my little cooker

lily calls chefs “cookers”.  actually, without saying her R’s still, it sounds more like “cookulls”, which is still pretty cute.

lily loves to cook.

me… not so much.  i am getting better at it, but with my lack of skills, i definitely don’t love having kids in the kitchen with me, making an already difficult task more so.

a much wiser woman noticed lu’s love for cooking and i complained about how i don’t enjoy teaching her to cook.  she said, “you know, if you teach her now, she’ll be able to cook for you soon.”



lily made apple pies with some family friends a couple months ago and mentioned how much she loved the apple peeler/corer/slicer they used.  and she went on.  and on.  and on about it.

gracie had the genius idea to gift one to lily for christmas, so i went to twitter for help.  twitter is the new google.  you have a question, ask twitter!

i mentioned the apple peeler/corer/slicer i was looking at from pampered chef, but was looking for a more inexpensive option.  i think they retail for about $32 – better than i was expecting.

the responses were nearly unanimous – everyone loved the pampered chef version!  some mentioned buying knock-off models and how they rusted and broke.  other mentioned the ease of washing the pc one, and how sturdy it was.


i got a tweet from pampered chef and they offered to send lily one, just in time for christmas – score!

*side note: i think i’ll tweet “i’m looking at getting a range rover, or something comparable. any suggestions on what i should get?”  maybe range rover will tweet me back saying they’ll send me one!  or not.

lily was so excited with her gift, we used it within a couple hours of her opening it.

sean clamped the thing (much faster to say “thing” than apple peeler/corer/slicer) to a chopping block and tried to get it to work.

how many men does it take to figure out how to use an apple peeler/corer/slicer?  apparently 3 (silas included).  at least my dad is reading the directions!

“maybe if you pull down on this and i do this…”

then lily steps in and says, “you just do it like this”.  guys: “oh”.

and within about 30 seconds…

we have a fully peeled, cored, and sliced apple.

and lots of apple snakes!

i’d love to say i then took my daughter under my wing and taught her to make an apple pie from scratch, but i didn’t.  that apple was gone so quickly by all the grabby hands around.

even the apple snakes were eaten!

but next fall when silas is in kindergarten, he will read “how to make an apple pie and see the world”, as all my kids do in kindergarten, and instead of me making a pie with him i’ll have lily teach him.  because by then she’ll be making all our meals, right?

*pampered chef did send me the “thing” for free, but all the opinions expressed here are mine, all mine!  thanks pampered chef!*


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    so cute! my mom has that “thingy” and it’s so cool! i love that book too!

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    send her over.
    we’ll have a girly day of baking.
    for serious.

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    I have been following your blog for a couple months now…I just love reading about all your families experiences! I was reading today and I was so excited to see that it was about the Pampered Chef! I sell it and have done so for 3 years now! I am obsessed with all their products and have a kitchen full…like you, I am not a huge fan of cooking but I do enjoy a bit of baking. My husband thinks since I have everything to cook I should – I tell him that not how it works! [sorry for rambling] Anyways just wanted to tell you that I love your blog – I am trying to get mine up and going as good as yours [I just started blogging in November]! Yay for Pampered Chef – Glad Lily loves it!

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    Wonderful! We still pull out my mom’s from when I was lily’s age, and the snakes make for great smelling homes if you want to boil them with with spices once everyone’s tired of eating them!

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    Nadir@StitchSense says:

    Heehee! What a great tool for a budding cook to have. She seems to love it :-)

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    Oh, it’s good to know that it’s the best “thing” out there. I’ve been wanting one for awhile, too. It’s perfect for pies, homemade applesauce, cobblers, snacks, etc.
    And YAY for budding cooks as someone has to feed yall :)

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    I have little “cookers”, too. i started teaching my kids to cook when they were really young, as in they were making breakfast (homemade pancakes) by themselves when they were 6 and 9. while i obviously take precautions, they can do a lot of things. my 7 year old daughter made dinner twice this week, pizza and lasagna. hallelujah!

    but i have to admit i had a peeler/corer/slicer and rarely used it. i used to sell it, but this was one item that never got used. :(

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    We have one of those babies from Pampered Chef too – gosh I haven’t used that thing in forever.
    I love that your daughter is so interested in cooking – I’m trying to get my three girls on board over here – maybe I need to unearth the apple peel/ercorer/slicer! : )

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    so fun i love my apple peeler/corer/shreder.

    My vote is for a Land Rover Discovery- We have an older one and love it! All 3 kids fit in the back seat and there are 2 jumper seats that fold down in the waaay back. Can’t wait to hear what you guys get

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    I have a daughter who started cooking at a very young age. By 12 years old she was making meals occasionally by herself … and cleaning up too! Now she is 16 and makes dinner for our family every night … I’m talkin’ gourmet food! She loves Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa). Her recipes are easy and all full of flavor. She started her own baking business 2 years ago and makes cakes (she was paid to make a 50th anniversary cake a couple of months ago and it was beautiful!), cookies (for favors) and cupcakes. So don’t stop teaching your kids how to cook … it can pay off!!!

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    I have one that I got from Williams Sonoma and we love it. Sure makes it more fun and safer in the kitchen!

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    My mother taught me how to cook at an early age and yes it does pay off, she stopped cooking for the family when I was 9 or 10 and then it was all me(also a great way to do fractions with children is through cooking). Once I moved out I had taught my three younger sisters to cook and they carried on. Well needles to say all us girls have left the nest and she is working on my little brothers who are OK but a little dangerous in the kitchen.

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    Wow, what a great thing the did for her! And you know, I agree- you don’t have to even help her in some cases! They make a lot of good cook books for kids and I bet (since she’s so smart she figured out how to use the device) she could make some of the stuff on her own!

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    such a sweet baker… I love the pic of all the guys trying to put the apple “thingy” together:-)

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    So sweet! Isn’t it amazing when kids pull out these amazing skills all on their own? Like, who knew?

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    and perhaps lilly can show me how to use mine? i end up demolishing my apples, somehow.

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    As someone who worked for the company for two years as an early SAHM, I can vouch for everything they sell. I stocked my kitchen over those two years and the products LAST. I have many favorites from the catalog. How nice of them to just send you one to review.
    Looks like your little “cooker” had fun too…thats what its all about. :)

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    I laughed so hard at the range rover comment!!! That was hilarious. I love making apple pie and those pictures reminded me all about good times.

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    Great tool! I have one, and use it to peel apples and pears both. When you are peeling a lot of apples it is a blessing having one. Lucky girl!

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    seriously best tool ever invented aka the only reason I stay sane during holiday baking!

    Hope she enjoys for a long time to come!

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    Adventuresindinner says:

    Awesome! If you need them, I’ve got step-by-step instructions on my blog on how to make pie. My toddler is always cooking :-)

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    our seven year old, meredith, got a williams sonoma cookbook for christmas. i loved having her in the kitchen with me over christmas break ~~~ she made dinner (with a little help) three nights after christmas. of course the story that got laughs was about a word that rhymes with cooker. our three year old, who doesn’t say her r’s either, asked “does daddy have a hooker in his car?” after asking several questions, i realized she was referring to the hook that holds his shirts from the dry cleaners.

    hoping your daughter can teach you a few things in the kitchen soon!

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    We have one of these contraptions!! Love it! I think I could peel apples all day just for the pure fun of seeing the apple snakes. ;) and… to sound mr. Roger- ish: delightful! Ha ha!

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    love it! I have a “knock off ” one i got as a gift and it did get rusty right away…

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    I love mine! So glad she like it. I love making pies and would chose to do that over ‘regular’ cooking any day. Have her try a rhubarb strawberry pie this spring. Rhubarb is in season the same as strawberries. It’s my all time favorite.

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    I also love mine! It was a lifesaver this fall when we were making applesauce from apples we picked from some trees near our house.

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    Well that looks like a bunch of fun!! My kids would love one. I bought a food processor and they all love taking turns chopping and shredding things in it.

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    hello! if you purchase the wooden block stand we offer, I think you’ll use it even more! love that the company blessed you that way!
    I wore my petal pusher over the holidays and got so many compliments! thanks so much!

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