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Kitchen Tools for Kids

We love to cook together as a family. Recently my kids have expressed the desire to be more helpful in the kitchen. While we have always involved them we have not been keen to let them cut much due to the risk of cutting themselves. Our kids are still under the age of 7, but we find that we do not want to discourage them from helping. So we did a little research and found this really great set of utensils perfect for little hands.

Curious Chef is a line of kitchen products designed with kids in mind. They feature knives, baking utensils, and even specialty gadgets like apple slicers. We wanted our kids to be able to get snacks themselves and be able to help us when they wanted to without worrying about them. The Curious Chef knives are made of nylon with a tooth-like edge. They are perfect for cutting meat, hard vegetables and fruits, and they are less likely to cut your child. The work with a sawing motion, which is fairly easy for little hands to figure out.

They are available on Amazon in multiple sets. We chose the set that came with knives and the apple slicer since we spend a lot of time eating apples and baking with them this time of year. So far our kids love them. We even ordered an extra set to have at their Grandma’s house because she loves when they come over to bake with her. If you have a little one that loves to help in the kitchen you should definitely check it out, it has been a lifesaver for us.

 

Easter Goodies: Bunny Cupcakes

Easter may still be a few weeks away, but it is always nice to plan ahead. I love to bake, especially at the holidays. Recently we have been so busy that if I do not plan ahead I will never have time to accomplish anything, thank you baseball season! So I am looking ahead and planning out my Easter to-do’s now. I have already found egg dying tutorials that both my kids and I are excited to try, I have ideas for Easter Baskets, and I have found the perfect (and simple!) Bunny Cupcakes for Easter Day.

Thank you Pillsbury for making my life simple! I try to bake form scratch on most occasions, but with both kids in baseball and school it makes it that much harder to accomplish everything. Especially since the family is attending a wedding out of town in March. This recipe is easy to follow, allows me to not worry about too many instructions, and it is simple enough the kids can help me out.

Bunny cupcakes

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 (15.25 oz.) package Pillsbury™ Funfetti® Premium Cake Mix
  • Additional ingredients to prepare cake mix per package instructions
  • 2 containers Pillsbury™ Creamy Supreme® White Frosting
  • 24 marshmallows
  • Pink decorator sugar
  • 24 miniature jelly beans (select your favorite colors)
  • 48 black sugar pearl sprinkles

PREPARATION DIRECTIONS

  • Step 1 – Prepare cake mix according to package instructions using water, oil and eggs to make 24 cupcakes. Cool completely.
  • Step 2 – Place frosting in large decorating bag fitted with round tip with wide round opening. Pipe a 1 3/4-inch diameter mound of frosting on top of each cupcake.
  • Step 3 – Cut each marshmallow in half diagonally into 2 pieces. Dip cut side of each piece into pink sugar to coat. Place on cupcakes, sugar side up, to resemble ears.
  • Step 4 – Insert one jelly bean into each frosting mound to create noses. Use clean tweezers to place black sprinkles to create eyes.

Once you are done you can enjoy your delicious and adorable looking bunny cupcakes. I know we will!

Little Chefs: Chores in the Kitchen

We have little chefs in our house. Our oldest thinks that overtime someone is cooking she must be in there helping. Everyone loves to cook. I must be a family trait. We learned early on that including our kids in the food prep and cleanup that they seemed more interested in eating the food. So we tried not to discourage them from helping in the kitchen. But when they were little it could be difficult to decide how much they were allowed to help. That was when we decided to let them to small things, like help stir, set the table, take their plate to the kitchen, wash the produce, etc.

How much your kid can help with is really dependent upon their maturity level and skill level. If your kid understands things like sharp objects, cleanliness, and can handle carrying things without dropping them you might decide that they are ready to take on more in the kitchen. It is all relative.

If you aren’t quite sure what your child can handle try letting them try something with supervision. Start small, and build up. Buy some small plastic tools to let them use. We sometimes let our four year old cut things with a small plastic butter knife. But only with supervision and only soft things like berries and bread or dough.

Here is a simple little chart that can help you decide what chores are appropriate for your child. But always take in to account the ability level of your child. And please, always use supervision in the kitchen.

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