There was some fear that my cleaner living changes would prohibit the gluttony that is Christmas cookie season around here. Never fear, even Health Coaches can take a day off. Alas, yesterday was Hookey Cookie Day, the day in which The Three Kings do not go to school and don their aprons over their pajamas for the white flour and sugar fest of the year. Usually, this day is both heaven and hell for me because while I love Do Nothing Days in pjs, I have a very difficult time giving over control in my kitchen. This year though some magic occurred and I either let down my guard more or they have grown into small master chefs or perhaps both. Whatever the cause, the older two kids did a lot of the measuring (a floury mess!) and stirring and all of the frosting (surprise, surprise) and I was able to relax and not go too crazy over spilled sugar (of which there was plenty).
On the menu this year: My standard Ritzy Chips which might be the best they’ve ever been. (Not sure if that’s a fact or if it’s just the fact that I haven’t had sweets in so long these cookies tasted like Manna from Heaven yesterday!) Along with the Ritzy’s I made double chocolate Christmas stars and trees which were a P.I.T.A to roll and cut but taste divine. Finally, there were the Not So Red Velvets. I hemmed and hawed over these this year as they are, quite frankly, the worst kind of unhealthy as they’re mostly confectioners sugar and red dye. But the Tiny Chefs requested these as a family favorite so I could not deny them. We compromised by leaving out the dye and lessening the sugar and the fat in the creme cheese frosting. They will forever be known now as The Not-So Red Velvet Whoopie Pie-ish Cookies. You can thank The Middle One for that mouth-full title.
It was a grand day in our little King-dom yesterd. I managed to catch a few shots for proof that I can relax-even when creatins invade my kitchen with tiny spatulas and messy measuring skills!
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