I think it’s important for the kids to be confident (and competent) in the kitchen. They often help with baking and cooking, and love to make cookies. Here is a sampling of some of our Christmas baking. I don’t take pictures during the actual measuring/cooking/baking process, out of fear of what might happen to the camera… but the girls do help make the dough in addition to the decorating and tasting portions (which are a little more camera-friendly!)
On holidays, I try to get the kids involved as much as possible, especially in the kitchen. This year, they helped make the dinner rolls for our Thanksgiving feast.
I made the dough before they got up, then they helped shape it for the final rise. This recipe calls for the dough to be divided into small portions, rolled out into a snake, then tied in a “bowknot”. We did a few bowknowts, then experimented with coils and other shapes. It was interesting to see how they came out after rising and then baking.
American Thanksgiving is Thursday and, to prepare, we made fall gingerbread cookies.
The cookies are in the shapes of pumpkins, and we used leaf-shaped sprinkles in fall colors to decorate them. The kids couldn’t resist making them into jack-o-lanterns, though, so they look a little more Halloween than Thanksgiving. That’s okay.
After decorating our cookies, we settled in downstairs to watch the Peanuts Thanksgiving special. Our DVD has a bonus feature which is an animated retelling of the Pilgrims’ voyage and difficult first year in the New World. To get in the mood, we had a Peanuts Thanksgiving dinner:
popcorn, toast and jelly beans. (I was out of pretzel sticks.)