As a kid, I remember one of the most exciting things to do was to be able to bake cookies or create edible goodies in the kitchen with my Mom. I don’t recall this happening too often, but every once in a while we were able to do fun stuff in the kitchen with Mom.
Now that my daughter is three years old and loves helping in the kitchen, I am inspired to have her create some edible treats for Grandma this Mother’s Day. I’ve been letting her help in the kitchen since she was two. She already helps me with baking cookies, cakes, and bread. She loves putting on her little apron and chef’s hat that a friend of mine made for her birthday. Little One even helps me measure out the flour and sugar. She helps crack the eggs and beat, mix, blend, and incorporate all the ingredients. It’s a lot of extra work for me (the clean up is ten times more than if I would have just done everything myself), but the process is what is important. Ha! I must remember to keep telling that to myself when there’s flour all over my counter, table, and floor!
I’ve found for Little One, if she creates something in the kitchen and makes it with her own two hands, she will definitely eat it! We don’t have issues with her and eating (the kid eats everything from okra, seaweed, tofu, eggplant to fish, liver, and even things Mommy doesn’t eat!). However, I love showing her what food is before and after you prepare it. The amazement in her eyes is classic!