Baking with Toddlers: Preparing for Mexico

IMG_8939 We packed up and left for Mexico a few days ago, but not before we had a bake-a-thon of epic proportions! Since traveling always throws our eating schedule off, I thought it might be good to whip up a few of our favorite baked goods to take along with us. Mexico City has an awesome organic/local store called Origens but between the distance and the fact that Mexico City has about the most horrendous traffic known to humanity ( FOR REAL), it takes hours to get there. Since we don’t know when we’ll have the time (or patience) to trek over there, we thought it best to bring a few little items to hold us over. IMG_8952 Baking with toddlers is an act of patience; like most things involving toddlers. This is especially true when you have a batter thief on your hands. I think at least 25% of the batter ended up in Fig’s stomach. Luckily, the batter for his favorite muffins are vegan so I didn’t have to worry about raw eggs. Sometimes, I question why I let a two year old get involved in activities such as baking. Between policing the batter, the flour explosions, and ensuring I don’t inadvertently burn the house down, I frequently feel my anxiety level rising . The visions of cleaning a toddler covered head-to-toe in flour, the clumps of batter in the most horrific of places, the dishes ( oh the dishes!). But I see the joy in his face, the excitement over creating something all his own. These are his muffins after all. Nourishing for his little body and his mind.

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The “Fig” Muffin

Muffins

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Morning Bran Muffins

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Morning Fruit Loaf

Nut Bread

Nut Bread

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Kale and Parmesan Bread

Life is so much slower here south of the border, which leaves us with the possibility of many more bake-a-thons; something that’s good for both of us. I’ll post the recipes of our favorite creations soon and I hope they bring you as much as joy as they did Fig ( and mama…but only in retrospect). Adios!

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