It’s fun cooking with boys! This week we used Beauty and Bedlam’s Granola Bar Recipe!
When I was little my mom’s idea of “help cooking” meant setting the table. I learned very little cooking skills and have had to learn quickly as a wife and mom. I am usually very uncomfortable in the kitchen. I would hate for my boys to feel the same way. Hopefully they’ll enjoy cooking as much as their dad does! Boy oh boy can he cook!
Cooking with Boys: Granola Bars
If I’ve learned one thing it’s no matter what you’re cooking or with whom, always allow enough time so you are NOT rushed! Cooking with anyone in the kitchen requires a lot of patience and grace! Prepare your face with a smile before you even get started.
Make it Fun!
Keep an ear out for funny sayings. Little man was pretty interested in the melted butter and brown sugar mixture. “Look at this mud!”
For this Granola Bar Recipe little man helped by:
- melting butter in microwave
- pouring out measured amounts into a larger bowl
- stir / mixing, (but his hands hurt quickly – wooden spoon may have been too thick for his little hands)
- dumping chocolate chips and eating a few too
- helping “pat down” mixture into the pan
- setting the timer
- cleaning up
I can not stress the importance of making “clean up” part of the cooking process.
I have always had a lazy “soak & do it later” attitude. Okay, yes lasagna dishes can soak. But not every dish – every meal – and then the overwhelming sink monster turns everyone into meanies. Just my house? Teach your children clean as you go and it’s easier on everyone!
Big thanks to Beauty and Bedlam for posting such a kid-friendly recipe! Can’t wait to share what we cook up next!!