Thursday, October 24, 2013

Rockin' With Grams Pick of the Month: Young Chefs by Christina Dymock

        When I'm planning to spend time with a grandchild there's often a "no electronics" rule.  When my own children lived at home we had a summer "10-2" rule. They couldn't use any type of electronic device during that time. 
     Lest you believe I'm a technophobe luddite, I actually have strong feelings about the importance of technology and my responsibility as an older adult to learn it, and share it. I also believe technology is not only awesome, but an important thing for our children to learn to be successful. 

That said, it's often a challenge to keep those busy hands and feet out of mischief. When the screens are down, I find that their energy erupts and they are ready to get busy. 

Cooking is one of the best ways to engage the grandkids, have fun and learn something. 

The holidays are a great time to take advantage of fun cooking projects, but being in the kitchen anytime with your grandkids can be just as fun. Here is a list of fun things we've done in the kitchen:

1-  Cookies
2-  Sidewalk chalk
3-  Gingerbread houses
4-  Bird seed hangers
5-  Play Dough
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6-  Handmade gifts
7-  Pudding finger paint 
8-  Scones
9-  Lollipops or cake pops 
10- Cooking school 

Now for Gram's pick of the month: 

About The Book: Hey kids! It's time to take charge in the kitchen. Become a young chef as you make your favorite foods and explore new recipes with everything from Game Day Hot Dogs to Lemon Shark Bars.

About The Author:
Christina Dymok
Who:  Christina Dymock was once at a dinner party where her husband was teasing her about the frosting-to-cupcake ratio on her dessert. The woman sitting across from them sniffed her delicate nose and said, "If my husband gave me a hard time about my frosting I'd quit baking. That'd show him." To which Christina's husband replied while pointing at his speechless wife, "Try to stop her!"

Christina divides her time between the kitchen and her computer and books and her family of six. (Naturally, the family gets the biggest share.) Because she reads everything, she also feels compelled to write in several genres. —Amazon

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