Today we made this Crusty Instant Pot Sourdough Bread. This was my first time making sourdough bread. The kids enjoyed helping.
Initially I opened the wrong kind of yeast, which meant the kids got to explore & play. Then they looked at the different kinds.
Their favorite part was kneading the dough, or really just playing with the yeast and flour.
I am extremely happy with how it turned out. It not only looks delicious, it taste even better!
I really like that A, and now S, enjoy helping in the kitchen. We hosted a big dinner (12 adults and 4 kids of varying ages) for friends for St. Patty’s Day so that meant a lot of cooking. It started off with green rice crispy treats. Then we followed that up with the Perfect St. Patrick’s Day Cake (With Guinness® and Irish Cream) and then of course Corned Beef and Cabbage. Dinner was a success and there were not many leftovers!
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So A has been excited about helping me to cook anytime I am in the kitchen now. And our friend K has also started helping at times. So I decided it would be fun to make our own pizza’s, including the dough.
After K got home from school we got started. (Now mind you I was prepared for a giant mess & was actually surprised how neat they were). It was fun watching how excited they were with the whole experience! (I mean when else are you told to spread flour all over the counter & then squish/ push/ fold fun dough?!)
SKILLS: Cooking, Listening, Following directions
So I had no plans for dinner & Ada said she wanted eggs & then asked to help. So, A helped make most of dinner! The menu: scrambled eggs, bacon, & toast.
She helped to crack the eggs, stirred, & scrambled. Added the bacon to the pan & helped get the bread into the toaster. A pretty delicious dinner by a 3 year old!
SKILLS: Cooking, Independence.
After enjoying Playdough at Farm School I decided to make my own to enjoy at home. This has held up better than the store bought as it has not gotten all dried out or crumbly.
SKILLS: Fine motor (rolling pins, cookie cutters, rolling between hands). Sensory. Imagination.
Snowzilla 2016 has resulted in 30″of snow. So, one of our many snow related activities was to make (and eat) snow ice cream.
We got our snow from the middle of the freshly fallen snow to make sure it was clean. Then added some sweetened condensed milk and a splash of vanilla. Delicious!
SKILLS: Gross motor with stirring. Fine motor with measuring. Patience and taking turns.
Here is the recipe we used. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/snow-ice-cream-recipe.html. (I would use a little more snow next time as it was very sweet).