A funny thing happened in my house this week. Well, two really. I had a weekday off from work, for one, and my daughter wanted to do exactly two things: cook a meal and watch a movie with me.
Which of these things is not like the other? With a self-confessed Disney obsession, let’s just say movies are a regular happening in this household. Days off and Mommy and Me cooking, on the other hand? They don’t happen as much as either of us would like.
I have a book to thank, more specifically Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis’ new children’s book series, Recipe for Adventure. Set for release in September, it’s being hailed as a foodie’s version of the popular (and ingenious) Magic Treehouse series and follows a little boy named Alfie (short for Alfredo) and his sister on food-fueled adventures through the world’s culinary landmarks.
Well, that cooking, but really that was just a means to a gastronomic end.
Specifically she wanted to eat crepes, which happen to be one of my few standbys for homemade breakfast (I admit we’re more yogurt and cereal people than whip out the griddle folks in this house), but she had pulled out one of the two recipe cards that come with each of De Laurentis’ new books. She wanted to make Giada crepes, not Mommy crepes.
And so we did:
I’m never one to say no to a new book that my daughter enjoys, but I have a feeling we’ll be working our way through the Recipe for Adventure series as much because it facilitates really fun Mommy and Me time as anything.
What could be better than a book that teaches your kids AND makes them want to spend more time with you? Score!
And now for the best news: the folks at Penguin have offered up one of the Recipe for Adventure books to an Inside Out reader. Want in? You know what to do:
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