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Today Was a Lemon – QWK Day 4

Published March 26, 2020 in Quarantine with Kids - 0 Comments
Today was a lemon cake

Today was a lemon. I am determined to face this quarantine challenge (providing daycare for my grandsons, 3 years old and 15 years old) with fun and optimism. But today did not soar with eagles, it flopped on the dock like a hooked fish.

Quarantine with Kids - Day 4The day began with a long line at the grocery store, before it even opened. Next the boys and I spent two hours preparing a lemon cake that I then burned in the crock pot.

Finally, we did an activity with Jello cut outs that the 3 yo found more depressing than delightful. Can this day be salvaged?


Today Was a Lemon (Long) Line

My first task of the day was to run to the grocery store as soon as it opened and grab some toilet paper. A line of 15 people, socially distanced by their shopping carts, shocked me as pulled in the parking lot. No chance for toilet paper now. The last time I came, they only had four packages.

Once inside, I rushed to the TP aisle. They had at least 30 packages, so I scored one! Now to fill the rest of the list.

I made a few trade offs: chocolate almonds with coconut instead of without, wheat bread with honey instead of plain. I guess in a crisis nobody wants to pay for extra ingredients.

The only thing I couldn’t find was a jar of chicken bouillon cubes. I really needed those too. I use them whenever I need chicken broth. Bouillon is easier to carry than cans of broth and a lot cheaper too. I searched for my cubes. No dice.

Just before I entered the long chain headed for the checkout, I took one final look. I found a big green jar of powdered bouillon. I read the label: 250 servings. That will hold us for awhile. I scratched the last item off my list and  headed home for a baking project.

Today Was a Lemon Cake

Time to make lemon poppy seed cake. I wanted to try a recipe using my crock pot. As I assembled ingredients, I realized I didn’t have any poppy seeds. Having NO desire to return to the store, I decided to make a lemon sesame seed cake.

The 3 yo loves to help me cook. He perched on his chair in the kitchen and added ingredients as I handed them to him. We stirred up the cake and put it in the crock pot to cook. Then we whipped up some icing.

An hour and a half later, I lifted the lid. The cake looked set so I took it out. Oops! The top looked done, but the sides were burned. Was my whole cake ruined?

Rather than throw it out, I cut the burned parts off the side and salvaged the rest. I put icing on and we ate it for dessert at lunch. Watch the video and see the 3 yo’s reaction when he finally gets to taste the cake.


Today Was a Lemon Jello Cut Out

For our afternoon project, we cut animal shapes out of Jello. The 15 yo prepared the Jello. The recipe calls for less water so that the result is a firmer gel that holds its shape. It’s handy to have a teenage cook. See related post Adulting 101 – Who Knew It Included Baking Cookies?

After nap time, the 3 yo joined us for Jello play, but he wasn’t happy. He wailed through the first part of the project. He didn’t want to cut out any animals and he didn’t want to eat any lemon Jello. His brother finally distracted him with a jiggly, yellow gorillo, I mean gorilla!

Today Was Lemonade

All I could see were the difficulties in my day. Then I took a step back. I ended up buying some weird things at the grocery store, but I got everything on my list. The 3 yo wasn’t happy with the gelatin project, but he enjoyed what his brother made.

They say if life gives you lemons, you should make lemonade. I guess the whole day was like the lemon cake. We cut off the bad pieces and made the best of what we had.

Check out the Lemon Poppy Seed Cake recipe. Maybe you will have better luck than I did.

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