I love to bake. Being in the kitchen is so relaxing for me (especially when my amazing husband is cleaning up my mess behind me!)
My family loves fresh baked muffins for breakfast ~ like these yummy raspberry - lemon muffins...so fast and easy and great for those days when I just don't have time for anything more elaborate. They can be whipped up while the kids are getting dressed.
I made it a goal to teach all of my children how to cook and bake. When my kids leave home I want them all to be able to eat well, even if they are in university and even if they have a small budget. I want them to know what to do with fresh ingredients.
I've started them young. Each of my kids have started with whisking eggs and "helping" to knead bread not long after their first birthday. My Youngest is 2 1/2 and is currently the chief bread kneader in the house.
Nothing makes me happier than spending time with my kids in the kitchen and watching the older ones teach the younger ones. But I think my favourite part is watching two year old hands kneading bread dough. I am going to miss that...