Yep, you heard me right. I let my three-year-old son bake with me. And, he actually gets to help - not just lick the beaters (which, of course, he also gets to do). If you didn't doubt my sanity before, I'm certain that you are now. It wasn't always a fun experience, but I wanted him to be able to help me, so I've learned a few tricks along the way that have helped make baking with Gavin easier and a lot less stressful.
|Making chocolate pie.|
The first thing I learned is to always have extra ingredients on hand - usually enough to make TWO of whatever I'm making. Why? Well, I let Gavin do things like pour ingredients into the bowl, whisk ingredients together, even measure out items such as sugar and milk. Of course, no matter how many times I tell him to be careful, watch what he's doing, and stir slowly, he always seems to forget one of these things. I'll say, "Stir this nice and slow," and the next thing you know his arm is moving so fast that the bowl of ingredients goes flying off of the counter and onto the floor. Oops. Or, he'll get distracted and accidentally dump an entire cup of milk onto the floor rather than into the bowl. Uh oh. So, I've learned to be prepared for these situations and always have back-up ingredients.
|Frozen Strawberry Pie|