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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: In The Kitchen - deadline 7-19-12 @ 9:59 AM NY Time (07/12/12)

TITLE: Homemade Memories From the Kitchen
By Paulette Winter


Memories are often made in the kitchen. This has been true in my life.

One of my fondest memories is baking Christmas cookies with my 6-year-old granddaughter.

The episode resulted not only in yummilicious (granddaughter's new word) cookies, but also patience. Her patience with me as I tried to teach her the right way, and my patience with her as she declared her way was better.

We set our ingredients on the floor as it was much easier for her to mix them together. Mixing included many finger insertions to ensure the taste quality was just right.

I quickly greased the pans as she rolled the dough into balls, big and small.

Together we flattened each ball, many decorated with her very own fingerprints.

These weren't just any Christmas cookies. This was her debut in cookie making, adding to the joyful season of holiday preparations.

I placed the pans into the oven while she licked the bowls clean with the help, again, of her magic fingers.

She quickly lost interest in the cookies as they baked. A girl can't be idle but must move on to other endeavors.

There are more fun things to playing house than simply cooking!

The finishing product was up to me, involving removing said cookies from the oven and putting more in. And once that was completed, cleaning up.

Before my grandmothering days, I remember well when my son and daughter loved being in the kitchen. So much so that they would argue about which one was going to prepare dinner that evening.

Much to my delight I let them proceed with their argument and greatly enjoyed the end result with no complaints!

I took every advantage of that situation. They both did quite well, honing their cooking skills in preparation for their soon-coming day of leaving the nest.

Now that I did regret!

To this day all my children are great cooks who love to be in the kitchen.

I am quite sure that they each are accumulating many kitchen memories with their own children and yes, their grandchildren.

Thank God for the kitchen where family gather to not only eat, but also produce many lasting memories.

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Myrna Noyes07/19/12
What a charming anecdote about baking cookies with your granddaughter for the first time! I enjoyed reading your kitchen memories!
C D Swanson 07/20/12
Sweet and memorable! I enjoyed this whole piece and it has made me hungry in the interim. Nicely done, thanks for sharing.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/25/12
This is a sweet story. I really enjoyed the picture of little girl and Grandma in the kitchen together. I suspect you may have sighed with relief when she went on to other tasks leaving you to do the clean-up. It has been my experience that a 6yo helper sometimes creates more messes than she cleans:)

My biggest suggestion would be to save the exclamation points for dialog and allow your verbs to do the exclaiming for you.

You had me smiling a bittersweet smile in the end. My youngest is getting ready to head off to college. I worked so hard to teach the kids to be sensitive, hard-working, and independent adults and what thanks to I get? They up and leave me! But then of course, we really wouldn't want it any other way.