A thank you to my mom on this one! She had once suggested that when I'm trying to do cooking and need to keep Clara occupied, try giving her something to chop up with a harmless bread knife. Well, the other day I was going to make an apple crisp and thought of letting Clara be involved, using a bread knife! It worked out FABULOUSLY!!! It was fun because we could do it together, she enjoyed it, and I was able to accomplish some work without feeling like I was neglecting her to entertaining herself or wandering around bored! And it produced some sweet pictures too!
Oh, and as an added benefit, she consumed quite a bit of good-for-you apple along the way! :-)