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Thursday

Teaching YW to Cook


I have always been an advocate for having YW activities that teach our YW to cook.

I've had an interesting experience the past couple of months.  My oldest son is dating this amazing young lady.  She is a return missionary, cute, fun to be around, has a solid testimony of the gospel, and so much more.  We really enjoy having her around.

She does not know how to cook.  It is almost surprising to hear them communicate about cooking.  He cooks for her all the time (I taught all my kids how to cook - including my boys).  I overheard her say that she doesn't know how to cook Raman noodles.  Seriously?  I am quite shocked at the lack of cooking skills some young women have these days.  Eating out and buying already prepared meals is almost a curse these days.

This is why I am - and always will be - a huge advocate for teaching our YW how to cook.  Buying food that is already prepared or eating out is so easy these days.  Teaching YW simple skills like cooking will bless their lives in so many ways.  

Need an activity idea that we have incorporated in my current ward?  We have 2 "feasts" per year.  Something in the Spring /Summer and one in the Fall (we call this one Fall Feast).  During this activity, we either make it all at the church, or have it in someone's home.  We always cook 4 items - main dish, bread, salad or side dish, dessert.  For example - this past October we made chili, corn bread, caramel apples and salad.  We divide our girls into groups - which with each group will make one dish for all the YW.  Then we come together and have a "feast" of the foods they all made.  Our YW really love these activities.  They go home with all the recipes.  Our classes also have additional cooking activities throughout the year.

I know that our YW are being blessed by the skills we are teaching them.  They have learned skills like how to read a recipe, how to mix, stir, fold, beat, etc.  They have learned the simple knowledge of preheating an oven.

I firmly believe that getting back to basics - per say - is so important.  We can't just assume they are being taught at home.  Because from my experience - some are - but most aren't.

You can find SO MANY ideas and recipes online that can easily be done in your activity time.  Or, pull out your cookbooks and favorite recipes and share them with the YW whom you serve.




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