Christmas baking?…or School?

Practicing hospitality

Baking for a bake sale, and presenting the baked items in a pleasing manner are great skills to learn – practical and rewarding!

Merry Christmas! I’m posting some great Christmas recipes for you to make with your kids. It’s a wonderful time of year to take the day off from book-work to do home- ec with them!  I’m not just making excuses for shoddy school. We (meaning my kids and I) have learned more real-life and eternal skills in the kitchen than at the desk. The Gospel is at work in powerful ways in the kitchen! I know you know this. What you might have a hard time believing is that it really is okay to take several days off from “real school” to bake and create for Christmas – and that doing so really does constitute real school.

Gluten Free Peanutbutter Blossoms

Peanutbutter Kisses: A favorite cookie…and naturally gluten free! No odd flours or ingredients needed!

Think about it. My kids (and yours) learn so much that is practical and even eternal while working in the kitchen. They learn how to calculate and adjust measurements, how to make substitutions, how to serve joyfully, how to encourage, how to take turns, how to stick with mundane tasks cheerfully, how to face large messes without getting discouraged, how to be creative, how to work hard without complaining or grumbling, and how to value the simple callings of life. Not only that, but as basic kitchen skills are becoming more rare, your kids may find evangelistic opportunities just by practicing simple and gentle hospitality. And it can start with you working with your kids in the kitchen.

Gluten Free Peanutbutter Kisses

Peanutbutter Kisses.

 (Click the link for the recipe for these delicious flourless [er...gluten free] Peanutbutter Kisses.)

I know, I’m preaching to the choir. But I do have an assignment for you. I’m mentioning this, because I’ve found this to be my greatest challenge and most frequent failing: working cheerfully with my kids. They can so easily succumb to bickering over who gets to lick the beaters or who already loaded the dishwasher – but then, so can I. They can pout and whine when faced with a huge task – but then, so can I. They can grumble and complain when there’s a disgusting mess to be cleaned – but then, so can I. I am purposing to do better each time I work with them. By God’s grace, I’m succeeding much of the time. And my precious kids see how God is working in me, especially when I fail and then repent and change. God is good! The Gospel is at work in the kitchen, my friends!

Christmas Bark: Easy enough for even a child to make! Yummy too!

(Click the link for the recipe for this delicious [gluten free] Christmas Bark.)

So, here are some great projects we’ve done this year. Try some of them with your kids! And watch the power of the Gospel at work in your lives as well…Don’t forget to take pictures.

A delicious chocolate chip bar infused with gooey salted caramel. Delicious!

The caramel literally oozes out of these amazing Salted Caramel-Infused Bars!

(Click the link for the recipe for our version of this recipe for Salted Caramel-Infused Bars or click here for the delicious original recipe.)

Stay tuned. I’m planning to add more recipes over the next few days! I’d love to hear how your day went in the kitchen. What victories did you see? Where were your struggles?

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!


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