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Brilliant Inspiration for Fun Kids Recipes and Pastry Chef Play

Brilliant Inspiration for Fun Kids Recipes and Pastry Chef Play

Freelance writing has allowed me to connect with my kids in ways I never would have imagined. 

No, I don't shoo them out of the kitchen every time I cook, but for goodness sake, the questions and messes and tripping-over-kids-stools gets old. OUT. GET OUT. 

So when my editors gave me this assignment, I knew it would be a special experience for both me and the kids. And it was. 

The problem is, I'm not a cook. I hate cooking. I hate cooking. And I also hate cooking. But my food photography is off the chain, so I'm often given kitchen-oriented projects. The result is about six or seven recipes that don't turn out stellar, and then one that just blows my socks off. (In a good way, thankfully.) The mini-pies my kids made in this article was one of those insanely successful examples. 

Readers loved it - you'll see why when you check it out. You don't even need to do all the things suggested in the article. Just choose one activity and I promise, your kid will enjoy it. 

The keyword was "fun kids recipes," but if you know anything about the Build-a-Bear brand, they don't just want "fun kids recipes." No, they want a blog post to make the kitchen a place of wonder, enchantment, and memorable surprises for you and the littles. Mashing the two factors was a challenge, and it took me a few days of hard work, but I nailed it. 

Throughout this article, you've seen my original photos cut. 

Here are a few outtakes that tell the behind-the-scenes story:

Are you excited to see the final product? I'm delighted to share it with you. Here it is. Brilliant Inspiration for Fun Kids Recipes and Pastry Chef Play. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed crafting it. 

P.S. - If I could offer a bit of advice to other freelance writers, I'd say learn how to use your camera. Mine is an old (2007) Nikon D80 from Craigslist. It cost a couple hundred bucks with a $50 lens. You don't need to spend a ton - but you do need to learn how to use it if you want higher-profile gigs. 

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