Some More Please: That’s the way the cookie crumbles

2012-02-16 08:55

The toddler’s 3rd birthday has come and gone – no I didn’t cave, hire a venue and pack a bag full of sweets in party packs.

I remained true to my toddler party conviction – cousins and three friends only. The menu was a cake (with princesses on it, a compromise), chocolate spread sandwiches (in star and heart shapes) and (plain salted) crisps for the kids, and for the adults, scones with raspberry mascarpone cheese and wine.

Each child got a spotty balloon and a paper windmill to take home – no one complained (or not in earshot anyway).

But most important of all – the toddler had an absolute blast and is waiting patiently for her next “happy birthday”. I have explained that every single person she knows has to have a turn before she gets another one – and she seems happy to wait. She must be a planner at heart.

In the meantime though, I have relaxed some standards around the house and decided it’s time to get into the kitchen with the toddler. The best way to achieve this is, of course, baking. I am a little bit of an impatient baker myself, preferring “chuck it in and hope for the best” cooking to nit-picking measuring, but I can learn.

Our first effort was a batch of peanut butter cookies and we invited her cousin around to help. While us mums mostly got the right amount of butter, flour, sugar and peanut butter into the mixture – they took turns stirring, spilling and then mashing the batter into patties.

Not fixing their mashed efforts took some serious mind-control on my part, but after 10 minutes in a hot oven even the mashed ones tasted pretty good dunked into tea.

In fact, they tasted so good dunked into tea that the toddler bit a chunk out of every one of them and dunked them in her tea – marking her territory, I suppose, and I was too busy yakking to stop her before they were all either soggy or spat on. I still ate them – that’s a mother thing.

This week we’ll be doing fairy cupcakes – and then we will start with the healthier stuff – home-made pizza, cheese straws and muffins with vegetables squirreled away in them. After all, once a food fascist, always a food fascist and besides, never mind the sugar rush, having freshly baked biscuits in the house is bound to lead to even worse middle-aged spread …

Follow me on Twitter @GayleMahala. Follow City Press: @City_Press

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.