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Kids In The Kitchen? Sounded Like a Good Idea... 
Dec. 6, 2011 3:20 pm 
Updated: Dec. 8, 2011 6:43 am
Last night before I went to bed, I scoured over the pantry contents to figure out the next "freezer fix" for our family get together. I'm in charge of the desserts this year and I already have, cream cheese pound cake, and carrot cake in the freeze... so next on the list is the old cake balls!

In my obviously over-tiredness or maybe that one extra glass of wine... Made the grand statement .." now... that is something AJ and Audrie, 3 years and 2 years respectivily, would have a blast doing tomorrow..."

The kids arrive at 6:15 and 7:30 , we eat our breakfast.  Next is a little Disney Jr. while Oma does the dishes.  A little lap time with each, often both together on my lap... reading thier favorite books for the 200th time.  I really don't mind...I've memorized most of them by now!

It's 10:00 and I start pulling out the baking stuff... I turn around... and there my litlle loves where already dragging thier chairs across my kitchen floor... to assume their position at "OMA's" Counter!

The cake baking part  proceeded fairly usual, as we have done this part numerous times.. My Kiddo's are old pro's at this baking gig!  As for the next step of mixing the cooled cake with the icing... not so smooth! 

When I said the kids would have a blast.. I didn't think I would need an actual sand blaster to remove all the baking love frome thier little cheeks, hair and forearms!  It took me a total of 5 minutes to realize... What were you thinking?

Needless to say, Oma put the cake and icing mixture and placed it in the fridge to be rolled into balls at a later time... Like Nap Time!

I never realized how messy this process time I'll know... Right? All in all they did have fun and that's what really matters!

Dec. 6, 2011 7:42 pm
And they will always have a love of baking because you let them have that fun! My little girl is 15 months going on 6 and I had to giggle at the word "sandblast". What a perfect word. I had to "sandblast" my little girl the other day when she decided to get into the cuppy cake icing. Great post, I can completely relate.
Dec. 7, 2011 4:45 am
If they had fun, it was a success! I'm planning a cookie decorating day with my 3 little kiddos. I have already envisioned what my table, floor, walls, will look like when they get started. My dogs are gonna love all the "stuff" on the floor! Sounds like you had a very fun, tiring day!
Dec. 7, 2011 7:10 am
One time as I was preparing pizza for dinner, my granddaughters decided to help. I doubt there was a single ingredient that didn't get to the counter top and floor. When the job was done I told them they had to help me clean the mess which they did. When Nana got home the first thing out of the older one's mouth was, "We cleaned the kitchen, Nana! Now you don't have to be mad at us for helping Bumpa!" Now they are 13 and 16 (and 80 miles away) and will talk about helping me cook whenever they get here.
Dec. 7, 2011 8:28 am
Love it Terri. Those will be great memories and some of that great cooking skills will rub off on the kids. My 3 year old granddaughter pulls up the chair and grabs her apron whenever I start pulling out bowls and measuring cups. Gotta love them!
Dec. 7, 2011 9:04 am
Isn't it just the best of times? I cherish this every year. In re: dragging the chairs. I bought two stools that fold flat for storage. Plastic. Inexpensive, got em in a catalog. They each have their own color and set them up at the counter when it is time. I use them as stepstools. If you see them, go for it. You will be glad.
Dec. 7, 2011 1:49 pm
I don't make cake balls alone because they're too messy, I can just imagine what your munchkins looked like! I bet they loved every minute of it.
Dec. 7, 2011 1:49 pm
Thanks All for stopping in! We did have a good time and the cakeballs turned out yummy! Only half of them made it into the freezer though! CG What a great Idea with the stools. I see a craft idea in the making... letting them decorate their stool with stickers... I saw some with letters so they can put their name on them! Gonna have to get three though... for when the grandson comes to visit!
Dec. 7, 2011 1:51 pm
BSM, The kid clean up was actually easir than the floor and the counter tops, fronts and all the crooks and crevices! But so well worth a little elbow grease!
Dec. 7, 2011 10:15 pm
My mom made her kitchen a rockin place for us kids and the consequence of that is the lifelong passion for cooking that I have. I, in turn, made the kitchen into a rocking place for my own kids and, yep, I have two adult daughters who are fearless in the kitchen. You go girl. Cleaning up kid stuff is just a part of doing business, lol.
Dec. 8, 2011 6:43 am
Re: folding stools. You can use them for a plant stand on the porch too. They are small, easy for them to handle, fold/unfold. Probably the size of a good sized bathroom wastebasket. I store mine in the narrow place between my refrig. and the cabinet, they just slip right in.
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I was a working mother of 2 boys! I didn't have much time for cooking... now that the boys are grown and on their own... I have been enjoying learning and appreciating the art of cooking. I started with a day of baking with my mother in law and I was hooked! Not to mention my new stepkids... what was two... now is four! Our family is growing we now have a grandson, Damien, and one on the way! My grandson loves his visits with Gramma and Grampa...We spend quality time in the kitchen snd chronical our visits here on AR!
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