Baking with Kids {Bake Some Love}

A couple of weeks ago I was given the opportunity to have an afternoon of baking with my kids sponsored by Nestlé.

I was so excited and immediately started scheming.  I had visions of cookies everywhere, perhaps a gingerbread house, fun music filling the house as we dance around throwing flour at each other.  Yes, a flour fight.  If you don’t like it come up with your own ridiculous scheme.

This is how it actually went down.  I can tell you are already smirking.  It’s okay.  If I’d read the previous paragraph about someone else I’d be smirking too.

The day started off pretty good.  The mr. was out of town so the morning routine was a bit off but no more than every other daily rush to get out the door.  My plan was to stay in leggings and a baggy t-shirt all day which I was able to pull off until around 2 when I just couldn’t take it anymore and changed into a pair of jammies.  I worked all day long to get things done so that when that magic hour hit I was ready, I mean ready to make baking memories with my precious, sweet, angelic little boys.

There is only one problem with that scenario.


I have boys.

Boys who enjoy playing sword fight with their big wooden spoons.  Boys who, even after I’ve told them 3 times not to, still sneak cookie dough when no one {me} is looking.  Boys who, when I ask them to stir, take that as a go ahead to set a world record on how fast a batter comes together.

I will say one thing about these boys.  I do love them so.

They fill my refrigerator with pictures and write me cute notes that say “I love you”.  They may not always act like the sweet little angels I know they are but I will miss this.  I have no doubt.  And the next time {there will be a next time because I am just that crazy} I will probably join them in their sword fight.  Why not!?  In a few years pretend sword fights will be replaced with hanging out with friends, driving {shudder}, and dating {double shudder}.

I suppose the moral of the story is to just enjoy them while you can.  I have no brilliant words of wisdom or clever tips to make cooking with your kids any easier but I will say this, just do it.  They will remember these moments no matter how small or how horribly wrong your well laid plans went.

In the end we had a batch of chocolate chip cookies made from Nestlé Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, one huge chocolate chip cookie, chocolate chunk quick bread, and some chocolate bark {that one I flew solo on).

P.S.  We are raising well rounded children hence the orange aprons from a store that shall not be named.  What can I say!?  We are awesome.


Disclosure: As part of the Foodbuzz Tastemaker Program, I received a holiday baking kit and stipend from Nestle Toll House Morsels.  My opinions are completely my own.


  1. This was so adorable! and I’m excited to use the CHUNKS! I haven’t used them before!
    Thanks Krista – awesome story as always!!!

  2. I do agree that baking with kids is extremely special. It’s a great for bonding.

  3. How fun! And pictures, too. I have always loved baking with my kids–messy kitchen, sneaked cookie dough and all. What a great way to spend the day.

  4. Brilliant post! I have a girl, and I know things could be very different! And your attire was spot on 🙂 It takes an awful lot of patience and letting go to cook with the kids. Go Mom!!!

  5. Haha too cute!

  6. I teach in an all-boys school and run a cooking club for 8-11 year old boys so I completely get that what one plans is very often (ok, always) not the way it goes down! I love teaching boy and the energy they bring to everything and they have taught me to be more relaxed and go with the flow a little (never a bad thing!). Your afternoon of baking looks like so much fun!

  7. I have two girls and I love baking with them as well. Flour and eggs end up on the floor often but we always have a good time.


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