Life is good

I LOVE mint chocolate cookies. That's why we never bake them.

I LOVE mint chocolate cookies. That’s why we never bake them.

It has been raining literally all weekend. Since Friday…all day, all night. Lots of rain. Which I am definitely not complaining about because last summer was so darn dry. So I hope we get plenty of water, just no flooding.

With the exception of hitting a few garage sales, we stayed in all weekend in an attempt to stay dry. And some degree of nesting must be hitting because after I put kiddo to bed on Friday, I stripped our pantry. I took out every single can, bottle, jar and envelope. This meant destroying every bit of counter space and ignoring the dishes (more), but it was worth it. The good news is, I didn’t end up throwing out much. Just two cans and three boxes of jello, all VERY expired. This may not seem like the more creative endeavour, but it really will make cooking much, much easier.

I fraction of the goods.

I fraction of the goods.

So much space! A good problem to have.it could use more shelves, but I am too cheap for that right now.

So much space! A good problem to have.it could use more shelves, but I am too cheap for that right now.

Done! I really should have taken a before, but believe me, it was bad. Imagine you had $500 in groceries and ten minutes to put them away. That pretty much sums it up.

Done! I really should have taken a before, but believe me, it was bad. Imagine you had $500 in groceries and ten minutes to put them away. That pretty much sums it up.

Case in point, today the kiddo and I made awesome monster cookies. Because I had just done a pantry re-organization, I knew exactly what I had and where to find it.  A while back I read a very short article about non-negotiables. The questions asked at the end was what three things are non-negotiable in your life. It was an easy choice for me: family, creativity and good food. So when I can combine two of those things, that’s bliss.

She loves running the mixer, which I let her do with a lot of close supervision. She’s smart, but she’s still three. I would hate for a bad run-in with a kitchen appliance to ruin her love of cooking. But once the dough was made, she got to measure and mix all her own toppings. So we had m&m / reeses pieces / almond / sunflower seed / sprinkle cookies for daddy and mint / chocolate chip / sprinkle cookies for us. Want to exercise your patience? Let a small child operate a cookie scoop unassisted. When I start getting bored and want to step in, I just remind myself of the things I have learned first-hand not to do. There is a very fine line between helping and interfering. The best reward is seeing how proud she is of her misshapen, crowded cookies. They all taste the same in the end anyway!

That's how kids scoop.

That’s how kids scoop.

Besides fun baking with a kid, I also have my Creativity Cure to work on tonight. It’s taking some work, but I think it’s helping. Delving into reasons for my ongoing creative blocks and recent slackiness has been pretty helpful. And I still have five weeks to go. Best of all, the process requires hands-on time doing something you love; the very definition of a spoonful of sugar. So now I had better get on that.

I hope you all had a fabulous weekend as well!

One thought on “Life is good

  1. Yay for an organized pantry! That’s swoon-worthy…

    And yay for wonderful moments with tiny people! I baked cookies with the wee nephew a few months ago and he still talks about it. I really must do more of that with him. His job were locking/unlocking the mixer, rolling dough balls and the fork-squishing. Best day ever.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s