Have you heard or read that phrase that says something like, “You never know how much of a control freak you are until you let a toddler help you cook”? Well I decided to test that theory this week.
For the Mom Explores Book Club this week, we read “If You Give A Moose A Muffin” by Laura Numeroff. This adorable story describes the domino effect of all the things the moose might want if you give him a muffin. It’s part of a series of similar books, arguably the most famous being “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie”. Check out Amazon and pick up your own copy through the affiliate link here:
At the beginning of the story, the moose eats all the muffins and wants more. So, he decides to go to the store to buy more muffin mix but he gets sidetracked. This was inspiration to make our own muffins! I did some research into recipes to cook muffins, because I’ve never made them from scratch.
Here’s where I get really honest with you. I have a few dishes I cook, and on a rare occasion I get creative and make something up. But mostly, I cook pasta, boxed, or frozen foods. Easy stuff. So once I looked at the recipes for muffins and found the one with the best reviews, I made a list of ingredients. I had a few of the items I needed at home already (flour, oil), but there was quite a bit I would need to buy at the store! I had every intention of making these from scratch and being an awesome mom. Once I added up the cost of baking powder, eggs, sugar, fruit, etc. I decided to take the easy (read: cheap) way out and bought a package of muffin mix. Hey, that’s what the moose was going to get at the store, so I was staying true to the story line, right?
We try to keep it healthy when we can – and luckily my son LOVES fruit. Blueberries are one of his favorite, and they have tons of health benefits! Read more about them here. So we bought my favorite blueberry muffin mix and brought it home and got started!
You will need:
Muffin mix (we went with Duncan Hines simple mornings Blueberry Streusel)
Depending on your mix you will probably also need some combination of:
Eggs, water, and oil
I did not let Jonas help with the first step, which was opening the can of blueberries, draining and rinsing them. But
I do have a tip! When opening a can, stop the opener right before you get all the way around leaving about a half-inch connected. This way you can use a spoon to fold it back and dump out your contents. Then, just fold it back in the can so you don’t have the sharp edges floating around.
Notice how the lid is still connected slightly on the right side of the can.
I then recruited my little guy to line the muffin tray with paper cups:
Then, came the real work. We opened the muffin mix. We added water, oil, and 2 eggs. Teaching him to crack eggs was interesting. I’m happy to report there was only one casualty! Then our mix was complete and is was time to stir!
Next, we folded in the blueberries. Which was a combination of work with a spoon and trying to keep Jonas from eating them.
And here’s where the control freak really came out – time to scoop the mixture into the cups. Honestly, I pretty quickly took this job over myself.
Don’t worry, he got to step back in to add the streusel topping to each muffin. Only one casualty here too. If you can call a muffin with lots of sugar on top a casualty…
Lastly, we baked and enjoyed! Eating only one was the hardest part of the whole ordeal. Overall, I consider this experiment a success! Maybe next time we will try something more difficult!
Check out what the other awesome Mom Explores are doing to go along with the book this week:
Mom Explores Orlando
Mom Explores the Smokies
Mom Explores Southwest Florida