May 08, 2012

Baking with the Boys and Pride in the Creative Process

The last few weeks have been emotionally taxing on my family.  They have been so supportive of the book launch, but as glamorous as it all seems, work can take its toll on the home life. This past weekend, I was ready for some quality family time. Truthfully, the last thing in the world I wanted was to have anything to do with baking. I wanted to escape from the book for a weekend. Then my older son Zach said he wanted to present my book to his class for his book presentation day in school. I think at that moment I realized how proud he and my family feel to be a part of the book creation process. So the weekend became a project of implementing a few projects from the book. One of the things Zach wanted to create were the banana whoopie pies from my Forever Chanel chapter. That’s him piping the banana cinnamon batter onto baking pans. It was his first time making whoopies and he loved it….

He also took on one of my least favorite tasks…sifting!  Thank goodness he hasn’t grown tired of it yet.  He’s my go-to sifter!  We started early and my little son, still in his pajamas, joined in to pipe when he woke up.  I love how Zach is looking on and guiding him.  My little guy was pretty good at piping, too!  Scroll down for more pictures.

Zach had fun sandwiching the whoopie cookies together and he had his first taste of mascarpone cheese, which we sweetened for the whoopie pie filling. One of the things I’m always reminding myself is to not control the creative process when I’m baking or crafting with my kids. I really have to refrain myself from taking over so that my kids can be creative in their own way. Do you guys experience that, too? I talk about it a little here. Creative parents {including me!} can be tempted to take over, but kids need to be the little artists that they are!

Zach also wanted to make the beehive cupcakes from the Honey, I Love You chapter.  After we made the cupcakes, he piped the marshmallow meringue frosting. He was an expert at piping by that point!

He also loved using the candy thermometer and seeing how ingredients like egg whites, sugar, and corn syrup can turn into a glossy and creamy frosting. Yes, the whole family licked the bowl several times!

My kids and husband are always amazed when I whip out the kitchen torch. This technique is for adults only!

Now if you know my son at all, you’ll know he is quite type-A.  He really amazes me sometimes. He’s only 7, but he had an idea to create a power point presentation for the class.  He created the whole thing completely by himself…no lie.  He came out of my office and this whole presentation was put together. I’m trying not to be a boasting mom, but seriously? Like I said, he really amazes me sometimes!

The best part about watching his presentation unfold was to see how confident and proud he was. Since he had tasted recipes and lived with props from the book {sometimes in his own room!}, it seemed like the perfect way to end the chapter for him.

Here he is eating his beehive cupcake.  Notice he even made the bumblebee golden gift bags from the Honey, I Love You chapter. He reversed the colors to put his own spin on it. I know he was proud, but I have to tell you…I am so proud of this little guy {and my littler guy and husband} that they were part of this creative book process.


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