Ok, so how many of you read the Betsy, Tacy and Tibb books growing up? (And how many of you plan to find the books for your daughters to read?) They were some of my favorite books in late elementary school. And yes, the inspired me.
How, you might ask?
Wellll if you haven’t noticed, I sorta like to cook. And I may or may not have mentioned that my mom’s idea of cooking meant boiling to death an entire box of pasta then putting it in the fridge in a Ziploc for us to pick at as we were hungry. (No, I’m not joking).
I certainly didn’t get my enjoyment of food from her (cottage cheese with canned peaches is her standard breakfast because it’s easy but ewwww!), nor my love of cooking. She still dosn’t get it, but she will at least eat some of the food, generally whateve is left that no one else wants to eat.
So back to Betsy, Tacy, and Tibb. In one of the books, Betsy comes up with a great idea to cook. They decided to learn how to cook by making “everything pudding” which essentially consisted of everything but the kitchen sink.
I thought that was a pretty cool idea, but my mom pretty quickly laid down the law that if I made it, I ate it. Or maybe it was my friend’s mom, and my mom simply copied.
Regardless, we made everything… cookies and cakes and muffins and bread and pancakes. And using no recipes, putting in some sometimes odd ingredients, we occasionally came up with some pretty good stuff.
We also quickly learned to make very small batches of things to avoid having to eat a whole lot of something nasty.
I look back on that now, and oh the fun we had! It was a great way to spend a sleepover, and generally a pretty inexpensive proposition. We were always safe, and it was a great way to exert some independence safely. I only wish that we’d taken photos of our work and written down some of our better recipes.
In fact, I think I might have to try this with the wee ones one of these day wen we have some free time. I have a feeling they might enjoy continuing this little tradition.
So what did you love to do as a child that was – maybe – a little more unique?