March 10, 2011

Kitchen "Arts"

I have all boys.  Have I told you that before? 

As a Mom to boys, sometimes I forget that they need to learn the "girly" skills in life.  This generally includes the kitchen domain.   For several years I have been working with my two oldest in the kitchen trying to get the skills into them that they will need as men.  One day my youngest asked me, "Mom, when is it MY turn to help you in the kitchen?"  Talk about out of mouths of babes!

We have been working in the kitchen together this year as part of his kindergarten. 

While thinking of something to write for you, I was racking my brain.  I love to write tutorials or easy crafty things, or even science ideas...but was not feeling up to the task this month.  My dear son once again came to the rescue and told me that HE should show you how to make something in the kitchen!  So, demonstrating how a 5 year old can totally make some yummy stuff in the kitchen, here is my son. 

Fruity Oat Bars

First you need to pre-heat your oven to 400F. 

Get out your blender.  Place one full cup of dried apricots and 2 Tbsp water into it.  Blend until the apricots are smooth.  Set aside.

In a bowl mix 2 1/3Cups of flour with 1 Cup Oats and 1/2 tsp Salt.  Set aside.

With parental supervision, get out a medium saucepan.  Place 3/4 C Unsalted butter (or hard margarine), 3/4 C Brown Sugar and 2 Tbsp corn syrup into it.  Melt over medium heat, stirring once in a while.

Add to your dry flour mixture and mix it all up.  (my son got tired of stirring after a while and I had to finish this step for him)

Press half of your mixture into a 7 inch square pan.

Smooth your fruit over top, and top with the remaining oat/flour mixture.  My son told me we were making "sandwiches" in a pan!

Bake for 20-25 min until nicely golden on the top.  Cut into squares.  (we found that 16 was about perfect serving size)

Let cool and enjoy the "fruits" of your labor!

We think it would also be yummy with other fruit like strawberries, apples, blueberries and any other dried fruit you enjoy.

These were super fun for my son to make and he could do almost the whole thing by himself, making him feel pretty efficient in the kitchen.

Have fun!

Jaime is in her second year of homeschooling her 3 boys and often wonders why she missed out on all this fun for this many years!  She loves crafting, photography, reading, cooking, taking care of her family, homeschooling, learning new things, and many others.  You can find a mish mash of all of that on her family blog at Welcome to the Madness

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Dana ♥ said...

Looks Yummy! Be sure to tell your son "Thanks" for sharing his recipe. ;)

shauna said...

Those look delicious and I can't wait to let my girls cook them. I just need to get to Costco for some dried apricots now! Thanks for sharing Jaime & son!

Courtney Wilson said...

Great thoughts. I will have to remember to make sure my boys are involved too when they are older :)

Kimberly said...

YUM. Thanks for sharing!

Erin said...

We have 3 boys also, with the youngest at kindergarten age. They love to help me in the kitchen. My hubby is actually a better cook than I am, and now that I think of it, a better deep-cleaner, too. I am so thankful that he learned these skills!