I decided that this summer I will get the grandchildren together, as their busy schedules permit and do actual cooking classes.
I typed up a teaching manual and areas we are going to cover in our classes are:
- KITCHEN ORGANIZATION
- WET/DRY INGREDIENTS
- BAKING VS COOKING
- SWEET TREATS
- PARTY TIME
- MEAL PLANNING/GROCERY LISTS
- PREPARING A 4 COURSE MEAL FOR OUR FAMILIES
- Our first class was with the 4 pre-teen and teenage girls. The morning started with donuts, drinks and reviewing the agenda. Besides going through part of our manual, we had school news updates, texting reviews, selfies, a few dancing and singing interruptions and a lot of laughs. We had a break for lunch at their choice place of Chick-fil-A which also happened to be National Eat Chicken Day….people everyplace dressed in cow costumes. We then returned to the kitchen and they each chose something they wanted to make. Two of them wanted to do parfaits; one chose a big chocolate chip cookie cake, and the other wanted home-style chicken and noodles. I gave them some instructions, they helped each other and they read recipes by themselves. At the end of the day, all of their foods were wonderful, the kitchen and dining room were trashed and everyone had so much fun. One of the moms called to say her two daughters had so much fun and they sent her a list of things they needed from the store so they could do some more cooking. They texted me a picture of a pan of brownies they had made too. They were so proud and I felt so good about it all. I know many grandparents spend time in the kitchen with their grandchildren and I think these are the best memories we can make with them.
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