However, I often get requests. There are a lot of things that are not my strengths but the kids ask to do them and so I take a deep breath and give it a shot. I'm not a huge baker but I have made more cookies and cakes than I would have dreamed. Once we made a cake based on ingredients Elazar learned about on minecraft (flour, eggs, sugar, milk, oil). It wasn't bad.
Jack got a lulav and esrog for Succos. He went to shul with them and did hakafos and naanuim.
He asked me if we could make esrog jelly after Succos. And I said sure.*
I did a google search ("easy esrog jelly") and read a few recipes. Who knew it takes three days to make it (and it took me 6 days because the weekend happened in the middle). We put the esrogim through the food processor and covered in water, let it sit, simmered, drained, replaced water, etc. for 2 days. Then tonight we boiled it with sugar. Eventually I added some pectin. I read that if you accidentally overcook it, you end up with more of a candy than a jelly. Hey, esrog candy! That sounds fun! Unfortunately I wasn't able to do that and it appears we have jelly.
I'm not sure what exactly to do with esrog jelly. I didn't bother jarring it because what are we going to do with it? But it has a nice jelly consistency.
I don't think I would ever, ever, ever have made esrog jelly if I weren't homeschooling.
*After he asked three times. I like to make sure they are serious and really want it before I commit to such an undertaking.