Something about the holidays always makes me want to do projects with my kids. So today I started boiling eggs as soon as I woke up. And I searched through sugar cookie recipes until I found one that wouldn’t break our teeth trying to take a bite (thanks 365ish Days of Pinterest!).
Of course, looking things up is dangerous these days because everything looks so amazing. Every recipe and craft project is accompanied by gorgeous pictures and instructions that sound oh so easy, but in reality are anything but. In a matter of minutes what started out as a simple idea to make cookies with the kids began to morph into a plan to put Martha Stewart to shame.
I had visions of painted bunny cookies and marbleized eggs. Maybe once the kids were in bed, I’d pull out the sewing machine and whip up a few throw pillows from fabric scraps. When our family arrived for Easter dinner on Sunday they would ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’, and after everyone went home I’d write a blog post about my successes to extend the admiration beyond our small holiday gathering.
Then I remembered.
Then I remembered. I have a five year old, a three year old, and a one year old. When they decorate cookies, more of the frosting ends up on them than on the cookie. And their Easter eggs might turn vibrant pinks, blues, and greens, but they also get cracked by eager little hands trying to color them with crayons and get stickers to lay flat on oddly curving surfaces.
So before we even started decorating, I gave up my ideas of perfection. I decided that these projects would be about exactly what they should be about. Not a beautiful finished product, but the process. The fun. The memories. After all, our Easter guests won’t remember our Pinterest perfect cookies a year from now, but my kids will always remember our holiday traditions.
So here’s to messy cookies with bites taken out of them. May they always remind me of what’s really important.
Jade @ Jonesin' For Taste says
Thanks for the great reminder. I am totally guilty of this is. Not everything needs to be perfect to be wonderful. A toast to your messy cookies and happy family memories.
Aubrey @ 53 Weeks says
At the end of the day, it’s all about the taste!! 😉 And — doing projects together as a a family! Happy Easter!
Paula Parker says
Love the title of blog and profile! Looks like my kind of cookie. Much success to your blog! Love it!~
Kellie The Shoe Diva says
Oh the memories you just gave me. My kids are both adults & we used to do things like this. It’s funny when we all talk about holidays that things like this are truly what they remember most. I think your cookies look perfect, little bites & all.
It’s so good to hear you say that! These are the types of things I remember too. I’d rather have great memories than perfection!
These cookies are definitely for me 🙂 I just love the coloring 🙂
Vicki Lesage says
Looks like every cookie my mom and I made when I was a kid. I’d eat every last one on that plate, no problem. Happy Easter!
This is so cute! For what it’s worth, I think the cookies look cute! 🙂
Natasha Mairs (Serenity You) says
This is what my cookies look like, never perfect, but who cares, They taste nice and that’s what matters
Renee @ CreativeMamaMessyHouse says
Such a powerful message in an innocent plate of cookies! For us, more sprinkles end up decorating the floor than the actual cookies, but it is a fun process.
Oh yes! I had quite the mess to clean up. All part of the fun… right??
You are so right to give up the idea of perfection! My boys are all grown up now but when I think back I sometimes want to punch myself in the face. I would want everything to be perfect and take the fun out of it. Oh well, I guess that’s why we have grandchildren.
Tammy @ creativekkids says
Oh, those are the most beautiful cookies ever! Later, you’ll have perfection and remember these and wish to have these again.
I think they look great!
Why did I never read this? This is AWESOME! I love it…and it’s so true. Ok next time I bake I’m going to let the kids to everything (cringe), egg shells in the dough and all! I’ll fish them out of course…but you have inspired me to try (not) to be perfect.
Tricia the Good Mama says
I love this! The experience is more important than the end result. Not everything has to be pinterest-perfect. Also, I think your cookies look yummy!