When my daughter was born, it was easy to get things done in the kitchen. She would sit in her high chair playing with her toys as I cooked and cleaned. As she became older things changed, she no longer was okay with me being in the kitchen, she wanted me to play with her. I realized to get things accomplished, I needed to get her involved. Cooking and prepping food with Emma is a different experience then when I am cooking by myself or with my hubby. It takes a little more time and patience but the benefits have become wonderful. The time in the kitchen provides us with a bond that we can share. She has become my little helper. She washes produce, mixes the ingredients, and tastes the food. My hubby and I eat a lot of vegetables at home and because Emma sees us trying things as we prep the food, she tries them as well.
A lot of people know that I am against store-bought juices for variety of reasons. We bought a juicer about a year ago and Emma enjoys making her own juice. She loves to make up her own ingredients and it is a wonderful way for her to have more fruits and vegetables. Her favorite juice combination is carrots and apple. I hope when Emma grows up and looks back she will remember the times we shared in the kitchen.