Some moms are great with crafts, some are great letting their kids go crazy outdoors, some will read for hours, my specialty lies in the kitchen.
My kids have been breaking eggs since age 2 and dumping and mixing like pros. My oldest (6) is both knowledgeable enough and safe enough to stand at the stove and stir something for me if need be. He's even starting in on some very basic knife skills.
The last week of summer we came up with all kinds of fun stuff we wanted to make in the kitchen together. Homemade bread, handshaken butter, homemade drumsticks (cone and all!) and some of their dinner favorites.
One night that week we had planned a night out for special treats but something came up and we were unable to head out. I needed something fun, easy and fast. In stepped in this handy go to recipe for hot fudge sauce. Seriously, it took 5 minutes or less and we were able to use it in a couple different ways. It even stays good in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
1/2 cup chocolate chips (I used Ghiradelli dark), 1 can sweetened condensed milk and 4 tablespoons butter
Throw it all in a pan and heat while stirring until....
it looks like this
Couldn't resist a pic of my sweetest helper
The boys wanted theirs in milkshake form. Hot fudge, couple scoops of ice cream and milk
I went more classic with a sundae and started by adding a little salty, just crushed salted peanuts.
The the husband in all his brilliance kicked it up by adding sliced bananas. It may not sound amazing, but I promise it was divine. Not that the pictures would show it. I do most of my cooking in the evening which does not lend itself to good food photos. I promise you thought it was delish.
This would also be an easy gift thrown in a mason jar and topped with some cute fabric and rafia or ribbon.
I got voted into awesome mom status with this. Hopefully you will be equally adored by whomever you choose to bestow this on.