- How to read a cookbook index to find the waffles page ("This takes so much longer than just typing it into the computer!")
- How to measure milk into 3/4 cup when we don't have a 3/4 cup (only 1/4, 1/3, 1/2 and 1).
- How to pour and level flour (don't tap it down!)
- What baking powder is: "No, it's not the same thing as flour. It just looks like it."
- How to "make a well" into dry ingredients. He created his own method, using a wooden spoon like a drill.
- How to stir a batter "until just combined" and what lumpy batter looks like (even Dad asked, "Is this OK, Ma?").
- How to measure 2/3 cup without a 2/3 cup.
- How to pump the manual spray pump to grease the waffle iron.
After dinner, we played Apples to Apples and Scattergories. The kids played, too (and had to learn to keep up--these were the grown-up versions, not the simplified, kid-versions).
The best and then hardest lessons of all came in the evening. We wanted to see the movie "Tangled," but Madelyn wanted to stay home and watch A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving again this week. At the last moment, she changed her mind. It was a marvelous movie--one we would all see again. She learned that taking a chance can be a great thing.
During the movie, however, aunt Becca had shared popcorn and Madelyn overdid it. It's the Thanksgiving lesson we all have had: overindulgence. Madelyn went to bed with a bellyache (not the nervous kind).