at the risk of sounding cocky, i think we might be winning the gingerbread war!
or, i should say, jack is winning, and i am his unwitting accomplice. today is "cookie exchange day" at school (apparently, our Montessori is really sticking it to us on the sugar front this year!) and jack would not be sold on the easy, schmeasy turtles this year. ("but no one will pick those, mom!" peer pressure, first grade style.)
it was to be gingerbread men, and they were to be homemade.
thank goodness matty handled the rolling out and the cutting out of the men. i have mentioned my aversion to royal icing before. don't get me STARTED on the feeling of flour on my hands. or all over the kitchen, for that matter.
i simply had to leave the room while this was going on...
thank goodness i had saved the hermetically sealed bag of icing from the gingerbread house project. all i had to do was dot all the men, and jack applied the embellishments. he got tired (read: bored) after the first tray. it was then that we stumbled upon the sugar-dunking method. and a great time was had by all!
thank you to natasha for the cookie cutter - he was quickly washed and re-dressed with his festive ribbon as the cookies were baking!
we made applesauce for jack's teachers gifts (all you experienced canners out there, please overlook the air bubbles. this was our first attempt!) i am sending a very simple message to the Montessori this year: no more added sugar!!