DISCIPLESHIP SCHOOL: THE FAMILY DINNER

For this week’s Discipleship School, I planned for my girls to plan a menu, shop for the menu, prep the food, cook the food, serve the food, enjoy the food, and then clean up the food – FAMILY DINNER!

We have gotten into the wonderful habit of family dinners. If you haven’t turned off the TV and thrown the tv trays away, PLEASE – do it tonight! Get your family around the table for nightly meals. No electronics. Maybe some background music (classical or worship for us) and sit together, eat together, talk together.

We have a Bible trivia game we play or Family Trivia. It’s been so fun and great conversation starters, not that you really need those with children in the house. 😉

STEP 1: PLAN THE MEAL

The girls first sat down and decided what they wanted to prepare for our meal. They were instructed to look at ingredients we already had and to make a list of things we would need to buy from the grocery store.

I had them make a Menu and a Grocery List.

STEP 2: GROCERY SHOPPING & PREP

I forgot to take pics of these first steps but I got the girls pulling the ingredients out to start cooking.

For their Menu they went with one of our favorites: Baked Potato Bar, Salad, Croissants, and Fruit.

This decision was perfect because they got to practice planning food times according to when each item would need to go into the oven and come out.

STEP 3: COOK

I stayed close by but they had their instructions and did an AMAZING job.

Step 4: SERVE THE MEAL

It was SOOOOO yummy. The potatoes were cooked perfectly! The girls were so proud. It was the first time they’d ever prepared family dinner ALL by themselves. (supervised of course.)

Step 5: CLEAN UP

I always teach the girls to “clean as you go.” I clean while I cook and so the mess is very minimal. I saw my oldest daughter doing this as she was preparing the potatoes and putting the bread in the oven but my little girl was just having fun putting the salad ingredients together. There was definitely a mess to clean up afterwards. lol.

My mom was feeling sick today and she came out to a wonderfully prepared table. Usually Mom and I cook together and so the girls got a HUGE GRATITUDE hug from Grandma.

THE LESSON:

Not only are family dinners important but growing up knowing how to plan, prepare, cook, and serve the meal is a skill they’ll use their entire lives: especially since they both dream of being wives and mamas one day.

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God. – 1 Corinthians 10:31

23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters, 24 since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. – Colossians 3

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