Friday, January 6, 2012

Bad Baker

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In our old house, in my tiny kitchen, I would bake dozens and dozens of cookies every week.  My boys would position themselves on the stools around the counter, one or other of my babies playing on the floor under my feet, and we would make cookies together.  Now here in the new house, with my spacious kitchen and counter space galore, I've made cookies only a few times.  I don't know why. 

Inspired by the new year I decided to start baking again.

All the boys were at school when I called Grace to me to assist in the cookie making.  Thrilled, she hopped up on the stools and began mixing the cinnamon and sugar for our Snickerdoodles. 

"Gentle, Gracie!  Gentle!  Don't spill it all over the floor!" I sweetly warned again and again.

"Kay, mumma." she would reply.

"Careful!  Don't squish the dough, honey!  Roll them gently!"  I repeated as she dragged the doughballs through the sugar.

"Kay, mumma." she kept answering patiently.

"NO!  Don't poke your finger in the cookies!  We don't want big holes in them!"  I scolded.

"Sowy, mum." Grace apologized.

"ACK!  Don't cough on the cookies!  You have to turn your head sweetie!  If you are gonna make cookies with mumma you have to be very careful not to cough or sneeze on the cookies!"  I protested.

"Uh-huh." Grace said absentmindedly.

"Grace!  Stop smashing the cookies!  I don't want you to do that!"  I said for the fifteenth time.

Grace paused and furrowed her brows.

"You sassy, mumma!"  Grace wagged her finger at me finally having had enough.

"What?" I asked taken aback.

"You sassy when you make cookies." Grace told me.


Maybe that's why I stopped making cookies. 


Tonya said...

haha that is the cutest! You sassy...out of the mouths of babes!

Kelli @ writing the waves said...

hilarious! :) Sometimes it takes a bit of sassy to get the job done. Cute pics!

Tabor said...

What a great life story, you sassy momma, you.

Mom24 said...

Oh my gosh, I'm sorry but boy did this make me smile. I recognized myself too. Hope you start baking again soon, even with the "help".

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh man, but baking with kids stresses me out. seriously.

Elaine A. said...

HA HA HA HA!! She cracks me up!

And those cookies look DARN good!! Love the photo of her peeking at them. :D

Kat said...

Elaine- They were good. They are all gone now. Over 40 cookies and they were gone in two days. No wonder I used to have to make cookies so often. Looks like I'll be back at it again soon. ;)

Riahli said...

Bwahahaha, that is totally something Leiella would say to me! {and that is how I sound when baking with the kids as well...} The other day Leiella got her self in trouble and had to give a chair back to another kid and was getting scolded for her attitude... I turned back to what I was doing and Leiella ran up to me and said "Mom! Mom! Hey Mom! You are driving me crazy right now!" I couldn't help but laugh. I may or may not say that to them often... ;)

DysFUNctional Mom said...

OMGosh, so cute.
And now I want snickerdoodles!

Hilary said...

She's an absolute gem, Kat. And probably every bit as sassy as her momma. :)

ROBIN said...

too cute!

Wisconsin Girl said...

Loved this post...straight out of a scene from my house! I always want to include my son when baking and it ends up with me being crabby and scolding him. Then I feel bad about the whole intended "fun" activity. Thanks for the post. I'm a fellow Wisconsinite and always enjoy hearing about your honest feelings and family adventures.

Anonymous said...

sassy gets it done!

imbeingheldhostage said...

:) probably why most moms end up baking less. However, you've inspired me to make Snickerdoodles now, even with all four kids at home. said...

That was cute.. They learn so fast and then it hits you how fast when they say such things.. Maybe next time you can work with all of them instead of one..

Rima said...

You are a better woman than I. I bake with my kids on average thee-four times a year. But it's nice to see that Gracie is totally unfazed!

lime said...

sassy or not they look like they turned out great and grace looks none the worse for it. snickerdoodles are crack in cookie form. mmmm,...

painted maypole said...

i have not made cookies in a while. not even for Christmas. those look delicious, though!

Karen Deborah said...

hey sassy, my mama used to hand me a little blowl of dough to make how I wanted to when I was wittle.
I got to eat my own and the oven kills the germs. Try again and get her some little girl baking things and cookie cutters and just let her play with it. You will both have more fun. Learning to have fun together is the goal at this age she'll learn by watching you out of the corner of her eye.
What a dolly I'd love to play with your baby and you.

Kat said...

Karen- Oh yeah. We'll be doing a lot of baking. We've already made two more batches since this post. I have some serious cookie eaters in this family and Grace loves being my helper. She is getting pretty good at it now. :)

Anonymous said...

LOL! So funny and utterly adorable.

Jeni said...

Oh what a picture you painted here -of what I could easily see being me trying to teach Maya about baking cookies! I'm sure my patience would be totally gone within the first five minutes and not being an especially patient person to begin with, I think I'll be better off to wait a while longer before taking on the challenges of the kitchen with my granddaughter. Hopefully, there will still be enough time to do that!

TexWisGirl said...

oh so cute! congrats on your POTW!

Barb said...

I'm glad that she's sassy, too - must take after her Mama! (The cookies look yum.) Congrats on POTW!

Dianne said...

sweet POTW
beautiful little girl :)

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

They sure look yummy, though.

I can't do anything without being sassy....I think it makes it better!

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