Baking with four little ladies…

Baking is something that my girls love. My son has loved it in a different way, for him its all about end gratification. Licking the bowl, eating the cakes. The decoration stuff is not really for him and he is getting good at making some basics in the kitchen. We are building up to him doing tea for everyone fairly soon!! The girls just have a different love of it.

If they hear the mixer they all come running into the kitchen eager to help. Which yes is lovely…but when you add four little girls on stools into our not very big kitchen it gets…well…stressful and usually some falling out occurs between someone or other.

So now that i have one little girl at home it is easy to work that out in school hours and last week she helped me make the cakes that my son asked me to make for him to take into school. She was happily able to do all the ‘bits’ herself without having to share with a sibling. It was a cute little time for just me and her.


We got some good cakes at the end too.

Even having five children and being so busy with after school stuff, exams, secondary school stress and the ups and downs of relationships between older siblings..I still remind myself that this littlest girl of mine is still experiencing her toddler hood for the first time. Yes i have been round this block four times before and feel a bit jaded sometimes by the things that toddlers like to do. But its her first time and so I’m trying to be a mummy to a new 3 year old when the others are at school to make up maybe a little bit for being in the shadows of some many older siblings for most of her babyhood. 🙂

This little window of time afforded me by school doesn’t help my other girls though and cooking with all four of them in the kitchen is a little too much mayhem. So this week we started a rota. 🙂

(they are always good!)

I generally bake on sunday, either a cake, sponge pudding or even flapjacks and this week i asked just one of the girls to come and help me. The others were indignant at first and offended until i explained to them that they would get their turn and the next time i was going to bake i would ask one of them to help and that would be THEIR time.

That way they get to do all the baking, they get to read the recipes and they get to proudly present them to everyone as their own at dinner time.

So…this is my plan.

Im hoping it works.

Just need to stick to the rota…

Now, where did i put it!!



Motivational Monday



  1. October 20, 2013 / 5:58 pm

    Hats off to you for enthusing with a three yr old for the fifth time around. It must get fairly same same, but new all at once.
    Your littliest certainly is a beauty.
    Cake look delicious !
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  2. October 20, 2013 / 6:44 pm

    We love baking! My daughter has started to enjoy eating more than baking now though which can be a bit stressful when she is eating spoonfuls of raw flour. Lovely photos. x

  3. October 20, 2013 / 8:40 pm

    My eldest is definitely still in the eating rather than baking category, but she’s starting to do more and more – it’s still one of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon. A rota sounds like a very good plan for a little kitchen too – we’re a bit squished with just three of us at the moment!

  4. October 20, 2013 / 9:39 pm

    Aw she is gorgeous and I bet she treasured that one on one time with her Mummy! The cakes look amazing too! x

  5. October 20, 2013 / 10:31 pm

    That bit you said about her only being a toddler for the first time really struck me. I hadn’t really thought about it like that before; how the first time around its all so new and exciting for everyone, but you have experience after that, and it takes the sparkle off a bit. I know I try to get some time with my littlest on her own when I can, and I can’t wait until she is big enough to help me bake. x
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  6. October 21, 2013 / 7:45 am

    They look so scurmmy, I love baking little cakes. Z just shouts “mix mix mix” all the time.
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  7. October 21, 2013 / 9:30 am

    So special to have time with each child on their own, no matter how old they are. This is a brilliant idea of yours and I’m sure you will ALL benefit hugely from it. Love the pictures, no wonder you enjoyed spending time with that little munchkin! x

  8. Fiona Cambouropoulos
    October 21, 2013 / 10:48 am

    Love the photo with a mouthful of mix going in! #what’sthestory #magicmoments

  9. October 21, 2013 / 10:49 am

    Hard to beet cooking time with kids, gorgeous photos

  10. October 21, 2013 / 10:52 am

    awwww i love this – encouraging little ones to bake . i do this with my two although they prefer eating the cake batter to the cooked cakes! lovely post and the cakes look delish x
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  11. Lucy Heath
    October 21, 2013 / 11:02 am

    Oh how lovely! Adore the scales! You need to link up to #SundayPropShop! A perfect example of how using ingredients tell a real story in the photos xx

  12. October 21, 2013 / 12:32 pm

    O wow these look amazing! We have just started baking together, Raffie is two and a half but loves weighing and mixing with varying degrees of success! What a lovely blog x
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  13. October 21, 2013 / 1:37 pm

    What a wonderful post. Love that you are cooking with them so frequently too, I don’t do it enough! Your cakes look divine and I love that spoon in the mouth photo! Thank you so much for sharing with #whatsthestory
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  14. October 21, 2013 / 5:16 pm

    This is a super post! Love that you got time alone baking with your littlest, great idea on the rota, and a very insightful comment on this being her first toddlerhood – I must remember that too xx #WhatstheStory #MagicMoments #MotivationalMonday
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  15. October 21, 2013 / 5:42 pm

    awww honey this is a beautiful post and what a super idea to make a rota out of baking and allowing each to be responsible.

    Thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments
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  16. October 21, 2013 / 7:12 pm

    Wow – I love the photos and cakes! I cannot wait for Peanut to be old enough to join in with cooking and baking 🙂
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  17. October 22, 2013 / 8:20 am

    Fabulous photos and man those cupcakes looked awesome! I need to invest in a mixer, would make baking with my troop ALOT easier, lol! #magicmoments x

  18. October 22, 2013 / 5:43 pm

    You see, I need to do more baking with Little A. Those cup cakes look fab as are your pictures. And what a lovely mum you are. X

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