With more time at home, there are a lot of things to do at home every week during the COVID-19 pandemic.
If you have COVID-19 symptoms (fever over 101 degrees, cough, shortness of breath}, call your doctor or healthcare provider immediately. Visit coronavirus.gov.
Call loved ones, especially seniors in your family. For many adults and children, visits to nursing homes, assisted living, independent living, retirement homes and hospitals are not allowed.
Do the laundry and cleanup your home once a week. It’s your office now, too. Spring cleaning has come early for many of us with or without young children at home. Wash bed sheets, bed covers, pillows once a week in hot water. Wash towels more often. Run that vacuum cleaner and use the Swifter to pick up dust, pollen and dirt. Clean up little messes inside and around your home when you’re feeling up to it.
Tidy up your home or apartment as if you were in the hospital. Do what you can.
Make Bao! (Chinese steamed buns for the family) or try a new recipe. If you’ve never cooked for yourself, staying at home is a good time to learn to cook. Grill a hamburger or a hot dog outside. Be thankful and be creative with what you have to eat.
This chicken mushroom steam buns recipe is adapted from Happy Eating! Cookbook (Copyright 2020). Preparation time: 3-4 hours. Makes 12 medium buns. If you don’t have steaming pans and pot, use a large frying pan with water, a small rack, an oiled pie or round cake pan to steam buns.
Dough: Mix 1/2 pkg. rapid rise dry yeast, 1/4 cup warm water, 2 tbsp. sugar, 1/3 to 1/2 cup milk, 1 tsp. baking soda, 1 tsp. oil, 1 and 3/4 cups flour. Let rise in warm place or in an oven turned off for 2 hours.
Filling: 1 boneless chicken thigh or breast (diced), 1/4 cup mushrooms (diced), 1 tsp. corn starch, 1 tbsps. chicken broth or water, 1 tbsp. oyster sauce, 1/2 tsp. sugar. Mix and refrigerate until ready to use.
Oil steaming pans or cut out 12 (2 inch x 2 inch squares) of wax or parchment paper.
After dough has risen, knead with more flour until you can handle it without dough being too sticky. Boil water in pot 1/3 full.
Divide dough into 12 pieces. By hand, flatten into a circle. Place 1 tablespoon of filling in each dough circle. Gather edges and twist at the top to seal. Place on paper squares twisted side up or twisted side down.
Cover and steam buns with filling for 15-18 minutes. Turn off heat. Let cool 10 minutes and serve.
Treat yourself to a takeout meal. Restaurants have been ordered to shutdown their dining rooms and cutback on employees. Please support the restaurants by ordering takeout food to help them and other businesses get to the other side when the corona pandemic season is over.
Turn off the television and watch the news 2-3 times a day or read the newspaper. Watch other channels for lighter, joyful content. Turn to CDC.gov or coronavirus.gov for information.
Take a well-deserved nap. Go outside for a walk.
Read the Bible, even if it’s just for 5 minutes. Read a good book. Read to your children and play with them outdoors.
When you can’t be in church or place of faith this weekend, tune into their online services and donate online to keep them open, too. Pray, have faith and be hopeful each day.
Plant a garden or weed it to plant new things.
Be kind. If you have money, non-perishable food or new hospital, medical supplies, donate to hospitals, clinics, church or community projects that help those who are short on much needed items as they wait for federal COVID-19 relief and federal checks to arrive.
Plan your next vacation or get-a-way. Southwest Airlines airfares are a bargain, starting the end of March.
Apply for a job or take an online course, if you can afford to re-educate yourself to update skills in your career.
Be thankful for the simple things, people we take for granted. With God’s help, stay home until the “stay home work safe” order is lifted… and stay well.