My baby, my adorable little bundle whose naps inspired me to start this blog, started school last month. I feel that she is more than ready for the challenges that will face her ‘out there’ and am excited to watch her become more and more independent as the years go by.
Letting Chelsea become more independent each year is a big boost to her self-confidence, instilling in her a sense of pride and also laying a foundation of basic skills that she can take with her and build upon for the rest of her life. From something as simple as picking out an appropriate outfit and getting changed (we are still working on that second part some days) to how to make a snack and clean up after herself, it’s all a part of growing up. I really hope that in time Home Economics will return to all schools for all students, even if they change the name to something ultra modern like Urban Homesteading or Survive the Zombie Apocalypse 101. In the meantime, Chelsea can get her lessons from me… except ironing, that doesn’t happen around here.
Following recipes, experimenting with different ingredients and tasting delicious flavours helps a child nurture independence – and become a great cook! Minute Maid has once again partnered with the Canadian Living Test Kitchen to create a new line of easy-to-do recipes that will promote independence and get kids excited about helping out in the kitchen. Chelsea selected the Creamy Orange Fruit Dip and it was a snap for her to make. After we made the recipe, she tried it and decided that it was still a bit sour for her taste, and she knew that adding a bit more honey would help. She added a couple more squeezes, tried the dip again and smiled… she had ‘fixed’ it. It’s all of the little moments like this that build our children’s confidence and independence.
Creamy Orange Fruit Dip – From Minute Maid and the Canadian Living Test Kitchen
Hands-on time: 15 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes
Makes: 2 cups
Allergen alert: Recipe contains dairy
- 1 pkg (250 g) cream cheese, softened
- ¾ cup Minute Maid® Original 100% Orange Juice
- ¼ cup plain yogurt (2%)
- 2 tbsp liquid honey
In food processor, blend together cream cheese, Minute Maid® Original 100% Orange Juice, yogurt and honey until smooth. Transfer to bowl; cover and refrigerate until chilled and slightly firm, about 30 minutes.
PER 2 TBSP, RECIPE MAKES 2 CUPS: about 69 calories, 1 gram protein, 5 grams total fat (3 grams saturated fat), 4 grams carbohydrates (0 g dietary fibre, 4 g sugar), 18 mg cholesterol, 54 mg sodium, 32 mg potassium. %RDI: 2% calcium, 1% iron, 6% vitamin A, 5% vitamin C, 2% folate.
Chelsea wanted to help out even more, so we also baked a Yogurt & Olive Oil Cake, where she broke all the eggs, helped with the measuring and did all the whisking. We had family over for dinner, so we put the two together and served the cake with fresh fruit and some of the dip… it was a wonderful combination and Chelsea was really proud of how much of it she did… all by herself!
Minute Maid has what you need to help encourage your child’s independence in the kitchen with a fun-filled prize pack valued at $200! The prize pack includes: a pitcher and wooden mixing spoon, two Minute Maid aprons and chef’s hats (to get into the role of head chef!), a kitchen accessories kit, measuring cup set, a tub of shape cutters, and a set of mixing bowls to create Minute Maid’s scrumptious recipes. To enter (Canada only for this one), please complete the Rafflecopter below and good luck!
Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Minute Maid. All opinions and photos are my own, honest and genuine.