I have a confession to make I’ve always been down on baking. I know…. sacrilege for many….but baking is something I wildly adore the fruits of, but the commitment is just too much.
I’ve been thinking a lot about my December Goals (being present, kind, and reflective) and I’ve been honestly doing pretty well with them. I’m learning a ton about myself in this goal setting process what things I need to keep me calm and patient and what things I should avoid at all costs. So I decided to bake just to see if my goals and my success would them would help and then I could eat cookies.
Baking with Shortcuts
This year I decided to buy the Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix that is on sale at Target 3 for $5.00. Let’s just say at first I had a million reasons in my head why this didn’t count as REAL baking. Then I realized I don’t really give a shit. Who decides this and why does it matter anyway? This packaged mix made it way easier and allowed us to be done quicker than if I had to make the dough and with
me kids the time that we can all keep it together is very limited. I am SO VERY GRATEFUL I allowed myself to take the shortcuts it made it so much better and the cookies were delicous.
Don’t Expect Too Much
If you are a perfectionist (like I can be) and you cannot let it go I may advise leaving the baking to the experts. In the beginning most of our sugar cookies had half missing because they fall of or the cutter wasn’t evenly placed on the rolled out dough. The frosting was messy and sometimes colors got mixed. IT WAS PERFECT that way. That was what I kept telling myself and honestly believing. I had to know my limitations and ability and Vincent’s and then I was okay because I was being honest about what we were going to be able to produce!
Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew
This one takes major self awareness and honesty something that can be super hard for me. I love both of my children. I just knew that with my almost 2 year old and my 3 year old solo it wasn’t going to work. I was going to go insane and all joy would be stolen by my bad attitude and so we baked during John’s (the baby) nap time. I felt slightly guilty at first but he didn’t know the difference and we’ll wait until he’s older and I’m more patient, I bet I can guess which will come first.
Also, stick to one kind of cookies and/ or two- whichever you can handle. I stopped myself when I still felt like it was going well because I know how quickly that can turn.
Don’t Clean While You Go
I am kind of a freak for a clean house. It’s not ever as clean as I wish it was. I will be honest and tell you that a large part of why I don’t normally bake cookies is for as much as I love a clean house I’m a giant mess in the kitchen. I’m just not neat about it and add flour and it’s a disaster. Add my 3 year old it and basically it’s like a full blown panic attack for me. I found there to be zero point in cleaning as you go. Enjoying the process and then putting them in the oven I would then turn on a show for Vincent (I know some people frown upon this…but hey I’m just keeping it real) and get the cleaning part done.
Take In EVERY SECOND OF YOUR TODDLER
This makes me laugh because I love giving tips that are impossible. Let me tell you we baked 4 times this year on 4 different occasions because we were loving it so much. I was able to do this maybe about 50 % of the time. Anytime I began to feel overwhelmed and like I was going to lose it I would step back, take a deep breath, and remind myself what it was all about. Vincent totally loved this time and it was so fun watching him.
Let Them Be Kids
So one of the times in particular we were making chocolate covered Oreos and pretzels. They are simple and delicious and everything I was taking out was delicious looking and Vincent is a sucker for chocolate chips. He was eating so many sweets and kept asking for more. I was getting frustrated and felt like I just wanted him to stop and make the damn treats so we could eat them later. Then I realized the kid is 3 I put all of the most deliciously amazing treats in front of him and thought he shouldn’t eat. That’s just ridiculous so I let go and joined in :).
There are a few good baking days left this Holiday Season? Will you be baking? With or without the kids? Would love to hear what tips work best for you!