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{i cannot bake}

99e4d60f95b951aefaf4f999bf1b2dbd This graphic is so funny to me because I don’t bake.

I have a confession that many of you have already heard from me. I cannot bake. I mean I can bake {sort of} but I don’t like to. I’m terrible at it. I burn things or mess them up.

Baking requires measuring and precision with ingredients and perfect timing {I don’t posses such skills}. It just doesn’t work for me. I’m the type to buy store-bought, write a check or choose a really easy dessert when it comes to bringing something for the bake sale or a party.

It’s funny that as a mommy I feel completely obligated to teach my children to bake. My Grandma Lil baked anything and everything. My mom, sister, in-laws {and even my husband} are all good at baking. Shouldn’t I be passing on this skill? Isn’t that what stay-at-home mom’s do?

I do try to get the kids in the kitchen to bake from time to time but honestly I don’t enjoy it. I want to know what is wrong with me???? ahh hahh hah! I could cry.

Okay. Not really.

But seriously. Let’s hope that someday I can find the strength to use my brain in such a way. In the meantime…

Here are a few of my favorite no-bake desserts:

THESE coffee & ice cream floats are great…so is the FALL ice cream dessert

Pretzel Bites

Squirrel Mix {aka: Muddy Buddies}

And because you don’t have to measure perfectly I also love THESE anytime goodies!

Finally, notice that THESE tips for baking with kids mention to just have Daddy do it! That works for us!

What kind of recipes do you enjoy that don’t need baking skills?



baking with KIDS

My rules for baking with kids:

  • Give myself extra time and an extra prayer for patience!
  • Give our goodies away…it’s only fair to share and then I don’t gobble them up myself! What neighbor doesn’t like homemade goodies?
  • Get Paige involved as much as possible.  It may get messy but she LOVES it. She even cracks eggs (I let her crack one at a time in a small bowl so that I can deal with eggshells each time and not mess up the whole batch).
  • Make an extra batch of goodies with out the kids so they are “germ free” (we try so hard to keep Paige from licking her fingers and then sticking them back in the bowl but she just cannot help herself!) This is important if you are planning on giving them away as gifts!
  • Make baking a project for Daddy!  Since I do not enjoy baking very often, she usually does this with Daddy! It’s a win/win because they bake, they bond and there are goodies to show for it in the end!

These pictures are from last Christmas 2009…she just loved it and asks almost every day if she can help us in the kitchen! How cute is she?

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