We made crackers today. I think I've worked out the baking thing with kiddies. I don't like to bake with them because the mess, the dipping hands into the sugar container, the closeness to the cooktop - it all drives me a little insane. Can you tell I'm not the most patient Mummy in the world? But I hate to deny them the fun of it. So now I have a strategy. Kids stay at the kitchen table and I bring to them whatever I can handle them doing and I fell calmer and safer as a result!
So after breakfast (yes the kids are still in their jammies), we got stuck into the dough mixing - literally. And hearing their giggles was such a delight, I'm glad I kept working on the baking issue.
We made a recipe from here. And it worked out great. I didn't put in sesame seeds or poppy seeds because I didn't have any. I think it probably needed them as they were a tiny bit bland. But that is perfect for adding flavours such as mustard powder, paprika, Parmesan cheese or even just a little sprinkle of salt on top.
I also replaced some of the white flour with stoneground wholemeal and it wasn't even noticeable. My son, in particular, thought they were fab and would have eaten the whole lot if we had let him! Yum!
So far it's been a productive day. I've done some weeding, planted some flax seeds, baked with the kidlets, done a little housework and hubby is now on the tractor mowing the paddocks and he has been dealing with the out-of-control gorse (noxious prickly weed) all morning. I think the next thing on my to-do list today is to clean the bedroom window!
We're able to concentrate on where we are now because finally our tenants have moved in to our old place, the work on that is finished, and we have both felt a little bit of pressure lift from our shoulders.