Master Chef Jr.

My children have an addition.  They cannot seem to get enough Master Chef action on Hulu.  My oldest especially, wants to audition for the next season of the show, or at the very least, start her own restaurant in the very near future.  In fact, she recently asked the owner of our favorite local restaurant if she could live there.  Precious.

So to curb their enthusiasm, I told each girl she could prepare her own dish to serve at dinner.  And I must say, I was thoroughly shocked at the result.  This five-year-old and three-year-old created two different dishes that not only tasted good, but in the words of Gordon Ramsay were “visually stunning.”  It is truly fascinating to me what the minds of small children are capable of when left to run free without boundaries or restrictions.


It is at this time of year, when the temperatures begin to rise, that the excitement begins to build inside me because it is nearing the time of year when we can again voyage out beyond the confines of our neighborhood…and walk.

I would have to say that one of my favorite activities, and that of my girls as well, is walking to the places we need to go.  My eldest daughter goes to school about six miles away, which makes it unfeasible for a walk to school in the morning.  But with summer approaching and the temperatures increasing, we are able to get to the point in the year when the girls and I can walk everywhere.  I think that is one reason I am so excited for school to be out.  We literally never have to drive unless we want to.

We are lucky enough to live in a neighborhood situated right in the middle of some of the major roads in our city, and that means we are within one to two miles of anything and everything we need or want to do.  If we walk a little over a mile and a half in one direction we can patron one of the local farmer’s market, visit my dad’s hardware store, and pop in a local teacher supply store for some fun activities and project materials.  If we walk a bit over a mile in the other direction we can buy fabric, visit a bookstore, rent a movie for Friday night movie night, and now with the addition of a new grocery store we can also buy any needed groceries!

This new grocery store is what got the girls going this week.  They wanted to explore the opportunities this new establishment held for them. And, my five year old wanted to make freshly squeezed lemonade.

So with tiny wallet in hand, she headed out the door to begin our quest for lemons.  She even volunteered to push her sister in the stroller…She really wanted to make that lemonade I tell ya 🙂

After a fun afternoon of walking, chatting and fresh air, we pushed off toward home and indulged in some lemonade courtesy of our five year old chef.  And I must say, it was pretty yummy!


Yesterday we embarked upon a new adventure in our household:  the girls made dinner!  From start to finish (with a little help from Mom with some knife skills and boiling water), they created and prepared our entire evening meal.

The three of us girls went to our local natural foods store and I told them they could pick out anything they wanted to use in their dishes for dinner.  What seemed like a very random combination of items to me, ended up turning out just great!  Yet another example of what goes on in those little minds of theirs.

On my two-year old chef’s menu was a fruit salad with watermelon, kiwi, apples and blueberries with a homemade raspberry lime dressing (recipe courtesy of her big sis).

And on my five-year old chef’s menu was a spinach salad with apples and kiwi and a homemade raspberry lime dressing.  (She created the recipe for this dressing completely on her own.  In the store she told me she needed to buy limes to use as the acid with the olive oil in her dressing.  A smart cookie this one is!)  And the main course was her all time favorite:  angel hair pasta with pasture butter sauce.