When I was growing up, the first thing I really learned to cook that didn’t involve an aluminum tray was pancakes. I was thrilled to be able to make something I really liked and from that day forward, pancakes were my “specialty”. Mother’s Day? Why she’s getting pancakes, of course. Father’s Day? He’s getting pancakes, too!
With my mother’s assistance, I eventually graduated to french toast, scrambled eggs, bacon on the extra-crispy side (I still haven’t quite mastered the art of bacon!) and for special occasions, chocolate chip cookies.
Learning to cook with my mom is a special memory for me and with my own children, we’ve begun to forge some special traditions that I hope they will remember when they grow up.
The one really special thing we do is bake birthday cakes for everyone’s birthdays. In fact, nobody in our family has ever had a bakery or store-bought cake. Hopefully, never having had a Barbie or Spongebob cake isn’t scarring my kids too badly!
To make it extra fun, I let my kids decide what kind of cake we’re going to make (keeping in mind, of course, the birthday person’s preferences). This means, for example, that my husband gets a chocolate cake with some kind of special addition like chocolate or butterscotch chips and most likely a homemade fudgy frosting.
I also let them add the ingredients I’ve measured and use the hand blender to mix it, though occasionally one of them will lift it too far out of the batter or frosting and spatter all of us with it (we’re still working on the part!) When the cakes are done and cooled, I give each of them a rubber spatula and let them frost away and then cover their cake with sprinkles, colored sugar or colored confetti candy.
This tradition has become so popular that when someone’s birthday is coming up, they remind me days in advance to make sure I have all the ingredients needed!
What’s with all the cooking talk, you ask? Well, The Motherhood, Rice Krispies® and yours truly are asking moms to share some of their special kitchen and meal time moments. Your idea could be selected to be a part of the new campaign and at least two readers will win a fun prize from Rice Krispies.
So tell me, dear readers, what special things do you do in the kitchen or around meals with your kids that you’d like to share? You can answer the above question OR the following “fast five” in the comments to be one of two randomly selected prize winners and remember, your idea could become part of a new Rice Krispies campaign!
- What is the wackiest creation to come out of your kitchen when you and/or the kids were trying something new?
- Do you have any special traditions that the kids look forward to doing in the kitchen with you?
- What was the first meal you taught your kids to cook?
- Have you experienced any kitchen disasters with your kids?
- Do you have a nightly ritual with your family when it comes to meal time? If so, please share it!
If you have photos or video of you and your kids in the kitchen, feel free to share a link!