Clover cookies, crafts, cupcakes and condemnation

I have been sick all week and yesterday I could not talk at all, so I canceled the 2-for-1 play date I had planned for this morning (that means that two siblings are friends with my son and daughter respectively, so I can check both kids off my to-do list at once). I felt bad about canceling the play date, so I planned a day of baking and crafts for the kids.

But first we had to go outside for a little while to enjoy the unseasonably gorgeous weather we have been having. And I felt super lucky, because somehow the dog miraculously decided not to poop in front of and behind the swings or at the foot of the slide, so no clean-up was required!20120317-183026.jpg

When we came back in we made shamrock sugar cookies from scratch. I have been lusting after several recipes people have been posting on Pinterest, but when I think about really good sugar cookies, I think of the ones my friend, Karen, makes every Christmas, so I requested the recipe. She immediately responded with a picture of it.  She learned it at a library cooking class for kids 25 years ago and has been making it ever since. So it was kid friendly.

We added green food coloring to make it more festive and off we went. I gave each of the kids a big lump of dough and they shared the roller and the shamrock cookie cutters and they went to work, with me playing sous chef.

After about a sheet and a half of cookies, the kids took handfuls of baked cookies and deserted me. As I was listening to them laugh in the living room while I finished cutting out shamrock shapes, I realized that my son was pretending to be a baby and my daughter was pretending to be the mommy. Of course, I start to listen closer only to hear this conversation:

Mommy/Samantha says “Baby, I have to go to work.”

Baby/Danny immediately starts bawling and says “No, don’t go.”

Mommy/Samantha comes running back to the kitchen and says “My baby wants me to stay home.”

I thought, great, I bust my ass trying to make a fun day for them and they are giving me guilt?. I say “Well, what are you going to do about it?” She didn’t respond but ran back to her baby. I am not sure what she said or did, but within seconds, everyone was laughing again. I like to think that Mommy/Samantha came home from work and they decided to make shamrock sugar cookies or the four leaf clover hand print art I had planned for us next.

20120317-183111.jpgOf course, plans are fruitless when it comes to little kids, so they basically mashed their green-paint covered hands all over the paper in patterns only known in their head, because they did not all resemble the very simple clover pattern I had laid out, but whatever, they had fun. And I got a little taste of why Samantha comes home from school every day absolutely covered in paint.

20120317-183149.jpgThen because I wasn’t dead yet, we decided to make rainbow cupcakes next. These guys were entirely inspired by pinterest. It is pretty self-explanatory so you don’t need to use all the tutorials that are everywhere. Make the batter, split it up, color each portion a color of the rainbow and pile them in. However, I recommend not using all of the colors of rainbow, (skip purple and orange), or you will have a hard time trying to make sure your toddlers are using the batter judiciously.

But the kids took turns very nicely and the cupcakes looked pretty cool. By the time they were cool enough to ice I was pretty much shot, so they looked kind of ugly, but oh well, icing is not my forte. I usually make Chris do that part.  (Come to think of it, that’s kind of a sucky picture of the rainbow part.  I think that was one Sam stirred when I wasn’t looking, but I am too tired to take a new one.  So you get the idea.)

Now that I have done everything on my list for the day and some stuff I didn’t have planned, I can collapse guilt-free, except for the whole leaving them to go to work on Monday thing.  At least now I have photographic and written evidence of all the really cool stuff we do when I am not working!

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