A Delicious Skill

I have three daughters. My oldest daughter is a writer, and that’s okay. It might not be okay if I didn’t have my second daughter. She loves being in the kitchen just like me. I’m so happy that I have someone I can share this love with. (My oldest daughter and I share a love of books – we love to discuss books that we’ve both read.) Elisabeth who is ten right now really enjoys baking cakes and decorating them. And how can I be sad about this delicious skill she is developing when she lets me lick the icing bowl?

Healthy Simplicity - A Delicious Skill

I think she was first inspired in this from afternoons spent watching “Cake Boss” together. While I don’t think either of us will ever attain the level of “Cake Boss”, I’m pretty proud of how far Elisabeth has come in the last year. We’ve tried to encourage her by buying her some cake decorating tools to increase her abilities.

Here’s a picture of the cupcakes she just made for her brother’s seventh birthday. From start to finish she did it all herself. Micah ordered chocolate cake with a peanut butter/chocolate icing.

Healthy Simplicity - Baking Cakes

Here’s a picture of one of the first cakes she ever made…a butterfly for a good friend at church. I helped her a little bit, but this is mostly her work. Let me tell you. I find it so hard to let my children do things like this. My OCD self wants to get in there and “fix” things. I have to constantly remind myself to step back and let them learn.

Healthy Simplicity - Baking Cakes

Here’s what she did for her sister this year. The outside was purposefully plain because the inside was a surprise – it was filled with candy.

Healthy Simplicity - Baking Cakes

I helped her some with this cake for her brother. I think eighteen months later she could do this all on her own now.

Healthy Simplicity - Baking Cakes

It takes time, and I’m afraid to say a good deal of tongue biting, to teach your children a new skill. The end result is so worth the effort though. Now when it’s birthday time Elisabeth and I discuss what we think the birthday person would like for a cake, and then SHE does it. How easy is that for me? I’m having fun watching her develop this skill. She has her own Pinterest account, and I’ve noticed that her “Food” board is full of pins about cakes and cupcakes. Start them young!

What skills do your children have that are fun AND helpful?

Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer Schonhaar

Jennifer is the happily married wife of a pastor and the somewhat-tired-but-oh-so happy mum to eight beautiful children. She loves to try new healthy recipes, sew, read to her children, garden and play the piano.
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  1. Julie Geoffrion

    I need to look up her pinterest!!! I think Em could be good with cake decorating but she is more into baking new things like an apple crisp pizza – I think it was good – I was behaving so didn’t try it!
    Do I start teaching Tim to sew? He wants to (sigh) but Stef is VERY VERY interested. I told her this summer I’d teach her to make skirts for her dolls 🙂 (the half hour skirt you know!)
    It is great to see each kid have their own talent.
    Genevieve is books right now – haha. But she is also VERY creative at playing with Stef – they do so many fun made up on their own games – fun to watch and listen to.

    • JenSchon

      That dessert sounds good, Em. Glad you don’t live at my house. I might not have as much self-control. 🙂

    • JenSchon

      Being a perfectionist makes it so much harder to let the children cook and bake (Ask me how I know.). I’m glad though for all the times I just stepped back and tried not to moan too loudly and let them go at it. It has certainly paid off now.

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