He’s a natural!

Not to brag, but I’m pretty sure T-Money aka Baby Runner/Mini-Cook is a natural born culinary genius. Ok, like most Mothers I am exaggerating just a little, but I am really surprised and proud of his cooking skills. Namely, he didn’t thrown anything in the batter and actually stood on his stool throughout the whole process and was even a bit sad when it was over.

This morning we made Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread- both a nod to my Grandmother and an easy thing to take to a potluck 1st birthday party, and an easy thing to freeze in case someone oversleeps and we miss the party.

Mini-Cook has always been fascinated by things that make noise, especially in the kitchen, so when he heard the food processor start up, he ran in like a flash! He was very good at pushing the button to make it stop and go and stop and go and stop and go. He likes pushing buttons- a lot. When it came time to beat the eggs, he helped with that too. He watched me crack two eggs and then helped with the third by throwing it into the bowl- unconventional but effective!

Egg is one of the 5 or so words he clearly says- along with more, Dada, Duduh (for Duggee, his favorite cartoon), Mama, up, and his personal favorite- buh-bye. His buh-byes actually vary in tone depending on whether he wants to go, is actually going or wants you to go- sometimes there is a wave and a kiss, other times just a stare and an increasingly insistent bye.

He helped the mixing process by operating the stand mixer and also supervised the filling of loaf pans. For a 17 month old, he did pretty well as you can tell by the look of concentration on his face!

It was also really fun for me watching him participate in something I love. He was curious and helpful but most of all he enjoyed it so it won’t be the last weekend cooking project we undertake together! We haven’t tasted the finished product yet, but no matter what it tastes like, we’ll definitely be back in the kitchen together soon!

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Happy Mother’s Day!

A big shout out to all the Amazing Moms, Grandmothers and all the Children with amazing Moms and Grandmothers. I hope you’re spending the day with the Amazing women in your life either in person or in spirit! We’re blessed in the He Runs, I Cook household to have wonderful mothers and grandmothers who we love and cherish every day!!

Happy 2018!

Wow-2017 went by in a blur but I can honestly say it was one of the most exciting years ever.  So exciting that I barely had time to write about it!

The source of all the excitement was, of course, The Baby.    And for a little person, he certainly took up a lot of time and provided more laughter and smiles than anything else I’ve ever experienced.  I can’t believe he’s 12 months old now- 54 weeks to be exact- and is now officially The Toddler thanks to his amazing and improving walking skills.

Motherhood has been a challenge but a fun one and through it all we’ve still been eating and I’ve still been cooking – not as elaborately as before but hey, no one has starved.   The most challenging part of motherhood at the moment is what to feed The Toddler and how to come up with easy, delicious meals which he will eat in under 45 minutes without destroying the carpet, clothing and requiring showers for both of us after.  Luckily, he is an adventurous eater who loves to try new foods especially if it comes from someone else’s plate.

My New Year’s Resolution this year- aside from keeping The Toddler alive for another 12 months- is to get back to writing and doing and cooking interesting things worth writing about at least 1-2 times per month.   I don’t think there will be a lot of fine dining restaurants reviewed but anywhere with a high chair and any meal that can be cooked with just one hand is fair game!

P is for potato

Starting with kitchen basics- but not quite ready for kitchen duty yet! 

 This is the reason I haven’t been writing more or cooking more recently!

It’s been an amazing 11 weeks with The He Runs, I Cook kid.  Lots of sleepless nights, diapers, and tears (from both of us!). But he’s an amazing little guy who has doubled in size since he came into the world so like his parents he loves his food!

We’re starting to get into more of a routine with Little T so hopefully I’ll be able to share more of our future cooking adventures!

For now, here are a few more photos out of the thousands (literally!) that I’ve snapped over the last 78 days!

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