Today is my oldest daughter’s birthday. Miss Ella turned 4 years old. She is my little sous chef. Every time we make a trip to the store for a new kitchen utensil, she has to have a miniature version. If I am making pasta dough, she has to have her own little dough ball to knead. Dinner time comes, I hear “whatcha cooking” and “can I help”. I love it and hope it continues.
A few weeks ago, we were looking through my Good Housekeeping cookbook and she saw a cake she wanted Mommy to make. Challenge accepted! Here is the thing. Desserts not my favorite. I am not a sweet eater. I don’t care for sugary treats or rich desserts. I would rather have something savory. However, one of my goals is to hone my baking skills. So with an upcoming birthday, I had the perfect opportunity. I bought cake mix and canned frosting, and last night, I grew a pair and decided to go from scratch. I made a few very minor changes to the frosting and had to extend the baking time for my cakes, but ultimately, it was a success. I was most impressed with quality of the cake made from scratch. It was very light and airy with a great flavor. Definitely could tell a difference between from scratch and cake mix from a box.
To encourage Miss Ella’s interest in cooking, she received a brand new set of dishes, dinner basket, cake set, and dishes. Papa and Daddy made her a stove out of repurposed barn wood. As we set her little kitchen up, she said, “Thank you, Chef”. Maybe we watch too many cooking shows…….