Tuesday, June 4, 2013

A Week With My Granddaughters

I recently returned from a holiday with my granddaughters at their house. We had such a delightful time together. We played, watched TV together, cooked, ate out, did a little homeschooling, went to church, shopped and fell into bed at night, exhausted.

The girls made some dinner items with my supervision. One evening, they made the faux fried (baked) chicken cutlets for our “chicken with roasted potatoes and salad dinner”. I sliced sideways through the chicken cutlets, then pounded them, to make them nice and thin. I oiled a cookie sheet. The girls slathered the cutlets with mayonnaise, then coated them with Italian flavored breadcrumbs and laid them on the cookie sheet for baking, while I prepared the potatoes to go into the oven with the chicken.

They were averse to slathering with bare hands so they wore plastic gloves, changing them often for new ones., as the old ones became just as coated with mayo and breadcrumbs as the cutlets did. So we kept the waste container nearby at all times.

They were thrilled with their cooking experience and ate the chicken with gusto. We even had leftovers to make chicken salad for the next day’s lunch. Chicken salad is Daddy's favorite.

Their next kitchen adventure was making a chocolate pie (a totally "kid friendly" recipe). I brought home from the store 1 prepared graham cracker crust, 1 large box of instant chocolate pudding, and 1 container of lite frozen whipped topping. We had milk on hand to mix with the pudding mix and chocolate sprinkles to garnish.

With this exercise, they did the whole in entirety with only mild oversight from Grammy. Put pudding mix into large bowl – slowly added 2.5 cups of cold milk while whisking slowly (at first). Being sure to incorporate all pudding mix and milk. Set aside and watch it thicken. Open graham crust package and thawed cool whip package. Fold a couple heaping tablespoons of cool whip into the pudding mixture (to lighten it and make it creamier). Scrape all of the creamy pudding mixture into pie crust. (lick bowl and whisk before putting into dishwasher). Refrigerate pie for at least a couple hours.  1/2 hour before supper, spread remaining whipped topping over pie. Sprinkle with chocolate sprinkles. Serve for dessert.

They were ecstatic over this dessert and actually made it again a couple days later. Here is Sammi licking her plate of any remaining chocolate pie remains.  

         J.J. wore Grammy’s shoes and modeled a pink choker Grammy made for her.

Grammy staged an outdoor scavenger hunt for them one day. Used their entire block to hide things, in plain sight, for them to find.

                    They took me out for a belated Mother’s Day gift, for “TEA”

                    A totally precious memory of a week to keep hidden in my heart.


  1. Cooking with kids is so much fun
    I like the photo of GD licking her plate !