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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 04-09-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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VALLEY BREEZE LIVING EDITION | APRIL 9-15, 2020 AT HOME 20 things, planning ahead and cooking more creatively is essential. I'm not sure when the next trip to the mar- ket is, or if I even really want to go there. I'm using basic ingredients and remembering tips I learned in home economics class a million years ago. Celery a little limp? Cut off the end, stand it up in a glass of ice water for about 10 minutes and it will come back to life! I actually did this and yes, it works. I notice I accept less wastefulness and I'm planning meals that get a lot of mileage both in volume and cost. Yesterday, I made a shepherd's pie and I admit that I did cut off a few little brown spots on the potato so as not to waste. Not wasting things will be one of the positive things that emerge from this pandemic. Not gathering in social settings is hard for us. Two of our grandchil- dren, Hailee and James, have both had a birthday in the past two weeks. Usually it means a party and then a sleepover at our house where they get spoiled by Nana and Grandpa. I did manage to get a card out to them, but a complete re-do has been promised. I miss going to church, but thanks to technology I'm able to go to my church electronically each Sunday. It has meaning and value to me espe- cially during such a sad and confus- ing time. I had never heard of Zoom before last week. Truth be told, I call the vacuum my "zoom-zoom" and I got a little too excited – the back story here is that I really do love to vacuum! So when things feel like they're spinning out of control, I look for new ways to find peace. Deep breaths and turning off the TV news for a portion of the day are helpful to me. Making good use of having more time than ever, I did a thorough spring cleaning. My cabinets and appliances have never been shinier. I even dusted the tops of ceiling fan blades, the stair railings and then I used my ice pack for my aching back. When the weather breaks and the ground dries more I plan on getting to the garden beds. I need to keep busy and have purpose so keeping to as normal a routine as possible helps me. I get up, have my coffee and shower at the same time even though I'm working mostly at home these days. Decluttering is on the docket for clothes and stuff I really do not need. And there's that word "need," a word that has changed for me because what I need today is different than what I thought I needed last month. A roof over my head, food in my belly, my family to be safe and a soul that has inner peace is what I really need. Having more downtime opens up a space for personal reflection, for assessing one's priorities and for prayer. Rhonda's Note: If you have a recipe idea for these inventive times at home, please consider sharing your ideas with me. Maybe you're doing something as a family in the kitchen? Email them to rhonda@ . Colossal Cookie Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter 1 & 1/2 cup sugar 1 & 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed 4 eggs 1 tsp. vanilla 2 & 1/2 tsp. baking soda 2 cups peanut butter 6 cups old fashioned oats 2 cups chocolate chips Directions: • Cream together sugars with butter. Blend in eggs, vanilla and baking soda. • Add remaining ingredients. • Measure a scant 1/4 cup of cookie dough. Place on un-greased cookie sheet, flatten with a fork. • Bake at 350 degrees for 10-12 minutes. Recipe yields 6-8 dozen. Note: This recipe for the "Colossal Cookie" was shared by Cara Burns who originally learned how to make them as a home economics student while growing up in Buffalo, N.Y. She likes to drop the dough by a tablespoon and she does not flatten them with a fork, she prefers them rounded up. From preceding page Children's Wishes holding card-making contest WARWICK – Children's Wishes announces the contest, #wellWish- es!, for the month of April. The organization is asking chil- dren of all ages to make cards that will be delivered to healthcare workers and first responders includ- ing doctors, nurses, therapists, police, fire, EMT's and all those on the front line. Participants are asked to be cre- ative with a picture that makes them happy and write something that would make someone's day. Sign the card with your first name only. Whoever makes the most cards during the month of April will get a $50 Amazon gift card. Make it a family challenge or if you are a teacher, ask your students to make some cards during their down time. High school students can use the opportunity to finish up some community service hours. Mail cards to Children's Wishes- #wellWishes, 2348 Post Road, Warwick RI 02886. Include your contact information so the organiza- tion can announce the winner and acknowledge all who participate. If you are short on supplies, call the office and and they will have some mailed to you. 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This too shall pass . . . If you are thinking of selling in the near future, take this time to prepare your home. Call me f some guidance . Stay healthy and safe Deb Hackett Guiding you safely home Town & Country Deb Hackett Cell: (401) 744-4891

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