Team 1 completed their week of cooking and serving meals for the entire family. (You can read all about the Grocery Games HERE). Overall, they did a great job! There were some hiccups along the way, some tears and even a nightmare. But they learned a lot and we ate well! Here are the highlights!
The first lunch and dinner went very smoothly. Mac and cheese, fruits and veggies for lunch, Dinner was baked fish, salad, watermelon and rolls. Served on time.
Day 2. We were going to be gone most of the day, and we also had evening plans. They wisely chose a crock-pot meal for dinner, which they began to prepare in the morning. Then one of them spilled the chicken broth and we had to make an extra trip to the store. (subtract points!) While there, they picked up quite a few other snacks and things they needed, but they were still under budget.
The team finished preparing the crock pot dinner and started it before we left... OR DID THEY? When we returned home, with just a short timeframe before the evening plans, they discovered, to their dismay, that the crock pot had not been started correctly and the food in the crock pot was still raw! There was a moment of panic, but they solved the problem by making one of their other dinners. It was a scramble, but they even made it on time! We had spaghetti and meatballs with salad, Then, the crockpot meal was finished around 9 p.m. and stored for dinner the next day.
Day 3 was very easy, comparatively. Lunch was packed and prepared at a friend's house, and then dinner (potato soup) was a simple matter of re-heating. Day 4 was also very smooth. Dinner was another meal in the crockpot: chicken noodle soup.
Day 5. Friday. At breakfast, my daughter told me she had had a nightmare the night before that their final dinner did not turn out well! Wow. They were taking this pretty seriously! Again, lunch was simple (leftovers, fruits and veggies). Then dinner... they had planned a very special dinner for the last night... a homemade chicken pot pie. No one in our family has ever made this! I have never made a pie in my life! I was not home during the preparation time. Gabe supervised. I just walked in the kitchen right after an accident where a glass pan shattered and found both kids in tears! Yikes!
Thankfully, no one was hurt, and the potpies were already in the oven. It turned out to take 2 1/2 hours to make the potpie dinner, so it was not ready on time, but it was delicious! We calmed the kids down, reassuring them that it was all fine and that this was supposed to be FUN!
After the final dinner, Team 1 was very happy! One of them said, "I can't believe you do this EVERY NIGHT!" (Making dinner!)
In spite of the fact that it was hard, they were happy that they completed the challenge. And I was reminded once again of the difference between "helping" and "being responsible for a task". Our kids have "helped" with meals for years, but this was the first time they had to really be responsible for the outcome of the meals. It was good to do it for five days! If we want our kids to be responsible, we have to give them responsibilities! Even just short term! Developing their responsibility muscles! Team 2 is up next week !