I should start by telling you that I do not cook. I don’t like to cook and I don’t want to cook. I will however bake something about once a year. I could actually totally get into baking.
I met Catherine McCord, the founder of the website Weelicious and a whiz in the kitchen through the BabyCenter Blog. We both have the privilege of writing over there. I have always admired her creative kitchen creations from afar. Her recipes are simple, healthy and fun, but I have never actually tried one. We finally just met IRL just a few months ago! She gave me a copy of her new book, Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh and Easy Recipes and I thought “I can do this.” I wasn’t going to just write about this book, no that would be too easy. I was actually going to put it to the test. So off I went …
First up was the Banana Bread Cake. I have never made banana bread. Ever. I know, it’s like you can’t have a Mom card without knowing how to make banana bread. I enlisted the help from my son Hudson, who was eager to help! I couldn’t believe it but I actually had most of the ingredients. We were only missing brown sugar and one of those bread pan things. I found these cute pumpkin tins on clearance at the grocery store so I grabbed those instead. Cute uh?
We were pretty good partners in the kitchen, only one slippery egg got away from us and landed on the floor. We both laughed and just got another egg. He was so excited about his banana bread. He literally sat in front of the stove to watch it bake. This was the best banana bread ever, regardless of how it tasted. (It tasted great!)
Next up was the Carrot Pineapple Cupcakes…
McKenna and I tackled this one. This cupcake has a fruit and a vegetable in it, so I was rather excited to make a “healthy cupcake”. McKenna loves to do all the mixing. But I am pretty sure it’s only because she wants to make sure she gets to lick the mixers before I wash them off. Even though this was only our third time making cupcakes, we’ve often talked about one day opening a cupcake shop named after her nickname… Boo’s Cupcakes.
I loved these. I loved them so much I ate most of them. Hudson liked them too but McKenna wasn’t the biggest fan. I do think I messed up the frosting slightly by putting too much honey in. But still they were very good! I actually plan on making these again for Thanksgiving!
I intentionally had them help me on different nights and separate recipes. This was not only to insure their was no fighting over breaking the eggs and mixing the ingredients but so I could do something one-on-one with each of them. I really enjoyed spending time with my kids in the kitchen and I could see making this a monthly habit. It also felt good for me to do something different and mix things up a bit!
If I can do it. You can do it!
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