food · slice of life

Little Kitchen Helper

I wanted to have dinner on the table by 6:00 p.m. That should’ve been doable since I began removing the items from the fridge at 5:20. And the recipe Ari (That’s right! He has taken to helping me with my grocery lists for the past two weeks.) selected would only take 30 minutes to prepare.


Ari was hanging around me in the kitchen as I removed the items from the fridge.


when I asked him if he’d like to help, he declared yes with enthusiasm.


I moved the helper tower from the dining room to the kitchen, handed Ari an apron, and relocated my cutting board to the island so we could get to work — together.

Ari kept squealing with delight, “I’m helping! I’m helping make dinner!” every time he placed an item in the bowl.

I wanted to have dinner on the table by 6:00 p.m. Dinner was served 15 minutes later than expected, but it was worth the late start.

My dressing game needs work.

Click here for the recipe.

22 thoughts on “Little Kitchen Helper

  1. Cooking together is enjoyable child-parent time. It makes everything slower (and often messier) but it is so worth it.

  2. So cute! The hardest piece of baby furniture to give away was our helper tower! I loved it so much and so did my children. My husband not so much, which is why he gave it away one day way before I was ready. 🙂 I hope the new people are enjoying it as much as we did!

  3. Aww. Ari is so sweet! My kids run in the other direction when they see me in the kitchen – but that has more to do with my terrible cooking than with their willingness to help out! lol.

  4. Oh, I love how you crafted this post. It was effective how you used the conjunctions as their own lines!

    Such a sweet Ari! You must be doing SO many things right as his momma!

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