Lessons in the Kitchen

We homeschool. That doesn’t mean that we have just moved a classroom into our home. It means we learn at home. And there are many additional important lessons that can be learned while at home. Don’t get me wrong, we still learn the required subjects, it’s just that we can also learn by living our daily lives.

Today we have new neighbors moving in across the yard. They are moving into a house that is owned by the same landlord who owns ours, so we had a little notice about the move. I wanted to take the opportunity to teach my daughter a few things about hospitality and generosity.

Yesterday we got out our paper and rubber stamps and made welcome cards. We had fun creating together, learning that bringing a smile to someone else is fun.

Today, I decided that we should make some brownies to take over with our cards. but then I remembered something else. I have been couponing for about a year now, and one of the things I learned when I first got started was to always give back (thanks, Claire!). I also remembered what it was like for the first week or so when we moved in – difficult to find everything necessary to put a meal together. So, I combined the two ideas and decided to create a ‘meal basket.’

Diva and I got together and made some brownies. We doubled the recipe so the kids could have some later too, so I took the opportunity to reinforce some math as well. Since she is working on fractions, I asked her how much flour I would need if one recipe called for 2/3 c, then I told her that I had already added 1 c of flour and asked how much more I needed. It was fun, and I let her lick the spatula at the end!

While the brownies were baking, we made some biscuits – I forgot to take a picture of that – oops! Then we took the bottom of a cardboard box and covered it with tissue paper. We inserted two square paper plates for the bottom and began to fill it. We added spaghetti sauce, pasta, biscuits, some peach jam I made last summer, the brownies, and the cards.

While it certainly isn’t everything they’ll need, it is a good start to a home-cooked meal. I am so grateful to God for these little opportunities to model true Christian behavior to my daughter. I hope and pray that these lessons don’t get lost over time. I pray that she will fondly remember spending time in the kitchen with Mama, practicing fractions, learning baking skills, and loving thy neighbor.

Now if I can just contain her excitement as she continues to look out the window eagerly anticipating her new friend’s arrival – you see we found out they have a little girl just about her age…

This post is being linked to Titus 2sday over at Time-Warp Wife

5 comments

  1. Linda Stubbs says:

    Heather……..what a breathe of fresh air you are! I love this post. How precious of the Lord to give your little girl a friend. Thank you sooooo much for coming over and being a part of Building Our Homes together. Please pray as to what His plans are for the bloghops. I am so excited to see His working in it.

    Blessings sweet friend,
    Linda

  2. Cheryl Terry says:

    What a great idea! And you have a precious helper there.

    Stopping by from Building Our Homes together. It is always nice to make new friends!

    Blessings,
    Cheryl

  3. Heather :) :) :) says:

    Hi Heather,

    My name is Heather, too 🙂 🙂 I’m visiting from Linda’s blog over at Prairie Flower Farm. I’m so excited about the “Building Our Homes Together” series 🙂 🙂 I think the idea of combining coupons and creating a meal basket is wonderful 🙂 🙂 What a neat m inistry to the new neighbors. That’s so practical, too 🙂 🙂 Have a lovely day. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather 🙂

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