Cooking with Carter: Blueberry Muffins

Some days are just exceptionally wonderful.  They begin with your child sleeping until 10:00 then waking up and proclaiming, “I want to make blueberry muffins for breakfast.”  So, we printed our recipe, tossed out some ingredients and dove right in.  I’m sure you don’t want need me to say how easy and healthful it is to make your own muffins and how many bad, bad things are in box muffin mix.  I mean, you may as well have a candy bar for breakfast.  Moving on.

Here’s the original recipe.  Here’s our fun with it:

We started with the part where Carter hides in his room with the door closed while I process the oatmeal into a fine meal.  He can’t. stand. the sound of the food processor.  Once the unpleasantness is over, he pops right back in.

Carter helps measure out and mix together the dry ingredients: oats, 2 flours, salt, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda and brown sugar.

Then the wet ingredients are mixed in a seperate bowl: buttermilk, canola oil, eggs and lemon zest.  Make a well in the middle of the dry ingredients and then stir, stir, stir the wet stuff in.

Last comes the much anticipated blueberries.  This recipe came with a great little trick: toss the frozen blueberries with some flour to keep them from coloring the batter all blue.  It worked like a charm.

Pour them in your own Lightning McQueen baking cups and sprinkle a little sugar over the top.  Wait 20 minutes and then you get to do this:

Yu-um-y.  They are pretty fantastic.  Because of the ultra-hearty ingredients, 2 of these will do you for about 4 hours.  Seriously.

Enjoy and thanks for your comments!


Cutting with Scissors

Cutting with Scissors

Carter is 3 years, 3 months old.

You will need:

Pair of scissors
8 ½ X 11 sheet of stiff paper
Container for the clippings


BEFORE YOU BEGIN: Cut the paper into 5 strips, widthwise. Mark a straight line down the center of each strip. Put them in the container with the scissors.

1.         Pick up the scissors and show your child how to hold them. Demonstrate the open and closing action of the scissors.

2.         Show your child how to cut slowly, following the line.

3.         Move the paper along while you are cutting to show how this helps with the cutting process.  Exaggerate the open and closing process.

4.         Put the scissors back into the container and invite your child to try.

Conclusion:  Carter is not an experienced cutter.  When he was younger, I taught him how to tear paper to make collages.  Since then he’s had no interest in scissors.  This has been FINE with me.  I credit it to his not having chopped off any locks of hair to this point.  But, I know that it’s important and must be learned.  The photos above do no justice for just how LONG it took him to cut one single piece.  I took a short video of the end of the process just so you can see.

At what age did you teach your child to start using scissors?  Did you have any scissor disasters?

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Weaving Paper

Weaving Paper

Carter is 3 years, 3 months old.

You will need:

Square of stiff, white paper
4 more strips of colored paper
Small Container

BEFORE YOU BEGIN: mark a ¾ inch border inside the paper.  Cut out alternating strips from inside the border so that you’re left with a frame containing 4 vertical bars of paper. Cut the colored strips and place them in the container.

1.               Pick up a strip of paper and weave it through the paper bars until you reach the end.

2.              Weave two strips, then invite your child to weave the remaining.  Pull out the strips if your child wishes to repeat.

Conclusion: Carter was not down with the weaving.  This one strip of paper was his only attempt.  He said it was too hard.

C: This is for adults only, Mommy.
Me: It’s for children, too.
C: Well, maybe when I’m 5 I can do it.
Me: Would you like to put it away and try something else?
C: Yes.

So we did.

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