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Have you heard of Chocolate Banana Nut Bread? Me either, but hard times calls for creativity in the kitchen.
We've been self-quarantined in our condo for 43 days. Lucky for us, we had a random box of gluten-free chocolate cake mix. I searched for additional ingredients to add and found frozen bananas, eggs and at the last minute, I found some walnuts in the spice cabinet! Boom - and that's how chocolate banana nut bread was discovered, during the Covid-19 quarantine.
Scott was shocked. We hardly ever have processed foods in the house, and when he caught a whiff of the delicious, baking concoction - he couldn't wait to get off his conference call.
We were both so excited about how delightful the house smelled, that we didn't allow the deliciousness to cool down. Yes, we burnt our tongues. It happens when you've been self-quarantined for over 40 days.
Now it's your turn! Search for some odd ingredients in your pantry and freezer. Get creative and make something delicious, or at least creative.
One of my favorite ways to relax my mind, is to get my hands dirty with a fun project. Watching things grow has always fascinated me. Lately, I’ve been using scrap vegetables to grow new vegetables in our living room windowsill. It’s quite simple and knock on wood, will be a delicious reward.
Basil is a must, in our home. It's my favorite herb and we have it with most meals, including our sandwiches. Because we go through basil so quickly, I snip off the tops and put them in water to root. After each one begins showing roots, I plant them in pots around the house. They are so delicious but are also very fragrant. I used this flower bud vase to root several basil plants. This beautiful flower bud vase was a gift to me from my friend in Colorado, Jenna. She gives the best gifts!
To get our day started, Scott and I enjoy juicing raw celery. Now, I have quite the celery crop growing in our outdoor garden. But, I bet you could grow them in your windowsill, too.
To get started, simply chop the bottom root bulb, off the celery. Place the bulb in water and leave it to sit for 5-6 days. Soon, a new celery plant will begin to emerge from the middle of the bulb. Loosen the soil in the ground, or your container, and plant the bulb. Within no time, you’ll see more celery stalks emerging.
Another favorite vegetable in our house are onions. We eat onions almost every day. To get started, simply cut the root of the onions off. Put them in water and within days, you’ll see a new onion beginning to grow. I typically wait 4-5 days before I transfer the new baby onions from water into soil. I have planted these inside, in a container, on my windowsill. Now when I am in need of an onion, I won't have to make a grocery store run.
Have potato eyes peeking on your potatoes? No need to worry, those eyes are growing points on the potato. You can plant these potatoes in the ground, and it will grow a lush, green potato plant. After about 2-3 months, you’ll should get about 5-10 potatoes per plant. I’ve been growing our potato plants indoors in a pot with some basil, that I rooted recently. We'll see what happens in about 3 months.
We have also been growing pineapples (I know, this isn't a vegetable or herb). It's been so fun, but I’ve yet to grow a baby pineapple, so stay tuned. To begin your pineapple plant, you simply chop the top green off the fruit. Place it in water for about a week. Loosen the soil in your container or in the ground. Place the green top in the ground, covering the yellow areas and keep it watered.
We found this beauty growing in our neighborhood. Imagine all the pina coladas we could share together!
Ping me if there's something I should try growing, next.
I hope you grow something delicious.
Before Scott took a new job, 11 months ago, we had both worked from home every day for 10 years. We worked together well and enjoyed being around each other, every day. All good things must end. Scott accepted a new position, he needed to be in the office. Eventually we settled into a consistent schedule of him working from home on Mondays and Fridays.
Right before the COVID-19 cases expanded across North America, which seemed like overnight, Scott and I flew to Mississippi to see my Mom. We returned home on Monday, March 9th. The next day, Scott worked from home and was informed of the new company policy requiring him to self-quarantine 14 days, due to recent travel, before returning to the office.
We were thrilled to return to our familiar ‘work from home lifestyles’ that we love. Fast forward, and as many of you, we have been self-quarantined and must work from home for an indefinite amount of time.
A few pointers to get you pointed in the right direction and to keep you from driving each other nuts, while working from home together.
Design work areas that fit you both.
Keep in mind, you’ll want a setup conducive to maintaining the proper posture. The downside of working strictly from a laptop or phone device is the tendency to look down. Continue this habit and you’ll develop ‘text neck.’ Refer to my past blog, Text Neck - A Real Pain in the Neck. You’ll thank me later.
Communicate with each other.
Review your schedules with each other. Communicate when you each have ‘presenting meetings’ and ‘listening meetings.’ Work together to plan when you may need to duck into another room, when appropriate.
Create a Routine.
Creating a routine together and having the same schedule will help keep you both motivated. Pass on the temptation to stay up late to watch one more episode of Ozark. Use the ‘typical commute time’ to get in a walk, a bike ride or other exercise to energize you and get your day started off right.
Maintain a consistent meal schedule for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Remember to include snacks. If you must consume processed foods, like chips, add an allotted amount to your plate instead of eating directly from the bag. Include fruits like oranges and apples for a natural, afternoon pickup.
Decide on a hard stop time. This is when you’ll both put away work and create the space to enjoy the rest of your day and evening.
We have all glamorized the luxury of working from home and wearing our pajamas all day. Pass. Each day schedule a time when you can take a shower, shave and get dressed. Nobody wants to see their partner in their pajamas and crazy bedhead all day.
Enjoy each other.
Soon enough we will learn what the ‘new normal’ will look like. Until then, let’s enjoy this space and time where you can share breakfast with the one you love. You can take turns making special lunches to share. Surprise each other with special midday snacks. Best of all, schedule an afternoon delight.
Hi there! I am Angel and live a happy life in Pompano Beach with my wonderful husband, Scott, and our two dogs, Brady and Buddy.
I love to travel, the color blue, Netflix binges, Tito’s and gluten-free chocolate raspberry cake. I also have a serious obsession with pictures!
In addition to Housewives in the City, I am a real estate and portrait photographer. I basically make people and things look pretty.
Meeting new friends, making a difference for non-profits and helping businesses grow are my passions. And that is what we get to do at our monthly girls’ nights out!
I can’t wait to meet you. All women are welcome, and we are going to have a ton of fun!