Inside the walls of each of these Houses, families find a network of support: other families facing similar crises, staff members eager to share a smile or a shoulder to cry on, and volunteers who just seem to know how to make life a little easier. Many times this healing network comes alive in the kitchen.
After spending a long day at the hospital, families can count on a home-cooked meal, lovingly prepared by the Chapter’s more than 800 volunteers. When life is particularly challenging, comfort food with the promise of a little something sweet at the end not only feeds the body, it feeds the soul.
Here are a couple recipes from volunteers Ellen Patry and the group from Aldergate Mom’s Fellowship – examples of what makes the Ronald McDonald Houses in Wichita so sweet.
¾ cups butter (Crisco shortening can work too)
1 ¼ cups brown sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 tablespoons milk
1 ¾ teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
12 ounce bag of chocolate chips (preferably milk chocolate)
Preheat the oven to 360 degrees.
In a large mixing bowl, cream butter, brown sugar, vanilla, and milk. Add one egg and mix well.
In a medium mixing bowl, sift together flour, baking and salt. In three parts, add to the butter mixture until well incorporated. Add the chocolate chips and stir.
Bake at 360 degrees for 11-12 minutes, but be careful not to over bake.
Mom’s Fellowship Three Hole Cake
1 cup flour
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
2 teaspoon vinegar
2 cups lukewarm water
2 teaspoons baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
¼ cup canola oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In an ungreased 9x13 inch pan, combine flour, baking soda, sugar salt and cocoa.
Make three holes in the dry mixture. Put vanilla in one hole, vinegar in the next and oil in the third. Pour water over the whole thing and mix with a fork, do not beat.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
Serve with ice cream and enjoy!