Friday, February 20, 2009

The Sneaky Chef

Don't get me wrong. I love cooking with kids. It's such a great opportunity to play and create and to see their faces when the finished product arrives is a true joy. And, as they get older, we incorporate math into the process and turn the project into a lesson of sorts. I've never met a child who doesn't like to cook......doesn't love the kitchen.....or to be by mom, covered in flour, measuring and stirring.

But, sometimes I just want to get something done. Start and finish banana bread in the predetermined 10 minute prep time allotted....pop it in the oven and relax.

Is that terrible?

I tried to do so last Friday because I had a list of items to make, a house to clean and errands to run before Blake's arrival. However, as soon as he heard the bowls clink, my little chef comes down the stairs, apron on, with a suspicious, "Ooooohhhh, Caaaase!"

He jumps up on the kitchen island, grabs an egg and starts cracking. Smiling from ear to ear, he looks up at me with a look that convinces me that this single activity might just be worth putting the trains down to enjoy. And, I can't say, "No".

25 minutes later, the bread is in the oven......Jack is so proud of himself.....he scurries off to return to his trains and I'm left with a huge mess. Upset? No way. We just made a memory and it's worth every single extra dish, egg on the floor, flour in my hair. They're only little once.


Coco said...

Darling post! And you are sooo true.

The Soladay Family said...

This post is so right on. It makes a mes...especially when they want to crack the eggs, but they have so much fun and the moments are priceless!

FROGGITY! said...

cutie pie! :)

and to respond to your comment on my parade post: know EXACTLY what you are talking about with the 'lifeguard ladders'!!! i want one for LL, but i don't think we're going there... they are already set up for tonight! :) LOVE iT LOVE iT LOVE iT! we just bought our booze, cookout food (for downtime), and king cake! whoo hoo!

Anonymous said...

That's SO CUTE!

I love baking with the kids I nanny for. My mom always baked w/ me growing up!

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