there was this moment last week where i was like, ugh. where is this baby? just come already! but in the same thought, i realized it’s actually kind of nice to have these last few days together with just eleanor and samson, getting in all our holiday traditions and activities together, before i’ve got my arms completely full of a little newborn for the next several weeks.
we spent an afternoon making homemade sugar cookies together while listening to christmas music and had such a good time! i’ve learned a lot about patience this year with these two in the kitchen. they are always dying to help with any task, and while it’s usually a slower process and 10x messier to have their little helping hands around, i’ve learned from my own upbringing (where i didn’t really get to participate in the kitchen much) that it’s important to me that i bite my lip and just let them have fun and learn and do and help as much as they want.
we partnered with pottery barn kids this month, who make these darling little monogrammed rudolph aprons and a few other fun holiday kitchen dishes and decorations. so the experience was even more cool for E and S since they weren’t just little bakers, but bakers with their names on their aprons! and, aprons with pockets!!!! the aprons are maybe being requested to be worn on a daily basis around our house these days, whether we’re in the kitchen or not…
a few photos from our sugar cookies baking day below…
^^^she’s incredibly good at measuring the most perfect and precise cups of sugar. now, getting all that sugar into the bowl and not onto the counter when pouring it in on the other hand, we’re working on it. ;) ^^^
^^^caught red handed sneaking cookie dough into her mouth!^^^
^^^the amount of frosting and sprinkles a toddler can fit onto each individual cookie is quite impressive.^^^
^^^i don’t even know how many cookies samson took bites of while frosting. but someone’s gotta try them out to make sure each one tastes good, right?^^^
we delivered the cookies to all our friends and neighbors in our apartment building after dinner that evening (we saved all the ones samson took bites of for us. don’t worry!) we have a second batch of dough in our freezer (the recipe makes a lot!) and look forward to making one more round to deliver to our tiny friends this coming week! now that they’re old enough to do it with us, i think i just might look forward to this tradition of making and decorating cookies together and delivering them as much as (or more than) the kids do in the coming years.
we used this sugar cookie recipe, but we ended up using much more flour than the initial recipe called for. it was still quite a sticky dough to work with, even with the additional flour, so if you do end up trying out this recipe, don’t be nervous to add generous amounts of additional flour. our cookies still turned out delicious!
this post is in partnership with pottery barn kids. they have a darling line of holiday items this year. you can find a few of the other items we picked out and featured in this post right here: the cute rudolph plate set and tumbler set, christmas plaid table runner and chrismas plaid napkins, this felt reindeer decor for the table. not featured but so cute that i just have to share are these christmas pj’s! (i’m clearly such a sucker for christmas pjs…)