We are proud and happy to welcome Amanda Matthews to the blogging world…Be easy on her BCS, this is her first blog. 🙂
Cook N Grow Review
Hi, I’m Amanda! I am addicted to reality tv & consider myself a Bravo Housewives historian. I enjoy traveling, reading, cooking, working out, quoting The Office & eating pizza in bed. I have two gorgeous boys with my high school sweetheart Kevin; a former A&M football player and 5 year NFL veteran.
– Simple recipes aimed to get children excited about cooking
– Utensils that are safe & kid friendly
– Very helpful assisting if you bring more than one kid
– The 2-4 year old class is currently only offered at 5:45
– Location isn’t clearly marked
On Friday, June 17th I took my two boys (2&4) to the Mini Cooking Camp for Toddlers located at 6110 Elmo Weeden Rd. We started the class with an introduction of teachers & what we would be cooking followed by washing hands & putting on aprons & chef hats. (Great photo-op & they have them for the adults too!) Every child had a station set-up with a cutting board, bowl, masher, spatula & a plastic knife intended for little hands.
We were making corn tortillas for cheese quesadillas & a limeade. The teachers told us the history of how authentic corn tortillas are made & each child was given corn on the cob to cut & mash in a bowl. (Both of my kids needed help doing this since they aren’t quite strong enough) It was a short & sweet demonstration to see how the process of making masa starts.
After that, each child was given corn flour & water to mix, roll into dough balls & placed in a tortilla press. Smashing tortillas was a personal favorite for my boys. No surprise since they enjoy destroying my house-haha.
We washed our hands while the teachers cooked the tortillas & then gave them back, along with cheese, to make a quesadilla. The teachers cooked them until the cheese was melted & showed the kids how the cheese changed consistency after being heated.
The kids were able to enjoy their creation while we started making limeade. They were given water, sugar, lime & a juicer. The kids were shown how to use the juicer & mixed everything together.
Overall this was such a fun time for my kids & me. The teachers were so sweet & made sure that safety was a top priority with clear explanations on using the utensils properly. Everything was clean & instructions were simple & easy for kids to follow. The demonstrations were cute & short enough to keep their attention. The only con for me was the time & the location not being clearly marked. 5:45 isn’t usually the best time to start a project with toddlers. I was told they are trying to change the toddler class to an earlier time for that exact reason. They have a variety of classes with multiple age groups. They even have adult classes that are BYOB! Prices vary & the Mommy & Me class was $15/child. It was an awesome way to beat the heat & perfect for moms with young kids!
You can find out more about Cook N Grow by checking out their website or Facebook. They are offering summer camps and Mommy & Me Classes all summer long. Check them out!