Purchasing birthday gifts has grown harder for me over the years for a number of reasons. First, I rarely go shopping unless it is absolutely necessary. I just don’t enjoy it very much. Second, space is limited in our house, so it is hard to add “stuff” to our lives. Third, I can always think of wonderful gifts that are out of my price range, but it is harder to think of gifts that are affordable, useful, and don’t take up too much space.
Ladybug and Honeybee have been asking me to teach them to cook, and I’ve given it some half-hearted efforts, but the frenzy of the summer didn’t allow for much instruction. For their birthdays, I gave them each a pretty apron and a binder with labeled dividers for Soups, Salads, Main Dishes, etc. with page protectors in each section. I chose two or more recipes that were simple enough for them to master and put them in each section.
Tonight Honeybee made Tostada Bake for dinner and Ladybug made some great brownies to top off the meal. They are both excited to gather more recipes for their cookbooks and I am happy to help them. My recipe notebook is covered with post-its denoting the recipes they want to copy.
It is truly fun being in the kitchen with my daughters and teaching them new skills. They are so proud of the food they create and of course, Russ and the boys give them lots of compliments. The guys know that praising good dinners will lead to more good meals…and special desserts. Life is looking sweeter all the time.
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