Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Let Them Help YOU!

Who really wants to just get thier projects done without happy little interferences from sticky little fingers?
Who, you?
Well, of course.
It is so much faster and more efficient if we just do it ourselves.

Or is it????

I tend toward the independent, just get it done way of doing things...
but this old dog is learning some new tricks.
Boy am I glad I am!

We had a Ladies Tea at church Monday evening.
Mrs. Rabe and I worked together to host it...
she more than I.

Anyway, I, being the idiot that I am said that I
would make sausage balls and fudge. I guess that it
didn't occur to me that we would be spending a large portion
of the day at the church decorating and that I would have a
last minute inspiration to get a pretty tree and decorate it.

Let me tell you that my daughter came to my rescue that day.
The beautiful thing was that she didn't know that I was out
of energy...she just wanted to make the sausage balls and the
fudge because she enjoys these things. She has been doing more
cooking and baking this year and is getting quite good at it.

So...if I stop and think about it...all of those very messy
times when I gritted my teeth and let her "help" were very
well worth it and there was a payoff on Monday as I snuggled
in my bed for a 15 minute nap while she stood in the kitchen
and made tiny little matching sausage cheddar balls.

Want the recipe?
From Cyndi Allison on the site.

2 cups Bisquick
1 pound sausage
10 oz. pack of shredded cheese (or just shred your own from a block of cheddar)

Put everything in the bowl and mix. This is easiest to do with your hands though it feels pretty gross at this stage.

Roll the mixture into balls, a little smaller than golf balls.
(We make ours smaller)

Place the sausage balls on a cookie sheet (We put ours in a cake grease drips in the oven).

Bake at 350 degress F for about 20 minutes. The Bisquick balls should be lightly browned wtih the meat cooked through.


Anyway, what I learned from this was that it was worthwhile to let those little hands "help" even before they were really capable.
So, grit your teeth and invite them to help you cook, clean,
fold the day it will be done the way you wanted,
or even better!

Becky K.


Mrs. Rabe said...

Oh it is so worth it!

The Sausage Cheddar Balls were so good!

It is so important to let them help as it helps them to learn in a natural way to run a household, cook, clean, serve others.....

Well done, Becky... and Chelsea!

Nicole said...

I am so glad you wrote this. I have 3 kids too and mine are 5, 6 and 7 and they love helping. I sometimes get that, "oh it would just be faster if I did it" stuck in my head. It is good to be reminded that they need to learn from somewhere :)