I have an old cookbook with many recipes to stimulate my creative side. Although I am not making things no one has ever tried before, in my culture, many of them are no longer commonly done. It is so easy to stop at a local market or bakery to purchase their wares.
One of these recipes I use is for donuts. When I consider the cost of flour, sugar and yeast, I could make these delicacies much cheaper. Granted it takes time and effort. It is not something I wish to do often. So when I do, it is special. We invite friends to share in the experience.
My recipe is a yeast recipe. The dough is started and has to rise twice before our guests arrive. My husband and I work at the deep-fat frying. Our friends and the children get to sugar and frost the donuts when they have sufficiently cooled. We top the time of by enjoying the yummy fruits of our labors with a tall glass of fresh farm milk.
If you have an old cookbook, check it out. You may find a fun recipe like this that you will be able to make into an experience you can share with your children and others.