Gingerbread cookies

Gingerbread cookies to stave off the missing-you feeling that will start tomorrow.

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My kid is leaving tomorrow. She’s coming back in a week, but she’ll be gone. In order to maintain the proper levels of chaos, we’ll be having her brother visiting while she’s gone, so don’t worry that we’ll have some peace and quiet or anything crazy like that.

The past couple days, she’s been very sweet and loving and a little clingy. This is normal when she’s going to be gone (or after she comes back), and I cleared today to have as our Christmas. (We moved Thanksgiving, after all, why not move Christmas? We’re holiday scofflaws!)

Today, we went and did our laundry together (What? You don’t do laundry on Christmas? Huh.), then shopped for her favorite dinner (kalua pig, using a dearly departed friend Kili’s recipe). Once dinner was in the oven, we decided to pull all the two-player games out of the cupboard and start playing through them.

She kicked my butt at checkers (then I kicked hers). We played a bunch of rounds of mancala. I can’t remember who won at Scrabble.

Then we exchanged gifts. Not many, because we’re pretty broke, but she liked her jacket and her game about poo. Long story.

And then the cookies, and more games. Note the poo theme. If you have little kids, this is your friendly reminder that they will be teenagers one day.

cookies: house, rectangles, word "hi", gingerbread person, jellyfish, heart, pile of poo
Yes, you are seeing things correctly. That’s a pile of poo. Photo courtesy of my kid, a.k.a. Joan Ortiz.

After the cut ones, we gave up and made some round ones, and baked them only until they were soft. The kid likes soft cookies.

round cookies

I’ll miss her. She’ll miss me more, because at least while I’m missing her, I get to be in my own home. She has to deal with the relatives in Mexico. I won’t really relax until she’s back here with me.

Hold each other tight, dear ones.

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Author: Serene

I run The Mom Food Project, which was born out of love for my mom and a desire to preserve the recipes of my childhood, which didn't actually exist in written form until I quizzed my mom and wrote the recipes down.

8 thoughts on “Gingerbread cookies”

  1. I hope all goes as well as possible for her and you during the week!

    If the poo game is the card game with monkeys, my teenager got that as a present from some friends last week himself.

    1. Yeah, it’s the same poo game. I bought it for her because I have a HUGE squick about talking about scatological things, and I thought it would amuse her to play the game with me. Every time I said “poo” for about the first half hour, she dissolved in giggles. Win! (And she said it proved I love her. She’s totally right. :-)

  2. Gingerbread are a classic, that is coming even here in Italy.
    I just had a one week Cookie session just to satisfy all my family. Your cookies look great.
    Merry Xmas from Roma

  3. I’m so glad you got to spend some time with your daughter, Serene, and what better way to spend it then creating memories together by baking cookies and playing board games? Your gingerbread cookies look wonderful. And I am with your daughter – I love them soft.

  4. It’s hard not to have our family together during the holidays. It’s really great that you toyed with the calendar, and had your own special Christmas before your daughter’s departure. It sounds like you had a wonderful time together.

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