Friday, January 25, 2013

a culinary night out...

My daughter came over yesterday with her two girlies...
feeling like she had been housebound forever while they were sick.
She wondered if I had plans for the evening.
She needed a night out.

Well, I did have plans.
Mennonite Girls Can Cook were hosting a cooking class at Lepp Farm Market...
and I  was planning to be there.
She immediately volunteered that maybe she could join me.

And she did!

Lovella and Kathy were the cooking instructors.
Anneliese and I were the extra hands as needed. 

Gourmet pizzas...
made to look 'easy as pie' were on the menu...
along with a wonderful winter salad.

And for dessert?
Chiffon cake...chocolate and orange.
The chocolate chiffon recipe is on the blog.
The orange chiffon cake recipe will be in the new Celebrations cookbook.

Spending time in the kitchen was not Heidi's idea of a good time in years gone by.
But she totally enjoyed her 'culinary outing' last night.
Especially since she just happened to meet her high school friend who she had not seen in years.

They had a lot of catching up to do...
and thought the class was too short!

I'm thinking she might have a front row seat at a cooking class again sometime.
Who knew a cooking class could be so much fun?

Thanks, Lovella and Kathy for all your hard work!


  1. Sounds like Heidi got just what she needed...a fun break from the demands of motherhood. And isn't that just like have a friend waiting for her there! He is the best "planner"!!

    1. He is the best planner! That's just what last night felt like, part of God's great plan. What a pleasure it is to be a part of it! Thanks Miss Debbie, you said it just right!

  2. What amazing food! Nice to have your daughter along.

  3. All that yummy food is making me very hungry this morning.

  4. That is so nice that you got to spend some time with your daughter 'in the kitchen' so to speak. Definitely a fun night out with the girls! The pizza and cakes look scrumptious!

  5. Fun all the way around! Bet this daughter of yours didn't fall too far from the tree. Lovely to see all the dishes created last night!

  6. Your daughter is gorgeous and so nice that she wanted to spend time with you! What a fun evening of fellowship, cooking, and eating - enough said! Is that the same orange chiffon cake you had for your impromptu birthday bbq? It looks amazing!

  7. Mother daughter time together is the best, is it not?!
    Those cakes look scrumptious! Thank you for the recipe!
    All the best,

  8. Love to hear of Mother's and Daughters enjoying some time away from the rest of the world. Your daughter is beautiful :-)


  9. Great shots of those delicious looking pizzas! Yippee for a night out for your daughter!

  10. Lovely to spend such a fun evening with your pretty daughter.

  11. Made me think that one day we should have a class with all of our daughters. Would that not be fun?

  12. Looks like you had a wonderful night girls would have loved spending an evening with you guys, they both enjoy cooking and baking and to learn from the experts would have been the 'icing on the cake'!

  13. Love that it turned out to be a mother daughter event and a special time away from the kids too.
    Let us know if she winds up making any of the demonstrated recipes.

  14. Oh...I do love that you brought Heidi and also that you had one hand free to take all those photos! Wonderful.

  15. What a wonderful event to share with your daughter...Soon these young girls will need to take over...and we can pass on the baton.

  16. Oh what a fun night out with your daughter! I'll bet you had a blast, the food looks amazing!

    I miss my mom, I miss doing things with her, she was so much fun. I put on one of her scars to wear to work on Friday and it smelled like her perfume, it made me smile. Have a wonderful Sunday!

  17. What fun for you and your daughter to have an evening together. She is beautiful! I have seen my daughters come around to wanting to learn to cook, when it was not top on their lists of things to do. But, I know, without a doubt, they would have enjoyed being in that class. I would have loved taking it all in. The salads and pizzas look so delicious!

  18. I'm so glad your daughter was able to attend the culinary class with you as an audience member, Judy and meet an old friend as a surprise bonus! Kathy and LOvella are such good cooks!


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