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Baking with Tripp: Valentine’s Day Prep

Yes. It happened! Tripp LOVES to help in the kitchen, so as long as I give him a job, he stays pretty involved and happy. Sometimes it plays out great and sometimes… not. But it’s always worth the extra effort to let him hop in. Isn’t that the constant struggle in raising a tiny human… remembering to SLOW down and just let them hop in to learn?!?

That little proud smirk in the top right says it all. He was so excited to help make these hearts for some of his special people. He thinks the mixer is almost as cool as the blender… but that oven, yall, he wants to know why it has to BE SO SLOW. Hahah… another step that he really liked, pressing the cutter into the dough. And his ULTIMATE favorite step, testing the dough (top left… caught in action). Ha 😉

I used the “Cut Out Cookie” recipe that is in the book, Against All Grain (here it is on Amazon). A similar recipe is on her blog, here. This recipe calls for almond flour, but if you need a nut-free version, she has that on her blog (right here!) too.

We decorated ours with sun butter and freeze-dried fruit (Tripp’s blueberry-sun butter cookie above!) and then I decorated one with a little strawberry jam (so I could eat it for breakfast, basically!). Last year, I crushed up freeze-dried raspberries and sprinkled on top for a pop of color (serve as sprinkles).

We are leaving the hearts for others plain, so they can decorate/flavor it up however they want. But honestly, I love to eat them plain! I crafted up (if you know me, you might laugh at the thought of that line) a little parchment paper bag. Tripp loves his lacing toys, so we punched holes and he laced some baker’s string through the holes. Crayons aren’t the best on parchment, but we made it work. Each little bag had to have a blue tractor and a red heart 🙂

I hope you all have a great Tuesday.

Are you going to bake something tonight or tomorrow? Or do you like crafting little happies? Y’all don’t go crazy with the parchment paper bags… haha I know those are going to take off in craft land!!

Did you say BREAD?

Yes. Yes I did! A loaf of bread that impressed Tripp and I both 🙂

I will admit, when we want bread, I typically would just buy a loaf at the grocery store. The freezer section has some pretty solid choices. But making your own, well, it just tastes better! And Tripp LOVES helping in the kitchen, so he really thought it was cool when we got to use the KitchenAid mixer 🙂 Something that isn’t used everyday around here.

We started by whipping the egg whites. I think this was the coolest part for Tripp (and the only part I could keep his fingers out of the batter!!). Seeing me separate the eggs then watching the egg whites turn into fluffy white peaks, really impressed him. I can’t wait until we have some hens to go get eggs from! Tripp and I chatted about that (his love/obsession with building chicken coops… off the charts) at one point while we were waiting for the loaf to bake. Hardest part!

Here is the recipe–> Against All Grain’s bread recipe or you can find it in her cookbook, Meals Made Simple.

Our favorite way to use this bread was for breakfast with a fried egg on top 🙂 We also enjoyed some tuna salad on it too. Tripp isn’t a total bread fan (never really had it as part of every meal, so doesn’t get as pumped as I do ha!), but he loves it for breakfast here and there with LOTS of butter.

Do you have a favorite grain-free or gluten-free bread? Do you make your own or buy it?