When Aidan was an infant, I figured that as he grew, we would teach him to do lots of “boyly” type chores. Oh sure, he would need to be able to fold his clothes and vacuum, but mainly mow the lawn and other boyly things like that. Well, now that boys are all we have, they get to learn to cook and dust the blinds and change sheets!
It’s not really bad at all. In fact, doing laundry can be a boyly task! The way we do it at our house is that one boy is the “crane” who unloads the washer, and the other is the “bulldozer” who pushes things into the dryer.
Cooking can be fun too, especially when one gets to “dig” in the flour.
Aidan and I made this super easy cookie cake today. In fact, Aidan (age 7) did almost all of it himself. I got this recipe at my Titus 2 group from church.
Here’s what you need:
1 yellow or chocolate cake mix
2 Tbsp. water
1/2 cup oil
1 cup chocolate chips or M & M’s or a mixture of both
1 cup nuts (optional – we didn’t use any)
Beat together dry cake mix, water, eggs, and oil until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips, M & M’s, and nuts. Spread on a well greased pizza pan and bake at 325 degrees for 20-25 minutes. (We did 25, and it was a little too dry – we’ll try less time next time.)
Aidan greased the pan, turned on the oven (this part made him feel like he was really cooking – not sure why that was the clincher!), mixed everything together, and ran the mixer. I only helped with cracking the eggs (he said they made him too nervous) and measuring the oil.
The finished product :-). While not exactly a health food, this cookie cake was so much more yummy and so much cheaper than the grocery store bakery or mall versions, and it only took us a few minutes to put together. I might even do one for my middle son’s upcoming birthday!