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Bake Me A Memory…

by Sara McClure on December 21, 2010

To me, Christmas just isn’t complete without doing my traditional baking and candy making. It started way back when I was a little girl. Our small kitchen would be full of melted chocolate, laughter, and my sister belting out Christmas tunes. It was glorious! (Ok, maybe not the incessant singing…but for nostalgia’s sake we’ll go with it :) )

Now as a mother, I still continue the tradition. The key to baking with a 3-year-old is to have something they can do independently. Whether it is spraying non-stick cooking spray on a cookie sheet or handing you ingredients—they NEED a job.

Is is stressful? At times.

Does it take longer? Yes.

Do they love to help? Absolutely!

After finishing all of my Christmas orders and taking them to the post office, I was ready to get down to making memories with Jonah. We made some of our favorites and a few new things based on the ingredients stockpiled in my cabinets from my coupon adventures.

What? Doesn't everyone bake in their Mickey Mouse Ears?

Jonah helped me spread peanut butter on Saltine crackers. I gave him a small spreader from one of my entertaining pieces and a small bowl with a scoop of peanut butter. I also gave him a separate plate for his finished crackers….because he’s not the most sanitary chef. He kept licking his fingers, the bowl, and even the spreader.

After we finished spreading the peanut butter on our Saltine crackers, I dipped them in melted White Chocolate. I placed them on some wax paper and a cookie sheet to cool in the refrigerator. Once the chocolate is hardened and “set”, we packaged some of the goodies up and took them to our neighbors.

Now I know what your thinking…….Peanut Butter crackers dipped in chocolate? Oh, it is sooooo good! Trust me.

**I wish I had a picture of the final project for you, but the lighting has been terrible in my kitchen the past few gloomy days. Luckily, I think you’re pretty smart and can figure it out—just picture a white square :)

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1 justjuli December 21, 2010 at 11:05 pm

I love the expression on his face! Kids love helping out – especially when yummy snacks are involved. I run hospitality @ my church & am a HUGE hit with the 8-12 crowd who love to help me cut bagels (they wear gloves!) And brew coffee. :) cherish these sweet memories!

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2 Patty Patterson December 22, 2010 at 8:59 am

So cute!

I wonder if baking would be more fun in Mickey Mouse ears? I’d try it, but I don’t have a pair.

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3 Kelly December 22, 2010 at 11:01 am

Yum! I was thinking of trying these…maybe I’ll just have to now!

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