Here is the list of what we can expect:
Sugar Snap Peas*
(*totally reasonable and normal vegetables)
Only a few weeks in we've had a TON of strawberries, some asparagus, sugar snap peas, rhubarb, and blueberries. We've eaten our fair share straight out of the box...
...and Finn and I have had lots of kitchen adventures already.
Here's what we've tried:
1. Strawberry Rhubarb Mini Pies
(toddler knife similar to this one)
|strawberries and rhubarb go in the pot|
|cutting dough circles|
|Dad helps cut lattice strips for the tops|
|tedious little lattice tops... a toddler free step ;)|
2. Strawberry Cheesecake Streusel Muffins
No pics of these, but trust me they were fabulous and looked just like the picture in the recipe link. Lots of steps though, Finn could only make it through mixing up each layer and I did most of the assembly without his "help".
3. Strawberry Freezer Jam
Through no fault of this recipe, I bought the wrong kind of fruit pectin and so the jam we made never really jelled up to full-on jam consistency. We've been using it in PB&Js anyways, and it's great on pancakes. It was my first time attempting jam and very easy to make though, so I will definitely give it another shot.
|Eating about four strawberries for every one he cut|
|At least they look pretty|
4. Strawberry French Toast Roll-Ups
These were a big fat fail the first time I tried to make them (totally did not read directions right- this is a hazard of cooking while distracted by a toddler), and just as big of a WIN when I tried them again. We used Nutella, but you can also use cream cheese. I personally won't be messing with the perfect combo of Nutella and strawberries but will definitely be making them again.
|fail version... nothing about this says "roll up"|
|second try, much improved|
|for the record, Finn actually approved of both versions|
These were great but I have to say I prefer the strawberry ones. Finn disagrees.
|blueberry quality control|
|you're going to have to squeeze a bit harder than that, buddy|
|adding cinnamon and nutmeg|
|not very pretty but that didn't keep them from being eaten up immediately|
My quick tips for baking with a toddler...
1. Buy (or convince your husband to make) a learning tower. Sure you can use a chair, but this allows a tiny bit less hovering to make sure he doesn't fall off of it. Sometimes that stirring gets rather vigorous, man. (Insert disclaimer about OF COURSE I monitor my kid while he's in the kitchen but I'm not always touching him.) We get a ton of use out of ours that Finn's dad made him for Christmas (although we have yet to paint it, oops).
2. Prep stuff a bit ahead of time. I try to get all the ingredients and tools out before I get Finn involved. Once we start he has a limited attention span so I don't want to use that up searching for stuff in the kitchen or realizing I don't have what we need. It also keeps me from having to walk far away from him while he's in the vicinity of stuff he could hurt himself on or make a huge mess with. If there are steps that I know he can't be involved in (sharp knives, hot pans) I try to do that ahead of time if I can.
|nice try mom but you exceeded your allotment of toddler attention span for the day!|
3. LET GO... of your kitchen being clean, of your recipe looking or tasting perfect, and of each step being followed precisely. This is probably the only important one. You're only going to frustrate yourself and your toddler if you think of baking with them as anything but a fun adventure. I may or may not have learned this the hard way ;)