maggie loves to help me in the kitchen. however, if you've ever tried cooking with a toddler, you know that it usually takes at least twice as long with three times the mess afterwards. it's definitely an exercise in patience, but she enjoys it so much that i try to embrace the experience.
the other day, i was making pickles from a huge harvest of home-grown cucumbers that my mom gave me, and i let maggie make her own batch. i gave her some sliced cucumbers, salt and pepper shakers, a cup of water and a spoon and let her go at it. after about 15 minutes of mixing, dunking and sprinkling, she took a taste and declared, "mmmmm... it's tasty! <gulp>". i see an oscar in this girl's future.