Sundays don’t have to be always the same. As the weather is getting warmer this mid-year, I am taking our usual Sunday outdoor activities right in the comfort of our home. Last Sunday, I got Kayden to be my little kitchen helper. We will be baking chocolate chip cookies to get ready for the coming new week and our healthy Sunday dinner.
Baking Chocolate Chip Cookies
Let’s be honest. Every child loves to bake. From squeezing the dough with their small hands to figuring out how to crack an egg, kids just enjoy the process. Finally, *drum roll* the delicious treat of their hard work.
Today, there are lots of different brands and baking premixes available on the supermarket’s shelves. Sealed in packs and ready to be made, baking premixes can range from quick pancakes for breakfast to super moist butter cakes. Since Kayden loves cookies, I have bought Betty Crocker’s Chocolate Chip premix to make our Sunday baking session easy. To bake, I would only need two main ingredients: 100 grams of butter and an egg.
So, how do I make baking cookies easy and fun for Kayden? All thanks to MÖNSTRAD baking mat. Made of silicone rubber and able to withstand up to 250 degrees Celsius, those printed pink circles made laying out the cookie dough easy. Since the baking mat is foldable, I could easily fold it to fit my baking tray.
Two times larger than an MÖNSTRAD baking mat, I laid the SOCKERKAKA baking mat onto the table to prevent any stains. With cute printed designs and kitchen conversion table, this baking mat offers a lot of room for creative cooking.
Despite both baking mats have a non-stick surface, the MÖNSTRAD baking mat can be used in the hot oven during baking while SOCKERKAKA baking mat is used as a table protector. Keeping both mats are easy. Just simply roll them up!
This baking session marks the first time Kayden cracked an egg! With both hands, he transferred the egg from the beige-coloured DINERA cereal bowl into a larger bowl with unsalted melted butter. Time to put all the ingredients together and whisked them!
Using a spoon, Kayden placed the chocolate chip mixture onto the MÖNSTRAD baking mat. To bake, we set our oven to 190 degree Celsius for 10 minutes.
*Ding*! Here are our chocolate chip cookies! We let the cookies cool down for 30 minutes before packing them for tomorrow’s breakfast. Seal better and thicker; I have used IKEA’s ISTAD freezer bags to pack Kayden’s cookies for school the next day. Best of all, these zip lock bags can be reused again and again.
If you are planning to get these zip lock bags, do check out the GLÖMSTA plastic holder with the suction cups. It makes ISTAD freezer bag storage so much easier!Inspired by Arabic art, I love this IKEA's HEMMAFEST side plate. Click To Tweet
Oven Baked Chicken With Vegetables
It’s dinner time! I can’t explain how much I love IKEA’s ovenware. They have various sizes, high quality, safe for the environment and best of all, affordable.
Our Sunday’s dinner was easy. The main ingredients are chicken thighs, baby potatoes, pumpkins, onions and asparagus. Start by washing, cutting the vegetables into smaller sized and placed them into the VARDAGEN ovenware. Set the oven temperature to 200 degree Celsius and baked it for 45 minutes.
Washing of the ingredients can be made easy with KLOCKREN silicone colander. Besides using as a strainer, it can also be used as a steamer insert as it can withstand temperature up to 220 degree Celsius.
Getting your child to be your little kitchen helper requires a lot of patience from parents. By giving my child a chance to be my assistant, he picks up motor development skills and ability to listen to instructions.
Start your little ones with something easy, and they would love to have. If they love muffins, you can consider getting IKEA’s MUFFINSMIX CHOKLAD premix. In IKEA, there are thousands of kitchen wares to choose from. Why not get them to start training your little kitchen helper?