Musings on Summer

As summer comes to a close, and the last few weeks are filled with several “last hurrah” outings and road-trips, I’ve been reflecting on summer, and wanted to share a quick list:

1. How do mosquitos automatically know exactly where to sting you, so it is terribly annoying?  For me, it’s my ankles. GRR!

2. It’s perfectly acceptable to eat ice cream every day.

3. Sunscreen can be a kind of perfume, right?!  It also doubles as a heavy duty moisturizer.

4. You can find tasty treats – anything deep fried, with bacon, or chocolate dipped at local fairs.  Today I had a bite-sized bacon wrapped brownie!  It was delish!

5. Kids find sand & dirt to dig and play in wherever we go.  Even if it’s not bath night, I just let them go.

6. Fireworks are loud & scary to young kids.  We watched some from inside our house, (shot off from a nearby park) and my daughter said she wants to watch fireworks from inside all the time.

7. A picnic doesn’t have to be a big ordeal.  We have just grabbed a blanket, throw some food together, and enjoyed eating al fresco in our own yard.  For winter time, we do this in our living room!

8. Bedtimes tend to get later as we enjoy every last minute of sunshine and beautiful weather.  Plus, kids don’t like to sleep when the sun is still out.

9. Kids will get bored, while us parents scratch our heads amazed at how quickly summer flies by.

10. Housework and yard work can wait because, it’s summer, and it only lasts so long.

Happy summer!  What things are quintessential summer to you?

Snowman Sugar Cookies

I attempted to make CUTE, decorated sugar cookies last week for our church’s holiday bake sale.  I used store bought mix, store bought frosting, and store bought chocolate chips.

Mama O's Snowman Sugar Cookies

Mama O’s Snowman Sugar Cookies

From the picture they look okay, but as I was making them, I couldn’t help but think, “Wow, these look like my kids decorated them.”  As you can see from the picture, I became impatient, so I made some orange basketball cookies with the leftover orange icing and colored some vanilla frosting green to finish them up.  I experienced a similar feeling of impatience and frustration when my sister and I made sugar cookies several years ago (pre-kids), and it took forever to decorate them with our remedial skills!  I have used the paint-on frosting with my 3 year old and have had more success.

For a post on REALLY LOVELY homemade sugar cookies, check out these Nutcracker Cookies Nikki made. She suggests Sweetopia as a great how-to site. I’ll have to spend some time there to help channel my inner domestic cookie decorating goddess!

Do you have any tips on how to make baking cookies more fun and kid-friendly? I’d love to hear your ideas!