Baking with small children doesn’t have to be super stressful! On Bank Holiday Monday the girls (who are 3 and 5) and I did a spot of baking, and sold the goodies around the local neighbourhood to raise money for Action Aid’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal. Essentially it was a lesson for them in life not being perfect, and doing things for other people. It was a lovely day, full of smiles, but we also had a fair few wobbles. As the cupcakes were made the traditional way, and loaded with ingredients we don’t eat, they couldn’t even lick the bowl. Bless them, it’s no wonder really and they did marvellous overall.
I probably added a whole new level of stress to the day by having a last minute brain wave that we should film my fourth YouTube video. As if the already packed agenda of cupcake and flapjack making wasn’t enough. You’d be forgiven for thinking that I was absolutely crazy to even consider this, but when life is as busy as mine is I have to just go for it in the few minutes I have spare. Once the moment passes it might be a while before I’m presented with another one.
The video itself isn’t my finest work by any stretch of the imagination. Most of the bloggers I know would not bother uploading it to their YouTube channel, but I feel it’s vital that I do so. Because this is a true depiction of my life, and that’s the beauty of it. It is not picture perfect, yet it’s there in all it’s glory on YouTube anyway. This is what baking is honestly like in my house. Messy. Loud. Fun.
My kids are behaving very much as they would do if the camera wasn’t rolling. P has an itchy knee she needs to scratch, C is having a meltdown right at the end which is why she’s not in the last shot, and my hubby is filming with F (14 months) in his arms because he wouldn’t be put down.
For me, the wonder of baking with small children, is watching them keenly learn about food. I believe that food education is vitally important, and want to ensure that my kids know where their food comes from, and which ingredients go into which recipes. It Starts With Food is a passionate post I wrote a while back, and gives a bit more background as to why I feel so strongly about this.
In other news, we made £35 from the sale, which I donated to Action Aid via my Just Giving page. My company will match it, so £70 in total going to Nepal. Not bad for a days graft. Just in case you were interested in the recipe, it can be found in the video.