Act 1: Making the dough.
Me: “Don’t eat too much dough”
LJ: “Just a little bit,” as she shoves a huge glob in her mouth.
Act 2: Cutting out the shapes.
Me: “Use your cutters to cut out the shapes and then we will bake them.”
LJ: “Okay Mommy.” She cuts out a shape, picks it up with the spatula…..and shoves it in her mouth.
Act 3: Frosting and sprinkles.
Me: “Spread the frosting on the cookies, then add some sprinkles.”
LJ: “Garumph.” You can’t understand her because she’s simultaneously shoving spoonfuls of frosting and sprinkles in her mouth.
Act 4: Call it quits
Me: “Yea, wasn’t that fun!” As I’m stuffing everything in the refrigerator to do after she goes to bed.
Plans for that Gingerbread House we were going to make—cancelled.
Note: My mom sent me this lovely vanilla-citrus Fiori di Sicilia extract from King Arthur Flour which I use here. You can leave it out or substitute your favorite flavoring (almond, vanilla, etc.) instead.