Sawyer is reading chapter books now so we spent an afternoon sorting through his early readers to give away or sell at our local childrens consignment shop. Good memories are always attached to good reads no matter your age and I eventually found Sawyer curled up on the rug with HEDGEHOG Bakes a Cake, a level 2 reader. It is a funny story about a Hedgehog who wants to bake a cake. Rabbit wants to help. So do Squirrel and Owl. What a mess! Owl figures out how to solve the problem of too many cooks in the kitchen.
On the last page of the story is a simple recipe for Hedgehog's Yellow Cake. Both Sawyer and I were up for a little one on one time in the kitchen so we gave this recipe a shot. Boy are we glad we did!
HEDGEHOG'S YELLOW CAKE
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 cups self-rising flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
Ask an adult to set the oven to 350 degrees.
(Sawyer was able to this himself.)
Then, butter a 9-inch round pan.
Mix butter and sugar together in a bowl.
(I used an electric mixer)
Add eggs, one by one.
If desired, add vanilla.
Mix in the flour.
Put batter into pan and bake for half an hour.
I asked Sawyer to set the timer.
"How many minutes are in a half hour Sawyer?"
(Yes! Teaching him to read/use a clock is paying off!
Next we'll have to work on pronunciation!)
The best part of cooking in the kitchen with Mom.
You get to enjoy licking the beaters yourself!
Eat warm with a glass of milk.