We've been watching Master Chef Jr. It's our treat to ourselves on school nights when daddy's working late and the homework is done and dinner is done and cleaned up. It's about the only way I can get my people motivated to get through dinner and get baths in a timely manner. It's a treat for me to sit down and veg on the couch with the kids. The days when it's all me after school are extra wearing, especially after a long day at school. They are always long days in third grade. I love them, but I am worn out.
So, because of this Master Chef Jr. watching, the kids are especially into cooking. It's nice, but that used to be my quiet time. It's probably worth it that someday they'll be able to take some of the cooking duties for me. It makes them more willing to eat different foods. They've eaten goat cheese and pomegranate. They are messy cooks. Messy. Bee has been taking cook books to bed with her to read, which makes me giddy. She really loves The Pioneer Woman cook books since there are so many photos. It's great for the young at-home cook (as Chef Ramsey says).
She decided she wanted to make glazed yeast doughnuts from scratch. It took a whole weekend, since they need to sit in the fridge overnight. She stuck with it and did every step (except some of the end frying- after an upsetting burn) and was pleased to share them with us and the neighbors. They were scrumptious and a great lesson for her in patience. They were an additional lesson for me in the need for a renewed gym membership.