I know that I've been whining about the rain a lot lately. And I'm not the only one. Anytime I'm around any of my friends, all we can do is boo-hoo about the cruddy spring weather we've had to deal with this year. Especially those of us who have children that play spring sports. The mud-caked laundry I've been doing lately is ridiculous!
Sometimes a rainy day isn't so bad after all, especially if you don't have to go out in the rain. On days such as these, this is when I set my kids to work on a project. And since Evan and Jenna were at school, it was lucky Owen that got to do the project all by himself. Well, I helped a bit.
I subscribe to the Sandra Lee Semi Homemade school of thought on many occasions. But when it comes to cookies, I am from scratch all the way. However, let me say, the Betty Crocker Cookie Mix is quite handy and perfect in such a situation as this. I wanted to spend some time with Owen in the kitchen, but I didn't have a lot of time. I didn't want a huge batch of cookies either because we still have chocolate eggs and jelly beans coming out of our ears!
All you have to do is pour the mix into the bowl. How easy-peasy is that? Measure out a bit of water and I cracked the egg and we were in business.
We even used a bit of elbow grease and stirred by hand rather than using the mixer.
And you know, everything tastes better with chocolate chips in it, so we tossed in a handful or two and snacked on a couple...you know, to make sure they were okay.
Owen enjoyed using my cookie dough scooper but found that it was rather complicated for his small hands. He still did a great job and the Type A in me didn't worry about cookie conformity.
Some are bigger than the others?
Few of them are perfectly round?
That's A-OK with me!
What mattered most was the time we spent together. The confidence boost he gets from making something almost entirely by himself. And let's not forget, how satisfying it is to eat that first warm cookie standing over the kitchen counter knowing your older brother and sister are hard at work at school?!