I often find that when the kids are tired, cranky or bored, whipping out a recipe and engaging them in cooking usually does the trick. They enjoy helping, get immersed in the process and most of all, are excited for the end product. Recently we've been doing so much of it, that to my delight, recipes, dining and cooking opportunities have begun finding me.
I've begun contributing to the food columns of North County Kids Magazine, had the opportunity to interview, dine with and savor the delicacies of some of LA's top chefs and have been introduced to a number of amazing new concepts in kid food. The latest is Kidstir and I must say, the kids and I are deliciously smitten.
Kirstir is to cooking what Kiwi Crate is to art. It's a monthly subscription service started this past March by a busy mom of 5-year-old twin boys who was looking for a way to teach her children about healthy, meaningful eating. Its mission is to "spark a love of good food in kids" and they do that by sending kits filled with fun, hands on activities, recipes, cooking utensils, and even a special ingredient. When you sign up, you get a welcome kit with a recipe binder that keeps everything super organized so you're not stuck with a bunch of random papers.
Our box contained the theme of breakfast. It came with recipes for strawberry parfaits, sunny scones and egg-cellent Cupcakes.
My kids chose to make the scones, which made me a little nervous because when I've made scones in the past, they're turned out more like muffins, but these were the real deal. Plus, they were easy. Our kit came with a bunch of fun items including 2 flavors of fancy Bonne Maman jelly, a small pot with seeds for growing our own strawberry plant, and an instruction guide which informed us that "start to eat time" was 35 minutes ensuring no one would lose interest or starve in the process.
We whisked, mashed, kneaded, cut, baked and savored. With a dollop of jelly on top, the scones were absolutely delicious and stayed that way for a good 2-3 days.
Kidstir, available in 3, 6, and 12 month subscription packages, makes for a great gift or treat for your own family. It costs $19.95/month with no minimum term commitment. Kits are also available for individual purchase at $24.95. Get started by checking out their site which has some great DIY ideas like the Green Dragon Smoothie!
Disclaimer: Thanks to Kidstir for providing a box to facilitate this feature. As always, all views and opinions expressed are my own
Posted on Mon, July 14, 2014
by Elise Edwards filed under