Friday, May 29, 2009

Work vs. Sugar Cookies

"School's out for summer!"

The lyrics to the "School's Out" rock song have been going through my head all day. I'm not a big Alice Cooper fan, but something about the evil it joy? Probably not, but I guess that fits the mood.

I love summer. I love having my kids home. I love being on our own schedule, coming and going as we like; playing, creating, reading, exploring, lazy afternoons, all of it. Unfortunately, today was not like that.

It started out well enough, good morning cuddles, hugs and kisses wiping the sleep away. No rush breakfast and even a little music and dancing, courtesy of Hup. Then, things went sour. Squabbles turned violent and disrespect for all was the tune. I had to pull out my chore list just to get things back in line. Come on, the first day of summer and we we're doing chores? I'm not sure who hated it worse, me or the kids.

What is it about work that brings things back in order? It's more that just the physical cleanliness of my kitchen cabinets, attitudes seem to be cleared out and washed to a shine. As Rosebud scrubbed, she asked why I always make her work when she's ornery. Without hardly thinking I replied that work makes you happy. She rolled her eyes at me, but not three minutes later she was humming with suds dripping from her elbows.

Time well spent, yet I felt behind somehow. So, we made sugar cookies....for lunch.

Summer Savin' Sugar Cookies

2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1/4 cup sour cream
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F . In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside. (At this point make sure you put the baking soda back in the cupboard so your two year old doesn't grab it when you're not looking and pour it all over your living room)

In a large bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and sour cream until smooth. Beat in egg and vanilla. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients. Roll rounded teaspoonfuls of dough into balls, and place onto cookie sheets.

Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or just until the edges start thinking about turning golden. Let cool a few minutes on the sheet then remove to wire rack.

Let the good times roll.


  1. Hopped over from Ann's. I love making cookies with my kids. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

  2. I love me some sugar cookies. Yum!


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