Budget Living: Home Baked Snacks (With Kids!)

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Lately, it’s been pretty hard to keep food on the table. Not because we’re strapped for cash. But, because my kids have been eating such enormous quantities of food! A loaf of bread gets us through one meal these days. And, while I love to stockpile, I just haven’t been able to keep up with their appetites. My husband keeps saying, “What will we do when they’re teenagers?”

Well, I guess my short-term solution to the bread shortage actually provides me with a long-term solution as well. I’m having them bake with me!

Last week we spent an entire afternoon baking up a storm. Each FishBoy chose a recipe and while the girls napped, we measured, mixed and baked up all this:

Our mega-cooking day resulted in four loaves of banana bread, a dozen raspberry muffins, three dozen chocolate chip cookies and a large, two-pound loaf of cinnamon-raisin bread.

I think it lasted us into the weekend.

Then, one morning for breakfast we made pretzels. (Did you know they are a traditional Lenten food?) Each child got to shape two pretzels. We salted half of them and left the other half plain so that we could butter them hot from the oven and sprinkle them with cinnamon sugar.

Not only have we had a chance to eaten yummy, healthier, and cheaper snacks, but my kids are being better equipped to do this for themselves, by themselves. I was so pleased to see that my oldest, age 11, was able to prepare his recipe without any assistance from me!

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  1. That plate of breads looked really yummy!

    The two younger kids and I have gotten into the habit of baking one night a week – while Daddy and my oldest are at AWANA. Both the
    2-year old and the 4-year old stand on chairs and help add pre-measured ingredients to the bowl and then watch the stand mixer do its thing (love that hands-free mixer!)

  2. Zimms Zoo says

    We need the pretzel recipe please. I haven’t found one yet that I really like and my kids would love to make pretzels again.

    My kids are eating like that now too. My husband just can’t understand why the grocery bill jumped so high. They put away fresh fruit and such like crazy.

  3. This sounds like a great idea! I don’t have kids, but I spend a lot of time with kids and sometimes it’s hard to switch up activities while satisfying all of our appetites! It would be great if you can post up those pretzel recipes. Maybe Ill put a cool spin to them to decorate!!
    Thanks for sharing 🙂


  4. FishMama says

    The pretzel recipe is coming. Promise.

  5. I wish I could cook/bake with my boys. They always seem to lose interest half way through the recipes!!! I’ll keep trying b/c my husband can’t cook anything and it drives me crazy. So to benefit my future daughter in-laws I want my boys to learn!!!

  6. HeatherC says

    So glad someone else asked for the pretzel recipe. Ive got to try it!!! My little one LOVES to be in the kitchen. Thanks for a fun post 🙂

  7. FishMama says

    Forget the daughters-in-law, I want to benefit me! Haha – just kidding, sort of.

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