or is it a curve ball… Life is definitely keeping us on our toes!
Wow, with everything going on in the world at the moment, many of us aren’t sure where to turn or what to be doing! I hope that you and your family are all safe and that this crisis hasn’t negatively impacted your life too much, because it really is just how the cookie crumbles!
No matter where you are in the world, I’m sure that you can feel the tension, the fear and the uncertainty that COVID-19 has left in it’s wake. Who knew that so much could happen in 1 week. The schools have closed, large events have been cancelled (or postponed) and stores are closing their doors to walk-in clients and asking everyone to do their buying on line.
What am I doing at Ovenly Love…
Well, this interesting journey of navigating COVID-19 only started when I stopped freaking out…. (I’m sure you can relate). But once my nerves had settled and I realised that life wasn’t coming to a screaching halt, I realised that I could take each day as it comes and try to find some moments of joy through out my day! Joy is a choice and stressing will never make things better! I reckon the next month can be just as busy as any other month for any of us. For me… I guess I’ll get busy trying out some new baking techniques, creating some online content, playing more with my puppy, and of course a few hours of Netflix won’t do me any harm… mmmmmm!
Health and Safety at Ovenly Love….
Seeing as this is the top concern for everyone in the world at the moment, I would like to emphasise that health and safety are always at the top of my list at Ovenly Love and it will always be my number 1 priority! If you’d like to check out my policy, it can be found on my website here.
And as an extra precaution I have doubled up on all the cleaning and hand washing and wiping of surfaces to always ensure a safe and clean baking environment. I’m also using special hand soap with tea tree oil in (which is a natural disinfectant), d-bac alcohol based hand sanitiser, hand gloves and of course the very sexy hair nets that bakers get to wear while creating delicious treats!
An extra service to you….
As an extra service to you during this time, I will be delivering all orders directly to your door, so that you don’t have to be concerned with leaving your home or worrying about meeting at any shopping centres or business parks. And one of the best things about cookies, is that they can be shipped to anywhere in the world, so you never have to be without your cookie treats for long.
Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate a birthday, an achievement or just enjoy a yummy dessert with your family. There is always space for cake after any meal…. and if you weren’t aware, a balanced diet is a cookie in each hand! YUM!
The way forward for now… especially if you’re a parent!
I’ve spoken to quite a few parents who are slightly stressed out about the daunting task of temporarily home schooling their children over the next month. If you are one of the parents that aren’t sure what to be getting up to this month then how about introducing some creative baking fun or decorating fun….. I’ll also be sharing a yummy cupcake recipe for you to try at home, but I’ll get to that shortly.
So besides the homeschooling, the kids are slightly bored at the moment right? And you feel like they’re going to eat you out of the house. It’s amazing how many snacks kids can guzzle when the bordom sets in.
Life’s curveballs right?
Get creative in the kitchen:
Kids love to learn and explore their environments and one of the ways that they can do this is in the kitchen. Cooking, baking and learning to make tea or coffee are opportunities to teach them science, maths and independence.
Measuring out water, rice or other ingredients teaches them about volume and quantity.
Ice in it’s 3 states can be turned into a science lesson.
Learning to put peanut butter onto a slice of bread teaches children that they are capable and in turn it boosts their confidence.
I used to Au Pair for many years, both abroad in the USA and here in South Africa, and one thing I’ve learnt is that children love to learn new things and they thrive in an environment where they are encouraged to learn how to do things themselves and how to be independent.
Feeling a bit overwhelmed?
Not sure where to start or what to do – I’m here to help, so don’t stress! People often give me reasons why they don’t cook or bake at home and 2 of the main reasons are:
- I don’t want to waste left over ingredients.
- I don’t know how.
And I can totally understand both of these reasons. And that’s why I’m going to give you a fun and yummy cupcake recipe (if you’re feeling adventurous) and a show you the fun decorating kits that I offer here at Ovenly Love especially for kids.
Creative Decorating Kits for Kids
I’ve created a large amount of decorating kits for kids to enjoy over the next month. These are super easy and range from cookies to cupcakes and from icing your own cookies to decorating your own cupcakes….. BUT…. I haven’t forgotten about you as the parent – there are some yummy ‘survival’ treats included for you too….check them out….
And for the more adventurous… Get Ready…. Set…. Bake…..
Why not try out this yummy vanilla cupcake recipe. This will be a definite boredom buster!
Easy Vanilla Cupcakes
Makes 12 cupcakes
For the Cupcakes:
1 cup flour
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 ⁄4 cup butter, softened
½ cup milk
½ teaspoon vanilla essence (optional)
- Preheat oven to 180C;
- Line muffin tray with cupcake liners.
- Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy (this is easier when the butter is at room temp so the mixture doesn’t clump) .
- Beat in eggs one at a time and mix after each addition.
- Add the flour, baking powder and salt together.
- Alternating the dry ingredients with the milk beat well.
- Stir in the vanilla.
- Divide evenly into the cupcake liners and bake for 14-18 minutes. Every oven is different. Let cool in pans completely before putting the buttercream on. Yum!
For the Buttercream Icing:
140g butter softened
280g icing sugar sifted
1 tbsp milk
a few drops food coloring
- Beat the butter in a bowl with half the icing sugar until smooth.
- Then, add the remaining icing sugar with a bit of the milk, and beat until the mixture is smooth and creamy.
- Lastly, add the food coloring and mix until well combined. Using a piping bag with a star nozzle, pipe the icing onto the cooled cupcakes.
So what ever you decide to do, to curb the boredom or the hungerpangs, enjoy every moment and embrace the joy that you can experience as a family in the kitchen. You can even send me some of your pics to be showcased on the Ovenly Love Facebook page. Just use the hashtag #ovenlylove and don’t forget to tag me @ovenylove. I can’t wait to see all your amazing creations.
The best course of action during this time is to stay at home, be safe and enjoy the precious moments together as a familly. Time is the best investment we can make with the people around us.
I’d also like to remind you that about 81% of COVID-19 cases are mild.
Find the moments that bring joy to your day and embrace these. Don’t let fear overtake your heart and mind. Fear is a liar! Be careful what you watch, listen to and consume on social media. It will make you fearful and steal all of your joy. I’ve recently cut down on my social media to avoid the anxiety and fear that everyone is feeding on at the moment.
Bigs hugs and best wishes