Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Time to Cook!

About now your baby probably likes the feel of different textures and can generally understand what you do at different times of the day. Try cooking with your baby! It's fun, it's messy and it's hilarious to see the look on your cuties face when he can feel all the different ingredients.

The important this is to choose something you can both enjoy in the end, I choose, BANANA BREAD! Baking as opposed to cooking is usually the way to go. The ingredients are more fun and there is a nice wait time to get cleaned up before the yummy feast!

Either work on the floor or on the counter - depends where you have space.

Preheat the oven to 350F. I usually set Bear on the counter since I am standing right there he pretty much stays put (I also wear an apron). Measure out your ingredients and let your baby touch and feel - remember: all germs and drool will cook off in the heat of the oven.

First put 1/3 Cup melted butter and 3 - 4 really ripe bananas into a bowl and mix and mush until
combined. Then let your baby (with your help) pour in 1 Cup sugar, 1 egg and 1 tsp vanilla. (its ok to let your baby play with all ingredients except eggs and vanilla) Sprinkle in 1 tsp baking soda. Now add 1.5 Cups flour. This is really fun to play with! Yes it's messy but this is a once in a while bonding time! Let your baby gnaw on the spoon with banana and butter if he gets bored somewhere along the line. Butter a 4x8 bread pan and bake for 1 hour. You can also throw in some walnuts and cinnamon for something a little more tasty.

Let your baby get messy!!!!! It's so fun! Well...I think it is =] also makes for some super cute pictures. During the wait time clean up the bowls and let baby help by giving him the washed ones to play with on the floor - he's, uhm, drying (?) them!

Then scoop up baby toss him in the sink and give him a scrub down - remember to get all the flour out from behind his ears!

After the bread is cooked through and cooled off enjoy it as a snack for the two of you - I guess you could share with others!
Or make cookies - those are always delicious! There is an amazing Pumpkin Cookie recipe I am trying to get from a friend. If I get it I'll spill the beans to you guys heheh!


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