A Reason to Cook {+ Fun Baking Giveaway!}

Lego shaped mold and gummy bear shaped mold giveaway - FitCakery.com
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As a kid, I remember that the smell of homemade cookies coming out of the oven always made me – well, it kinda made me want to run in and eat all the cookies – but it also made me proud.

My mom taught me how to cook and bake things from scratch at a young age.  I’d always pull out all the bowls and ingredients, and then we’d pick out a recipe (usually oatmeal raisin cookies if I had my way,) and go through the steps together.  Sometimes the cookies would even take the shape of teddy bears or hearts – if the teddy bears were aliens and the hearts were more anatomically correct, that is.

So even though I wasn’t necessarily an excellent artist with my baking, it always made me feel sooo accomplished.  Like doing-the-monkey-bars-one-handed accomplished.  It was an excellent thing to know that I’d instigated the magic that went on in that oven.

Lego brownies made by the mold from ThinkGeek.com!

Lego brownies made by the mold from ThinkGeek.com!

Basically, I learned that good food does not always get made outside of the house – in fact, some of the best food is made right in our own kitchens.  My mom took the time to show me that, and I found that it could be a fun process, too!  (You might have a guess as to why I am having this chat with you on my food blog, now, yes?)

The tasty and the fun parts of cooking for yourself cannot be undervalued.  And if you and your kids know that, the world is already a better place.

Chocolate-Peanut Butter candies made by the mold at ThinkGeek.com!

Chocolate-Peanut Butter candies made by the mold at ThinkGeek.com!

Because, whether you’re just starting to dabble in home-cooking or you’re ready for your own Food Network show, you’re connecting with your food on so many more levels.  As Michael Pollan says in Cooked (a very good book, indeed,) there is no “practice less selfish, any labor less alienated, any time less wasted, than preparing something delicious and nourishing for people you love.”

If I could get one message across with my blog, it would probably be to understand food better by cooking.

(Or, if not that, then “All you need is love. But now and then a little chocolate doesn’t hurt.” – Charles M. Schulz.)

I wanted to do a little giveaway today, too, by way of having fun with your cooking!  Get the kids involved!  And/ or your friends!  I can help with the recipes.

Use the Lego-cakes mold with:

Beet of my Heart Brownies

Apricot-Almond Cakelets

Or any cake or brownie recipe!

Use the teddy-bear mold with:

Good-For-You Gummies

Multi-Colored Healthy Gummies

Or any gummy OR candy (like chocolate) recipe!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ready to get in on the giveaway now?  Enter here!
(ps. this is not a sponsored post - I'm just sharing things I love with you today!)