It’s not often that a lazy Saturday morning comes our way. I didn’t go for a run, I didn’t clean or organize. Noah and I watched movies, baked cookies and enjoyed watching our newly hatched butterflies. It was a nice day.
We gathered up all the necessary ingredients for Martha Stewart’s Chewy Oatmeal Raisin Cookies. Being three, my son was all about making the cookies himself. Luckily he was patient enough to let me help him, just a little.
The recipe calls for the usual suspects: flour, sugar (granulated and brown), salt, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, vanilla extract, eggs, butter, milk, oats and raisins. One thing I’d mention ahead of time is that this recipe asks that you refrigerate the batter for at least 2 hours before baking. I didn’t read until the moment I had to break the news to Noah. Not a happy moment. Once you are done letting it cool in the refrigerator, spoon the batter into little balls on a baking sheet. I’m partial to Silpat (thanks to my friend Lindsey). Then bake for 16-18 min. Let the little guys cool on a wire rack to cool serve.
Luckily, I was able to bake them while Noah took a nap (and snap a few photos). He awoke to the delicious aroma of freshly baked cookies sprinkled with cinnamon, powdered sugar and love from mommy.
These are the experiences I will cherish and think back on when my son is grown. When he doesn’t pull on my shirt to come play with him and I don’t have to bribe him to finish his green vegetables or use the bathroom before we leave the house. I know one day all I’ll wish for is that he’d cry for me to lay next to him because he can’t sleep.
I am admittedly a person that has a hard time living in the moment. I love to plan and dream of all that lies ahead. However, my little boy teaches me how to let go of the past and not get anxious about the future. He teaches me to just be and maybe make some cookies.