Mamatography 2014- Week 1: Cookies

A dear friend of mine invited us over to make cookies with a few other kids. Little did I know it was a cookie extravaganza!  The cookie dough was made ahead of time, then we just had to roll out the dough, place the cookie cutters and bake. The kids had a blast decorating farm animals, dinosaurs, cowboy boots and random shapes. It was great for the moms to get together to chat while the kids had a blast running and laughing together.
Instead of focusing on the artificial food coloring I tried to focus on the fun (while encouraging the nibbling of carrots).  How do you deal with parties and times with friend and family that includes food that you’d prefer to avoid?


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Kitchen Adventures

Welcome to the November Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids in the Kitchen
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Hobo Mama and Code Name: Mama. This month our participants have shared how kids get involved in cooking and feeding. Please read to the end to find a list of links to the other carnival participants.

I love cooking and having fun in the kitchen with my kids. It is such an excellent venue for learning life skills. Safely learning how to use a knife is an excellent way for your child to develop fine motor skills. As they grow they can learn how to read by following recipes, how to do math by measuring and it’s a perfect place to throw in some playful parenting.  Working along with your kids in the kitchen really allows the child to become a lifelong learner and encourages them to make connections to things they are learning on their own.
Like most homeschooling families, we have a lot of “projects” scattered about the house, with most of them starting in the kitchen. We also cook a lot as a family. We are a self-proclaimed family of “foodies”. So a lot of our projects involve food. Our kids are adventurous eaters, they’ll chow down everything from Sushi to Mali Kafta. Cooking in the kitchen with your kids is an excellent way to expose your children to healthy foods and help them develop healthy eating habits.
I thought I’d share just a few of our adventures via photos, Enjoy! What kind of kitchen adventures have you been into lately?
Check out some of our other kitchen adventures with quail eggs, and fried artichokes.

Look at that beauty! Yum!
A lot of measuring involved here.
You have to follow the instructions carefully.

This was a fun project. I may not have a green thumb, but we were successful with growing mushrooms. They grow quickly, so the kids were eager to check on them often. Mushrooms can often be expensive so this adventure can even save you some cash. The kids were eager to cook with them after growing them by themselves.

Homemade lip balm. Great gifts!
Oh yes we did, we made pizza for breakfast!


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