My kids and I love to bake together. We all enjoy seeing how things mix together to make something new and yummy and-well, let’s face it- licking the beaters and the spatulas are a really important job! My kids measure and pour and mix and watch and taste. There are so many lessons to be learned in the kitchen! It’s a great “classroom” for teenagers, school-aged kids, preschoolers, toddlers and babies, alike. The hardest part about letting my kids help me in the kitchen is that the messes are sure to be three times more and the spills reach even farther. But, it’s all worth it in the end. My kids learn how important they are to me, that they can help get meals ready for us and they learn the skills that I want them to have as young people. And, hey… then they can also learn the valuable lesson of cleaning up!
Some of our favourite (well, most of them actually) cooking times are when we make cookies. We love baking cookies and all kinds of them. Often, I will double the batch and then ball them and freeze them ready-to-go. That way, if I need cookies for something, I already have a bag in the freezer that I just need to bake and… voila! Fresh cookies!
We like to add a little variety to our baking regime, too. The kids love to help get creative – whether it’s adding in new ingredients, new flavours of chocolate chips or simply… popsicle sticks!
A cookie on a stick, or a popsicookie (as we call them). Why not? It makes it just that much more fun and how yummy and pretty could you make it with a little icing to decorate?!
Here is the recipe for the delicious treats that you see here.
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On Tuesdays you will be able to try out some fun hands-on crafty activity with your kids. March’s activities will be created by Dawnica Flatt, a Stampin’ Up demonstrator, Early Childhood Educator and Mom of one little guy. If you have any questions, you can leave them as comments on this post, or contact Dawnica at firstname.lastname@example.org
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The kids and I were puttering around this morning and I decided to pull out one of my bajillion “cooking with kids” cookbooks because I want to start a program in Kamloops teaching kids how to cook simple things and thus help out in the kitchen with those skills. My sister, is doing a program like that where she lives and I was totally inspired to do one, here.
I found the coolest thing… a muffin mix that you are supposed to be able to keep in the fridge for up to a month! Sweet idea, eh? That way, when you need some muffins you just pop ’em in the oven. I think it’s a great idea, except that once I went to all the trouble of preparing the mix, I wasn’t about to leave it untasted… so we ended up making a double batch and now I only have one more batch in the fridge. Ah well, such is life.
Here they are, courtesy of “Cooking Wizardry for Kids” and a little bit of modification on my part.
1 15 oz package of Raisin Bran (I worked this out to be about 300g and I used Bran Flakes with a handful or raisins tossed in)
5 cups of flour (I used 2c whole wheat, 1c white, 1/2c wheat germ and 1/2c wheat bran)
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
4 c buttermilk (or just milk with some lemon juice or vinegar)
1 c vegetable oil (I used 3/4 c oil and 1/4 c unsweetened applesauce)
3/4 c honey or molasses (I used 1/2 c honey and 1/4 c molasses)
1) Mix dry ingredients
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The other day, I was browsing some blogs, as I tend to do, and I came across the coolest new (well new to me, anyhow) recipe for play dough!
It’s cornstarch dough!!
My two big kids and I made it and had a great time playing with it (read: it was all over the kitchen floor)!
Here’s the recipe I made:
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking powder
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water
Boil on the stove on medium heat (will bubble a lot because of the baking powder and water reacting – so fun!) until it starts to thicken.
Then, I kneaded it until it was a little cooler for the kids to play with.
After we shaped it and smashed it and rolled it and played with it for a while (read: after a while the kids lost interest but I didn’t), I put my littlest man’s footprint in the dough, made a “pizza”, made some animals and then baked them all (300 degrees for an hour) to harden them a little. I think we’ll paint it tomorrow!
Now, we play with cornstarch and water all the time to create that lovely “thixotropic” (not quite liquid but not quite a solid) muck we all love. We also love making “goop” with white glue, borax and water. But this? This is awesome! It’s whiteness is totally like snow. It’s so soft and yet has that gritty cornstarch feel. I’d love to add some sparkles next time and see what I get! I really really like it. And the real bonus… it’s a great process to watch as the chemical reaction occurs while you boil it.
The other day I was in the fabric store picking out some fabric for a custom apron that I had been asked to sew. Well, when I was there I saw the perfect fabric to make a twirly skirt for my 2 yo daughter. I was reading Captivating, at the time, and thought that a perfect little sparkly twirly skirt would be a great gift for my little woman. So, I made one up and here is my tutorial. Please excuse the photos. I’m afraid that I have not yet had my camera fixed and I am really missing it. While my Sony was top-of-the-line when I got it… that is now eight years ago!
Without further delay my Rooty-Tute-Tuesday Twirly Skirt! (Please keep in mind that I just invented this in my head, so I don’t have exact measurements or anything. If you like it, you might need to figure out your measurements… or just guess, like I did.)
1) I figured that for the length I wanted I could just fold the fabric in half and cut my strips from there. So, I folded the fabric in half lengthwise and then cut along the fold so that I had two pieces the same size.
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