Some of my fondest memories of my mother were spent ‘cooking’. I have to use this word loosely since it wasn’t just the act of measuring, pouring and mixing. That in itself was one aspect, but really, it was so much more.
My childhood home had the most beautiful vegetable garden, memories of walking the rows and choosing the ripe foods seem like yesterday. My mother, pail in hand, hummed a song quietly while she tended to her much-loved hobby. Though I’m sure I stepped on more plants than not and ate more than I dropped in her bucket. Flash forward to sitting at the table with Mom and Dad,shelling peas from the garden for that nights meal….
Good times. Perfect times.
As a Mother, with blurry days of chaos all around – I need to remember these simple moments of my own childhood. I would love nothing more than to have my own kids think back one day and see these times, as some of the best of their lives.
We may not have a vegetable garden, but I can slow things down in my day to involve them in ‘cooking’. When shopping, let them choose the apples to place into the bag, for instance. And I personally can’t wait for Spring to come and the farmers market to open!
I still love baking to this day, and though it’s an extra step for me to prepare, I try and measure out ingredients so the twincesses can help Mommy pour them all into the bowl. Their proud smiles show me that they are making memories, hopefully as fond as my own when I was young.
It may be working, my oldest loves nothing more than to stand with me at the sink and peel potatoes. Cooking with kids needent be complicated nor planned. The simple things account for more than we realize.
What little ways do you involve your kids with ‘cooking’?
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