Saturday, 19 December 2015

Christmas Cooking with the Kids

Christmas biscuits
Yeah! Biscuit Art!

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I'll make Christmas cookies with the girls, I thought. That'll be a wonderfully relaxing time for us all.


That's me laughing hysterically, by the way.

Children making biscuits events conspired against me, and we didn't end up getting started until nearly 4 o'clock, and M hadn't had a nap, despite being up since 5, so what - in my imagination - was going to be a delightful activity, where we bonded and laughed, and made beautiful biscuit masterpieces, actually turned out to be B having a lovely time, whilst I tried to stop M from eating the dough, throwing it on the floor, stealing B's cutters, and destroying the table with her rolling pin! Let's just say that, though I saved the table, I'm fairly certain we're going to find cookie dough in various crevices of the kitchen for months to come. And I shan't be making biscuits with a 2 year old again for a while. She did comply for long enough to make one biscuit before her reign of terror began - the Christmas tree in the photo at the top of this post - so a mild success. I'm now on the hunt for a more age appropriate cooking activity for M, and perhaps it will have to be one to one. Still, she's enjoyed eating the biscuits!

Child making biscuits
Meanwhile, B really improved her rolling out technique, and cut out loads of biscuits. After M had gone off with Daddy, because he'd finished work, B and I chatted and rolled and cut together. It was the lovely experience I had imagined, and she really enjoyed herself. I expect my memories of baking with B when she was younger are a little rose-tinted, but then she benefited from my one to one attention, so it wouldn't have been quite as stressful.

If I recover sufficiently, we might decorate some of the biscuits - glacé icing and some sprinkles can't cause too much of problem, right?

Christmas Biscuits

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