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What to Expect at the Beach this Weekend

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The governor announced this week that NJ beaches and lakeshores will be open for Memorial Day weekend, and we’re really excited to get our toes in the sand! While taking the family to the beach has always involved more than just grabbing a towel and sunblock, this year’s complications make heading to the beach  a more complex process!

Earlier is best. 

Every town has their own rules with regards to how many people will be allowed on the beach and they will be enforcing those numbers. Traveling in the earlier part of the day will make it more likely to insure a  spot.

Being 6 Feet Apart Still Stands

You will only be allowed within 6 feet of those you are quarantined with.

Extended Family or Gatherings of Friends is Out

Even if you meet friends or relatives at the beach, groups will need to stay 6 feet apart from those they do not shelter with.

That Means Kids, Too

While keeping an eye on kids near the water is standard practice you will now need to monitor your children to prevent sharing of toys and impromptu play with children from outside your family.

Your Beach Bag will Need Adjusting

Packing disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer is a requisite since water for handwashing and cleaning surfaces isn’t available.

And About the Bathroom

Probably the most populated place you will encounter on the beach is the restroom. Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be essential here. Also remember to reapply sunblock after using hand santizer.

Masks are still needed

While you may be fine laying under your umbrella or on your blanket, when headed into an area with other people in it- restrooms, snack bars, etc.,  masks are recommended for everyone’s safety.

Boardwalk rides are Closed

If your children will be upset by being unable to ride the swings and the merry go round, you might want to choose a beach where these are not present. These will be closed for the near future.

Pack Food or Be Ready to Take it To Go

Restaurants will likely require credit cards and food will be to-go only.

Don’t Feel Well?

After all of this stay-at home we are all ready for some time in the sun, however, if you or a family member is under the weather, be safe and save the trip for another day!

 

Jennifer’s Favorite Recipes

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Banana Bread

1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup olive oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup walnuts chopped
3 ripe bananas

Combine ingredients and cook for 1 hour in loaf pan at 350 F. It is as simple at that!

Date Cake

1 cup chopped dates
1/2 cup sultanas/raisins
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cup flour
3/4 sugar brown
150g melted butter
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 eggs

1. Grease 9″ circular pan
2. Put dates, sultanas, and soda in a bowl with boiling water and leave for 10 minutes then puree.
3. Combine the additional ingredients, stir in puree and pour batter into the pan.
4. Cook for 50 minutes at 350F

Carrot Cake

6 cups grated carrots
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup raisins
4 eggs
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 cup crushed pineapple, drained
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 cup chopped walnuts

1. In medium bowl, combine grated carrots and brown sugar. Set aside for 60 minutes, then stir in raisins
2. Preheat oven to 350F degrees. Grease and flour two 10 in baking pans
3. In large bowl, beat eggs until light. Gradually beat in the white sugar, oil and vanilla. Stir in the pineapple. Combine the flour, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, stir in the wet mixture until absorbed. Stir in the carrot mixture and walnuts. Pour evenly into the pans
4. Bake 45 minutes until cake tests done with toothpick. Cool for 10 min before removing from pan. Frost with cream cheese frosting.

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week in Quarantine….

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Teacher Appreciation Week

We have some ideas to make it special

Stay at home has given many parents a new appreciation (or enforced it) of their children’s teachers and all they do. More than ever, appreciating these hard-working folks (who ALSO may have children at home) is a challenge, but we have some ideas.

How To do Teacher Appreciation Week During Quarantine

  1. A Handwritten Thank You Note– Every teacher I talked to requested this, especially right now.  They can’t be with the kids to see the smiles on their faces or hear their “thank you’s” during the day.  So if the teacher is comfortable giving you their address have the kids draw or write them something and drop it in the mail.  That way they can handle it in whatever way they consider safe.  Or all the parents could put something together and mail it as a big book.
  2. Send Them Dinner– Grab them a gift card for GrubHub, Door Dash or any of the other services in the area.
  3. A “Thank You Parade”– If you are in the environment where the teacher’s house is known and nearby consider doing a parade with cars.  The kids can create posters and hang out the windows to wave and say “thank you” to their teacher.
  4. A Video Saying Thank You– If you or the teacher are not comfortable mailing something a video saying “thank you” would also be fantastic.  Or you can leave a thank you note in Google Classroom.
  5. A Note Saying What They Have Learned– In the same vein one teacher friend requested a note specifically saying what they have learned.  Some of the stories I have heard of how kids are in Zoom a teacher might really appreciate this.  They may not feel that all their messages are getting through.
  6. Digital Gift Cards– Here is a list of popular places that have easy e-gift cards
    1. Local Businesses– Any time you can support a local business make an effort.   Try to find a business near the school so in the fall when things go back to normal your favorite teacher can order in.  Or maybe somewhere they can get a hair cut, shave or mani/pedi.
      1. Starbucks– With all their drive thru’s still open Starbucks is a treat all the time.
      2. Target– I don’t feel like I need to explain why Target is great.  Your teacher can use it now or when they need a break.