Dinner by a Duo

For those who have personally attended the Dwelling Together in Unity session, you’ll know what this post is about. For the rest of you, John and Anna made a delicious meal together and easily agreed on the menu. Maybe this will inspire some brothers and sisters to team up and bless Mom by cooking up dinner.

Mixing up cookies.

Making the Stromboli dough. John would have been there helping, but he was coming home from needing to run to Kansas City for something.

Preparing the cookies to bake.

Loading up on the filling.


John made the salad in just 10 minutes. Wow. I think I need to learn something from him.


Finished product.


“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalms 133:1).

18 thoughts on “Dinner by a Duo”

  1. That’s so nice! Yes, I remember that from the Dwelling Together in Unity
    session. Those cookies, breadsticks, and bread look so good! You have such a nice kitchen!!! The cookies look good: can I have one? (Just kidding!!!) John and Anna did a great job on the food. It’s good to see sisters working together, but it’s very good to see a brother and sister working together in the kitchen and enjoying it!!!

    God bless! Rebecca K.

  2. These are precious pictures! I love to see brothers and sisters who truly enjoy one anothers company! Also, I love the purple ruler. I thought I was the only one to have a ruler in the kitchen for cooking. I will even measure before I cut brownies, which my children think I’m crazy for doing. I had one question. What kind of mixer are you using?
    Electrolux/Magic Mill

  3. YUM! Can you share your recipe for the stromboli? It looks like you don’t use a bread machine for the dough (I have to — I am terrible with yeast doughs). Any tips?

    And every time I see photos of your kitchen I am reminded how much I love your backsplash tile. It’s beautiful!
    Maybe the ladies can do a blog post on making bread sometime.
    Joseph did a great job on the backsplash. I really like it too.
    Thank you.

  4. That pizza pie looks delicious! Well done John and Anna!

    I expect Anna will be missing her kitchen duties now that Teri’s book project is over. How lovely that she still helps give mom a break and blesses the whole family in the process!

  5. I love watching your family work together whether it be in person, or through pictures. I remember cooking dinner for you all last year, and all the children asking to help in some way–they really are such good people.

    Dinner looks delicious.

    What kind/brand of mixer are you using?

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari
    Electrolux/Magic Mill

  6. My youngest brother (almost 15 yrs. old) and I made dinner just this week! It was a great time of bonding and being together! I agree – I wish I’d done it sooner! My mom has been having us children help her with meals and do our own meals at least once a week since we were young! I’ve greatly enjoyed my times in the kitchen with my family! 😀

    Blessings to you and your dear family! :)
    I pray you have a blessed Thanksgiving week next week with the family! 😀
    ~Miss Rachel~
    Good for you!

  7. It sure looks like Anna and John prepared a wonderful, delicious meal together! And they both look so precious working in the kitchen. :) This is such a great idea for siblings to do together—thank you for sharing!
    Blessings, Patti M.

  8. Hi, Well Done John and Anna, looks like you did a great job!
    This may sounds like a odd question, but what is Stromboli? Looks good whatever it is!
    Bread with great tasting things inside of it.

  9. So nice to see siblings working together. I need to work harder at getting my kiddos in the kitchen-thanks for the encouragement.

  10. Post the recipe for the stromboli! It looks good.
    Pepperoni Stromboli

    2 loaves (1 pound each) bread dough
    1/2 cup pizza sauce (or a little more)
    1/2 tsp dried oregano
    7 oz. sliced pepperoni
    2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
    1/3 cup parmesan cheese

    Punch dough down. On a lightly floured surface, roll each loaf into a 20-in. x 8-inch rectangle. Place on rectangle on a greased baking sheet. Spread sauce in an 18-in x 4-in. strip down the center. Sprinkle with oregano, pepperoni and mozzarella cheese. Fold long sides of dough up towards filling; set aside. Cut the remaining rectangle into three strips. Loosely braid strips; pinch ends to seal. Place braid on top of the cheese; pinch braid to dough to seal. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Brush top with butter and garlic. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

  11. Thanks! Guess what we are having for dinner Saturday?
    John suggests going light on the top breading and maybe not doing the braid. The top raises much more than the bottom. He also served some pizza sauce for dipping the bread in.

  12. Good to see siblings working together! :) …and I have had a DLX for years, with the attachments. Great machine!! Thank you for sharing this story :)

  13. I will be trying this soon, on a much smaller scale. Sounds good. I suppose it’s basically a pizza rolled up?

    Basically, yes,

  14. Gee that’s not much filling for 8 people. We’d have to have at least double that, and lots and lots of cheese, both mozza and shredded jack. I tend to use a lot of Italian seasoning when I make my spaghetti sauce because oregano alone doesn’t give it the flavor profile we like.

    I get the spring and baby lettuce mix at Costco, throw in some grape tomatos, bread crumbs and let everyone dress their own. And of course some feta cheese on the top.

    We try lots of different recipes in our family, because my gift is cooking and the Lord blessed me with that. No one ever goes hungry at our house, kids friends ask us when we’re having pea soup or chili and show up. It’s a blessing to all of us.
    mrs b

  15. I know you don’t want this to be a cooking blog, but that horse has left that barn…!

    Next time roll the dough wider, and cut the outside 6 inches or so into 1-2 inch strips, and braid THOSE over the top instead of adding more dough to the top of it. It will work better that way and won’t be so bread-heavy on top.
    Good thoughts!

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