Now, I can’t say I’ve ever had the real McDonald’s pies. I think I might have tried the apple one before, but I definitely never tried the strawberry one. Anyway, when I asked K what he wanted for his birthday treat this year, he said…”something with puff pastry, strawberry pie? hmm maybe cheesecake or cream cheese, maybe the McDonald’s pies?” and I was reminded that I had seen a recipe for a copycat of the McDonald’s pies. It turned out that the recipe was for the apple turnovers, so I took inspiration from Bravetart to do my version.
I can’t remember the last time I made liquid cheesecake from Milk Bar…it might have been for this ice cream? Either way, it is way back in time. I was reminded of it when I was going to remake another Milk Bar recipe from awhile ago (spoiler alert, I did make the other recipe and will share it soon), and then I decided to make it for a different recipe for K’s birthday. Now, that will be a different post to share, but I was still pleased with how this turned out, and our eventual use for it.
Now, I’m not saying that I am frying all the foods all the time, but I will say that occasionally there are foods I want to fry, and I kept a pot of oil ready for frying for awhile. Since it was already poured, it made me more likely to find dishes to try. I was able to reuse the oil more because I didn’t end of cooking meats with it this time.
When I made this for lunch one day, no one knew what to expect from it. It ended up being quite good! I don’t even like ham that much and I still enjoyed it. The sweet potatoes are just that: sweet. Paired with the salty ham and seasoning, they go well together. Next time I would like to good the sweet potato even more and see if I can brown it more. I was worried about ruining it, but I think it could be even better with more caramelization.
I figured I would check in on here just to see how people are doing if you are also in the same boat with a funny start to the school year. The end of the year was so anticlimactic with doing some random assignments, trying to get the Fudgelet to enjoy writing a bit more, and then a weird drive in a circle in a parking lot around his teacher waving and honking. What a strange end to his first year of full-time schooling.
Anyway, this summer, it looked like he would be starting in-person. The announcement was made to do 4 days a week in person for 1st graders, and then magically, all of the other districts around us were doing virtual learning. This helped convince our district to switch as well. We weren’t sure what the year would look like. Plus, he was switching to a new school (our neighborhood school doesn’t have kindergarten) so he would know a few kids from his old school, but he wouldn’t know any of the teachers.
Thankfully, there was clearly a lot of thought put into the virtual learning for the new school year. I have really liked his teacher so far. She is somehow able to connect with the kids, even through a screen. I also like that she made the schedule super flexible. The Fudgelet doesn’t have too many meetings in a day, and they are structured to allow breaks and time for offline work. For now, he is set up upstairs in the Chiplet’s current room with a desk for the morning. He does one or two meetings there with a little work. Then, after lunch he is downstairs for his remaining meetings since that is the Chiplet’s naptime. We managed to get outside each morning even with his meetings, and again when the school day is done. Otherwise, his breaks are spent with reading or playtime.
Obviously, we miss socializing for him, but we are relieved to not have the worries of him going to school. The Chiplet is also quite happy to have his brother home since they love playing together (most of the time).
I hope you are all doing well so far!