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The other night my daughter returned from her two night visit with her Dad when I was tossing around dinner ideas to the family. My daughter decided that, while she loves my odd chicken parmesan I make, she really wanted my breaded garlic chicken breast instead. From there we went talking about how she wants to learn the recipes for meals I create because she enjoys the things I make.

It’s funny that she, at age 11, is so interested in cooking and quite honestly she bakes a heck of a lot better than I do. If there is a cake, cupcake or brownie to be made I always turn to her. Now she wants to turn to me to learn the cooking skills for later years in her life that I never learned until my late 20’s into my 30’s. I am so happy that my daughter wants to learn to cook things and to boot, she is putting all of the things we create in the kitchen on index cards in a recipe book to keep for later years of her life.
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My daughter had fun creating breaded garlic chicken breast with me the other night and added it to her recipe book. I thought since my daughter wants all of these recipes kept for years to come so she can make the same meals for her family one day, that I would share with you all too.

This year, 2014, I will be sharing a lot of the recipes I create here in the Happily Blended home as a way to make a pound of chicken or a pound of hamburg stretch far enough to feed a family of seven when all of the children are here on the weekends. I will show you things that all of my children, even the picky eaters, will eat on occasion or all of the time.

I’m so happy that my daughter and I have a close relationship to the point she actually enjoys spending time in the kitchen learning how to cook with me. My heart melted just a little bit that evening and we made memories … the memory that my tween daughter, no matter what, is always happy to learn and look up to her Mama for tips on how to be a happy, healthy, well-rounded person!

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Written by brandyellen

Brandy is a born and raised New Hampshire resident who loves to spend extra time laughing & smiling with her three children. Brandy runs multiple blogs & she loves to tweet daily and ramble on Facebook. Author, with her daughter, of Positive Girl - The Power of Your Thoughts Question about this post or something found within it? Read my Disclosure Policy as well as Terms of Use.

This article has 3 comments

  1. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell (140 comments)

    I have a lot of great memories in the kitchen with my mom too. You will both cherish all this together time and she’ll probably continue to make the same stuff into her adult life!

  2. Rosey (1017 comments)

    My grandma and I used to cook together and I still love those memories!!

  3. Cascia @ The Healthy Moms Mag (10 comments)

    That is so cool that your daughter is interested in cooking at such a young age! My oldest didn’t show an interest in cooking until last year when she took her first foods class in high-school.