February is Bake for Family Fun Month!

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The fun begins with measuring, mixing followed by the delicious aroma of something baking in the oven!  Family laughter and chatter waiting for a taste warm from the oven creates special family memories!

The Home Baking Association has designated February as “Bake for Family Fun Month” and encourages families to spend time together in the kitchen.   Winter is the perfect time to warm up the kitchen and bake together as a family.  Baking is an inexpensive family activity that provides delicious rewards says Charlene Patton, Home Baking Association Executive Director.  She suggests families visit the Home Baking Association web-site (www.homebaking.org) filled with recipes, family baking activities and resources for families with children of all ages.

The Home Baking Association encourages families to allow extra time when baking as a family.    Resource information found on the web-site includes “Tips for Baking Success”, “Safe Kitchen Check List”, “The Thrill of Skill” and many other resources to help parents determine appropriate age kitchen tasks for their children and have baking success.

Patton says “Baking teaches children life skills of cooking and making healthy eating choices.  Other benefits of baking together as a family include developing math, literacy, history/social studies, science and organizational skills while saving dollars.”

Family traditions and memories are often created in the kitchen with special family favorite recipes.   Set aside time during February to share family baking traditions and special family recipes from grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members with your children.  It is a great time to start collecting family recipes that can be made throughout the year.

Pizza is a family favorite so why not turn it into a family baking party!  “Everyone Loves Pizza” is a family baking activity feature for Bake for Family Fun Month!  Families will make four individual pizzas and create their own unique pizza from an array of toppings.  Start a family baking tradition and make homemade pizza every Friday night!  Families will look forward to the weekly tradition!  Links are provided with this web-site feature for additional free resources: Baking Glossary, Kitchen Science Experiments, Baking Certificate, Memory Match Baking Game and more.

Additional family baking recipes are also featured in the award winning “Baking with Friends” book from the Home Baking Association. Each recipe includes a family baking activity, fun fact, vocabulary word and children’s literature book.  The hard-backed book can be ordered for $20 plus shipping at www.homebaking.org.

The Home Baking Association mission is to grow the practice of home baking.  Members include corporations and associations that promote home baking by providing resources and information to perpetuate future generations of home bakers.  Additional resource information is also available through member companies.

Visit www.homebaking.org for ideas and explore the world of family baking!

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Each week during Bake for Family Fun Month (February 2015) visitors to the HBA website and Facebook page will have a chance to win over $100 in baking supplies and resources from HBA member bookstores and websites. (Including the books Baking with Friends, and The Cultured Chef)

Are you wondering how you can participate?

Send us copies of your favorite photos of your family (or classroom) baking together. Provide a brief explanation of the project or recipe the participants in the photo are preparing. It’s as simple as that! Our favorite photos will be selected to share on our Facebook page, website and newsletter, and the winners will walk away with lots of fun, FREE prizes!

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