Friday, February 13, 2009

Valentine's Cookies

Emma and I baked Valentine's cookies today!  

I wish that I could say that we had tons of fun, (well, she did) but I was mostly stressed out. For those of you who don't know, I am very type-A and suffer from mild (self-diagnosed) OCD.

Let me paint you a brief picture:

Flour was everywhere, Emma asked me a million questions, she wanted to do it all and I had to keep explaining that she couldn't, she kept moving her step stool all over the kitchen and I tripped on it several

But, the cookies were successfully completed and Emma loved it, especially the decorating.  

Our ingredients for some YUM-O sugar cookies (my favorite)!

My sweet Emma with her heart-shaped cookie cutter (the purple one behind her is a butterfly and she insisted that we make 3 butterfly cookies - 1 for me, 1 for Daddy, 1 for her).

Emma's first time handling a mixer.  It scared her a little at first. 

Look at the mischievous look on her face.

This was Emma's first time cutting out cookies.  And honestly, I can't remember the last time I did this.  Mom?

 Excited to try one!

We made our own icing too (this was a first for me - I'm not a huge fan of icing)!

Decorating time! (Notice Brody in the background?)

Naturally Emma went for the pink icing first.  My girly girl.

The finished product.  We were very proud.  Mark came home and ate the pink one with the red heart in the middle right away - to Emma's dismay - I forgot that she wanted that one!  oops.  We gave her a different cookie and she forgot about it real quick. :-)


Anonymous said...

Hi Alison - it's Mom - Please tell Emma that Grandma thinks her cookies are beautiful! And, I don't remember the last time we baked cookies together; it's been way too long - need to do that together soon! Love you, xoxo

Tonya Ingram said...

LOL... you two are funny. You did a beautiful job. I totally understand about the self-diagnosed OCD! I was making a cake last night, and Caleb had to move his stool all over the kitchen, which also made me trip or stump my toe several times (something hitting me feet is a fear of mine). He has to hold the hand mixer by himself at least for a minute or so and he wants to do everything, which he cannot do (or I just have not been brave enough to let him have free reign in my kitchen... he's only 5! But they turned out beautiful and each time it will get better.

Amber said...

BTW I love that little rooster on your the first pic.

Krystyn said...

Oh, those look so yummy. Well worth the anxiety I think:)

Now, why didn't she make a butterfly for her sweet little brother? I know he couldn't eat it....but poor Brody!

Melinda said...

Those cookies look delicious! And it really is worth it to forge ahead through the flour and the mess - you'll both always remember these times. In case your recipe doesn't include it, try adding a teaspoon of mace to a recipe making 2-3 dozen. It adds the most amazing flavor!

Thanks so much for being a part of our prayer team!

Noah's Mommy said...

they look so nice...she did an amazing job....stopping by from SITS

Anonymous said...

Started reading your blog. The cookies are should share the receipe. Seems that Emma had a wonderful time. As you described it, it's similar to when I let Luke help and he ends up eating flour amongst other things...:) Chebet

The Rambler said...

Visiting from the welcomitas over at SITS..

You have such a beautiful daughter and what a good looking son..:)

Mrs. Jelly Belly said...

Oh, how fun! I love baking with little kids because they love it so much. Although I must admit, lately I tend to head toward the Pillsbury refrigerated cookie dough!

Welcome to SITS - so happy to have you join us!

sandy said...

They look terrific!

I stopped by from SITS to Welcome you! It's great to have you as part of the SITStahood:0)

angi_b72 said...

Great pics !! Stopping by from SITS To welcome you aboard!!

Rachael said...

it looks like she had a great time making the valentine cookies and they turned out beautifully. what a sweetheart she is, so beautiful.

just stopping by to welcome you to SITS, glad to have you aboard!

Joy said...

Wow Alison, those cookies turned out great! How pretty they are. And how adorable your baking assistant Emma is. :O)

Welcome to the SITS group!

Brandy said...

You guys did a great job! And from the pictures it doesn't look too messy. Heck, I'd make more of a mess than that! But then I'm the one who has to clean it so I guess that makes it okay.

Stopping by from SITS...welcome!

Eudea-Mamia said...

These look so great!! And I'm totally with you on the letting them "help" thing. Very hard to control my self-diagnosed OCD as well.

And Brody!! He's yummy too (two boys of my own 3 and 6 - I miss those gummy smiles).

Welcome to SiTS!!! Em

Julie said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one who doesn't equate kids in the kitchen with love and harmony. I'm not OCD, I'm just easily annoyed.
Welcome to the SITS community :)

Aunt Spicy said...

Ohhh, my mouth is watering just lookig at the pictures, what a fun activity! Stopping by from SITS, welcome to the fun times!

Anonymous said...

She's quiet the baker. You have a gorgeous family!
I wanted to welcome you to the Secret is in the Sauce site. It is a great community to be a part of. You will always be able to find others to connect with. Thanks for being a part of it and hope to see you around!

Anonymous said...

Those cookies look great! Sounds like they were worth the mess.

Welcome to SITS!

flaxandpsindle said...

She looks like she really had fun!!

Xazmin said...

They look delish!! Your children are really beautiful, and I'm enjoying reading through your posts.