Each year 4-H has what they call a Holiday Bake-Off. Every child recently brought their favorite recipe and were able to have it in their very own 4-H cookbook. This year there was a wide range of yummy recipes from spinach dip to home-made doughnuts. Each student took turns presenting their dish in front of the audience. This teaches them public speaking at an early age.
Also, since the students made the recipes, they practiced following directions and sometimes even learned what healthy substitutions can be made for each of the dishes. After the blessing was said, the fun part began ... eating!
When it was all done, each student received a prize for bringing something. This year it was fun toy boxes with miniature games and holiday themed toys. Some thought one of the favorites was the whistle (you're welcome parents). Then it was outside for some fun and games.
This year they played a game called Rudolf Race, which challenged them in teams of two to put petroleum jelly on their noses, run to a station where they picked up a red circle on their noses, then run to the final station to drop the noses into their teams’ bowl….all without using hands!
Next year will be even more fun with a new challenging twist - they will only be using recipes with five ingredients or less! A special thanks to Kim Adams who provided all of the photos of the event.
Written by Erica Maurer