Six 7-8 year old girls came over to my house after school yesterday, a quarter of Maddy's Girl Scout troop, all looking to earn their 'snack' badge. We had three recipes to make in 1.5 hours, not a problem, I thought, this will be a doddle!
I had spent the evening before selecting healthy recipes and writing each one down on recipe cards for the girls to take away with them. In the morning, I shopped for the ingredients, I was ready! That was until all six girls were in the house (usually running in different directions!) and it dawned on me that my nice little 'cookery' lesson was going to be everso slightly more taxing than I first anticipated!
We began with this guacamole recipe which called for lots of chopping, mashing and stirring all of which most of the girls got bored with pretty easily. In the end I opted to put the half chopped, half mashed ingredients in the blender and whizz it all up. We served it with some pre-baked whole wheat pita breads and the girls whose attention I still had (the others had been distracted by the white fluffy creatures of the house) made their own batch of pita chips.
The resulting guacamole and pita chips were really good, I highly recommend that recipe.
Whilst I had visions of photographing each stage of the process, it didn't happen - I was far more concerned with ensuring that each girl left with all her digits still in tact and refereeing the various issues that seven year olds bring up.
My new Keurig coffee machine was put to good use with a few strong coffees to keep me going! (perfect timing on its arrival!) and all in all I think each girl had fun and got involved in some way in each recipe.
Next time, I may employ some help to ease the process!
It really made me feel blessed to be where I am right now in my life that I am able to step forward at a moments notice and host events like these as I know Maddy was very happy for it to be taking place in her house.
I feel blessed for my hard-working husband who provides for us and supports me jumping in and getting involed in the kiddies activities, even if it means he has boxed pizza for dinner.
It has given me some food for thought about Maddy's impending birthday party....