Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Teachable Moments Cook-Along & GIVEAWAY

I'm so excited to invite you all to attend a virtual Cook-Along that I will be co-hosting this Thursday at 2 p.m. ET. As I mentioned on my Facebook page last week, I've been collaborating with some other bloggers and The Motherhood on The Little Chefs Project. The project consists of a new free e-book (more about that soon) and a series of live chats called Cook-Alongs that take place every Thursday between now and November 15th. (The first one was actually last week. Did you watch?) Anyway, each week focuses on a different topic around cooking with kids, and mine is about - what else? - Teachable Moments in the kitchen. It addresses how you can use the kitchen as a fun, practical classroom to teach anything from math to culture.

At Thursday's Cook-Along, you'll get ideas on how to let your recipe box and cooking supplies help you make learning fun for your kids! And the best part: at the end of the lesson, you can all enjoy the meals you created together. Find out how you can work math, science, culture, and even history into kitchen time with your Little Chefs.

To join me for this 30 minute Cook-Along, just click on this link:

Once you click on the link, you log into The Motherhood using your member ID (if you don’t have one, it’s easy and free to sign up), and chat away in the text-based comments. We’ll also have a video feed running during the half-hour Cook-Along, so you’re welcome to show up simply to watch if you’d like!

The Cook-Along is sponsored by Chef Boyardee, and it is hosted by The Motherhood.  You can visit Chef Boyardee online at
http://www.chefboyardee.com/ or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/chefboyardee.

I’ll be there with several other bloggers to co-host the class, and I hope you’ll join us!  The fabulous people who will be co-hosting with me are:

Amee, Madame Deals http://www.madamedeals.com

Caroline, Smarty Pants Mama http://smartypantsmama.com
Janene and Christine, More Than Mommies http://morethanmommies.net
Maureen, Wisconsin Mommy http://www.wisconsinmommy.com/
Mel, MamaBuzz http://www.mamabzz.com

Tiffany, Sweet Phenomena http://sweetphenomena.com

Here's the entire schedule in case you'd like to participate or watch any of the others...


Feel Like a Kid Again – Thursday, Oct. 11, 2 p.m. ET

Teachable Moments – Thursday, Oct. 18, 2 p.m. ET (with me!)

Everyday Fun – Thursday, Oct. 25, 2 p.m. ET

Family Time – Thursday, Nov. 1, 2 p.m. ET

Fun with Flavors – Thursday, Nov. 8, 2 p.m. ET

Family Traditions – Thursday, Nov. 15, 2 p.m. ET

Today, we made our own pizza using the Chef Boyardee Pizza Maker kit. My kids love getting involved in the kitchen and learning about how mixing ingredients can result in new edible concoctions. The Pizza Maker is great for learning about everthing from fractions to yeast. Here's a peek (Yes, I know the cheese is a little burned, but my son is still learning how to use a timer. He's in 1st grade, so you'll understand)...


And to help get you in the mood and set up your own Little Chef kit, I'm super pleased to offer you this great giveaway from Chef Boyardee.

One MommyMaestra reader will receive:

• Kids’ kitchen measure and prep kit
• Kids’ recipe box
• Scrapbook album
• 2 Chef Boyardee chef hats
• Chef Boyardee adult apron
• Chef Boyardee child apron
• Chef Boyardee pizza kit
• Time capsule
• 2 coupons for free Chef Boyardee Beefaroni
• 5 Chef Boyardee recipe cards

To enter this giveaway, simply leave a comment below.The deadline to enter is 11:59 EST, Tuesday, October 23rd. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. and contacted via email - so be sure to leave a valid email address in your comment! (If I have no way to contact you, I'll have to choose someone else!)
And to increase your chances of winning, you can:

1) Share with me how you use your kitchen to teach your child.

2) Follow the MommyMaestra FB page.

Follow me on Twitter and tweet the following: Win a #LittleChefs kit from @LatinMami & @ChefBoyardee http://bit.ly/R3CbUn #giveaway

Don't forget to let me know by posting a separate comment for each entry!

By entering this giveaway, you agree to
the Official Sweepstakes Rules. No purchase required. Void where prohibited.

¡Buena suerte!

Disclosure: I am working with The Motherhood and Chef Boyardee on the Little Chefs project.


  1. Follow you on twitter and comment on the giveaway! :)

  2. I use the kitchen to teach my kids about measurements and fractions and healthy eating! What a fun giveaway Mommy Maestra!

  3. I follow you on Facebook!

  4. And twitter...tweeted!

  5. I use the kitchen to teach my kids what the different food groups are and eating healthy. We are just stating measuring and adding :) This is a great giveaway thank you!

  6. I follow you on Fb :)

  7. Also follow on tweeter and tweeted!

  8. I use my cocina to teach my kids about dancing! We dance in the kitchen all the time :)

  9. I use it to teach them fractions and how to read (by reading recipes!)


    tati_hn @ hotmail . com

  10. I follow on twitter and sent out a tweet :) MamiTati

  11. I use our cooking time to teach science, math and reading! :)

  12. I have a 2 year old who loves playing in the kitchen. Most of the time I give her some water, the measuring cup and a sponge. She loves pouring water from cup to cup and when it spills she uses the sponge "to clean" and then squeezes it out in another cup.
    I already follow you in Facebook and Twitter... love your site!


  13. I love to use the kitchen to teach fractions. I have found it is the easiest way. It's also great for emphasizing the importance of paying attention and following directions in order. My son gets excited about anything he can eat! jessmiester@hotmail.com.

  14. I just tweeted! ourpkn

  15. I follow you on FB! tkperdew@yahoo.com

  16. The kids love to help me bake and using measuring cups and measuring spoons is a great way to help them learn their fractions. TKPerdew@yahoo.com

  17. Mommy, me and Chef Boyardee!! what fun! tkperdew@yahoo.com

  18. Fractions and measurements can be fun while cooking.

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  19. Liked u on FB

    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  20. follow u on twitter and tweeted


    sibabe64 at ptd dot net

  21. We love cooking in the kitchen together and definitely talk about fractions, following instructions step by step and using gross/fine motor skills. lhs10@earthlink.net

  22. We follow you on Facebook. lhs10@earthlink.net

  23. kids have fun learning how to measure things,numbers etc.

  24. like u on fb Julie A scott Laws

  25. Cooking is one of the best ways to teach kids basic math, following directions and teamwork. What a great giveaway!

  26. I teach them how to cook as I cook and they really enjoy it!


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