It is no secret that I love cooking in the kitchen with my children. There are few other things that I think are more important than teaching your children how to cook. By teaching them how to cook, you are also teaching them how to eat. By teaching them how to cook, I am hopeful that they will try new things, and when cooking for themselves, that they will make better choices because they have the skill set needed to make a healthy meal. I recently read a book about why people do not cook more. Surprisingly, the answer was that their mothers did not include them in the kitchen. Instead of welcoming them to counter to stir, chop, or measure, they shooed them out of the kitchen. They became afraid of cooking, and to me, that is sad. I get that it is not always the easiest thing to do, sometimes I am busy, and I need to get dinner on the table. But when I have some time, bringing my babies into the kitchen is one of my favorite ways to spend time with them.
I learn a lot about them in conversations over a mixing bowl. We talk about a lot of things that we sometimes miss during our busy days. I also teach them a lot about myself during these times too. I tell them stories about my childhood, how I cooked with my mother and grandmother. I am passing on recipes and traditions that I have had in my life for many, many years. And hopefully, when they have their own families, they will pass them on to their own children. Not only that, they are learning. Measuring, sorting, safety, comprehension, the skills are endless.
When the generous people behind the Guidecraft Kitchen Helper asked me if I would like to try one out in my own kitchen, I jumped at the offer. In all honesty, I have had my eye on this for a long time. The problem that I have in the kitchen is getting my children to be at the right height to reach the counter. Before, they would stand on a chair, and many times, they have fallen off, or started slipping. The Kitchen Helper, is stable and secure, and provides support on both sides so they will not fall. It is sturdy and makes cooking with the kids even easier. It folds up, and is easily stored. I really like this product and wish that I had it years ago, when they were younger.
The Best Chocolate Cake Ever (which is what we are making in these pictures)
Strawberry Ice Cream
Chocolate Chip Cookies
How to Make a Gingerbread House