Thursday, November 13, 2008

Two hours and fifteen cookies

Look what Walmart had on sale...


...leaf and acorn-shaped cookie cutters. For $1! They were originally $5, and I simply could not leave a bargain like this sitting on the shelf.

Here is where I force Savannah to model them. This is what I got.



Take two. She's not on crack. I promise.



I give up. This is as good as it gets.



Once I got them home, I felt the need to justify my purchase and actually use them.

We're gonna make cookies! I told Savannah, in the hopes that we could create some sweet mother-daughter memories as we measured sugar and stirred eggs and vanilla together.

Well, we definitely created memories. The first one was when I turned my back and Savannah helped herself to a heaping spoonful of flour. As it turns out, flour wasn't quite the treat she was hoping it would be, and she immediately freaked out when it turned gluey in her mouth, and she started crying for help.

She then pulled her chair up to the sink and begin to vigorously stir a bowl full of water that was soaking there. Bate, bate, choc-o-lat-e, she sang out. (For those of you who have not seen this Dora episode, pay this no mind. Suffice it to say that pretty much everything - breakfast oatmeal, bathtub water, a bowl of cereal - is fair game for the Bate Chocolate song).

She helped me press the cookie cutters into the dough, and then returned to her sink of dirty dishwater. My patience for simultaneously making cookies and memories vanished when she slopped dirty water all over my floor, and I banished her to the living room to do puzzles with Daddy.

Because Fit Friday is looming ever closer, I only made half of a batch so that the temptation wouldn't be hanging around the house all week, imploring me to eat them. It only took me two hours to produce about 15 little cookies - I was hunched over my counter for a good part of that time, painstakingly spooning on colored frosting. Now I know why all of those fancy cookie shops charge $3.50 (or more) per cookie. So time consuming. I wish I had better tools to work with, because it was actually kind of fun. Although my back didn't think so.

I put the cookies on a plate (to take a picture for the blog, of course - there is no other reason that I would actually dirty a plate if I didn't have to) and carried them to my apparently dessert-deprived family.





Within about 5 minutes, the plate had dwindled to this.


Mostly thanks to my skinny hubby, who can afford to eat them. Better him than me, right? I finally put the remaining 6 cookies up because I figured the indulging would continue until the plate was empty.

So the leaves are going into retirement until next year - now it's time to break out the snowmen and angels and Christmas trees!

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38 comments:

Smilingsal said...

Great bargain????

Rach@In His Hands said...

Yum! The leaf and acorn cookies look great, Jackie! And oh, my, can Savannah be any more cute?!

Aspiemom said...

Cut-Out cookies can be so much fun! Especially with a little girl there to help. What great memories, not to mention the yummy results!

Thanks for showing the PICTURES of the moments!

sara said...

okay those cookies look GREAT!!! I may need to go make some! yum!

The Sullivan Sitcom said...

Savannah eating the flour is the best. The white powdery stuff could look very tempting to a little one. I bet she'll never do that again.

You are much braver than I, if we do cookies, I get the roll out kind and be done. I totally don't do the "mess" part of cookies.

Jules from "The Roost" said...

The cookies look wonderful but Savannah has stolen the show! She is beautiful :) Now I am hungry for a cookie.

ttm said...

Looks yummy!!!!

Jodie said...

I want an acorn cookie.

And I want hair like Savannah's. She's gobble-up-able! :)

Rachel @ Unexpected Blessings said...

Good work! I can totally relate with the wonderful idea of making cookies with your daughter and then banishing her to the other room. Been there, done that.

My husband lovingly informed me last night that the season is drawing near for me to make cookies for all of his employees. They understand that we are not rich and are happy to receive cookies instead of real gifts so I guess I should be happy to make them. But somehow I am not feeling it yet. Maybe I need to throw on a Christmas CD!

kaleytaylor said...

Yes, I'd say you definitely made yourself some memories! How fun. And Jackie? Savannah is the most adorable little girl I think I have ever, ever seen. Those eyes! Those cheeks!

So precious :)

Elena said...

Savannah is such a beatiful litlle girl! Decorated cookies are a lot of work. I have spent many an hour making Chirstmas cookies!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

I made cookies with my daughters this week. My oldest had to take them to a party her class was having and she insisted on helping me.

I *love* baking with my kids, and yet I *hate* baking with my kids. It challenges every single ounce of patience I have in me.

We also made sugar cookies and rolled the dough and used cookie cutters and iced them. Seriously, a 2 hour job from start to finish. I was exhausted.

Anyway, your cookies are adorable, and what a deal you found on those cookie cutters! I would have snapped them up in a heartbeat too, and if I see some at Walmart today I just might. But cookies will have to wait for awhile. ;)

Sara@ Butterville said...

Oh my heart is full of pride for you! I KNOW the work you had to do. And they were/are GORGEOUS cookies. My obessive mother bakes cookies every year, it used to be her and Grandma. Grandma passed. They make hundreds of DOZENS of cookies. Cut outs alone are in the thousands. I have baked with mother twice. I can't stand how tidy, professional, quick, and GOOD she is and how clumsy, frustrated and SLOW I am. So I have two suger cookie recipes, hers, fudy and painstaking and My mother in'laws, simpel and quick. I make a single batch, which as you found sometimes means 12-15 cookies, of each. That is it. That is all I will torture myself with. My cookies are spritz and it's all in the gun. My gun and I LVOE each other. My Gun was mother's 3rd and they hated each other. See how it works out.
I love homemade cookies. Because I know the work involved and you really have to love someone to go through all that for such simple LOOKING treats.
Way to go Jackie!
They look marvelous!!!!!!!!

Krystal said...

Oh how I love a bargain!

Your cookies look great and the memories you've created are even better!

I'm so not a baker! My hubby on the other hand is! So when we need cookies we call on daddy's help! I'm so bad aren't I?

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

The cookies look great! I love the picutres of your girl...so cute! You are such a good mom, creating memories like that with your daughter.

Irritable Mother said...

Did it crush you to see the cookies consumed so quickly after you had worked so hard on them???
They do look great, by the way.
And you just reminded me I have some cookies in the kitchen, and I really want one...Don't tell anyone, OK? Thanks! *grin*

Jennifer @ Taking My Time said...

She's not on crack...HA!!...
my sister and I are notorious for half-closed eyes in tons of pictures. I will use that line from now on!!

The Choc-o-lat-e episode is my favorite!

Gretchen said...

I'm so guilty of the Norman Rockwell picture intentions and the...well, let's just say the "other" results. :)

Two things that I put up with/make memories at our house: Every year, my son makes spatula cookies. Read: squishes dough with a spatula and puts that on the cookie sheet. Our Easter memory is my husbands brownish black egg. Yes...he insists on using all the dyes.

Aye yi, yi. Where is Martha Stewart when you need her!???

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

Ah yes,once again, I can so relate. :) Good intentions, memories to be made, and memories of a different kind being the results. :)

Beautfiul cookies Jackie. :) I love that you put cookies on a plate for a blog photo op. :)

Jenn said...

Making cookies with little ones, especially cut-out ones, take the patience of Job! Yours turned out great. I've been wanting to make some. Maybe I'll tackle that this weekend.

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

Those are amazing looking!
I love the acorns--yay for a deal on cookie cutters!

Wendy said...

My kids actually like the flour. Yeah, they're weird.

Your cookies look great! I have an elephant cookie cutter I bought because it was 25 cents. I have never actually used it... Maybe I'll slip some of those in with the stars and trees this Christmas.

Erin K. said...

Oh my. I could SO see Kaitlyn doing that with the flour. I'm sure she would immediately spit it back into the bowl, or into the flour cannister.

(Note to self: don't leave Kaitlyn near the flour if I ever bake with her.)

I also can relate to the dishwater. We had that scene at our house on Saturday. At least part of my kitchen floor got washed in the process. :-)

Hirra said...

mmmmmmmmmmmm cookies! Those look delicious. Savannah is just adorable. I love the look on her face. I remember making sugar cookies last year and yes it is SO time consuming for how many cookies you get out of it. I didn't want to even eat them after all of that time spent!

RosyRose said...

It was complete relief to hear Savannah isn't on crack:)
I too, always have great intentions to bake beautiful cookies but my kids always come in and mess up the whole thing:)
They think they want to decorate them....Lovely!
Oh well, it's the idea right? And I know in my heart it's not really the cookies that matter!

Brittani's Holding Little Hands said...

Hi Jackie!

Your daughter is absolutely precious! Thank you so much for your sweet comment on my site and I will be praying for your 2nd baby as I pray for my own. Please keep in touch!

Love,
Brittani

photomama said...

I love the detail in the leaf cutter. Good find.

Chel's Leaving a Legacy said...

Speaking of memories...I remember the time my oldest was helping me bake, and he BEGGED me to let him taste cocoa by itself. I promise, he will NEVER do that again. :-)

I just asked him, and he still remembers. I'll bet he wasn't much older than your cute Savannah. Too funny.

The cookies look awesome! I love baking shaped cookies for Christmas...but I love the acorns and leaves for fall! Save me one? :-)

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Tracy's Porch said...

I've sooooo had those moments when the memories I was hoping for turned into something I never imagined. But, those memories can surprise us and make as smile even bigger when we recall them later.

Becky said...

Sounds like you did make some memories! Fun stuff and great looking cookies! Yes, the fancy ones like that are quite expensive!!
Agirl and I love the Bate Chocolate' song!

mamajil said...

Sounds like such fun!! I love the cookie cutters!

Carla said...

Hi Jackie,
This is Carla Vargas, as in Abel and Carla Vargas...I cannot believe I found your blog! It was TOTALLY by chance...I have a friend who blogs and I went through her blog to someone else's blog, etc, etc and saw a comment that you posted and I told Abel that it HAD to be you! You are an excellent blogger and I enjoyed scanning some of your entries. Drop me a line sometime and we'll catch up!
Carla

Becky said...

Hilarious!! I was laughing so hard about the flour that my oldest stopped playing and had to come ask what it was about:) Bless your heart! I know it was a task, but the cookies turned out to be so cute!

jennifer@love,laughter,and lyrics said...

Fun! I haven't done much baking with Avery yet. I love those cookie cookie cutters, though.

I tagged you on my blog, FYI...

Carolina Mama said...

Adorable! I just was wondering which recipe did you use? These look perfect! :)

Kellie said...

They look awesome!

MoziEsmé said...

Let me just tell you - those cookies look amazing! You are definitely the queen of crafty cookies - don't sell yourself short!