Saturday, April 25, 2020

COVID-19 Baking: Banana Muffins

Repost from 2015

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup applesauce
4 ripe mashed bananas
1/4 cup almond milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray or line a muffin tin.
2. Mash 4 ripe bananas and set aside.
3. Mix all of the dry ingredients except for the chocolate chips
4. Add in the wet ingredients and stir.
5. Fold in the chocolate chips.
6. Fill each muffin spot about 3/4 full.
7. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
8. Cool & Enjoy!

Adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking
(check your chocolate chips if you want them vegan)

Shelter in Place Day 40

We are still enjoying our daily bike rides and watching the flowers bloom in our neighborhood. We are using Google, Facebook, WebX, and Zoom to keep in touch with family, friends, and work. But honestly, 40 days feels like a long time and many things do not feel normal. I am happy to have my card making hobby!

Monday, April 20, 2020

Daily Bike Ride: Shelter in Place

We are on day 35 of Shelter in Place. We take a daily bike ride after lunch and have only missed one day so far when it was raining. I have been enjoying this daily outing and getting some exercise. We take the same route around the neighborhood and have spotted many bears, rainbows, and hearts in windows. My favorite are the 2 bears riding a bike around the corner for us.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Shelter in Place Day 30

Wow... It's been 30 days now!

Spring weather has arrived for our Spring Break. Alex and I are relieved to have a break during this challenging time. We are enjoying the flowers and succulents in the yard (and are pulling some weeds).

I am making more cards, and now I need to send them.

We have at least 18 more days of Shelter in Place, but we are prepared for this to go longer.

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Shelter in Place Day 19

Our Shelter in Place order is extended until at least May 3rd, and California schools are officially operating on distance learning for the remainder of the school year. I am keeping track of the Shelter in Place days by writing on our picture calendar. (My 2021 gift calendars with have more home pictures than in the past.) My daughter has embraced pajama days and mixing patterns. I have now taught for 5 school days straight online for 32 fourth graders (with minimal tears for me). And I made some cards because crafting is a good hobby to have right now. Stampin' Up! and Close to My Heart are both still delivering, and an Online Card Class begins during my spring break.

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Shelter in Place Day 2

We are wrapping up Day 2 of Shelter in Place. We took a few essential trips outside. John headed to our local Trader Joe's and took a picture of the signs. We took a family bike ride around the neighborhood. We walked to our favorite take-out place for dinner to support a local business. And of course, there is time in our backyard. Sidewalk chalk, balance biking, and skateboarding are all nice breaks. (The picture is from yesterday, but there was more skateboard practice today.) We are renting the most comfortable house of our time in California, and I am so grateful for the space right now.

My emotional moments come when I read about the idea of California schools not reopening this school year. My online teaching will ramp up soon, but it won't be the same. This would be emotional for me at anytime teaching, but it stings as a first year teacher. This was supposed to be 180 days with my first class.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Shelter in Place Day 1

I do not regularly blog, but a few big things bring me back here. I think that the current pandemic is one of them.

I found this picture funny since I teach 4th grade. My classroom was all set up for Monday, March 16th. Then schools closed. Then the San Francisco Bay Area went into "shelter in place" with my county being the epicenter of confirmed cases.

Now I am at home with my family of four, including a two-year-old who only naps some days.