This year, we decided to make little mini pies using the mini muffin pan as well as the regular muffin pans. Maddy was super excited about even the smallest process going into the baking project. Spreading the flour on the countertop, cutting small disks of pie dough, and shaking the evaporated milk for the pie mixture all took on a fantastic glow for my sweet girl.
It brought back so many memories from growing up. My momma always made sure we were in the kitchen if we wanted to be there. She took on the extra time and work to make sure we were involved in the process. I can remember the warm feeling of pride as I surveyed a batch of cookies or a cooling cake. Those feelings are exactly what I hope Maddy will remember one day.
Maddy got to relive some of my greatest baking disappointments. She tasted both the flour and pumpkin mixture eagerly as she was curious about the taste of what looked like very yummy things. Her face wrinkled quickly as she realized that flour is NOTHING like sugar.. and even though pumpkin might smell good, it definitely needs some sugar before tasting...**