Documenting this time in our lives will be a reflection for us to look back on in years to come. It will also be something for the generations who come after us to read and learn from. This easy scrapbooking or creative journalling reflection is one possible way for you to start doing so. Whether you use fancy papers and embellishments or not; whether you have photos to use, pictures you draw or paint or gather from a magazine, is entirely up to you. I designed this for one of my 15x15cm albums using one picture per photo page. Depending on your album or journal size, you might like to add 2 or 4 or 6 photo, or even vary each page. The non-photo page is for journaling. Here I’ve offered you some of the questions I am asking myself. Please use them if they resonate for you. Other possible thoughts are: And last, but not least, a question that really ties it all together for me -
In the era of COVID-19, holidays will feel a little different than usual, and Mother's Day is no exception. The spread of coronavirus might stop you from leaving your home and being around older relatives, but it can't stop you from celebrating the mothers in your life. Whether you're isolating together or unfortunately apart, there are plenty of fun ways you can show Mom that you're thinking of her. Make upcycled gifts Create your own piece of art Whether you paint or draw; use paper, fabric or canvas (even if you re-use an old one) create a piece of art which can be framed and hung after Lockdown ends. Fun for children big and small! Make a customized playlist Working from home, escaping quarantine with a short drive, or doing small projects around the house—everything is better with the right music. "The modern-day mixtape”, curating a playlist, is very personal and shows that you took the time to create something just for her," Host a tea party This classic and timeless Mother's Day celebration idea might normally take place at a fancy hotel, but it can easily be done at home. Choose a colour or a theme and make some tasty eats or snacks. If you're spending the day apart from the mom you're honouring, have everyone dress up and host the party virtually. Oh, and take lots of photos Set up your own fun family photoshoot. Pictures of the family are a mom's weakness, so bring the photoshoot to her! Choose a room in the home or a space in the garden. Set up some props and a bit of décor. Include the family pets or some of her favourite things and shoot away. See our forum post for camera tips - https://www.i4cc.co.za/forum/photographs/storytelling-through-a-camera-lens Vouchers or Coupons Make some cute vouchers that can be redeemed for “Breakfast in Bed”, “Night off Cooking” or other things your Mom will love. Look online for templates and ideas or make your own! A homemade bouquet of flowers If your Mom loves flowers and you battle to find any in the supermarket, pick some from the garden or make her some using paper, buttons, fabric or some household items like eggbox cups. Homemade Treats Surprise Mom with homemade biscuits, rusks or fudge or some condiments for her to cook with such as infused Olive oil. Visit our forum page for some ideas - https://www.i4cc.co.za/forum/comforting-recipes
All you need is a very neutral flavoured olive oil and a couple of your favourite ingredients to introduce new flavours to your cooking with these infused olive oil recipes. Garlic Olive Oil Garlic olive oil is one of the most popular types of infused olive oils out there. Consider cooking the garlic cloves before making homemade infused olive oil. Chili Olive Oil Chili olive oil is a must-have. Cooking with chili olive oil can add a ton of flavour and colour to your dishes. The finer the chili peppers are crushed, the brighter and more intense the colour of the oil will be. This infused olive oil can be used in lots of Asian dishes as well as Italian dishes. Basil Olive Oil Using fresh herbs can really add flavours to your dishes. Basil infused olive oil can go a long way, and it's perfect for crusty toasted bread, fish, salads, and even eggs. Rosemary Infused Olive Oil Perfect paired with roasted potatoes and even chicken, this rosemary infused olive oil will be the star of the show. It also works well on popcorn, or even as a gift for your friends and family. Lemon Zest and Thyme Olive Oil Lemon-infused olive oil is the ideal oil for certain dressings. A lemon vinaigrette can really enhance a salad, and it is just the recipe you need for the summer. Sun-dried Tomato Olive Oil Sun-dried tomatoes are perfect on pizzas, pasta, flatbreads, and salads. Turned into an olive oil, sun-dried tomatoes can really accentuate a dish. This flavour of olive oil can add an Italian flare to your list of infused olive oil recipes. Truffle Olive Oil A truffle is a type of mushroom that's used predominantly in gourmet French cuisine, which means that it's very unlikely that you'll be whipping up some truffle olive oil at home. However, if you do manage to find truffles at your local farmers market, they will change the way you cook. Orange Olive Oil Add orange zest to your olive oil for a tangy yet delicious infused olive oil. It's a perfect addition to pound cake if you're looking for a way to add extra flavour to this rich dessert. Jalapeno-Infused Olive Oil If you're into spicy food, this jalapeño infused olive oil is just what you need. Use this infused olive oil to finish off a spicy dish such as soup, roasted vegetables, or even bread. Using olive oil in your recipes is much healthier than using butter, and infused olive oils impart more flavour into your dishes as well. Even better, when you make one of these infused olive oil recipes, you'll never spend your money on store-bought flavoured olive oils again.