Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Friendship Project 2: Pretzels

Pretzels look like a big embrace. Yes, I know they're supposed historically to look like hands praying. But seriously, don't you think they could also be seen as hugging arms?

One fine morning about a week ago I was preparing to bake some bread in the kitchen before T and I met some friends at the park. T asked me for pretzels. There were none in the house. Between making the bread, grabbing a quick lunch, and then meeting our friends at the park I didn't have time to run to the store for a bag of pretzels. 

Quickly the thought flashed through my head "He's supposed to be learning about friendship and loving our neighbor as ourselves, and we already have all we need out, so why not?" 

"T," I asked him, "Would you like to make pretzels to share with S and D at the park this afternoon?"
He was thrilled!

He worked very diligently on his pretzels. I measured, he poured the ingredients in the bowl. Together we mixed. I divided the dough into pieces and showed him how to make snakes. Then I formed them into pretzel shapes. 

They didn't turn out perfectly shaped, but that's beside the point. T had a great time making pretzels to share with his friends. We also decided the rolled and twisted pretzel dough looked distinctly like the hugging, caring arms of friendship. Not bad for an impromptu "Friendship" project.

Want to make your own pretzels? It's easy. If you can make pizza dough you can pretzel dough. Here's the recipe I used. 


Anonymous said...

I have been thinking about trying this aswell! It is a cold day today and I was planning on making some bread. What a great idea- and the girls and the hubs love pretzels. Thanks for sharing this!

Lisa said...

Sounds like a perfect day to make pretzels. Have fun!

Mry Jhnsn said...

How sweet! I might do that this weekend with the kids! Thanks for sharing :)

Pamela said...

Such a good momma. Arms hugging -- I like that. Reminds me how a loving God answers our prayers. Doesn't it just feel like He's hugging us?


Lisa said...

Thanks Pamela!

Chaunna from BehaviorFlip said...

thats a great teachable moment... i never thought of pretzels like that. And thanks for linking to the recipe. I think I'm going to do something similar with my 8 year old - we LOVE cooking together :)

btw - hopping through from the finding new friends blog hop hope to chat with you more -

the cheese thief said...

Oh I like the idea of making pretzels. Its healthier can cookies :)

Stopping by from the blog hop.

I'm a new follower

Jessica @FoundtheMarbles said...

I still remember almost 30 years ago making pretzels at a friend's birthday party. I guess it made a good impression!

Lisa said...

Chaunna: I never thought of pretzels that way until then either :) Hope you and your 8 year old have fun!

The Cheese Thief: Thanks for following! Yes, pretzels make a nice change from cookies, are healthier, and they are fun to make- perhaps more than regular cookies.

Jessica: That sounds like a wonderful memory!

Renee said...

I love making pretzels, but never thought about getting kids to help. I'll have to do this with my nephew soon!
Following you from Finding New Friends blog hop.

Lisa said...

Renee, I hope you got to make pretzels with your nephew! It's much more fun with the little hands involved!