Something I have always looked forward to about motherhood is spending time in the kitchen with my kids. Josiah is only 16 months old but he already knows about all of the ingredients that go into a loaf of bread (…and that flour comes from wheat plants….and wheat has fiber that is good for you…but mostly if you keep the whole kernel and not just the white starch in the middle…and that yeast is alive…and eats sugar…and makes air to make the bread soft….but yeast needs warm water to make it wake up). He also understands fractions (like how many times we need to fill the half cup to get 4 cups of flour), and that there are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon, 2 tablespoons in an ounce, and 8 ounces in a cup. Maybe it is going right over his head, but I prefer to think he’s a genius (or gourmet chef) waiting to happen…so I just keep on explaining everything I do.
So far, Josiah’s role in the kitchen has been to listen, learn…and empty all the cupboards below counter-level.
But yesterday, we made mud pie for a dinner party we were going to. I was actually quite delighted by how much he enjoyed it
Here is what you need for a party-size mud pie: 2 big boxes of instant chocolate pudding, 4 squares of semi-sweet chocolate, 4.5 cups of milk, a tub of Cool Whip, 1 package of Oreos, and about a dozen gummy worms.
First we put the pudding powder in the bowl:
While I melted 4 squares of semi-sweet chocolate in 2 cups of milk, Josiah stirred the powder:
After the chocolate was melted, I added the rest of the milk to it. Josiah kept stirring the powder:
Next time I will let him stir the powder longer…he liked to stir, and it got exponentially messier with every drop of milk added:
I thought I’d scrape the sides of the bowl while Josiah used the whisk:
He had other ideas:
We had some tears when I took the bowl to let the kitchen-aid do the rest of the mixing. So I told Josiah that I needed him to do a different job…clean the whisk off:
I think that made him feel better:
After the pudding set up, I crushed up the Oreos in the food processor and folded a tub of Cool Whip into the pudding.
Josiah tested out the gummy worms.
We layered the Oreos and pudding, and buried the gummy worms.
It was a messy job, but somebody had to do it.
The finished product (the pot and trowel were a gift from my mother-in-law, aren’t they perfect for this?):
And now we dig in!…
Thank heaven for chocolate!…
Chocolate overload? Are we reaching his limit?…
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