Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Tasty Treats or Toddler Terrors

It was late in the day and everyone was still a little out of whack from mom being sick. I got medicine yesterday and feel a lot better. Not 100% but, according to daddy, good enough to go back on mommy duty. That usually involves cooking. We decided  to make some wonderful toddler treats to go in lunches for the girls tomorrow. I got the ingredients out, cleared a spot for prep work and invited the girls over. That was the last bit of control I had. Recipe first, crazy pictures to follow. Adapted from our Picture Me Cooking cookbook.

Toddler Treats
  • 3 cups wheat cereal
  • 3 cups corn or rice cereal
  • 3 cups Nutty O's
  • 1 cup pretzel pieces
  • 1 cup peanuts
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 lbs white chocolate melting disks
In a very large bowl mix together cereals, pretzels and nuts. Melt white chocolate and stir in cinnamon. Pour white chocolate sauce over mix and stir evenly to coat. Pour mix onto parchment paper lined baking sheet and let dry. Break into pieces and place in a sealed container to store.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Operate microwave to melt chocolate
  2. Measure and add ingredients
  3. Stir and help spread on baking sheet
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Assist Audrey
  3. Clean up mess
Maurene's Task:
  1. Make a mess

A little mess is easy to clean

Keep an eye on extra help


Teach them to sweep

We have decided to include this post in the My Kids Are The Messiest contest. Think it will win?


  1. So funny and exactly what cooking episodes turn into at my house. Glad you entered so I could find your blog.

  2. Baking with the kids ALWAYS ends up with a mess on the floor! Such cute helpers.

  3. I really need to cook with my kids more. When did I get so anal? It's just food!

  4. I (usually) don't mind making a mess because it is a good way to teach them to help to clean up. It also helps if you plan for messes then they are easier to clean. Thanks for all of the comments!

  5. Oh those little helping hands! Love this lady! :)

  6. You are a brave Mama! I won't let my kiddo anywhere near the kitchen. I let him help with the mixer once--never again... The treats look yummy though.

  7. You are super mom to let them get down and dirty in the kitchen like that!!
    Hats off to you mom!

  8. Trust me, if a few cheerios are all I have to clean up in a day, we are doing good. The cooking keeps them entertained and away from coloring on the walls.

  9. So cute...even as messy as it is :)


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