In the spirit of Labor Day, take a break and get outside! That’s what we’re doing this weekend (various BBQs and picnics mixed in with some meetings and work, actually…). If you need a little inspiration, we’ve linked up to some of our favorite previous posts for whole family activities.
Muffins are wonderful. They are quick to make and they infinitely customizable from whatever supplies you have on hand. This makes them ideal for inclusion in our Pint Sized Cooking series. This week we’re making the Buried Treasure Muffins from Klutz Kids Cooking: A Slightly Messy Manual. Like any truly useful muffin recipe, this recipe can be tailored to suit whatever you want to include or in my case on this Sunday morning (like most Sunday mornings), whatever veggies I need to get rid of before the next CSA delivery.
“Cook” yourself some giant bubbles to join cooking skills with outdoor fun!
Cooking isn’t always food. You heard it here first. Generally speaking, yes, you are cooking in order to produce something to eat. But if my childhood experiments in the kitchen are any indication, cooking can also be about the process no matter the end product. As it turns out, children’s cookbooks know this! Some even include recipes for things that are not people food (playdough, bubbles, dog biscuits) so that you and your child can get busy in the kitchen and leave with something that may not be edible…but is still useful. You will also have something less wasteful than my all-flour, no-sugar signature chocolate cake-brick of 1993.
For our first installment of Pint Sized Cooking, a cooking series aimed at including children in the kitchen, we’re going to be making Mollie Katzen’s Cream of Tomato Soup and Crispy Cheese Crackers from Salad People. But first! Why should you cook with children? I know what you might be thinking… There are knifes! Flames! The kitchen is positively a death trap! Perhaps, but it can be quite safe with some adult supervision, and there are just loads of things your pint sized assistant can learn by joining you.