A couple afternoons ago, Evie and I tried our hands at making homemade bread. This is not a regular occurrence at our house, I should preface, in case you mistake us for the always super crafty and handy and creative. If I had my way, we'd just eat Trader Joe's frozen meals every night and curl up on the couch with a movie.
But I'll be honest, I'd like to be super crafty and handy and creative with my kids. I don't want the thing they look forward to most in their day to be watching tv. I want to create sweet, interactive and engaging memories for them to remember when they're older. And I want to foster a productive spirit in them.
But this is extremely intimidating to me for some reason. I kind of freeze up mentally when I think of how to be creative with them. But I think the trick to making new habits or ways of living stick is to just start, to do that one little next step to make a change. No matter what it looks like or how bad you fail. And so one of the things that came to mind was baking bread.
I remember when I first had homemade bread myself. It was in college, and I think I was visiting an older friend or a family (the details are kind of fuzzy...) in my church. I just remember feeling so comforted and loved because they has made this homemade, delicious thing and shared it with me.
And I'd like to do that for my girls, and maybe in the future, do it for our friends.
So that's how this came about.
I'll tell the story of the actual experience more in photos than words, but I used this very simple recipe, and though it did not go perfectly, overall, I'm glad we did it!
So, Evie had a hard time understanding the concept of waiting for the dough to rise, and actually wasn't too happy with this...lots of whining and wanting to lift the cloth and touch the dough, but we remedied this hiccup with snacks....lots of snacking on banana chips.
And just in case you think we are way too picturesque, this is what Nora was doing while we were working. Actually one of the trickiest parts of this whole endeavor was keeping Nora happy. And I wasn't really successful because I was by myself. So Evie and I made bread to the soundtrack of much whining and frustrated crying.
But we all survived.
Woo hoo for freshly baked bread! I think Evie had a fun time. It definitely kept her engaged for a good couple hours, except for the waiting parts. And the bread came out great! So yummy. But I made Evie a piece with peanut butter the next morning for breakfast, and she gagged on it and wouldn't eat it. I guess she didn't like the texture?
So that was a little bit of a bummer because I wanted her to enjoy the fruits of our labor, but she didn't seem too devastated.
I've been enjoying it quite a bit, though. It's so good with butter, almond butter and honey (all of that on it at once...don't judge me). And I just bought a jar of ghee because I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, and I'm looking forward to trying that.
Overall, I would call this a win, and we will keep looking for unique and fun things to do! And of course we will still enjoy some movies every now and then, too...okay probably like every other day. I think that's a good balance right?
I would love to know what kind of fun things you are trying with your toddlers, so please feel free to share in the comments!