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In all of our lives we all "Mess Up",but this is how we learn.Let the kids make the already to bake cookies.They will love it and will want to make home made before you know it.A friend of mine has an
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Kids making a "mess"

posted at 11/15/2010 1:37 AM EST
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In all of our lives we all "Mess Up",but this is how we learn.Let the kids make the already to bake cookies.They will love it and will want to make home made before you know it.A friend of mine has an 11year old daughter and she still had not let the girl make anything.She had her 12th birthday last week and I gave her an apron,oven mitts,spatula,cookie sheet and some cookie dough for her birthday.She had a ball making the cookies and eating them and wants to keep baking.Both of my boys can cook and bake and I'm so proud of them.When my youngest boy was 3 1/2 years old he surprise me with a cup of coffee that he made,I was horrified thinking OMG he made a mess every where.To my surprise he set up the coffee maker and not a drop of water anywhere,perfect.I asked him how he knew how to do that and he said from watching you Mommy.Kids are paying attention even when you think they are not,let them help you in the kitchen.The kitchen is the heart beat of the home and many strong bonds are made in the kitchen and around the dinner table.Enjoy your family,why not buy a "baking kit" for a favorite little chef in your life,many things can be bought in the dollar stores and the memories will last a life time.Happy holidays to all.

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posted at 11/15/2010 3:00 AM EST
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My 7yr old granddaughter just LOVES to bake. She made her Dad my son his B-Day cake. Then she decorated it. She made it a Football theme cake with his favorite team & favorite player on it. All I did was put it in the oven  & took it out of the oven for her & she did the rest. Very little mess at all. If I could I would post the picture of the cake that she made, because he was so proud of the job she did he took a picture of it. But I don't see anywhere to post it.

Re: Kids making a "mess"

posted at 11/15/2010 6:06 AM EST
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GALE;
What awonderful story & OH SO VERY TRUE
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I started  out learning how to cook by "watching" myGreat aunt in her tiny kitchen.I sat there chatting away as 5 yo kids do while she shelled peas, scraped carrots &  seasoned dishes.I thought I was" helping".As I grew older and I actually could help;  she let me.!By  time I was 8yo, I was really cooking whole meals meals( roast chicken, veggie sides, even a pineapple upside down cake.SurprisedI always cleaned up as I went along; just like aunt Essie did ( the only way I knew) To this day "I CLEAN UP AS I GO"; perhaps that's one of the reasonsI love cooking so much...no messes to clean up later"Smile

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In all of our lives we all "Mess Up",but this is how we learn.Let the kids make the already to bake cookies.They will love it and will want to make home made before you know it.A friend of mine has an 11year old daughter and she still had not let the girl make anything.She had her 12th birthday last week and I gave her an apron,oven mitts,spatula,cookie sheet and some cookie dough for her birthday.She had a ball making the cookies and eating them and wants to keep baking.Both of my boys can cook and bake and I'm so proud of them.When my youngest boy was 3 1/2 years old he surprise me with a cup of coffee that he made,I was horrified thinking OMG he made a mess every where.To my surprise he set up the coffee maker and not a drop of water anywhere,perfect.I asked him how he knew how to do that and he said from watching you Mommy.Kids are paying attention even when you think they are not,let them help you in the kitchen.The kitchen is the heart beat of the home and many strong bonds are made in the kitchen and around the dinner table.Enjoy your family,why not buy a "baking kit" for a favorite little chef in your life,many things can be bought in the dollar stores and the memories will last a life time.Happy holidays to all.
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posted at 11/15/2010 6:24 AM EST
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As I learned to cook w/myAunt Essie,I made mistakes. (part of the learning process). She always remindedme that "people make mistakes";" that's why G-d puts erasers on the bottom of pencils"Laughing By making mistakes; we learn how to"FIX" mistakes & that too is part of the'learing process Ifsomething is spilledEmbarassed; we learn how to clean up the messWinkwe made ourselves & to not leave it for somebody else to haveto  come along & make it right....a lesson suitable for all later stages of our lives.If the mess we made is too big for us  to  takecareof/handle by ourselves, it's OK to ask for &   accept help from someone more knowlegeable than ourselves.
"some day' we will be the one able to help smeone elseSmile

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   GALE; What awonderful story & OH SO VERY TRUE . I started  out learning how to cook by "watching" myGreat aunt in her tiny kitchen.I sat there chatting away as 5 yo kids do while she shelled peas, scraped carrots &  seasoned dishes.I thought I was" helping ".As I grew older and I actually could help;  she let me.!By  time I was 8yo, I was really cooking whole meals meals( roast chicken, veggie sides, even a pineapple upside down cake. I always cleaned up as I went along ; just like aunt Essie did ( the only way I knew) To this day "I CLEAN UP AS I GO"; perhaps that's one of the reasonsI love cooking so much... no messes to clean up later " In Response to Kids making a "mess" :
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posted at 11/15/2010 7:46 AM EST
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Kathy - about posting a photo........ Look at the botton of your messasge form.  On the right side - not too far right - it will have a tiny icon that looks like a square tree on a tiny strip of graqss. 
After typing your message, just click on the "tree".  A small thing will pop up that lets you go searching in your files for the photo you want --- just click on that and your photo will appear.

Please try - I want to see your grand daughter's cake.

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posted at 1/23/2011 10:13 PM EST
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I learned to cook helping my grandmother.  Helped her make home made macaroni, ravioli, etc.  Also helped my mother with cooking and canning.  Both of my sons helped me in the kitchen from when they were little.  Both now cook. The youngest son does more cooking than the older one, but they both are able to cook.  Since I had the knee problems and had to have surgery, my youngest son made the cookies the last few holidays.  Everyone told him how good they were and he told them:  I learned from the BEST!!!

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posted at 1/24/2011 9:21 AM EST
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Oh -Marie  -- what a touching post.  You're a blessed woman ...... with blessed sons

Re: Kids making a "mess"

posted at 5/3/2011 12:27 PM EDT
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When my youngest daughter was around 3, she began waking me up on Saturday mornings with her cooking.  Just started one day by scrambling a dozen eggs and toasting a half a loaf of bread.  And I ate it...  She's been cooking ever since.  And I'm still cleaning up after her (she's 23)...  LOL!!!

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posted at 5/3/2011 9:58 PM EDT
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My son is 11 and he loves to bake.  He always wants to help me when I am baking.  The other day, he made cupcakes from scratch all by himself.  It was a little messy, but he had fun doing it and they tasted pretty good too!  I'm glad he has an interest in baking and hope he continues to bake with me.

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posted at 5/8/2011 8:00 PM EDT
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I think it is great to "allow" kids to mess up & then show them you can fix it.  It makes them much more confident in all things.

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posted at 5/8/2011 10:08 PM EDT
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Great stories everyone.  When my kids were little they always wanted to help in the kitchen but when they got to be teenagers they kind of lost interest.  Now that they are both on their own they both have to cook and bake.  My son is the cook, while my daughter tends to favor baking more.  But they always surprise me when they call to ask about a recipe that they remember from when they were little.

Re: Kids making a "mess"

posted at 10/23/2011 9:07 PM EDT
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Great stories everyone!



i know---i saw this post way too late
sorryEmbarassed

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