Baking Bread & Nurturing Wonder

Welcome to the November 2012 Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival: Gratitude and Traditions

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival hosted by Authentic Parenting and Living Peacefully with Children. This month our participants have written about gratitude and traditions by sharing what they are grateful for, how they share gratitude with their children, or about traditions they have with their families. The Authentic Parenting Blog Carnival will be taking a break in December, but we hope you will join us for the great line up of themes we have for 2013!

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Since I have married, had children, and moved away from my family and the place where I grew up, family traditions have gone from happily predictable, love-rich festivities to . . . barely existent.

I wrote last year about feeling conflicted about being away from my traditions during the holiday season. In New England, there is TONS to do during the summer, but in the winter months, with small children, it gets a little stir crazy, and I start wishing that Grandma and Grandpa were closer. We had such rich family traditions growing up that it’s hard for me to begin new ones with our little clan – though I know that I will, in my own way, as I can.

There is one family tradition that never gets old or fades away is that of family recipes and a love for the origin of foods that are put on our table. I don’t shy away as much as possible from prepared foods and eating out just because of the nutritional detriment of those consumerist habits. . . I also want to teach my children where food comes from and how it gets from field to kitchen to table.

My grandmother passed down an awesome dinner roll recipe to my mom and she taught me the recipe from a very early age – by modeling and including me in the preparations when I was old enough. When I moved away from Texas to Maine as a result of my husband’s military service, I swore I would try to make “overnight buns” every Thanksgiving, just the way that my mom and I had for all the years that I was growing up.

And I have.

There’s something vital about knowing how things are made. There’s something even more  special about being a part of making them.

I’m glad that my children don’t think that chicken comes from the supermarket (or the fast food chain!), de-boned and breaded and ready to eat. I’m thankful that I have been able to show them that meals come from food that is grown and pastured in nature, harvested by farmers, transported to our local market, and has to be prepared using a recipe and the work of human hands in our kitchen before it hits their table and their tummies. Bread doesn’t just come from a plastic bag in our house. We know that bread is made with work, patience, and heart and soul, and I’m thrilled to share that with my children as my mother shared with me, and her mother, with her.

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Comments

  1. I love that you are continuing on such a great tradition. The pictures look like everyone had a lot of fun and the rolls look delicious! I completely agree with showing our children where our food comes from letting them experience some of the work and love that goes into not only our food, but our lives!

  2. In the past year I’ve started baking bread a home and make a point to bake whenever we have company. I love the old world feeling of home bread. You really put love and work into it, each piece is unique.

  3. Ohhh that looks like such awesome fun! I baked bread today but it didn’t turn out as good as yours!!

    • Practice makes perfect!!!! Last year, my overnight buns totally BOMBED. They didn’t rise at ALL. I was so unhappy and deflated. But this year, they turned out great!

  4. Those rolls look great, I love making bread too. I so agree about the importance of children knowing where food comes from. If you feel more connected to your food I am sure you appreciate and enjoy it more. Cooking is one of my youngest’s favourite activities at the moment.

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  1. [...] Baking Bread and Nurturing Wonder— Amy W. at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work shares her way of keeping family traditions alive and nurturing a sense of wonder and thankfulness for food through preparing homemade bread during the Holidays. [...]

  2. [...] Baking Bread and Nurturing Wonder— Amy W. at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work shares her way of keeping family traditions alive and nurturing a sense of wonder and thankfulness for food through preparing homemade bread during the Holidays. [...]

  3. [...] Decorating, baking a cake for my mom’s birthday, granting my Sister-in-Law’s wish for overnight buns and sticky buns on Christmas Day, and wrapping presents! Mom and dad both had a blast playing with [...]

  4. [...] Baking Bread and Nurturing Wonder— Amy W. at Me, Mothering, and Making it All Work shares her way of keeping family traditions alive and nurturing a sense of wonder and thankfulness for food through preparing homemade bread during the Holidays. [...]

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