The Weekly Ramble

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The weekly ramble: where I blog like it’s 2004.

This girl? She’s going to be an amazing cook someday. She’s seven. She has an internal radar that goes off the minute I set foot at the stove or in the kitchen for that matter. She is desperate/eager/passionate to help and to learn.

In by-gone days, cooking was my therapy. The kitchen was typically a quiet place where I could go to be alone, much like the shower. I could think, I could create, and I could muse over whatever was bothering me.

I say by-gone, because that season has passed. My daughter wants to help me. She wants to learn. She wants to be with me. I would squander those precious gifts if I didn’t make the most of them in the here and now. They might not always be there. She might cease to be so enthusiastic someday, especially if I shun her now when she’s most eager.

As a food writer and cookbook author there are times when I don’t really know what I’m making until it’s made. Those are the times when I give her a different task, like setting the table “fancy”.

I’ll confess having a helper is sometimes hard for me. I can work faster and cleaner if I do it on my own. I miss that time all by myself.

At the same time, I see the greater good here. I see that this is my opportunity for shaping her character as a woman and a home cook. It’s a picture of motherhood in general, we give up a little bit of ourselves in order to help build a better life for our kids. And that’s a good thing. It’s an honor and a privilege.

I’ll have plenty of time alone in the kitchen someday. Probably too much. So, I’m going to welcome my daughter as my helper, plan things she can do on her own.

And make sure I get a bubble bath a little more often.

take a bubble bath

Meanwhile, here’s what’s been happening on Life as MOM:

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Coming next week:

Be sure to let me know what stories and articles are helpful to you and what you’d like to see more of in the coming weeks. I want to make your “life as MOM” as fun and as easy as possible.

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  1. What an adorable kitchen helper! My girl liked helping in the kitchen when she was little and still loves to cook. Tonight she made lemon bars (from scratch) for a church dinner tomorrow. I am blessed that at almost 17 she likes to spend time with me and talk about everything.

  2. I understand – my own youngest is my little chef. She’s already planning to own the best coffee shop on earth where she will bake everything and take orders. She often wants to help – I don’t always say yes either, but I try as often as possible.

    I will suggest that her favorite gift in the past year or two was a ‘real’ chef’s apron and toque from one of my best friends [and the best baker I know] – she puts it on EVERY time she cooks anything and loves to hang a towel or her whisk or measuring spoons from the string like said friend taught her LOL – hat adjustable with velcro – just sayin’ it might cut down on the laundry stains LOL

  3. just adopted our first baby … can’t wait to read your post on first baby!

  4. I sent you an email and kept getting an error message after it said that it had sent, but was redirecting. So, I’m not sure you received it.

  5. Both of my girls like to help in the kitchen. When I make the weekly meal plan I also assign each day to one of the girls based on their schedule of activities that week. They look forward to their day in the kitchen. It is no accident that often a favorite item is on menu the day a particular child is cooking. For my youngest that often means making princess pudding, biscuits or scrambled eggs. As for my oldest she has advanced to cooking on the stove and developing her knife skills so her days usually include browning hamburger, slicing and dicing fruits and vegetables and making pasta. It does take longer with helpers in the kitchen, but it is often the best one on one time with my girls all week.

  6. Thank you for this post! I love this “And that’s a good thing. It’s an honor and a privilege.” That the Lord would work that in my heart would be a blessing. Giving up MY time and space has been the hardest part of motherhood for me.

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