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Apr. 9, 2013 3:56 pm 
Updated: Apr. 10, 2013 7:57 am
It's spring time in the Rockies!  The last few days the temps have been in the 60*s.  Just lovely!  Last night it started snowing.  We got the phone call that school was cancelled.  What do you do when it snows?  Bake cookies, of course.  So this afternoon, I got my 8th grade daughter in the kitchen and had her make some chocolate chip cookies:

She did most of the prep and I got out the measuring cups, spoons, bulk items from the pantry & fridge.  And I did the recipe reading and gave directions as needed for how to measure.  Although I did take a turn once at the stirring, she did well. 

When it came to dropping the dough on the pan, I handed her the tablespoon sized cookie scoop.  The first 2 cookies looked great, so I left the room for a minute.  When I came back and looked at the pan, I noticed that the cookie size (dough) had increased from the original size to about 1/4 cup each!  Then on the second pan she started making smaller scoops to try to fill up the pan.   We made 1/2 the recipe.  So the pan with smaller cookies was done in 9 minutes, and the pan with big cookies was done in 12 minutes.  And the big cookies had spread so much that most of them were joined, and we had a big rectangle cookie pizza. 

I told her that next time we might just bake it in the pizza pan.  She just smiled and said "okay." 

I realize that I should have had her in the kitchen a couple years ago, as when I was her age, I was totally comfortable with making cookies from scratch.  But, we will lots spend time in the kitchen over the summer.  I think she's going to be a fine cook.

Apr. 9, 2013 5:46 pm
What fun times! I remember the first thing I ever made - peanut butter fudge, with a friend. We were about 9 yrs. old and were so proud as we mixed everything up. But then the fudge never set, so we ended up eating it with a spoon until my older sister suggested using it as an ice cream topping. Perfection! I think a cookie pizza sounds delicious!
Apr. 10, 2013 7:57 am
You've still got time to shape her into a fine cook, Clover. My mother never taught me to cook or even thought it was important to teach me to cook. I asked her about a year ago why she never taught me to cook, and her reply was that it was just a natural thing in her era. All women ended up cooking once they got married. (I know that's not true, tho. Some women were terrible cooks!) Somehow, I did learn to cook and love doing it, but I wanted my children to know how BEFORE they left home. When they went to college, they both (a girl and a boy) could cook and do their own laundry, two very useful skills!
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My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was growing up we always made popcorn balls together as a family for Christmas. And with my own kids, we made frosted cookies for Santa on Christmas eve.
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The first Thanksgiving dinner that I made for my husband and I felt like an accomplishment because I had Never made a big dinner by myself before.
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Many, I'm sure, but I don't dwell on them.
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