This morning, my son and I decided to bake some cookies. They were nothing fancy, just the recipe from the back of the Ocean Spray Cranberries…but we added out own little twist!
We washed our hands, put on our aprons and I got all the ingredients ready while my son brought his stool over. We started by creaming the sugar and butter. I measured the sugar and my son poured it into the bowl. He knows to keep back when the mixer is on and we had a little taste before I added the eggs! We mixed all the dry ingredients in a separate bowl which again, I measured out and my son dumped in before stirring it all together.
Here, we added some cinnamon which isn’t in the original recipe!
Scoop by scoop, my son added all the dry ingredients into the mixing bowl while we took breaks to gradually mix it all together. We both measured (and tasted) the cranberries and chocolate as we added it to the mix. I let my son help measure here because when was too much chocolate or cranberries a bad thing?!?!
I gave my son a spoon to help place spoonfuls on the cookie sheet but he wasn’t able to do it and decided to snack on some more cranberries while I did that on my own.
The cookies only take 10 minutes to bake so during that time, I cut my son off from the cranberries and sent him to play while I cleaned up the kitchen. Once the cookies were ready and cooled, we sat down with a cup of coffee and a glass of milk and enjoyed a plate of freshly baked cookies for our morning snack!
Recipe (from Ocean Spray but with a Twist!)
- 2/3 cup butter
- 2/3 brown sugar
- 2 Large eggs
- 1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
- 1 1/2 cups of flour (I used whole wheat)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 cup of dried cranberries
- 2/3 cup of white chocolate chunks or chips
- we added 1/2 tsp cinnamon
My kiddo loves Timbits. He often recognizes the Tim Horton’s drive thru and starts saying “bits bits” when we go through. Who doesn’t love those little balls of heaven? …I mean donut?! But they’re not exactly a healthy snack.
Last Christmas I got a Cake Pop maker and let me tell you, the possibilities are endless! There are obviously 1000s of ideas on Pinterest for cool decorating tips but my favourite thing to do is throw some muffin mix in the machine. That’s right, my child thinks he’s eating Timbits but really I’m feeding him healthy muffins! Wahaha! Yesterday my son helped me make Chocolate Chocolate Chip Zucchini “Timbits”. He loves them and so do I! They’re super chocolatey and moist. They’re not the healthiest recipe I’ve made but they have vegetables in, so I’m happy!
In the past we’ve made Blueberry, Banana Chocolate Chip and Carrot, the possibilities are endless! These recipes are even better because I use honey and applesauce instead of sugar.
So if you want to try out a fun new snack for your kids, I highly recommend a Cake Pop maker, mine is PC brand but there are a variety of machines on the market so take your pick and have fun! It’s also great for the summer because you don’t have to turn your oven on, and each dozen only takes about 5 minutes to bake, depending on the machine and recipe! It’s also way easier to clean than a muffin tin, a very important added bonus!
I recently read a post from the blog, Stuff Moms Say, and I found it bang on hilarious! Cooking supper can be torture some days. It always seems to be at the same time of day that my child has forgotten how to stand on his own two feet and needs to be carried. He’s fussy, he’s needy, he wants my full attention. This drives me crazy so I’ve been trying to come up with a solution.
I think it’s really important for children to help around the house and I think it’s good to start this at a young age. My son wants my attention while I’m preparing dinner, maybe I can get him to help! So far we’ve had mixed results but it sure beats a whiney toddler crawling up my leg between kicking and screaming on the kitchen floor! Oh and did I mention this is happening while a pot of water is boiling over or something is burning in the oven that I can’t take out without the risk of my son flopping into a hot oven during a tantrum?! Ugh…terrible twos.
I started off small, buttering toast, stirring things in bowls or putting chopped vegetables in a pot and I discovered my kiddo loves to help! It’s doesn’t always go smoothly, sometimes he’s hungry and eats the bread before he finishes buttering it…the bread that was for my sandwich. Sometimes he licks the spoon and puts it back in the bowl, I watch extra carefully if he’s mixing with raw eggs! But 9/10 times, it’s positive for everyone involved.
Now when I head to the kitchen to get a meal ready, my son runs to the dining room and says “chair”, asking me to bring the chair over to the counter so he can climb up and help. I allow him to use butter knives and his plastic butter knives from IKEA but I would love to get him a set of the Curious Chef Nylon knives for kids to try out!
He’s getting really good at helping now that we’ve been cooking together for a couple of months, he knows the oven and frying pan are hot and is very careful when stirring things in the frying pan (I hold him while he does this, constantly praising him for his carefulness and reminding him that it’s hot). He still sneaks bites and licks and his lunch is often half eaten before we get to the table, but all in all it’s been positive. I can make supper, or whichever meal, without a tantruming child driving me crazy and he feels like part of the process, like a big boy. Meals take longer to cook. There’s more mess. The dogs get more samples. Usually, I don’t allow him to help as much when people out of our immediate family will be eating the food for risks of him licking the spoon or dipping his finger in, but it’s fun having my little guy be my side kick in the kitchen!