I love these cookies…

My mom always manages to find the best books and this year at Christmas she didn’t disappoint.  She gave the girls these oh-so-sweet Cookie books by Amy Krouse Rosenthal...

They are basically cookie dictionaries… a really yummy way for children to learn the meaning of big words.  From the first book one of my favourite pages says…  “PROUD means, My chin is high, and I sure do like the way my cookies turned out. ”  And then the next page says… “MODEST means you don’t run around telling everyone you make the best cookies, even if you know it to be true.”     I think the concept she uses is so simple but understandable,  I love it!!

From the Sugar cookies book, “FORGIVE means, I needed some time to get over what you said about my cookies – ’cause that wasn’t very nice – but now I think I’m ready to play with you again.”   And then the definition of selfless, “No, really, please, I want you to have the last cookie.

Oh these books are just as sweet as the cookies they are about and I really enjoy reading them to the girls.  And it’s such a great teaching tool too, not only the meaning of works, but also values like being trustworthy.  In the cookie dictionary trustworthy means, “If you ask me to hold your cookie until you come back, when you come back, I will still be holding your cookie.”   That one really spoke to Sarah and it’s neat that we can talk about it and I can refer back to the book to remind her of things like being modest and trustworthy.

I am giving these book 2 thumbs up and they are definitely books worth investing in for that special little someone in your life!

Cookie and cousin fun

Well the first weekend in December is drawing to a close, but we had a great weekend and filled it fill with Christmasy things, even is those things did not include playing in the snow.  William is a little disgusted that we don’t have any snow yet,  he said we should pray about it because how is one supposed to feel Christmasy without snow?    Good question.  But we tried our hardest when we made our Christmas cookies Saturday morning.   And it was classic, before we had even begun, someone spilt the sprinkles….

And just like years past, the kids ‘paint’ the cookies before we bake them.   We paint them with an edible egg tempura that I make simply by combining food colouring and  egg yokes (you can’t taste it) and then they decorate them with sprinkles if they want.    The best part of this process is that I roll out the dough and cut it and just give them the shapes they ask for.  That worked well for the rest of them, but not this one…

She was much more interested in the dough.  I think she thought it was just a yummy sort of play-dough, I let her have some to play with and she made lots of shapes like ‘a pile of leaves’ and then processed to just sit eat her ‘play-dough’.   She definitely enjoyed herself and would probably give Christmas cookie making a thumbs up if I asked her how she liked it.

The others happily painted their cookies…

And here are some finished cookies…

Lots of food colouring fun!  Yee haa!    But it worked out because then the kids had lots of cookies to share with their cousins who came to spend the afternoon.     It’s a deal we do every December, my older brother Jason and his wife Shelly take our kids one Saturday and we get theirs one Saturday.  The kids love it, it gives the adults some time to get things done and it’s a win-win situation.  So there was lots of playing and crafting and even some sand-box time…

Nothing screams ‘Christmastime’ more than playing in a sandbox in December.   But it was nice to enjoy the kinda nice weather – as in nice for December when there really should be snow. 🙂

And then today we got our tree up!

So one minute the tree was up and almost fully decorated and then the next minute it was down… as in it fell.    I had left the room for a moment and then I heard it come down.  Poor Will and Sarah were shaken up by our tipping tree,  but after daddy secured it to the wall they ventured back to hang a few more ornaments.   As I’m looking at the tree I don’t think that it will ever be the same again,  but would you be if you fell over full of lights and ornaments?    But maybe it’s Ok that the kids have a good healthy fear of the tree – that way I know that no one will be trying to climb it behind my back.  🙂

And now as this weekend is coming to a close  my boys are watching Punkin Chunkin with their dad… a great way to end a great weekend!

What do you do?

What do you do when you bake a batch of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies that are just too moist and just fall apart when you try to pick them up.  Do you try to put them carefully away?  Or do you just stand there and eat them because it would be too hard to move them in one peice to a different container?   (Well I didn’t eat ALL of them,  maybe just 6)

And what do you do when your daddy puts your pj’s on and puts your onesie OVER your pj bottoms?  Do you care?  Or you do just look cute and somewhat like you are getting ready to do some aerobics and the year is 1989?  (And doesn’t the gorgeous couch just set the whole thing off?)

And what do you do if you just finished swimming for an hour and wanted to warm up in the sunshine?  Do you find a place to sit by yourself?  Or do you go and sit with your siblings and goof off and have a riot because you still apparently have some energy left.

I dunno, you tell me.