Both of my kids have shown an interest in cooking and baking. They both want to help with just about every meal. Obviously, this isn't always possible-especially when getting a meal on the table in a timely manner is important. But Jay and I try to set aside some time each week when the kids can help out in the kitchen.
This past weekend we had a lot of time for just that. Jay worked all weekend and the weather was rainy and cold, perfect for baking.
Starting with a cobbler made by the girl, with a bit of help from me.It was so hard for me to not micromanage every single moment of this.If it had just been me making this cobbler, silly mistakes wouldn't have been made, messes would have been kept to a minimum, and there probably wouldn't be flour and butter between the pages of my favorite cookbook.
But, messes (most of them) are easily cleaned up. And, had I made the cobbler myself, I wouldn't have heard the excitement in my daughter's voice when she told her dad and brother that she had helped make the cobbler. Then on Sunday the boy baked and decorated his first cake. Inspired by Dani's camo cake, we had to do one of our own. The boy did all the work. He baked the cake, played mad scientist with the food coloring, and iced it all himself. Again, I would have loved to have had more input on this project, but the boy wanted full control so I had to step aside. At one point, I just had to leave the kitchen so as to not throw in my unwanted two cents.
This is all a very slow process for me and every day I have to make myself give up a little more control. But it will all be worth it when I have two adult children who can stand on their feet and know they don't have to rely on anyone. Self-reliance is a wonderful thing.
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