tomorrow. We have a lot of apples to use so any favorite apple recipes (not pie as I find pastry never turns out that great dairy free) appreciated.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    Quote Originally Posted by NZ_Mama View Post
    I made spiced fruit buns today and German apple pancake yesterday (and the day before).

    I will probably make Dutch apple cake tomorrow. We have a lot of apples to use so any favorite apple recipes (not pie as I find pastry never turns out that great dairy free) appreciated.
    We always like an apple crisp, and it's really easy.
    Carol

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward


    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Ooooh Im always looking to improve my apple pancake game! The boys want it every morning, but I limit it to every other day. (made in cast iron skillet).
    Here is my recipe, but Id love to see yours if you can get it to stay fluffy!
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    I also use two of whatever small/medium sized apples cost less than a buck a pound, and omit the sugar. (fuji apples have been fine, not mealy like golden delicious.)
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    @ INmom - eek including spelling mistake? Guess I should have read over my post. You know if you don't get the results you want growing there are transplant New Mexicans in Chicago. If there are big enough groups of transplants, they will find a way to bring and roast Hatch NM chile there (usually a grocery store). I know they ship and roast chile in DC. You may want to scour the internet or ask around on Reddit in the Albuquerque or New Mexico Sub. Harvest and roast is in late August or early September.

    @ NZ - apple butter! Make it in the slow cooker with the lid off and let it cook all day, then water bath can it.
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    @AM: our apple pancake is not fluffy (no raising agent) so you probably would not like it. The mixture is more thick crepe like.

    Something like this,
    https://www.emerils.com/127319/german-apple-pancake

    But I made ours up as I went. First, in the pan, I did the sliced apples, approx. 1–2 tablespoons of coconut butter (tried it once with olive oil and coconut butter was much better, approx. 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. Cooked them for a while, then poured over top a batter I made from 2 eggs + 1 cup flour + 1 cup milk + 1 tablespoon sugar + little bit of salt. Put that in hot oven. I am going to play round with the ratios of eggs/milk/flour some more till I get it like we like it.

    @RTB: thanks for the idea I shall have to try apple butter as we have not had that before.

    @Inmom: we have not tried crisp before, thank you. NZ is more all about crumble, which is similar but made with rolled oats as the topping. I will have to see how that recipe would work out dairy free, I think I would do half coconut oil and half olive oil to replace the butter.
    New Zealand-based freelance science copyeditor. Homeschooling DD 11 (year 7) and DD 6 (year 2).

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    NZ - Oooh I have that recipe! I used that book when we did BYL K and World Geography!
    You use coconut and olive oil as a sub for butter? (I forgot when I posted that you dont do dairy.)

    RTB - do you have an apple butter recipe you prefer? I looked for a few minutes, gave up when so many had so much added sugar.

    Oh happy cooking!
    Homeschooling DS13, DS6.

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    My spelling was fine, then my brain left me.

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