Sunday, February 5, 2012

Working towards raising a homemaker ...... first steps

I believe home schooling doesn't just involve study through books and this has been re-affirmed through many of the blogs that I follow. For example, DD's daily chores teach her animal husbandry skills and agriculture. Recently I've added home economics to the mix and this starts at the grass roots level - the garden.
DD now has the opportunity to cook dinner for everyone once a week, an idea I got from kids and canning jars. To my suprise, she has added her input each week when we do up the menu plan, letting me know what she is going to make. "Pizza" being her favourite at the moment.
So in order to make pizza we needed to make the bases. We just used a 1kg bread making recipe for this. Instead of letting the dough rise for the second time we divided it up, rolled it out, placed it onto trays and baked them for approx 10 minutes each. Once they were cooled we wrapped them up and put them in the freezer. (Another idea I got from a homestead blog I follow)
Making five bases from the mixture we played around with different base thickness, some thick, some thin and some in between.
Pictured above the bases cooling before being wrapped ready for the freezer. The smell of these cooking was a bit too much for DD, we just had to try one for lunch. After carefully chopping up the ingredients for the topping, it was back into the oven.
Wasn't quick enough to get a picture of the finished product as it was eaten quick smart. All in all DD did a pretty good job and one day in the not so distant future, I am hoping she will be able to make her own dough from scratch. Well that is the plan!
In the garden the butternut pumpkins have done very well. These were grown from the seed that we save each year from the longest lasting pumpkins. Thanks to homestead revival posting about the "back to eden" way of gardening, which makes alot of sense, we have also ordered the DVD which was cheaper for us because of the aussie dollar and has taken care of what to get DH for his coming birthday.


joolzmac said...

It is great when kids take an interest in the kitchen. Both my girls are quite proficient at making a meal - gourmet even! They will make some man very happy one day, I think.


Bec - Farmers Wife said...

DD's primary school days were spent either at school or travelling to and fro. In winter she would leave in the dark and get home in the dark. The high school is an even longer trip, hence DE.

You are lucky your girls have taken an interest in the kitchen, I am hoping that DD will grow in this area.

Kids and Canning Jars said...

YEAH! You know how I feel about this. I think you are super smart to have her make food she is interested in. What a good way to get her interested. I love being in the kitchen so naturally my children are in there a ton. Love the pics of the yummy looking pizza. Tell her good job.