How to Delegate

a.k.a. Easy Blueberry Pancakes

blueberry_muffinsIn a moment of exhaustion, I plopped myself on the couch and… dozed. I hear my boy hovering above me say, “Mommy, what’s for dinner?” Jokingly, I reply, “Can you make dinner tonight?” And he says with enthusiasm, “OKAY!!!” I kinda chuckle. My eyes are still closed and I hear them discussing…

Boy: Sissy, we can use your cookbook… Mommy, how about spaghetti and meatballs?
Me: Sissy doesn’t like red sauce.
Boy: Oh yeah.

Rustle. Rustle.

Girl: Mom, what’s half of 3 cups?
ME: Why?
Girl: Because we only have 1 cup of blueberries so we have to half the recipe.
Me: What are we having?
Girl: Blueberry muffins… and ramen noodles.
Me: Cool.

So they didn’t separate dry and wet ingredients. In fact, it all got tossed in one big mixing bowl. And they put in the full amount of eggs instead of half BUT… um, these muffins are… REALLY YUMMY! So here’s the recipe… in it’s actual implemented form. Note: easy enough for a 5 and 7 year old to do unassisted except for the melting of butter in the microwave and putting in the oven.

1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cups flour
3/4 cups sugar
2 1/4 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1 stick of butter, melted
2 eggs (not beaten)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Throw everything in a mixing bowl and mix until you’re tired of it. Fill muffin cups 3/4 full. Bake for 20 min or until tops are brown. Makes 8 giant muffins.
• there is magic in the everyday… and my kids are wonderful at seeing it.
• They learned that they didn’t have to follow the recipe “exactly” and that there is such a thing as a “yummy accident.”
• And yet again, sometimes my weaknesses are my gift. I could feel their confidence and pride swell from being able to figure out a “grown up” task.

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