My little baker, and a cookie recipe too.

If you ask Navi what her favorite part of the holidays are so far she would definitely tell you the baking. (Well, actually she would probably say "hah-i-days?"but, you know.) 'Tis the season to make cookies and we've been making our fair share, both of the delicious and the not-so-delicious varieties (psst! there's a recipe of the delicious variety at the bottom of this post). Navi is a professional scooper, pourer, mixer and most of all, taste tester. Randomly throughout the day she gathers a bunch of spices and such out of the baking drawer, asks for a spoon and then tries her best to climb on the counter. When I ask her what she's doing she answers as if it must be completely obvious, "make cookie dough". Usually I follow this up with "good idea, Na" and we dig in, break a few health codes and make a mess of monumental proportions... she loves it. Waiting for the cookies to bake, however, not so much. And like the true sous chef that she is, she's never turned away by the gigantic mess we make. No, sir. She sticks by her mama and always makes sure to help with the cleanup.... the method she's found to be the most efficient? Laying down on the counter and licking up the sprinkles, of course. Atta girl, Na. Atta girl.

Fear not, germ-a-phobe friends... these little petri dish cookies we whipped up were of the "to keep at home" variety. Oh, and how many pictures can you take during a few cookie making sessions, you ask? So many. So, so many.

^^^ "Oooo, don't pill"
Here is one of our very favorite cookie recipes (fyi- NOT the cookies pictured above...those were gross...Navi's special attention to the icing helped out their cause a little bit but sugar cookies are just so bleh to me). Chris made these for me a bazillion years ago when we were dating and ever since I've gotten the urge to make them around the holidays.

Pumpkin Cookies

For the cookie portion:
2.5 cups flour
1tsp baking powder
1tsp cinnamon
1/2tsp nutmeg
1/2tsp salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 stick butter
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 egg
1tsp vanilla extract

For the glaze portion:
2 cups powdered sugar
3TBS milk
1TBS melted butter
1tsp vanilla extract

Combine flour, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl

Beat sugar and butter in a large mixer bowl until well blended and then bean in pumpkin, egg and vanilla until smooth.

Gradually bean in the flour mixture.

Drop rounded tablespoonful's onto greased baking sheet.

Bake 15-18 minutes at 350°. Keep an eye on these as the color can sometimes make you think they're not quite done when in actuality you should've taken them out 2 minutes ago.

Oh, and a little video from my Instagram account that is quite possibly my favorite video of her ever, ever ever.


  1. You have the most awesome kitchen lighting!! Love these!! That recipe sounds yummy!! Thanks!! :)

    1. haha thanks! and the recipe is sooo good! I'll have to come back in later and add a picture of them or something because they are just beyond delicious!

  2. Love this! I started letting Caleb stand on the step stool and watch me cut vegetables to make soup. He loved it!

    1. Great idea! If I can keep her little hands busy with "helping" then she is a happy camper and lets me cook...its a win win!

  3. So many things about this post.. the gorgeous photos, the natural light, the amazing kitchen, those leg warmers!!! So stinkin cute, all of it. And those frosted cookies look delish.... I bet you ate them all up ;)

    1. Ahhhh those leg warmers make my life ;) I found them on Etsy... of course. And the light is really nice, the whole south wall of the kitchen is all windows (we don't have any upper cabinets so where those were supposed to be are windows). And bless her she frosted them up like a champ but unfortunately the sugar cookie recipe was a big flop so they weren't the tastiest cookies :-/ .... we chowed down on them together anyway, though :)


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