Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Home Spun comic strip #440

Home Spun comic strip #440

Teaching them to bake. It's always come back to haunt me. I've got very low resistance against the smells of fresh baked breads and treats. It's funny, Marina has always been good at baking cookies that I consider labor intensive, like snickerdoodles and chocolate crinkles. But it wasn't until last year that I realized she had never made a chocolate chip cookie. I think I intimidated her because I can usually throw a batch together without even looking at a recipe. She likes recipes and measuring correctly.

Some of our most successful baking came from "Honest Pretzels" by Mollie Katzen; clipped recipes from Highlights magazine; and a cookbook that I got free when I bought the DVD of Ratatouille called "What's Cooking?: A Cookbook for Kids". One of my latest finds at the library was the book "Everybody Bakes Bread" by Norah Dooley. The back of the book is full of recipes for different kinds of bread. It's always nice to find a new recipe to try, but it does make it harder to keep your weight down!

Editor's note: A few other books I've been reminded of with recipes in the back: Ian Fleming's Chitty Chitty Bang Bang had a great recipe for fudge. You need to check, because some of the later editions don't include it. Harry and Wende Devlin wrote several wonderful picture books with recipes on the back. My mother still makes Old Witch's Magic Nut Cake every year for Thanksgiving. If you have a favorite story that includes a recipe, let me know!

12 comments:

dbmamaz said...

When my sister started baking, my mom would let each of us have one slice of the cake and then she would put it in the freezer. My sister and i learned to love the taste of frozen cake.

Vicki said...

The best fudge recipe I ever tried was from the back of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I haven't been able to find another copy of the original book with that recipe, though. =(



Just learned to post here, one MUST preview their comment. Forced spell check maybe?

Vicki said...

larlita was my word verification! What a fun word to say! LARLITA!!

My next one to post this, was Jerge!

I'm so going to remember those two and plan to name the next female & male pets Larlita & Jerge!

Hehehe

jugglingpaynes said...

Monsieur Bon-Bon's Secret "Fooj"! I have it! It's the reason I saved my copy of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! Let me know if you want me to email it to you. :o)

~*~The Family~*~ said...

I hear you on this one!

Stephanie aka The Stark Raving Bibliophile said...

That is a dilemma! :-)

flmom said...

Ah, baking .... the reason I cannot control my weight (well, perimenopause hasn't helped either!). We LOVE to bake!

Mama Teaching 2 said...

Ha ha, my type one juvenile diabetic is a very gifted baker and man I just cringe when he says those words. I am like high sugars, baking, high sugars, baking....

Laura said...

I, too, do the have the "mess?" question running through my head when the boys want to experiment. Right on.
I liked the nature center photos - what a neat annual outing. So, how cold is 'cold' out East right now? Today we have a wind chill advisory - feels like -40 today, apparently. Once we're much past -10, I stop registering the difference, I think. The only word (that can be posted on a family friendly site) to describe it here, "Brrr."

The Stone Age Techie said...

The one that gets my boys baking is called The Star Wars Cookbook, and their favorite recipe (predictably) is the Princess Leia Danish Buns.
They are sooooo good, especially when made with homemade bread dough, so I try not to make them too often :-)

Inner Elder said...

And don't forget Old Witch's Magic Nut Bread! from that long ago children's book. Love Mom

Karen said...

My kids all loved the FIAR unit studies because there were always recipes included. The kitchen is the busiest room in our house!

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