Welcome to Kids in the Kitchen, where we “Embrace the Mess, Encourage Success, and Equip for Life”! I’m so excited to have you join me on this journey as I embark on teaching my boys not only how to cook, but also to have fun in the process. Don’t tell my boys this, but I’m also thrilled about both the educational aspect and life skills they’ll be learning!
Each month I’ll be sharing with you our journey through a recipe, which will be offered as a FREE printable download for you to experience with your own kids. To kick start the series with some extra fun, this month I’m offering a giveaway of a FREE personalized apron! Make sure to read all the way through to access your FREE printable download and enter the giveaway.
Before we get started, I have a confession to make. I have 3 boys: a 14-year old and 8-year old twins. My oldest wanted to “help” in the kitchen from a young age. When he was in 4th grade, I signed him up for a homeschool co-op that was all about cooking skills and he would come home begging to make the recipes he learned (he especially loved the homemade bread). But unfortunately, I was one of those moms. You know the type who hovers and worries and obsesses about the mess about to happen and ultimately just ends up stepping in and doing it herself.
It’s taken time, patience and lots of self-talks, but I’m finally coming around and teaching myself that it’s OKAY to embrace the mess! There’s no manual that comes with motherhood and just as our kids are learning daily, so are we. So whether you’re one those moms as I just described (we can recover together!) or are the free-spirited mom or somewhere in between, I invite you to join me on this journey of embracing the mess in the kitchen … encouraging our kids success … and equipping them with the valuable life skill of cooking!
Meet the Chefs:
Grandma’s Buttermilk Pancakes
For this first edition of Kids in the Kitchen, I chose to use my 94-year old Grandma’s buttermilk pancake recipe. As a child, I have many fond memories of her yummy pancakes, which she faithfully made every Sunday morning. She never used a recipe and in fact didn’t even measure anything … she had made these for so many years that she knew just the right amount of everything to add. I would indulge in the yummy deliciousness of her pancakes to my heart’s content. Several years ago I knew that I had to learn how to make them myself, so my mom and I worked with her to figure out all of the measurements and document the recipe. My children absolutely love when I make Grandma’s buttermilk pancakes and were so excited when I told them that they’d get to learn how!
This is my sweet Grandma (picture taken at Easter, back in 2012). Isn’t she beautiful?
First and foremost, wash your hands. I know this is a no-brainer, but definitely something to model and require of all little chefs as they enter the kitchen. Next, gather all of your ingredients. The blueberries and chocolate chips are optional add-ins. Chef Joshua and I personally love blueberry pancakes, while Chef Noah prefers his with chocolate chips. Of course, the pancakes are perfectly delicious even without any add-ins!
Place your pan or griddle on the stove and set on medium – medium high heat. For my stove, medium works perfectly, but if your stove doesn’t run as hot, then you may need to choose medium high. Lightly spray your pan/griddle with cooking spray.
Carefully measure your flour and add it to the bowl. Chef Noah found it a little tricky learning how to level off the flour, but wouldn’t give up. Next measure and add the salt.
Measure and add in the baking powder and baking soda. It goes without saying that cooking, especially baking, requires lots of measuring. Perfect homeschool math lessons integrated into real life!
Next add the eggs and buttermilk. Confession time again: teaching my kids to crack an egg used to actually be a stressful task to me! I worried about exploding eggs, eggshells where they didn’t belong, and the mess. Looking back, I see how silly and counter-productive this was and am so thankful for grace and learning to just let go and let them do it. In fact, cracking an egg is one of Chef Joshua’s favorite things to do!
Now it’s time to stir it all together. If you make the recipe as is (you’ll find the free printable recipe later in this post), then your child will probably be able to mix it all together themselves. However, I have 3 growing boys who are eating me out of house and home, so I have to double the recipe to feed us all. So, I did need to help the twins with the stirring to make sure it was all thoroughly mixed together (after they both had their fun, I mean turns, stirring).
Remember when I mentioned above how all this measuring is great for homeschool math? Well, if you have to double the recipe like we do, then you have yet another real-life math lesson integrated into your cooking fun!
Pour your pancake batter onto warm pan/griddle (batter will spread) to desired size. Make sure you don’t make them too big, or it will be difficult to flip them! If you are including any optional ingredients (blueberries, chocolate chips, etc.), sprinkle them directly onto your pancake. When your pancake is bubbly all over and slightly dry around the edges, it’s time to flip. Once flipped, it will only take a minute or so for the other side to finish cooking to a beautiful golden brown.
Note: I had to help the twins with pouring the batter and with the pancake flipping.
Serve with your favorite pancake toppings and enjoy! Chef Joshua prefers his with real maple syrup, while Chef Noah enjoys his the way I do, with a little bit of butter and sugar (just the way my Grandma taught me). Yummy!!!
Click the link below to download a copy of my Grandma’s Buttermilk Pancake recipe for FREE!
Personalized Apron Giveaway
Now it’s time for the giveaway! Did you notice the personalized aprons that the twins wore so proudly? My mom graciously sewed them for them (she’s an awesome seamstress!) and a dear family friend did the embroidery. They were so excited to have their very own apron to use when we cook. To share the love and kick start our Kids in the Kitchen journey, one lucky winner will receive a personalized apron in color combo of choice (red with blue trim or blue with red trim). Enter below for your chance to win a personalized apron for your family!
The winner will be randomly picked by Rafflecopter and will be notified by Enchanted Homeschooling Mom via email and posted here. Entrants must be 18 years or older and reside within the United States. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or any other entity unless otherwise specified. Prize will be issued by Kat Reader of World for Learning. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom’s disclosures found here. Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:
Thank you so much for joining me for this month’s Kids in the Kitchen! What are you looking forward to learning and experiencing with your kids in the kitchen?