Pandemic Bakes…

Yep, it’s about food… and it’s about yummy baked treats… and all made and eaten during lockdown and the weeks after.

i love baking but in the time before the pandemic something else always took up my attention and availability. Plus my family are not sweet-tooth people. But when we went into semi-lockdown (Switzerland never fully locked down – see this post), i decided i should be making more stuff at home and not depend on store-bought stuff so much. Of course, i had a couple of captive diners who had to eat the bakes ūüėČ

It was also great to be able to share photos of my bakes with my friends who are also into baking and made for great conversation during the lockdown period.

i started baking from the middle of March. Here are photos of all those bakes for you to enjoy (i took a 3 week break from baking during the summer holidays and only started up again last week):

If you are interested getting the recipes for any of the bakes, drop me a message.

Do you bake? Care to share a few pictures and recipes?

syc

Summer Holidays… Not quite… 2017

Yes, we are back from summer hols and today was the first day of school.

The first day my boy steps into a new chapter of his school life! My teenager! More about that in another post… maybe.

Usually, i fill this post with all the sights we have seen and the things we have done and the food we have eaten while on holiday. But not this year.

This year was spent dealing with the long-term medical needs of both my in-laws who were in the hospital from May to July. We spent 2 plus weeks as their full-time, 24/7 carers, the rest of the time training the 2 hired helpers/carers. It was what we needed to do and we did it with as much love and patience as we could. Only God and the support of our family and friends around the world helped us through it all.

 

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We spent tons of time learning medical stuff and dealing with medical stuff and buying medical stuff etc…

Only God and the support of our family and friends around the world helped us through it all. i thank you all for all your kind words of encouragement, your support, your prayers and just your friendships.

 

Thank you to family who put up with us being unavailable and for your never-wavering support in all ways; big and small. Thank you to my parents for being understanding and caring for my boy so i could care for my in-laws. Thank you to friends who helped lots, including being drivers and bringing yummy home-cooked food to us. Thank you to friends who just dropped by to visit, just because we could not go out to you.

i apologise to family and friends whom we have missed out on seeing and spending time with. We will make it up to you next year.

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Thankful that we were able to attend a dear friend’s wedding (congrats again, my dear!) and we¬†did get to eat some lovely and much-missed foods, even though we were home-bound most of the time.

 

i also wanted to thank my dear friend who has helped to hold the fort down in Switzerland.

 

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Because of a friend’s care, i am able to return to a flourishing¬†garden. Thank you ‚̧

You all have been just wonderful! Thank you. We love you all.

 

While it has been a trying, tiring and stressful time, it is also our duty to care for our parents and parents-in-laws. And because we live so far away from them most of the year, this was the time we could show our care and love to them. This has also brought our little family closer together; closer as husband and wife, closer as a family, closer to God too. i am also grateful that God has arranged such patient and caring people to be the long-term help for my in-laws. Thank you, God.

syc

First Potato Harvest!…

i would have never imagined that my garden activities would take up more space on this blog because i never thought i had a green thumb… and looks like it will continue to be featured…

 

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Clockwise from Top Left: the potato¬†plants die back and that’s when you know it’s harvest time! So i harvested a week ago… Top Right: seeing those first potatoes was so exciting, who would have thought… Bottom Right: the entire potato harvest isn’t big, just over 900g but enough… Bottom Left: used the whole harvest to make potato salad for our church lunch last weekend. YUM!

 

Wishing you a lovely summer!

syc