This summer I tried a little experiment. I asked the girls (and Henry - who ignored me and walked away) if they would like to be a part of The Great Cookie Project. Each week, I would buy ingredients for a different cookie and the girls would take turns making them.
The official reason: the children would learn important skills in following directions, measuring, mixing, creating, cleaning and doing a project from start to finish. Science! Math! Home Economics! The Great Cookie Project had them all.
The real reason: I wanted a never-ending supply of fresh, homemade cookies and I was too lazy to make them myself.
Josie and Georgia took turns being Head Chef and we mostly used recipes I found on Pinterest. TGCP included chocolate chip cookies, S'mores Bars, Chocolate Salted Caramel Brownies, jelly thumbprint cookies and (on the day that I remembered to take photos), sugar cookies.
It was Josie's week and she got to do all the rolling, the cookie cutter-ing and the decorating.
She chose whales, hippos, a martini glass, a goose and three ninjas.
Because why not eat a hippo cookie? Or a ninja? And everyone knows that goose is delicious.
Especially if it is covered in pink sugar.
Obviously the Great Cookie Project was a huge success. It was such a hit that we thought we would continue it into the fall. I envisioned one of the children making cookies each Saturday and then I imagined myself packing lunches with homemade treats.
It hasn't happened.
Who has time on a Saturday to make cookies!?!
We're lucky if we can get the smelly uniforms washed between games.
Fall is the killer of fun, summer traditions. It's a fact.