When I homeschooled Grant for two years Zach Z. would join us for our science workshops. Our 45-minute class would consist of Zach Z. sharing so many stories time would fly. One of my favorite stories was when he received his candy-apple-red guitar. I loved all the details he shared about how it was a complete surprise and how well his parents knew the perfect gift for a tween.
Zach Z. was a spitfire with his fiery red hair matching his attitude. Some might call a kid like this a know-it-all type. A precocious kid with non-stop chatter. Zach Z. Was very witty and would frequently make us cry from laughter. My son Grant became inseparable with Zach Z after discovering their mutual love of Bionicles and video games. Soon they started Tae Kwon Do classes. Though Grant went on to become a black belt, the boys formed a lifelong friendship that reminds me of how the Lord can weave our hearts together like Jonathan and David.
Zach was a talker except for one December day…
I’m a crafter who loves to bake, In my teens I worked for a French pastry chef. So I combine my love of homemade goodness together with making mock gingerbread people. The simple recipe consists of mixing equal parts of both cinnamon and applesauce. Just two ingredients! It’s an easy recipe to make with kids because they can measure the ingredients then knead the dough in a ziplock bag. When the dough is thoroughly kneaded you can roll it out on waxed paper and cut out gingerbread people or other shapes. Baking it at only 175 degrees for 6 hours insures the most aromatic smell that fills your home with heavenly Christmas aroma! When cooled they can be decorated with white fabric paint. Simple x’s, dashes and dots can transform them into whimsical keepsakes.
Sometimes we think we have to have everything so picture perfect during the Christmas season. I kept one that has a bite mark in it as a reminder to laugh. We can lose our humor and this cookie will forever remain one of my reminders. You see, as a first grader they looked so appealing and Zach Z. had taken a huge bite of the gingerbread ornament without knowing that they were for looks only! For the first time Zach Z. was speechless! We watched him turn as red as his hair and then hysterically gagged. We didn’t have time to warn him as he began spitting out the cinnamon mixture. In pure Zach Z. style he exclaimed, “Wow, Your mom bakes horrible cookies!”
Enjoy the Holiday!