Christmas memories 2011: Lila's first time making cutout cookies.

This was exciting for Lila since, "Lila help?" is heard constantly 'round these parts. This kid likes to grab her footstool and wing it over to any counter top she can barely get her head over in order to help.

"Lila, wanna make some cookies?"


On goes the apron.

Yep. Her hair is really that messy.
Weekends be crazy up in here.

She's actually smiling. She was so pumped. "They are letting me SIT on the counter. I am MIXING some food. I am WEARING my apron. MY LIFE IS INCREDIBLE." (That's an exact quote.)

She had been waiting to use her mini-rolling pin for quite some time. Actually, that's not true. I had been waiting for her to use it. It was gifted to her when she was like 6 months old. Her lazy busy Momma just had to find the right time to use it.

"Shall I taste some flour?"

"Yum. The forbidden flour is goooood. I will not make eye contact. Nothing will deter me from eating copious amounts of flour throughout this entire process."

(Another exact quote.)

Enough of the smiling.

Lila LOVED using her mini spatula to move the cookies from the counter to the baking sheet/tray.

(Whenever we bake/cook, I miss all of my kitchen equipment that has been sitting in storage in Ohio for over 5 years. Dear stand-up yellow Kitchen Aid Mixer, I miss you. Dear All Clad pots and pans, I miss you. Dear Longaberger pottery, I miss you. Dear air-bake baking sheets, I miss you. Thank God I brought my avocado slicer to Cabo, though. I use it all the time.)

The fruits of her labor.

My daughter and I. (Ignore both of our hair. Weekends. Messy. No makeup. Hair up. Fun to be had.)

Lila had SUCH a good time. I love how she's holding her rolling pin like it's a World Wrestling Federation belt OVER HER HEAD. Yay, Lila! YOU are the champion baker of Los Cabos.

The outtake made me smile. Lila? There's a rolling pin in front of your line of sight.

Then it was time for THESE.

So exciting. And those little mini-spreaders that I bought a couple of years ago totally came in handy.

You might note that the decorating was less "frosting" and more like "piling" icing onto the cookies. I would assume this is a universal toddler cookie decorating technique.

And then... we brought out the sprinkles. (You'll notice in the background that there are hardly any bulbs/decor on our tree. It's because of Vivi's propensity for pulling all of the ornaments off of the tree. It's an uphill battle.)

So proud of herself. Yet annoyed with me at the same time.

And wah-la! The finished products.

(Tee hee. There were more than three. Keep reading.)

 This one was my favorite. Way to go, Lila.

Ho, ho, ho.

Kylee and Lila the Champion Baker



  1. Love this! :) can't wait until Attia is old enough to start baking and decorating. And yes, I can confirm based on years of childcare experience, toddlers totally pile the frosting and dump the sprinkles - think of them as avant garde cookies!

  2. i love this. i tried to get jude to help me make cinnamon rolls and he said, "No mama, I watch my pooh bear." okay then, jerk.

  3. I did cookies with Keira last weekend and she loved it too. Lila's cookies turned out great! Really cute pictures.

  4. I love this! Ours LOVE helping Kevin with rollout cookies too.

    And her "exact quotes"? A.w.e.s.o.m.e.

  5. Oh this post makes me smile!!

    Love that you two baked cookies together and LOVE the finished products!

    The picture of her concentrating as she is rolling out the dough is priceless. SO cute.

    I can't wait for the day when Henry and I can bake together! I bring him into the kitchen every time I cook, he loves it in there.

  6. Does she ever use the step stool for evil? Athena's is kind of the bane of my existence.

    Mommy daughter baking is the best.

  7. Haha, you look fab with weekend hair and no make up. I MIGHT be jealous. Having a small chef around is super fun, not ALWAYS helpful, but it does make making dinner that much more fun!

  8. 11 year olds still pile on the frosting and sprinkles.

  9. I want to spread HER with frosting and EAT HER ALL UP GONE.


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