General Conference is still relatively new to me. I started at first, just reading messages from the Ensign. Then I would listen or watch messages occasionally online. But I have absolutely fallen in love with watching them live via the introduction of satellite (now cable, but that's a different story) in our home. I love listening to our Prophet and General Authorities will all my heart, and it's a very exciting experience for me. This year, I really want to help share that excitement with my children. We have been talking about and praying for the Prophet and General Authorities for the past couple of weeks. We have given them descriptions of General Conference, and what it will be like, and what it will mean. The kids have watched it with us the last two times, but it's hard to get kids excited about four two-hour stints of sitting and watching and listening reverently. Sometimes one hour in Sacrament Meeting almost seems like two much. So, I've resorted to bribery. Hubby and I have talked with quite a few people recently, or have been reading online about families having special treats reserved only for General Conference. These go the gamut from chili, to ice cream on top of waffles, to cinnamon rolls, to special cakes. Now I don't know about you, but I'm definitely a breakfast food kind of person, and hubby is too thankfully. But since I'm still missing my waffle machine (left in Colorado), and I'd be horribly heartbroken to only have waffles two weekends a year anywho, we've decided to go a different route.
Right now we're in a debate. Should it be crepes (hubby's idea), special sweet rolls, or a fruity coffee cake (yes, I can appreciate the irony of a non-coffee-flavored coffee cake during General Conference). But we'd have to come up with a different name for the cake, because I can see that leading to some very strange conversations with the kiddos later: "No daughter, it's not coffee, it just has the name in it." Eeesh. I think I'll avoid that one as much as possible thank you.
I'm a big fan of tradition. And since marrying hubby, a lot of my old traditions have gotten quashed. I'm thinking that now is the time to start creating some of our own. But since "favorite casserole" (a baked combination of hot dogs, cheddar cheese, and spaghetti) is *not* one of my favorites, I'm a little lost on where to start. I love traditions, but the general idea here is I want to create a tradition that my children will actually look forward to, not dread for weeks to come beforehand. I guess the real difficulty is in trying to find something that you really, really like, but that you don't like so much that you're guaranteed to want to make it more than twice a year. Hmmmm. That'll be a toughy. I'll post some recipes later today as I keep working on this one.