Bak­ing with chil­dren, chal­leng­ing but fun

The Boyertown Area Times - - COMMUNITY - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @kutz­town­pa­triot and ham­bur­gitem and tri­coun­tyrecord on Twit­ter

When I think about this col­umn en­ti­tled Through My Kitchen Win­dow, I en­vi­sion peo­ple look­ing through my kitchen win­dow while I bake. I won­der what they would see.

They would see a baby strapped into a high­chair or play­ing in a playpen while a 5-year-old girl slop­pily stirs bat­ter. While shouts of joy and laugh­ter ring out loud in the small kitchen, I at­tempt to fo­cus on fol­low­ing the in­struc­tions of the recipe, mak­ing the cor­rect mea­sure­ments and adding just the right amount of in­gre­di­ents.

Yes, bak­ing with two young kids is def­i­nitely an added chal­lenge to an al­ready chal­leng­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that is bak­ing but all in all it’s a good ex­pe­ri­ence, a mem­ory I will cher­ish for­ever.

I think the best part is the lit­tle chef in our house ask­ing in a lit­tle voice, “Can I help?” I hope my an­swer will al­ways be, “Yes.”

My an­swer will be yes to the chaos. Yes to the mess, flour all over the kitchen counter and floor. Yes to the lit­tle hands rolling dough balls for cook­ies. Yes to the big smiles af­ter we’ve pulled freshly baked cook­ies out of the oven and they’ve cooled enough to en­joy a sweet treat.

Bak­ing is some­thing I fondly re­mem­ber do­ing with my mother when I was lit­tle and it’s just as much fun bak­ing with my own chil­dren. I hope it’s a tra­di­tion they carry on to their own chil­dren some day.


Anna, 5, en­joys the re­sult of her hard work and ef­forts to make a sweet treat with her Mom.


Anna, 5, rolls dough balls for peanut but­ter cook­ies while her lit­tle brother, Kenny, plays.

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