Kids in the Kitchen -- Margaret Jane

Let me introduce you to Margaret Jane, or Maggie as she is most commonly known.  For those of you who don't personally know us, Maggie is a friend of ours, well her parents are the "actual" friends, she's a bonus to the friendship.  You see, my family and I have had the privilege of being her care-takers practically since she was born.  She is spunky to say the least and has certainly added another level of joy and laughter to our family. 

Look at that face!!  Can ya stand it?  No?  I didn't think so!  This girl is too much!!  For the past few years, she and I have hadmeetings about her upcoming birthday and what type of cookies she would like.  Needless to say, she wants pretty much every cookie she sees!!  Her birthday is months away but she is already talking about what cookies she wants.

The other day she told me that she wanted to be just like me when she grows up.........and bake cookies all day! lol Goodness girl, way to make me melt all over the floor!  She loves to help in the kitchen and usually teams up with my youngest daughter Julia to bake up all sorts of yummy treats! 

The other day she was really wanting to get into the kitchen and I had a lot of cookies to bake but thought maybe that I'd have some leftover dough that she could use.  She checked back throughout the day and we were both thrilled that I did have some left.  She was so excited to make her own cookies, she picked out the cutters that she wanted, pulled the chair over to the counter and got to work!  I added some sprinkles to the dough (which she thought was A W E S O M E!). 

The shirt says it all!! Also, I think that would be a cute message on a cookie!

This day Julia and Maggie made Loft house style sugar cookies.  I hate to admit this, but my girls LOVE the soft sugar cookies that you can get at the market in the bakery section.  I forced myself to try a bite the last time they brought some home and I honestly don't know what they love about them.  Anyway, I think that these will be a good replacement.  Maggie picked out the icing colors and sprinkles.  She was so proud of the large silver sprinkle. 

I've always believed that it's a good idea to get your kids in the kitchen when they are young!  It does take a bit more patience on mom's part but the rewards are well worth the struggle!  I'm glad that I get to help pass that on to Maggie and one day, Oliver <3

Do you let your little ones help in the kitchen?