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Baking With Babies Recipe Rhymes Series: Apple Orange Celery Salad

2 Feb

This salad was a common dish on the table when I was growing up, especially with roast beef on Sundays, and it’s one of my favorites.  The flavors blend well enough and the fruits make enough juice that no dressing is necessary.  It’s also ridiculously simple, so this rhyme is quite short, but fun to sing.  That, of course, makes it that much more fun to eat.

The tune for this one is from a Korean children’s song called 동, 동, 동대문 (Dong, Dong, Dongdaemun).  If you want to hear it, this link has an embedded video of kids performing it.

Apple Orange Celery Salad:

An apple, orange, and stick of celery
An apple, orange, and stick of celery
Chop them up and mix them in a bowl –
A salad, so yummy!


Baking With Babies Recipe Rhymes: French Toast

1 Feb

Did this one yesterday with Caterpillar.  “A measured cup” is simply one cup.  There is a “normal” and a vegan version of the rhyme.  If you do the vegan version, use a very ripe banana (no green, all yellow, with a few brown spots), and make sure to mash it well.  Use cow milk if that’s what you do or (if you are like me) whatever non-dairy milk you prefer (almond, coconut, rice, hemp, flax, whatever).   Cinnamon and vanilla are to taste, and cook on a medium-low heat, greased skillet until the slices are brown and flip easily.  This should do about eight slices of (possibly gluten-free) bread.

I can’t eat milk or eggs, so I use the vegan version and eat something high-protein  – bacon or sausage on the side, or peanut butter on top.  Ooh, I should try this with cashew cream!

To the tune of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star”:

“Normal” version-

Crack an egg and beat it up,

Add milk from a measured cup,

Cinnamon, vanilla too

Mix it all until you’re through.

Dip some bread in, then you can

Fry the slices in a pan.


Vegan version –

One banana all mashed up,

Milk poured from a measured cup,

Cinnamon, vanilla too

Mix it all until you’re through.

Dip some bread in, then you can

Fry the slices in a pan.



Baking With Babies Recipe Rhymes Series: Basic Bread

31 Jan

I made up this recipe rhyme a while ago, and just recently dug it up again.  Caterpillar and I had a grand time baking today, and it was really nice to be able to recite this and reference where we were in the process.  She was a lot more patient through the whole thing knowing which step we were at and what would come next.  I’m kind of inspired to come up with more of them, so stay tuned if you like things like this.

(You are welcome to print this off and use it with your kids, but if you like this enough to share it with others, please give credit and link back to here,  thanks!)


How To Bake Bread:

One cup of water, warm to the touch.

Two cups of flour, but not too much!

A big pinch of yeast to help it rise,

Another of salt, just the same size.

A spoonful of oil, and then use your brawn

To stir it together ‘til the lumps are all gone!

Cover it up and let it start to rise,

Then leave it alone ‘til it’s doubled in size.

Shape your loaf however you make it.

Let it double again, and then you can bake it!

When the crust is light brown, carefully take out your treat,

Let it cool for a bit, then it’s ready to eat!

If you do use this with your kid(s), make sure to have something for them to do while the bread is raising.  A half hour show is about the right length of time, or read books or play games together, but have something to keep impatience from becoming too much of a problem.

Also, this is basically a scaled down version of The All-Purpose Bread Recipe found here, and the details of what you can do with the dough can be found at that link.  It could turn into anything from a loaf of bread to cinnamon rolls, pizza, or even pitas if you wanted.  If you want to make an even smaller batch, you could give your kids half-cup measuring cups to use (I do this if Caterpillar is making her batch of bread alongside my bigger batch for the family).  Try to let your kids do as much of the work as they can get away with, but grown-ups will obviously have to do any oven work.

Don’t worry about being too precise with the measurements – let the pinches and the spoonfuls be just that.  The ingredients all have a fairly decent margin of error, and most kids aren’t worried about getting a “perfect” loaf – they just want to have fun and end up with something they can eat at the end.

Halloween Pictures

6 Nov

Pinkie Pie (that everyone thought was Piglet)

Postal Worker with a package

Happy package!

Seriously, isn’t she adorable?

Various cute kids

Dr. Hooves, Pinkie Pie, and Derpy (with Package)

Caterpillar drew the face, I carved it. When we were finished with that, she said, “It’s a scarecrow pumpkin! It needs hair!” So, we gave it some hair.

I got this warty pumpkin thinking it would be awesomely fun to carve, but it was like sawing wood when we tried to cut it open. I drew a face instead.

Mom and daughters at the zoo

The hippos (behind the fence) loved eating the pumpkins!

Caterpillar with her aunt and cousin (the Geeklet) watching elephants

This is a swan we saw pretending to be a flamingo. Not bad, huh?

Baking with Babies

2 Apr



For anyone who wants to try this with your toddler:

  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • a biggish pinch of yeast
  • a biggish pinch of salt
  • a small splash of oil
  • 1 cup of flour (+more for dusting)

Mix ingredients together in order listed, letting your toddler do as much of the measuring/dumping/stirring as she can handle.  The dough will probably be sticky at the end; stir in a little more flour if you need to, but you should be able to mix in everything by spoon – no kneading is necessary, though you can let your child squish the dough for a few minutes if they like that sort of thing.

Let raise about 20-30 minutes; set a timer and go play games or turn on a show about the right length of time to keep occupied while the dough sets.  While the dough raises, you can grease and flour your loaf pans or line a baking sheet with parchment.

After the show is done or the timer goes “ding,” dust your hands and the dough with extra flour and shape the bread.  You can make one loaf or several smaller ones (about the size of dinner rolls).  Turn the oven on to 400 degrees, set the loaves on top of the stove to catch the warmth, and raise about 30 minutes, again setting the timer or watching a show about the right length of time.

After the bread has risen, brush it with melted butter or olive oil.  Have your child step back and watch while you put the bread in the oven.  If your oven has a window, turn the light on so your child can watch the bread bake.

Bake for about 10-15 minutes, until it is golden brown on top.   Let it cool for a few minutes, then enjoy!

Note: I did this at the same time as I was baking other bread; I’ve owed Sushi some bread for a while, but I’ve been sickly lately, and the Caterpillar really needed some Mommy interaction, so we did this as a side project while I had the oven going and I was feeling slightly better.