Simple, inexpensive Dominican recipes, tips, resources, and information meant to make life just a tiny bit easier for you right now.
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Life is anything but simple these days. The only thing we can do right now is to try to live every day the best we can, and trust that this --like everything that humanity has gone through-- too shall pass.
In the spirit of "doing something useful, anything" I have tried to put together some of the information and resources, relevant to our blog, that I've found helpful. I hope you find something helpful here too.
"Safe at home" recipes
We've put together a list of recipes that may be useful during this time. Each recipe in this collection was chosen for one of these reasons:
- Because they are popular comfort dishes for us Dominicans (we need all the comfort we can get!).
- Because they have fewer ingredients than the average recipe on our blog
- Because they are easier or quicker to make than the average recipe on the blog
- Or all of the above.
If you need help with any of them to adapt it to whatever you have in your pantry, leave a comment under the recipe (I reply once a day), and I'll try to help you.
Having the whole family stuck at home for days on end means more work. I have found a few resources that I hope help you out.
- Organize using used food jars.
- Check our living frugally ideas to save at home.
- Keeping the kids from harm in the kitchen.
- Cleaning tips to save you time.
- Make a weekly cleaning schedule.
- Pantry-friendly foods.
- More pantry-friendly foods.
- Canned food cooking.
- Freezer staples cooking.
- For strict vegans.
These are some FREE resources I've found for home entertainment for kids and grown-ups. These may be available only temporarily. If you also speak Spanish, you'll also like our Spanish-only list.
- Free audiobooks for kids.
- Ebooks available to borrow (yes, even bestsellers).
- Free printable coloring pages for kids.
- Take virtual tours of world museums.
- Take virtual tours of zoos.
- Free Kindle books for kids.
- If you love history, a series on previous "Interesting Times".
- Take a free online course.
- Do some crafts with your kids.
- No Gym? No problem.
- How about a yoga class for your kids?
- Take a tour of Santo Domingo Colonial City.
Help, if you can
You may already know that we recently started supporting Save the Children Dominican Republic (SCRD) by donating a portion of the sales of our Dominican Christmas Recipes eBook.
Now, as a result of the 2020 outbreak and subsequent shelter-in-place order, thousands of families across the Dominican Republic have lost their income. From one day to another, parents no longer have the money to provide their children with their daily meals.
SCRD is providing more than 4000 families with basic food and hygiene items and has launched an appeal for donations.
This is how you can help
We will donate 100% of January 2020
through April 2020 until the end of the official shelter-in-place order in the DR of sales of our Dominican Christmas Recipes eBook to Save the Children. You can buy our book here.
You can also donate directly to Save the Children Dominican Republic via their PayPal account: firstname.lastname@example.org. There is no minimum, you can donate as little as a dollar.
We'll soon be back publishing recipes that have been crafted during this period, and that we hope are the kind you'd find helpful. Stay home, stay safe. You are in our thoughts.Aunts Ilana & Clara