Yesterday after church, we stopped at the grocery store so the girls could get ingredients for their supper plan. They decided on:
They really only needed to buy some Italian bread, cheese, and a green pepper, because we had everything else, but I took the opportunity to teach them how to select produce, and compare prices (Cakes preferred the “grab the first thing you see that vaguely resembles what you’re looking for” method of shopping).
At about 4:30, I called them up from the basement, where they were playing dress-up, and told them to start preparing for dinner. At first they were very enthusiastic,
but it was difficult to keep them on task, and even harder to keep Cakie’s fingers out of what she was cooking. I kept stressing to them that one of the challenges of cooking a meal is getting everything done at the same time, and serving it while it’s still hot, but they were busy fighting over who got to lick more of the brownie batter out of the bowl, and paid no attention.
I told my husband that if it were up to them to cook dinner every night, we wouldn’t eat until bedtime.
They made the cheesy bread and brownies all by themselves, but I helped with the spaghetti sauce. I introduced Bee to basic knife skills (especially the importance of keeping her fingers away from the blade), but I ended up doing most of the necessary chopping myself. For their first try, I think they did really well, and the completed meal looked and tasted delicious!
I think this was a good learning experience for them, and I’m proud of them.
For those of you who were wondering, Pumpkin did make his way back home, but he was gone longer than last time. A few readers have speculated that maybe he has a girlfriend, but I’m doubtful. He doesn’t really have a lot to offer a woman, if you get my meaning here.
In other news, I want to congratulate Cakes for winning a $5 gift certificate in the Dairy Queen coloring contest! YAY Cakie!
Also, please don’t forget to vote for DJ today!