At our after church's 4th of July picnic today (yes, I'm aware it's only July 3rd) we were given some left over bananas. What do you do with over-ripe bananas? Well, I hear it makes a good bread. I've never tried before, but since Gess and I started our Kitchen Classroom this year, we try to cook together at least once a week. I thought, what better to bake than banana bread?
As usual the first thing we do is check to make sure we have all the ingredients. If we do not, we make a list and go to the store. Since we tried cooking yesterday and ruined a batch of cookies (too much butter...it's a long story) we were out of flour and almost out of eggs and butter. So Gess made her list and off we went to Wal-Mart.
Gess has gotten much better since we started our shopping journeys together. She is really learning her way around the store. Today I let her lead and I followed her. She did really good at first. She knew right where the eggs were and while she kept looking right past the butter she knew it was there somewhere. The next item we needed was plastic spoons. (Not for the recipe of course.) She kept looking for the isle, she knew about where the spoons were on the row, but not which row it was. Just when she was about to hit the right isle, BOOM, there it was! That shiny little thing that talks, has pictures and wants to sell you things. YES, those annoying new television ads in the supermarket! So at the end of the isle that I needed to her to head to, she hears the TV and stops dead in her tracks.
"Gess, Gess!" I go and get her back on task. "What do we need?" She thinks a minute and replies, "Spoons." So she retraces her steps going back where she started. "Gess you are going the wrong way."
"Oh yeah." And she heads down, looking at each isle where she knows the spoons might be. Guess what happened next? Yep! She stops again, captivated by the evil advertisement for some tea you just can't live without or something like that.
So much for this learning experience huh? Well, despite this unfortunate distraction, I was finally able to get her to the spoons and after that the "folwer" we needed. (We also learned today that the flour you cook with is spelled differently than flower you grow...and actually the L comes before the O.)
These days she also helps me at the self-checkout. I don't have her scan the items because those machines are so touchy, but she does choose my options for me. She clicks it to start and tells it what payment method I am using, etc. Then she helps me pay and we are on our way.
You know, we got rid of television at home. I like having DVD's because you do lose that commercial advertising aspect. I like that strangers are not coming into my home telling my child that she needs their product. I guess they are on to us though. If we won't let them in, they will come find us! What do you do!? (By the way, the banana bread turned out much better than the cookies!)