Thursday, October 9, 2008

Hospitality and the Making of Apple Crisp

Fall weather and baking seem to go together so well this time of year . . . especially if that baking is with apples. :) This afternoon we did just that and made a delicious Apple Crisp with the girls. Making a dish such as this provided opportunity for the girls to continue to work on improving their skills of apple peeling and cutting in butter which are both difficult things for them to do.

They did very well today, and we had a great deal of fun together (as always!)

After the Apple Crisp was in the oven baking, the girls each made a recipe card . . .

We then had our lesson for the day which was on hospitality. We began by reading together several verses from Romans:

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love; give preference to one another in honor; not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality. (Romans 12:10-13)

. . . and then read from 1 Peter:

Be hospitable to one another without complaint.” (1 Peter 4:9)

And with big words such as 'hospitality', it is always helpful to look the word up in the dictionary to give the girls a better and more complete idea of what the word means. Utilizing Noah Websters 1828 American Dictionary to the English Language, we found that hospitality means:

"The act or practice of receiving and entertaining strangers or guests without reward, and with kind and generous liberality."

We discussed the definition together as well as what it means to be hospitable without complaining, to serve and give without expecting anything in return, who we should be hospitable to, and then we discussed different ways that we could show hospitality to others. Some of the ideas the girls came up with were

--A Cheerful Greeting
--A Smile
--Ask them questions
--Offer them a drink of water
--Show them where they can sit

If they are staying for an extended period of time:

--Offer to carry their bags to their room
--Have the room they will be staying in nice and clean
--Make the bed

We also suggested some other ideas such as: making a special dessert (like the apple crisp! :), writing a nice note to them perhaps with a Scripture verse and leave it in the room they will be staying in, and showing interest in their lives, interests, etc.

After the lesson was over, the girls wrote in their journals and then worked on their cross-stitches. Meanwhile, the delicious scent of baking apple crisp filled the air. Before long, the timer went off, and we took the dessert out of the oven.

After it had cooled off a bit, each of the girls were able to try some, and then we put some in bowls for each girl to bring some home and share with their families what they had made. Another Thursday of girls group is now over and with it many more special memories made.


  1. I just found your blog & wanted to say how wonderful it is!!!!!!! Your apple crisp looks divine & I have had a look at some of your other recipes & would love to try them when I get a chance. May God continue to bess you & your family!!! Marie x

  2. Sarah, you've been tagged! Stop by my blog if you'd like to participate. :)

  3. Welcome to my blog, Marie! And thank you for your kind words. :)

    The girls did a great job making the apple crisp, and it did turn out beautifully! I was pleased with their efforts. :)

    Enjoy trying the new recipes!

  4. Thank you for letting me know that you tagged me, Natasha! It sounds like fun. :)

  5. As always, I love stopping by your blog to see what blessing you have been up to.

    ~Blessings always

  6. Thank you for your sweet comment, Heart 4 My Home! :)

  7. What a challenge to me this weeks lesson was Sarah. I was musing on it as I drove back from my horn lesson last night, thinking of the ways that I could be more hospitable.
    The different ways of showing hospitality the girls came up with were so simple yet they are so true! I can look back on times when others have done the things the girls listed and they made one feel so welcome!
    Mmmm....Apple crisp.. I can smell it baking now!

  8. I am glad that what was shared here was a blessing to you, Ashley! It convicted my heart also. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

  9. The apple crisp sounds so good!! It is one of my most favorite desserts!

  10. It is one of my favorites, too, Amy! :)


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