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October 04, 2008

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Eileen

I laughed when I read your "homey, yes; peaceful, no" comment -- sometimes baking with my kids is idyllic and fun, and sometimes it leads me to seriously wonder why I ever thought it could be. It's an all-or-nothing proposition in our house: it either works, or it doesn't. And once you start, you're pretty much committed, even if the 5 yo is wiping his doughy hands on the good bathroom towels while the two yo uses the kitchen sprayer to douse the kitchen floor, and you're up to your elbows in goo yourself and can't do a thing about it!

Truth is, I love cooking with my kids, even if at times it can cause me to question my sanity. :) I just need to be adequately prepared, and know their limits (and my own!) I need to be pretty selective in the kinds of cooking activities I choose, and to never enter a cooking activity as a spur-of-the-moment thing. Not with my babes, anyway!

The book suggestions look great -- I'll be checking them out!

Jennifer

Wasn't there a Strega Nona book about baking? Where Big Anthony goes to help Bambolona at her father's bakery? I don't remember and I can't check because it's in my daughter's room.

molly

Good for you! My dc love to help make bread, I too, agree it is homey, not peaceful....LOL!

Lori

Love the picture! So glad that the cards & recipe worked out for you.

Meredith

This is one of my kiddos favorite things to do together! Thanks for all the links :)

Sarah

You must check out Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. So much fun, so easy! You'll love their method.

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