Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The Schwartz's vs Cookie Creations

On the 11th and 12th day of Christmas we make and decorate cookies.  Is it a bit of a cop out that I break it up over 2 days...perhaps.  But by this time I'm just exhausted so it is what it is.

On Monday after dinner while Chris was bathing the kids I prepped the sugar cookie dough.  I have a really good and easy recipe and I LOVE sugar cookies especially with cream cheese frosting.  So I thought we'd make 2 double batches of sugar cookies to have enough to eat, share, and satisfy my sugar monster cravings.

As I was making the first batch I kept doubling everything and as that worked out it mostly meant 2.  2 eggs, 2 tablespoons of this, 2 teaspoons of that and so on and so forth.  When I got to the flour I was on a 2 roll, so when it said 2 cups of flour I forgot to double that.  Whoops.  We went to roll out the first batch to press cookies and it was a mess.  I was super confused I've never had that problem before.  I'm wondering if I need to chill the dough first even though I've NEVER done that with my dough before.  I told the kids we'd have to make cookies in the morning and Sarah was heart broken.  She thought she did something wrong and I had to explain it was mommy's fault and that I felt bad and I made the dough wrong.  She gave me a hug and said it was ok.

So as they went to go get their pjs on I'm looking over the recipe, figure out my mistake, toss it back in the mixer add the other 2 cups of flour and victoriously call them back into the kitchen.

Daddy showing them how to press the cookie cutters down right.

Sarah got the hang of it pretty quick.

Cody could do it when supervised.

Otherwise he just did this...

Sarah loved cutting the cookies and stayed up after Cody went to bed to help me finish the first batch of dough.

Tuesday we planned a play date with Emily's family to help decorate the cookies.  I usually stick to just frosting and sprinkles but since Emily started a gingerbread house tradition with her family this year she came loaded with other candies and goodies to put on the cookies.  The kids were very excited about those additions to the decorations.

Sarah and Cody

Sarah was very intense making sure she got the sprinkles right where she wanted them.

Henry is adorable.

Having a good time.  

Most of Sarah's involved drawing happy faces on them until she ran out of gel.

Auntie Em and her Santa Gingerbread man.

Cody just ate the candy for the most part.

Cody bailed first from the cookie decorating with Henry shortly behind him.  Sarah hung out for a while but eventually tired leaving it to the adults who got pretty creative with it.  Emily made the Staypuff Marshmallow guy from Ghostbusters 2.  

Chris made the Avengers.  He also added Director Fury but he's not pictured here.

After dinner and baths it was time for each of them to pick a cookie to leave out for Santa, and snuggle with Chris on the couch while he read Twas the Night Before Christmas to them.

After we were sure they were good and asleep we finally got around to wrapping presents.  Ha!  And put them out.  Apparently, Santa doesn't wrap his presents.  I did not know this.  It's been far too long for me to remember this detail but that's how Chris wants to play it.  He muttered something about how why would Santa wrap his gift in the same paper as the rest that mom and dad bought and the handwriting being the same.  He must have been an over analytical child.  But as I have no opinion on the matter and that's one less gift per kid that needs to be wrapped I went with it.

Merry Christmas!

1 comment:

  1. I've always said it's a good thing kids don't compare Santa stories. In our house Santa not only wraps his presents, he wraps each of the 6 kids presents in different paper and then writes each of the 6 kids a note on their own individual wrapping paper! And then I wrap presents from me in a different paper.
    So I'm sorry if Santa was late to your house, he was busy wrapping at mine!
    I even knew a family who Santa decorated their Christmas tree on Christmas Eve after the kids went to sleep. Oh come on! How does he have time for that?