After years of research in my test kitchen, I have found that Krusteaz sugar cookie mix tastes better than any of the “from scratch sugar cookies” I have made.
And not only do they taste good, but literally, you pour the mix, add water, and stir!!
This is crucial for me, because with my three preschoolers, Mommy needs to spend her time managing the flour and cutting out of the cookies, not measuring and mixing.
I have found that what works for me in these busy holiday days with my circus crew, is to prioritize and focus my energy on what really matters most to us. Some times that means I make the apple pie from scratch because that is our favorite. Other times we use the box mix, because our favorite part is playing with the dough and cutting out the cookies.
One last thing that works for me during this busy holiday season… we do things in chunks… today’s task was baking the cookies…tomorrow we decorate.
“You think this looks messy, just wait till I get my hands on icing & sprinkles!!”
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The circus crew and I went to run some errands this morning…Target and Michale’s were ok… granted we did crack the sugar sprinkle container when the baby threw it on the floor, and my older daughter soon had the spilled sugar all over her face and hands after “sampling it” but we only got a few looks when the kids were singing jingle bells as they hung off the side of the cart while I finished my shopping.
Hallmark wasn’t even too bad, even though I somehow cut my knee when I bent down to getter a better look at the ornaments, I recall a piece of a broken ornament being on the floor, didn’t realize I had knelt on that broken piece, but soon after I felt blood dripping down my leg.
The UPS store, however, was OVER THE TOP…. we had to go potty, we had a fist fight, a temper tantrum, a trip to the van for my cell phone to call my SIL to get her actual address and not her PO Box address… a pause mid conversation to settle another dispute….need I go on??
As we drove home to make lunch and quick get ready for naps, I recalled the Drabble comic I saw in the paper on Dec 7. I laughed when I saw it then,
So, this one’s for me…. am I alone on this?
…you start spelling anything you don’t want others to over hear.
Case in point…
Scott and I had parked the car in a crowded parking garage recently, and I knew better than to shout, “Hey Honey did you lock the car?”
So, without even thinking, I said, “Scott, don’t forget to L-O-C-K the van!”
But, unlike the preschoolers at home who I am accustomed to spelling around if I don’t want them to figure out what I am saying, MOST thieves can spell.