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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Inspired Wednesday - There's a New Chef in the Nest

There's a new chef in our Nest.

My Big Helper finally had a chance to make dinner for the family last week.  Although she's been baking with me for years, she's mostly stirred, measured, or mixed - she's never attempted to work near anything hot or sharp.

She was both excited and apprehensive about this endeavor, but I knew she was ready - and that she could do it.

She chose to make a Mexican-style meal:  to cook dried beans to use in refried beans, taco meat, and to put a salad alongside it.

She picked through the beans and got them started in the Crock Pot, ...

and then hours later cooked and seasoned the meat.

She finished up the beans and made the salad, even chopping the carrots with a knife all by herself (with me standing beside her, of course).

My Big Helper thoroughly enjoyed the fruits of her labor.  She decided that she made the best tacos ever, and even went so far as to ask if we could have them again the next night for dinner.

Isn't it amazing how much our perspective changes when we have a vested interest in the outcome?

She did do a great job with dinner, and it was fun to watch her work.  Seeing her stop outside of her comfort zone and stretch her wings definitely gave me a proud mommy moment, although it was bittersweet - because she is growing up too, too fast.

But I have a wonderful Big Helper.  I'm looking forward to many more cooking sessions, just the two of us.

What has given you a proud mommy moment lately?

Last week Susan at Homeschool with Love shared a guest post about ways to involve your children in abstract art - and ways to teach them about famous artists, too!  To find out more, visit Homeschool with Love - and Susan, please visit our Inspired Wednesday page and take the "I was featured on Washed Up Inspired Wednesdays' button back with you.  

Be sure to check out Stephanie's Inspired Wednesday post over at The Multi Taskin' Mom!

A Nest in the Rocks


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