White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier, right, displays a mango coconut dessert in the State Dining Room of the White House in 2003. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

White House pastry chef Roland Mesnier, right, displays a mango coconut dessert in the State Dining Room of the White House in 2003. (AP/Charles Dharapak)

A staff member cleans the red carpet of the North Portico of the White House. (AP/Susan Walsh)

A staff member cleans the red carpet of the North Portico of the White House. (AP/Susan Walsh)

Secret Service snipers work on top of the White House. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

Secret Service snipers work on top of the White House. (AP/Jacquelyn Martin)

Will you help make desserts for Christmas this year? (123RF)

Will you help make desserts for Christmas this year? (123RF)

Read our tips if you are going to make a gingerbread house! (123RF)

Read our tips if you are going to make a gingerbread house! (123RF)

Little Big Jobs

Posted: November 1, 2022

A million tiny things have to happen every day for life at the White House to work. Gardeners garden. Florists arrange flowers. Cooks cook, cleaners clean, butlers buttle. And of course, snipers wait on the roof to make sure no intruders get in!

Do you ever feel that you have to do big things to matter? Have you thought about what it means to do teeny-tiny things faithfully every day? That’s what Chef Roland did—pastry after pastry after pastry at party after party after party.

The Bible reminds us: “Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” (1 Corinthians 10:31) You don’t have to do big things to please Him. You can do the little things He’s called you to do today.

Gingerbread for Christmas

At Christmastime, Chef Roland Mesnier built fancy gingerbread houses for the White House. He said he also needed to make more pastries than usual for holiday parties. Why? He said some tended to “disappear into pocketbooks or pockets.” People took them home and used them as Christmas tree ornaments!

Gingerbread House Tips:

  • Hurry? Or Hungry? If you want a gingerbread house that will go together fast, dry quickly, and last a while, use hot glue to assemble it. But if you want to eat the whole thing, use stiff, sticky icing.
  • Plan before you bake. Cut out the exact shapes you will need for roofs and walls.
  • Get Creative! Decorate with candy canes, gumdrops, nuts, and ice cream cones. Or make something different! Build a truck, a train, a castle, or a beach scene. Can you use Jell-O for blue water? Can you add gummy butterflies, fish, or worms? Can you make a regular house into a log cabin with pretzel rods?