I really love to cook. This might sound surprising, but one of the hardest parts of being the working (outside the home) parent is that I had to relinquish my meal-planning and cooking duties. My husband (the G-man) is a fantastic cook, and he does a great job preparing dinners for the whole family every night. And, to be fair, he is much less likely than me to get the sudden urge for take-out. But I used to enjoy coming home from working and cooking. It was a creative and productive thing to do, and it helped me take my mind off of work and re-focus on being home. Now I come home and play with my little guy, which is fantastic, but it is not quite the same. In two weeks I will be off of work for a month and a half, and I look forward to taking over some of the meals for a while. It will be nice to get back to creating interesting dishes with fresh produce, and experimenting with new cookbooks and recipes.
Our family spends a lot of time in the kitchen, so it makes sense that LP has started to want to help out with the cooking. When we are putting things (like kale, mushrooms, etc.) in the saucepan, he wants to help drop them in. He also has enjoyed putting the liners in the muffin-tin and helping to spin the salad dry. We have definitely found that having LP “help” in the kitchen is more fun for him and for us! I’m looking forward to having him help plan and cook meals when he is older. Maybe someday he will enjoy cooking the way his dad and I do.