I love to make treats for the kids. The look on their little faces when they see homemade foods made into creative familiar things they saw on tv or as they grow. It's so cute to have them pay such close attention to those details. Plus its a fun project to get them involved. Learning how to cook started at a young age to me. It's important to instill those teachings at a young age. Making it fun will also show it's not a chore and rewarding.
The most rewarding memory as a mom or grandmother, is to look back at photos or video and see what foundation you made while they were growing up. It warms my heart to hear the stories from their friends, cousins, nieces and nephews when they remember the fun food projects we did together. There are several as the years pass, I look back and miss those days. Then the cycle starts all over again if you are blessed with grand children or other little ones that can share more precious moments in time with you in the kitchen.
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I know this isn't a big deal of a recipe, but it's more about showing kids the techniques and at 4 or 5 years old having them participate. My sons now are grown and both enjoy cooking. Probably more than others, however I am confident they can carry on the traditions in their own families.
I never take for granted there is always tomorrow, these memories last a lifetime. Check out some of my other delicious treats you can make with the kids on Holiday or just because it's fun to do!
Graham cracker houses
Bear Spa Cake
1 1/4 cups of chow mein noodles small can
1/2 cup chocolate chips
assorted small colored jelly beans
decorative Easter grass ( Caution: do not use the grass around small children, use tinted coconut)
Melt chocolate chip for 1 minute in a glass measuring cup in the microwave, add noodles. Make round nests in a circle on top of a wax paper lined cookie sheet immediately place three jelly beans in the middle. Refrigerate. Before serving, pile on some tinted coconut or fake grass on a large plate arrange your nests, add marshmallow peeps around or stuffed toy chicks.