Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Getting Ready

Joey loves to cook. At least, he likes mixing things, and he likes that there is usually food at the end of the process. I've been using this for a variety of reinforcements. Having trouble understanding how to set up a science experiment? Bingo! Cookies. Need some extra hand strength? Bingo! Cookies. Need to work on following instructions? Bingo! Cookies.

Then i wonder why we all have a weight problem. Except Andy, who doesn't care for cookies.

This year, we've been moving it along a notch. I had Joey help me make whipped sweet potatoes last week. This week, we tackled cranberry bread. This is a real feat, because this isn't a throw-it-in-the-bowl recipe. You have to stop and cut in butter cold, requiring hand strength and stamina as you have to grind the cold butter and the sifted flour with your hands, and you have to do it quickly so the butter doesn't melt from touching it. If you know how to cut butter, you know it isn't hard, just tiring if you don't have good hands.

But Joey gave it a good go, and actually did a fabulous job:

The bread looks perfecto. We're having it tomorrow at dinner. I can hardly wait!


Bullet said...

Thomas loves helping to cook as well. Jacob also likes helping - as the chief taster of the ingredients. When we cook pastry we use the tips of our fingers and lift the flour and butter crumbs a little out of the bowl, which helps to stop the butter getting too soft or melting.

Miz Kizzle said...

Does Joey worry about being overweight? He's at the age when body image starts to be a major preoccupation. It's a shame that so many of the recipes intended for children to make are laden with calories.
When my kids were little we used to make stuff like glycerin soaps. There's lots of stirring and measuring but the results aren't edible.