Cooking Birthday Party

My wonderful chef husband did a cooking class a few weeks ago for our friend’s daughter’s birthday. It was such a fun evening and I was a proud wife watching my husband teach these young girls how to cook. The birthday girl, future master chef, is truly a remarkable young girl. She was focused, inquisitive and eager to learn.

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Guacamole
Grilled lime & cilantro chicken tacos
Black beans
Spanish rice

(I tested the recipe prior and will be posting it in another blog post.)

I put together a packet for each girl that included the menu, the lesson plan and a recipe card for each recipe.

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The first thing they learned was how to properly hold and use a knife. (This of course after washing their hands.) Not only is it important to learn how to use a knife, but it’s just as important to have a sharp knife! A dull knife is a safety hazard in the kitchen. A dull knife will not smoothly cut through food making it harder to slice which could cause a sliced finger instead. And food just doesn’t look as pretty sliced with a dull knife.

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Making a marinade for the chicken.

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Learning about proper sanitation and handling raw meat.

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It is always important to wash your hands and anything that comes in contact with raw meat, including the counter tops. A cutting board just for raw meats is also a good idea. I’m a little obsessive about sanitation and even put my dish sponge in the microwave for 2 minutes after washing anything that was used for raw meat.

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Enjoying the meal they cooked! I’m a true believer that kids that are a part of the cooking process will have a greater appreciation for a variety of foods.

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The meal was delicious!! And a dance party happened afterward. :)

And we bought the birthday girl a pasta machine! So….. a pasta party will be happening soon.

Rey was busy working on her engineering skills.

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Mother’s Day

Happy mother’s day to all the brave, strong, loving women. Mothers who have given birth, have lost a child, have lost pregnancy after pregnancy, those that have become a mother through adoption, have fostered one or many, are a mom to four legged fur babies, and all the women that have mothered and nurtured those that needed you. We are all mother’s and I honor all of you today.

I have a mix of emotions on Mother’s Day. This is my second Mother’s Day and it is so very special to me.  Today however, is a hard day for many women. After years of infertility and pregnancy losses, I remember that empty feeling I felt on Mother’s Days. So, I also keep in my thoughts those that are struggling today. I wish I could hug each and every one of you.

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I appreciate my wonderful loving husband that wants to honor me on this day. To him, it’s a big deal. I love him for that and I will honer him the same on Father’s Day (and everyday). I also appreciate the very special women in my life that are helping me navigate this mom thing. I honestly do not know what I would do without you. And thank you to the extraordinary women that helped raise me.

What did I do for Mother’s Day? Relaxed! My husband asked me what I wanted to do today and my response was, “absolutely nothing.” I came downstairs to cards and a beautiful basil plant. We had my favorite for breakfast, Ebelskivers. I enjoyed a good beer and even fell asleep on the couch. I don’t nap, so that in itself was fabulous. My husband fixed a busted pipe that needed to be fixed, so now we again have water in the backyard and can fill Rey’s toddler pool. He also put together the playground climber I found used. It was a good day for sure. :)

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