Everyday cooking funnies 2

This isn’t actually a cooking funny so much as it is an irony about kids.

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I don’t know about you but I love caramel apples. I’ll take them in slices slathered in caramel drizzle…

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… or on a stick with nuts.

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But can you guess what my sweet little girl said when I sliced a beautiful Fuji apple this afternoon & drizzled it with caramel?

“I don’t want any.” And she said it with a wrinkled nose too.

What I would like to know is why. I thought kids were supposed to love sweets!

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Oh well. More for me I guess.

YUM!

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Everyday cooking funnies 1

Boy and I thought I was messy in the kitchen…

Actually my kitchen has never looked quite this bad.

But I have discovered that my 10-year old son is capable of making a stellar mess in the kitchen every single time he cooks.

Any other moms have difficulties with this? Or is it just me?

You read a few weeks ago about how I taught the kids to make eggs. Well, mostly I taught my son. My daughter was there and she watched but she really had no interest in doing much of anything with the information.

My son, on the other hand, has taken great pride in going into the kitchen and making eggs for himself, his sister, etc… In fact, for almost two weeks after he learned, we couldn’t go one meal without him wanting to fix eggs for someone.

SOOO CUTE! Right!

Now if I could only get him to figure out how to make the eggs without leaving egg residue all over the stove, the floor, the counter and the sink… I mean, I love that he wants to do it but it’s not really any less work for me since I have to clean up the mess every time.

It may even be a bit more work.

I shouldn’t complain. At last he wants to do it.

Guess I’ll just have to keep trying till I find something my daughter wants to do IMG_1222

(aside from putting the stone with the cookies on it into the oven of course).

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We’re still here. I promise. Just a few minor setbacks…

 

On second glance, I am not as thrilled with “Baking Through the Bible” as I was at first.

Oh, it looks good on the surface. The pictures are pretty. The stories sound good (I prefer KJV myself but most don’t so it works) and the recipes seem amazing. Until you try to actually do them.

First, most of them are NOT anything a young child would actually eat. I know, I know, I should have looked closer when I read through it and promised you all a walk through the recipes with my kids. But I didn’t and now we’re stuck with a bunch of recipes they won’t touch and 5 cookie recipes that are essentially the same exact cookie. And the kids are not exactly thrilled with this cookie. If it were tastier, they would love it but kids, they’re picky. It’s great that they look pretty but to actually get a kid to eat something, it has to taste good too.

So I could have made you all sit through 20 blog posts where I basically take you through the motions but have no real advice other than the kiddos probably won’t like this recipe, but it’s so much nicer to spare you that in my opinion.

So I will be back next week with a brand new step by step with some basic cooking lessons we’ve been doing with just normal everyday recipes.

…until I find some NEW recipes they will like.

THANK YOU for sticking with me!

 

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Yes we’re still here. No we haven’t forgotten you.

A little laugh to start your day…

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Yes! We’re still here and No, we haven’t forgotten you.

My son is really (and I stress the word really) having fun cooking eggs. He makes them almost every morning and on days we have to leave too early, they usually end up being his lunch or dinner.

I had no idea he would enjoy cooking so much!

But I guess I should have. He is my son after all…

Our next project will be this weekend some time. There are several things I’ve wanted to teach that have been eclipsed by the love of eggs.

I’m not going to rain on his parade. He’s having so much fun!

Until next time.

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Eggs à la Not me!

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Apparently I used to like eggs. My mother laments constantly that I stopped liking eggs because one of my teachers talked about not liking them.

During my adulthood I’ve given them several chances and I really tried to like them but I think it must be a texture issue. Anyway…

My children really enjoy scrambled eggs and I make them a lot so I figured this would be a great thing to teach. Also they have watched me make them many times over the years so they already know a bit about the process.

Apparently I was correct. A lot of what they’ve watched over the years has obviously stuck with them. That showed today as we went through the process.

Just a quick rundown of how we make scrambled eggs:

– Crack 3 – 5 eggs into a small mixing bowl
– Pour in a splash of milk
– Add a dash of salt and pepper
– Put about a teaspoon of butter into a medium size skillet. Place it on your stovetop and turn the heat on medium.
– Stir/whip the eggs with a fork until thoroughly scrambled
– Once the butter is all melted and spread out in the skillet, pour the egg mixture in.
– Using a soft spatula, scrape and scoop and flip the eggs constantly in the skillet – this will continue to scramble them as they cook.
– Once they’re done to your liking, scoop them out onto your plate.
– We like to sprinkle some shredded cheddar on top.

If you are also teaching your child to cook, make sure you mention to them that the skillet is very hot.

Voila!

Happy children! They helped and they have yummy eggs to eat!

No funny incidents to report this time but check back for the next installment. I’m sure we’ll have silly things happen from time to time.

 

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Cookie Adventures Lesson 1

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OK. Yes. Maybe it was cheating a little bit to start with ready-bake cookies but they like them. No really… They do. The kids love these cookies!

So these were what we started with.

So we bought the cookies. We came home and we decided to get baking!

Before this experience the kids have asked questions about cooking, they’ve stirred things, they’ve watched and they’ve shopped with me of course. But never before have they had such an active roll in the entire process.

This time, they took an active part in everything. From purchase to serving.

If you’ve ever made these cookies before, you know they have a top and a bottom and if you get it wrong… your picture is not so pretty. So we started with that. I picked one up and showed them the difference. Then we talked about how important it is to put space between each cookie.

It’s amazing the things you have to think about when you’re teaching someone to cook. Little things that you take for granted can have huge ramifications.

My daughter wanted to put the cookies into the oven but she got distracted so she missed out on that & I’m not quite ready to let her take them out yet so I offered that job to my son but he didn’t want it. They’re both still a bit hesitant about the stove when it’s hot and that’s good but… It makes the process much slower when they won’t go near a hot stove.

The spatula wielding was up to me as well. As much as I want them to learn, I wanted cookies… not crumbs and this brand can really crumble if you don’t get them just right. So they watched me scoop the cookies from stone to plate.

All in all, a huge success if I do say so myself.

No picture of the final product. Sorry. I’ll get one next time, before they’re inhaled.

DISCLAIMER: We do not celebrate Halloween. But we do like pumpkins!
Who doesn’t!

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Welcome!

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On this blog, I plan to chronicle our adventures as I teach my kids to cook.

They are helping in the kitchen and excited about learning but if you’ve ever cooked with kids,
you know what a challenge it can be.

Get ready for laughs, spills and lots of love!

GOD BLESS YOU!

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