Fifty Two Shades of Shay: Holiday Baking with your Kids

Well this obviously should be a Shade of Shay :).  
Three and a half years ago, I started documenting what we were making in my kitchen on a separate blog because I love cooking and baking, I love seasonal recipes and I love being in the kitchen with my kids. 
Today, you’ll find 6 new recipes a week on Mix and Match Mama…usually 2 desserts, 3 entrees and 1 something else (appetizer, breakfast, side dish, etc). This little blog has turned into more than I could ever imagine and it has truly been a joy to share my recipes with you guys.  I have many new adventures coming up in 2015 with Mix and Match Mama and that really excites me too!
My very favorite part of being in the kitchen is this…

…I love cooking with my kids.
Yes, it’s messy.  Yes, sometimes, I run out of patience and time and don’t include them in the cooking…but for the most part, I really like to have them in the kitchen with me…ESPECIALLY this time of year!
If you have young kiddos at home, here are a few fun recipes you might like to make in the kitchen with them.  All from my blog…all easy (because when you have young kids in your house, you need easy!) and all festive.

Peppermint Cocoa Krispies Treats

Red Velvet Candy Cane Bars

Gingerbread Cupcakes with Egg Nog Cream Cheese Frosting

And for many more, you can click here to see my favorite Easy Christmas Desserts.

I really hope that when my kids are older and have left my nest, they look back with really fond memories of being in the kitchen with their mom.  We laugh, we learn, we create, we use our imaginations and we bond.  I know they are memories I will cherish forever and ever.

So, grab your kids, some fun sprinkles and a little patience and hit the kitchen with your kiddos this Christmas season.  ‘Tis the season for fun family memories :).

And one last note, remember my Recipe Exchange Party last week?  Well, you can find my recipe for Chicken and Broccoli Bites here and Narci’s recipe for Buffalo Chicken Dip here.  I’ll try and post the other recipes as the weeks go by!

Have a great day!

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  • Michele @ The Joyful Home December 16, 2014 at 11:41 am

    Your kids will certainly remember this! Thanks for the ideas–next week is our big baking week!

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} December 16, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Making the reindeer food this weekend! And I"m going to have to try those Gingerberad cupcakes!

  • Narci December 16, 2014 at 12:30 pm

    This made me tear up a little! Your kids are going to have such great memories of being in the kitchen with their mama!! Those pictures were so darn sweet!! ā¤ļø

  • Erika Slaughter December 16, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    Yummy!! Looks like I'll be in all week! I should whip some of that yummy was up!

  • Dollie December 16, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Those those peppermint cocoa krispies look very scrumptious! I also, second baking with kiddos is fun, lots of messes and giggles in the kitchen, makes lots of memories to never be forgotten!

  • Megan December 16, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Shay, I have been reading your blog for a couple of years now and have really enjoyed your two cents on a wide range of topics. I love your easy yet helpful advice on everything and I enjoy watching your cute little family too. I have to tell you that I rarely make it to the mix and match mamma blog because I'm not the biggest fan of cooking/baking, nor am I that successful with it. That changed a few months ago when you posted the link to the sweet potato shepard's pie which I knew I HAD to eat. (Which meant I had to make it!) Luckily, even with homemade mashed sweet potatoes, the recipe was simple and delicious and I've made it several times since. Then last week, I was intrigued by your gingerbread cupcakes with eggnog cream cheese icing. I decided to make them for my holiday party this past weekend and they were a great success. I have to tell you, I almost didn't make it there with them because I was prepared to eat the entire batch of icing right off the spoon! SO DELICIOUS! Thanks for your inspiration and for helping this less than adept kitchen friend find her bearings! šŸ™‚

  • Briana Runde December 16, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    YUM!!!! Thanks for sharing all these delicious ideas! I think we may have to spend the rest of the week in the kitchen. šŸ™‚

  • Tracy December 16, 2014 at 1:55 pm

    I've always loved cooking with my kids. Now that they're teens they still enjoy cooking (they just don't need mom's help as much!). šŸ™‚

  • Kari Maddox December 16, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I think my kids might eat these bites! Going to try!

  • Meagan Ruse December 16, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    What special memories you are making with your kids! This is one of my favorite of your posts! Precious!

  • Slightly Askew Designs December 16, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    STOP!!! that first pic of K?!?!?! SO SO SO SWEET!!!! Love the memories you're making with your kids! šŸ˜‰

  • Renae December 16, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    I so agree with you on having your kiddos help in the kitchen sometime-its a bit stresful sometime, but so worth it.I can't wait to try out those red velvet pancakes.

  • MAK December 16, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Ok super random question, do you let your kiddos eat raw batter that has eggs in it? I've done it my whole life and prefer dough/batter over cooked anything but now that I have a two year old it makes you second guess things like that! Have you ever researched whether or not it's truly harmful or do you just throw caution to the wind and live on the wild side? šŸ˜‰

  • Shesabigstar December 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm

    You do such a good job of this! I'm working on the patience factor of having my kids in the kitchen with me more often! šŸ˜‰

  • Emily Scott December 16, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Have you ever used a website to compile your recipes into a personal cookbook? I would love to do this for my sisters & mom using our special family recipes and I'm searching for the best site to use. Just wondering if you've heard of any great ones! So far "Tastebook" seems to be the best I've found…

  • Leigh December 16, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    I love seeing pictures of your kids in the kitchen with you! Your kids are building wonderful memories of being in the ktichen with their mom! I'm a baker and I love getting in the kitchen with my little helper. Recipe modification has become my life since my 3 year old was diagnosed with food allergies. I am thankful for his allergies (as odd as that sounds) because they forced me to think outside the original recipe. It's made me better.

  • Alison December 17, 2014 at 5:34 am

    Holiday baking is so much fun, especially with the kids! I'm going to make the red velvet pancakes!

  • Aubrey December 17, 2014 at 2:00 pm

    Yes! Cooking with the kiddos is the best! Love all your photos of K and S in on the action!