Hey, Babycakes! A Weekend Giveaway.

Enter to win a Babycakes Cupcake Maker and cookbook that makes more than just cupcakes. It can make your entire meal in minutes.

My kids are generally pretty excited in the kitchen, especially that pink-apron-wearing one up there. If I so much as walk towards the kitchen she is asking if we can make something. The mere mention of a mixing bowl has her pulling out aprons left and right.

The kids’ enthusiasm in the kitchen makes me smile, and while sometimes I am less then thrilled about having them underfoot, I want to encourage them to love the act of cooking, creating and eating. It doesn’t have to be a profession they hope to go into later in life, but everyone must eat. I view teaching them how to feed themselves as an essential life skill, just like tying their shoes or washing their own laundry.

While I admit to being skeptical about adding another appliance to my collection, especially one that makes cupcakes, I was pleasantly surprised when a quick glance through the Babycakes cookbook revealed that the possibilities with the cupcake maker were endless, and when my four children then adopted it as their own personal oven and way to make desserts, breakfasts, lunches and dinners, well, I won’t be giving it back anytime soon.

The Babycakes Cupcake Maker is an EasyBake Oven for real food. The kids have made cupcakes baked from scratch, brownies from our favorite recipe, mini quiches as appetizers, sandwiches, pies and even baked eggs with Parmesan and herbs all with little to no assistance. For my younger kids who aren’t quite ready to use the oven on their own, it’s given them the ability to have more control over what they can create in the kitchen. Making their own snack can be a half-hour activity that produces eight mini Dijon and chive quiches (quite tasty) from leftover pie dough, an egg and a bit of milk.

The cookbook is great for giving you recipes for cheesecakes, cupcakes, pies, quiches and more, and it has served well at sparking our own creativity when using it. Plus, the freedom in having the kids make their own eggs for breakfast on a Saturday morning? Those last few minutes of sleep are precious.

THE PRIZE

One lucky reader will win a Babycakes Cupcake Maker and a copy of the 175 Best Babycakes Cookbook!

HOW TO ENTER TO WIN

1. Leave a comment. When did you start playing in the kitchen?

2. Follow @FoodforMyFamily on Twitter and tweet the following, and come back and let me know you did:

Enter to win a a Babycakes Cupcake Maker from @FoodforMyFamily http://su.pr/2mck08 #giveaway


3. Join the Food for My Family community on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment letting me know you did so. If you already do, THANK YOU. Just let me know.

4. Join the Plugged into Cooking community on Facebook. Come back and leave a comment letting me know you did so.

THE RULES:

This giveaway will run until Wednesday, November 23rd at 11:59 p.m. ET and is open to all U.S. residents. A winner will be chosen at random using Random.org from all eligible entries. Each reader has 4 chances to win by completing the above tasks and leaving a separate comment for each entry method completed. Chosen winner must respond within 48 hours of notification to claim their prize. Good luck!

This giveaway is sponsored by Babycakes. Tips, opinions and random thoughts are 100% mine.

Comments

  1. i started baking when i was really young with my easy bake oven!

  2. I follow you on twitter!

  3. i like you on facebook!

  4. I never had an Easy Bake Oven, but I was in the kitchen at a very young age wearing a teddy bear apron with my mother! What a fun appliance, I would love to try it! Thanks for the opportunity!

  5. I already follow @Foodformyfamily on Twitter!

  6. I Tweeted the giveaway!

  7. I Like Plugged into Cooking on Facebook!

  8. I started cooking late in life. My mom wasn’t a cook. I started in College and haven’t looked back. : )

  9. I follow you on twitter. : )

  10. I follow you on Facebook! : )

  11. I joined the plugged into cooking facebook community! : )

  12. Joined Food for my family on FB

  13. Already Joined Food for my family on FB

  14. Joined Plugged into cooking on FB

  15. Joanna Vanderkooi says:

    I didn’t get too much cooking/baking time as a small time with older sisters being busy there, but I made up for it as they grew older and moved on! Love to cook/bake, and have a daughter, 21, who also loves to create in the kitchen, always tweaking recipes, and, almost always improving upon them!

  16. I started cooking with my Mom, my Grandma, my Granny and my Aunts when I was very young. Now I am cooking in the kitchen with my grand daughter. We make our family favorites from generations back and create our own new things too.

  17. Joanna Vanderkooi says:

    BTW, I already am part of the Food for My Family community! :D

  18. Following Foodformyfamily on twitter!

  19. I began to play in the kitchen 10 years ago, when I got married. Couldn’t even boil water!

  20. “liked” food for my family on FB

  21. I follow you on twitter @strllradvsocal

  22. I want one! I always wanted an Easy Bake oven and never got one. I was five. My 5yo would love for me to give her the freedom, you’ve given yours. Thanks for being a good example to me!

  23. I follow you on FB.

  24. tweet. tweet. @fishmama

  25. Just tweeted Enter to win a a Babycakes Cupcake Maker from @FoodforMyFamily http://su.pr/2mck08 #giveaway

  26. I follow you on facebook! :)

  27. I started in the kitchen when I was a teenager.

  28. I’ve been playing in the kitchen for as long as I can remember! I always loved helping my mom cook and bake, and now that I’m on my own, making dinner is my favorite part of the day. :-)

  29. I started cooking when I moved out on my own when I was in my early 20’s.

  30. I tweeted this giveaway @deonva

  31. I follow Food for My Family on fb

  32. amy marantino says:

    my mom had us begin cooking at a very young age. i was making scrambled eggs (under supervision), meatloaf, and cakes from a mix by first grade.

  33. I believe it all began with my easy bake oven-I absolutely loved it! Fun memories of making treats. :o)

  34. I don’t remember how old I was – maybe 4 or 5, but I do remember that lemon bars were the first thing I made!

  35. I follow Foodformyfamily on twitter-simplyseeking

  36. I follow you on FB!

  37. I don’t think I played in the kitchen as a child. Unless it was my play kitchen. I started as a teen.

  38. I joined plugged into cooking on FB! I am looking forward to this! how fun!

  39. I was a late bloomer. I don’t think I really started enjoying cooking until I got married.

  40. I follow FFMF on FB

  41. I follow PIC on FB

  42. linda st.laurent says:

    I played in the kitchen as a young child with my Mema. Very fond memories.

  43. I started cooking when I got married and to my surprise I love to cook!!

  44. I’ve cooked inthe kitchen for as long as I can remember!

  45. Ooh! I started cooking in the kitchen when I was little…before I quite understood recipes and make a coffee cake where i substituted coffee grounds (used) for flour in a “coffee cake”.

  46. linda st.laurent says:

    I just fb Food for my Family I “like” their fb page.

  47. I like food for my family on facebook!!

  48. I ike Plugged into cooking on fecabook!! :)

  49. linda st.laurent says:

    I liked Plugged into Cooking on FB

  50. I like food fr my family on FB

  51. I like Plugged into Cookin on FB

  52. I started playing in the kitchen when I became a vegetarian as a teen and needed something to eat!

  53. I am part of your Food For My Family facebook page.

  54. I joined the Plugged into Cooking community on Facebook!

  55. I have always loved to bake but it wasn’t until I was married that I ventured into making everything from scratch. My mother in law was my mentor and she opened me to a whole new world of cooking and baking. My kids (4 & 3) are always in the kitchen cooking with me too (I understand the under the foot)and I love the memories we make. My daughter has been begging for an easy bake oven but I think this is so much better! Thank you

  56. Kristina Foster says:

    I didn’t start cooking real food until March 2011 when my diet changed to Paleo.

  57. I think I started playing in the kitchen when I got married :-) I can use all the help I can get!

  58. Kristina Foster says:

    I tweeted at shanezgirl1997 and am following FFMF.

  59. I joined Food for my Family on FB!

  60. I joined Plugged into Cooking on FB!

  61. Kristina Foster says:

    I like FFMF on FB.

  62. Kristina Foster says:

    I like Plugged Into Cooking on FB.

  63. Crystal Graves says:

    I started playing in the kitchen when I was in 3rd grade. My parents would let me help bake. I’ll never forget the first cupcakes I made. They did not come out right. But it was a great memory.

  64. Crystal Graves says:

    I am part of Food For My Family facebook page.

  65. Crystal Graves says:

    I joined the Plugged into Cooking on FB

  66. I started making pancakes and crepes when I was in preschool… Made Saturday a.m. cartoons even better!

  67. Very early in life. That Easy Bake Oven was my best friend by age 7!

  68. heather burdett says:

    I don’t think I ever played kitchen. For the last few years though, I have been trying my best to teach myself how to cook. My mom has even asked me what happened to the little girl that never wanted to help in the kitchen. :P

  69. heather burdett says:
  70. I joined Food for My Family community on Facebook. :)

  71. heather burdett says:

    Already following the Food for My Family page ^^

  72. What a wonderful story about your children! My kids love the kitchen too. Sometimes my eye brows raise at what they produce but they eat it! I’ve joined the Food For My Family & the Plugged In To Cooking FB pages and am now happily following you on Twitter!

  73. heather burdett says:

    Just joined the Plugged into Cooking community on Facebook

  74. I joined Plugged into Cooking on Facebook. :)

  75. Courtney Holcomb says:

    When I was four my mom let me combine condiments in a bowl and “cook” w/her :) Later my cousin showed me how to draw faces in my toast w/food coloring, and my grandma taught me how to fry my own eggs for breakfast.

  76. Courtney Holcomb says:

    I like Food for my Family on FB

  77. Courtney Holcomb says:

    I like Plugged into Cooking on facebook

  78. I started playing in the kitchen after I became a mother and my grandmother died. My grandmother always made *everything* from scratch, and every time I make a loaf of bread or her pepperoni rolls (or homemade fudge), I think of how happy she’d be that I’m finally cooking!

    I grew up not *needing* much talent in the kitchen because she lived right beside us. Go figure. ;)

  79. As soon as my mom would let me! I’ve always loved baking.

  80. I follow you on facebook

  81. I followed you on Twitter (JoyfulBlogger) and posted about the giveaway here: https://twitter.com/#!/JoyfulBlogger/status/137939598306320385

  82. I joined your Facebook page, “Food for My Family.” My facebook name is Jolia Ane Sigur-Ross

  83. I joined “Plugged Into Cooking” Facebook page. My name on FB is Jolia Ane Sigur-Ross. :)

  84. I remember wanting to play at the age of 10 in the kitchen. I learned how to bake cookies with a reluctant Mother (she just hated to clean up messes!) Some point after that I headed into a pancake adventure with my Dad (I wanted to make them for Father’s Day but didn’t know how) so we followed a recipe in my little “secret diary.” From there, it was just a life long art!

    Thanks so much for the give-away! This is a fantastic post, and I was struggling with the thought of getting my daughter (who has been asking for) an easy bake oven – something for the holidays. Now I have a “real” easy bake oven to give her!

  85. I don’t know how to copy a tweet link. I tweeted at applebug20! Thanks so much for the give-away!

  86. I liked FFMF on FB! Thank you again for the give-away!

  87. I was baking a cake of cornbread on a stool at six.

  88. I got to tinker in the kitchen as a little girl with my grandma. Fun memories.
    After reading your post I can now see good reason to add this to my valuable kitchen space.

  89. AllieZirkle says:

    I think I didn’t start until I was a grown up. :)

  90. AllieZirkle says:

    I’m a FB fan!

  91. AllieZirkle says:

    I’m now a PIC fan!

  92. I can’t remember the specific age, but I was too short to reach the kitchen counter…

  93. I started baking and cooking about 10yrs ago.

  94. I joined Plugged Into Cooking on Facebook.

  95. When did I start playing in the kitchen? Really? Probably last year. No kidding! My mother tried to teach me how to cook/bake through my growing up years, but I was never that interested. Now that I am running a home of my own, and have three little girls, I love love being in the kitchen and making them food.

  96. I joined Food For My Family on Facebook.

  97. I joined FFMF on Facebook :)

  98. I joined PIC on Facebook :)

  99. Heather Hodge says:

    I first started playing in the kitchen at about age 8. I made chocolate chip cookies.

  100. Heather Hodge says:

    I like Food for My Family on Facebook.

  101. Started cooking with mom as soon as I could stand on a chair to reach.

  102. liked food for my family.

  103. Love this blog! What a great giveaway. I started playing in the kitchen at the ripe old age of 3, when my mom would give me a bowl of flour and a whisk and tell me to pretend that I was mixing cookie dough. Such good memories. :)

  104. I’ve been following you on Twitter for a while now, but hadn’t joined the FB communities – can’t say that now :) Love your work, and adore the Babycakes Cupcake Maker! I started playing in the kitchen in kindergarten, haven’t stopped since!

  105. I didn’t get to start playing in the kitchen until I was married. Now, 25 years later, I can’t stop. I love including my children in the meal prep and they love it, too.

  106. I didn’t start until about 7th grade

  107. I follow you on facebook.

  108. I liked Plugged into Cooking on facebook.

  109. Oh, i don’t know. I was pretty young…mostly for christmas cookies then though.

  110. I started playing in the kitchen. Probably before I should have, safely. I think I started being in charge of cooking thanksgiving dinner around third grade. I love kitchen items but seldom buy ones that only have one use. It is great to see all the ways this can be used.

  111. I have never played in the kitchen but would love to start!!! This looks so fun…I have 11 children. Its pretty deadly serious in there! I would have a difficult time buying something like this…but wow, how cute!!
    holly

  112. I got started at 5 with the Easy Bake Oven I asked for for Christmas! My father took it away when there were some safety concerns related to the light bulb (!?) that cooked the mini-treats, and then I started baking in the “real” oven. Imagine if the BabyCakes existed then! Now, I know my 5 and 6 year olds would love cooking in BabyCakes with me!

  113. I didn’t start playing in the kitchen until junior high when I started baking cookies. I would love to get my kids started earlier then I did. This would be a fun tool to do just that.

  114. I already folow food for my family on facebook.

  115. I am now following plugged into cooking on facebook.

  116. Gloria Graham says:

    I was 3 when I first remember helping Mom stuff the Thanksgiving turkey and mix cookie dough…..haven’t been out of the kitchen since (now 70).

  117. I was around 3 — picture of me licking frosting out of bowls : )

  118. Lisa Evanoff says:

    I came late to the cooking world, it wasn’t until I was married that I started cooking..my Mom was a great cook, just not one to let the kids in the kitchen

  119. Lisa Evanoff says:

    following food for my family on facebook

  120. Lisa Evanoff says:

    Following plugged into cooking on facebook

  121. ive always played in the kitchen!

  122. I think I’ve been playing in the kitchen since birth. LOL

  123. I like you on Facebook too. :-) Have for a while.

  124. Johnnie Barton says:

    I liked both sites on FB. Will look forward to updates.

  125. I think I was in elementary school when I learned how to make pancakes and waffles.

  126. I’ve been a fan of yours on Facebook for a while.

  127. I’ve now joined the Plugged Into Cooking community on fB.

  128. I started messing the kitchen when I was 7 . I just love to cook. Now I’m a stay at home Mom. and love to have my children help. I do follow you on facebook and have done the other site. I however don’t do twitter. Please still consider me.

  129. I LOVED to cook as a kid, and remember playing with my Easy Bake Oven at the age of 6 or 7. I took many cooking projects in 4-H starting in 3rd grade. Thanks for the chance!

  130. Following you on Twitter – I’m @angiedoel

  131. Probably around the age of 4 or 5. My sister worked at McDonald’s and brought home containers for me. My best friend and I cooked up a lot of things to fit in them!

  132. I *like* PIC on FB!

  133. I started when I was around 17 yrs old…there has been no looking back.

  134. I follow you on twitter!

  135. I started cooking when I was 7…boiling potatoes, making a pie (with a soggy crust), and using pasta rather than chinese noodles…noodles are noodles I thought! Good memories! :)

  136. I Started cooking when I was 10 love cooking!
    Love making cookies,
    Thank you
    FB follower!

  137. I started playing about 2 yrs ago when I discovered I could make my own baby food and that my kids had food allergies. It’s now something that I really enjoy doing!

  138. I liked you on Facebook under the name midsouthmoma

  139. To be honest I didn’t start playing around in the kitchen until my Junior year in college when I was no longer on the meal plan at school and I no longer lived in a dorm with a cafeteria. I had my own apartment and I had a choice either to cook my own food or order pizza out everyday.

  140. I was around the age 7 when I started to get really involved in cooking. I would wake up every Sunday morning and make Scrambled Eggs. I was so proud of myself.

  141. I have already followed you on Twitter. I have already liked ‘Food for my Family’ my family on Facebook, and I just liked Plugged into Cooking on Facebook!

  142. I was in the kitchen at a pretty early age, and now my four girls ages 6, 5, 5, and 5 already love to cook and bake. Thanks for the chance to win!

  143. I first stared playing in the kitchen when I was about 10. And I been having fun with it for about 30+ yr. now.

  144. I follow @FoodforMyFamily on Twitter and tweeted.

  145. I like Food for My Family community on Facebook.

  146. I like Plugged into Cooking community on Facebook.

  147. I started helping my mom in the kitchen when I was 4. I didn’t do much but I thought I was helping.

  148. I also liked food for my family on facebook

  149. I also joined the plugged into cooking community.

  150. I remember always wanting to “help” mom in the kitchen – and she usually let me!

  151. Tweeted! I started very early and now my kids help me…love family traditions.

  152. Oh my word! My girls (8 and 9) would totally love this!! Thank you for the opportunity!!

  153. Shannon Thompson says:

    i started when i was little i would always help my grandma cook in the kitchen i am thinking around age 4

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  154. Shannon Thompson says:
  155. Shannon Thompson says:

    follow and tweeted
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  156. Shannon Thompson says:

    like you on fb
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  157. Started playing in the kitchen when I was four with my grandmother. She taught me to make icing and cakes!

  158. I follow you on facebook. :)

  159. I really don’t know when I started cooking in the kitchen, but cooking is my favorite way to relax. :)

  160. Followed and Retweeted from @MooshuJenne

  161. Liked Food for my Family on Facebook

  162. I definitely began with an easy bake oven but in middle school I graduated to the real oven with many batches of banana muffins. I have already been eying that little piece of equipment and I agree that it is like an easy bake oven with grown up results. I hope to be getting one sometime in the future :)

  163. Just liked Plugged Into Cooking on Facebook

  164. I follow you on twitter and I posted about the giveaway.:)

  165. I liked plugged into cooking on facebook.

  166. Colleen Gold says:

    I have joined you on FB

  167. I started cooking after college. My mother and grandmother did not like cooking. I hope to break the trend with my daughter since we love cooking together.

  168. I follow you on FB

  169. I started playing in the kitchen when I was about 3 years old. My mom would let me “help” her made cookies.

  170. I joined the plugged into community cooking on FB

  171. I now follow @FoodforMyFamily and tweeted about the giveaway.

  172. I like Food for My Family on FB.

  173. I now like Plugged Into Cooking on FB.

  174. I’m not entirely sure how old I was when I started playing in the kitchen…I know I was young. It’s a good question and something I need to probably talk to my mom about to see what the “official” answer is.

  175. I follow @FoodForMyFamily and I tweeted the giveaway:
    https://twitter.com/#!/HomeCookMemory/status/138021068857282560

  176. I was ‘helping’ in the kitchen before Kindergarten, so 4ish. My kids have all ‘helped’ as soon as they could stand in the chair at the counter.

  177. I started helping in the kitchen when I was in jr high. No one else was cooking dinner so I did it. lol

  178. My mom said I started helping around 3. I think as soon as I could stand on a chair at the table.

  179. I joined the Food for my Family community on Facebook.

  180. I follow food for my family on face book.

  181. I liked plugged into cooking on facebook.

  182. I follow Food for my Family on Twitter and tweeted about the giveaway.

  183. As soon as someone lifted me on a chair.

  184. I now follow Food for My Family on Facebook. :)

  185. I have liked Plugged into Cooking on Facebook.

  186. I have liked Foor for My Family on Facebook. love the babycakes machine

  187. Wow how long have I been in the kitchen – as long as I can remember and my member is short sometimes. Have helped my mom every since I was little.

  188. I don’t remember what age I was exactly, but I must have helped my mom a lot, because I got an Easy Bake oven for Christmas when I was 6 or 7.

  189. I started playing with food in the kitchen around 11!

  190. I also liked food for my family on facebook…

  191. I started playing in the kitchen at about 3 making “concoctions” with anything and everything in the shelves. As I got older I started helping mom out and then by about 6-7 I was baking with a bit adult supervision. I remember wanting an Easy Bake Oven and mom said NO you already know how to use the big stove! So true!

  192. mary fanara coleman says:

    My mother started teaching us how to bake when we were very small…maybe 5. Learned alot from her.

  193. mary fanara coleman says:

    I follow Food for My Family community on Facebook.

  194. mary fanara coleman says:

    I follow Plugged into Cooking community on Facebook

  195. Sara Quates says:

    My earliest memory of the kitchen is helping decorate Sugar cookies around christmas. My mom let me wear our matching homemade aprons, and get full of sugar sprinkles. It must have been an awful mess, but it was the beginning of my love for cooking and spending time with my mom.

  196. Maureen Liz Turner says:

    This is awesome!!! I started baking with my Mom when I was 7 and now my own daughter is 7 and starting to help me in the kitchen this would be so awesome

  197. Carrie Burns says:

    My parents never really taught me to cook and once I lived on my own my idea of a good meal was macaroni and cheese with blueberry muffins. I somehow managed to figure out chicken quesadillas and that was a big accomplishment. It wasn’t until I had my daughter that I took the initiative to cook more healthy meals for my family. I want her to grow up with a love of cooking that I never had until recently.

  198. Carrie Burns says:

    Tweeted by @carrie_burns :)

  199. Would you believe I was 21? My Mother did not allow me or my sisters in the kitchen when she was cooking. My sister was badly burned by some hot grease ( Mother had poured some bacon grease into a cup and my sister, who was only about 4, was reaching for the bacon). The hot oil spilled onto her arm burning her badly. So when I got married I knew nothing about cooking and had to do some fast learning. Wish we had great blogs like yours back then!

  200. Jane George says:

    I was probably about 4 or 5, my Nana lived with us and she was a very patient lady, she would let me try my hand at whatever she was making. She was the best Nana.

  201. I started playing in the kitchen as a kid, my mom refused to buy us an Easy Bake Oven, her theory was why buy a fake one when you have a real one.

  202. Tweeted Momma Mackey!

  203. I’m following Food for my Family on FB!

  204. I’m following Plugged into Cooking on FB!

  205. I started playing in the kitchen as a little girl, but I didnt really fall in love with it until about a year ago, and now I absolutely love playing in the kitchen!

  206. At a about 10 my sister and I had our own easy bake oven set which we would make tons of little cakes with. Then at 11 we would help our mom prepping food to cook and her weekly menu. By 12 I was making lasgna! My mom really had us hands on in the kitchen!

  207. My first memory of playing in the kitchen is sitting on the floor with the salad spinner! That was hours of entertainment!

  208. Just became a new fan on FB!

  209. Joined the Food for my Family community on Facebook!!

  210. Joined Plugged into Cooking community on facebook!!!

  211. Love Babycakes…started following you on Twitter!

  212. I have very fond memories of cooking n the kitchen w/ my Mom…first is prob at 3-4!!

  213. Patricia Watson says:

    I remember helping at age 8-9. But I was probably helping earlier because I love to eat! :-)

  214. I didn’t really start until I was married with children. They were my inspiration for cooking because I wanted to teach them to eat healthy foods and not be as picky as I was brought up to be.

  215. I’m following Food for My Family on facebook.

  216. I’m following Plugged into Cooking on facebook.

  217. I started cooking when I was young and I used to watch my great grandmother cook when I visited her. I so miss her holiday cooking. There were 7 kids in my family and us girls helped with the cooking, washing, etc.

  218. I’m following Food for My Family.

  219. I liked Plugged into Cooking on Facebook.

  220. I remember being very young and helping my mom make cookies. This would be great to win my kids would love this.

  221. I liked Food for My Family on Facebook.

  222. I like food for my family on facebook

  223. I started playing around in the kitchen I was 9. I had just received an Easy Bake oven as a gift for my birthday. My cakes never came out the way they looked on pictures but they were sure tasty! =D When I would mess up the icing I would just pile on another cake and make a “sandwich.” Haha!

  224. I was “helping out” in the kitchen from as early as I can remember!

  225. I started playing in the Kitchen when I was about 6 years old. I got an easy bake oven for christmas. It was awesome!

  226. I liked food for my family on FB

  227. I liked the plugged into cooking community on FB

  228. I started cooking with the adults in my life when I was around four-ish.

  229. I like you on FB

  230. I have pictures of me at 3 yrs old sitting on the kitchen floor stirring a bowl of cake batter which I am holding between my legs. I still love to bake sweets.

  231. I don’t think I start playing in the kitchen until I was about 9 or 10, but Lily (my daughter) has been helping me in the kitchen since she could stand up.

  232. I started baking around age 13, but I really loved kitchen play sets ever since I was about 4!

  233. how fun! What a great giveaway! All kids will love this!

  234. I suppose the first time I played in the kitchen was in 5th or 6th grade when a friend showed me how to make an omelet. My mom never cooked much from scratch so I wasn’t in the kitchen learning much very often. When I got married, my “specialty” was grilled cheese sandwich (with absolutely nothing special about them! LOL) I’ve self-taught myself over the last 8 years since being married and being responsible for our family’s meals.

    Cathy
    mysubs4@gmail.com

  235. Liked you on Facebook! (www.facebook.com/mom22seans)

    Cathy
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  236. Liked the Plugged In To Cooking page! (www.facebook.com/mom22seans)

    Cathy
    Mysubs4@gmail.com

  237. I didnt play in the kitchen. My mom didnt like to cook so we didnt get in the kitchen. I didnt start playing in the kitchen until my 20s but I loved it since. :)

  238. I followed on Twitter. Then I posted a tweet.

  239. Just liked Food for my Family on FB. Im edcited I didnt think to look for you there. :)

  240. Just liked Plugged into Cooking on FB. Im excited! My DD (7) and my DS (3) love the kitchen so it would be fun and helpful.

  241. Liked on Facebook!

  242. I didn’t really tinker in the kitchen until I was older, so I’m still learning

  243. I liked plugged into cooking

  244. I was about 9 years old. My father passed away and my Mom had to work part time, so my older sister and I would help to make dinner ( I was MUCH better lol). After that I would love to experiment and my Mom was a good sport and ate my experiments (good and bad), but I learned a lot. I was baking friends birthday cakes for them in high school.

    Thanks
    Debby

  245. I follow on Twitter and tweeted.

    Thanks,
    Debby

  246. I follow Food for my Family on FB.

    Thanks,
    Debby

  247. I follow Plugged into Cooking on FB.

    Thanks,
    Debby

  248. I was quite the helper in the kitchen when I was little, but didn’t get interested in making my own concoctions until I was about 19.

  249. How fun is a Babycakes cupcake maker? I started playing in the kitchen when I was a wee little nipper. A toddler for sure! Around 3 or 4. And oh how I adored my Easy Bake Oven. I was actually the *baker* for the treehouse gang on our street…the only girl allowed because I made them treats! *Hilarious*

  250. Now that looks like fun with the kids!! I’ve been cooking for as long as I can remember. I am the youngest of four kids and my mom thought I could do whatever my older sis could do in the kitchen. I now have 2 kids and my 10 year old helped make chicken masala last night. WOW! It was delicious. This cupcake maker looks like so much fun in the kitchen. I am envisioning my kids having an iron chef cooking party!

  251. Excellent giveaway! I don’t remember when I first started in the kitchen but I know it was young. My mom taught me a lot there.

  252. My mom always made everything from Scratch and we were able to help as early as we wanted. I want to say seriously helping around 6-7 years old

  253. I Follow @FoodforMyFamily on Twitter and tweeted
    https://twitter.com/#!/jrwarfield/status/138380414275436545

  254. i like the Food for My Family community on Facebook

  255. I like the Plugged into Cooking community on Facebook

  256. I started playing in the kitchen at a very young age, in fact I begged for an easy bake oven for my birthday b/c I loved being in the kitchen so much and wanted to be just like my grandmother baking cakes and pies.

  257. Tweeted it.

  258. Following on Facebook.

  259. I started playing in the kitchen when I was about one year old. And by playing, I mean that literally. While my mom cooked, she gave me pots and spoons to play around with so she could keep an eye on me…haha!

  260. following @foodformyfamily on twitter and tweeted the giveaway!
    https://twitter.com/#!/DonnaJustine/status/138400996786315264
    @DonnaJustine

  261. Following Food for my Family on facebook

  262. already following Plugged into Cooking on facebook

  263. I probably started helping my mother cook around 4-5 yrs old. I still love cooking to this day!

  264. I “like” Food For My Family on Facebook.

  265. I “like” Plugged Into Cooking on Facebook.

  266. I have been helping in the kitchen as long as I can remember. With lots of kids in my family we all had to help.

  267. I started helping in the kitchen when I was very young.I remember shelling beans with my grandparents in a great big bowl while they watched Dallas and Falcon Crest on Friday nights!

  268. I tweeted about this giveaway @fresh_plate

  269. I already follow Food for My Family on Facebook (Liz Lanza)

  270. I joined plugged into cooking on facebook~ (Liz Lanza)

  271. I didn’t get started in the kitchen until I got married and boy did I have a lot to learn. Now with 4 boys, I am in the kitchen a lot… both to save time and money, and to prepare wholesome food for my family.

  272. I already follow you on Facebook :)

  273. I joined the “Plugged into Cooking Community” on Facebook. I hadn’t noticed this page before. :)

  274. You know I was an early bloomer in the kitchen! I’d say by 7 I was making dinner for the family.

    Great giveaway!

  275. Tweeted!

  276. I remember helping my mom make pizza when i was little, but I didn’t get into cooking until my late twenties.

  277. I like Plugged Into cooking on FB

  278. I don’t remember being in the kitchen much until I was a teen, but my kiddos started creating when they were quite young…around 3 or 4. Now they are the main family chefs. :-)

  279. i started baking with my great-grandmother when i was around 9.
    and ive tweeted, and joined!

  280. I started cooking with my mom as a small child. I’m not sure how old I was when I started, but I could bake a pie by the time I was seven. At twelve, I was the designated cook for the family of six when my mom worked nights.

  281. Debbie Welchert says:

    I wasn’t in the kitchen at all growing up but my daughter was in the kitchen with me making cookies around 8 or 9.

  282. Debbie Welchert says:

    I follow you on Twitter and tweeted giveaway. https://twitter.com/#!/flipper211/status/138526633350008833

  283. Debbie Welchert says:

    I already belong to your Facebook Community/Debbie Welchert

  284. Debbie Welchert says:

    I joined Plugged into Cooking on Facebook/Debbie Welchert

  285. I started piddling in the kitchen with my mom when I was little, but then didn’t really start cooking until I was in my early 30s :)

  286. I was a teenager when I decided to experiment with all kinds of “exotic” foods I had heard about but weren’t part of my family’s repertoire. I remember some disastrous potato pancakes and enough tabouli to feed an army.

  287. I started helping in the kitchen when I was 3. Everyone laughs now because my mom was not a good cook, but I am considered a great cook in my family. I think it’s because while my mom spent countless hours in the kitchen I would sit near and read all her fascinating cook books. Must be where I picked it up from ;)

  288. Awesome giveaway! My earliest memory of helping in the kitchen was slicing my finger open while I was “helping” cut an onion while my mom was on the phone when I was about 4 :( I also remember “helping” my mom make cupcakes around the same time and sneaking so much batter that my tummy hurt, haha. It just continued from there… Even I’m amazed that I still love cooking so much!

  289. Karen Lynch says:

    The earliest I can remember is probably around 7, but my mom tells me I was always underfoot when she was preparing meals as a toddler. I loved the easy bake oven.

  290. Karen Lynch says:
  291. Karen Lynch says:

    I liked you on facebook and twitter (I forgot to leave that when I entered for retweeting).

    My teen daughter would love a baby cakes maker, she loves cupcakes.

  292. Karen Lynch says:

    I am already a fan of Plugged into Cooking. Thanks for the contest.

  293. I’m not really sure how old I was exactly, but I remember my easy bake oven and I used to always make chocolate chip cookies, then I would ask my mom to help me mix in the butter because it was so HARD! We didn’t have Kitchen Aids back then. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  294. I started in college out of necessity! Going out to eat got too unhealthy and too expensive too fast! Thanks for hosting this giveaway. :)

    And happy early Thanksgiving!
    xo,
    Margaret

  295. Probably when I was 10 when I had to go into the kitchen to make myself some fried rice because my mom was too tired to cook =)

  296. I followed @FoodForMyFamily on Twitter

  297. I liked Food For My Family on Facebook

  298. I liked Plugged into Cooking on Facebook

  299. Before I can remember!

  300. I started playing in the kitchen when I was very young. I grew up with two Southern grandmas who were great cooks.

  301. I don’t remember exactly…but sometime when I was a little girl.

  302. I like Food for My Family on FB.

  303. I liked to bake as a kid, maybe starting around 8 or so. But I didn’t really start to “play” in the kitchen until about 5 years ago ;)

  304. I started playing in the kitchen when I was about 7 or 8.

  305. I probably didn’t play around in the kitchen until my teens. My mother would try to have me help but generally ended up kicking me out using the term ‘too many cooks in the kitchen.’ I’m hoping that my children will be like yours and want to learn and I’m also hoping I’ll have a little more patience when the time comes. We’ll see!

  306. I’ve been cooking since birth, practically. Always!

  307. I followed and tweeted.

  308. Liked food for my family

  309. Liked Plugged into Cooking!

  310. A classic photo is of me sitting in the middle of the kitchen floor on top of a plate. I was grinning up a the camera very proud of the sticker I had removed from a piece of fruit and placed on my forehead! I was always “helping” in the kitchen. I even had a play kitchen set up on the front porch where I would take orders through the window.

  311. I followed and tweeted too!

  312. cathy fagan says:

    Young….very young. Then in elementary school my sister and I would come home after school and start dinner every day. I can’t believe I still enjoy cooking!

  313. i was around 7. my parents owned a restaurant at the time and on weekends i would go hang out with them there and help peel carrots and make cream cheese wontons :)

  314. I followed on both and “tweeted”….. Just found you site. Can’t wait to try some of your wonderful recipes.

  315. Kristen M. says:

    I love that you are making real food in these. I have pictures showing me help in the kitchen around 2 or 3 years old.

  316. I started “playing” in the kitchen at about 25 years old after I started having kids and was “forced” to learn how to cook. Now my children are 24 and 26 and I am still cooking and I’m pretty darn good at it!

  317. Join the Food for My Family community on Facebook.

  318. I plugged into Cooking community on Facebook.

  319. I started playing in the kitchen when I was probably 6 yrs old. I would help my grandmother bake for the holidays as well as cook for the evening dinner! =D

  320. Robin Whiting says:

    I started playing in the kitchen around age 5, my mom set me up with my own table and chairs and let me help all I wanted.

  321. Robin Whiting says:

    I “like” Plugged into Cooking on Facebook.

  322. Michelle C says:

    I started playing in the Kitchen when I was 2 or 3. I always helped my mom and did what she was doing:) I hope to enstill that in my boys as well. So far so good!

  323. Michelle C says:

    I like plugged into cooking on facebook

  324. Michelle C says:

    Join the Food for My Family community on Facebook

  325. I was in the kitchen with my grandmother (my dad’s mom) when I was very little. So much so, that her traditional Christmas cookie recipe is something that I still make today. Interesting trying to decipher the original written recipe, which I got after she passed away. If I hadn’t made them with her year after year, the recipe wouldn’t make any sense.

  326. Joined “Food for My Family” on Facebook

  327. I also already follow “Plugged Into Cooking” on Facebook.

  328. I started playing in the kitchen at a very young age. I was the youngest of five, so my siblings were always busy in the kitchen, and I of course had to join in!

  329. Pick me pick me ! I have a baking club at Rutgers and we bake for the hungry. It would be a lot quicker to use this when we have our cupcake sales

  330. Melissa McLane says:

    I liked Plugged Into Cooking on FB. : )

  331. Melissa McLane says:

    I am following “Food for my Family” on FB.

  332. I started playing in the kitchen when I was a kid helping my mom make side dishes for dinner.

  333. I’m following @FoodforMyFamily and tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/shanerus/status/139117800777191424

  334. I liked Food for My Family on facebook

  335. I like Plugged Into Cooking on Facebook

  336. I started playing/helping in the kitchen when I was around 2 or 3 and have not stopped

  337. vicky cain says:

    i started playing in the kitchen when i was 3 and would pull the kitchen stool up to the stove and “help” by saying “come on, lets be gravy” until one of my ponytails caught fire :)

  338. vicky cain says:

    i joined the Food for my Family facebook community!

  339. Robbin Snow says:

    I like plugged onto cooking on fb

  340. Robbin Snow says:

    Started playing in kitchen about 6 helping mommy & sisters !

  341. vicky cain says:

    i’m following @foodformyfamily on Twitter!

  342. vicky cain says:

    i like Plugged into Cooking on facebook

  343. Robbin Snow says:

    I liked Food for thought on f/b too!

  344. Started in the kitchen when I was 8 – learning to fry my first egg! =D

  345. Following @FoodForMyFamily and retweeted this giveaway..Best part is sharing the love!

  346. Excited to be a fan of the Food For My Family Facebook fanpage!

  347. Totally “Plugged Into Cooking” on Facebook! =)

  348. I can’t remember not helping my mom in the kitchen, especially on holidays. We’re a big Italian family, so setting up the antipasti trays were always my job! Eventually I was able to help out more but when you’re young, rolling ham to display is a great job :D

  349. I’m now following Food for My Family on FB – thanks! :)

  350. I already follow Plugged Into Cooking on FB :)

  351. I remember watching my grandma make her pies and cookies out at her farm house. But I do not think I really got into cooking until in had to fend for myself, so in college. Now I enjoy providing meals for my family, sweets to my friends and reading blogs about cooking/baking.

  352. With both of my parents busy working, I soon started learning how to cook simple things in the kitchen since I was 5 years old~

  353. I’m following FoodforMyFamily on Twitter and tweeted the giveaway~

  354. I’m following Food for My Family on Facebook~ =D

  355. I’m also following Plugged into Cooking on Facebook~ =)

  356. I tweeted and followed, my twitter name is @wmweeza. Thanks for the give away, hoping…hoping…hoping

  357. My daughter would absolutely love this. :-) I can’t remember when I started cooking, but I probably didn’t really start *playing* in the kitchen (as in experimenting in earnest) until a few years ago. I finally tossed the “rules” aside and started having fun. :-)

  358. I’m a Food For my Family Facebook Fan

  359. i always helped in the kitchen- i dont know what age i was though
    tcogbill at live dot com

  360. I began playing in the kitchen on my 5th birthday when my parents broken down and gave me the ONLY gift I really wanted, the Easy-Bake oven. I also got a Mrs. Beasley doll and a bike but since my birthday is in January and there was snow on the ground, the bike sat in the garage until spring. But that Easy-Bake oven got a work-out!

    Terrific give-away, thank you for hosting it and providing me with an opportunity to enter!

    jcbridge@aol.com

  361. Wow after seeing those mini quiches it really makes me sad I passed those up on black friday! I love making things in muffin tins, should have put two and two together!

    I had an easy bake oven, so I think that’s when it all began.

  362. Following Food for my family and plugged into cooking on Facebook now!!

  363. Derondah Boothe says:

    Hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year for my husbands family! Love having everyone around! Our backing consists of pumpkin pecan pie, caramel apple trifle and pumpkin bars!

  364. I remember starting at a very young age, but I don’t remember exactly when. My girls have been helping in the kitchen since they were itty bitty!

  365. I like Food for My Family on FB!

  366. I like Plugged Into Cooking on FB!

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