One of my best friends, Karen, has three children and two of them are Girl Scouts. They have been working hard to earn their various badges, and Karen’s older daughter decided she wanted to get her cooking badge. Unfortunately, the group leader did not want to conduct a cooking class for the whole group, so Karen asked me if I would help out. Since I love to cook and firmly believe that children should be welcomed in the kitchen, of course I said yes!
After a conversation or two with Karen about her children’s eating preferences, we decided to have Pizza Day at my house. What kid wouldn’t be happy with that? I gathered recipes for homemade crust and sauce and Karen brought over all of the supplies.
I set up two stations at my dining room table so both girls would have a place to work. We also allowed them to each make a full recipe – that way we could all have an individual sized pizza for lunch and they would still have leftovers to take home. I think their father and brother were happy with that part!
After mixing the dough, giving it time to rise, and playing several rounds of Guitar Hero, we made the sauce. Then we shaped our pizzas on parchment paper and baked them off just in time to enjoy a delicious lunch.
The aftermath - obviously making pizzas is hard work. Or maybe we were all suffering from carb overload. I think it was a little of both.
Overall, this was a successful day. The girls got to make something that they really enjoy completely from scratch, and they learned not only how easy it is, but how much better it tastes. Plus, they were very proud of their efforts and earned a new Girl Scout badge! The adults learned not only how easy it is, but how budget friendly and healthful it is as well.
Parents, it is uncomplicated and FUN to get your children involved in the kitchen and make your favorite meals!