The night my car imploded, we were returning home from a rare night out over at a friend’s house. We (4 adults and 6 children) had dinner, we played Wrestle (because who doesn’t), we talked cell phone coverage (because who doesn’t), and we decorated cookies.
Should you ever find yourself outnumbered by children, I highly recommend pulling out a container of plain sugar cookies and 3 bowls of icing, sprinkles, and marshmallows and yelling “Get after it!” Pure genius. Best evening-with-company activity ever. Children: happy while destroying while decorating while eating. Parents: talking while supervising while eating. Brilliant.
Even better genius if you use Shanda’s recipe. I actually stopped mid-cookie, mouth-full to ask, “Um… what kind of sugar cookie is this?” They are unbelievable. Seriously.
Shanda’s Frosting Cookies
Cream 1 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, 1 egg.
Add 2 Tablespoons of milk, 1 Tablespoon of orange rind, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 3 cups of flour.
Chill. Roll out. Bake at 350° for 10-12 minutes.
It’s the orange rind. It will change your world, my hand to heaven.
We’ve started a new tradition here in the Mulder household. Once a week, I make dinner, feed the kids, we play with the kids, we put the kids in bed, and then Curt and I eat AFTER. Like, at 8:30pm. Alone. It’s our at-home date night. We were finding, like everyone else with jobs and kids and commutes and chores, that we were really tired at the end of the day and sometimes could barely work in 5 minutes of actual non-kid or household-related conversation. We do have babysitters out here, and we use them… but it’s not something we do every week. This gives us a *free* night at home. No one stealing my pop, no food flying off the high chair, no convincing anyone to eat 2 more bites. Just adults. It’s pretty rad.