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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Making Bread . . . While It Snowed!

So the Ferrell boys are really enjoying these Resurrection Teaching Eggs  . . .  and Monday night was Egg #2 . . . The Last Supper.

My boys love to do stuff so I've tried to plan some activities to go along with the eggs that enhance some of the Bible lessons.  I thought it would be fun for me and my boys to make homemade bread to go along with our Bible lesson about Jesus' Last Supper  . . .

 
I searched the internet for a "bread recipe children can make" and found several recipes.  I chose the Basic Bread Loaf recipe from Family Fun magazine because I have always had great results from their site.

I also had all the ingredients in my pantry.  Here is the ingredient list for the bread:

Basic Bread Loaf

Ingredients
2 tsp. dry yeast

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. melted butter, vegetable oil, or heavy cream
3 1/2 cups unbleached white flour (or 2 1/2 cups white and 1 cup whole wheat flour mixed

I started gathering the ingredients together along with the necessary measuring cups and spoons.  The Ferrell boys are not very patient . . . so I put Alex to work melting the butter.


Shane was so anxious to measure the flour but I thought he would make a big mess trying to stick the measuring cup in the flour bag so I dumped some of the flour into a mixing bowl . . . to make it easier on him.


That turned out to be a bad idea . . .



But even so . . . I continued on with my plans . . . I let each boy have a turn measuring and adding the ingredients for the bread.


I even let Shane do it all by himself.  Notice he's sitting on the table.


It took him a couple of tries before he got it right.


After each boy added their 1 cup of flour, I let them each stir it together.


Sweet Alex had to wait until the last cup of flour to have his turn since he got to melt and add the butter.


Doesn't that look yummy?  Ha!


After mixing the ingredients together in the bowl . . . the next step involves kneading the dough on a floured board.  Well, there was already flour all over the table  . . . so I figured why not just knead it there!  (Notice this is also the place where Shane was sitting in several of the pictures)


I let each of the boys have a turn kneading the bread dough . . .


I let Zach go first because he says I never let him go first . . . And there's a reason why I never let him go first . . . because while I was showing him how to knead the dough . . . I left Shane and Alex unsupervised . . .


And by the time I realized what they were doing . . . and got my camera (of course) . . . it was too late!


There was flour everywhere!  And I decided I could either get really upset or just enjoy the moment. . . . I decided to enjoy the moment!  It was now Alex's turn to knead.


And while Alex worked on the bread dough . . . Shane continued to play in the flour.  Zach messed around a little bit with the flour . . . but Zach doesn't like to be dirty.


So at this point, I decided I had better get Shane busy kneading the dough.  Otherwise I was going to have one terrific mess to clean up!  Ha!


As if Shane wasn't already messed up enough!  He and Alex were covered in flour!


But they were having fun . . . right?


And learning about the Last Supper . . .


At least I did remember to tell Zach and Alex to wash their hands really good . . . but I couldn't remember if I actually washed Shane's hands . . . or did I just think about doing it . . .  Is that dirt under his fingernails?


Shane was so cute . . . all covered in flour . . . I wanted to get a picture of him . . .


Look Mom!  It's snowing!


I'm so glad Dave was at work!  This is not the kind of activity to do when he's home.  Dave doesn't cope well with a lot of mess!


So while the bread dough was rising, I got busy cleaning up the "snow."


Later that night, we baked the bread . . . and got ready to eat it!


I put some butter and grape jelly on it and reminded the boys about the night Jesus broke the bread with his disciples . . . Such a beautiful moment for me.



Sadly that moment was gone as each boy took a bite of our homemade bread . . . Yuck!  Even aside from the way the bread was made . . . which involved children on the table where we kneaded the dough and dirty little fingernails . . . this bread was bland and tasteless and not good at all!  I'm sure it had something in part to do with who made the bread!  Ha! 

Anyway, it was still a lot of fun and we made a bunch of great memories for

                         the Ferrell boys and me!



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4 comments:

  1. I am sure they all had a blast... I am like Zach and don't like to be dirty... BUT I am learning to deal with it since i have a little boy.. I bet that bread Jesus broke was not very "tasty" either so great lesson!!!!!

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  2. Wow Tina, those boys will never forget that! You are a special Mom I know because Ashia missed out on lessons like that, I would have never allowed a mess on my table. Now with my grand-children it's a different story. We live and learn.

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  3. You are pretty much the best mom ever to let go and let them have that much fun! I love it!

    I'm also impressed you managed to keep track of everything they were putting in. I always lose count of how many cups / teaspoons my boys put in when I let them help! But the bread looks delicious, so it must have turned out!

    I am excited to do more Easter traditions next year to remind my little guys what it is really about. We talked about the meaning, of course, but they're only two and three, so I think they'll get it better next year.

    Fun post!

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  4. This is adorable! I'm sorry your bread wasn't tasty--but what a lot of great memories you made! Kudos to you for involving your boys even when it creates a big mess. I look back with great fondness on the days when my boys were little like yours--such sweet memories! I wish I'd done even more "messy" stuff with them!

    Thanks so much for joining Grace at Home! I really appreciate it.

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