the only picture I have of us baking together, back in July
One of the things I love the most about Zoe is that she’s always been easy to soothe into a nap, and she's a great napper. But, poor Jack, with four naps a day, we’re spending a lot more time at home than we used to.
My favorite quiet time activity is cooking together. One recipe can usually get us through 45 minutes because Jack is absolutely bonkers about pouring right now. When the cookie recipe asks for two cups of flour, I measure out two cups and hand Jack a tablespoon. He spends the next several minutes saying, “SCOOP?! POUR?! DUMP?!” We’ve had a ton of success with Friday pizza nights, scrambled eggs in the morning, and a few simple recipes (like banana bread) from my hilariously over-pinned dessert board.
If we use an actual recipe I have to have all the ingredients measured out in advance and know the recipe by heart or it’s just Jack sticking his hands into butter and raw eggs while I take one split second to grab a measuring cup. We checked out a few children’s cookbooks from the library, but they’re a little advanced for a two-year-old so we haven’t used them much for recipes. They have great pictures and illustrations though, so Jack actually likes to read them together and he’s learned a lot of new cooking words.
So far I am the least stressed when we use mixes: muffins, brownies, pancakes, cornbread, cake etc. I used to be the most condescending about mixes; I refused to even buy them. But I’m happy to eat humble pie if it tastes like funfetti.
Do you have a favorite mix? I was thinking about doing a taste test for the best brownie mix, but Melanie Blodgett already did it and I just believe everything she says.
I'll probably still conduct my own study. For research purposes.