Raquel loves to be involved in food preparation, especially if we are making something sweet. I love to bake but I have to wait until about 7 or 8:00 at night to do it because of the heat! That means Raquel usually stays up later than 9:00 on nights when we make something together.
Tonight we made a very basic lemon sugar cookie. Since I allow myself to eat what I want on Saturdays only I turned them into drop cookies so I could get them done quick. If I would have followed the recipe to make rolled cookies I would have had to chill the dough for a while before rolling and baking and since I start so late that would mean I leave them to chill overnight and like I said, I don't eat cookies any day of the week but Saturday!
When Raquel and I bake together, the job of whisking the dry ingredients goes to Raquel. She also beats the eggs. I am getting her involved very little by little. I like her eagerness. She always asks, "Mommy, do you have something else for me to do?" Sometimes when there is really nothing else to do I just make something up, like, "Ok, look through that bowl of walnuts and make sure there's no chocolate chips in it." And she's very accomodating!
For the record, the cookies were too sweet for me and not lemony enough. When I realized how boring they looked I added candied cherry halves to the rest of the dough drops. Of course Raquel was very pleased with them.