I think it’s safe to assume I like baking, right? I mean 9 or so years ago, I did actually start a blog about my supposed love of baking. So, it should come as no surprise I’ve basically been trying to shove a whisk into Cormac’s hand from the moment he was born.
And guess what! It’s finally starting to pay off! This little guy loves helping me in the kitchen. When he sees me start taking things out of the fridge, he’ll go get his stool and carry it to the counter and ask, “Can I help mom do cooking?” Heart melts.
He helps with everything from cutting fruit and shelling peas to dumping ingredients and pressing the pulse button on the food processor. But, just like me, his true love is dessert! Lately we’ve been baking up a storm. We made the Pioneer Woman’s chocolate pie. A repeat, but still delicious.
We made the Barefoot Contessa’s cranberry orange scones, another tasty repeat.
But Cormac’s current favorite treats are cake pops! He first discovered them through one of our Foodstirs kits. (Side note – if you like cooking/baking with your kids but lack motivation or creativity, the Foodstirs thing is great. Cormac loves making them with me every month!)
He’s become an expert cake pop dipper. Clearly the reward is always worth the work!
The cake pops were so easy and such a hit that we ended up making some more a week later to celebrate the return of baseball season! (We had fun with food coloring markers!)
Side note: yes I am totally using cake to make sure Cormac ends up a Cubs fan. I have no shame.
I love seeing him so proud of himself! He even asked me if he could help with Teddy’s rainbow cake! (Yes, our kitchen is pretty much always a disaster)
One of my favorite ways to spend special mom/Cormac time with him is to take classes via PCC Kids Cook. I generally sign us up for all the age-appropriate ones.
Last week he learned how to make blueberry muffins, granola and fruit salad!
Cormac isn’t super talkative and he really prefers to play independently – honestly it can be really difficult to feel close to or bond with him, so I’m really glad that we’re able to have fun in the kitchen together.