Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Baking with Sarah "Ingalls Wilder"

Sarah, my soon to be 10-year-old, came to me yesterday afternoon and told me she'd like to bake something. I asked her what she wanted to make (while silently praying it didn't involve the EZ Bake oven) and she told me she was thinking of cupcakes. Alright sweetie, check the pantry and see if we have a cake mix. We didn't.

So we put our thinking caps on and both of us remembered that we've been wanting to make something from this cute cookbook we found last fall.

We're Little House on the Prairie fans around here. In second grade, Sarah chose to be Laura Ingalls Wilder for Famous American Day. She studied her life, read the books, and got to dress up like her (cute!) and give a short speech.
She became interested in her life after we started watching the series on dvd. My kids still love watching the adventures of Ma, Pa, Mary, Laura, and Carrie.

So, Sarah perused the cookbook and decided she'd like to make these..
Laura's Little Maple Cakes

Sarah loved every minute of measuring, stirring, mixing, pouring, baking, icing, and decorating.




In the interest of keeping things real, I should tell you that baking with my children, as fun as it can be, is a lesson in extreme patience for me. But who can resist that smile? Or those yummy maple cakes? Not me! I broke my sugar fast and had one (or five) and they were very, very tasty. Let me know if you'd like the recipe!

23 comments:

Tiffani Long said...

Hi Meredith,
I connected to your blog from my dearest friend who connected with your friend La Vida Dulce and so on and so on :) I'm new to blogging and SO enjoy seeing what other women are going through and relating...lifting each other up and encouraging each other along the way..I can't wait to peruse your site more...I love the layout! And the maple cakes look super yum! Stop by and see me!

Kelly said...

Oh my goodness.......I LOVE Little house on the prarie! Love it! I want to get the DVD's for my kids to watch one day. I cried at every single episode and read the books 100 times. SOOOOO cute!!! Sarah is adorable!

Julie said...

We used to have that cookbook....

What a fun day!

Hugs,
Julie

Deidre said...

Oh my - I KNOW my daughter would love this cookbook. I've never seen it before. Those look yummy!

Were we separated at birth? My E had on that exact same outfit as Sarah yesterday - Go Target!

Teri in CO said...

The smile says it all! You made her day!

Teri

Holly said...

I would!

Way to go Sarah! and Mom, too!

Beth said...

Your daughter did a great job with those maple cakes--they look professionally-made! I'd love the recipe; I'm always up for something sweet.

Jackie @ Our Moments Our Memories said...

How sweet! I love how you said it takes extra patience in cooking with little girls...mine is only 2 but already she has to pull up a chair and get invovled in everything. I love it, but it takes way longer. :)

You should post that recipe...I'd love to have it!

His Girl said...

love it! reason 56 why we should be neighbors- my girls would give their right arms to be able to bake with your daughter.

oh, yeah, i'm keeping track now.

Rae said...

This is most definitely a good reason for breaking your sugar fast! Your daughter is so pretty and her smile is contagious...it made me smile too!

Gretchen said...

Recipe, pls.

What a cutie!

My love for LHotP runs deep. I think I grieved immensely when both Pa and Mr. Edwards died. Of course I watched them on that schlocky "hwy to heaven", too.

I'm w/you re:kitchen patience, babe. It's so not in me.

xxxooogretchen.

P.S. Um...did you have anything to do with her genetics at all? ;)

Amy said...

That is a super cute picture - and your kitchen is so clean!!

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

Too cute. You are a good mama to do that. I let my three-year-old drop the cookie dough on the sheets tonight at it about did me in. Clearly, I need to practice a bit more patience.

Renee said...

I have been looking at this book recently and trying to decide if it was one I should buyfor our ATH home! I guess you would say "YES!" right?
Sweet blessings!
Renee

leigh said...

She is absolutely adorable!

Leigh Ann said...

I LOVE LHOTP! I have seen every episode about 10 times! I love that Sarah is so interested in Laura and dressed like her for school. That is precious. Sarah is so cute!

Barb said...

I remember how much patience it took to let my girls have the kitchen, Mer. But it was always worth it and looking at these adorable photos, I'm sure you agree. I love the last photo - you can just see how proud she is. And that cookbook is adorable.

Just this past winter, I re-read the entire Little House series.

Betsy said...

I was the biggest Little House on the Prarie fan ever!! I have read all of the books and LOVED the TV show....still do!! I even remember when I was little thinking that I loved the name Laura and hoped I could name my little girl Laura one day. And I did! :)

Sarah is so cute!! That looks like a fun day!

Natalie @ I AM (not) said...

mmmm, I'm hungry

Kellie said...

OH mer! I am so glad that you said baking was an exercise in patience for you, because I am THE EXACT SAME WAY!

But really, how COULD you resist that smile. And the cupcakes look de-lish!

*carrie* said...

Mer,

I'm a long-time Little House fan, too. I'm glad you didn't have a cake mix, so you could try these!

Lesli said...

That's so cute. My latest post is about my little house fan too. We watch it alot around here and I'm going to be looking for the cookbook to give her for her bday in a couple weeks. Thanks for the great idea.

Farm Fresh Jessica said...

So my favorite! I'm getting that book when my girls are older. We love to read the books though.