Little Helper


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Mommy’s little helper was hard at work in her kitchen while I was in my this morning.

Hmmm, where did I put the brown sugar?

Skylar holding plastic corn in front of table of kitchen toys

It’s always a good to thing to cut corn off the cob so it doesn’t get stuck in your teeth as easily.

Make sure to use your pizza cutter for it.

Skylar smiling holding plastic pizza cutter and corn

Five going on fifteen and loves to use her pink fuzzy blanket as her yoga mat, demands a pink ponytail holder, and wears pink plastic rings to the pool. It’s been ages since I posted pictures of her, and she was just adorable this morning and was melting me all day.

The heat in my kitchen was melting me, too, so went to the pool for a bit and had Taste of the Tropics Smoothies because it’s a scorcher out there.

Taste of the Tropics Smoothies in wine glasses

And now we’re’ off to the beach.

Aruba beach with white sand and ships

Just stopping in for a quick snack.

I made something kind of like these Magic Eight Bars – recipe coming soon

Magic Eight Bars with chocolate chips

Thanks for the Vegan a la Mode Cookbook Giveaway entries

Do you remember helping your mom or dad or someone else in the kitchen?

I sure do and my grandma, too. Now that I’m the mom, there is nothing better than having my little helper at my side until she starts asking me all kinds of questions when I’m trying to convert Celsius into Fahrenheit in my head and hoping I do it right so I don’t char the goods.

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  1. It must be SO rough living by the beach, haha. Your views are incredible. Keep cool, it was 114 today in Scottsdale, AZ!

  2. Skylar is getting so big, Averie! She is beautiful. I am jealous of her long blonde hair! Mine doesn’t seem to grow past its current length! And we have a lot in common, my ponytail holders are pink too. ;)

    1. her hair grows like a weed – it just grows and grows and her nails. omg. It’s my other FT job just keeping her 20 nails trimmed. Seriously! And my hair doesn’t seem to ever get much longer either. Between the color and the super dry San Diego air it’s dry When I’m in Aruba though, it grows! Lol

    1. Thanks, Sarah, and I know – she’s growing On all levels. Her vocab, her comprehension, her understanding of things that I don’t even want her to understand – wish I could find the stop switch sometimes!

  3. Ahh these pictures are so precious. My daughter turned 5 yesterday. I am still in shock that my baby girl is growing up on me so fast. I hope you enjoyed the beach today!

  4. They have to start somewhere!! I started my 14 year old son learning 2 years ago!! My 19 year old daughter is another story!! lol

  5. What a sweetie pie she is. Lucky to have such a loving, supportive mom. Thanks for sharing with all of us.

  6. Aww…Skylar looks precious! Nice to see her pretty little face! I love her whole set up. I had all that stuff when I was her age and loved playing with it. She looks like such a happy girl, Averie.

    I liked baking cookies with my grandma. We made chocolate crinkles, chocolate chip oatmeal and thumbprints with chocolate kisses, not to mention snickerdoodles and all the Christmas ones, too! Good memories, those…:-)

  7. When I was younger I wanted to do anything and everything in the kitchen to help, and sometimes I fear hinder, my mom. Now we work together most of the time baking and cooking and I don’t know where I’d be without her.

  8. Aww, Averie, she is adorable in all her pink, and with all her pink toys! How cute… :) Oh yes, I was helping my grandmother in the kitchen, and my mother. Kitchen was my favorite place! Still Is my favorite place! :)

    1. she’s the pink queen – no matter what color I ask her she wants to wear, 99% of the time, PINK!

  9. I always helped my parents in the kitchen … I loved it. Some of my fondest memories are of baking with my mom.

  10. oh my gosh! She is looking so grown up- just beautiful! I used to help my Mom in the kitchen all the time. Fond memories

  11. Oh my, she’s grown a foot I think since you last posted her picture, she’s gorgeous!
    I started helping in the kitchen with my mom at 4 or 5. It’s funny cause my Mom and I
    can still spend time in the kitchen for weeks and never have an argument. Nothing else in
    my life now is that peaceful or uncontentious. Skylar is a lucky little girl to have such a great example for her to learn from.
    Have fun!

  12. omg, Skylar is adorable! and a great little helper :) Looking forward to your new recipe, b/c anything similar to those magic eight bars must be drool-worthy as well!

    1. they’re almost even better than magic eight bars – not better I guess but different enough. Hard to explain!

  13. Skylar is growing up so fast!

    My mom and I always made Nestle Tollhouse chocolate chip cookies together, and my favorite thing EVER was to stir… and obviously lick the spoon at the end.

    1. my mom used the same recipe with a circa 1970s split pea green kitchenaid mixer and I was her helper and dough eater :)

  14. You’re killing me with these photos! I can’t believe how adorable Skylar is! That hair!!

    I was always helping my mom in the kitchen. She used to call me her “little baker”. Not surprised, are you? ;)

  15. Such cute pics! Ironically I never had a play kitchen – guess I’ve been making up for lost time :)

  16. Wow I cannot believe how grown up Skylar is looking! Bless her heart.

    I used to help my mum and nana in the kitchen….they pretty much taught me everything I know!

  17. Have fun at the beach! We spent several days at the beach last week & are still finding sand in the oddest places.