Thursday, January 13, 2011

Young Chef in the Making


For the past couple of days my 4yr. old has asked a million times, “Is it time for my class yet? ” And I replied to that question more than I care to remember, “No, not until Thursday.”  Well finally the big cooking day arrived! I could finally say that yes, it is time to cook!

I was asked to review a Lil Chef’s class for CurrClick Live. This class is geared toward 4-7 yr. old children and is taught by Sandie Sanchez of Mixing Bowl Academy.

The class we participated in was the Lil Chef’s Strawberry Smoothie class. Several days before the class, I was sent an email with the necessary ingredients and baking tools needed. Included in the email were instructions on how to log in to the class. (My older daughter was the official helper so that I could be the class photographer ;) )


On the day of the class, we logged on and got to see our teacher Sandie. Her son was her helper for this class. During the class Sandie gave instructions in the video. If we had any questions, we could type them in the chat box to the right.

helpingcookHere they are measuring the strawberries.

cuttingbananaOh my goodness, she was SO proud of herself for cutting up the banana.

blenderOnce all the ingredients were in, she started the blender while the rest of us waited to taste her smoothie masterpiece.

yummysmoothieSweet success! She loved the smoothie and totally enjoyed the class. Her other sister and brother even asked if there were classes for them (there are). After the class was over, my 4yr. old, 8 yr. old and 12 yr. old made two more batches so that everyone in our family could have one (or two) glasses of this fantastic smoothie. They commented that it was so much better than the ones I make for them (little do they know that I still hid the Kefir in it—lol!)

What I thought:

Well you can probably guess that we liked this class! Yes, I could teach her how to make this myself, but I haven’t. I struggle with setting apart time to do formal  cooking instruction with my little kids. Knowing that she was going to participate in her very own cooking class made it even more special for my daughter. Signing up made me accountable for getting the supplies and setting aside the time. The biggest perk was that all the planning and instructing was done for me by Sandie, but I was still able to share this experience and time with my daughter.

Teaching: I thought Sandie was a wonderful online teacher. She was very prepared and helpful. It was very easy to log in to the class and follow along. I appreciated that she threw in some nutrition information and other helpful cooking tips.

Upcoming Lil Chef Classes (all held on Thursdays at 1:00 pm Central Time):

Lil Chefs Cooking Class- February (4 classes, $20 for the month)
Menu: Awesome Applesauce, Berry Parfait, Colorful Quinoa, Zucchini Muffins

Lil Chefs Cooking Class- March (4 classes, $20 for the month)
Menu: Peanut Butter Breakfast Shake, Green Eggs and Ham! Simple Snack Mix, Ice Cream 'n  Apples

Lil Chefs Cooking Class – April (4 classes, $20 for the month)
Menu: Oatmeal Balls, Coconut Meringue Macaroons, Homemade Soft Pretzels, Grilled Bulleyes

You can get a feel for the online class experience by trying out Sandie’s Cinnamon Toast Lil Chef’s class for free.

She also has classes for 8yr old on up! Check out her Jr. Chef  Classes too.

Disclosure: I was allowed to take this class for free for review purposes only. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am an affiliate of Currclick.



Blogger Jolanthe said...

Way to go for sneaking the kefir in! :) hee kids love our kefir smoothies.

January 13, 2011 at 11:00 PM  
Blogger Mozer said...

LOL! I had a pitcher that I filled w/ some milk and mostly kefir. I told her to measure from that jug and not the milk jug. :)

January 14, 2011 at 5:10 PM  
Blogger Michelle Willow said...

Hi Maureen!

Forwarding you Stylish Blogger Award! Enjoy! :)

January 14, 2011 at 6:20 PM  
Blogger Elle Belles Bows said...

Your daughters are so pretty! Wonderful activity to do together! Kerri

January 20, 2011 at 2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you make your own kefir or do you buy it? I am going to try that the next time we make smoothies! I am glad you guys enjoyed the class! :) Ami

January 20, 2011 at 6:58 PM  
Blogger Homeschooling Momtographer said...

I agree with you! It was nice to have the class to be intentional about doing this with my daughter. :)

Catherine :)

January 20, 2011 at 8:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your pictures! Such cuties!!!

January 22, 2011 at 9:32 AM  
Blogger Krissy @ B.Inspired Vintage said...

I know what you mean about having the class instead of just doing the activity on your own with your little one. It would definitely up the excitement for my little ones, too. And I never would have thought to even look into online classes. Thanks for the idea!!!

January 24, 2011 at 11:00 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

Cool! I never heard of this class! I really haven't looked into Currclick's online classes and had no idea that they had cooking classes. I'm stopping by from Homeschool Showcase BTW.

January 24, 2011 at 5:02 PM  
Anonymous Michelle (What's Cooking with Kids) said...

Hi - it's my first time visiting your site. I love the idea of the online cooking class - what a great way to reach lots of families. Thanks for sharing your experience with it. Time for me to go take a peek :-)

February 1, 2011 at 12:46 AM  
Blogger Kendra said...

What a fun idea! My daughter LOVES to help in the kitchen, and this would be so much fun for her!

February 7, 2011 at 3:07 PM  

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