Hidden Art Friday

Happy Friday, everybody!

Over the past year, my kids have been learning how to make lunch for us all. And they’ve been much more capable than I would’ve thought possible.

MacNCheese

Nobody in my family is a big fan of peanut butter and jelly, so lunch has always been kind of a problem for me. Lunchmeat is not in the budget on a regular basis, so lunch is usually some kind of breakfast food–pancakes, waffles, muffins, etc.

This year, though, my son really wanted to learn to make macaroni and cheese. From scratch. So, we did it. He had watched me before, so he wasn’t unfamiliar with the process, and once I really sat down to teach him, it really only took about three tries. He loves to cook, and I think he enjoys the challenge of not making the roux lumpy, and juggling the cooking times of the sauce and the noodles.

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(Here’s my daughter, stirring the noddles in. She’d love to learn the entire process, but she’s not quite coordinated enough yet.)

Once mac ‘n cheese was mastered, nothing seemed too hard for him. He can make basic crock-pot meals now (like our rice and bean favorite), and he can make pancakes and waffles too. He tried crepes once, but they were a lumpy mess. Admittedly, they’re a lumpy mess when I make them, so that seems fair.

I have loved the freedom that his ability to make lunch gives me. He loves doing it, so I never feel bad asking him to make lunch, and then we have a nice hot lunch on the table, and my only responsibility is the dishes afterward (someday I’ll teach him that, too, but right now I’m counting my blessings!).

Around the web this week, I have been benefiting immensely from Rachel Jankovic’s webinar on joy.  She is challenging me to think through every room in my home–its purpose and function, and how to be joyful with the blessings and responsibilities I’ve been given. I don’t know if they’re going to offer it again, but if they do, I’d encourage you to give it a listen!

Have a wonderful weekend, everybody!

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