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My attempt to get back my somewhat creative juices that had evaporated with stale milk and juice left in the sippy cups under my furniture.
Our Samurai Pie
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By Jessica Shaffer
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June 13, 2012 12:01 a.m.

"Cook with your kids! Cook with your kids!" Everywhere I read, there is always some article about how important it is to cook with your kids; that cooking with your children boosts math skills, literacy skills, and even boosts confidence. And it's not that I disagree, but honestly, I HATE COOKING WITH MY CHILDREN. I will say that my cooking skills have improved over the years, but my expertise is mainly in short order cooking. Dinner time is quite stressful at my house and it's just far more easier to get it done and out of the way. We have done little things in the past like make little biscuit pizzas, but here lately, Addison has been wanting to make a pie...
One of Addison's favorite cartoons is The Backyardigans. One of her favorite episodes is titled "Samurai Pie" where "Master Tyrone teaches Austin to make a great pie for Empress Tasha. But after he does, ninjas Uniqua and Pablo try to steal it!" (source). Catchy songs and crazy shenanigans ensue. So quite often Addison asks to make a Samurai Pie. I'm not much of a pie maker, matter of fact, I've never made a pie.
So Today, we're making a cobbler instead....
Step 1: Lay the baby down for a nap....
Because if you don't he will consume blackberries while your back is turned...
Have a good nap, sweetheart!
Step 2: Pick a recipe.
Today we are making Ree Drummond's Blackberry Cobbler from her cookbook "The Pioneer Woman Cooks". I recommend this cookbook to anyone and everyone! It's a delight to read, SUPER EASY to follow, and filled with everyday recipes that ANYONE can make! This woman has basically taught me how to cook. Since I've linked the recipe on her sight, I wont be going into much detail about the recipe. (Seriously, buy her book...)
Step 4: Put on your apron...
Step 5: Lay out your ingredients.
Seriously, this recipe only has five ingredients! Couldn't get more kid friendly than that!
Step 6: Prepare butter to melt
Step 7: Mix Sugar, flour, and milk...
Step 8: Pour in melted butter (Mommy did this one b/c the butter was still kind of hot)
Step 9: Rinse blackberries and pat them dry
This recipe can be made with anything. I would have loved to try peaches, but the blackberries were on sale at my grocery store. It would also be great to do a strawberry and blueberry one for the Fourth of July! ;)
Step 10: Just drop in the blackberries.
And last, but not least, after it's baked and cooled....enjoy!
Let me tell ya, life doesn't get any better (tasting) than this...

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