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Cooking with Kids: Chop Chop Cooking Challenges

Relevance: 100%      Posted on: June 13, 2016

Cooking with Kids

We all know that kids can learn a lot from helping out in the kitchen, right?!  These guys love to help me out with all sorts of tasks in the kitchen, and I love to challenge them.  When I heard about this FREE website full of cooking challenges for kids, I was stoked!  These challenges are designed just for the kids, and the tasks get tougher as they go.  It's a great introduction to different kitchen tools, plus, they love to eat their own creations - can you see how excited they are about it?  As kids complete a challenge, they earn badges to show off their mad skills.  Each challenge comes with how to tips, shopping / storage tips, fun activities and some conversation starters.  Most kids in the Chop Chop  Cooking Club will be ages 5-12, but any age is welcome.  To make it even more exciting, each month there is a giveaway for some awesome kitchen products. The first challenge was a tasty one - Berry Bold Banana Smoothie.  Not only was it fresh ingredients, but they got to use the blender which they always love to do!  Be sure to snap a photo of your kids trying their new creations out.  Then, go to the website, leave your comments with a picture of your kids with their tasty treats and that's it!  Badge earned.     Would your kids love having their own cooking challenge where they can earn badges?  We call this cooking class :)   Be sure to check out the rest of the Cooking with Kids series.  To be a guest contributor for our weekly series, fill out this form.  

Summer #BlogChallenge Day 9 Worst Cooking Disaster

Relevance: 75%      Posted on: June 10, 2012

I won't lie.  I don't love cooking....and I should be embarrassed by this little tale, but it's mostly entertaining.  I don't remember how old I was, under 15 by a year or two.  The guy I was dating at the time stopped by to visit and I happened to have been making lunch.  Very healthy..spaghettios.  We were sitting in the other room and my two sisters were there.  Then one of my sisters started saying....is that water boiling?  After repeating the question about a dozen times, I was like....ahhh shoot....my lunch.  I burned it bad.  It was inedible and very hard to clean up.   It completely burned to the pan.  We have still laughed about this every now and then, and that was years ago!This is the worst cooking disaster I can remember.  I'm sure that there are more, but I don't really remember them, at least not now.   Wanna share your worst cooking disaster?  I would love to read about it.  Feel free to comment below with your story!

Cooking with Kids : A New Weekly Series Seeking Guest Writers – That’s You!

Relevance: 73%      Posted on: February 25, 2016

Cooking with Kids: A Weekly Series

I'm great at ideas.  I have a ton of things I want to write about.  I just don't have a ton of time.  Anyways, for quite awhile now I have been thinking about starting a new series called cooking with kids.  My three year old loves to cook and help me in the kitchen, even if it is just washing dishes.  I'm hoping this series will be tips for helping kids cook, types of jobs they can help with in the kitchen, and even meals that are easy for them to make. To start with, let me introduce my little helpers in case you are new around here.  Meet Maggie, my five year old little singer. Meet Charlie, my three year old, always wanting to help in the kitchen guy. Meet Henry, my 16 month old little hambone who just wants to eat everything in the kitchen. During any meal you can likely find at least one of these guys out there with a stool or chair helping with something.  While I have a ton of ideas on what I want to share with you guys over the course of this {hopefully} weekly series, I am hoping that some of you, my dear readers, as well as some of my blogging buddies will want to contribute.  You can fill out the form below to be a guest writer on my site.  Even if you don't write a blog, you can still share your knowledge of cooking with kids.  I'm so excited about it and I can't wait to hear what you all have to share. Loading... This week is just an introduction.  Now it's your turn, I'd love to hear how young your little helpers are, as well as any specific thoughts, ideas or topics you may have.

Cooking with Kids: Cookbooks

Relevance: 65%      Posted on: February 11, 2020

Cookbooks for Kids

*Disclosure:  Affiliate links may be included.* Pinterest is amazing, right?! So many recipes to choose from and things to try. That being said, I love having a regular cookbook and so do the kids. We have a few different kids cookbooks that they love looking through to choose recipes. Today when the neighbor girl came over, the girls decided we needed to pick out a recipe and bake something delicious. Today I want to share some of my kids' favorite cookbooks and we hope your family enjoys the recipes as well. Pictures are taken from the Creative Kids Yum!-Schooling cookbook and the chocolate chip cookies recipes. This cookbook is full of desserts that my kids love baking. I was very hands-off today and let the girls do this with very minimal input from me. They love following this because everything is clearly labeled. First it shows with pictures the ingredients needed; the tools needed and then step by step instructions of what to do. At the end of the recipe, it has a checklist and a spot to draw a picture of their recipe or the process. It has some questions and answers about each recipe and then different activities throughout the book. Eat Your Way Through the USA and Eat Your Way Around the World. We use this to go along with geography as we try foods normally eaten in that area. These usually include a full meal - a main dish, side dish and dessert as well as a little information about that place. Start to Cook is a wonderful kid friendly cookbook that not only gives your kids tons of great recipes, but also teaches them kitchen safety.  Whether we are talking about food allergies or substitutions, your children will learn a lot about keeping their food prep space safe and ready to cook. Children's World Cookbook is similar in style to the Start to Cookbook with the vibrant pictures and step by step directions and a little about the country. Separated by country, each recipe tells you a little about the area, ingredients you need, step-by-step directions . With over 30 recipes, you are sure to discovered something new you love. 20 Recipes Kids Should Know is a cookbook written by two sisters. With great recipes to teach kids a basic approach to cooking, this cookbook is fun to have around. Fairy Cooking is full of adorable recipes that are perfect for a tea party or anything else. The recipes are delightful treats your kids will have fun making and eating! Another Usborne cookbook with easy to see ingredients and directions to follow filled with gorgeous images to go along with the recipes. These are obviously just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to cookbooks for kids. Follow along each week for more cooking with kids fun.  The best part of the kids having their own cookbooks is they love picking out recipes and if they pick out their own recipes is that they are more willing to try new foods.  

20 Recipes Kids Should Know Cookbook Giveaway

Relevance: 63%      Posted on: May 28, 2019

20 Recipes Kids Should Know is a cookbook created by two sisters. Your kids will love creating these recipes while they make their own memories in your kitchen.

*Disclosure: Affiliate links may be included in this post. All opinions are my own.* My kids absolutely love having their own cookbooks and guess what - it encourages them to choose what is for dinner. When they choose, they help cook it - they are way more likely to eat it. Today we are giving away a cookbook prize pack. The prize pack includes the cookbook 20 Recipes Kids Should Know, a bowl and some measuring cups. About the Book: The perfect book for children, this fun and engaging cookbook is written and photographed by a pair of young sisters for budding chefs. Whether they're helping stir cake batter or producing their own YouTube cooking channel, kids of all ages are getting increasingly busy in the kitchen. This cookbook features twenty classic recipes that are fun, healthy, adaptable, and easy to prepare. From banana bread and the perfect grilled cheese to breaded chicken and apple pie, each recipe is written in a clear, accessible style that young cooks of every level will be able to follow. The author is a young chef whose love of cooking developed from her own family's food traditions like baking popovers with her grandmother and Sunday-night pizza making. By teaching kids basic recipes that can be adapted in endless ways, this book is the perfect launching pad to finding their way around the kitchen--or launching their own cooking careers. About the author and photographer: ESME and CALISTA WASHBURN are sisters living in New York City. Esme, who is in middle school, is an amateur chef and cooking enthusiast. She has learned everything she knows from her grandmother. Calista, a recent high school graduate and budding photographer, loves helping out in the kitchen and eating the delicious food that Esme cooks.   To enter the giveaway - comment on my Facebook post letting me know your favorite memory or mishap of cooking with your kids.  Giveaway ends at 11:59 pm CST on May 31, 2019.  Open to US only.  

My week of vacation…..or not….

Relevance: 47%      Posted on: March 13, 2012

This week, I am lucky enough to have 2 awesome kids staying at my house that aren't mine. I am not being sarcastic either. I used to live 10 minutes from my sister and her kids got to stay with me a lot. Now I live 45 minutes away, so sick days and single days off of school aren't quite as convenient. But still, when they have a few days or spring break or whatever, the kids have the option to come stay with Auntie or go to A + at school. I bet you can guess what they choose....ME!!!!! Why wouldn't they, not only am I awesome (hahaha) but I have a fun little toddler and two dogs. Plus, not nearly as many rules. This week is spring break. Now, the biggest problem we face, is that we only have 2 bedrooms. Since my daughter is possibly the worlds worst sleeper, okay, not the worst, but definitely not the best, I have moved her into my bedroom for the week. This is messing with naps especially! We have room darkening curtains in her room which have seemed to improve nap time so much, but we don't have these in my room. This means moving the rocking chair back and forth between the rooms because I still rock my 17 month old to sleep, or at least mostly to sleep. The other trouble is that my 5 year old niece doesn't want to listen to me when I say it's time to settle down because it's almost time for Maggie to go to bed. So instead of quieting down, she throws the ball for the dog. So now instead of 10 minutes to get Maggie to sleep, it takes an hour......not liking this at all. It is seriously cutting into my me time...and I only get this at night as it is. Nap time usually involves waking up numerous times. On the plus side, my 10 year old nephew loves to cook and has been cooking all of our meals so far. Now...to get him to clean the kitchen when he is done. This is a huge help though, I hate cooking! Oh well, come back next week and hear all about our adventures!

Cooking Up Some Family Favorites with Jumbo Stuffed Shells #recipe

Relevance: 40%      Posted on: August 8, 2014

#FamilyFavorites, Jumbo Stuffed Shells, #shop

As a parent, any meal loaded with veggies that the kids love is a win, and our Jumbo Stuffed Shells recipe is just the thing. In the summer, it is even more fun because we hit up the garden or the farmer's market for some really fresh vegetables to add in. The kids {sort of} help cut up the vegetables. Most of the time, I have all of the ingredients for this already in the cupboard from our weekly shopping trips to Walmart. Have you ever noticed that the pasta aisle is the busiest aisle in the store?