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My Pandemic Year Time Capsule

Pandemic Time Capsule

It’s March 15, which means we have been living in quarantine for a full year!

Funny because this “memory” popped up on my Facebook last week. Just a few days before the lockdown was announced last year, I took Yuri to Gibi because he needed new school shoes. Until now, his shoes are still brand new in condition! I need to give them away because they don’t fit anymore šŸ˜…

I’m praying things would be back to normal very soon. I haven’t left the house except for grocery trips and medical appointments since the pandemic began, and I must admit I’m already feeling the Covid-19 fatigue.

But I am still optimistic. With the arrival of the vaccines, I think things are looking up. I hope so! And because it’s been a year since this life-changing event happened, I just wanted to make a post to remember what I did during the pandemic year.

(Yuri also did a pandemic year time capsule last year. We got the free printableĀ here. I think it’s a great exercise to help us process our thoughts and emotions.)

9 Things That Defined My Quarantine Year

1. Homemade bread: I have been already been baking way before Covid-19 happened, but when the lockdown began, I started learning how to bake bread. It was fun, and the kitchen always smelled lovely, but it was so time-consuming and I didn’t really get to save money haha.

2.Ā Underemployment:Ā Remote or online work is nothing new to me since I’ve worked from home for more than 10 years now. But my client last year was affected by the pandemic and had to cut my already part-time hours into half. For months, I was only working 2 hours/day (which did give me a lot of time to bake LOL).

But God is good, and I have since gotten another part-time client. I ultimately resigned from my first work just this month.

3.Ā Homeschool: HomeschoolingĀ is theĀ biggestĀ change we went through last year. Not to undermine the dire effects of the pandemic, but homeschooling was (is) the one good thing that happened to us because of it. It was a leap of faith, but we love it so much that we decided to continue homeschooling next school year!

 

 

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Making Fudge Brownie Using Dehydrated Potatoes (A Giveaway from Potatoes USA!)

Potatoes USA Giveaway

Iā€™ve been spending more time in the kitchen ever since the pandemic began. Aside from being home all the time, we are also trying to minimize our trips outside the home. Thatā€™s why I would bake sweet treats rather than buying them in the store, and if I have time, I would even make our own bread!

Like many households, we also like keeping a supply of food items with long shelf life in our pantry. Apart from the usual staples, did you know itā€™s wise to keep dehydrated foods, too?

Dehydrated standard potato flakes and dehydrated standard potato granules from Potatoes USA Philippines

Dehydrated potatoes, in particular, are known to have a shelf life of 18-24 months. In my opinion, they should be a staple in every pantry. Here are 5 reasons why:

  1. Made from 100% whole, high-quality U.S. potatoes
  2. Loaded with the same nutrients as fresh potatoes
  3. Versatile and can be used to make many recipes
  4. Less prep time need, can be used straight out of the package
  5. Good value, with one kilo making approximately five kilos when rehydrated

In other words, U.S. dehydrated potatoes are a delight to use in the kitchen!

I personally love having U.S. dehydrated potatoes in stock because they can be used in a lot of recipes, whether savory or sweet. Yes, you can totally use dehydrated potatoes to bake bread and pastries!

This is why I got super excited when Potatoes USA sent me a package containing U.S. dehydrated potatoes, cooking essentials, various merchandiseā€¦ and cookbooks!

New cookbooks!

All those and more inside this bag ^_^

Of course, I immediately perused the baking cookbooks (with recipes by Chef Miko Aspiras). There are so many things you can bake pala with dehydrated potatoes! The first recipe I followed was the Fudge Brownie, which uses U.S. dehydrated potato granules.

Potato Fudge Brownies

Do you know what I immediately noticed when making the recipe? It only requires 30 grams of dehydrated potato granules. Thatā€™s less than Ā½ cup, if my conversion is correct. A pack of dehydrated potato granules would definitely go a long way!

Oooh, fudgy!

The brownies were so fudgy and chocolatey. The consistency was moist and rich, which is perfect if you donā€™t like dry and cake-y brownies (like me). Iā€™m excited to try the other recipes in the cookbooks next.

But wait, thereā€™s more.

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Giveaway time!

Potatoes USA actually sent me TWO packages: one for me and another one for a lucky reader! The gift pack contains the following:

  • 1 travel bag with multiple pockets and compartments (including a laptop compartment)
  • 1 pack of Potatoes USA Dehydrated Potato Flakes
  • 1 pack of Potatoes USA Dehydrated Potato Granules
  • 1 khaki apron, 1 oven mitt, 1 whisk
  • 1 hardbound notebook, 1 pen, 1 phone pop socket, 1 mouse pad
  • 1 hardbound Heirloom Collection cookbook
  • 1 Street Food cookbook
  • 3 Bake cookbooks

Hereā€™s all you need to do to win:

  1. Share your own potato recipe using frozen and dehydrated US potato products.
  2. Share it on Facebook or Instagram and tag me and Potatoes USA-Philippines.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/maanlx/ and https://www.facebook.com/PotatoesUSAPhilippines/

ORĀ 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/marie_angeli/ and https://www.instagram.com/potatoesusaphl/

Thatā€™s it! The package can be shipped anywhere in the Philippines (we will shoulder the shipping fee.)

Giveaway is now closed!

Where to buy US Potatoes:

  • US dehydrated potatoes are available in most baking supply stores. You can also message Potatoes USA-Philippines to order from the comfort of your home.
  • US frozen potato brands like McCain, Simplot, and Lambweston are available in the frozen aisle of grocery stores nationwide.
  • US table-stock and fresh potatoes, which are seasonal, are available in the produce section of your favorite supermarket.
Homeschooling Messy Weekends Real Estate Broker Diaries

Busy, Messy Weekend!

Lovely Monday everyone! How was your weekend?

Mine was uneventful but was filled with little bits of busy-bee-ness. It was overall a very fun and productive weekend and I was able to do a lot of things (except watch last Saturday’sĀ KalyeseryeĀ episode — I was able to catch a replay of it yesterday, though;Ā kilig!) Here are the little pieces of fun and work from the weekend:

Site Visit

I work remotely for an Australian company on weekdays; I’m a real estate broker on weekends. This particular weekend, we had a couple of clients that we took on a site visit (akaĀ trippingĀ in local lingo). The projects we showed were located on the other side of the city so we had a pretty long trip.

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MyĀ buntotĀ (tail) tagged along with us:

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Christmas Decorations

We (read: my mum and our helper) started putting up decorations last week. They then put up Christmas lights around the house last Friday night.

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On a side note, can you believe it’s almost Christmas again? Time flies so fast it’s almost scary! Ahh!

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