This is the time of year for indulging. Whether it’s with food, presents, time spent on yourself or on someone else, it is a time of year where people seem to say ‘yes’ when other times they would say ‘no’.
It can also be a time of year where the cold, rain or snow, along with the darkness creep in, and we are forced to keep ourselves busy and occupied inside our houses. And with young children with nurseries and schools closed for Christmas holidays, this attempt to ‘keep busy’ (aka- avoid tears) is even greater.
Baking and cooking has always been one of my go-to fail safes for keeping my kids entertained. It has been a wonderful way for us to spend time together that doesn’t involve a screen. It gives me an easy opportunity to teach them something or give them a new experience, as well as enjoy (hopefully) delicious results. But I have also learned in order for this experience to be enjoyed by all parties, there are some givens I need to accept, and some responsibilities I need to harness before the mixing and rolling and decorating begin. Continue reading