Baking with Your Kids: Tips for Preparing Your Workspace

Baking with Your Kids

Baking with Your Kids

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On Sweet Phenomena, you’ll find 1o posts devoted to ideas for baking with your kids!  In addition to great tips, Babydoll and I wanted to share some of our favorite recipes with you, so be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!

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The Right Mindset

I think it’s so important for parents to begin cooking and baking with their kids as soon as possible.  Not only is it a great teaching tool, but it really bring the family closer.

But fear not, friends, I’m not delusional.  I know that baking with kids doesn’t necessarily create the environment present in Tollhouse commericals.

It can be messy.  It can be seemingly fruitless.  It can be stressful.

For instance, this one time Vince was helping Babydoll decorate a cake for the fair and they decided the best way to get sprinkles on the cake was to throw them at the cake.


This is why it’s crucial to enter into this venture with the right mindset.  Messes will happen.  Recipes will take four times as long to prepare.

But you know what? Your kids won’t remember that.  They’ll remember the awesome time Mom helped them bake cupcakes or bread or cookies.

And really, isn’t that worth more in the long run?

Your Workspace

Just because things won’t be completed in a clean and orderly manner doesn’t mean you just give up on any sort of order.

One key thing to teach your children is to properly prepare for baking:

  • Read through your recipe first.  This lets you know what tools and ingredients you’ll need, how long you can expect to be working on the recipe, and more.
  • Gather all of your tools and ingredients.  In my opinion, this just makes things work better.  I hate having to stop and go to the pantry every three minutes.
  • Teach them the concept of mise in place.  Now, I don’t do this all the time, but teaching them to have everything in place {mise in place} really is a great thing to do.  This involves more than laying everything out: wash, chop, measure, do it all.  Then you get to just dig right in and create!

Clean Up

Just as important as set-up, cleaning up after yourself is another great concept for your kids to learn.

Sure, it’s fun spilling flour everywhere, but it’s equally as fun to not have ants in your kitchen…

Assign each child a specific job {dishes, wiping the counters, drying the dishes}.  Make a game out of it.  Just don’t let them get away with not doing it.

Now the Fun Begins

Now that the “boring” stuff is out of the way, it’s time to get down to business!  Tomorrow we’ll start throwing down with some super killer recipes and tips like how to frost cakes and cupcakes!

October 14, 2012

October 14

October 14, 2012 – Warming up before the game.  She stole that ball right after this photo was taken.  :)

October 13, 2012

October 13

October 13, 2012 – Fun before the tournament!

Today is the International Day of the Girl


Not a female? Keep reading.

Don’t have a daughter? Keep reading.

Your children are grown? Keep reading.


In this day and age, it is incredibly important to invest in our children as a whole, but it is vitally important to invest in our girls.

What is the International Day of the Girl?

The International Day of the Girl was established to recognize the unique girls face when it comes to education, healthcare, and economic opportunity.

Don’t believe this is an issue today?

Just this week, 14 year old Malala Yousufzai was tracked down by the Taliban and shot as she returned from school. Why? Because she spoke out against education inequality.

Still not making a connection?

What about the fact that 71% of high school girls are not happy with themselves, or that between 50 and 70% of girls of normal weight believe they are overweight?

Or, the fact that there are actual, dead-serious articles on the internet on ways to act stupid so boys will like you?

Or, the fact that women still earn less than mean {approximately 20%}?

I could go on and on.

Raising a Confident Girl

I’m not here to debate whether women have it worse than men, or vice versa.

I firmly believe that our society continues to look at women as a whole as objects.  We are supposed to be good wives, good mothers, and serve others.

We’re supposed to do it with a smile on our face, and we’re supposed to do it all.

We shouldn’t complain, because that would mean we were ungrateful for all the service we are allowed to give.

I see it every day.  Magazine ads.  Music videos.  The way the female news anchor is dressed.  The unbelievably strong good ol’ boy system still present here in the South.

The fact that girls think they’re not pretty without makeup on.  At nine.

The fact that all girls can think about by 3rd grade is having a boyfriend.

Today I am imploring everyone: please build up the girls in your life.

Teach them that it’s OK to be smart.  Teach them that it’s OK to have a career.

It’s OK to decide to stay home and be a great mother.  To love math and science.  To not want to settle down and get married.  To have lots of children.

To not feel the need to get married.  To be President.  To own a restaurant.  To get your hands dirty.

To demand respect and equal opportunity.  To have equal access to opportunities.

Don’t just praise your daughters for their pretty curls.  Praise them for their wicked awesome bicycle kick.  Praise them for their imagination.  Their compassion.  Their empathy.  Their brilliance.

Don’t wait till it’s too late.  Don’t wait till she is more concerned with her dress size than her education.

Don’t wait.

October 9, 2012

October 9, 2012

October 9, 2012

October 9, 2012 – Winston and I found a ton of geese on our walk.  This is probably a third of what was out there.  We scared away the rest.  It was pretty neat to see though!