Family,  Food and Drink


My Sophie loves cooking shows. Particularly Cake Boss and Paula Deen's Home Cooking. So when I offered to teach her how to make a pot roast yesterday, she was quite excited, and had a gleam in her eye when I pulled out the cutting board and handed her a large knife.

She washed vegetables, learned how to peel garlic cloves and onion skins, and the best part of all: she got to chop carrots and celery. After I made the first chop to demonstrate to her how it's done, she told me that to her, chopping celery had always been one of the coolest kitchen sounds in the world. I laughed, and definitely agreed. There is something very satisfying about a clean cut through a bunch of crisp celery!

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Sophie was so happy with her celery-chopping ability that she asked if the celery base would rot if she kept it as a souvenir. I explained to her that yes, it would eventually rot, so she found a new use for it…

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After all the preparations were made, she got to work…

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Once the roast was in the post to simmer for the remainder of the day, she got to work on that celery base again, and discovered something very exciting: by peeling away the outer stalks, she revealed a tiny "celery tree," as she called it…

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The celery tree is still sitting on the counter this morning, although it's looking a little less excitable by now.

It was fun cooking with such an eager "student." Later that night, when we sat down to eat, she quietly asked me, "Even though you helped me with everything, is this still a dinner that I cooked all by myself?" At that moment, Mike and Sabrina said, "Sophie, your roast is great."

She smiled. 🙂

P.S. Mom, thank you for teaching me how to make pot roast.


  • Pat Matejcek

    It is so much fun teaching your kids how to cook, bake and stitch. I want to know where you live that Sophie has on a tank top. I am so jealous. I have no idea where the snow is going to go this time around. We are expecting more tonight. Sophie is so cute as is all your girls.

  • joann tx

    mother’s pot roast (sunday)was monday’s stew!
    how cool that sophie loves to chop celery! what a great helper come thanksgiving for the stuffing! 🙂

  • Margaret

    Oh I love it! It’s so great — and you’re passing from mother to daughter to daughter. I bet the pot roast was yummy too! Sophie, want to teach me how to make pot roast? lol! I never learned. 😀

  • Lynn

    I think it’s great that Sophie is so eager to learn. My boys all participated in cooking with me and I’m happy to say that they all manage cooking quite well now they’re on their own. I wanted to make sure they didn’t live off of Kraft dinner like so many of their friends! Pot roast was always a favourite at our place and Sophie’s sure looks yummy.

  • karren hubrich

    Your Sophie is the CUTEST girl! How wonderful that she wants to cook by your side…there are few greater gifts to give to your daughters. she will treasure her knowledge and her memories all of her life. thank you for your commint on my blog. I still shudder at raising the ISO too much. After you do so, do you edit for grain in one of the programs?

  • Cathryn

    Awwwwwwww the pictures of Sophie are so precious! Don’t you just love those days of making memories. Great post Paulette. 🙂 Cathryn

  • Linda Klinedinst

    Hey Sophie…you did great…you are so funny Sophie…I love your new Halo…Hahaha!….LOL…
    Hey Sophie tell your family that you now have a new Halo…LOL…
    Mike – Happy Birthday to you and I want to thank you personally for everything that you do for your Police Department. I hope you have many more Birthdays.
    Stay Well and Safe and Warm
    Take care & Happy Stitching/Designing
    Hugs 🙂 from Blizzard Northern Indiana
    Linda K, Railroad

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