A very merry, and rather belated Christmas to you all! In the midst of our getting ready for the special holiday, we had an opportunity to welcome back into our home the delightful group of young ladies who attended our B.S.C.F.A (Boyer Sisters Conservatory of Feminine Arts). This was to be our last day of the Conservatory, and to celebrate, we decided to teach the girls how to make nothing short of the very best, most delicious homemade Christmas candy to take home for the holiday. We like to call it our Candy Making Day. 🙂
Our dear young friends all arrived around 1:00 in the afternoon, and stayed till 5:00. We opened up with prayer, asking that the Lord would keep us all safe, and that we would be blessings to each other as we fellowshipped and learned how to make delicious treats. And then, we were off!
Our young friends vary a bit in age, so we decided to make things fun, easy and challenging all at the same time. To do this, Brigi spent a little bit of time the weeks leading up to the Conservatory stalking Facebook, Pinterest, and food blogs for any clever recipes she could find. She kept her list to a minimum of three treats to make, since there were only three “Master Confectioners” to teach the girls. In the end she found these (in order of easiest – hardest to make): Peppermint Candy Bowls from Princess Pinky Girl, Pulled Candy from Chloe’s Blog, and Tootsie Rolls from food52.com. Charlotte was in charge of the Candy Bowls, Brigi led the girls in making the Pulled Sugar Twists, and I oversaw the making of the Tootsie Rolls.
There were seven young ladies in all and only three of us to teach, so we to divided them up into three groups: Group #1 had the three youngest girls who started out with Charlotte making Candy bowls. Group #2 had the two middle girls who stayed over on Brigi’s side of the kitchen for a while making the Pulled Sugar. And Group #3 had the two eldest girls who busied themselves with me at our kitchen table making the Tootsie Rolls. That was by far the hardest to make. It was like making sticky fudge!
We did want the girls to be able to take a part in making each of the three treats, so we rotated them when we came to different steps in the recipes. This worked out perfectly, and much better than we expected! Each one of the girls was not only given the satisfaction of completing two or three steps for each treat, which was our biggest goal, but they also got to work together in teams, and finally as a whole, moving in a pretty organized manner from one step to the next, until all the treats were made.
One of the best memories of the day was when we were at the end of making the candies. The candy bowls were all finished and cooling on the counter, and the Pulled Sugar and Tootsie rolls were ready to be wrapped up in little squares of wax paper. As we cut out the squares and wrapped up the confections, we began to sing Christmas hymns and carols. The sweet melody of the young girls’ voices was so heavenly to listen to, and being singers, the girls and I were on cloud 9 as we listened to the girls sing their hearts out before the Lord. We of course were singing with them, leading in a way, and as I stood at my end of the table, scissors in hand, I got goosebumps as I realized how precious were those fleeting moments of pure joy and contentment.
Just look at those beautiful smiling faces! Each girl is but a budding rose, waiting to bloom in the years to come. Life sparkles in the corners of each pair of eyes, and in each of these girls’ hearts lies a desire to serve their Lord and Savior. We girls see these lovely young ladies, and remember our growing up years. There was so much naiveté, and yet there were so many dreams. With this in mind, we are trying to take every moment we can to teach these young ladies as much as we can about being feminine, creative, and confident in the Lord. I have not heard all the many dreams of these girls, but I do know that the Lord has, and that He is preparing each one of them for an incredible life ahead. One day they all will be women, wives, mommies, aunts, and grandmothers who will teach all that they know to the next generations. Wow! Isn’t that something to ponder! And we got to set down some of those building blocks that each girl needs in her life to remain strong and beautiful before the Lord. Glory be to God! And to the girls who came to Candy Making Day, we love you! 🙂
There is so much more that I could say about these sweet girls, but I will have to end this post sooner or later. To close, let me express how thankful I am to the Lord that He gave us the gift of time to share with our young friends during the Christmas Season. And we don’t have to hide this candle under a bushel, but we we get to share the light with you all on this blog! It is my prayer that the posts we have put together concerning our Conservatory will be a blessing and a great inspiration to all of you ladies who may one day have the same opportunity as us, only in different circumstances, to teach a group of young people the gifts the Lord gave us to master and own as our own before Him. May the Lord use us all to bless our neighbors at all times, and may His light shine in all that we do before Him.
What do you think about our Candy Making Day?
Would you, or have you ever hosted a group of young ladies over at your home to teach them something special?
In Our Savior,
Jessica, the Eldest Sister & Singer