Jennifer is a one in a million stay-at-home mom. (More like one OF a million stay at home moms!) She graduated from a liberal arts college but there is nothing liberal OR artsy about her. She is married to Kevin Fischer of This Just In, and together they have a beautiful toddler daughter Kyla Audrey. In no particular order she loves dogs, wine, a good bargain, her family, pizza, and entertaining. Follow her blog of all things miscellaneous including but not limited to cooking and baking, entertaining and party planning, being a mommy, and homekeeping.
Whenever I tell Kyla that I need to start dinner, bake cookies or make a treat for Daddy’s office her immediate response is, “Can I help?” There are times that, quite frankly, she can’t. Either the time constraints are too great or the recipes & techniques are too complicated. But there are other times when I make it a point to allow more prep time or to set aside one simple task (like dumping sugar in the bowl) just for her. Her little face lights up when I call to her, “Kyla, can you come help mommy make this?” It’s priceless.
While I don’t wish time away for any reason, I do look forward to the days when she is older and can truly help me. I can’t wait to have some quality “girl time” in my favorite room of the house and bond over a batch of cookies baking. Even though she’ll probably exist on the traditional ramen noodles in college, it will be comforting to know that I’ve given her the skills and confidence that she can cook for herself and friends while she’s away from home. There’s just so much to be said for taking time to cook and bake with your children.
The Christmas season seems especially perfect for kiddie cuisine. Clearly the very, VERY easiest way out is a batch of classic Rice Krispie Treats. You could prepare the most traditional 9X13 pan or up the ante by decorating with candies and frosting. Really what kid doesn’t like getting sticky and messy and then eating their sweet creations? Your next step could be slice-and-bake or pre-made cookie dough. Still no measuring, sifting, or softening needed. Your kids will still feel like a million bucks playing little chef.
Personally I like making my regular recipes and just letting Kyla help with the things she can handle. This year, making my mother-in-law’s famous Cherry Nut Slices was extra-special because Kyla helped. I explained that it was Daddy’s very favorite Christmas cookie and one of Gramma’s special recipes. She got to sample the candied cherries before they went in the dough, tried both walnuts and pecans, and eventually licked some dough of the beater. (Yeah, I’m one of those moms who lets her do stuff like that.) Rest assured the beater went in the sink after that!
Later that day, she was so proud to bring Daddy his first cookie of the season. She was thrilled to explain to him that she helped Mommy and that she knew this was his favorite cookie. Creating traditions and memories like that mean the world to me. But don’t just take my word for it.
Cooking & baking to build a lifetime of “remember when” moments? One of the biggest Culinary Yes-Yes’s in my book!
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