Group Study Guide for

Whatever Happened to Dinner?

[Cover of Whatever Happened to Dinner?]

Recipes and Reflections for Family Mealtime

by Melodie M. Davis

These study questions are also available as a download here.

Also see Whatever Happened to Dinner? in the MennoMedia online catalog.

Introduction Chapter 4 Chapter 8 Chapter 12
Chapter 1 Chapter 5 Chapter 9 Chapter 13
Chapter 2 Chapter 6 Chapter 10 Chapter 14
Chapter 3 Chapter 7 Chapter 11 Chapter 15

Chapter 9: Snowball Cake, Coffee Cookies, and Other Cooking Disasters

Scripture: Exodus 16:1-32

What does the manna story teach us about food? About God's provision? What does it teach us about human nature to always complain? In what ways would you like to learn to be happier with what you have been given?

  1. Did you or your family ever make a major mistake cooking? Share about such a time. Has this become a good memory or a sore point in your family?
  2. What do you remember about learning to cook? How have you taught your children to cook? Did your mom or dad allow you to help in the kitchen?
  3. Could your son or daughter cook a complete meal at age 12?
  4. One of the Sachs' children (story in chapter 9) had severe allergies and always baked her own gluten-free cupcakes to take to other kids' birthday parties. How can you help your children be responsible for their own food needs?
  5. How can you teach cleaning up and organizing skills to go along with cooking?
  6. Do you think it is important to help children learn to cook?
  7. What was one of your favorite things to bake or cook as a child?
  8. Did you ever have a truly bad or frustrating experience with kids cooking—the kind of experience you never want to repeat? (See Jodi's gingerbread cookie story with her recipe, page 148.) What did you learn?

Activity: Consider planning a "learn to cook" night or "let's make cookies night" for families with young children at your church. If your group is older, invite the children of the church (or a particular age group if your church is large) to an evening of fun and fellowship with the goal of making two or more batches of cookies to keep or share. Their parents get a free night of childcare and you get to know the children of your church. Organize and plan carefully so there won't be complete chaos!

If your group is currently parenting youngsters, the goal would still be the same, to have a communal cookie baking night and then swap batches of cookies so everyone takes home several different kinds of cookies for their freezer. This could be before Christmas or any time you feel like it!

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