Three words that instantly fills me with dread. Baking with kids. Now, in theory it sounds amazing, but you just know that “that mum” who posts beautiful photos of the kids doing all the fun parts like mixing and pouring, has had a conversation more like, “mix it! Keep going…no, you’ve missed a big lump. Here let me do it.” And then the kids become redundant…”That mum” is me. I’m happy to announce though that today it wasnt me! for once. Not even lying!
The past few days we’ve had my niece round for a few sleepovers, and the girls are literally obsessed with Minecraft. They’ve spent the majority of time on it together – which I have no issue with, it’s lovely to see them playing together. But it was getting a bit excessive, so I took control and said no Minecraft today! Instead, we’re going to get creative and make/bake/paint!
So after breakfast we got dressed and popped to the shops for ingredients. I might add I also picked up my 2 year old nephew along the way…so now I had 5 kids, aged 9,7,2,2 and 6 months. Baking will be fun. It will be fun. Repeat the mantra.
Once we finished at the shops and walked home, I tidied up the kitchen and got everything set and prepared for the girls. Easy peasy, it’s going too well! I thought. And right on cue. Just as the girls and I got started with making some cookies, one of the boys had pooed and needed a nappy change, and the baby was demanding a feed. Wonderful. How does one person divide themselves into three!?
Luckily, the girls and I were able to finish making the cookies and get them in the oven before feeding the baby. So whilst I was doing that, the girls tidied and washed up in the kitchen ready for the next session of baking brownies! I managed to get the baby to sleep in time for this too thankfully, and the younger boys were happy watching Thomas the Tank Engine in the living room. (I say watching, they completely destroyed my living room with toys everywhere!)
So we cracked on. Again, I let the girls have free reign of everything except the measurements (as I don’t currently own any weighing scales) and they took it in turns to mix, pour, crack eggs etc. We poured the brownie mixture into the tin and I popped it in the oven. I’ve gotta say, the cookies and brownies came out perfectly! We also made some fudge, but the girls had a new found interest in finding music to listen to on YouTube by this point, so rather, I made some fudge, and now it’s all stuck to the tray…if anyone has any hints or tips on how to cut it for next time that would be grand!
I have to say, I was really apprehensive about baking with the girls, but I needn’t have been! They showed they are more than capable of doing things properly, and I’ve realised that even if they aren’t, it doesn’t matter. They’re only kids! If they mess it up, it’s not the end of the world. If it’s lumpy, oh well. If they forget an ingredient – who hasn’t from time to time??They’ll learn from the mistakes and next time will be better!
I am rather amazed that I managed to keep it together today and entertain 5 little people! Maybe next time I’ll venture into getting the girls to cook dinner! (Wouldn’t that be nice?!)
What do you get baking and cooking in the kitchen with the kids?
– Becky x