While the family was visiting Emily and I did quite a bit of cooking together, and Em finally got to do some dishes:
Doing dishes is one of those things that you do when you are getting big, and getting big is very important to Emily - probably because she is very small for four-and-a-half (she's standing on a stool in these photos). She takes all "getting big" activities very seriously, and did an excellent job of the dishes.
She also made gingerbread cookies with me:
I had quite a bit of gingerbread man mixture left over from Christmas in the freezer, so I made gingerbread men for the party, and Em made tiny teddies and stars and various other things from the scraps.
She did all her own rolling out and stamping, and truth to tell did a better job than my fourteen year old niece Isabel did at Christmas!
She put the paper cups in the muffin tray when we made butterfly cakes:
And added most of the ingredients to the mixer, very carefully:
Then of course she got to lick all the spoons and bowls afterwards:
The butterflly cakes were made when Mummy and Daddy had gone to the theatre, both kids had had their baths, and Caitlin was in bed. That's why Em's wearing her PJs.
Here's a photo of Em and Caitlin eating macaroni cheese:
We made that too. My Kenwood mixer has a pasta extruding attachment, and chopping off macaroni as it was being squeezed out was lots and lots of fun. My hands were busy though so I couldn't take a photo. Both kids ate good big platefuls of it too, so it was a success all round. That thing Caity's wearing round her neck is a teatowel. Her mother forgot to bring enough bibs - teatowels are just as good.