‘Tis the season for traditions! I love them- some from my household growing up, some from generations past, and some that we have created in our home. Here are a couple I want to share with you.
Old Tradition: Cheese Rolls
Cheese Rolls have been a favorite in our family for years. For parties, holidays and special meals, we made cheese rolls: a crowd pleasing and kid-friendly dish.
They are too easy! They are made from frozen roll dough with melted butter and shredded cheddar cheese. (If you haven’t used frozen roll dough, you should try it. It is found in the freezer section of the grocery near the frozen biscuits. It is versitle and can be used for Stromboli, cinnamon rolls, cloverloaf rolls, and many other treats.)
My mom taught my sister and me to make cheese rolls when we were young girls. She recalls a party at our house where my sister (at age 10) and I (at age 8) made the cheese rolls for the entire dinner party. I tell you this for two reasons: 1. If you are not confident in your baking skills, try this recipe! It's hard to mess up. It is simple enough for a child. 2. This is a good moment to talk about involving kids in the cooking. My mom’s philosophy has always been: “Let kids help in the kitchen as soon as they are interested, even though it makes more of a mess and complicates and slows down the process! You are training little cooks that someday will help you cook dinner.”
My children love to help cook. My almost 3 year old has recently been obsessed with being my sou chef. If she sees me cooking she says, “You cooking mommy? I wanna watch you! I help you? Get the stool please!” This is sweet and cute, and yet overwhelming. But I see the great value in drawing her in. I keep reminding myself that my son could crack an egg without getting the shells in the batter when he was about 4 years old from all the "helping" he did in the kitchen at this age. And the kitchen is a great classroom, for science lessons, math lessons (fractions, counting, addition) and creating beauty. So this morning I had a little helper assisting with the cheese rolls.
|2. Dip the dough|
|3. Sprinkle with cheese|
|4. Fold and place in pan (notice my|
|5. Finished Product|
New Tradition: Thankful Tree
|The Thankful Tree|
I just had to share this with you. If this doesn't seem to fit your season of life get creative and start (or continue) your own way of encouraging gratitude in this season. Before I had kids, I would write a note on a small piece of card stock with a simple fall leaf glued to the front with a personalized greeting to each loved one: I am thankful for your______________(kindness and generousity in my life) to give to friends and family.
This week enjoy traditions, old and new....Happy Thanksgiving!