One of my big goals for this Summer is to teach my kids how to plan and cook a meal. They are all old enough to learn this skill and I want them to feel confident in the kitchen! However I was caught off guard the other day when I came home from an errand and my Eleven year old and her friends announced that they would be making a “Romantic” dinner for my husband and I.
I felt really uneasy about this because we have a gas stove. I figured none of them knew how to work it AND I didn’t really want the mess in my kitchen AND I admit, I didn’t really want to eat anything without first knowing WHAT it was AND the process in which it was cooked. Get what I mean?!
The girls could definitely sense my apprehension and assured me that they knew how to use the gas stove. I really didn’t know what exactly they had in mind but I agreed that they could go ahead. I needed to go back out and do more errands and pick up my other daughter so I left. Upon returning after being gone 1 hr., my dining room had been transformed into a sweet romantic hideaway. Complete with dimmed lighting, blinds drawn, candle lit, fancy table cloth and a special curtain put up in the doorway to hide what they were doing in the kitchen.
Oooohhhh this was so hard for me. I wanted to see what they were doing in there! It smelled good though..that’s a good sign right? My husband got home right after me and we were both ushered into the dining room to “fellowship” while dinner was cooking. We played along, figuring dinner would be ready in about 15 min…. “NOT”
After the menu’s were brought to us..yes menu’s…complete with “Main dish” “side dish” “dessert” and “drink”! They had actually printed it out! (I forgot to take a pic) Oh and we started with a salad! These girls actually had 2 side rice dishes to choose from and 2 side pasta dishes to choose from. You have got to be kidding..is this a “Restaurant” or something!!
Yep it was!!
We ordered and enjoyed visiting as we usually do in the evening…with many interruptions of course to make sure we were doing ok…oh yes and our 13 year old had joined us by now for our “Romantic” dinner date. The conversation quickly turned from “Romance” to Basketball. LOL..so much for “Romance”
Time was passing and we were getting quite hungry but we were assured dinner would be ready SOON!
What in the world were they doing in there??
They decided to give us breadsticks and a smoothie with our salad to tide us over until the “main meal” was ready. Yes a smoothie..Oh my..what are they doing in my kitchen!?
“Lord help me not to try to take control of this situation!” What was that “OOPS” and “CRASH”??!!
Dinner was finally served… an hour later……..
Guess what? The dinner was deeelish! They did a great job..the chicken was even thoroughly cooked! … They even cleaned up after themselves!! Notice EVERY cupboard open! LOL
So what was I ever so nervous about?
Well….. about half way through our dinner we found out that they had used all the dirty dishes in the dishwasher…YUK..(they thought they were clean!) my husband and I tried very hard NOT to freeeak about this…Then they scratched up one of my Teflon pans (very badly) and burnt the bottom one of pans..still scrubbing on that one!
But look at those faces…they were so pleased with themselves and oh well my husband and I are still alive and pots and pans can be replaced!
I’m still finding slops and slurps around my kitchen from that night of cooking….
What would you have done? Would you have let them cook?? What are you willing to sacrifice to help your children learn? ;0