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Friday, October 23, 2009

Sweet Treats:Fall









One of my favorite things to do with my toddler is cook. It's a great way to teach her self-control with her hands, following step-by-step instructions, practice scooping, measuring, and pouring, and spending some quality time together. It also helps her learn hands-on kitchen safety, the names of the cooking tools we use, and proper clean-up after and during cooking.She then gets to enjoy the fruits of her labor...literally! We've been cooking together since she was one. It can get messy, but it's worth every second of it, in my opinion.


Here's a fun one for you and your little one(s) to try together:

Pumpkin Pie Popsicles
Ingredients:
*1 can of 100% Pure Pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
*1/4-1/2 cup of Maple syrup
*2/3 cup of light cream
*1 tsp cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
*Popsicle molds

Directions:

  1. Put pumpkin and cream in a bowl and mix. Add maple syrup to desired sweetness. You may not need as much as 1/2 a cup. Add cinnamon.
  2. Pour into popsicle molds. Let it freeze.

*This makes 6-8 large popsicles. You can also freeze it in an ice cube tray, put plastic wrap over it, and stick the popsicle sticks through to keep the sticks in place while it freezes.



Most importantly...don't be afraid to make a mess. :)

3 comments:

Ashley said...

These sound great Raegan...I will try making them soon!

LMP said...

Thanks for the ideas! Where do you have your toddler sit or stand when you cook? I'm never sure how to get her in a place where she can reach things but not fall off the counter!

Raegan said...

I pull the dining room chairs in the kitchen and kind of cage her in. I also makes sure that she's barefoot. Socks make her feet slippery on the wood. Most importantly, she's only allowed to stand when I am right next to her. If I walk more than an arm's length away, she has to sit and wait for me.

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