Monday, March 14, 2011

Jessica's Meal

As a mother, I am trying to work myself out of a job. One of my main goals is for my children to be self-sufficient. When they are 13 years old, I want them to be able to plan and cook a well-balanced meal, do their own laundry and have the basics of good-housekeeping down.

Jessica has been asking to cook more and more, so I am calling her in the kitchen to help me make dinner.  Here she is showing off her "well-balanced" meal and her pretty place settings.
She made whole wheat dinner rolls (the pan was empty by the end of the meal). I made the brown rice pilaf, which is not my kid's favorite.


She made buttered corn and oven-baked chicken with herbs from the garden. She didn't want to touch the raw chicken, so we have a little work to do in that dept.

She also made vanilla pudding in fancy  dishes for dessert. She was very proud of herself and shined when we all thanked the cook.

I can't wait for the day when I can say, "Jessica, can you please make us dinner?" and she will know just what to do!
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11 comments:

Sarah said...

Wow way to go Jessica! She did a great job...my daugter is also asking to cook with me more. Though it must be said that my 3y/o son is more interested in cooking with me!

I agree with you Stacie, that it is important that our children be taught how to care for themselves and others.

Ellen said...

This has been the number 1 topic of conversation lately at our house. I told my boys that men also need to know the importance of laundry and cleaning and meal prep...we are working on planning meals and such..secretly, I think they enjoy it(well.maybe not the laundry part)♥

Amy said...

She did a fantastic job!

My six year old is growing a salad garden. She told me when the salad is ready, she wants to make the meal that night. I told her that was a great idea!!

She has also been helping me do laundry.

Have a wonderful day!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

Awesome job, Jess! So proud of you for learning to be your mama's helper in the kitchen. I'm glad you have a love of cooking. Keep up the good work!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

From Josiah:

Hey, Jess! Make me some dinner when you come to my house, please, because you are such a good cook.

Wanting What I Have said...

Jess!!! I am SO PROUD OF YOU!!! Way to go! What a GORGEOUS dinner!!! You served your family so well - you gave them a special evening in the beautiful table you set, and more than that, you gave them a healthy meal, too. What a gracious hostess! Keep up the wonderful work!

Stacie, what a wise mama you are! Sister and I made homemade chix soup and she wasn't too crazy about touching the raw chicken either. I never really dealt with that until college and it made me feel so sick, that I'd cook it for my husband, but then couldn't stomach eating the chicken myself. Ick. So thankful to be past all of that! Yes, let's teach them young! You are such a wonderful example to me!

Love you!

h. rae said...

What an awesome dinner and fabulous little cook! It looks delicious! It's great that she's learning such useful skills that she will definitely need later on (or when Mom needs a break).

Plain and Joyful Living said...

I was just thinking that I need to work on meal preparation more with our children.
What a wonderful job she did and a great job you did working with her.
Warm wishes,
Tonya

Mich said...

Great job! Looks yummy!
She set a pretty table too.

Catherine said...

What a lovely dinner she fixed, and the table looked inviting too! My kids began having a day a week when they were 9 years old that they always cooked. Kimber always chose baked sweet potatoes, baked regular potatoes and a big salad. We were not meat eaters then, and we ate dessert only on Sunday, using sorghum for the sweetener. Kelly was always more ventursome with pizza and salad, making the crust himself. I loved having two nights a week off, and they are both GREAT cooks today. Kimber will be starting a blog on that soon.

OurLilFullFam said...

I didn't like touching raw meat when I got married - and I really hated boiling a whole chicken and pulling the meat off the bones. But, I have come a long way form those days - the saying need is a great motivator is true!

Looks like a yummy dinner, she will be well prepared and not have to buy hamburger helper and a box of instant potatoes to cook!

Stephanie

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