|mmmmm .... baking is tasty|
That's me there, head over heels in love with the cake batter. Licking the spoon has long been my favourite part of baking it seems - since 1971 at least :) And for a long time it was about the only way my brother and I ever "helped" with the baking. I learned by watching my Nan bake, while we waited anxiously for the announcement, "Who wants to lick the beaters?!" Aw, the simple joys of childhood.
I remember wanting to learn how to bake bread, when I was maybe 8 or 9 years old. Nan was making raisin bread, and she explained what she was doing as she put it all together. Then she gave me my own ball of dough to work with. I rolled and stretched and tried to knead it, but just didn't have the strength in my little hands I guess. She added it to the oven with her professional-grade loaves, but mine was an utter disaster - hard and dense. Oh well. It was almost 40 years before I tried to make bread again!
And that's why I have not involved Boo in my bread making, though he loves to get into the shortbread cookies and gingerbread men that I make for Christmas. I think his favourite part is cutting out the shapes and decorating them, but I get him into the measuring and mixing as well. Baking with kids is a great way to create special memories, while teaching them life skills and even some math. And when they get to experience the joy of devouring their own creations? Awesome!
|Decorating his gingerbread cookies|
We Bake For Change
Now there's a fun way you can add to your baking sessions with lessons in the importance of helping others and giving back. For a second year, Robin Hood has partnered with We Day, encouraging kids to participate in their We Bake for Change initiative. Kids can register online and organise bake sales with their friends and families to raise money in support of the important work Free the Children does around the world. Last year, over 700,000 students from across Canada took part, and over 2,200 schools hosted bake sales, raising over $330,000. The funds raised support families in developing communities, helping empower them with the resources they need to build a better future.
Do you think your child's school would be interested? They can access guidelines and resources at the We Bake for Change website. Think about other venues as well - your kids could bake for a bake sale at your office, the hockey rink, your place of worship. Your child can sign up as an individual or as part of a family, company, school, or youth group.
Get creative with your ideas, spread the word, and then let your kids get creative in the kitchen!
GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™I think all kids are intrigued by the weird and wonderful, the tallest, the fastest, the smallest, the most. I know I always loved the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS, and both of our boys have had multiple copies over the years. With this in mind, I totally jumped at the chance to join Robin Hood and WE Day in their own world record attempt, and you should have seen Boo's face when I told him! Even better, if you are in the Toronto area, you can join in too!
Here's the scoop! On Family Day, February 15, 2016, Robin Hood and WE Day will be attempting to set a new world record for the largest cookie mosaic. The event will take place at Evergreen Brick Works, and everyone is invited. The cookie mosaic will resemble a map of the world, showcasing the regions where We Bake for Change has made a difference. The goal is to create a huge cookie, measuring about 30 ft x 48 ft (that's over 1,400 square feet!!) To achieve this, we'll be placing over 13,000 individual shortbread cookies made measuring 3 x 3 inches each. Yum! Of course once the official measurements are taken, the cookies will be available for eating. A tasty reward for a job well done!
And, seriously, how cool would it be to be able to say you were part of a new world record?? Check out all the details on the event page.
Trip of a LifetimeAt the event, Robin Hood and WE Day are also hosting a We Bake for Change ME to WE Trip Giveaway. Two lucky winners will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to join a Free the Children mission to India for seven days – the trip is valued at approx. $17,000 CAD, which is amazing. But even more amazing is the experience the winners will have and the incredible opportunity to support the work of this great organisation, making a real difference in the lives of families in the developing world.
All the DetailsFor more information on how to support We Bake for Change, and to sign up, please visit weday.com/webakeforchange. And for some baking inspiration and recipes, visit Robinhood.ca/BakeSale/.
Disclosure: This post is brought to you by Robin Hood. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own, or those of my family.