Home Economics

The kids had Tuesday off from school as well, and I had to take all four of them grocery shopping with me.  However, it turned out pretty well (though Tad could not stop touching stuff and Rerun kept trying to eat the food in the cart that we hadn’t bought yet) because Ane and I picked up the supplies we would need to bake cookies.  I had left butter softening before we left, and once we got back, had lunch, and Rerun and Thumper had gone down for naps (Thumper’s didn’t last as long as Rerun’s), we started making cookie dough.  The cookie was Chocolate Chip Oatmeal.

Ane read the recipe, and we talked about reading the directions along with the ingredient list.  We talked about how butter comes in 1/2 cup sticks.  We discussed the proper (Alton Brown approved) way to crack an egg.  We had a short introduction to the idea of leavening agents.  She had to keep track of how many cups of chocolate chips she’d added.

So, we had a little math, a little science, and a little reading comprehension.

All of which resulted in cookies.

Ane bakes cookies

I was really proud of her!  She did most of the work herself, under my supervision, and did a great job.

Ane, Tad and Rerun all sampled the cookies.  Rerun went back to steal a second cookie off the cooling rack.  “Mama, it deewishous!” he proclaimed.

They are “deewishous,” but even sweeter is the smile on Ane’s face and her sense of accomplishment.

5 Responses to “Home Economics”

  1. Ressis
    May 29th, 2013 04:47

    Did you make sure to keep baking POWDER and baking SODA straight? 😉

    And a few extra chocolate chips never hurt a cookie.

  2. Aunt Lynda
    May 29th, 2013 06:26

    Great experience! Won’t be long until you can turn over the kitchen!!

  3. Deanna
    May 29th, 2013 08:44

    Ressis, when I pointed out the different between baking soda and baking powder, Ane said, “Who would ever make THAT mistake?”


  4. Aunt Mary
    May 30th, 2013 20:22

    She has grown up so much!

  5. Aunt Mary
    May 30th, 2013 20:23

    Can’t believe she will be a 4th grader next year!