Mommy's Little Helper.
Alex spends a lot of time with us in the kitchen. He's already showing signs of being a foodie...heaven forbid you should open the spice cabinet and not let him smell some herbs.
He 'writes' grocery shopping lists, because he hears Matt and I planning meals all the time.
He's eaten so many foods that neither of us had either heard of till we were much older.
And of course, he likes to help.
I thought it time Alex and I made some cookies, but I'm still fairly freaked out at the thought of him getting burnt by the stove or oven. Solution? No-bakes!
A recent addition to my cookbook shelf had a recipe for 3-minute no-bake cookies. I loved no-bakes growing up...wait, who am I kidding? I still love no-bakes. So, that's what we made.
I measured all the ingredients beforehand, and put them into bowls. Alex was more than happy to dump the cocoa, milk, sugar and butter into the pot. I took over for the stirring and boiling, then tagged Alex to pour/dump, depending on who you ask, the oats into the mix.
I stirred everything up, and then we took turns putting spoonfuls of chocolatey goodness on wax paper.
He got a big kick out of it, and did a pretty good job, too...he even managed to snack while working.
Unfortunately, this particular recipe for no-bakes just wasn't as good as I'd expected. Which is actually a good thing...I'm not going to eat any!
(The cast iron skillet in the background is serving as a weight for a double batch of tomago, since we were having sushi later that night.)