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Monday, 9 December 2019

Cookie day

Though we don’t need an excuse to get together or bake, we recently had our annual pre-Christmas cookie bake with our daughter and the kids. Our granddaughters love baking and cookies are a favourite. Ever the teachers, my husband and I use the opportunity to teach fractions from the practical examples afforded by measurement. However, baking provides so much more.


This year, their two year old brother participated for a time as the girls chopped cherries. He grinned and ate as they chopped. He is not a fan of sweets usually but the cherries were the exception. Later, he didn’t eat any cookies though.


The hours went quickly by as we baked and tidied between batches. The girls are as helpful cleaning up as they are baking. They especially enjoy making  cookies they can get their hands in, which makes the cleaning up a chore, but fun in a gooey, messy way. We had tacos for supper and the tasty morsels for dessert.


What makes cookie day so great? While cookies are yummy, that’s not the best part. Best is the time spent together, without the distraction of television and other screens. It’s being able to enjoy each other’s company, sharing stories, jokes, songs while we work and having a scuff* if there’s time.


As I watched our daughter with the kids, explaining a recipe to them, listening to their questions, I thought, these kids are in good hands, be it about cookies or anything else.


*In Newfoundland English, a scuff is a dance.



22 comments:

Anvilcloud said...

Looks like a very worthwhile time, including the scuff.

DJan said...

You brought back memories of my own childhood making Christmas cookies. I love the way you write, Marie. You put me right there next to you. :-)

Debra She Who Seeks said...

Sounds delightful!

Rhodesia said...

Wish I had some family to get together with to bake. Enjoy Diane

Tabor said...

While I do not have a need for more calories, I do miss baking with the grands who are so very busy with activities these days.

Elephant's Child said...

It sounds perfect to me. An absolutely blissful day - for everyone.

bill burke said...

Sounds like you had some fun baking cookies with the family.

John "By Stargoose And Hanglands" said...

That sounds like fun as most children seem to like cooking. I did a lot with the children I worked with at the school and, miraculously, sometimes with very good results. Unfortunately none of our recipes were repeatable as it all depended on how much of the ingredients were eaten before they reached the oven. Some of our junior chefs needed a bath by the time we were finished!

William Kendall said...

It sounds like you enjoyed yourselves.

Rose said...

This sounds like fun...it is good you can make time to do this together. My oldest daughter likes to come home and us bake cookies. And sometimes Lorelei and I bake. But I sure don't bake like I used to. But it is the being together that is best for me...but I daresay for the kids it might be a tie between the end results and the being together.

Debbie said...

this sounds like a wonderful day!! we have ours coming up, i can't wait!!

Catarina said...

Those are undoubtedly good times!
My little one, who is not even 2 years old, has her own apron, loves to stand on a 3 step ladder and help her mom when she is baking. She makes her own batch of cookies!

Ruth Hiebert said...

Sounds like a fantastic day. I love baking together with my granddaughter.

Barbara said...

What a great idea to teach fractions with cooing lessons. I'm going to pass t that on to the Son. Speaking of which, my Son was the one who didn't and still doesn't particularly care for sweets.

David M. Gascoigne, said...

There is no better education,

Senorayjose said...

This is great! Cookie day always brings a smile to my kids' faces too. Your grands will have wonderful memories. :)

PerthDailyPhoto said...

So much fun Marie. We have the same tradition. All the young ones gather at my sister's house and make and decorate shortbread biscuits. A tradition my Mum started years ago and we keep it going 💛

Liz Hinds said...

I made cookies with GrandSon4 on saturday too. He was more interested in discovering he liked the taste of white chocolate than actually weighing much this time. All the children love to bake and can't wait to lick the spoon afterwards.

photowannabe said...

Thanks for the explanation of Scuff...Love our blogging..we learn so much from it.
It sounds like such a delightful day you had.
I love those special times of creating memories.

At Home In New Zealand said...

What a fun-filled family tradition to have, baking cookies like that. Those children will grow up with joyful memories of precious times spent together. How wonderful :)

Laurel Wood said...

Your words paint such a precious scene. I have memories of baking with my mom and sister at Christmas. Treasured memories for a lifetime.
Thank you for your kindness and prayers.

jenny_o said...

Children need these kinds of activities. Your grandchildren seem very well-rounded and a pleasure to be around.