November 16, 2009

helping hands start with h

Two H's.
Six hands helping her two.
And a lot of fun.



Every year my Mom makes a hundred (or so!) cheese balls for the church bazaar... along with a ton of other fantastic goodies! This year...she planned on mixing up the cheese balls on a day when I was off of work, and school was out. So... on a breezy Monday morning, Laura, Cam & I set out to lend our helping hands.
She was all set up to start... and when we arrived she sat down with Laura & Cam to explain their jobs. Doubling recipes. Measuring spices. Using the big knife... and the food processor. Laura & Cam loved being in the kitchen... and having some independence. I... was nervous. That our "help" would actually be not-so-helpful and the job would take twice as long to do with so many hands. Getting in the way, rather than speeding up the job. But there was no need to worry. We laughed. We worked. We played... and we finished hours earlier than if my Mom had done it all on her own.
I really hope my kids remember this day. I hope they tuck this memory into their hearts... and smile whenever they come across a cheese ball. I hope that someday... they will have the chance to work in the kitchen with their own grandkids... and that they will show the same patience that their Gramma showed them. Because working together... hand in hand with your family... is certainly a memory worth cherishing.

Happy A to Z Monday!

12 comments:

Busy Bee Suz said...

How sweet. You are constantly making wonderful memories with your kids!!!
From now on, I will think of your family when I see a cheese ball. And in a nice way of course. :)

Jo@Mylestones said...

A memory worth cherishing, indeed! Glad you and the kid had a chance to enjoy it with your mom.

Jen said...

Happy Monday Dawn!
Happy helping hands sure make the job more enjoyable. Great H post.

togetherforgood said...

What a wonderful and sweet memory for your kids! :)

Margaret said...

I'm sure they'll remember that memory. I have wonderful family baking memories from my childhood.
Thanks for sharing this one with us. (If only you could share a cheese ball, too! Yum!)

jenn said...

sounds like a wonderful day! Yes, they will treasue the time spent with their Gramma! I still recall many, many wonderful memories from the time I spent with my mamaw--I learned so much from her! and your kids will pass it on to their children and you can pass it on to YOUR grandkids!

Richella said...

How fun! Looks like you guys had a wonderful day together. I think your kids will remember this day. And you will, too! You're such a good mom.

Kelli said...

They will indeed remember this!! You are motivating me to "allow" the kids in the kitchen more often!!

Mildred said...

What a fun memory and great pictures. You are so wise to take photos of these precious, priceless memories to be shared through the generations.

Cassie said...

What beautiful helping hands!! I bet those cheese balls are the big hit at the bazaar. Now you must ask your Mom if you can post her recipe here. X-c

Ben said...

Those are the kinds of time together that we remember. Kitchen memories are some of the best!

thegypsymama said...

Love comes in all shapes and sizes, doesn't it? I'm glad you enjoyed such tasty cheese ball shaped love together!