Okay, she didn’t burn down the house …
You can breathe now! Lol
But isn’t that what we mothers think is going to happen if we let our kids cook by themselves? How little faith we have in thine own children. *smh* However, a few days ago I wrote about how I asked my daughter what I needed to do this year to become a better mom and one of the things she said was to let her cook more! (You can read all about that + the 5 other ways I plan on becoming a better mom this year by clicking this link.)
However, you can imagine my excitement when Driscoll’s told me that National Blueberry Pancake Day was approaching! My daughter loves pancakes! She would probably eat them every darn day if you let her. And she also loves blueberries!
So when Driscoll’s offered to send us some blueberries I was all in!
Although my daughter eats blueberries, she’s what we Caribbean people call “sometime-ish”.
One day she eats them, the next day she doesn’t. And since she’s the only one in the house that actually eats them, I don’t buy them too often in fear that it’ll go wasted. But since I know she’s been dying to cook, I figured this would be a great chance to let her make something small by herself. And it was!
To my surprise, she made pancakes today and yup, you guessed it, she did not burn the house down. Honestly, she didn’t even burn any of her fingers! (Which is more than I can say for myself because I’ve burned myself a thousand times. Lol) So how’d she do it? Keep reading to find out!
You see, she didn’t actually make them all by herself. Of course, I was standing right there to help. Some of the stuff was a little too heavy for her, and I was still on edge about her being by the fire alone, so I stood by and helped. But she pretty much did everything else by herself!
Also, since I work all the damn time now and my daughter is in school, we don’t get to do a lot of things together. So this was a great way for us to spend some quality time together.
I’ve also been thinking about what kind of traditions I’d like to start up, since growing up my family seemed to have none. Now that I have a daughter of my own, I want at least a few different traditions she can grow up to cherish. How does a #BerryTogether tradition sound?
Every year on National Blueberry Pancake Day she can make blueberry pancakes for us, just because! Wouldn’t that be cute? (Especially when she’s 16 and she looks back on all the times she’s made blueberry pancakes on her own. I think I just went into movie mode. Lol) Remind me to pitch this to her. Lol But anywho, here’s how she made her own blueberry pancakes today!
First, she washed the berries …
For some reason, she enjoyed doing this way more than she should have. Lol
I guess she was just excited to finally be in the kitchen and cooking something by herself. Look at how focused she is! (And don’t mind our “dirty” sink, my parents had breakfast right before we got in the kitchen and I’m the “clean dishes after all dishes are dirty” type. Not the “clean dishes before you dirty more dishes” type. Lol)
Then, she gathered everything she needed …
Yes, we used Aunt Jemima pancake mix! Don’t judge me. I actually prefer using this than making pancakes from scratch, because it’s just so much easier! Eventually, once she gets comfortable being in the kitchen and pouring things, etc. I’ll let her make it from scratch.
P.s – Check out that cute bowl I got from Cheeky Home! I can’t wait to get the full set!
But moving on …
Next, she poured the mix into the bowl …
As you can see she made a bit of a mess, but for the first time (in forever, sing it with me, lol, okay don’t, I’m sorry, carry on …) I wasn’t worried about that!
She was having fun and that’s all that mattered to me. I actually thought that I’d be upset if she made a huge mess and I had to clean it all up, but as you can see the kitchen isn’t all covered in white, so she did way better than I expected!
After that, she poured the water in …
Little by little … and I made sure I watched her closely so she didn’t accidentally pour too much. She did pretty well with this too. I really thought she’d have an accident and end up spilling half the cup of water into the mix, but she was really careful when pouring.
Then she mixed it all up!
She loved this part too. Apparently, she spun the bowl around a few times with one hand, while she mixed with the other? I don’t know, she’s crazy! Lol But she mixed it perfectly!
I’m still shocked at how great she did.
Last but not least, I helped her put it into the pan …
… and then she put the blueberries on herself. Lord knows I was scared as hell during this part because I thought she might accidentally touch the pan but she didn’t!
Oh, and my “OCD” did kick in a little. Lol I hated how they weren’t spaced out evenly. But I had to remember that I’m not in charge here, she is, so I let her do her thing.
Here’s how her pancake came out …
Isn’t it pretty! I’m so glad I finally got over my fear of letting her cook at such a young age.
She did such a great job!
I actually had a small bite since I don’t like blueberries but I wanted to taste it, being that this is her first time making pancakes and all. Lol It was pretty darn good! I just wished I actually liked the freaking berry. Lol I woulda ate the entire thing.
Has your child ever made pancakes all by themselves before? Would you even let them? Do they like blueberries? Have you ever used Driscoll’s before?
I know, I know, I have a thousand and one questions. Lol But let’s talk!
Leave a comment below and let me know how you feel about letting your little ones cook by themselves, and if you’ve ever used Driscoll’s before. I know you’ve seen them before because they’re always in the stores. Lol
Or maybe that’s just the stores I’ve been too? I’m starting to finally realize that each state has their own go-to brands, so maybe you haven’t seen Driscoll’s before? Or maybe you have but you’ve never used them because another brand is more popular where you’re from?
Either way, talk to me!