What’s Cooking with YOUR Kids: Calzones with Hanna

Thank you Jackie for this awesome post.  It is always so much fun for me when people send these in!  Plus, I am nosy and love to see where you cook with your kids.  (If you can believe it, I often end up cooking with kids on patios, decks, family rooms, on desks and sometimes in the middle of farms!)

Jackie Lee is a full time work at home mom who, in between cooking with a preschooler, raising chickens, and her own groceries, is all about Keeping It Simple and helping moms learn how to make some extra money from home.

My daughter and I love to cook together. She always wants to help, no matter what we’re making. It’s gotten so much more fun the older she gets for us to cook together.

Hanna in action

Hanna in action

Here’s a couple things I’ve realized when it comes to cooking with kids.

1. Let go of perfection.

Whether it’s the food looking perfect, the kitchen staying perfectly clean. Let go of it all. The more you’re trying to make things perfect the less fun you and your kids are going to have. Just cont on the fact the kitchen will be a little messier, and the food might not look exactly how you would have done it. It will still taste great, and the kitchen can be cleaned.

2. Let kids DO!

The more you can let the kids help the better. When they’re younger let them pour the measured ingredients in the bowl.When they get a little older let them measure the ingredients. (it’s a great way to start talking about math, and fractions). Let them use the rolling pin to roll dough. Let them do the scooper to scoop cookies. So what if they aren’t all the exact same size… let them do. It’s how they learn and what makes cooking fun. It’s no fun to just watch.

With those two things in mind we recently tackled

** These are great for freezing for snacks or lunches later. Freeze after baking.

Do you cook with your kids?  I’d love for YOU to do a guest post.  The timing is perfect, too – This blog will be featured in Scholastic’s Parent & Child Magazine in August/September!

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3 Responses to What’s Cooking with YOUR Kids: Calzones with Hanna

  1. What a great recipe to share with a child!
    It sounds (and looks… love that pic) like such fun!

    I have to say I also love your two prerequisites… don’t worry about perfection and let the kids do it!!!

    Brilliant advice. Thanks Jackie!

  2. Yummy! I love the photo of Hannah in action.

  3. Aw, this was an extremely good post. Taking the time and actual effort to generate a great

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