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Sep 8, 2008 01:35 PM

cooking at home with your kids!

So, I'm a single mom with a 4-year-old and I'm always looking for new ways to spend quality time with him, We love to eat out, but my newest attempt at "family togetherness" is in the kitchen. I've started actively looking for recipes that my son can help me fix. Yesterday I decided to invite one of his friends over and make cup cakes to deliver to friends. It took way longer than I though and it was really messy, but we all had a blast! I cheated a little and used a box cake mix but we did something special that was delish! We poked mini candy bars into the middle of the cupcake batter before we cooked them, then there friends took a bite they got a gooey yummy surprise! I'll keep you posted on how the rest of my, "Cooking with Kids" adventures go! :)

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  1. When my kids were little, I was a single mom too. Cooking together is something that the girls remember now that they are grown. After I married DH, we joined two families and used cooking as the bridge. Worked like a charm.

    Last Christmas we had a tamale assembly line with grown children, spouses and grandkids. I just watched and took pictures. They had a blast and want to do it again this year.

    1. cup cakes are a great idea erina, also assemble your own pizza, get the dough, then have your child spoon sauce on, add cheese and put the vegetables she likes to eat on. They can help make assemble sandwiches. Make jello with fruit bits in.

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      1. re: smartie

        Make the dough. the kids love to watch it rise.

      2. I used cooking as a way of getting my daughter-units interested different foods while teaching them to be independent. They could put together a pot of pasta for their friends for a quick lunch or bake a batch of cupcakes with minimal supervision. Nowadays, all three will easily pull together full meals with ease and confidence. I often silently lament missing my kitchen but the wonderful meals keep me content.

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        1. re: The Ranger

          I think my daughters learned all of their early math through cooking. counting (the number of cups of x in a recipe) fractions, multiplication and division (doubling and halving recipies.). They are almost 7 now, and made their Grandfather Shrimp Scampi for his birthday. The only rule is there must be an adult in the kitchen before the oven or stove isturned on.

          It also taught them to read and write. We will make any recipe, but they have to read it and write out the shopping list.

        2. Good job, Mom! The kitchen is a great place for family bonding.

          1. Most of my best memories as a child revolve around food and cooking. I remember making cookies, cinammon rolls, and helping prep most meals. I would recommend decorating gingerbread men or sugar cookies during the holidays.