On the day before Christmas Eve, I had the grandchildren and their mama come down for a baking session. I had made the gingerbread dough early in the morning and put it into the fridge to chill. They came down around 2:00.
We rotated…after I rolled out a portion of dough the first time, since gingerbread dough is a bit sticky, once it was manageable, one child could roll, one could cut the shapes, the others would work on decorating. In the above photo, Aiselyn was enjoying herself so much that she told her mama that she wanted to be a baker when she grew up.
I had RedHots and M & M’s; the idea being to use either or both for the gingerbread men’s face and a few buttons and to leave room for adding icing to their feet and hands later on. In addition, we cut out trees and snowflakes to only be iced …well this all got out of hand. Bear in mind the children are 5, 6, and just turned 8 years old.
Mom got icing in her hair trying to rescue a cookie from an overdose of icing and sprinkles…
The children found this to be highly amusing!
No fancy beautiful cookies here : we just let the children do what they wanted for the most part. A few of the gingerbread men were so overloaded with RedHots that they looked a bit like bleeding zombies when they came out of the oven :) But in the end, every single one came out exactly on time, not burnt, moist and tender and delicious.
I ate one, kept six, and the rest went home with them. Once everything was cleaned up we still had to ‘kill time’ because we were waiting for my son to get off of work and bring the puppy over from his dad’s, who had been babysitting him since Monday. When Tallica got a text that it wouldn’t be long, she went home to prepare something and then returned.
Joyce, from the wonderful blog What Happens at Grandma’s had sent a sweet gift of playing cards for the children and mice for our cats! :) So we played the card came, and also printed out some Christmas Bingo cards that she’d recommended from One Creative Mommy, using the rest of the M & M’s for markers. PRIZES for winners were “Go Pick a Toy From the Toy Room & Take it Home ” :)
At this point I was getting anxious and couldn’t WAIT to hear from my son. I was so excited about this puppy and the children’s surprise. Once we did hear from him, my DIL told the kids that Dad was home making dinner and wanted us up there ASAP.
So we gathered up toys, cards, bingo sheets and cookies and went up the road ( they are two blocks from me ) to see a large plastic container with a bow and card on the porch in front of the door. The card said that this was addressed to the children from “Merle”. I said this must be a mistake…we don’t know anyone by that name!
They opened the container to see myriad items for a dog inside and agreed that it must be a mistake since they didn’t have a dog but why did the card have their names on it? Mystified, they opened the door and entered the house to see their dad standing there holding a puppy!
Who takes pictures at that point? Not me…I was too excited to meet the little pup :) I got just a few that evening.
And more the next day…..
He’s a Rottweiler & Labrador mix ; about 9 weeks old. Super cuddly and just getting used to the household.
He’s a little bundle of Christmas sweetness : )
Christmas breakfast will be here in a few hours and dinner later on at ‘the puppy’s house’ :)