Tonight, I am grateful for baking with my stepdaughter. She often comes in the kitchen, hovering over what I might be making.
I never know whether to ask for help, so that she might learn, or to let her just watch. Tonight, I put her to work.
Easy Berry Cobbler
Melt one stick of butter in an 8x8 pan. The oven should be preheating to 350. Stir together 1 cup each of Bisquick, sugar, and milk. Pour mixture over melted butter. Spread 1 quart of fruit (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, cut up strawberries, peaches, or plums) over mixture. Bake for 35-45 minutes.
My stepdaughter, who is 11, did this recipe mostly by herself. I helped with the melting of the butter in the oven, and handled anything hot. Other than that though, she made the cobbler.
After we ate the entire thing, she said, "I didn't think it would be good. I don't know how to bake."
A clean pan and her daddy letting loose a highly inappropriate, yet admiring, belch, let her know that in fact, she is a very good baker.
I'm grateful for affirmations of self esteem. I'm grateful for moments in the kitchen that bring me and Lovely closer together.