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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sometimes, a girl just needs some chocolate.

Last night we decided to bake brownies for our dinner at Declan's parents house. It was a last second idea, and I had a toddler practically throwing herself at my feet at the time. Actually, if I remember clearly, she was banging her hands on the oven door loudly in protest and whining something I couldn't quite make out because my ears were RINGING by that point. But yea. Right around dinner time every evening is her breakdown time and it's so super fun.

Fun times, indeed.

I decided to pull up a chair and let her "help" me make the brownies. 

And suddenly? Girlfriend was happy as a clam. I mean, chocolate? And "helping" like a big girl? Equaled no more tantrums (until I took away the spatula, but let's not talk about that right now), and all smiles. 

This was a parenting win in my book.






I should have known chocolate makes everything better. 


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Happy Thursday!

40 comments:

  1. OMG so cute! I let Kendall "help" me make chocolate chip cookies last week, so sad I don't have cute pics like these though!

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  2. Oh my word. That is so cute. I would never be able to let my boys "help" because they would lift the bowl up and throw it on the ground lol

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  3. I think Eme is the same age Molly was when I started letting her bake/cook with me! Isn't it so much fun? I remember being so impressed with her ability to follow directions and it's just so stinkin cute how much fun they have too. Gorgeous pictures! (as always!)

    sidenote: I am REALLY digging your new blog look! Love it.

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  4. She is a smart girl ;) Great pictures!

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  5. She is just so adorable! I love it!

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  6. Lol, you definitely should have known that chocolate makes everything better! Dinner time is no bueno for us either, Peter tries to play with her or do things so I can cook, but at that point she just wants to be at my feet too. Crazy toddlers!

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  7. Oh yeah, baking helps us every time too. Noah loves it. The only problem is he likes to stick his whole fist in the batter if I'm not watching closely enough. lol.

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  8. Oh my!! I'm in love with those curls she has!! Too cute. "Helping" always seems to make any meltdown disappear.

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  9. That is so adorable! Kelsey loved cooking when she was that age too! Who am I kidding...she still likes to cook and she's 11. It's funny to think that I will be doing that stuff with Reese next year! I can't wait!

    I wanted to tell you something fun that we did with Kelsey at that age so she could "help." If you get a bowl of water and put a little dish soap in it and give her a whisk, she can "cook" bubbles. She might still be a little young but it's cheap fun and good for hand-eye coordination.

    Erin

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  10. This is SOOOO on schedule for tonight! We have that same melt down period. JUST.SHOOT.ME! Did homegirl sleep ok after that chocolate????

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  11. aww so sweet! I love the picture of you baking together. I hope I have a girl someday so that I can do the same thing:)

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  12. She looks so sweet! One of my favorite things ever is baking with my little girl!

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  13. It's not even noon & this post has me craving brownies so.freaking.bad right now, hahaha. Looks delish!

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  14. Yum, yum!! Looks like it was a lot of fun...with the exception of tantrums, of course. ;)

    And, PS, we have the same outfit Emeline has on. Elisabeth wore it for her 1 year pictures.

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  15. how cute, chocolate is the way to a girls heart for sure!

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  16. That is too sweet. I dont blame the girl for being excited about chocolate. And the pictures turned out great. I wish I could have you follow me and my daughter around, taking all our photos haha.

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  17. priceless!! i let e make pancakes with us once and we've also made cupcakes but she still wasn't too interested in helping. maybe we'll have to give this a shot again!

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  18. These photos are so cute! She's learning a woman's love for chocolate at a young age. Love it.

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  19. how could you not be happy and OMG her hair.. look at her hair she could not be any cuter.. you need another baby ASAP!! fill this world with cuties!

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  20. the photos of her licking the spatula made me literally laugh out loud. love her.

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  21. I nodded when I saw JUST the title of this post. :)

    Pre-dinner time is NUTSO around here too. Oy.

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  22. She's just my kind of girl! Chocolate really DOES make everything better. You are beautiful, friend. You look fab, keep up the good work. And what a sweet mama you are...I love this so much :) Sweet memories!

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  23. its true, chocolate does makes things better. love her little outfit :)

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  24. Come on Katie, you should know chocolate solves all of life's problems :)

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  25. Love, love, love, love this. I cannot wait for baking days with Evalyn. It's going to be so fun. I have fond memories spending time in the kitchen with my mom, aunts and grandmothers, and I am so excited to pass that on to Evalyn.

    Also, you will be quite shocked to know that Evalyn has that same shirt, although hers is blue :)

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  26. SO so sweet (literally!) And I LOVE her bright yellow leggings!!

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  27. :) I love these photos!
    LB's starting to throw tantrums... I'll keep this idea in my arsenal! :)
    **LB has the same shirt in green! Love it!

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  28. This is adorable, I guess chocolate does solve everything! I love her outfit by the way!

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  29. Omg brownie batter is MY favorite. Forget baking them lol. There is nothing better than licking a spatula and she is so cute doing it!

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  30. Super cute, and I just love her little boots!

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  31. OMG!!! So stinkin cute!! I've yet to let Chloe help with any baking yet...but that might be because I haven't made anything. LOL! Oh well...how did your girl do with the chocolate afterwards? I would love to let Chloe try it. I think she would L-O-V-E it!!

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  32. Such a sweet family moment! Love that you captured it on "film".

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  33. She definately got the "gotta lick the spatula" thing from her Mom Mom!! Especially if it's chocolate!
    These pictures are adorable. They reminded me of when you girls were small and we did this.

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  34. What a sweetie :) I am so looking forward to baking with Natalie!

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  35. Chocolate always makes everything better. I let Morgan help me a few weeks ago with chocolate and she loved it too. Its amazing how they take to it so easily.

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  36. So cute!!!
    Kids always love acting like big kids and helping :)

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  37. This has to be the cutest and most prescious photos I have seen. It definately makes me want a Hershey's bar (and it's right in my freezer-yippee)....thanks for making me smile. Children are so adorable.

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