I don’t know about anyone else but I’m really struggling being full time Mum again! Don’t get me wrong I’ve loved having the extra time to spend with Henry (my son) and it’s made our bond even stronger… but maybe a little too strong? We had a clingy phase when he was a toddler and we seem to of reverted back to it! I’m trying not to get stressed with him though, it’s so hard for them to understand the reasons for the current situation and I’m doing my best to just be there for him. We're all in this together and I guess what I'm trying to say is that it's ok not to be ok! It's ok that the housework isn't getting done, it's ok that you haven't learnt a new skill with all this "spare time" we apparently have, it's also ok that the kids bedtime is getting earlier and earlier every day!!
Work has definitely taken a back seat hence the lack of of posts I’m afraid! However as one of my many attempts to keep him occupied we did make cookies this weekend! It got very messy so I only managed to get pics of the finished product (after I'd cleaned up the layer of flour/egg glue off the worktop!)
The recipe below is for the basic chocolate chip kind (I say basic lightly as it’s actually one of our favourites!) This is another recipe that you can experiment with and add pretty much anything you fancy. I’ve added some suggestions at the end.
Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees
225g Self-raising flour
125g Butter, margarine or stork/baking block
125g Caster sugar
100g Soft brown sugar
(If unavailable then substitute both sugars for golden caster sugar)
1 tsp vanilla extract
200g chocolate chips or chunks
1) Line a baking tray with baking paper
2) Cream butter & sugars with an electric beater and then beat in the egg & vanilla
3) Sift in the flour, stir until combined and then stir in the chocolate chips
4) Make small balls of mixture by rolling in the palms of your hands and place them on the tray with a couple of inches between each one
5) Cook for 10 minutes or until just golden and slightly cracking on top
6) Allow to cool for a minute then move them to cooling rack with a turning utensil
Alternatively, you could make a giant cookie! Place all your mixture on a large baking tray lined with baking paper and flatten slightly. This could take up to 20 minutes to cook so just keep an eye on it!
Some other suggestions of flavours to add to your cookie mixture…
- 1 tbsp Cocoa
- White chocolate chunks & raspberries
- Oats & Raisins
Let the kids experiment, once you've added the flour to your mix you can divide it up before adding other ingredients and have a selection of different ones! The photos are of the ones that my 4 year old genuinely made with little help from me which shows how easy they are!!
Top tip...if you like a crunchier cookie then flatten the cookies with the back of a spoon half way through baking and bake for an extra minute!