The following post is by editor Kara Fleck.
Last Saturday morning my daughter Jillian and I found ourselves awake before the rest of the family. Normally when I am awake early on a weekend morning it is because of the youngest member of our family, so it was nice for my oldest child and I to get to spend some one on one time together.
We let our new (to us, anyway) bread machine do the work of the kneading and rising.
[We made our cinnamon rolls using the Money Saving Mom's bread machine cinnamon rolls recipe. I substituted coconut oil and our flour was 3C all purpose with 1C wheat.]
As we waited, we sat at the table together, she sipping a glass of milk and me with my coffee, and we chatted about everything from For Better or For Worse comics (her current favorite comic) to whether or not she likes the new math program we’re using for homeschool. She chattered, I listened, and we reconnected after a busy week.
It was a sweet, slow morning. It was nice.
Later we rolled out the dough, spread on the filling, and cut the rolls before baking. I love that she is old enough to be a real help in the kitchen and I appreciate the extra pair of hands, not to mention her enthusiasm.
As the rolls were baking, the rest of the family began waking up and wandering into the kitchen. Before long, the full on hustle and bustle of a weekend morning as a family of six was in effect. Max and Lucy wanted to help and elected to spread the icing with some generous enthusiasm of their own.
When the family sat down to breakfast, I couldn’t help but notice Jillian’s beaming face as everyone was eating. She was proud to have made something that everyone was enjoying. It was a good morning.
It might have seemed like an ordinary morning to an outsider, but I know these are the moments to treasure. Before I know it, the lanky ten year old in my kitchen is going to grow up into a young woman. I’m going to blink and she’ll have a kitchen of her own.
As Natalie Merchant was crooning on my iPod recently, these are the days to remember.
We may just have to make Saturday morning cinnamon rolls a new mother-daughter tradition. I know the three year old thinks so!
Other things we’ve been cooking and enjoying together:
- during homeschool study of Turkey, we tried ayran, a yogurt drink
- shrimp quesadillas (an eMeals recipe from their Clean Eating plan)*
- easy Italian bread sticks, another bread machine recipe found on Money Saving Mom
- raspberry bars, a recipe from The Whole Food Kitchen ecourse (which is over now, but you should mark on your calendars for next year when Heather offers it again. It was very thorough and I learned a lot.)
What have you and your kids been cooking up in the kitchen? Have you discovered any new recipes?
*you can try eMeals’ new clean eating plan for a %10 discount with the coupon code CLEAN