There is nothing like writing out most of a post and having it get eaten - thanks Typepad!
Anyway, this is not a story about how I baked fall-themed cookies with my kids and they were perfect and then we took them to a homeless shelter because we are just wonderful, beautiful people inside where it counts. Instead, this is more like the story of how I *really* wanted to hide in the closet and swill alcohol at 3 in the afternoon because I baked cookies with a 19-month-old in the room instead of just waiting till the next day while he was napping. I knew I should have waited, but I was trying to be Perfect Mom, the woman who bakes cookies with her 2 kids even if it means holding the toddler the whole time and stirring the dough with her foot.
If you've never made painted cookies before they are super easy. Just make regular old rolled sugar cookies, but before you put them in the oven, "paint" them with a combo of egg yolk and a few teaspoons of water. Use food coloring to get the colors you like. The weird dark green was actually supposed to be brown...oops:
As Pita Pocket has eaten both cat food and uncooked rice within the last week, I thought it prudent to keep the egg yolk paint away from him. He got a paintbrush and a handful of dough to play with instead. This was ok with him for about two minutes:
I love that man.