Good Morning Babes,

My mom had us cooking meals at an early age. Each one of my siblings would pick a night and cook dinner. We got to pick what to cook, my mom would buy the ingredients and then we would prepare the meal. This helped prepare us for marriage and living on our own.

My mom always had the kitchen open to us and ingredients available to bake. We could experiment with recipes and try out our own experiments. This really helped me prepare not only for married life but for parenthood as well. The kitchen was a comfortable place for me so I knew how to make not only basic recipes, but baked goods, and things to help my family save money.

Open Kitchen

Growing up my mom wasn’t huge on baking or cooking. She had a few recipes she made and made really well, but most of my cooking or baking skills came from trial and error. Thanks to having an open kitchen.

Open Kitchen

Now in my kitchen, I have baking ingredients fully stocked so if Aria wants to make cookies, or brownies we can do it without running to the store. We all know running to the store with kids is quite an adventure.

Open Kitchen

Cooking with your child is such a good bonding experience. You get to teach them simple chemistry that is actually fun to learn.

It helps to prepare them for living on their own. Instead of easy mac and ramen, they will know how to make homemade pasta, soup, and homemade rolls. She will know how to bake sugar cookies and cream cheese frosting, or a delicious banana bread cake.

Open Kitchen

Baking and Cooking has really helped us save money instead of going out all the time we are able to cook our favorite restaurants recipes at home. All while building a relationship with  Aria. It is so fun when she pushes a chair next to me and says “Momma I want to help, what is the next “gredient” “.

Open Kitchen

Having an open kitchen doesn’t mean letting your kid eat at all hours of the night, it means to let them cook/bake to blow off steam. It means to let them experiment and fail in the kitchen. It is really therapeutic for me to go to the kitchen put on a movie and find a Pinterest recipe to perfect. I really only found a passion for cooking after having Aria. There is just something special about baking a batch of cookies with your little one. Even with shells in the batter, or too much sugar.

Open Kitchen

I hope you love baking with your kids as much as I do. It may be messy and take forever to clean up but it is so much fun. Making this cake with Aria really helped me out of a funk I was in. We listened to music and whipped up this delicious cake.

I got my recipe from Holly from Spend With Pennies: { HERE }

Banana Bread Cake

Yield: 12

Banana Bread Cake


  • 1 1/3 cup mashed bananas
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice , divided
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup butter , softened
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 9 x 13 pan.
  2. Place 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice in a measuring cup. Top to 1 1/2 cups with milk. Set aside.
  3. Mix together mashed banana with 1 tablespoon lemon juice, set aside.
  4. Beat together butter, brown and white sugar until combined. Add in eggs one at a time and vanilla. Mix on high until light and fluffy (almost the texture of frosting).
  5. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl. Alternate adding flour mixture and milk to egg mixture stirring just until combined. (Do not overmix). Fold in bananas. Pour into prepared pan.
  6. Put into the oven and reduce heat to 300 degrees. Bake 60 – 70 minutes (see note below) or just until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean (do not over bake).
  7. Remove from oven and place in the freezer for 45 minutes to make the cake extra moist. Cool completely before frosting.

You can find our favorite cookie recipe {HERE}, and our favorite sandwich recipe {HERE}

Check out my Pinterest board {HERE} for some fun baking recipes to do with your little ones.

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