If you’re anything like me, you love peanut butter. On sandwiches, in ice cream, even just by itself on a spoon! Well, my son seems to have inherited my love of peanut butter, but he’s too little to eat it straight from the jar. Not a problem! I found a great recipe for peanut butter cookies that uses a whole jar of peanut butter in it, so he’ll be very excited to help make that.
My little guy really loves to cook with Mommy and Daddy. A few weeks ago, we made a â€œsprinkle cake.â€ It was so easy, and he was particularly excited to be wearing the new monkey apron we got him (he really likes monkeys these days). I just bought a box of yellow cake mix and a bottle of rainbow sprinkles. We made the cake mix according to the box directions my son helped crack the eggs, pour in the water, and mixed it up â€œvery fast, Mommy!â€ It was so cute. When we were done mixing, I just had him dump in the whole bottle of sprinkles, and we mixed just a little more, baked, and voilÃ¡ – sprinkle cake!
We have a family party to go to this Sunday, and we’re in charge of the fruit salad. Fortunately, in addition to cookies and cake, my son loves fruits and vegetables a mother’s dream! I’ve never had to coerce him to eat anything, as he has had eclectic tastes from the get-go. He was a tiny little thing when he started dipping his green beans in fresh grated parmesan cheese, just to give you an idea. Anyway, I figured he’d be a natural to help me make this fresh fruit salad recipe. At 2 ½ years old, he can’t cut anything up, but he’s great at pouring and mixing. He can help me measure the lemon juice, sugar, and vanilla, and he can mix everything together.
As a kid, I always enjoyed cooking with my parents, so it’s a real joy for me to see how much my son loves it too. Even when he’s not cooking with us, he’s cooking at his own â€œkitchenâ€ in our family room. My folks just brought him his own little pretend coffee potâ€¦it’s one of those stainless steel pitchers they use in restaurants to bring you hot water for your teaâ€¦and I can’t tell you how many cups of coffee and tea we’ve had in the last three days!