I have come to realize that what I am teaching Genevieve is how to read and follow a recipe. It sounds so obvious, but the first thing I taught her was a technique with no recipe (eggs and toast).
I realized I need to teach her to read the recipe through once, assemble her ingredients, and keep re-reading as she steps through the recipe. What I do is stay in the kitchen and put away ingredients as she uses them.
Ben adores kitchen work, too, so he stays in the kitchen and his sister kindly allows him to stir or something. Then he gets to be my helper at the next mealtime.
This lesson, we made Baked Oatmeal. I have blogged a lot about Baked Oatmeal because it is healthy, cheap, fast, and delicious.
And people with summery-hot houses, take note: we put this Baked Oatmeal in a 4-quart slow cooker on high for 1.5 hours. Slow cookers don't give off a lot of heat to begin with, but you can also plug it in outside to cook and keep more heat out of your house. Great, huh? (We didn't take the slow cooker outside today because I thought it would be simpler for the newbie cook to stay in the kitchen.)
We actually had this cooking lesson in the afternoon due to our busy day, so we ate the Oatmeal for breakfast the next morning with some blackberries. I love to have meals figured out so far in advance! It frees my mind up to think of other things and to get to the sewing machine.
However, later that evening as I sewed happily away, I listened to a sermon we missed while on vacation; it came highly recommended from several church members.
|scraping technique: hard to explain, hard to execute, but she licks the spatula at the end|
I was convicted. The sermon was about how Jesus responded to interruptions and didn't get glued into his plans and miss God speaking.
Oh, how I love my plans! Oh, how I love order!
But I want to love my children, my family, Jesus, more than my plans. So I'm trying make plans that I'm willing to release - hard lesson for me. And so far, the cooking lessons have been bright spots, so I'm grateful for that.