It's an extra day this year and also resulted in an extra day home with the kids. How? After making the early morning long trek into the clinic under very poor weather conditions in a borrowed car I found out there was a last minute schedule change and I would not be able to work that day. Hence, I turned around and headed home in the blustery driving conditions. T Rex Dad had arranged to be home that day with the kids since my mom was unavailable. I was actually driving her car so he could take the kids somewhere fun - at the moment we only have one family car. I don't feel confident driving his stick shift 18 year old VW Jetta. My mom's car handled beautifully on the slick roads but I have plenty of experience driving it as she and I shared it during my high school and college days - it's also 18 years old.
The kids were a bit disappointed their dad would not be staying with them that day. He has many projects on the burner at work and needed the time to get caught up. However, I did not want to disappoint them but I also did not want take them out on the roads after witnessing at least a dozen slide offs during my round trip commute.
With their help, we devised a plan for the day. We determined that while the snow was accumulating, we would bake cookies. This way by the time we went outside there would be plenty of undisturbed snow for playing.
Of course, my sugar-disliking son wanted sugar cookies with as little sugar as possible. We ended up making 3-4 dozen cookies with only 3/4 cup of sugar. They still tasted fine. Of course, Lil Sis will eat anything so she happily put down as many as I would permit. They were also very excited to wear their baking aprons they received from me for Christmas. The aprons functioned flawlessly. A friend also recommended rolling the dough out between wax/parchment paper. This was also an excellent suggestion and made clean up very simple and aided in keeping Lil Sis from eating too much dough.
The chosen cookie shapes were ducks, trucks, hearts, and shamrocks. The latter two were used from Grandma N's cookie cutter collection she passed along to us. They make perfect bite-sized cookies.
The cookies were just the first part of the fun day. Stay tuned for Part II - Snow.