It’s raining flour and orange-colored sugar!

The little dude and I had a good time hanging out at home this weekend while the Mr. went for his very first hunting trip of the season.  We enjoyed whole wheat french toast with warm applesauce and almond butter for breakfast.



It was unusually chilly, but we bundled up to run errands and make a quick playground visit.


I *tried* to get H’s holiday outfit from Gymboree but couldn’t find a thing in its holiday collection for little boys.  Once again, the girls’ side was exploding with cute choices, and boys’ side was just sad.  Looks like I’ll be ordering online!  I’m also in hot pursuit of some cold weather accessories for H.  I’m not sure if mittens or gloves would be better for an almost 20 month old boy who loves to play outside.

We also baked some sugar cookies in the shape of turkeys, leaves, and pumpkins.  It was our first experience really cooking together.  Here are my top 5 tips…

1)  Have everything measured and ready to go in one place that you’ll need.

2)  Pick something with limited number of steps/directions.

3)  Remember not to get frustrated when little hands are far too eager to help.

4)  Don’t try to take pictures (maybe have someone else help with that!).  I found that I needed all my hands and maybe about five extra sets to be focused on H and what we were trying to do.

5)  Clean up after getting your little one onto something else.  In our case, I waited until after tubbie time and storytime.  He was snoozing away by the time I tackled the messy remains.

I used this recipe plus the addition of some orange sugar for dusting and some chocolate morsels that H dotted in.

The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies
Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Cook Time: 8 Minutes
Ready In: 3 Hours
Servings: 20
1/2 cup butter, softened
2/3 cup white sugar
1-1/4 eggs
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-2/3 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
You have scaled this recipe’s ingredients to yield a new amount (20). The directions below still refer to the original recipe yield (60).
1. In a large bowl, cream together butter and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover, and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

Original recipe can be seen here.

These were our finished products and mess!

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So much fun!  I’m definitely looking forward to the holiday cooking baking, but I think I may wait to have the Mr. home for that!  Definitely need that second set of hands for pics of our little one “helping” and putting “‘nother one” of the chocolate chips on these yummy cookies!  Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


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