Making cookies with toddlers

I love making cookies! My kids as well:D

Here I will share with you our advent favourites, starting from the simplest one that requires no baking so it can be completely performed by 2 toddlers to slightly complex (toddler’s complex ) apple dessert:D

  1. Home made praline

Ingredients you need: 400 g digestive biscuits (Vollkornkekse)

500 mL condensed milk (Kaffe Milch)

5 big spoons of coconut flour

4 big spoons of cacao

200 g butter

for decoration : almonds, walnuts and coconut flour

Recipe: Melt the butter in microwave. Smash the biscuits so you turn them in powder like matter. My kids put biscuits in the plastic bag for freezing and used rolling-pin to go over them few times. Than you mix it all with melted butter, cacao and coconut flour, add condensed milk and put on a big flat surface and place on balcony so it cools down. We protected our with aluminium foil so birds do not eat it all:D After it has been cooled in fridge or outside you can cut it in squares and make balls of it, roll them in almond, walnuts or coconut and serve. VERY IMPORTANT : do not let your kids make this before they ate dinner – cause they ll eat all the time along the way:D

2) Banana cookies Our home favorites, we make them every week:)

Ingredients you need: 1 ripe banana

200 g flour

100 g butter

20 g vanilla sugar

Recipe:  Just mix all ingredients, roll it , cut in fun shapes and put to bake on 200 C for 13 minutes and you have super tasty cookies that fill your house with an amazing banana smell:D I have shared last year recipe for them as well, but this year I discovered you do not need baking powder at all:D

cake13) Gingerbread cookies

Ingredients you need: 340 g flour

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

1 table-spoon of milled ginger

1 small spoon of NaHCO3 (soda, Natron,,)

a pinch of milled cloves

115 g of butter

5 spoons of honey

almonds and food colour for decoration

80 g powder sugar

1 egg white

2 spoons of lemon juice

Recipe: First in a separate bowl mix all the solids (after passing them through a sieve, so all the solids are in a form of fine powder). In another bowl place honey and butter and put in microwave to melt. After it is slightly cooled down mix it all well together and place in a plastic bag and put in fridge for 30 minutes. In the meantime prepare the decoration cover: Mix the egg white with powder sugar and lemon juice till you get a very dense mixture. Separate egg white in few small bowls so you can use different colours for decoration. After you take the mixture from the fridge roll it with a roller pin, let your kids cut the cookies and decorate. After they are finished decorating place it in oven at 200 C for 15 – 20 minutes and enjoy!:D

3) Simple almond cakeūüôā

Ingredients: 200 g milled almonds

80 g of almonds for decoration

1,5 eggs

50 g of sugar

Recipe: Mix 1 egg with al the rest of solid ingredients, and then add additional yolk. Mix it very well, pour into the cake form and bake for 20 minutes at 200 C,,,Njammmm

4) Apple, orange chestnut wonder (Apfel kastanie)

Ingredients:  2 big apples

2 big oranges

100 g of cooked meshed chestnut

3 spoons of sugar

2 spoons of rum

whipped cream

Recipe: Make a hole in apples in oranges so you can fill them with the mixture of chestnut, sugar and rum. Bake in preheated oven at 200 C for 20 minutes. Decorate with cold whipped cream and enjoy!!! Me and kids prefer apples my husband prefers oranges:)

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What are your favorite Advent cookies or sweet desserts? Would you like to try some of my?:D

 

 

 

 

 

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Why do babies and young toddlers put everything in their mouth and what can we learn from it?

For sure you have observed your baby trying to place everything in mouth, whatever can be found in the close surrounding. You might have wondered why are they doing it? What is so appealing in trying to chew that wooden basket in which you placed some balls?

Baby’s mouth has more nerve endings than any other part of the body. If the baby really wants to find out what something feels like, she has to put it in her mouth. This is the way they explore the world! They are using the mouth to test the hardness, texture and taste of various materials. It is a very important experience. Additionally, a need to chew on something in order to relieve the pain of teething is an instinct within babies. There is no need to prevent this experience Рonly to be careful that it does not present a potential choking hazard.

Our daughter stopped being so much interested into putting everything in her mouth and chewing it after she turned 13 months (maybe cause she already had most of the teeth by that age). But her little brother with 15 months is still very much into exploring many things with his mouth. He ll take everything that seems tempting from the floor and put it into mouth – ranging from a snail to various flowers and grass. In case of the sand from the sandbox I let him explore, I just gently tell him sand is for playing and not for eating. I guess his natural instinct tells him to put it in his mouth as it helps him tremendously as a pain relief from teething. Since I am not a botanist and flower expert, thanks to him I have learned a lot about eatable flowers and plants. I find the following links very useful:

https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/surviving-in-the-wild-19-common-edible-plants/

https://matteroftrust.org/14760/62-edible-wild-plants-that-you-didnt-know-you-can-eat

https://www.herbal-supplement-resource.com/daisy-herb-benefits.html

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Daisies are really a common sights in the parks now in spring and he was attracted to them, especially when he had a runny nose;) Apparently they are very healthy and used as herbal remedy for common cold, bronchitis and other inflammation of upper respiratory track. We should definitely trust to our own and our children’s natural instincts;) In Austria daisies¬†are a sign of spring, there is even an expression if there are 10 daisies¬†below your foot, than you know that the spring is there. They are even used to prepare some meals.

This week we have decided to give it a try to prepare a daisy dish:)

The list of ingredients you will need in case you want to try it as well:

4 potatoes

1 parsley root

1 onion

100 g coconut milk

700 mL of soup broth

1,5 spoon of olive oil (or sunflower but we always use olive in our kitchen)

pinch of salt

150 g of daisy flower

Young toddlers can fully participate in making this dish and it is important to them to do so, as I have already written previously.

1. step: Wash the potatoes and clean them well. (very young toddlers can do this part and it helps a lot as the preparation for the peeling process). Wash the parsley root.

2. step: Peel the potatoes and parsley root.

3. step: Cut potatoes, parsley root and onion in small pieces. (On the photo Miro just tried to copy his sister in order to cut a potato – he still does not have force and technique to cut the raw potato, but he is trying hard to learn from his sister.)

4. step: Place everything in the big pot on hot oil, stir it a bit and add the broth in it and let it cook for 20 minutes.

5. When everything is still cooking in pot, wash the daisies, put 1/3 on the side for the decoration of the soup and 2/3 add to the rest in the pot after vegetables have been already cooked for nearly 20 minutes.

6. Puree the soup, add coconut milk and salt and mix it all well.

7. Serve in bowls and decorate with daisies and enjoy:)

Let me know which flower recipes did you try recently or how did your kid inspire you to try something new:)

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Toddlers in kitchen – how to encourage their independence in the most busy place at home

Kitchen is a sacred place in every home. It is a very busy place, where on daily basis various meals are prepared. Apart from cooking fun, also most of cleaning happens here on a daily basis. So maybe you wonder Рwhy would you like toddlers to have full access to the kitchen, where they can make the biggest mess possible. Because this is the place where you can observe their growth in self-confidence the most at their young age. I have written already about importance of independence in children, but this is the hot spot to nurture it.

What you need to do first – is to lower your expectations, you can not expect that with your young toddler helping you around you will finish the same fast or the same clean. But with time you will:) Think of what skills are included in preparing certain meal – e.g. mixing, peeling, pouring liquids, measuring, cutting, etc.

With very young toddlers – such as 12 months, you should really not have high expectations. My son who is 13 months at the moment is mostly into chewing vegetables or fruits that his sister cuts. But that is also very important – he is observing and absorbing the environment. All of you who have siblings know that the younger one always¬†would like doing¬†the same as the older – that’s why for example when Natalia is preparing muffin mixture, I ll give a tiny bowl to Miro as well so he can mix with his spoon. You do not need to wait that your child is young toddler – Miro was with us in the kitchen as a baby, exploring various cooking tools (on the picture below with 8 months):)

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In order to motivate your young toddlers to participate in the kitchen – you should not give them immediately tough stuff to peel, you do not start from peeling a potato (sometimes it is still hard for me:P). But a courgette is a perfect candidate, Natalia was peeling and cutting courgettes with wavy chopper with 18 months. Another important thing is that you should have kids size tools. In the picture below you can see our current kids kitchen equipment:

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For example apple slicing has been a hit in our family – and introducing this tool caused that Natalia finally started eating more apples. Just one hint – it is very hard for your toddler to do it all in one goal (I learned it the hard way), but if you instruct to first cut the apple in half and then slice – than it is easily doable.

On the photo you can see a snail tool and wonder what it is Рexactly the same thing I wondered when I got it four years ago as a Christmas present. It is an orange peeler РI did not really use it myself, but I gave it out of curiosity to Natalia to try to and she loved it! I always had big nails so for me it is never a problem to peel an orange, but for toddlers it can be quite challenging. I am so happy I did not throw it to garbage long time ago, as it finally found its daily purpose:D

Another recent hit in our family is the hand mixer. I never had one when I was growing up, but decided to purchase it as an experiment for Natalia and it was such a great decision. She loves this tool. It is the first thing she shows to her friends that come over, and if Natalia would make a menu for day it would definitely need to include preparation with a hand mixer.

Hope you enjoy your time with your toddlers in kitchen:)

What is your toddler’s favorite kitchen tool and recipe?