Saturday, September 13, 2014

Guess How Much I Love You

Love is in the air and hearts are everywhere here in Little Mama's house and it's not even February.  I love, love, love it.  Don't we all need a little extra TLC every now and then?      

Matching "Love" words game using words like: heart, hug, love, kiss

When Little Mama proposed Heart Week (over a week ago), I had no idea how much fun and learning we could possibly pack in.  We've done matching games (see above)...

And, rhymed words.  What rhymes with heart?  (Somewhere, there's a joke in there)....

We've packed in lots of coloring....

And, of course, beading...

What a lovely necklace Little Mama!

And, as we've reflected on all things we love, somehow cookies have continued to come to the forefront.  We love cookies.  It's our dirty little secret.    

There's nothing like a warm cookie out of the oven.  Absolute bliss...

Time to whip up a batch.  

We turned to one of our old classics, How Do Dinosaurs Eat Cookies, by Jane Yolen and Mark Teague.  At the end of the book, there is a cinnamon cookie recipe that I've had my eye on ever since we turned the first page about a year ago.

It's a cinnamon-oats cookie.  Yum, extra-yum.  I know--this recipe requires a lot of sugar.  Boatloads of sugar.  But, when you look at how much flour and oats are required, somehow I justified giving it a try.  To make myself feel better, we replaced the all-purpose flour with whole wheat flour.  

Let's get mixing!!   

This dough was not quite amenable to rolling out and using cookie-cutters, especially with a little one involved.  However, after I refrigerated it for about an hour and rolled it out with lots of flour, I made it work (sans child).  Note, I worked quickly to roll the dough and use the cookie cutter, lest the dough start melting into a sticky, gooey mess. 


It was worth it. 


One of our favorite books this week has been, Guess How Much I Love You, by Sam McBratney.

Little Mama and I love to talk about how much we love each other.  (I know, ahhh...)  "I love you to the moon and back and to the moon again!"  Whoa, that's a lot.  

Which can build a taller structure, Little Mama??

Why not try to measure it?

Like I said before, it's been a warm and fuzzy week and it's been great.  

Here's a little extra love to you and yours, too...have a great weekend!