Wednesday, December 19, 2007

somebody stop me!

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!!

17 comments:

Kelly A. said...

Oh man you guys are festive. Take that gingerbread!

Sandi said...

Wow, you won on every front. Family, School, health, sanity. Good job.

Denise said...

Homemade apple sauce, what a great idea! It looks good to me. Air bubbles just add character (says I who have never canned applesauce). Cute g-men, too!

carlo said...

oh now that is cool to do the applesauce!

tell us about this cookie exchange and how many men did it take? very interesting

Amanda :-) said...

Hoho! What a sight that is! I'm like that with glitter. I have to run from the room when I see children with glitter.

I love your labelling and string on your jars. And the air bubbles are fine, I say. Sloppy is the new black in culinary terms. Nigella Lawson slops stuff all over the place.

Jenny said...

Love the gingerbread men. Natasha is a saint, we have one as well!

Natasha said...

I LOVE IT!

pjmesser said...

Amazing! I love them- I have never made gingerbread men before & I used to bake a lot. I am avoiding it- because I can't stop eating sweets.
And homemade applesauce -you win-mother of the year-- for sure! What a GREAT idea.

Rebecca said...

Great job on everything!! Wow.

Amy said...

Homemade applesauce is a great gift idea. I am somehow stuck on sweets this year in my giving. The gingerbread men are charming. I love any kitchen happening that involves all hands in the house.

Katie A. said...

That is a whole army of gingerbread men! Are you finished with icing for the season then? It certainly sounds like you have been hard at work!

Marie said...

I did not know you had a flour-on-hands aversion. It seems like I am always rolling something out this time of year. I don't mind it on my hands, but I don't like when I try to clean it up and it makes that glue that goobers-up the washcloth. Ick.

Lucy said...

Very festive and fun. What a great experience for Jack.

I love homemade applesauce! What a great gift idea.

michelle said...

Woohoo! You won the gingerbread war! And the applesauce jars are just beautiful. Great idea.

Barb said...

My montessori preschool was militant about the no sugar thing, maybe they let up in elementary school?
Yummy applesauce, I wish I was Jack's teacher!

Emmanuelle said...

All that looks really good ;-)
I would need cooking lesson to cook gingerbread because I try to cook it last year and it was a mess !! ;-)

Price Cream Parlor said...

WOW! I love seeing all that gingerbread! I bet your home smelled heavenly! I love the idea of homemade anything - especially applesauce! That is fantastic!