When my brother asked me to babysit my 4 year old niece, Paige, and my 6 year old nephew, Beau, a few weeks ago, he pointed out that they have both developed a love for cooking. Beau loves any time he gets to handle something on the stove (with close supervision, of course) and Paige just wants to do whatever Beau does (and no one will let her near the stove). So when I showed up at the house that evening they were ready to cook something with Aunt Sara. We decided to make something that everyone could agree on… Breakfast for dinner! Who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner, really?
To start with, they cracked the eggs… They actually did remarkably well, though I had to fish a little eggshell out of Paige’s bowl and Beau cracked one on the floor…
We wanted scrambled eggs and also needed some egg for the pancakes, so I just let them each crack 3 (if you have kids, or work with them like I do, you know there’s no way they couldn’t crack the same amount). Then they used forks to mix some salt and pepper in.
We got out the measuring spoons and talked a little about teaspoons and tablespoons and the abbreviations for each. Then I helped them measure the Bisquick, sugar, vanilla, and oil for the pancakes. I love that Beau sticks his tongue out when he’s concentrating hard…
A quick little stir, and we were good to go.
Now, Lord knows we couldn’t just have plain old boring pancakes. We had to put something fun in them… but what? Blueberries? Chocolate chips? Both?!
With LOTS of supervision, I let Paige pour the pancake batter onto the griddle… no pictures of that, as I was busy trying to keep her from burning herself or me or the house. Then I let Beau flip the pancakes, much to Paige’s chagrin.
Another part of the meal without picture is Beau making scrambled eggs (no pictures of that because I got the pan too hot, so the eggs were cooked in about 8 seconds) and me making bacon and sausage… of course each of them wanted different meats, so I had to make both. I’m sure if Dad was home he would have let Beau help with the meats, but I was terrified of the bacon popping on him, so they got banished to the living room while I cooked those.
Finally, Paige fixed our plates…
Success! Breakfast for dinner was a hit with the kids… they proclaimed blueberry chocolate chip pancakes to be the greatest idea anyone’s ever had. Paige said “its so good I might puke!”… luckily she didn’t.