Thursday, September 26, 2013

Baking Pumpkin Muffins, Just Me and My Girl

Sometimes when my house needs cleaning, I say screw it to mopping the floor and yes to making a mess in the kitchen with Tory. Baking muffins is one of our favorite things to do together. She loves to wear her pint-sized cupcake apron and demands I sport my apron as well (although it doesn't fit as nicely around my very pregnant belly these days). I let her scoop and mix ingredients in a bowl and I take a gazillion pictures of her licking the mixing paddle because she's so gosh-darn cute.

Yesterday, we made a pumpkin muffin recipe from our fall bucket list. This probably isn't the healthiest muffin recipe out there, but it tastes delicious. It's okay to treat ourselves every once and a while, right?

Good thing I skipped cleaning my kitchen beforehand because girlfriend made a mess. She was covered head to toe in flour and orange pumpkin batter by the end. During our morning in the kitchen, I also discovered Tory loves raisins. Not sure why I've never thought to give them to her before, but she gobbled raisins up as fast as I could measure for the recipe.

As soon as I snapped this picture, Tory dumped 2/3 cup of vegetable oil all over the countertop. Missed the mixing bowl - whoops! "Uh oh, Mommy!" she said. I probably let Tory have too much free reign in the kitchen, but I think that's half the fun. There's a lot more mess to clean up than if I'd been doing the mixing solo, but I hope our time together develops into a love of cooking when she grows older. I don't remember helping my mom in the kitchen when I was little and it wasn't until I was married and had to cook that I learned my way. Heck, I'm still learning my way. Cooking is a measure in patience, trial and error and following direction. Those aren't bad skills for a little girl to learn. 

And yes, that's a potty chair in the background of these photos. We're in the midst of toilet-training around here and I assure you, there was lots of hand-washing taking place. I only wish I posted naked baby photos on the Internet because I snapped the most adorable picture of her bare bottom under that apron!

I enjoy play dates and our trips to the library, but smetimes chill days at home are just what the doctor ordered. What a great day with my little girl. These are the moments I'll cherish forever.  


  1. Chrissy, I'm glad that you and Beans are cooking together. I recall one little girl (whom I assume you know who I am speaking of) told me she wouldn't need to learn how to cook because she was marrying someone that would provide a maid to take care of the cooking etc. do you know who that might be? Haha! Glad you are teaching Tory the likes of cooking! Love you dear.

  2. Love it! : ) What a cutie in her apron!! Good luck with the potty training!

  3. I just love Tory's curls...she is too sweet! And she is such a great help in the kitchen! Cruz just wants to put his fist in the jars, bowls, whatever we're making and just make one big ole mess!

  4. I am home from work today to start potty training as well! Fun stuff :/