Now I don’t know about other Mama’s, but every so often, I need a lazy day! The kind of day where the comfy trousers go on, the hair stays down and the front door serves only to receive deliveries!
Today, was one of those days. The constant veil of rain outside the window made inside and my chair look all the more appealing. The problem though, isn’t convincing me to stay home. It’s presenting the lazy day option in such a way that the little people think it’s a brilliant idea.
And today, all the elements fell into place! The trick, I find, is using books or technology to drop hints about the thing you’d like to do. Today, it was clean the house in a slow and leisurely fashion and bake some cookies with the children.
Luckily, several nights ago, while the little people had been enjoying a bubbly bath with their Dada, a segment appeared on the telly about making cookies. My brain let out an actual woohoo! The remote was readily available on the table (a small miracle in this house where hide the remote seems to be a staple pastime!) so with an uncanny amount of glee, I recorded that bad boy!
And domestic goddess I am not (the photo of our cookies not making too fine a point of this fact). So I started the hunt for the sort of recipe that a baboon in mittens could use and still manage to make cookies. (You’ll find the recipe at the end of this blog post.)
And then, as the general chattering and demanding about leaving the house started this morning, my forward thinking paid off!
After watching 10 minutes of cookie making, the chorus turned to:
“I want to bake, Mummy! I want to make cookies, Mummy!”
So began a lazy day. The highlight, it has to be said, was convincing both children that they needed to watch the cookies bake. That particular stroke of genius, (only effective for the first batch) allowed Mama to drink a cup of coffee while still hot and the opportunity to sneak eat dairy chocolate without the allergists spotting me. (The small victories really are the best!)
The cookies we made are really simple (remember, baboon in mittens). They’re dairy free, soya free, egg free and gluten free. The sugar content though, is quite high.
DF, SF, EF and GF Oat Cookies
- 175g dairy free spread
- 4 tbsp water
- 375g rolled gluten free oats
- 140g self raising gluten free flour
- 275g sugar
- 1tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp golden syrup
1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees centigrade. Prepare a baking tray.
2. Mix the butter, vanilla extract and sugar to a smooth paste. Add the water and golden syrup.
3. Combine the flour, salt and oats. Gradually stir the mixture into the butter and sugar paste.
4. Roll into balls and pat flat on the baking tray.
5. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
You can add raisins or DF chocolate chips to add variety to the recipe.
And then enjoy your coffee as the kids watch them bake!
Xx Allergy Mama