Having kids help you in the kitchen and teaching them to cook for themselves are two very different disciplines. I am a stay-at-home mom who is attempting to teach my 3 children aged 6, 3, and 1 1/2 to cook for themselves. They will learn skills that include cutting, measuring, reading recipes, planning menus and grocery shopping. A task that may seem daunting and impossible is achievable, if taken one day at a time.
Monday, July 18, 2011
Isn't there a road out there that is paved with good intentions? Where does it lead? Well, where ever it goes, I'm on it! I'm blindly travelling down a path of unfinished tasks, lost thoughts and broken promises. I bet you're wondering when I'm going to start writing about cooking with my kids again. At this point, so am I! Lately, it seems that I have been spinning my wheels but getting nowhere. As soon as I feel like I am finally crawling out from under my pile of laundry, I look around and remember that I was supposed to do something with my girl scouts a few times this summer, and fill out paperwork for various things, and make arrangements to see my niece and nephews, and then there's keeping up with my kids' various activities.....oh yeah, I pared those down to 3 classes per week between the three of them. Where is all my time going??? Surely I'm not that lost in laundry! I mean, there's only 5 of us! The only thing I can think of, is that I am losing time while at the pool. Really, there's no other place that it could be..... Or is there?
Summer is the only time of year we really get to get out and drink in all that is around us. We are fortunate to live in a place that has an abundance of things to do, all under the canopy of spectacular scenery. This is the time of year when we can meander mountain passes, stop and have a picnic, gaze at alpine lakes, get a little lost, and finally make our way home while the sun sets behind us. This is the only time of year that that kind of day can happen. Apparently, that kind of laziness requires a lot of time. So, while I've been thoroughly enjoying the summer, I've been letting a lot of my responsibilities go by the wayside.
It's also clear that I've killed a few brain cells at the pool and at high altitude. I did actually intend to do some cooking with the kids this week. I had it all planned out. But strangely, I planned to make a fire roasted vegetable gazpacho. The most I could let them do was brush the vegetables with oil before I put them on the grill, and hit the pulse button on the food processor. When it finally dawned on me that they weren't going to be able to participate for safety reasons, I thought I would have them work on the flank steak that was also going on the grill. Wait a minute.....What?!?! Why would I ever think that my kids would be able to take part in preparing a meal that was going to be made entirely on the grill?!?! The only thing I can think of is that my brain isn't functioning properly. Too much sun? Not enough oxygen? Nothing else could cause me to so calmly put my kids and fire in the same activity without so much as a warning flag. Luckily I came to my senses before I handed my 4 year old the tongs.
More mountain adventures are in the works and the pool still beckons daily, so I'm holding back on making any promises or commitments. For some reason, this year I feel keenly aware that the lazy days are limited and will be over before I'm ready. So, I'm hoping to play, explore and splash with my kids just a little while longer before attending to the mounting pressures and lengthening lists that are lurking on the other side of the laundry pile. I am planning to catch up on my responsibilities soon, as well as spend some more time creating culinary delights with the kiddos. Something frozen seems to be in order. It'll be harder to burn them that way!