Thursday, January 21, 2010

Like Mother, Like Daughter

My youngest daughter is starting young. She is a mini-foodie and really loves mimicking me in the kitchen. Like me, she has been building her stash of kitchen gadgets and appliances for years (she reached the ripe age of 5 last week). This past Christmas, she and I both got a lot of fun kitchen trinkets; display items, pedestals, dishes, pans, appliances, etc. We both decided that a mother-daughter blog post was in order and are ready now to showcase some of her adorable culinary collection to all of you! I hope you enjoy this as much as we have!

My budding little chef has her own kitchen space in a loft upstairs in our home. She whips up everything from candies to sushi and mac-n-cheese to croissants. She is learning to measure, weigh, accurately time and bake. From time to time she brings her appliances down to my kitchen space and cooks alongside me.

After we had put away all of her new Christmas gifts, I said "Wow. It looks like you have everything you need." to which she replied "Nope. Mom... I don't have a food processor!" That made me laugh! This child pays attention. Make no mistake... she is always watching. If any of you have seen a toy food processor out there, please let me know!

Her birthday falls 2 weeks after Christmas and my darlin
g parents decided she needed a pantry to finish this kitchen we have begun. My dad is an amazing craftsman and made her a pantry as a surprise birthday gift! The kitchen was a gift, from Santa, 3 years ago and as you can see... my father matched the pantry perfectly! She absolutely loves it and is thrilled to have a pantry like mommy now. I mean really... who stores cereal and pasta in the fridge? She needed this pantry! I am touched my dad went to all of that work and delighted to know we can pass this gift down to her children one day.

I wish I could snap photos of everything. The cute little things she has that are miniatures of my gadgets make me happy. They are so cute! We will see where this fun little collection takes us... maybe she will have a career in the food industry, maybe not but this is fun and I am loving every minute!!!

I am a fairly scheduled person and I grocery shop every Friday, at the same Harmon's, at about the same time each week. My little one decided she needed to do that as well so if you look closely, you can see her shopping cart (which we take with us, along with her list, every Friday). What makes this so fun is that she has her own set of reusable bags that have little "Bob and Randy" stickers on them and are the same colors as mine! I love it! This little shot has little to do with the kitchen but I wanted to show you her ironing board by mine (note our matching pink irons... she got me mine for Mother's Day) and her washer and dryer. Her washer and dryer were her Christmas present this year and all she asked Santa for. They are a stacked set but mine are also Kenmore and front loading... just like hers. Hers have to be out in her little loft apartment here but she'd prefer they were in my laundry room, with mine. I am so honored to be her mommy!

As we were snapping photos and discussing what she'd like to see in the post, she mentioned wanting to do her own, along with me. She stood by my side and took photos with me, she has typed up her own post and is very excited for you all to read this! Expect to see some of her work, alongside mine over the next few posts. It's only right that it be me who starts her out properly and let's her know her work is valued... let her know too, wont you? Thanks for taking the time to blog with my sweet daughter and I!


  1. How sweet! You are so lucky to have a dad who is so talented to make a pantry! I have boys and my hubby crafted a mini-wood working shop. Kids are so much fun at this age...thanks for sharing!

  2. I love this post! My 2 year old loves to cook and she is a total natural. She'd love to have a set up like your daughter!

    Love that you guys share this love of cooking.

  3. That's so cute! I thought my son was sharp navigating dvd games with the remote control at age 2 but writing blog posts at age 5 is really something!!!

  4. What a darling post. Your Dad is a gem, the cabinet is wonderful. I can just see you two doing all your fun projects together- enjoy every minute.

  5. How adorable! I wish you both hours of fun in your kitchens!

  6. seriously the cutest thing i have seen in a very long time!
    i'd love to see the two of you in the kitchen making something together....
    another post maybe?

  7. How adorable!! The ironing board and the dryer & washing machine is sooo cute! Your 5 year old daughter blogs too? Wow..that's impressive! :) My daughter only helps me by eating the stuff i cook/!

  8. This post is near and dear to my heart! With five daughters I love this one. Take advantage of these sweet memories because they grow up way to fast. I still love spending time with each of my girls and the sons-in-law as well. They all love to cook so it is fun to do things together in addtion to being together.

  9. Love it all! Beyond adorable!!! Thanks for sharing. You seriously are the greatest mom ever, your girls are lucky to have you!

  10. This is too cute! My little niece would love it! Can't say I've ever seen a toy food processor, but I'll keep my eyes open! :)

  11. So cute. I can't wait until my daughter is old enough to help me in the kitchen. Hopefully she likes it as much as her mama.
    What cute supplies!

  12. This is so adorable! I can't wait to meet your girls!