COVID19 Weekend

Day 14: Mostly In Pictures

March 29, 2020

= our ~14 year old toaster oven (it is the age of our marriage because it was a wedding gift!). Thank you to those that pointed out I could do mini baking projects in here!

= petite artiste. I picked up a refill of washable watercolors at the grocery store (she had used up her last set!). This activity is surprisingly not as messy as one might think. As long as the continues to remember “ON THE PAPER!”

= last night’s feast from Dinner Illustrated – cooking victory that all kids liked at least 2 parts of. Chicken with mole sauce (rather labor intensive but tasty), plantains sautéed in coconut oil, lime rice with black beans, and green beans.

= dessert bar! Special treat because . . . it was Saturday night, and coronavirus?!

Three Good Things:

1- The kids have been enjoying watching Disney movies at night — and I am very grateful that G will sit there with A&C and watch with them. It gives Josh and I a chance to clean up, talk, etc. (Interestingly, I remember that when Annabel was that age it really bothered me that she was so mesmerized by the screen, and I went lengths to avoid it!)

2- Um, did you SEE the gelato up there? The banana caramel crunch was A+.

3- The kids have been consistently sleeping past 7. So, so, SO grateful for this. (And it better not change just because I posted about it!!)

Tomorrow = back to work, kids back to “school”. Our school district offered up loaner laptops for people that didn’t have them at home for their kids, so we picked up 2 yesterday. Annabel’s required reading has arrived (thx prime shipping) and I got them fresh composition notebooks just because why not. I will be working (from home) tomorrow, but plan to help them get started.


  • Reply Lori C March 29, 2020 at 9:53 am

    First off, that dinner looks delicious! Do you have a hard copy cookbook? Or do you use their site? I love their recipes. America’s Test Kitchen also has some really great simple recipes. I grabbed one of their magazines at the grocery store before COVID and I’m grateful for the ideas.

    Thanks for sharing a toaster pic! That thing has seen some love huh?! Lol.

    We’ve been doing a lot of painting and crafts here too. One simple idea is to give them some washi tape, kids scissors, and sturdy paper (watercolor paper if you have it) and let them go nuts. I wish I could share pics here but my kids come up with some beautiful creative collages with the tape. And it’s not messy! Check out Merry Cheri on insta if you need some more ideas.

    Disney plus is a life saver!! Although I can now recite Frozen II and Lion King….,

    • Reply Lori C March 29, 2020 at 3:44 pm

      Just realized ATC is same group as Dinner Illustrated…. 🙂

      • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 29, 2020 at 4:50 pm

        Yes it is! I absolutely love the Dinner Illustrated cookbook.

  • Reply Julie March 29, 2020 at 12:04 pm

    Are you sure your kids’ school have enough loaner laptops for every child who many need one? Otherwise a family of two doctors should purchase their own for their kids.

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 29, 2020 at 1:04 pm

      Yes. We purposely waited until they said “last call”. When I picked them up, I specifically asked and was assured there were enough for all. I never would have taken one otherwise. At the same time I felt it would been wasteful to buy them if there were extras lying around waiting to be borrowed. Does it suck that not every school district has this? Yes. But at the same time I did not feel it was wrong to take it (as long as there was truly enough for anyone).

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 29, 2020 at 1:15 pm

      The district is also providing access to home wireless internet for those that don’t have it. I’m not sure if it’s a donation from the wireless company or something the tax dollars pay for. They really wanted to make sure there are no students that cannot do the online learning.

      • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 29, 2020 at 1:15 pm

        (And obviously we already have internet so does not apply, but I though it was really good they were doing that!)

        • Reply Julie March 29, 2020 at 6:58 pm

          Glad to hear the district had enough loaner laptops for everyone and also is providing internet to those who need it.

  • Reply Anna March 29, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for the daily posts, Sarah. They help. You’re doing an amazing job (in all aspects of life).

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 29, 2020 at 1:41 pm

      Not totally sure about that but thank you ❤️

  • Reply Rachel March 29, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    I love that desk G is using. What is that called? I need one for. My daughter asap!

  • Reply Tabitha March 29, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Hello! I am a frequent reader for many years, but rarely comment.
    You mentioned wanting to make lasagna, but it is tricky without an oven.
    What about this pasta in the slow cooker?
    I made it last year, not sure why I haven’t chosen to make it again, because it was delicious! It has similar flavors of lasagna without needing to use an oven to make it.
    I am feeling a bit stir crazy being at home in MO. Experimenting in the kitchen and doing organization projects has been helping me cope! I appreciate you sharing daily and being real with your posts! 🙂

    • Reply Sarah Hart-Unger March 29, 2020 at 3:06 pm

      Ooh that looks decadent and delicious!! I do have a slow cooker!! Maybe will try this week!

  • Reply Sarah April 8, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    W bought a set of grocery store watercolors after seeing this post and you’re right, surprisingly fun and not absurdly messy. Great idea and adorable picture!

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