I think so.
But it got exhausting, and some more babies came along, so I bought bread for a while and got quite out of the habit of having my girls learn to cook with me.
This year it is really, really time.
Today we made a summer garden vegetable soup, homemade bread, and strawberry fool.
|S10 chopped carrots while E12 diced potatoes.|
|My little girls snapped green beans because I didn't want them wielding sharp knives, but then I gave them knives anyway when the beans were done and they wanted to chop the cabbage. I definitely helped H3, but A5 proved herself quite competent.|
|M10 was fascinated by the beets; we've never eaten them before. She loved how they dyed everything pink!|
|J8 helped dice potatoes. She was ever so careful and proud of her work.|
|All of the prepped veggies and all of my silly girls, though E12 looks rather as though she is above such foolishness, doesn't she?|
|The sauteeing onions really bothered S10 . . . and J8, too. They both wore goggles for about half an hour today. This is the only picture I took of the four beautiful loaves of bread the girls made. I'm so disappointed.|
|E12 stirring the onions and tomatoes. She was up on a stool, feeling on top of the world. She had me step over to her, measured my height as compared to hers and said, "Yup, this is how tall I want to be someday."|
|Not all of our veggies came from the garden. Notice we had to switch to a larger pot! The recipe said it would feed 6, so I doubled it, but we ended up with 12 quarts of soup!!!!!!|
|The little girls played outside for a while but came happily back in when it was time to make dessert. They smashed berries for a very long time!|
|I.9 woke up, so big sister played with him for a few minutes.|
|Still smashing. It was only 2 pounds of berries, but their small hands got so tired. Sweet J8 stepped in to help.|
|I just want to kiss his squishy face!|
I am also glad that I get a weeks' respite before working with 7 children in the kitchen with me!
And dinner is already made for tomorrow night . . . leftovers!