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A Kitchen-y Christmas: Kid Version

3 Feb

My daughters both love to cook with me.  Any time in the kitchen, they want to help any way they can.  Naturally, because of her love for cooking, my older daughter wanted an Easy Bake Oven for Christmas.  I had an Easy Bake Oven when I was a kid and I thought it was really cool.  Until I realized it’s just a light bulb in a plastic oven, and it makes the tiniest, almost tasteless desserts.  So, we talked it over, and we decided that it might be more fun to ask for her own set of baking supplies.  I figure, I would have to supervise her using the Easy Bake Oven anyway, and if we are putting the time and effort in, we might as well make a real dessert so she can learn her way around the kitchen.

So, I headed out to our local Target store and came up with all this:

A Kitchen-y Christmas: Kid Version

Our Target has this cool line of bright-colored, collapsible prep items called squish.  They are reasonably priced, and great for minimal storage since they collapse.  She loves the colors!  I got the 5 quart mixing bowl, the measuring cup set, and the measuring spoon set.  We may expend to some of the other size mixing bowls and the colanders at some point.

The Caterpillar Spatula and Giraffe Wisk are both made by NordicWare.  They also make an alligator rolling pin, but I decided to skip the rolling pin for now.  They are the perfect size for little hands, and love that they are cute with the animal shaped handles.

Then, I got a Wilton 24 cup mini muffin pan and a Kitchen Essentials from Calphalon Bar Pan.  This was to keep with the Easy Bake Oven theme, making things on a smaller scale and individualized.  And, of course, since she was getting a bar pan, I got her a red OXO Good Grips Brownie Sptaula.

A friend of mine is working on an apron for her as well.

She loves all of it!  We made mini blueberry muffins last month, and hopefully, making some brownies today to try out the bar pan and spatula.  In the end, it did cost me a little more for all this than an Easy Bake Oven would have cost, but these items we will be able to use for a lot longer than an Easy Bake Oven, or so I hope!  Hoping to get lots of baking done with these items over the years while she grows up!

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